Intalere Member Best Practice Spotlight – Brookmeade Culinary Arts Exploration


The Community at Brookmeade perpetually strives to ensure its residents’ quality of life. It offers many programs that foster self-expression and the restoration, maintenance and progression of residents’ abilities. Through social interaction and fostering latent communication skills, the diagnoses of Dementia and chronic illness are effectively and skillfully addressed with the implementation of its many burgeoning and flourishing programs nurturing social enhancement.


Under the guidance of Chef Eric Stritt and the direction and foresight of Karen Zobel, CEO/Administrator, Brookmeade launched The Culinary Arts Initiative through its International Culinary Hour and Soup for the Soul programs. These programs are centered on creative expression, food history, investigation of cooking methodologies and social interaction. The sensory experiences derived elicit responses that prompt memory, engaging discussion and the benefit of total sensory stimulation.


Residents were empowered to choose their own level of participation and means of self-expression through this culinary experience, resulting in increased psycho-social behaviors and a measurable increase in their quality of life. This program has promoted hydration, and chosen dishes and soups are perfect vehicles to augment the residents’ diets and promote hydration and nutrition.


The Brookmeade Community, located on 75 country acres just outside the Village of Rhinebeck, is a senior living retirement community serving the Hudson Valley and surrounding areas. Arbor Ridge offers independent living, The Terraces offer assisted living, and The Baptist Home provides long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation, palliative care and outpatient rehabilitation services.

Check out the project video and view the Community at Brookmeade page in the 2017 Intalere Best Practices Compendium.

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