Vegetarian and Vegan Options in Senior Independent Living, Assisted Living, Nursing Home, and Other Senior Facilities

From The Vegetarian Resource Group

By Sonja Helman, Reed Mangels, Charles Stahler, and Debra Wasserman

More and more readers have been asking about vegetarian and vegan options at senior facilities. We always half joked that when our staff entered assisted living that we'd be calling for takeout food. When Charles' vegetarian aunt was 101 in a nursing home, she mostly lived on vanilla cake, noodle pudding, and tea. This was probably her preference anyway, but it will be nice to have more in-house options in the future.

When many of us were in college, most schools did not have vegan dishes. Now it appears that almost every university has a nice variety of vegan choices, some even with their own vegan cafeteria line. We expect the same to happen with senior facilities. The following survey of vegetarian options in senior facilities indicates we are off to a good start. Please let us know if you have experience with any senior facilities that have good vegan meals. Be aware that choices can change when staff or ownership changes.

ALABAMA

Traylor Nursing Home
PO Box 467
Roanoke, AL 36274
(334) 863-3500
Nursing Home.
Serves vegetarian and vegan options upon request.

ALASKA

Valdez Senior Center
PO Box 1635
Valdez, AK 99686
(907) 835-5032
Independent Living.
Serves vegetarian options more than once a week.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Eggplant Parmesan, stuffed peppers, spaghetti, pad Thai, quesadilla, jambalaya, Southwest pasta, cabbage rolls, brown rice casserole, burritos.

ARIZONA

Maravilla Scottsdale
7221 E. Princess Blvd., Ste. 117
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Assisted Living, Independent Living, Memory Care.
Serves vegetarian options at every meal and vegan options upon request.
Sample vegetarian/vegan dishes: Handmade black bean burger, stir-fry vegetables w/curry, lentils

Padua Hills Apartments
460 S. West Rd.
Wickenburg, AZ 85390
(928) 684-7034
Independent Living.
Serves vegetarian and vegan options more than once a week.

CALIFORNIA

Arroyo Grande Care Center
1212 Farroll Ave.
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
(805) 489-8137
Nursing Home.
Serves vegetarian and vegan options upon request.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Various soy products, cheese dishes.

Crestwood Center - Napa Valley, Crestwood Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Center
295 Pine Breeze Dr.
Angwin, CA 94508
(707) 965-2461
Serves vegetarian options more than once a week.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Roasted veggies, hummus, and feta wrap; spinach pie; bean and cheese burrito; fettuccini with pesto and tomato salad; veggie burgers; homemade veggie pizza; nachos with bean chili; Swiss, mushroom, spinach Panini.
Sample vegan dishes: Veggie burgers. Some dishes can be made vegan by leaving the cheese out.

Pacific Regent La Jolla
3890 Nobel Dr.
San Diego, CA 92122
(858) 597-8008
Independent Living.
Serves vegetarian and vegan options at every meal and upon request.

Pinole Senior Village
2850 Estates Ave.
Pinole, CA 94564
(510) 758-1122
Assisted Living.
Serves vegetarian and vegan options upon request.
Sample vegetarian dish: Eggplant parmesan over linguini and marinara.
Sample vegan dish: Vegetable stir-fry over steamed rice.

The Redwoods
40 Camino Alto
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 383-2741
Assisted Living, Independent Living.
Serves vegetarian options at every meal and vegan options upon request.
Sample vegan dishes: Steamed vegetables en crowte (using wheat flour), vegetable wheat berry stew.

Springfield Place
101 Ely Blvd. South
Petaluma, CA 94954
(707) 769-3300
Assisted Living.
Serves vegetarian and vegan options upon request at every meal.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Eggplant Parmesan, leek and cheese tart, vegetarian lasagna, garden vegetable soup, salads.
Sample vegan dishes: Braised tofu with brown rice and veggies, steamed vegetable platter and Amy's Kitchen products, vegan hot dogs and burgers.

Terraces of Los Gatos
800 Blossom Hill Rd.
Los Gatos, CA 95032
(408) 357-1104
Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Independent Living.
Serves vegetarian options more than once a week.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Stuffed bell pepper, veggie lasagna, shepherds pie, eggplant Parmesan, quiches, stuffed squash.

