Enjoying Life & Supporting Independence
Meals on Wheels is a name familiar to Australians and is at the heart of many communities. It represents helping hands, teamwork and looking out for each other. It is all about people in the community joining forces to help others.
While age and disability may reduce some people’s capacity to get out and about, Meals on Wheels helps make it possible for them to stay in their homes, where most are happiest, allowing them to maintain ongoing independence, health and well-being.
From its inception nearly 60 years ago, Meals on Wheels has grown to become a driving force of care in the community. The delivery of nutritious and affordable meals, together with regular contact and social interaction contributes significantly towards the clients’ wellbeing and independence.
Across Western Australia Meals on Wheels has around 90 Service providers, throughout the Metropolitan, rural and remote regions. Each year in Western Australia close to 930,000 meals are provided to approximately 10,000 clients in their own homes and through dine-in services provided by Community Care Centres.
The majority of clients receiving a Meals on Wheels service are aged between 50 years to 90 plus, however meals on wheels also provides nutritious meals to younger people suffering from disabilities. Every weekday, a whole host of volunteers offer their time to help cook, and prepare, delicious, and healthy 3 course meals which include entrée, main and desert, while keeping in mind the special dietary requirements of many individuals. These meals are then delivered by volunteers directly to each client.
The changing face of Meals on Wheels reflects how the organisation is responding and adapting to the changing face of the community. While the tradition and values of Meals on Wheels remain true to it’s origins, there is a renewed focus on the attributes of a Meals on Wheels service being ‘more than just a meal’. It is the relationship between Meals on Wheels staff and volunteers that assist the client to feel connected and supported by their community, with the trust and rapport built with the client often being a catalyst for linking clients into other services they require to support their goal of remaining in their home. All of these attributes contribute positively to the clients sense of wellness.
Are you eligible?
Meals on Wheels enables frail older people and younger people with disabilities to remain in their own homes and enhance their level of independence and sense of wellbeing. .
Anyone can access Meals on Wheels through their local service provider whether you’re a self-funded retiree or younger person with a disability and individual funding through National Disability Insurance Scheme(NDIS), Some consumers may be currently in receipt of packaged home care such as a Home care package(HCP). Clients in receipt of this package would need to discuss the option of including Meals on Wheels services into their package with their current service provider.
Consumers also may be eligible for services through the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) which is partly funded by the State and Commonwealth Government. This enables services to be provided at a reduced cost to consumers. Eligibility assessments for Meals on Wheels are carried out by a CHSP professional, who may also suggest other available services, depending on the client’s individual needs. To find out if you are eligible for Meals on Wheels please contact your local service provider who can guide you through the referral process in your area.
To find your nearest Service Provider just click on the orange FIND US button, and you will be taken to the Service Provider page, where you simply enter either your shire or postcode to locate Meals on Wheels service provider nearest to you.
More than just a meal
Meals on Wheels have held a place in the hearts and homes of Australians for almost 60 years. Helping the frail older people and younger people with disabilities, remain independent by staying in their own homes, where most are happiest.
Independence is something we all value and to have that taken away through not being able to go to the shops for groceries or to cook a regular healthy meal, should not be an obstacle to autonomy.
Every day a friendly smile, a chat about the weather, a nutritious meal and simply knowing someone will drop by to say hello, enriches the lives of many Australians. It’s not just the clients who value this contact, ask any of the multitude of volunteers and they will tell you reaching out and making a difference in somebody else’s day, makes their day too!