'Disgraceful': Outrage over aged care home's Christmas lunch

·News Reporter
·2-min read

The Christmas lunch served to residents of a NSW aged care home has sparked outrage among family and members of the local community.

The daughter of a resident in a Byron Bay facility, in the state’s northeast, was repulsed by what her mum was offered for the celebratory occasion on Friday.

“Sadly this is the meal given to aged care residents for Christmas lunch,” she wrote in a Facebook group, sharing a photo of her mum’s plate.

The serving included a helping of partially melted grated cheese on top of a few thin slices of ham, wilted lettuce and some diced tomato.

Image shows aged person eating (stock photo).
Aged residents were served an unsightly helping of ham and salad (not pictured). Source: Getty Images

There were also substances that appeared to be cheese beneath the small portion of “festive” food.

“My mum couldn’t bear to look at it, let alone eat it,” the woman wrote to social media, asking what others thought.

Numerous local community members said they were similarly appalled by the serving, describing the meal “absolutely disgraceful”.

“That’s a very sad attempt for Christmas lunch. Yuck,” one person wrote in a comment.

“Not OK at all. Where’s the love? So awful. I’m so sorry,” another wrote.

“Sorry but that’s f***** up. Whoever dished that up should be disgusted in themselves,” someone else said.

Meal with ham, cheese and salad served to aged care residents.
This was the meal served to residents for Christmas lunch. Source: Facebook

Many argued that for how expensive aged care living can be, the least staff could do was serve a nice meal.

“Wow. And how much they pay to get into a home. What happened to a lovely roast meal?” one wrote.

Others agreed that the cost of privatised aged care was “outrageous”.

“It’s appalling. Good money is being paid to these aged care facilities and the residents are treated like garbage,” one person said.

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