|"What? No cabbage? I guess I'll just suffer."|
They prefer, instead, to save up their complaints for the monthly council meetings. Now, part of this is attention-getting tactics, no doubt. Why quietly mention your displeasure to your server when you could get up in front of a crowd and talk about what you don't like? WITH A MICROPHONE!! We had one woman who actually had a list, written on the back of an envelope, of everything that had displeased her that month, including other residents. She did not bring any of these issues to staff's attention prior to this, so we weren't able to address or take action on any of these items until they were already well into the past. Fortunately, after we pointed out to her that the problems could be solved much faster if she'd let us know about them as they happened, she has become much better about not stockpiling her grievances.
|"I disapprove of you. In general."|
Anyway, you can see that these monthly council meetings are a LAFF RIOT and we all look forward to them. Not. Some days, with the hearing difficulties, participants falling asleep, and the slight decline in mental faculties, the meetings can take on an Abbott and Costello-type comedy routine flavor. Take, for example, this exchange from a council meeting a few months ago:
sees resident in front row with hand in air
Nurse: Yes, Rose*? You have a question?
Rose: Spanish rice should have green peppers.
Nurse: Okay, Rose, that is a question for dining, and Boris will be taking any food or dining questions next after I'm finished. So, you may also have noticed that we have a new policy regarding visitors signing in. Please make sure anyone who visits you signs in on the guestbook at the table near the RA office. Any questions?
sees resident with her hand in air
Rose: Rolls should be soft, not hard.
|"Hey, Lou, orange ya glad I didn't say banana?"|
Nurse: Okay, Rose, let's save our food concerns for dining, okay? Now, one last thing. We've been noticing people out for walks without the proper clothing. Even though it's spring, it's still chilly, so be sure to wear your jacket if you're going out for a stroll. Okay, does anyone have anything else for me?
Rose: Potato soup should be creamy, not watery.
Nurse: (in defeat) Boris, why don't you go now and talk about dining?
*names have been changed to protect the inattentive