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Dining Design: Adapting to the Needs of a New Generation

Senior Living Dining Design: Adapting to the Needs of a New Generation






Senior Living Dining Design

In senior living, designing spaces to fit the lifestyle of residents is a big motivator for communities looking to increase occupancy. When it comes to dining venues, the next generation of seniors wants more choices, modern kitchens, and casual dining spaces.

As communities begin to embrace the latest dining trends and adapt kitchen and dining areas, they are looking for providers who can work together, united in improving the quality of life for residents.

Whether that means small changes or major renovations, Care Purchasing Services (CPS) has you covered.

At CPS, we are proud to connect our clients to trusted, well-respected, and innovative vendor partners who are universally focused on the needs of the ultimate customer—your residents.

Keep reading to see how CPS can help elevate the dining experience at your community.

Contact CPS to Learn about our Vendor Partners

Farm To Table Eating

Sourcing from local farms to feed residents the freshest produce is quickly becoming a must for many communities. Having the flexibility to create new menus and add new items can be accomplished!


FreshPoint has always been committed to supplying customers with food products that meet high standards of safety, quality, and traceability. Understanding the concerns of communities to support local businesses, eat healthier, and reduce carbon footprints, FreshPoint partners with local farms to strengthen regional economies, support family farms, preserve the local landscape, and provide delicious, fresh-from-the-farm foods.

FreshPoint’s Unusual But Usable program shines a spotlight on food waste by delivering imperfect but quality fruits and vegetables that can be used in soups, sauces, and purees.

 Produce Alliance 

With an alliance of 50+ independently-owned specialty distributors of fresh products, Produce Alliance sparks the imagination of chefs and foodservice operators by providing top quality produce at the leading market price. Their suppliers and distributors must meet specific food safety guidelines for quality assurance and are inspected by an approved third-party auditor.

As a multi-generational, family-owned company, Produce Alliance understands the importance of their role in environmental sustainability. They partner with suppliers that employ sustainable practices such as crop rotation, energy conservation, pest management, waste and water reduction and recycling.

Reusable, Recyclable Containers and Paper Straws

 G.E.T. Enterprises 

Go green with the new generation of to-go containers from G.E.T.’s Eco-Takeouts™ series—an innovative and sustainable alternative to disposable containers. Made of break-resistant, BPA free plastic, these reusables are commercial dishwasher safe, microwave safe, and stackable for easy storage. G.E.T. Enterprises also offers a sustainable dishware line crafted from rapidly renewable bamboo fiber and quality melamine and a green alternative to disposable cups.


Be environmentally mindful while remaining FDA Food Grade Compliant with Hoffmaster paper straws, which are non-toxic, BPA-free and Cedar Grove® certified compostable. Hoffmaster also offers 100% Compostable Cutlery and CaterWrap® made from plant-based materials and packed in bulk cases to eliminate plastic bags and unneeded packaging.

Facility Design and Equipment Supply

 Direct Supply Aptura 

Aptura offers a full range of services to support your kitchen project from start to finish to deliver successful life-enhancing dining environments that meet your unique vision. Aptura’s award-winning designers combine their expertise in nationwide design trends with in-depth research of local history and culture to create an environment that will speak to your target market. Get everything you need to fully outfit your kitchen from key pieces that set your community apart to the smallest of details.

Infuse new furnishings in your dining areas. Find the best dining chair for your community: Quiz: Which Dining Chair is Right for Your Senior Living Project?

 Edward Don & Company Foodservice Equipment Division 

When it comes to new kitchen planning, construction, remodeling and replacement equipment, Edward Don & Company can manage the process from start to finish, collaborating with you to see your vision realized from concept to completion.

Don is a distribution industry leader and innovator providing comprehensive services with national project management teams with significant tenure and experience. They have national coverage for equipment consolidation, delivery, and installation.

 Supply America 

Supply America provides efficient and cost-effective distribution solutions, comprising nine of America’s leading equipment and supply dealers working together to meet your needs. Their full range of design capabilities include:

  • Thorough evaluation of operator’s requirements
  • Layout and design
  • Review of work flow and ergonomics of the space
  • Utilization of approved suppliers
  • Equipment consolidation and delivery

Now through May 31, 2020, purchase ABC® Import products from Supply America and earn a 3% rebate! Products include equipment and supplies most commonly used by foodservice operators.

It doesn’t stop there.

Care Purchasing Services (CPS) can help you enhance your kitchen and dining spaces—and exceed your residents’ expectations—with solutions in interior design, kitchen equipment and appliances, tableware and glassware, cabinets and flooring, and lighting that is warm and inviting.

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Care Purchasing Services (CPS) is the leading national group purchasing organization (GPO) dedicated to connecting senior living communities to carefully vetted vendors in plant operations, food service, medical supplies, therapy, pharmacy, and more.