FromĀ  left, Mary-Lou Warren with her mother Mary Morley and her dog Corky, who all benefit from the SOS Meals on Wheels Program. The SOS says there is currently space in the program for more clients.

FromĀ  left, Mary-Lou Warren with her mother Mary Morley and her dog Corky, who all benefit from the SOS Meals on Wheels Program. The SOS says there is currently space in the program for more clients.

Meals on Wheels provides a helping hand in Parksville

Society of Organized Services' Meals on Wheels program delivers three times a week

  • May. 5, 2015 8:00 p.m.

LISSA ALEXANDER

Marketing coordinator, Society of Organized Services

Aging at home can be a happy and dignified experience, but seniors may need a little help to ensure it stays that way.

The SOS Meals on Wheels Program makes sure residents get the nutrition they need, and the daughter of one Meals on Wheels client couldn’t be happier with the program.

“I think it is excellent. I think it is a Godsend for my sister and I who live here in Qualicum,” said Mary-Lou Warren, whose mother Mary Morley has been receiving Meals on Wheels for about 5 years. “It ensures that mom is getting a healthy and balanced meal and it cuts down on our worries about what mom is eating or is not eating. And in that way, it is as much a benefit to us as it is to mom.”

Morley said she enjoys the meals, and Warren said even her mother’s dog loves Meals on Wheels. That’s because the volunteers who drop off the food will often bring a treat for her dog. When Morley’s daughter from Florida comes to stay with her during the summer months, Morley doubles her order and both of them enjoy the meals together three times a week.

Other people who appreciate Meals on Wheels are house-bound clients, caregivers, and those who would otherwise not eat properly. The cost is $7 per meal (which has been subsidized by SOS) and delivery takes place around noon by volunteers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Veterans Affairs Canada may offer subsidy for qualifying veterans. Meals on Wheels delivers throughout School District 69 (from Nanoose Bay to Bowser).

The menu is prepared under the guidance of a certified dietitian and is offered in a 4-week rotation.

Donations are gratefully accepted to help keep this service affordable.

Warren said she recommends others give the program a try if they could benefit from this service.

“It’s friendly people, it’s good, balanced meals, and it’s a help both nutrition-wise and for relieving some of the worries of caring for an elder parent at home.”

For more information or to sign up for Meals on Wheels, call 250-248-2093 ext. 225. For more on SOS programs and services visit www.sosd69.com.

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