Each nursing unit is equipped with a multi-purpose day room that can be used for a variety of activities. The dayrooms are the primary gathering spot for residents who receive their meals on the unit. Residents who choose to receive their meals on their living units can dine in the dayrooms and enjoy a social atmosphere with fellow residents, or with friends and family members who visit. Residents also have the option of dining in their own rooms.
The Atha Dining Room is located on the first floor of the Malloy Building. It was built in 2002 and has the capacity to seat 200 people at a time very comfortably. It is open for two hours every meal. This allows the residents some flexibility to attend meals around activities, appointments, or simply when they're good and hungry and feel like eating. The Atha Dining Room has several display cases for exhibits, and also contains many windows to take in the view of the Veterans Home Campus. Two buffet style lines operate simultaneously to provide faster service to residents, guests, and staff.
The Dack Dining Room is located on the main floor of the Dack Building. This dining room is used for resident meals for those who live in the Dack Building or Heinz Hall. Most of the residents who eat there are mobile enough to get themselves back and forth from their unit to the Dack Dining Room, but usually not mobile enough to negotiate the distance needed to get back and forth from the Atha Dining Room in Malloy.
Weekly menus are posted in the entry way of both dining rooms and in specific locations on each nursing unit. Residents are able to look at the menus in these areas and determine whether they want to eat the meal that is being served by the food service department, have a sandwich or snack from the unit's supply of food stock, or to eat in the canteen. Meal tickets are available for guests and family members at the switchboard, located in the lobby of the Sheeler Building, or in the gift shop in the Malloy Building.
The Canteen is located on the main floor of Malloy Building on the south side, between the Barber Shop and the Lounge. Sandwiches, soup, snack foods, pop, ice cream, watches, razors, tobacco, cards, and daily living supplies are available for sale there.
Payment is by cash or Canteen Books only. Canteen counter hours are from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. every day, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas days. The Canteen area is open 24 hours a day to allow access to the vending machines. Items sold by the machines are pop, coffee, sandwiches, soup, and candy.