By Steve Moran
At Senior Housing Forum, we know that when we talk about dining our traffic will spike. The reason is obvious. It is the one place where every senior living community touches every single resident multiple times a day.
It is a fertile area for complaints. It is also fertile ground for “wowing” your residents and their families. The big question is this: How do you do that and stay on budget?
A New Association
The Senior Dining Association (SDA) was formed last year to help senior living communities and dining professionals up their game. Their big idea is to provide resources, education, and networking opportunities for foodservice pro’s in our sector.
The Heart of What We Do
“Food is at the heart of any senior living community,” said association founder and CEO Harris Ader, a 20-year senior food service veteran. “The SDA is committed to improving the industry by bringing operators and industry partners together.”
Senior living communities often struggle to recruit and retain high-quality dining staff. Better education and networking will mean higher quality dining experiences, easier recruiting, and more consistent service. It never happens by accident.
By bringing your team into the SDA, you also give them a sense of belonging to a larger community. No longer will your staff feel isolated from their peers. Forums and SDA events will energize them and make it clear they are part of an exciting, fast-growing industry.
Come Join Them
Come witness the future of senior dining March 17-20 at the first ever Senior Dining Association Conference and Expo in Charlotte, North Carolina. I will be there to celebrate their inaugural event.
More on the Conference
The SDA’s conference and expo offer a wide range of learning opportunities as well as a chance to network with committed professionals across the country. The conference and expo is the industry’s foremost gathering of senior dining professionals, providing an unmatched opportunity to pick up essential skills and remind yourself why you’re passionate about senior dining.
Leading experts in the senior dining space will be on hand to present recent trends and best practices, while SDA Chats and Innovation Ideation discussions give you the opportunity to ask questions and share your experience.
Take advantage of the culinary competitions to demonstrate your cooking skills and sample offerings from other talented chefs, all while you enjoy excellent food and drink and network with new friends.
Food, education, collaboration, and experience are the themes of the Senior Dining Association Conference and Expo. We want you and your team to be re-energized as you hone your skills and make new connections with senior dining professionals around the country.
Don’t wait, invest in your people and your organization! You have it within your power to make the senior dining experience a joyful one for residents as well as yourself and your coworkers. Let us show you how!
With the economy nearing full employment, the best chefs and dining directors can often choose their own employers. Let’s make sure they stay with you.
Register Here: www.seniordining.org
For more information, see the website or contact CEO Harris Ader at Hader@seniordining.org or 980-434-1114.