Our meal service caters for people with a wide variety of support needs, not just meals for seniors. If people are unable to prepare meals or shop for themselves with ease, we can provide a solution.
If you, or someone you know, may be in their senior years and need some extra help in this area, is recovering after hospitalisation, a major illness or surgery, is a person with a disability, a carer, or is requiring assistance due to a special circumstance, we can help.
There are no waiting lists, no means testing and no contracts. You and your loved ones can take comfort in the fact that you are receiving daily nourishment and a regular check on your well-being. After all, enabling people to continue to live in their own homes, is at the heart of what we do.
Meals on Wheels provide nutritious three course home delivered meals for up to 7 days a week. A standard Meals on Wheels meal consists of a soup (or salad in Summer months), main meal, dessert and juice and may be delivered hot or frozen. Most services will supply you with frozen meals for the weekend or days you are unable to be home for meal delivery.
At Meals on Wheels, we understand that some people have to follow a special diet for high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes. Your doctor should regularly reassess the need for you to follow such a diet and advise if the diet is still required or if it needs to be modified. This is especially important if you are experiencing unplanned weight loss.
The more common special diets are catered for by Meals on Wheels, based on dietary or medical needs. A range of meals is also available for people with chewing or swallowing problems, lactose intolerance and coeliac disease. Requests for the exclusion of foods due to allergies and personal taste preferences, may also be accommodated, within reason. Cultural requirements will be met where possible. Please discuss any special meal needs with your local Meals on Wheels Coordinator when they contact you to start your service.
WHAT ABOUT DIABETES?
Meals on Wheels meals are made suitable for frail aged clients with diabetes. Your Meals on Wheels meal will provide approximately four to six serves of carbohydrate foods in the complete package. If you have diabetes, the most important step for helping control your blood glucose level is to make sure that you eat three meals and three snacks to spread the carbohydrates evenly over the day.
ARE YOU HAVING CHEWING OR SWALLOWING DIFFICULTIES?
Meals on Wheels can provide soft or cut up meals if you are having problems chewing or swallowing. You may find that soft foods like scrambled eggs, stews, tinned or stewed fruit, pasta dishes, fish mornay are easier to swallow. If chewing or swallowing difficulties are causing you to lose weight or exclude certain groups of food from your diet, this could become a serious problem. It is recommended that you discuss any chewing or swallowing problems with your doctor and ask for a referral to a Speech Pathologist and Dietitian.
If you have any changes due to a recently identified problem, then please advise us as soon as possible.