Program Details
Cooking Class

A structured cooking class designed for seniors in a skilled nursing facility. The program involves hands-on participation in preparing simple meals or snacks. This class aims to enhance cognitive function, motor skills, and social interaction while providing sensory stimulation through the process of cooking and enjoying food together.

  • Teach basic cooking skills and kitchen safety.
  • Encourage creativity and self-expression through food preparation.
  • Provide opportunities for socialization and teamwork.
  • Enhance residents' confidence in their abilities.
  • Promote healthy eating habits.
  • Procedure


    1. Choose Recipes:
      • Select simple, safe, and nutritious recipes that accommodate dietary restrictions.
      • Ensure recipes require minimal preparation and cooking time.
    2. Gather Supplies:
      • Collect all ingredients and cooking tools needed for the recipes.
      • Set up the kitchen area with workstations for each participant.
    3. Safety Briefing:
      • Conduct a brief safety talk on kitchen rules, proper handling of utensils, and hygiene practices (e.g., washing hands before and after handling food).

    During the Class:

    1. Introduction:
      • Welcome participants and introduce the day's recipe(s).
      • Provide each participant with a recipe card and explain the steps involved.
    2. Demonstration:
      • Demonstrate each step of the recipe, ensuring everyone can see and understand.
      • Emphasize key techniques and safety practices, such as proper knife handling and measuring ingredients accurately.
    3. Hands-on Participation:
      • Divide participants into small groups or pairs, assigning specific tasks to each.
      • Supervise and assist as needed, ensuring everyone is involved and engaged.
      • Encourage teamwork and communication among participants.
    4. Cooking:
      • Guide participants through the cooking process, from preparation to cooking.
      • Monitor the use of kitchen appliances, assisting with tasks that require extra caution (e.g., using the oven or stove).
    5. Tasting and Sharing:
      • Once the food is prepared, allow time for tasting and sharing.
      • Facilitate a group discussion about the experience, flavors, and any modifications or ideas for future classes.


    1. Cleanup:
      • Assist participants in cleaning up their workstations and the kitchen area.
      • Ensure all cooking tools and surfaces are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.
    2. Feedback:
      • Gather feedback from participants about what they enjoyed and any challenges they faced.
      • Use this feedback to adjust future classes to better meet the needs and preferences of the residents.
    3. Reflection:
      • Encourage participants to reflect on their achievements and the skills they've learned.
      • Consider displaying photos of the cooking process and the finished dishes in a common area to celebrate the participants' efforts.
    Staffing Requirements

    1 staff supporting residents and 1 facilitating the lesson

  • Ingredients for the chosen recipes (e.g., vegetables, fruits, flour, eggs, spices).
  • Cooking utensils (e.g., knives, cutting boards, mixing bowls, spoons).
  • Kitchen appliances (e.g., stove, microwave, blender, oven).
  • Safety equipment (e.g., aprons, oven mitts, first aid kit).
  • Recipe cards with clear, easy-to-read instructions.
  • Cleaning supplies (e.g., dish soap, sponges, paper towels).
  • Risks
  • Potential for burns from hot surfaces or liquids.
  • Risk of cuts from sharp utensils.
  • Allergic reactions to certain ingredients.
  • Foodborne illnesses if proper hygiene is not maintained.
  • Slips and falls in the kitchen area.
  • Expected Outcomes
  • Improved fine motor skills through handling cooking tools and ingredients.
  • Enhanced cognitive engagement by following recipes and instructions.
  • Increased social interaction and teamwork.
  • Sensory stimulation from various textures, smells, and tastes.
  • A sense of accomplishment and independence.
  • Program Type
    Level of Care
    Independent Living
    Assisted Living
    Dimension of Wellness
    Cooking, Baking