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Old 11-20-2014, 07:18 AM   #61
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Another thought on the quality of "it's paid for" food: there would be a double cost to improving it. Suppose the Hampton Inns switched to breakfast that included homemade muesli, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, Cinnabons (maybe a smaller version), genuine bagels with hummus and high-quality jam (no high-fructose corn syrup), and Starbucks coffee. In addition to the additional cost of providing it, demand would skyrocket. People who formerly just grabbed coffee and ran out the door would get up earlier. Some would "fill up" at breakfast to save money at lunch. And you know there would be people who stuffed extras into their purses/pockets for later.

This would also be true of retirement homes- fewer people would eat elsewhere, people would eat more and maybe take some with them. They have some incentive to keep the offerings mediocre!

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Old 11-20-2014, 11:23 AM   #62
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If you want to have a social life within the CCRC you have to be there at mealtime, it's the most important social activity. Some people must feel trapped by that.
Cocktail parties prior to the evening meal seems to be a joyful activity @ CCRC that I am familiar with.

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Old 11-20-2014, 11:33 AM   #63
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My Dad lives in CCRC and the food is pretty good. The monthly fee (he owns his apartment but pays monthly for services and LT insurance) includes a continental breakfast and one other meal each day. For each meal, they have a printed menu and also some standard additions. They will deliver to a person's apartment if people are ill without additional cost and charge $17.50 for each guest meal.

They do have a weekly buffet on Monday, which started for those who watched Monday night football. They also have the regular restaurant meals for those who do not want the buffet. They have holiday buffets also, with everything you can think of, including wine. And luaus, Cinco de Mayo, Easter brunch etc....all with wine of champagne.

It seems that his CCRC is a more deluxe place than some others, because they have lots and lots of other benefits. So, a comparison would be a good idea if thinking about moving to one.

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