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My aunt had the Meals on Wheels. She was billed $111 a month and they brought one meal and breakfast for the next day. On Friday they delivered meals for the weekend. My aunt didn't keep it for long because she didn't like most of the food and she thought the service was just for low income people.
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In my father's area, MOW is $3/meal. The Senior Center manages the program, and based on a comment made about a contract, I suspect the food or some aspect of the program is contracted through a company, that may in fact be involved in a lot of the MOW programs.

Double meals are usually brought before major holidays. Weekend meals can also be ordered.

The delivery people are volunteers, friendly and cheerful, and do act as a break in the day for anyone who's homebound. Some are elders themselves.

The meals aren't bad, not something I would really want to eat if I could shop and cook myself, but they do have a good portion of milk, fruits, bread or rolls and generally meats as main dishes.

Primary consideration was age as well as mobility, including not being able to drive to get one's own meals.

I agree with the cereal comments - they're not well rounded meals. In addition, some of them have too much sugar, and others still contain preservatives once linked with cancer. I gave up all cereals years ago because of the carcinogens.
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My grandmother used to get Meals on Wheels and she would make two meals out of it, said it was too much food for one meal.

I do know that the deliverers also get to know you well enough to visit for a minute and kind of check up on you and make sure that everything is all right. That's more important I guess for people who live alone, but still a friendly face every once in a while is nice for anyone.

Also, don't be proud. Cereal and soup doesn't provide you with the proper nutrients, even though easy to prepare. MOW is one meal a day that is planned out by a dietitian to provide one third of your daily nutrients. In our county, you just have to be over 60 and nutritionally at risk. They even have what they call congregate meals or something like that, that is a family style meal served at the senior center if you can get out and get there. No charge but you have to be registered with MOW. What a deal and it's not based on finances at all.
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My mother loved getting Meals on Wheels delivered. If I ever asked she about it she always started with the dessert, "Oh it was good. There was apple pie for dessert. I couldn't eat all the hot dish so I'll heat it up in the microwave tonight."

sondraO, why try to get by on cereal when this excellent program is in place to help you out. You are doing the county a huge service by taking care of your husband in your own home as long as you can. That is saving them thousands of dollars a month. Surely you should not hesitate to take this small token of help while you need it!
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In our area. There are m o w offices for each area/ county. Elderly n disabled can qualify for the program. For some it's free. Others may b required to pay a nominal fee. On the websites you should b able to see sample menus. It's worth a try. You can cancel at anytime. I also have a coworker who volunteers once a month to deliver meals. She lives doing it. She does the same route and meets the same people. I think it's a great service.
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Ok I had a social worker come to my house today. This is what she told me about meals on wheels here. It may be different in other places. She said there is no financial limit on it. You must be 65 and home bound. I told her that I do drive and that I drive to the dr and to the grocery store where we ride in carts. My husband has dementia and I have a multitude of problems that make walking very difficult for me. She said the fact I drive to the grocery store and dr would make no diifference. I have a housekeeper once a week. She said unless they ask don't mention that because they will say she can cook for us. She gave me a number and told me to call them myself. I was quite unprepared for that. When the nurse came today I told her that she just handed me the number and she was quite surprised too. I am not going to call them at this time. As long as I can manage to fix us a bowl of cereal we will manage without them.
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I do not understand what your question is about meals on wheels. But I have had a nurse come to the house two times a week for about 3 months because I have been in the hospital twice in that time. I am caregiver for my husband with dementia. Our son has helped a lot the past 3 months. The nurse asked me this past week if I was interested in having meals on wheels until I get back on my feet.]
I though we didn't qualify because we can afford to buy food but she said no that didn't have anything to do with it. I will find out more this week and if you don't get more information by then I will add what I learn.
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