Does your LTC go meatless on Fridays?

  1. The management at the LTC I work at has decided to go meatless on Fridays. Initially, I thought this was in observance of Lent, but I was told yesterday that it is going to be permanent. I think it is nice for the residents who don't eat meat on Fridays, but it is a bit unfair to those that do. I can see having a meatless alternative, but a lot of our residents are old farmers and ranchers who are used to eating meat at every meal...and a lot of them are not happy about someone else's beliefs being forced on them.

    I'm not really venting or asking for advice on fixing the problem...just wondering how other facilities handle it.
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  3. by   Jolie
    I had a family member who resided in a Catholic LTC facility for 6 years. They observed meatless Fridays year round, not just during Lent since so many of the elderly nuns who resided there grew up under that tradition.
    But those who desired a meat entree were able request one.

    I agree that an alternative should be offered. Not all Catholics follow this tradition, so it is not reasonable to expect those of other faiths to do so. And in LTC, meals are such an important activity and diversion, that they need to be appealing!
  4. by   CHATSDALE
    we have a large catholic population and most facilities willl have a first choice of meatless fridays
    a rquest can be made for an alternative even a the smaller places
  5. by   morte
    is this a religious observance, or a costing saving measure disguised as one?
  6. by   flashpoint
    Quote from morte
    is this a religious observance, or a costing saving measure disguised as one?
    A very good question...they're getting new carpet in the halls in a few weeks, maybe that is how they are paying for it.

  7. by   TheCommuter
    I work at an upscale LTCF that gives each resident a menu with 4 choices per meal time. Usually one of the choices is meatless. Everyone stays satisfied because, after all, they circled the meal that they wanted to order on the menu.
  8. by   bethin
    Quote from cotjockey
    The management at the LTC I work at has decided to go meatless on Fridays. Initially, I thought this was in observance of Lent, but I was told yesterday that it is going to be permanent. I think it is nice for the residents who don't eat meat on Fridays, but it is a bit unfair to those that do. I can see having a meatless alternative, but a lot of our residents are old farmers and ranchers who are used to eating meat at every meal...and a lot of them are not happy about someone else's beliefs being forced on them.

    I'm not really venting or asking for advice on fixing the problem...just wondering how other facilities handle it.
    When I worked LTC it was optional. And being Catholic myself, I think the ages where meatless Fridays (during Lent) are to be observed are btw 13 - 65. Of course, if a person is diabetic, has a food allergy that restricts choices, nursing mothers, pregnant women, etc do not have to follow this rule.

    I think it's a disgrace that they are doing this. If diet permits, they should have a choice.

    I would think with diabetics they would want a well balanced diet that included meat. I wouldn't want to mess with that.
  9. by   bethin
    Quote from TheCommuter
    I work at an upscale LTCF that gives each resident a menu with 4 choices per meal time. Usually one of the choices is meatless. Everyone stays satisfied because, after all, they circled the meal that they wanted to order on the menu.
    The same was done when I worked LTC and is still done on the med surg unit I work. But, the OP made it sound like they are completely eliminating meat on every Friday and I think that's just plain wrong. The resident has the right to choose what they want to eat within their dietary guidelines.

    I feel bad for those who aren't Catholic. I don't agree with imposing one's beliefs on anyone else.
  10. by   fultzymom
    Mine has never done it. It is nice for the residents who are used to practicing this but it would seem they would have to offer meats to the ones who do not.
  11. by   marjoriemac
    My current facility and previous three, have all been meatless on a friday. If the resident does not like fish, an alternative can be arranged. I think its a custom here.
  12. by   pfongk
    we have fish or chicken for lunch on fridays and the evening meal is a salad, fish or sandwiches.

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