As you set the New Dining Practice Standards in place, you learn you must know the resident really well to truly honor her right to choice and autonomy – that a bowl of rice is not just a bowl of rice for “Mrs. Chu,” the subject of my last post. She’s told you her entire rice ritual including her favorite type of grain, cooking method, accompanying condiments, and way to have it served … all down to the traditional china bowl.
It seems obvious that if we want to improve the lives of elders living in nursing homes, our dining practices would be a great place to start. I don’t know about you, but I like choosing what I have for dinner. I graduated from plastic trays when I graduated from high school, and when I feel like having a snack from my fridge I don’t reach for a canned nutritional supplement. Our residents probably all feel the same way, and that should be a good enough reason to make changes in dining practices. But there are more positive outcomes involved – and now there’s proof. Continue reading “Proof In The Pudding”