Country Terrace residents treated to an array of decadent Valentine’s desserts

‘When the carts came back, there was nothing, everything was cleared – they absolutely loved everything’

With continued restrictions in place due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Country Terrace residents were in need of a special occasion to keep spirits high, and the nutritional care team at the Komoka, Ont. long-term care home certainly came through for them on Valentine’s Day by serving up an array of high-end desserts.

Nutritional care manager Alex Achillini and his team prepared many desserts for residents, including chocolate and strawberry cheesecakes, parfaits, heart-shaped cookies and strawberries dipped in melted chocolate.

The desserts were then put on two serving carts that were decorated with Valentine’s Day motifs. One cart was brought to residents at one end of the home and the second cart was brought to residents at the other end.

The ladies of Country Terrace were also presented with red roses for the occasion.

During previous years, Country Terrace has organized a special dinner for Valentine’s Day. However, with the current renovation project to add 50,518 square feet to the home as well as pandemic protocols in place, spacing is a challenge, so the nutritional care team decided to focus on desserts that could be brought to residents instead.

Residents were pleased with both the high quality of the desserts and their presentation, Alex says.

“The residents really, really enjoyed it,” he tells The OMNIway. “Sweets are always popular with the residents, and they usually don’t see that kind of presentation on a cart, so they were impressed with that.”

The fact both carts were empty when they were returned to the kitchen was a testament to how much residents enjoyed the desserts, Alex says.

“When the carts came back, there was nothing, everything was cleared – they absolutely loved everything,” he says.

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