It’s More Than Just a Meal
Meals on Wheels aims to assist the elderly and those with disabilities to remain living independently for as long as possible. People may not be able to cook for themselves for a variety of reasons. Sometimes the service is received for a short time, such as after a hip replacement operation. In most cases the meals are provided on an on‑going basis for people who for various reasons are unable to prepare food for themselves.
The nutritional benefits of the service are complimented by the monitoring and social welfare component of the service. Volunteers often alert their supervisors if a client’s health is deteriorating. This early intervention and prompt medical attention can often prevent hospitalisation or in some cases, permanent care.
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 National 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
The Meals on Wheels program is primarily funded by the Australian Government via the Commonwealth Home and Community Care Program (CHSP) for over 65s. To receive a subsidised meal service for CHSP you must contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 who will arrange an assessment. If the service is required urgently the assessment can occur after the service has commenced.
The Home & Community Care Program for Younger People (HACCYP) is subsidised by the State Government. To receive the subsidised service for HACCPYP, please contact your local Council who will provide details of the service in your area.
Alternatively see our Find Us, which will assist you to find the service in your area.
The term monitoring is the professionalisation of notions such as ‘looking out for’ and ‘caring’ and is often considered by clients and their families as more important than the actual meal. We also have a legal responsibility to report to next-of-kin if you do not answer the door. This is often referred to as “duty of care”.