The BBC reported yesterday about a Care Home, Woodland House in St Austell, Cornwall that has a wonderful sounding ‘Make a Wish’ initiative. Residents of the home are asked about dreams and goals for the future and in a worthy endeavour the home seeks to carry them out.
A 90-year-old woman saw her dreams come true when she was served fish and chips by a man dressed only in a thong and a see-through apron.
At that point, it is hard to suppress a giggle. Especially when she is quoted afterwards as saying
“I thoroughly enjoyed my fish and chips served by the half naked man.”
She clearly hasn’t seen the people who work in my local chippy but honestly that thought is now producing seriously disturbing thoughts in my head!
The article though, seems to leave more questions than it answers.
The Telegraph delves a bit deeper, so to speak, with a few more details about the circumstances.
Apparently, the first worker asked to don a thong refused and someone else was asked and agreed – no forcing of thong-wearing going on here (!).
But the Operations manager of Cornwall Care, who run the home made a statement about the incident
“Cornwall Care runs a Make a Wish initiative and while requests are typically for a day trip out or even a pasty and a pint, one of our residents recently asked if she could have a fish and chips supper served by a man wearing a thong.
“To make this lady’s slightly unusual wish come true it’s possible our staff overstepped the mark and, while the wish was carried out in a light hearted way, we are sorry if anyone was offended.
“The lady herself, her family and the member of staff who acted as her waiter believe that while it may have been a bit risque the wish was carried out with the utmost respect for all those involved and taken in the good humoured way it was intended by residents and staff present at the time.
“We’ll continue to encourage staff to be innovative in the way we run our care homes but we will be speaking with all our managers to ensure they know where to draw the line in future.”
I have to say, that I can see the problems with the request that an employer would have – obviously there are implications about the appropriateness of the request in a work environment – but, and this is the thing with residential care – it is also a home environment. With all the criticism of residential care, you can’t say that it wasn’t done in at least the right spirit!
And good on the woman – it brought back to me the Jenny Joseph poem
Go read and enjoy!