New menu added to Meals on Wheels

Whanganui Midweek - - NEWS -

Whanganui Hospi­tal’s Meals on Wheels Ser­vice has a new menu with a mod­ern twist which di­eti­tians be­lieve will appeal to peo­ple of all ages want­ing to have their main meal of the day de­liv­ered to them.

Pesto chicken pasta, hoisin gin­ger pork and tan­doori beef are some of the more in­ter­est­ing meals that sit along­side tra­di­tional op­tions such as crumbed fish and meat­balls — all de­liv­ered with veg­eta­bles and com­pli­men­tary desserts for $6.70 in­clud­ing GST.

Bet­ter still, meals can be in­di­vid­u­alised to suit the client’s taste and di­etary re­quire­ments.

Spot­less Ser­vices Ltd food ser­vice man­ager and clin­i­cal di­eti­tian Natasha Wilkes says the hospi­tal’s Meals on Wheels Ser­vice has come a long way in re­cent years.

“I’m proud of the fact that my team and I have been able to move with the times to pro­vide a menu with wide appeal. Con­trary to what some may think, Meals on Wheels are de­signed for peo­ple of any age who need as­sis­tance to main­tain their in­de­pen­dence at home or peo­ple such as busy moth­ers strug­gling to eat a bal­anced diet as they jug­gle ba­bies and tod­dlers.”

The ser­vice of­fers:

■ fresh, hot cooked meals Mon­day — Fri­day (in­clud­ing dessert)

■ meals de­liv­ered to the door thus pro­vid­ing daily con­tact with the de­liv­erer

■ frozen meals for week­ends, if re­quired

■ a menu de­signed by clin­i­cal di­eti­tians

■ meals that cater for spe­cial di­ets in­clud­ing veg­e­tar­ian, soft, minced, moist, high en­ergy, gluten free, dairy free or pureed

■ meals ideal for those un­able to pre­pare a hot meal with­out as­sis­tance, those who have no fam­ily or caregiver to as­sist with meal prepa­ra­tion and those re­quir­ing pro­vi­sion of a reg­u­lar meal to help main­tain their health and pre­vent un­nec­es­sary hospi­tal ad­mis­sions.

Ms Wilkes says the hospi­tal’s Meals on Wheels Ser­vice is grate­ful for the on­go­ing help it re­ceives from Age Con­cern which or­gan­ises the driv­ers. Be­cause it’s a “job” peo­ple of­ten do for many years, some get to know their clients quite well and the on­go­ing con­tact is en­joyed by both par­ties.

“An added ben­e­fit is out-of-town fam­ily mem­bers know­ing that their re­la­tion or close friend is be­ing vis­ited on a reg­u­lar ba­sis by a re­li­able per­son who will no­tice any­thing out of the or­di­nary about their client’s con­di­tion or cir­cum­stances,” Ms Wilkes says.

“Con­trary to pop­u­lar think­ing that our clients are el­derly, we also have clients in much younger age groups whose fam­ily are gift­ing them meals to help them while they re­cover from an ill­ness or through pe­ri­ods where they might be par­tic­u­larly busy and there­fore in dan­ger of not look­ing af­ter them­selves as well as they should be.”

“Clients can ar­range meal de­liv­ery by phoning 06 348 3106 and we also take re­fer­rals from GPs, so­cial work­ers and a range of health pro­fes­sion­als work­ing for the DHB or out in the com­mu­nity.”

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