With the proper research and preparation, senior living communities can honor the dietary restrictions of residents, guests and staff members, promote the independence and well-being of older adults, and have a point of differentiation from other senior living communities.
Lindsey Yeakle, gluten-free food service program manager for the nonprofit Gluten Intolerance Group, has a culinary history working at four-star and four-diamond rated restaurants, and she founded Alligator Pear Personal Chef Service. A celiac disease diagnosis encouraged Yeakle to attend culinary school at Indiana University of Pennsylvania Academy of Culinary Arts to learn how to design dishes that delight diners who have all types of dietary needs and restrictions. In June 2016, Yeakle decided to use her background and education to help the gluten-free community by working with GIG. For more information, visit www.gffs.org.