Q: We only offer room service when resident is sick. Our residents sometimes bring their containers up and take their food down. What do you think of this? I am in an assisted living center.
A. I have experienced the same situation, with residents putting fruit into their empty water glass and taking it back to their room. I think the best approach is to brainstorm a solution with all staff involved. One idea may be to offer a small disposable container option, or foil wrapper that you provide, similar to what restaurants do. Propose your plan to your administrator and resident food committee as a way to be more professional and sanitary in handling food residents haven’t eaten from their meal.