Ontario Nursing Homes Menu Changes Thanks To Budget

 

Nursing homes will get better, fresher food thanks to a funding boost from the province. The 67-cent increase — from $8.33 to roughly over $9.00 a day starting July 1st. This new funding will enable homes to buy local produce, fresh fruits and vegetables more often,” said Cathy Gapp, CEO of AdvantAge Ontario, the recently renamed association that represents not-for-profit and municipal homes. The tight food budget meant many homes gave Ontario’s 77,000 nursing home residents processed meats, frozen vegetables and canned fruit. Critics say the cheap food shortchanges residents. Gapp argues that nutritious and culturally familiar food can help many residents — particularly those with dementia — feel calm and satisfied. Despite the extra funding, seniors still receive less than inmates in Ontario who are fed on $9.73 a day….. Ed

Source: MOIRA WELSH Toronto Star/ Photo:The Toronto Star

Posted in All Stories, Ed McMahon

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