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Retirement community changes meal policy

Thursday - 3/1/2012, 8:55am  ET

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A luxury retirement community in Norfolk has changed a meal policy that some residents claimed was discriminatory.

Harbor's Edge had prohibited residents in its assisted living and nursing sections from taking meals in the independent living dining halls.

Some residents claimed the policy violated the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Media outlets report that executive director C.A. "Neil" Volder III notified residents Wednesday in an email that the policy has been revised.

Residents who have moved from the independent living wing to the other sections will be allowed to take meals in any independent living dining hall, beginning Monday. But they must sign a waiver of liability, secure a physician's consent form and pass a health screen

They also can attend social events in these facilities.


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