Janice has been blogging about food fort he old and the young. Here are some thoughts from Europe. In Switzerland, we are not serving “slop“ any longer; most of the nursing homes serve good food, the ones in my community and the neighboring villages deliver great meals for people at home who are no longer able to shop and cook for themselves. Volunteer drivers pick the food up from the nursing home kitchen in “airline containers“ and deliver it to people’s homes. Many very old and frail people depend on this service.
However, eating alone is not always what people want and need. Food is not just eating. What, I was thinking – would happen – if the drivers picked up the people from their home and bring them to a communal table to share a meal, coffee, dessert and look into friendly faces, and talk, and laugh. Even once a week would – for many – make all the difference in the world.