At a lovely dinner last night, my brother-in-law was telling me about his aunt who was required to go to assisted living this week. She was not happy to leave her home of 70 years, but was accepting that she needed help. The first thing my brother-in-law said when I asked him about the facility is: “Well, the food is good!”
This is ground-breaking. This should be their premiere and perhaps only marketing tool. They would have a waiting list for years.
Why does food in practically every institution have to be abominable? I have been witness to or eater of food at 10 facilities or more….nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living facilities, independent living facilities and not one of them had consistently good food. Sure, there was an occasional meal that was pretty darn good. One place I would go to had the best BLT’s I’ve ever had. But one cannot live on a great BLT.
My occasional unscientific survey of dining halls went something like this:
“So how do you like it here?”
“The food stinks.”
If you can serve decent food at a banquet or a wedding, you can do it in a facility. Stop making this the first place to cut corners. Especially when these are the last years of your loved one’s life. For heaven’s sake, you all know how important food is. It’s memories. It’s comfort. It’s a tiny bit of joy in your day.
Make it better. Maybe make it less. How much food waste is going on? There is usually too much on their plate, anyway. How did humungous American portions become the definition of ‘good food’, especially in a senior center?
More is not more. Less is more. If less is more….that is, if less food is higher quality food, let’s try that.
There’s a reason Oliver sang a whole song about “Food, glorious food……..”
If they want more pudding, give it to them, damn it. But make it the good stuff!””
“You Just have to Laugh……….”
© 2016 Cathy Sikorski