Supporting and enhancing meals on wheels provision
Nationally more than 1.3 million people over the age of 65 are malnourished. There is no one solution to reducing malnutrition among older people. Valuable activities include meals on wheels, lunch clubs or other forms of shared meals, improving care and hospital provision, influencing people’s eating habits.
Meals on wheels can provide a lifeline to people struggling to feed themselves in their own homes. Examples from around the UK and internationally demonstrate how the value of the meals can be extended well beyond the actual meals. In particular, there is an opportunity to use food provision to link isolated adults to other services and avert escalating health and social care costs through early intervention.
- Something to be proud of: Taking an enterprising approach to meals on wheels (Simon Shaw CF, 2020)
- Webinar recording: Food and Enterprise: Meals on wheels services and community food businesses from around the globe (Simon Shaw and Joanna Heywood, 2020)
- Beyond the Food Bank: Meals on wheels in London (Sustain, 2019)
- Meals on wheels good practice case studies (Sustain and partners, 2018)
- Webinar recording: Older people’s access to food and meals on wheels (Food Power, 2018)
- Meals on wheels survey 2018 (APSE and NACC, 2018)
- Malnutrition Task Force
- Improving food shopping for older people (University of Hertfordshire, 2018)
- Short film: Food in Later Life (University of Hertfordshire, 2018)
- Food in Later Life Game (University of Hertfordshire, 2018)
- Helping older people maintain a healthy diet: A review of what works (Public Health England, 2017)
- Hidden hunger and malnutrition in the elderly (Feeding Britain, 2017)
- The cost of malnutrition in the UK and potential cost savings from nutritional interventions (Elio M. on behalf of the Malnutrition Action Group of BAPEN and the National Institute for Health Research Southampton Biomedical Research Centre, 2015)
- Short film: Fair Meals Direct: Meals on Wheels Carlisle (Fair Food Carlisle, 2014)
- Personalisation, Nutrition and the Role of Community Meals (International Longevity Centre UK, 2010)
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