LONGFORD SOCIAL SERVICE COUNCIL
St Joseph’s Care Centre,
Tel: 043 3350114/043 3350138
Fax: 043 3332110
Service facilitates Meals on Wheels
(over 65), chiropody (over 65), transport
Meals on Wheels
is often the first service that is offered to older
people as they become more dependent, but are still
capable of continuing to live in their own homes. The
benefits of the service are many. Meals on Wheels play
an important role in providing respite for carers enabling
home helps to undertake other tasks.
Meals on Wheels
service is provided in the town and county of Longford
on a seven day per week basis including Christmas day
and other public holidays. At the moment over 220 meals
are delivered daily. The meal consists of hot soup,
a main meal and dessert and the total dinners delivered
for 2008 was 59,289, an increase of 32% since 2007.
The meals are delivered to the individual’s home
by volunteer drivers, helpers and staff.
While the service
is not in a position to provide individuals with a choice
of meals each day for financial reasons, the menu is
regularly rotated to ensure a good variety of meals.
Every effort is made to make the meals reasonable and
affordable. Meals on Wheels relies on subsidy by the
HSE, direct payments from clients, fundraising, donations,
flag days and church-gate collections.
It can improve
the nutritional status of clients, it provides clients
with a measure of social contact, particularly important
for those who are socially isolated or living in remote
areas, and it can enable the early detection of problems
that require further interventions. In addition the
Meals on Wheels service is a local response to local
Social Services Voluntary Committee: Padraic
Gearty, Chairperson; Phyllis Branigan, Secretary; Annette