‘Extravagant,’ made-from-scratch Christmas dinner was just what Willows residents needed: NCM

Jeffrey Peters and the nutritional care department capped off 2021 with a memorable meal

When it came to planning and preparing his first Christmas dinner at Willows Estate, nutritional care manager (NCM) Jeffrey Peters wanted to go big – and his bold ambition to create a five-star meal that residents of the Aurora, Ont. long-term care home would remember paid off.

Knowing how important high-quality meals are to residents and how much residents enjoy the holidays, Jeffrey, who became the NCM at the Willows in 2021, says he wanted the first Christmas meal he organized at the home to be extra special.

“Everything we made was from scratch,” he tells The OMNIway. “We had so many things on the menu.”

Included on the Christmas Day dinner menu was a traditional roast turkey, homemade stuffing, honey-Pommery-mustard-glazed salmon, honey-glazed ham, roasted garlic shrimp, braised cabbage, Brussels sprouts with double-smoked bacon and fingerling potatoes.

For dessert, Jeffrey and the nutritional care team went with the classic Christmas treat: plum pudding with a brandy sauce.

Jeffrey says the work he and the nutritional care team put into the Christmas dinner was well worth it. The residents ate well and enjoyed everything, he notes.

Given that this marked the end of the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jeffrey says residents deserved a top-notch holiday meal to help celebrate the season in an uplifting manner.

On top of the meal the nutritional care team prepared and served, Jeffrey says Willows Estate team members also went all out decorating the home to give it a festive atmosphere.

The “extravagant” meal and festive decorations had a positive impact on residents, Jeffrey says.

“The residents loved it – everybody was enjoying it, I think it was something different for them, something they needed,” he says. “We wanted to make sure they were presented with a nice meal.”

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