Vista Veranda
3540 MLK Jr. Blvd.
Lynwood, CA 90262
(310) 885-3393
Assisted Living.
Serves vegetarian options upon request.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Vegetarian pizza, veggie burger.

COLORADO

Covenant Village of Colorado
9153 Yarrow St.
Westminster, CO 80021
(303) 403-2926
Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Independent Living.
Serves vegetarian options at every meal and rarely serves vegan options.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Zucchini baskets, stuffed portabellos, pasta marinara.

Heritage Club Mountain View
8101 E. Mississippi Ave.
Denver, CO 80247
(303) 337-3400
Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Independent Living, Continuing Care Retirement Community.
Serves vegetarian options more than once a week and vegan options upon request.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Stuffed shells with marinara sauce, veggie burger, spinach lasagna.

CONNECTICUT

The Greens at Greenwich
1155 King St.
Greenwich, CT 06831
(203) 531-5500
Assisted Living.
Serves vegetarian options more than once per week and upon request and vegan options upon request.

Tidelawn Manor
97 Seaside Ave.
Westbrook, CT 06498
(860) 399-2565
State Licensed Residential Care Home.
Serves vegetarian options more than once a week and vegan options upon request.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Pizza, rice and beans, hummus, pasta dishes with veggies, baked cauliflower with garbanzo beans and ricotta. We have 'No Meat Monday.'

FLORIDA

Accordia Woods Assisted Living
1889 Curlew Rd.
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
(727) 771-1917
Assisted Living.
Serves vegetarian and vegan options upon request.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Lasagna, quiche, cheese pizza.
Sample vegan dishes: Meatless burgers, meatless chili, tofu wraps.

East Ridge Retirement Village
East Ridge at Cutler Bay
19301 SW 87th Ave.
Cutler Bay, FL 33157
(305) 238-2623
Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Independent Living, Continuing Care Retirement Community.
Serves vegetarian options at every meal.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Grilled vegetable platter, eggplant Parmesan, baked ziti, spinach quiches, vegetarian chili, Caesar salad, grilled vegetable platter.

GEORGIA

The Fite Living Centre
5 Fite St.
Cartersville, GA 30120
(770) 382-2002
Assisted Living.
Serves vegetarian options at every meal.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Lasagna, quiches, Mexican casserole, lentil soup, vegetable chowder, veggie patties, tofu loaf, Griller patties.
Sample vegan dishes: Lentil soup, bean burritos, tofu loaf.

IDAHO

Woodstone Assisted Living
491 Caswell Ave. W.
Twin Falls, ID 83301
(208) 734-6062
Assisted Living.
Serves vegetarian options at every meal and vegan options rarely.

ILLINOIS

Berkely Nursing & Rehab
6909 West North Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 386-1112
Nursing Home.
Serves vegetarian and vegan options upon request.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Lasagna, eggplant parmesan, salad, soups.

Fountains at Crystal Lake
965 Brighton Cir.
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
(815) 477-6004
Assisted Living, Independent Living, Memory Care.
Vegan and vegetarian meals served upon request.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Quiches, quesadillas, assorted baked pastas, loaded veggie baked potato.
Sample vegan dishes: Seared tofu steaks; lentil and couscous salad; corn, barley, and black bean salad; veggie burgers.

HCR Manor Care
432 Poplar Dr.
Wilmette, IL 60091
(847) 256-5000
Nursing Home.
Serves vegetarian options more than once a week and vegan options upon request.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Vegetarian pizza, lasagna, grilled cheese, vegetarian chili, cheese ravioli.

INDIANA

River Pointe-Evansville
3001 Galaxy Dr.
Evansville, IN 47715
(812) 475-2822
Assisted Living.
Serves vegetarian options at every meal.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Red beans with rice, veggie rollups with sauce.

KANSAS

Lakeview Village Care Center
13840 W. 91st Ter.
Lenexa, KS 66215
(913) 744-2402
Nursing home. Assisted Living. Independent Living.
Serves vegetarian options at every meal and vegan options rarely.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Salads, lasagna.

