WELLSBORO - On March 9, The Green Home celebrated the grand opening of the newly remodeled first-floor dining room with a barbecue provided by Barry Hunter, a maintenance employee at The Green Home and chef-for-the-day.
The Green Home began the dining room remodel Jan. 9 and officially opened for service March 9.
"Over the past year, we implemented a restaurant dining program, and enhancing the dining room further augments our restaurant-style dining service," added Cindy Frost, administrator for The Green Home. "Switching from a cafeteria-style to a restaurant-style program helps us better cater to each resident's wants and needs in an atmosphere that is conducive to socialization and interaction."
Once seated in the dining room, residents are waited on and place their orders directly with The Green Home Nutrition Services staff, who then deliver the meal to their table.
"It provides our residents more opportunity to choose entrees and sides, and we've noted a significant increase in consistent healthy eating thanks to the restaurant dining," she said.
Changes to the dining room include the introduction of glass doors, cafe-style lights and a new color scheme for a warmer, more relaxing dining environment.
"The contractors, residents, and staff were a great help during the project," said Rennie Woodhouse, facilities manager at The Green Home. "Residents were excited by the project and checked in every day to mark the progress. Additionally, our staff went above and beyond to make sure things transitioned smoothly."
The Green Home is a nonprofit nursing home providing both short-term rehabilitation services and long-term care services for residents of Tioga County and the surrounding communities.
For more information, call 724-3131 or visit www.laurelhs.org.