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Improved cuisine a hit at Bellaire retirement campus

October 23, 2009
Times Leader
NURSING?HOMES have never been known for their food, but the Country Club Retirement Campus in Bellaire is changing that perception.
The Country Club Retirement Campus held a grand opening Sept. 20 to introduce the public to its three new restaurants  — Cafe Soleil Restaurant, Valley View Restaurant and Garden View Restaurant.
The restaurants feature person-centered dining, a revolutionary senior living concept in which residents order their meals tableside from an extensive menu.
All meals are made to order from scratch with fresh ingredients, and flexible dining hours allow residents to decide what time they would like to eat.
The Country Club Retirement Campus in Bellaire has served the needs of area seniors and their families for nearly 25 years.
The facility offers a variety of care under one roof — independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing care — and is home to more than 100 residents.
The three restaurants offer residents a wide variety of menu options, including entrees, sides, soups, salads, sandwiches, pizza and fresh baked desserts, as well as lunch and dinner specials. Residents may also choose to receive smaller portions.Since recently launching this program, the staff has noticed that residents are gathering for meals earlier and staying longer.
Marcus Smith has been at the Country Club Retirement Campus in Bellaire for more than two years and enjoys mealtime more than ever.
“I eat everything they give me. I clean my plate up so I certainly have no complaints about the food,” the 97-year-old said.Person-centered dining encourages residents to lead healthier lifestyles, both physically and mentally, according to Administrator Joe Zvosecz.
This concept not only allows the residents to get exactly what they want, but the decision making process itself stimulates their minds as well.Residents are eating more, weight loss is decreasing and resident participation in activities has increased, Zvosecz said.
“Person-centered dining has really contributed to the overall happiness and health of our residents,” he added. “This program not only increases the quality of their dining experience, but the quality of their life as well.”
Members of the Bellaire community joined residents of the Country Club Retirement Campus Sunday, Sept. 20, in sampling some of the new cuisine available at the facility’s three new restaurants.Bellaire resident Bill Salvaterra attended the open house and said the quality of the Country Club Retirement Campus far exceeded that of the nursing home his mother lived in for two years.
“I visited my mother every day and there is just no comparison. I just can’t believe the difference in the quality and variety of the food. If I ever need to come here, one of the first things I’d say is ‘When do we eat?’” Salvaterra said.
Nancy Andriano, secretary of Bellaire’s Chamber of Commerce, echoed Salvaterra’s sentiments. “I am most impressed not only with the high quality of the food but with the overall caring by the staff.”Country Club Retirement Campus is located at 5501 Conno-Mara Drive, Bellaire.

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FROM?LEFT, Wanda Miller, Annette Scaffidi and Lou Ann Bennett sample some of the new cuisine available at the Country Club Retirement Campus in Bellaire.



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