Mount St. Scholastica, Inc.
801 S. 8th St.
Atchison, KS 66002
(913) 360-6200
Nursing Home, Independent Living.
Serves vegetarian options at every meal and vegan options more than once a week.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Lasagna, vegetable stroganoff, veggie pizza, broccoli cheese casserole, stir-fry with tofu, rice primavera.
Sample vegan dishes: Vegan chicken strips, veggie patty, lentil harvest pilaf, macaroni and bean casserole, tofu fried rice.

Woodhaven Care Center
510 W. 7th St.
Ellinwood, KS 67526
(620) 564-2337
Nursing Home.
Serves vegetarian and vegan options at every meal.
Sample vegan dishes: We are restaurant style. We have 20 entrées offered. If they request it, they get it!

KENTUCKY

Elmcroft of Mount Washington
520 Woodlake Dr.
Mt. Washington, KY 40047
(502) 538-3172
Assisted Living.
Serve vegetarian and vegan options upon request.
Sample vegetarian dish: Lasagna.

MAINE

Victorian Villa Rehab and Living Center
26 Pleasant St.
Canton, ME 04221
(207) 597-2510
Nursing Home, Assisted Living.
Vegetarian options served more than once a week and vegan options served upon request.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Quiche, vegetable pizza, stuffed French toast.

MARYLAND

Edenwald
800 Southerly RD., Towson, MD 21286
(410) 339-6000
Lifecare Community, Independent Living, Assisted Living, Comprehensive Nursing Care. and Specialized Memory Care.
Serves vegetarian option at every meal.
Sample Vegetarian Dishes: Buffalo mozzarella ravioli, quiche with sun dried tomatoes and mushrooms; tomato au gratin; vegetarian chili.

MICHIGAN

Tendercare Mt. Pleasant
1524 Portabella Tr.
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
(989) 772- 2967
Nursing Home.
Serves vegetarian options rarely and upon request and vegan options rarely.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Grilled cheese, cottage cheese fruit plate, noodles with spaghetti sauce, chef salad.

Thurston Woods Village
307 N. Franks Ave.
Sturgis, MI 49091
Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Independent Living, Continuing Care Retirement Community.
Serves both vegetarian and vegan options upon request.
Sample vegetarian and vegan dishes: Amy's Kitchen and other packaged options.

Village of East Harbor / Unidine
33875 Kiely Dr.
Chesterfield, MI 48047
(586) 716-7419
Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Independent Living.
Serves both vegetarian and vegan options upon request.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Eggplant Parmesan, garlic-spinach-cheese tortellini.
Sample vegan dishes: Mushroom and bean chili, tofu broccoli cashew stir-fry.

MINNESOTA

Knollwood Place
3630 Phillips Pkwy.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
(952) 939-1609
Assisted Living.
Serves vegetarian options upon request.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Pasta with red sauce and veggies; pilaf rice; kasha; baked potato.
Sample vegan dishes: Beet borsht soup, tomato soup, salads.

Parker Oaks
211 6th St.
Winnebago, MN 56098
(507) 893-3171
Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Independent Living.
Serves vegetarian options rarely.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Lasagna, garlic bread, green beans.

St. Gertrude's Health and Rehabilitation
1850 Sarazin St.
Shakopee, MN 55379
(952) 233-4400
Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Transitional Care Unit.
Serves vegetarian options more than once a week.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Pasta Alfredo, lasagna.

NEBRASKA

Butte Healthcare Center
210 Broadway St.
Butte, NE 68277
(402) 775-2355
Assisted Living, Independent Living.
Serves vegetarian and vegan options upon request.
Sample vegan dishes: Granolas, vegetables, peanut butter based items. Will provide to the best of their ability any requested diet desired by their resident.

NEW JERSEY

The House of the Good Shepherd
798 Willow Grove St.
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
(908) 684-5728
Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Independent Living.
Serves vegetarian options upon request.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Various tofu dishes, veggie burgers, pasta dishes made with soy products.

NEW MEXICO

BeeHive Homes
1420 S. Main Ave.
Portales, NM 88130
(575) 356-0466
Assisted Living.
Serves vegetarian and vegan options upon request.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Veggie soups, salads.

The Gingerich Home for the Elderly, Inc.
27 Road 5577
Farmington, NM 87401
(505) 632-1234
Assisted Living.
Serves vegetarian and vegan options upon request.

