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Platform responds to meals on wheels changes

Tuesday 20 January 2015

Robert-Hasson2Age Sector Platform has responded to the planned changes to the 'meals on wheels' service in the South Eastern Health Trust.

 

Robert Hasson from Age Sector Platform commented:

                                              

The Transforming Your Care agenda promotes the idea that care should be provided in the home; something which is supported by older people. However, in order to allow older people to remain at home, a certain degree of support is necessary; with the meals on wheels service playing an important role in ensuring older people have a balanced and healthy diet.”

 

“Any change to the meals on wheels service should allow flexibility for those unable to store or cook frozen meals. It should also take into consideration the impact that social isolation can have on the health and wellbeing of older people.”

 

Decisions made in recent times in relation to residential care homes, home help provision, and now the meals on wheels service demonstrate that consultation with older people has been totally inadequate. These people are some of the most vulnerable in our society; and they need to be a priority, not an afterthought.”

 

 
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