At FPC Gent, the hot meals for the patients are prepared by Sodexo away from the centre. They are then reheated in each of the departments, where the patients eat with the care staff on a “table d’hôtes” basis. Indeed, the kitchen on site is intended for the staff. Three patients come to work there every day for three or four hours. Three more come and work there several times a week. They take care of the dish washing and handle internal orders, for example. They prepare the vegetables or season the salads. They also help serve.
Other patients have the opportunity of joining the site’s cleaning team. After their application has been accepted, they undergo training, specifically in use of the machines, and first work alongside the Sodexo staff before doing the job on their own. They clean the communal areas, the meeting rooms, the corridors and the canteens. But they do not have access to the offices or the treatment rooms. They can work for up to three hours a day. The experience is positive and proves that rehabilitation is possible.
There is no doubt that what FPC Gent has implemented could be adopted by other types of institutions.