This is not a statutory service and with all the budget pressures facing local authorities, some have chosen not to provide such a service. The National Association of Care Catering has been raising this issue, as well as promoting the benefits of a Meals on Wheels Service.
Here at West Sussex County Council we are great supporters of our Meals on Wheels Service, which we provide through our partner Apetito. It’s very much a service designed to help and support West Sussex residents and not just through the provision of a hot, nourishing meal.
Those who have read our West Sussex Life publication will know that we have a growing population of over 65’s in our county, and we know that as people grow older they often need more help and support to stay in their homes. The provision of the Meals on Wheels Service certainly helps.
But our service isn’t just available for the elderly. It’s open to anyone in West Sussex. You can choose from a wide range of dishes and special dietary requirements are catered for. So for just £4.60 a hot, tasty two-course lunch can be delivered direct to the table and that also enables us to ensure that all is well with that person.
Sadly, for some people, this may be the only visitor that they receive in a day, so the wellbeing check is not only a comfort for them but reassurance as well.
If the service is cancelled by the resident we also are informed – this is important and means we can double check on the resident to ensure that they will have regular meals – something which is vital for older people.
I’m pleased to say that the demand continues to grow but I was surprised when someone asked me if we still provide Meals on Wheels in West Sussex – well yes we do. If you want more information please do contact our service on 0808 115 5267 or visit the website.
Later this week I am due to go ‘Back to the Floor’ and spend time with a care worker who provides care to people in their own home. Last year I went back to the floor and spent some time working in a care home. This will be a new experience for me and I have to say I am really looking forward to it. Who knows, I may be blogging about it next week to let you know about my experience.