I'm gonna Rant Now...G-Ma
Normally I am a quiet, old woman caring for my demented Mother. I take her food I puree' everyday, mostly salad cause she likes that and actually doesn't get a lot of roughage and she needs it. I also make her other things she likes.
The facility she is at is really very good and actually the director has been Director of the year for 3 years in a row and is up for # 4. She is a caring lady and her mother died from this disease , she has been a caregiver herself before she took this job. This facility has caregivers that have been there for anywhere from 10 years to 10 months and are really pretty good. I have gotten to know them quite well since I am there often.
I began bringing in foods I made after falling and breaking her hip. Mom spent 104 days in first the hospital then the nursing home and me and my sister were there everyday 10-12 hours a day , making sure she was fed. She is defenseless, at this stage and can not talk (much) and is totaling dependent on help for everything. Alzheimer's Disease is horrible.
Anyway this rant is about the food they serve where she now is. It is actually very good, they have 3 different types that go by the season and as long as you are able to eat regular food it is very enjoyable. However hers must be puree'd as others must be.
One day when the food nutritionist from the Corporation was there she saw me feeding mom my food and asked me what it was. I was, at the time un-aware who she was and said "salad, she needs roughage and doesn't get much here" I have to admit since then it seems they are receiving more now.
But today I was horrified. On her plate was the usual Friday night meal, fish, spuds and tonight salad???? As I looked at the other meals it was a cabbage salad, good, hers was this cosmos green color,it was cabbage salad like the others, but why so green? I tasted it, as I always do, if she is to eat this I surely can? Tasted good, but the color was awful. I questioned it and the caregiver went into the kitchen to see why it was this color. The answer was "we put food coloring in it". So I did not feed it to her, why would you add food coloring? and fortunately I had made her a salad.
To make her salads more green I add Arugula, or spinach. Always with tomatoes, cucumber, red onion's (small amounts) grated carrots and a dressing.
Okay so later this day was the Family Group meeting they have every month and so I asked about this salad and the food coloring added to it. Answer, from the director of this facility, winner of 3 awards, was "well the nutritionist told us to add color to make it look more like salad, keep the colors good". At first I just accepted this answer then as the day went by I got more and more pissed off. Why in the world would a true nutritionist say such a thing?
Why would she being part of this corporation even think that? Oh please the cost of lettuce is not that much. The effects of fake coloring could be bad. These poor souls are at our mercy, and this is my Mother. I am about to write to the corporation, may send them this hub. It is so un-believable that they can't afford a few more greens to make the salad look greener. We live in a town with 5-6 Organic farmers that supply many restaurants with Organic foods, we have 2 organic bakeries that supply the same and for the $7,000 dollars they suck out of my mom's insurance they can't afford more then food colors????..,.
I am PISSED OFF. Thanks again for listening to me...I know if I can just help others that are going through this I may feel better...GOD BLESS...:O) Hugs G-Ma