Retirement communities encourage good health. Eating well-balanced, nutritious meals in a social setting helps maintain both physical and mental health.
Independent living apartments have kitchens or kitchenettes where residents can prepare their own meals, if they wish.
Most retirement communities offer:
- Centralized dining area(s): Larger communities may have more than one dining area, possibly including a formal dining room, café, and/or coffee shop.
- Meal options: At least one meal a day is included in the monthly fees, with the option to purchase all three meals.
- Menu choices: Meals are served restaurant-style, although, if there is more than one dining area, there may be less formal options. Some retirement communities require residents to dress in a more formal manner for the evening meal in the main dining room.
- Special diets: Special diets can be accommodated if prescribed by a physician; many CCRCs have dieticians available to work with residents to modify diets and provide nutrition education.
- Private dining areas for small groups: Many communities have a private dining room in which residents may entertain guests.