Friday, September 14, 2018

More meal options for homebound seniors on the Meals On Wheels programme

Homebound seniors living in the Central and Southern regions can look forward to more meal options now.

With more seniors preferring to receive care at home, there is a need to ramp up the capability of meal delivery services in Singapore. More service partners are necessary to improve menu options for seniors to have greater choice and flexibility in choosing the service partners they prefer.

The Meals on Wheels (MOW) programme provides meal deliveries to homebound seniors who are unable to prepare or purchase meals on their own and do not have any caregiver support. This service delivers up to two meals (lunch and/or dinner), seven days a week to the seniors’ homes.

From 1 June 2018, MOW introduced two additional service partners: Stamford Catering (Stamford) and Samsui Services & Supplies (Samsui). They join TOUCH Home Care (TOUCH) and Thye Hua Kwan (THK) Home Help to serve the residents in the Central and Southern regions. These new additions are the first private meal providers to join the meal delivery service. Together with the six existing VWOs that have been delivering meals island-wide, there are now eight meal service providers. Seniors can now enjoy more meal options.

Map of service boundaries by each service partner. There are a total of eight service partners comprising six Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) and two private catering providers. Private catering partners are only available in the Central and Southern regions. TOUCH and Stamford are serving the Central region, while THK, Samsui and Stamford are serving the South region. 

Apart from standard Halal or non-Halal meals, special dietary meals are available for better management of seniors’ medical needs at home. Soft diet or blended food are two examples of the new options available for seniors with swallowing or chewing difficulties.

Enhanced menus were planned and prepared according to healthier catering guidelines by Health Promotion Board (HPB), which encourage the use of healthier oil, provision of whole grains, and fruits options.  

All meals are planned with a longer menu cycle so that seniors will receive a greater variety of dishes and healthier balanced meals. Agency for Integrated Care (AIC)will monitor the improved MOW service and will subsequently roll it out to other regions.

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