Blacktown Meals on Wheels provides a variety of nutritionally balanced meals to frail, older people (aged 65 years and over or 50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people), people with dementia and who need assistance with daily living to remain living independently at home and in the community.
At Blacktown Meals on Wheels, by providing meals and social contact, we enable people to be independent in their own homes for as long as possible. Most people prefer to live at home, but in many cases they need support to do this. Without our services, and other community services like ours, clients are at risk of premature admission to aged care.
We seek to actively communicate with clients and reduce the high risk of malnutrition in older people. Improving nutrition reduces falls and other associated health risks in older people.
Often, a Meals on Wheels meal is the highest source of nutritional content for a client who would otherwise exist on tea and toast, and in many instances, and a Meals on Wheels volunteer may be the only daily point of contact for our clients. Blacktown Meals on Wheels also plays a role in monitoring the health and wellbeing of our clients.
Meeting cultural needs of CALD (Culturally And Linguistically Diverse) clients is also a priority and special diets (e.g. gluten free) are catered for as required.
How does Meals on Wheels operate?
Blacktown Meals on Wheels is currently funded by the Australian Government under the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP).
We are able to provide meals to eligible individuals registering through the My Aged Care gateway on 1800 200 422.
Blacktown Meals on Wheels is also made possible by the significant contribution of volunteers who form our management committee, deliver the meals and assist with our Social Group days. According to Volunteering Australia, over 6 million people volunteer annually in Australia, which makes a contribution of $200 billion to the Australian economy each year.
Please contact our office on 9622 6183 for further information.
Although funding for this service has been provided by the Australian Government, the material contained herein does not necessarily represent the views or policies of the Australian Government.