"The Meals on Wheels Program provides meals to a client by the name of Helen, who is 95 years old and resides alone in the same home for over 40 years. Helen was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent extensive surgery but refused any further treatment. Her son, who resides in Florida, came to Springfield to be with his mother and make arrangements for her to move into an assisted living facility; however, Helen adamantly refused. Her son’s biggest concern was obtaining daily meals and proper nutrition to help her regain her strength and maintain her health. He read about USS services and visited the center to obtain information on the Meals on Wheels Program. He relayed this information to this Mother and after much urging she agreed to try the meal program. She now looks forward to the meals being delivered and is slowing regaining strength. The meal delivery is of the utmost importance to her physical health, mental well-being and provides the ability for her to stay in her own familiar surroundings that she strongly desires. There are no family members residing in Springfield and her son states, after visiting our organization, he feels comfortable returning to Florida knowing he will receive a call immediately from the Meals on Wheels Office if there is an emergency or the driver observes any changes in her physical or mental condition."
"United Senior Service’s Meals on Wheels Program provides service to a wide variety of clients on a short or long term basis. The oldest client on the meal program is Jane, who is 101 years old. She has outlived most of her family and still resides alone in her childhood home. She relies on a neighbor, nephew, and in-home services to take care of her personal business and physical needs.
Jane is hard of hearing, experiences weakness, depression and other age related problems. The Meals on Wheels Program provides her with proper nutrition and a daily outside contact. Jane looks forward to the driver bringing her meals and says it gives her a reason to get up in the morning. The Meals on Wheels volunteer opens her milk carton, unwraps her meal, and enjoys a daily chat. The drivers report any change in her physical or mental condition to the Meals on Wheels Office where emergency numbers are available, if necessary. The daily visit and meal delivery is of the utmost importance to her physical health, mental well-being and ability to live independently in her own home. Jane is adamant about staying in her own familiar surroundings and with in home services has been able to do so.
The daily check and hot meal is especially reassuring to families who have busy schedules and rely on this service to care for an older relative."