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Old 04-09-2007, 06:11 AM
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Help....Need ideas for foods for Senior citizens.....

I just became the assistant manager of an Assisted living home for senior citizens and I am looking for good quality and cost effective meals to serve to 20-25 people.Does anyone have ideas that they could share with me? Also I am activity coordinator too so any ideas on that would be appreciated as well(crafts and activities). thank you all so much in advance for any and all help.

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Old 04-09-2007, 07:06 AM
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A lot of the crafts here on Family Corner (the website, not the forums)--especially the kids crafts--are good projects for seniors as well.

Here is a really cute project:

Here is the link to the kids crafts:

I'm trying to think of things that my mom likes to eat......

She likes:

sausage gravy and biscuits, as long as the sausage isn't spicy. You can use anything in white sauce over biscuits or gravy---tuna, hamburger, beef

ham and escalloped potatoes.

meatloaf and mashed potatoes

Chicken noodle soup w biscuits or cornbread

Veg. soup with cornbread

Cooked brown beans or Lima beans and homemade dumplings or noodles w/cornbread

Pancakes or French Toast for dinner w/ bacon and hashbrowns

Turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes

Pork roast that has been shredded so its easier to eat w/sauerkraut sometimes.

Once in a while she will eat kiebalsa cut into thin slices and sauerkraut.

She takes a big baked potatoe and stuffs it with cheese and other things.

Brocolli and cheese soup.

Chili and cornbread.

Spaghetti once in a great while--no spicy sauce

I could probably go on and on........ You wouldn't believe that my Mom is under 5 ft. tall and weighs only 94 lbs!

Hope this gives you some ideas!

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Old 04-09-2007, 07:47 AM
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TY so much for all the wonderful ideas! Some of them we already make and some of them I will definately try.And if you think of anything else...please pass it along cause I can use all the help I can get,lol.

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Old 04-14-2007, 08:55 PM
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some ideas...

Hi Elaine- how about letting them decorate their doors each month with a small wreath or banner? I wouldn't let them use a hot glue gun but they could wire things onto their wreaths with simple floral wire and that would make them easy to change. They could use white glue to make banners with burlap and felt or even use large rolls of wrapping paper. Bingo is always popular, with fruit cups or pieces of fresh fruit or cans of juice or ginger ale for prizes. Cardmaking might be popular and cardstock, stickers, and a few basic stampsets, inkpads, and colored pencils are not too expensive. Seniors like to send cards and get them also and they can't always get out or afford them. Hope these ideas help.
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Old 04-14-2007, 10:05 PM
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some meal ideas...

maybe these might make a good lunch or dinner:
swedish meatballs, noodles, veg.
roast chicken, cornbread stuffing, veg.
swiss steak and rice, veg.
beef stew and biscuits
chicken and dumplings, veg.
ground beef, macaroni, and tomato casserole
beef barley soup
eggsalad or tunasalad, oven fries, and melon slices
chop suey, rice, orange slices
baked macaroni and cheese, sliced tomato, veg.
pot roast, potatoes and roasted carrots
cornedbeef or roastbeef hash, biscuits, veg.
beef stroganoff, noodles, veg.
pork chops, rice, lettuce wedge w/dressing
chicken kabob, rice, veg.
ham fried rice, veg
monte crisco sandwiches, baked potato wedges, fruit cup
salmon patties, potato puffs, veg.
turkey potpie
salisbury steak w/mashed potato, coleslaw
sweet and sour chicken w/rice, veg.
cheese ravioli w/mild red sauce, Italian bread, veg.
pork cutlets, applesauce, baked potato
tomato or veg. soup, grilled cheese sandwiches, fruit salad
cheese and vegetable frittata, biscuits, melon slices
will try to think of some more
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Old 04-15-2007, 04:46 AM
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Vegetable soup is nutritious, easy, economical and well-liked. Also it can be kept hot for a while or reheated. It can be made in a crock pot if that is more time-efficient for you. Potato soup is also good. Many elderly people have diminished sense of taste so be sure to have all food well-seasoned. Mary
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Old 04-15-2007, 05:53 AM
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wow Tami..your Mom does fine..
It depends on how old these people are and whether or not they can chew and swallow..other wise we old folks eat just like everyone younger..just not as much or as spicy...I will be 77 in less days than I would like..and I still cook the same as always without salt, less fat, olive or canola oil instead of the high fat ones, less spicy ..old people tend to eat their main meals at lunch time..I still eat mine in the evening...also some snack more and eat less at meals....
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Old 04-15-2007, 06:16 AM
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Here are three web pages that I hope can help you some. I have them bookmarked for myself. I use to work in the kitchens in our school district. Some have information on planning menu's and some have recipe converters for amounts needed for groups of people. and some hve recipes. You will just have to browse throught them to see if you can use them.

Click here: National Food Service Management Institute

Click here: Healthy Meals Resource System: Home Page

Click here: School Nutrition Association

Good Luck with your new job.
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Old 04-15-2007, 06:58 AM
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It was about 25 years ago when we started a senior citizen's organization in Iraan, TX. We had a cook who planned and cooked the meals. Before we hired her, we had to do the meal planning and cooking. What we did was look at Sam's and other places that offered us deals on food to see what the sales were. Some things could be bought in bulk and stored ahead of time such as rice and beans. The one thing that we had to reduce was acids such as apple juice and tomatoes becuase many of our senior citizens could not eat foods high in acids. Anyway, we planned our meals around sales.

Did you check the frugal section for ideas as well?
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Old 04-15-2007, 07:24 AM
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Just a reminder check and see if any of your seniors are on medical diets or are allergic to any foods or ingredients too.
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