Caption: The Homestead at Rochester in Minnesota
Cura is proud to announce new dining services partnerships! At Lakewood, a Lifespire Community in Richmond, VA, the Cura team is honored to service this vibrant and premier continuing care retirement community that is well known for its friendly culture of service excellence and hospitality. This is the second food and beverage contract that Lifespire awarded to Cura. Earlier this year, Cura was selected for its senior living dining and clinical expertise at The Chesapeake in Newport News, VA.
“The Lakewood family is excited about this new relationship. Our tradition of excellent food will be enhanced with this partnership. We are most impressed with the alignment of values and culture between Lakewood, a LifeSpire community, and Cura,” says Barrett Way, Lakewood’s Executive Director. During this challenging time, Cura has quickly transitioned the way that residents are served keeping them safe, healthy and well-nourished. “Our team immediately adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic by creating alternative menus and delivery services. Breakfast, lunch and dinner continue to be prepared fresh focusing on regional tastes and pre-packaged in to-go containers. Servers deliver personally to all independent and assisted living residents’ doorsteps so they never have to leave the safety of their home.”
Cura also opened The Homestead at Rochester in MN. In addition to full-service dining, Cura operates two retail operations. Homestead outsourced to Cura after managing for one year as a self-operated dining location. “We are certain Cura’s personalized management style and a dedication to preparing fresh and quality food will be appreciated by Homestead residents. They will experience our high level of food service and hospitality, as well as our team’s caring and nurturing culture,” says Michael Meszaros, Partnership Resource Manager for Healthcare.
Cura’s nutritional standards at both Lakewood and Homestead will create a healthy, well-focused and most of all- delicious food experiences. Cura’s fresh and made-to-order food include a wide selection of chef-inspired entrees at each meal, made-to-order options, oven-baked pizza, entrée salads and homemade soups. For those with special nutritional requirements, Cura provides gluten-free, allergen-friendly, vegetarian and vegan culinary options.
Through Cura’s BeWell wellness program and innovative marketing, residents will experience monthly food and seasonal promotions, in addition to encouraging personal growth and independence through hospitality-related activities and special events such as chef competitions, cooking classes, gardening, harvest days and brew clubs.
Cura’s contributions to therapeutic innovations and outstanding outcomes are also made possible by Handcrafted Delights and Puree Creations℠, which appeal to families researching optimal dining care. Studies show that residents who participate in these programs not only increase their food consumption when they enjoy the meals they are served, but also feel a greater sense of dignity when they can rely less on medications and nutritional supplements.
Cura’s management team at Lakewood: Executive Chef Steven Perez; Interim Director of Dining Jeff Kostelnick; Registered Dietitian Darian Carter; and Assisted Director Melissa Dixson.
Cura’s management team at Homestead: Director of Dining Services, Darci Baumann; Executive Chef, Matt Sams