Re:Emeritus job opening
After living in a "Senior-Community" Leisure World in Orange County CA for many years, My Mother moved into an Assisted living Center in Oregon for her last few years. She was able to care for her personal needs etc, but found the daily chore of prepping food, eating and then cleaning up after herself, was more than she wanted to do, or really was able to do ( She was in her 90's). The Assisted living center had very nice apartments, a lot of recreational opportunities, and a "restaurant"/ food service center.
I use the term restaurant 'loosely'. It was much nicer than a cafeteria . The daily choice at lunch and dinner had a minimum choice to three entrees, and they had additional special diet stuff for those who needed cultural or medical oriented foods. Guests were welcome to dine with the resident's although if more than a couple of 'guests' were present, the business requested advance notice if possible.
Meal time hours were pretty liberal. While I would not consider the food to be Upper end Yuppie...I would place it WAY ABOVE any cafeteria food or (regular)Buffet I have run across.
OH, other memories come back to me... They did do table service, meaning the resident's sat at normal tables (for four) and ordered from printed menus. The food service folks served and bussed the tables. They also had special desserts etc for special events like Birthdays and Aniversaries.
The Center provided Linen and Maid service once a week and a "Block Watch" sort of look-out-for-your-neighbor program to prevent someone from 'disappearing in the building for more than an hour or two without the staff being aware.
When my Mom suffered a small stroke she had daily visits from the Medical Staff and 'Room Service' for meals for a couple of weeks. She hated the Room Service, only because she wasn't able to gossip with her friends at mealtime, something she enjoyed very much.
I hope this paints a bit of a picture of life at that center . It was a very good experience for her and for our family. My sister lives just a few miles from the center so Mom was not alone when she needed family around. BTW Average monthly fee was just over $3000 . That included rent, food, and all appropriate services including Cable and 'Net and 'Local' Phone. The facility looked like a large multi-story Motel with all the food service and cultural areas, including the pool and exercise room on the ground floor. Mom called it her "Holiday Inn"...Not a bad description, actually.
This ended in December 2004 with her passing.