Suncrest & Senior Living, LLC
854 Lettuce Ln.
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(575) 642-5554
Assisted Living.
Serves vegetarian and vegan options upon request.
Sample vegetarian options: Soups, salads.

NEW YORK

Mayfair Care Center
100 Baldwin Rd.
Hempstead, NY 11550
(516) 538-7171
Nursing Home.
Serves vegetarian and vegan options at every meal.

Pleasant Valley
4573 State Rt. 40
Argyle, NY 12809
(518) 638-8274
Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Adult Daycare.
Serves vegetarian options more than once a week and upon request and vegan options rarely.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Fruit plate, pizza, macaroni and cheese, lasagna.

NORTH CAROLINA

Arbor Acres
1240 Arbor Rd.
Winston Salem, NC 27104
(336) 748-4642
Assisted Living.
Serves vegetarian options at every meal and vegan options upon request.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Lasagna, quiche.

Brookdale Place South Charlotte
5515 Rea Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 544-2094
Assisted Living.
Vegetarian options are served at every meal and upon request.
Sample vegetarian dish: Fruit and cheese plate.

Carmel Hills Retirement Community
2801 Carmel Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28226
(704) 364-8302
Assisted Living, Independent Living.
Serves vegetarian and vegan options more than once a week.

Givens Estates Retirement Community
2360 Sweeten Creek Rd.
Asheville, NC 28803
(828) 771-2217
Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Independent Living.
Serves vegetarian options at every meal and vegan options more than once a week.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Quinoa salad, stuffed peppers, nut loaf, lentil patties.
Sample vegan dishes: Tofu stir-fry, vegetarian grilled subs.

Sanford Health and Rehab
2702 Farrell Rd.
Sanford, NC 27330
(919) 776-9602
Nursing Home.
Serves vegetarian and vegan meals upon request.
Sample vegetarian and vegan dishes: Fresh fruits and vegetables are always available. They cater to individuals needs.

OHIO

Golden Living Center - Western Reserve
9685 Chillicothe Rd.
Kirtland, OH 44094
(440) 256-8100
Nursing Home.
Serves vegetarian and vegan options more than once a week.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Pasta, rice and beans, vegetable burger, salad.

Kendal at Oberlin
600 Kendal Dr.
Oberlin, OH 44074
Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Independent Living.
Serves vegetarian options at every meal.

Llanfair Retirement Community
1701 Llanfair Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45224
(513) 681-4230
Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Independent Living.
Serves vegetarian options at every meal.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Stuffed peppers using soy crumbles, tofu meatballs and spaghetti, other pasta dishes and salads. We participate in Meatless Monday.

Mount Alverna Village
6765 State Rd.
Parma, OH 44134
(440) 665-1132
Nursing Home, Assisted Living.
Serves vegetarian options upon request.

Willow Brook at Delaware Run, Willow Brook Christian Communities
100 Delaware Crossing West
Delaware, OH 43015
(740) 201-5772
Assisted Living, Independent Living.
Serves vegetarian and vegan options at every meal.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Veggie burger, vegetarian panini sandwiches, salads, lasagna, veggie plate, fruit plate.

OKLAHOMA

Tulsa Jewish Retirement Center
2025 E. 71st St.
Tulsa, OK 74136
(918) 496-8333
Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Independent Living.
Serves vegetarian options at every meal and vegan options upon request.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Stir-fry vegetable lo mein; loaded baked potato with mushrooms, broccoli, and cheese; stuffed bell pepper with brown rice, mushrooms and more over polenta.

OREGON

Courtyard Senior Plaza
6125 SE Division St.
Portland, OR 97206
(971) 221-7312
Independent Living.
Serves vegetarian dishes at every meal.
Sample vegan dishes: 3-bean chili, polenta Portobello casserole, risotto cakes, chickpea stew, black bean rice burrito with whole wheat tortilla.

Hawthorne Gardens
2828 SE Taylor St.
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 222-0396
Assisted Living.
Serves vegetarian options.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Vegetarian pizza, quiches, baked potato bar, pasta primavera, chilaquiles, roasted butternut spinach, macaroni and cheese.
Sample vegan dishes: Cabbage rolls, vegan soups, lentil stew.

