Watermark’s signature dining programs are part of what make the Legacy lifestyle so inviting and engaging. Menus are centered on fresh ingredients, seasonally sourced that are crafted into great-tasting and nutritious meals. Dining venues are varied, from the relaxed café to formal dining to the meal prepared in your own modern kitchen. Special-diet or limited menus are always available, and fresh fruit, snacks and beverages are available throughout the day.
To keep their skills honed, Legacy Executive Chefs compete for the Golden Spoon Award, the top prize at the annual “Taste of Legacy” competition. This coveted award is presented to the chef who prepares the tastiest meal based on a yearly theme.
Thrive Dining™ restores the joy of dining for individuals living with physical and cognitive changes. Using our own, high quality, freshly prepared menu items, we transform them into incredibly tasty, nutritionally balanced, protein packed meals that are served as bite size hors d’oeuvres intended to be eaten by hand. Thrive Dining™ thus eliminates embarrassing food fumbles and replaces them with manageable meals that are so enjoyable, they’re ordered as often as other main dishes. Not only are the meals delicious, but also dining with friends and family is devoid of interruption or distraction, thanks to Thrive Dining™. Best of all, it adds one more activity residents “can do” for themselves, building self-confidence and enhancing well-being.
Over the past several years, Watermark Communities has integrated programmatic offerings in the seven dimensions of wellness (spiritual, emotional, vocational, physical, social, environmental, and intellectual). We have branded the collective offerings “Watermark University” (WU). Programs that focus on enhancing the mind, body and spirit are not unusual in senior housing communities. What makes WU special is how the programs are designed and implemented.
WU strives to involve everyone in the community, including residents, staff, family members and community volunteers, both as Faculty and Students. Students can enroll in classes ranging from guitar lessons to music theory; traditional exercise and fitness to gardening, yoga, tai chi and meditation. By reaching beyond the typical activity and fitness staff at a community, we gain a connection with the resident, family, staff members and even on occasion our vendors. The results are as impressive as the variety of offerings.
And Watermark University is not just for those capable of living independently. Residents who require assisted living, nursing care and even memory support (including their families and our staff) can all be involved in WU at some level. To illustrate how powerful such a program can be, one resident’s daughter recently remarked that Watermark was the only community that focused on what her mother could do versus what she was no longer able to do. It is precisely this kind of programming and the connections it makes with residents that sets Watermark apart.