Jul 03, 2018
Kayla, our daughter, is a 10yr old girl with a neurodevelopmental disorder called Rett Syndrome. My husband Emmett, has been her full-time carer for the past six years. In that time, through continuous research and working with nutritionists and dieticians at The National Children’s Hospital in Tallaght, he has learned the nutritional and functional benefits of a whole variety of foods. Kayla doesn’t absorb nutrients in the same way as the rest of us, so we need to make sure all her food is packed full of goodness and energy.
Looking after a busy household while I was away traveling for work, Emmett found batch cooking to be the simplest way to manage a young family along with a child of very special needs without compromising on taste or nutritional value. He then began providing delicious meals for friends and family and so Kayla’s Kitchen was born.
Kayla’s uncle Karl, my brother, who recently passed away from Motor Neuron Disease at the age of 50 used the delivery service during the last few years of his life. This gave him the independence he needed to stay in his own home until just before he passed. Kayla’s grandparents who are well into their eighties eat from Kayla's Kitchen everyday. They order every two weeks, taking away the stress and hassle of having to plan, shop and cook for themselves every evening. The food arrives frozen so they can choose what to eat whenever suits.
We have opened Kayla’s Kitchen to others who may benefit from ready made meals of great quality food, most importantly the elderly and infirm of all ages. We have been working on our commercial kitchen for the past year and are now trying to get the word out.
What we do
We make healthy home made meals delivered to your door nationwide.
Made from scratch with locally sourced produce and Irish free range meats, our meals are full of goodness you can live off from week to week, month to month.
We want to take the stress out of the planning, shopping and cooking.
We have dieticians who specialise in various illnesses like Cancer, MND, diabetes consulting with us to see how we can improve our offering to suit special diets. So far we have made such a difference in peoples lives, people of all ages with various disabilities and illnesses, its really encouraging and we are determined to help others get what they need.
The bottom line Maura is when we received Kayla’s diagnosis when she was 2 yrs old, our world fell apart. There was very little friends and family could do to help. We were all sleep deprived with no light at the end of the tunnel. I suppose giving food can sometimes be a way of showing you care, its more than food ! If we had had a service like this that maybe our family could have organised it would have made a massive difference. Every day I hear of someone that I feel needs a delivery to their door and hope they have a good support network around them. Help those to help each other.
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