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June 29, 2019

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John Dunn

A little bit more on the topic:

My father-in-law once underwent hip replacement surgery and was sent for rehab to a facility upstate. I and my wife went to visit him there and when lunchtime came around, my wife and I went to their cafeteria. There, we saw other visitors who had also come for lunch and almost all of them were elderly. My best guess is that most of them were spouses of the patients. Also, most of them looked as if they had health issues of their own.

Such people would very likely have been on low-salt and/or low-spice or otherwise restricted diets, but the food selections on the cafeteria's menu were almost all hot and spicy, just the opposite of what that crowd of people would be able to safely consume.

I telephoned the director of operations at that facility and presented my concern that such cafeteria offerings could be harmful to such clientele and my concern was acknowledged. A promise was made to me that the food service provider would be contacted and asked to modify the food items in keeping with the needs of the elderly and the infirm.

Was that promise kept? Did the food menu get appropriately revised? I have no idea. The best I could do in that regard was to hope.

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