Recipes against loneliness

Margarita Mesa with José Manuel Bermúdez and Rosario González last Tuesday. / GIVEN

More than 50 years has the recipe for the Malaga fish soup that Margarita Mesa Cabrera cherishes among his memories. The same who, at 75, wanted to share with other users of the Home Help Services of Santa Cruz (SAD), through the book savor memories. It is an initiative of the winning company, Clece, which was launched throughout the Archipelago, and with which it asked its users to share their recipes. This application has become a publication with more than 40 cooking recipes and about 30 participating users.

Last Tuesday, the mayor, José Manuel Bermúdez, went to Margarita’s home to give her the book. This SAD user from Santa Cruz was waiting for him there, with the soup prepared for him and the social action counselor, Rosario Gonzalez, to try. “They couldn’t stay to eat because they had other commitments, but at least they were able to try,” Margarita told DIARIO DE AVISOS.

He admits that it was “a very pleasant surprise”, not only that they came to his house, but also that they brought him the book in which his recipe appears. “The day before I had prepared the broth, and when the mayor arrived, I put the rice and shellfish in it,” explains Margarita.

How much that when they called her from the Clece coordination to offer her to participate, she immediately remembered the Malaga soup and shared it. “I’m not a cook, for the record, I’m rigged,” she says, laughing. “I took some things out of this recipe, added some things, and I’ve had it for 50 years,” he adds.

Margarita has been in contact with the Home Help Service for five years. “I asked for it for my mother, about five years ago, she died three years ago, and they accepted it. I suffered a lot dealing with it, part of what happens to my knee is linked to the effort I made with it. They came to bathe it, even if I always helped”, she explains. “Later, help came to the addiction two months before his death,” he laments.

She is now the user of this service. “I have a knee prosthesis and macular degeneration, which luckily has stopped for now, and with home help I can start doing things around the house,” he says.

He admits that this initiative has allowed him to share a little more with those around him, but he admits to being “very alone”. A situation that even appears in your medical history as if it were just another disease. To remedy this situation, he attends activities organized by the town hall, goes out for a walk, “and I have my Internet friends”.


savor memories is an editorial initiative that, through the Municipal Institute of Social Assistance (IMAS) and Clece, the company that manages the home assistance service in Santa Cruz, has resulted in a book that has allowed users to share recipes that are part of their idiosyncrasy, of the ideology of eating well, of the dishes with which they have coexisted and with which everyone feels fully identified.

Of these recipe books, more than 1,500 copies will be distributed throughout Santa Cruz de Tenerife among the elderly and, therefore, among their families.

The mayor of Santa Cruz, José Manuel Bermúdez, considers that “it is an excellent initiative to produce this publication with cooking recipes, prepared with the collaboration of users of the home help service (SAD) of the town hall” and he adds that “it is a set of proposals for starters and main courses, as well as pastries and traditional desserts, which recall and recall the smells and flavors of a lifetime; in short, a success on the part of the concessionary company of the service and of the IMAS, which knew how to encourage participation in its development among users of home help”.

For the social action counsellor, this type of initiative “serves to make the service less social and more personal. Last Christmas, the donation of books from some users to others has already been carried out, and this new initiative with cooking recipes is part of this line of making the service more human and closer”.

The Santa Cruz SAD has between 1,100 and 1,200 users. “We have a high demand, especially because of the long waiting times in the addiction,” says González. “We settle in about three months, but we see that people who turn to the Dependency Law, and find themselves waiting up to two years. The city council bears the burden of care higher than we should,” he concludes.

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