The Hidden Value Of Meals On Wheels
31 Jul, 2012
The Daily Mail recently reported findings by WRVS which show that a third of men over 75 feel lonely, while 41% have two or fewer face-to-face conversations a day and 9% said they no longer ate properly.
These are worrying statics, so what can we do about the increasing isolation of the elderly?
apetito’s Head of Community Meals, Roger Hargreaves commented, “These findings are unfortunately the things we do experience day in and day out, when we are making our daily deliver of meals.
It is very true that we are more than just a meals service to the elderly and vulnerable people in our communities. For many people our deliver drivers are the only human contact they have from one day to the next, yet Meals on Wheels continues to be at the brunt of social service spending cuts.
We have to react now and ensure we have adequate preventative services in place for people to live in their own homes and not be so isolated.”
Meals on Wheels customers are not only receiving a daily hot and nutritious meal, but having someone pop in every day ensures that they aren’t as isolated and lonely and for relatives it’s the peace of mind that someone is checking in on their loved one each day. It enables people to stay in their own homes for longer, which is something we all value.
Read the full Daily Mail Article.
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