William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
Community Living Center (CLC)
The Nutrition and Food Service Department at the William S. Middleton Memorial VA Hospital strives to provide Veterans with excellent nutrition care while staying in our Community Living Center (CLC). Our goals are to provide healthy foods that promote healing and recovery while also meeting preferences and comfort needs. The registered dietitian and medical staff determine a Veteran's diet.
A weekly menu is posted in the dining area. We provide three meals per day and snacks as determined appropriate. To support our goal of providing a home-like, healing atmosphere, we encourage residents to enjoy all meals in the dining room with other CLC residents. Meals are delivered to the dining room at meal times. Lunch is served restaurant-style. If desired, Veterans may dine in their room and a nurse will deliver the meal. Snacks are available through the CLC dietitian or nursing staff. The CLC dietitian is available to answer any nutrition and diet questions Monday through Friday 7:30am - 4:00pm.
- Dining Room 1: 11:45am - 12:10pm
- Dining Room 2: 12:25pm - 12:50pm
Evening Meal: 5:20pm
Food Safety Guidelines for the Community Living Center
As a healthcare facility, we must take care to assure that all food is safe. To meet this goal, we have a few rules about food being brought in from outside the CLC:
- Please do not bring in food prepared at home. Age, illness, and some medicines can make it harder for people to fight off food-bourne illness. These individuals are at a higher risk for food poisoning. Grocery stores, bakeries, and restaurants have to follow Public Health Department rules, so these foods may be a safer choice.
- Only packaged food items can be kept in the community refrigerator. They must be unopened, single-serving foods. Good examples are individual servings of juice or soda, yogurt, or TV dinners.
- Please mark all items with the Veteran's name. All items need an expiration date. Our staff will be happy to help with this. Please feel free to ask.
- Non-perishable items need to be kept in a sealed container in the Veteran's room.
- Please do not share any food with other CLC residents. Residents may be on special diets with limits on the foods they can eat. They may be at risk for choking due to swallowing problems.
Your support in helping to prevent food-bourne illness is appreciated. Thank you for following these food safety rules to guard the health of our Veteran patients.
The dining area is available to Veterans and their guests. A microwave is available for use in the kitchenette. Please ask nursing staff to assist you when using the microwave. A dishwasher is also available for Veterans and their visitors use for personal dishware and utensils ONLY. Dishes or utensils from Nutrition and Food Services are NOT to be washed in the dishwasher.