10th Oct 2021 @ 8:59 am

Le Rendez-Vous Cafe in Costa Teguise and Las Amigas have teamed up to provide a Meals on Wheels service, providing freshly cooked, nutritious and tasty meals direct to you door.

Not everyone can head into their local town or village to dine, and not everyone has the capacity to prepare their own food. Council services operate some home catering services, but there are still a lot of people having problems who may not qualify for this assistance.

That’s why Le Rendez-Vous Cafe in Costa Teguise and Jan Worthy’s Las Amigas home care service have teamed up to provide a meals on wheel service for anyone on the island who needs it.

It’s not just for the elderly and disabled – anyone can use the service – but it’s not a take-away service, either. Just like other meals on wheel services, the idea is to provide a regular supply of hot meals, desserts and other items for those who need it.

Jans Las Amigas company provides temporary or respite care for relatives or residents suffering from dementia, Alzheimers or other cognitive and physical disabilities, as well as post-operative care. It was while carrying out this work that she discovered that there was a demand for a meals on wheels service.

She contacted Debbie and Jamie at the Le Rendez-Vous, and they agreed that the venture seemed promising. Jamie’s a kitchen wizard whose skills have earned mentions in the Good Food Guide and the Good Pub Guide, while Debbie ran a chemist in Bournemouth for several years, giving her plenty of insight into health issues.

Jamie says “There’ll be a rolling menu which changes every two weeks, and it will be decided according to what’s fresh, in season and available.” Each client will first of all be given a questionnaire in which they can indicate their likes and dislikes, as well as dietary restrictions and possible allergies, and Jamie will work from this information.

An initial glance at the menu shows tempting dishes such as cottage pie, sausage plait, roast pork and fish and chips, but there’ll also be a range of desserts as well as snacks and cold meals for the evening. The Meals on Wheels service can also provide special occasion meals such as Christmas dinner. Deliveries are from Monday to Friday (weekends only on special days e.g. Christmas Day, Easter Sunday).

As for prices, a radius system will operate depending on how far away the client’s home is. “We don’t want to penalise people for where they live”, says Jan, so we’ll keep things as simple and reasonable as possible. An initial cost of €8 for a main course and €5 for a dessert is mentioned – cheaper than you’ll find in many restaurants and cafes.

Deliveries will take place once a day, usually around lunchtime, and can involve a basic well-being check or be combined with care duties. “Anyone could benefit from this”, says Jan. “Those who have lost partners, those who can’t drive, those who simply don’t have time to cook for relatives, says Jan. Extra support can be arranged if the need arises with a simple telephone call. Delivery of pet food and dog walking is also possible.

“Just talk to us and find out what we can arrange” says Debbie. Jan agrees: “This is just the start, and we really need feedback, so that we can provide exactly what our customers need.”

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