I was visiting a friend at Schervier Pavilion on the morning of Sat., Sept 9 and noticed a couple of big tents and elaborate decorations consisting of balloons, very creative large palm trees, colorful paper mache, and lots of colorfully dressed staff preparing a celebration of Grandparents Day for the residents, friends and families of Schervier and Mt. Alverno.
The menu of pulled pork, coconut chicken, rice with peppers and onions, fresh fruit kebabs, colorful sweet and sour slaw, and an ice cream sundae bar – all very authentic and delicious.
While walking around admiring the event, I spoke to some of the staff. There was a mix of management and staff and all seemed to be happily involved. The food service director, dressed in a grass skirt and makeshift brassier of two half coconuts, was helping all around. The EVS/Linen manager, sharply dressed in colorful clothes and a snappy hat, was also making the rounds, helping staff and residents enjoy the festivities. Also impressive was the administrator working the ice cream bar syrup station and then pitching in with all to help break down this elaborate set up after lunch.
It was a fine example of teamwork and leading by example and the perfect combination of healthcare and hospitality. The entire staff displayed great attitudes and deserve congratulations on a job well done, all the time carefully watching over and serving the residents with limited mobility. We are very lucky to be living in a community with such compassionate, caring and professional neighbors.