Swedish nursing home introduces coffee rationing

In an attempt to reduce expenditures, a nursing home in the municipality of Timrå in northern Sweden has started to ration the coffee served to its residents.

Patients will in the future be limited to a maximum of two cups of coffee and three decilitres of milk per person per day, reports Sundsvalls Tidning newspaper.

The rationing system is part of a new cost savings program that has long been in the works. Staff are to place bulk orders for a week’s worth of food, including bread and butter for breakfast and snacks. The entire menu that the elderly residents can order from is under review.

Nursing home staff have been critical of the measure and have reported that they are ashamed when they can’t fulfill a resident’s request for more of the rationed products.

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