Is there a program to deliver prepared hot meals for a senior who lives alone going through radiation treatment?

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My mother is entering her 4th week of radiation following 2 breast cancer surgeries. She lives alone and after her 8:30 am treatment, she goes to work. By the time she gets home about 5:30 pm she is too exhausted to cook. She is soon to be 69 and lives in Gretna. I live in Florida so I am not available to assist her in this way.

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Patrice's post reminded me of Schwans. My sister used to get a lot of food from them, all hand delivered directly to her house.

I thought they were on the expensive side, but the food was good, better than grocery store frozen food levels. The additional cost of the food might actually offset the time, trouble and gas to get frozen foods from the store.

Maggie's comments on Boston Market and Subway also reminded me that Subway offers some good choices in sandwiches, which if accompanied by a vegetable or salad can be stretched into 2 if not 4 meals.

And the choice of ingredients Subway adds to its sandwiches are well beyond the junk put on by fast food places.
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We tried an online service for my MIL, food was good but a little expensive. We ordered online a weeks worth of dinners and they were all delivered frozen at one time. Each had their own heating instructions. Google prepared meals delivered and your city and state. Saw a few choices pop up. I tried aids for friends for my mentally challenged brother in law after mom died and was told they only delver to the home bound. Now we just make him meals and freeze them. Bought those 3 sectioned plates online that are freezable and my brother loves them and we know he is eating healthy each day.
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I'd suggest you get the names of a number of restaurants between mom's place of work and her home. Print out menus from the Internet...mail an organized folder to mom and suggest she place an order for pick-up before she leaves work. And don't forget rotisserie chickens at food stores. They're dirt cheap, served up warm, and with a salad, make a delicious supper -- for a few meals.

If she has a Boston Market, Subway or other more nutritious FAST food place nearby, treat her to a gift card or two. There are some excellent frozen options as well.

Good luck to mom. Fourth week means just a couple to go.
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Does your mom belong to a church or social group of any type? Do nearby friends know what she's going through? There's usually someone in the group who likes to cook and would be more than happy to make some extra food and drop it off. If a few people pitch in no one is overwhelmed.
My parents were always big on not bothering others - to the point I had to remind them that they liked to help others so letting others help them on occasion was not the huge imposition they thought it was.
The difficult part is usually just finding the right person - keep trying.
She may have to reheat, but that's a lot better than having to cook. Cooking for one is a pain even if you're not fighting cancer.
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There is "Meals on Wheels" that is available. Donations are welcomed. Check with your local council on aging for the telephone number. Of course, it all depends on how late the delivery person works as everyone is a volunteer.

So sorry to read that your Mom is going through all that... I can relate, I have a pink t-shirt and know how exhausting it can be. I went though a lot of TV dinners.
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Meals on Wheels will deliver to homebound people, but I'm not aware of one that will deliver to someone who can get out and is still working. You might be able to arrange something with a local restaurant though.

Another option is to buy frozen meals; Stouffers I believe it is has meals w/o preservatives. They're not hot, but they're better than some of the frozen dinners.

I think another problem would be that delivering a meal about 5:30 may be outside out the boundaries of most senior meal deliveries.

Another thought is to contact the local Gilda's Club and see if they know of any hot meal programs for those undergoing cancer treatment.
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