In a recent article, we wrote of the potential scam that starts with free lunch at a “Senior Seminar.” Today, we will provide another take on this topic, and that is, to help people learn about the legitimate meal options that are available for those in need. If you or someone you love is homebound or limited in the ability to prepare meals, you might consider the option to sign up for Meals on Wheels.
What is the Meals on Wheels Program?
Meals on Wheels is a program designed to bring healthy food to older adults. Too many people suffer from hunger due to immobility, social isolation, poverty, illness, and more. So, food deliveries are available to ensure that nourishing meals are brought to the individual’s home.
According to Meals on Wheels America, 1 in 6 seniors struggles with hunger. These food delivery services can be quite affordable, with one year of delivered food being roughly the same cost as one day of care in a hospital. Since volunteers help with deliveries, it is possible to keep the overhead costs low.
More Than Physical Nourishment
While the healthy meal is the main part of the services offered by Meals on Wheels, it is just the tip of the iceberg. When the food is delivered, volunteers have the opportunity to offer companionship. Aging adults appreciate the interaction since they don’t often have a chance to talk with other people during the day. This “emotional nourishment” can be more valuable than the physical nourishment for some recipients.
Additionally, the trained volunteers can see the person’s home life. It is a chance to identify potential signs of elder abuse or neglect so that the appropriate support services can be engaged. These safety checks are designed to support the care of those who are most vulnerable in our community.
If you are looking for additional elder support services in the area, we invite you to talk to our experienced team for more information. We’re here to help! Email info@SeniorSafeAndSound.org or call 858-480-7551. Senior Safe and Sound.
This information is intended to inform the public at large about this important issue. It is not intended to serve as legal advice.