Mount Holly resident Jean Civil brings nutritious meals to Gaston County senior citizens as the 78th franchisee of the Chefs for Seniors company.
“Seniors have put their entire lives into their homes and they deserve to age in place,” said Civil, the Chefs for Seniors franchisee for Gaston County and Lake Norman.
“Some (senior citizens) can’t do things on their own without hurting themselves but that doesn’t mean they should have to go to an assisted living home,” she added.
The Chefs for Seniors company was started in 2013 by the father-son duo, Barrett Allman, and his son, Nathan.
The Wisconsin-based chef, Barrett, was inspired to start Chefs for Seniors from speaking with his restaurant’s senior customers about their struggles to make balanced meals at home.
“It’s incredible what they are doing with Chefs for Seniors,” said Civil.
The company provides a service where chefs come into the customer’s home to prepare and cook meals for the customer and clean up afterward.
Customers have hundreds of food options to select from such as sweet potato stir fry, chicken and dumplings, salsa chicken bowls and stuffed bell peppers.
Civil says her favorite meals to make include her Shepherd’s pie, pork tenderloins with a mushroom sauce, stuffed shells, frittatas and quiche.
Civil says she starts the service by doing a free consultation with the customer where she goes into the home to confirm any food/health restrictions and checks for a suitable kitchen and fridge space for cooking.
Then, customers are given a menu with hundreds of food options where they can choose four meals for the chef to prepare.
Meals typically include a protein, starch and a vegetable, Civil says.
After choosing food options, the chefs will grocery shop for the customers, return to cook the food, store the food in Tupperware in the customer’s fridge and cleanup afterward.
Customers may choose when to start and stop the services and how often they would like to have meals prepared.
Civil recommends contacting her for pricing and appointment availability.
“I love to cook and make people feel welcome and at home,” said Civil. “I love the thought of going to cook in someone else’s home and making them feel welcome.”
Civil, of New Jersey, works as a respiratory therapist by trade and has more than 30 years of experience caring for senior citizens from hospital settings to Acute Rehab to long term and in-home care.
The program does not have age restrictions or demographic requirements.
“We are geared toward senior citizens but we can help anyone who wants help,” said Civil.
“I hope senior citizens can regain their love of food and have the confidence to know that they are going to be able to age in place,” Civil added.
Chefs for Seniors has more than 50 locations across the United States including locations in Charlotte, Raleigh, and South Carolina.
Civil moved to North Carolina three years ago supporting her children’s college pursuits.
She hopes to help the senior community to age wherever they choose and make their lives easier by providing delicious, nutritional meals.
Civil can be contacted at 704-325-4214 about pricing and services.
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