on the Thursday, December 19, 2019
Mercy Place Mont Clare chefs Aldie Gonzales and Savvas Sidiropoulos are fully aware that Christmas is all about family, religious reflections and festivities, but the dedicated Mercy Health staff members will also be focused on ensuring seniors at the not-for-profit aged care home have the most delicious food possible on 25 December.
Aldie, who originally hails from the Philippines, and Greece-born Savvas, are just two of dozens of dedicated staff who will forfeit Christmas lunch with their families to help make Christmas Day extra special at Mercy Place residences around Australia.
“We pride ourselves on the nourishing and healthy food we prepare at Mercy Place Mont Clare, and Christmas Day is certainly no different,” says Aldie.
“Planning and preparing a delicious, home-cooked lunch which has been lovingly prepared in our kitchen is a special thing for all of us, as our focus really is on making Christmas Day very special for all of the residents who can’t be with their own families,” says Savvas.
Mercy Place Mont Clare Service Manager, Joan Lowney, says the kitchen is the heart of the home, particularly at Christmas time, and whilst the staff at Mont Clare prided themselves on cooking home cooked fresh, nutritious food for residents every day, Christmas Day was extra special.
“When most people are opening presents, tucking into their lunch, pouring a celebratory drink or enjoying family company, all members of the kitchen team at Mercy Place Mont Clare will be working hard in the kitchen in their usual dedicated way to ensure Christmas day lunch is delicious,” she says.
“We’re extremely fortunate to have so many committed team members, from cleaners, nurses, carers and kitchen hands, that are all only too happy to go the extra mile to care for our residents and also help to inject a little Christmas spirit into their day.”
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