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Regina woman concerned over Christmas meal served at her father's nursing home

12/27/2014 12:59 EST | Updated 02/26/2015 05:59 EST
On Christmas Day when many people across Saskatchewan were feasting on turkey, Darlene Mitchell's dad was eating bologna. 

Mitchell went to visit her father for the holiday at Pioneer Village, a Regina nursing home, and was dismayed at what was on the menu there that day.

A piece of bologna, a piece of salami, a bun and some "watery macaroni salad" was served up for seniors at the home, according to Mitchell.

Mitchell said she was not only concerned about the quality of the meal, but also the nutritional value. She wants it to change.

"It's dismal, it's depressing, it's sad and its horrible that [this is how] these people are living the last years of their life. So what would I like changed? A hot meal," she told CBC News Saturday. 

Mitchell took a picture of the meal and posted it to social media. The post is now nearing 1,000 shares. 

In an emailed statement, the provincial government said Pioneer Village has served the same meal for Christmas dinner for 25 years and the residents received a full turkey dinner at lunchtime. 

The Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region will be speaking with reporters at 2 p.m. CST. 

More to come.

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