N.W. Place

Mt. Angel Towers
1 Towers Ln.
Mt Angel, OR 97362
(503) 845-7211
Senior Independent Living, Residential Care Facility.
Serves vegetarian options more than once a week.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Eggplant parmesan, roasted vegetables, veggie patties.

PENNSYLVANIA

Bethany Village
150 Noble Ln.
Bethany, PA 18431
(570) 251-3463
Personal Care Home.
Serves vegetarian meals more than once per week and upon request and vegan meals upon request.
Sample vegetarian meals: Eggplant parmesan, macaroni and cheese, vegetable pizza, meatless sandwiches, pasta dishes, soups.

Brookline Village
1930 Cliffside Dr.
State College, PA 16801
(814) 235-2042
Assisted Living.
Serves vegetarian and vegan meals upon request.

Webster Towers
500 N. Webster Ave.
Scranton, PA 18510
(570) 961-8716
Senior Highrise.
Serves vegetarian options rarely.
Samples of vegetarian options: Manicotti with tomato sauce, cheese ravioli in marinara, egg salad.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Morningside of Hartsville
1901 W Carolina Ave.
Hartsville, SC 29550
(843) 857-0159
Assisted Living.
Serve vegetarian options at every meal and vegan options upon request.
Sample vegetarian dishes: quiche, vegetable lasagna, pasta primavera. They will make appropriate menu substitutions to accommodate vegans.

SOUTH DAKOTA

Avera Prince of Peace
4500 Price of Peace Pl.
Sioux Falls, SD 57103-5865
(605) 376-6898
Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Independent Living, Rehab Hospice.
Serves vegetarian options more than once a week and vegan options upon request.

TEXAS

Santa Fe Health and Rehabilitation
1205 Santa Fe Dr.
Weatherford, TX 76086
(817) 594-2786
Nursing Home.
Serves vegetarian options rarely and vegan options upon request.

VIRGINIA

Chancellors Village
12100 Chancellors Village Ln.
Fredericksburg, VA 22407
Serves vegetarian and vegan options upon request.

The Laurels Retirement & Assisted Living
5635 BSG Dr.
Norton, VA 24273
(276) 679-5635
Assisted Living.
Serves vegetarian and vegan options upon request.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Lasagna, vegetarian casseroles, soups, sandwiches, salads.

Mary Marshall Assisted Residence
2000 5th Ave. South
Arlington, VA 22204
(571) 527-5008
Assisted Living.
Serves vegetarian options at every meal.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Tofu, meatless chicken, meatless beef.

Sentata Norfolk Village
251 South Newtown Rd.
Norfolk, VA 23502
(287) 892-5204
Assisted Living.
Serves vegetarian and vegan dishes more than once a week and upon request.

WASHINGTON

Peoples Retirement Community
1720 East 67th St.
Tacoma, WA 98404
(253) 474-1741
Assisted Living, Independent Living.
Serves vegetarian options rarely.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Vegetarian pastas, soups.

The Quarry
415 SE 177th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98683
(360) 944-6000
Assisted Living, Independent Living.
Serves vegetarian options at every meal and vegan options rarely.
Sample vegetarian options: Lasagna, garden burger, pasta dishes, quiche, sandwiches.

The Willow / AGB
3231 Pine Rd. NE
Blemerton, WA 98310
(360) 479-8522
Independent Living.
Serves vegetarian and vegan options upon request.
Sample vegetarian/vegan dishes: Fruit plate, sandwiches.

WEST VIRGINIA

The Seasons
331 Holt Ln.
Lewisburg, WV 24901
(304) 645-4453
Assisted Living.
Serves vegetarian meals upon request.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Lasagna, mushroom fricassee, ratatouille, vegetarian baked beans. Will note in the resident's food preferences that they prefer veggie meals.

WISCONSIN

Atrium of Racine
3900 N. Main St.
Racine, WI 53402
Assisted Living.
Serves vegetarian and vegan options more than once a week.
Sample vegetarian dishes: Quiche, pizza, pasta with sauce.
Sample vegan dish: Black bean burger served with entrée salad and veggies.

Bellevue Independent and Assisted Living
1660 Hoffman Rd.
Green Bay, WI 54313
(920) 337-0771
Assisted Living, Independent Living.