Ranty Friday this week is about something that I have often grumbled about. Food packaging drives me nuts. Not just the sheer volume of it at times but how annoying it is to actually rip it open. You need to cut it / puncture it / try and pull it… you name it, it is not straightforward.
And then last week I went to visit my granny in hospital. As I chatted to her she was having her dinner and asked me to help her butter her bread roll. Fair enough, but where was the butter?
Oh it’s in a little plastic bag with some cheese and crackers. Listed on her menu as “Midnight snack”. Nice idea. A little snack if patients wake up in the middle of the night and feel peckish. Which given that dinner had been hash browns, baked beans and scrambled egg, was almost certain to happen.
BTW do hospitals not understand how confusing it is to give an elderly patient a dinner that is basically breakfast?
Granny decided she would have the cheese on her bread roll and would I open that for her too. No was the answer to that. It was in a vacuum sealed package that was IMPOSSIBLE to open. I couldn’t pull it apart. I couldn’t find a way to rip down the seal. I couldn’t stab it with a knife.
I am 44 and have full use of my hands.
My granny is 85 and has arthritis.
What on earth is the point of giving an elderly patient something they can’t possibly open?
It is not just annoying, it is frustrating. If patients don’t feel hopeless enough being in hospital, this just adds to it. Surely?
“We are going to give you a midnight snack, isn’t that a lovely idea? Oh but you actually want to EAT it? Oh no, we aren’t going to permit you to do that”.
Seriously, Hospital Trusts really need to think about this because it is not fair.
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