FutureCare CherryWood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center-Real Life Story

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When residents at FutureCare CherryWood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Reisterstown, Md., head to dinner, they enjoy a first-class dining experience. While nursing homes aren’t usually known for their culinary accomplishments, FutureCare is combining quality care with quality cuisine to ensure that residents are both healthy and happy. And they have the awards to prove it.

Executive Chef Frank Leake (left) and Dietary Aide Kory Lewis display FutureCare CherryWood’s Taste of the Town Award.

Executive Chef Frank Leake (left) and Dietary Aide Kory Lewis display FutureCare CherryWood’s Taste of the Town Award.

FutureCare CherryWood recently won the Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce’s 9th Annual Taste of the Town Competition. The winning dish – fiesta herb-encrusted chicken and chocolate bread pudding – was judged against gourmet dishes from several nearby restaurants. The dish took first place thanks to the hard work of quite a few staff members, who took on this competition in addition to their daily duties.

“Our entire dietary team did an excellent job of planning, preparing and serving our winning entry,” said Marla Bosley, FutureCare CherryWood’s director of admissions. “We were pleasantly surprised that we won, especially since this was our first year entering the event.”

FutureCare CherryWood became involved with Taste of the Town as a result of their ongoing support for the local Chamber of Commerce. This year, the community decided to enter a dish and participate in the event they had sponsored for years.

The fiesta chicken dish is one of CherryWood’s signature dishes and one of the most popular among residents. In addition to satisfying a wide array of palates, the community’s chefs also have to fulfill a variety of dietary needs for the short-term rehabilitation patients and long-term care residents.

“Our goal is to meet and exceed our patients’ and residents’ dining needs,” said Bosley. “We hope this win will let the community know that our residents are able to enjoy great food along with excellent nursing and rehab care.”

While one of CherryWood’s primary goals is to ensure that patients get the care they need to enjoy their best possible quality of life, they also know that simple pleasures like social activities and delicious meals go a long way toward creating a positive experience for their residents. After all, a good meal is one of life’s greatest pleasures.

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