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What's on the menu matters in health care for diverse patients

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By Minakshi Raj

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Minakshi Raj:

What a complete joke your article is. Do you want every hospital and long term nursing facility in America to offer a full menu to cater to every ethic group? Study something else of substance. Academic experts should focus on basic nutritional needs, not how it is prepared for individuals. The patient's families should provide those ethnic niceties. What BS this article is.

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"My mom is quite religious and also has diet restrictions. When she went to the hospital, all those days, most of the time she was not eating at all.”

Sir, madam Minakshi Raj: that is where you come in as an offspring to make your mother feel comfortable where she is not in her native land. I really don't understand where you are going with this article. Were I to be in a hospital in India would I expect Cheeseburgers and French fries? Hell, no! I would take what they gave me and be thankful.

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Much of what the professor says is reasonable for stakeholder conversations with those entities that approve public funding for facility operations. And for family and caregivers to broach in discussions with privately-funded care facilities.

BUT much of what the professor says also has strong structural and operational implications that have a fiscal impact. Expectations for stakeholders, family and caregivers should keep that in mind.

While doing so, family are always strongly encouraged to construct questions surrounding care. And questions to pose to facility administrators during visita and tours. Being interactive is to everyone advantage. Here is a link to questions to pose when doing research: https://www.brightfocus.org/alzheimers/article/questions-ask-when-looking-long-term-care-facility .

Adding questions towards cultural support in general, and culturally inclusive foods in particular, is a really good idea.

Important: always thoroughly review any contract - with all attached addendums and schedules present and accounted for - before signing. Take your time. Understand what exactly comes included in the package, and what is NOT covered and will be out of pocket additionals. Don't be rushed into agreeing to anything that you don't understand (they say it's the last bed, and they have three other customers that are about to sign at any moment???). And please don't hesitate to review a contract with a solicitor or attorney before signing. You WILL save considerable time, money, confusion, and stress in the long run.

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Every country offers what the majority eats. If some people are gonna be picky about healthcare food, perhaps they should go back to their country or at least have the pocket to order different meals. You can't rely on a foreign country's healthcare and be super fussy about it, as if it's their mistake.

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I’ve had far too much contact with hospitals and care facilities in Australia over the past few years, what with sick and ageing parents, and much of what this article says strikes a real chord with me. Institutional food here is an absolute disgrace, a scandal when you consider that everyone knows good nutrition is essential to recovery but no- one seems to want to do anything about providing it. Many, many old people in this country die with (not from) some degree of malnutrition, the old folks simply having given up on the unappetising, stodgy and unimaginative food served up to them day by day. If (as in my case) you live a few hours’ plane trip away from your family member, there’s not much you can do in the way of bringing in something extra from home. I would far rather eat some Indian, or Chinese, or have something delivered, anything rather than the standard offerings in those places.

So something has to be done to revolutionise the way food is thought of in hospitals and care centres. Food is one of the last pleasures left to the old, and they deserve much, much better than they’re being given.

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Skeptical Says:

"Much of what the professor says is reasonable for stakeholder conversations with those entities that approve public funding for facility operations."

I consider myself pretty intelligent but what do you mean? I am really at a loss.

"Adding questions towards cultural support in general, and culturally inclusive foods in particular, is a really good idea."

Where do you get this infrastructure for a cook to learn how to make naan and curry. And for one person?

"Important: blah, blah, blah"

What is your point? I am perplexed and stunned at all of your comments.
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BIgYen

I totally agree. 100%. I am just saying there never will be an infrastructure to do what the writer of this article is asking. It would be so simple to just focus on good nutrition.

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Dear Ronin Tsukebin:

Point is, you are entitled to your opinions, and I am entitled to mine.

Best of luck to you and your family in the future, if and when you ever find yourself shopping for LTC, MLTC, or SNF care for a loved one in your country.

Best regards.

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Take them food from home buddy. Problem solved, look for solutions to problems.

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Skeptical:

One more thing. Write in a way that we can all understand in an instant. Clarity is important for a real discussion. You, like many others on this forum, write with both the intention to obfuscate an issue and to make yourself seem more intelligent than you really are. Cut to the chase. I write straight up and to the point and think critically, and importantly, not based on a political agenda.

Just answer this question: should a hospital in Idaho serve sushi to a Japanese patient?

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Take them food from home buddy. Problem solved, look for solutions to problems.

Many people don't live within a distance where that's practicable, or the person in care may have a partner who is themselves not capable of bringing in food from outside. The primary responsibility for adequate nutrition served in an appealing way rests with governments, health authorities and with the hospitals/care homes themselves. Otherwise, you may as well be in a third-world country where no responsibility is taken for patient nutrition whatsoever.

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BIgYen

OK, Uber eats or some other service will work, won't it? The world is not perfect and it never will be. Why do you whine about such a minor problem in our society? Much bigger problems exist in society to solve which is what I really am trying to say.

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Ronin Tsukebin:

I don't know what your particular problem is with this issue or why you're so vehement about it, but I do know that not one thing you've posted on this indicates that you have any understanding of, or sympathy for, the problems faced by old and often helpless people confined to institutions. Uber Eats? Try that one on in your average nursing homerand see how far you get with it. Stop whining about something that you think is a minor problem, and hope that you never get stuck in the Kafkaland of an aged care institution if and when you get old.

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