Meals on Wheels – Three services in one
Meals on Wheels assists the elderly and those with disabilities to remain living independently for as long as possible.
Meals can be provided short-term or on an on-going basis for people who are unable to prepare food for themselves. This vital nutritional supplement to the daily diet is complimented by the monitoring and social welfare component of the service. Volunteers and staff are often one of the few social contacts many of our customers have. These dedicated delivery personnel also alert their supervisors if they have a concern about client’s health or wellbeing. This early intervention and prompt medical attention can often prevent hospitalisation or in some cases, permanent care. We are “three services in one”
Most meals are subsidised by the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) or the Home and Community Care Program for Younger People (HACCPYP), with contributions from individual service providers. Meals on Wheels clients pay a fee for each meal delivered to their door. Cost of meals and menu choices vary from service to service and depend upon conditions and factors prevailing to the particular area of the local service. If you require meals, contact your council or My Aged Care on 1800 200 422.
Meals on Wheels Victoria – The association
The Victorian Meals on Wheels (registered as Victorian Meals On Wheels Association Incorporated) is an industry group whose members are primarily made up of meals on wheels service coordinators and managers. We have strong links with MOWA (Meals on Wheels Australia) and have two members from Victoria on the board.
Victorian Meals on Wheels is dedicated to the continuous improvement, promotion, and sharing of information and ideas for all Meals on Wheels providers throughout metropolitan and regional Victoria. It is our aim to raise the public profile of this valuable service and acknowledge the efforts of the paid and volunteer workforce. We are also committed to the development and improvement of the service throughout the State. Most of our members work at grass roots level and have an innate understanding of the issues facing services and clients. It’s these issues that we can often address at our meetings and feedback to government.
If you are in any way involved within the meals on wheels sector, would like to become a member, or just some more information about Meals on Wheels contact us.