Bon Appetit!
2002 National Mature Media Awards Winner

Bon Appetit!

5 out of 5 based on 5 customer ratings
(5 customer reviews)


The Joy of Dining in Long-Term Care

ISBN 978-1-878812-68-1
320 pages
7 x 10 papercover
© 2001

Stock#: 12681. Categories: , . Authors/Editors: , .


Are mealtimes in your facility a burden or a joy? Does the answer depend on whom you ask, residents or staff? To make the answer to this question a resounding positive for all concerned, let Bon Appetit! be your guide.

Based on a proven mealtime program for elder care facilities, this book demonstrates how to restore the simple pleasures of eating to residents. Here are innumerable ways to turn meals into prime times for building relationships, supporting identities, providing pleasing sensory stimulation, and improving functional skills. Now you can feed the spirit along with the body. Residents and staff alike will benefit!

The authors—a renowned occupational therapist and an international hospitality consultant in food and beverage services—offer a comprehensive program that addresses the unique challenges and opportunities presented by adult day services and long-term care settings. Their program covers:

  • food selection and presentation
  • individual resident programming
  • environmental modifications
  • staff training and support
  • organizational change and program maintenance
  • PLUS—72 ready-to-use recipes for tasty, nutritious and manageable alternatives to traditional institutional foods

Critical assessment tools and a complete training itinerary help staff integrate the principles of resident autonomy and person-centered care into their work. Special attention is also devoted to identifying the needs of people with dementia.

Learn to do more than just keep your residents’ bodies alive—you can keep them living with respectful, meaningful mealtimes made positive with Bon Appetit!

Bon Appetit! Table of Contents

Bon Appetit!: The Joy of Dining in Long-Term Care (Zgola Excerpt) by Health Professions Press


Jitka Zgola, OT(C)

Jitka Zgola, OT(C), is an occupational therapist, author, educator, and advisor to caregivers for people with Alzheimer’s disease and age-related illnesses. She has more than 20 years experience with clients, professionals, and family caregivers in direct service and administration. She provides teaching and consultation in principles of effective care to agencies and professional groups throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe, and she frequently addresses conferences as a workshop leader and keynote speaker. She is also the author of two well-received books, Doing Things: A Guide to Activity Programming for Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and Care that Works: A Relationship Approach to Persons with Dementia.

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Gilbert Bordillon, BEH

Gilbert Bordillon, BEH, graduated from the Thonon les Bains College of Hotel Management in France. In his life, he was a hotel, restaurant, and marketing consultant for both new and restructured operations, offering concept development and total environment concepts, menus, marketing, standards, and quality control, in addition to the hiring, evaluation, and training of staff. He was responsible for the development and continued successful operation of world-class restaurants and hotel food services in Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. His own work and the staff members whom he had trained have received prestigious international awards.

5 reviews for Bon Appetit!

  1. 5 out of 5


    “an excellent resource for all health care providers involved in either preparing or serving meals to seniors in long term care facilities or adult day care programs … truly a unique and excellent work”
    —Activities, Adaptation, & Aging

  2. 5 out of 5


    “The [book’s] vision, concrete plans, practical ideas and recipes given are excellent. There is much more to dining than food and this book will open your mind to the best of the more.”
    —Journal of Nutrition for the Elderly

  3. 5 out of 5


    “If our overriding goal is to help residents have a pleasant dining experience that begins with appealing food, these recipes are hard to argue with.”
    —Alzheimer’s Care Quarterly

  4. 5 out of 5


    “If only all facilities would take on the commitment of the Bon Appetit! program … I recommend that geriatric care managers seek out [Bon Appetit!].”
    —Inside GCM

  5. 5 out of 5


    “Bon Appetit! provoked good culinary thinking …This book will be of great value to the entire chain of command of a dining services department in a long-term care facility. The most seasoned Chef, Production Managers, or Dining Services Managers will gain practical ideas, and will find different ways to make good meals great meals.”
    —Contemporary Gerontology

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