It is estimated that 40% of older Australians who live at home are at risk of malnutrition. Our nutritionally dense meals are designed with older people in mind. Meals on Wheels developed the National Meal Guidelines, the first document of its kind specifically related to the nutritional requirements of older people.
Meals on Wheels can cater to those who may require diabetic friendly meals. This will be discussed during your initial assessment with your local Meals on Wheels service.
Food Allergies and Intolerances
There is a common misconception that food allergies and food intolerances are the same. We can cater to those who may have food allergies or intolerances. This will be discussed during your initial assessment with your local Meals on Wheels service.
Vitamin D is important for your bones, teeth, muscles and your immune system. Spending at least 15 minutes outside in the sun helps you to maintain healthy Vitamin D levels.
Fluids are vital in your diet, without drinking enough, you become at risk of dehydration. Dehydration can cause health issues related to bladder and kidney function. To minimise this risk – drink plenty of fluids throughout the day.
Protein from foods we eat, as well as using your muscles by being active helps to build and maintain healthy muscles. Losing muscles means losing strength, and increases the risk of falls. Meat, fish, chicken, eggs, nuts and dairy foods are all good protein sources.
Chewing and Swallowing
Meals on Wheels services can cater to those who may require meals that are easy to chew and swallow. This will be discussed during your initial assessment with your local Meals on Wheels service.