HAPPY AT HOME: The new partnership between HISC and Meals on Wheels helps keep people in their own homes, where over 90% of older Aussies want to be.
HAPPY AT HOME: The new partnership between HISC and Meals on Wheels helps keep people in their own homes, where over 90% of older Aussies want to be. David Radler

Staying at home just got easier with meal deliveries

THE Meals on Wheels motto is "more than just a meal" and having teamed up with Home Instead Senior Care (HISC) from this month means it can really deliver on that promise.

After training in January, the program kicked off in February, and HISC owner-director Jasmine Hopcraft said they had received 10 referrals within the first 10 days.

Here's how it works.

Meals on Wheels (MOW) has more than 400 volunteers visiting over 600 clients on the Central Coast.

Often when they visit homes, they notice people really need a little extra help, whether it's domestic issues such as cleaning, changing beds, more socialisation or even help for medical issues such as dementia.

They want to do something to help, but what?

Now, Jasmine said, the volunteer's next step is easy.

They let clients know there is a homecare company that can help get them support and, if the client agrees, they call Meals on Wheels headquarters, who pass on the details to HISC and its 75 qualified caregivers.

HISC contacts the client and organises a free care consultation, which takes about an hour.

"Basically we are advocates for them to navigate through the various options of care available to them," Jasmine said.

"Often people are reluctant to ask for help, or don't know what's available, so we can put suggestions to them of services offered by a private company like ourselves or help refer them to government services through the My Aged Care website."

HISC has been on the Coast now for almost five years, in Australia since 2005 and worldwide since 1994. Its services include home help, personal care, transport, 24-hour care, dementia, palliative and respite care.

Phone HISC on (02) 4342 3477 or go to www.gosford.homeinstead.com.au or phone MOW on (02) 4357 8444 or visit www.ccmow.com.au.


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