Much more than Meals on Wheels
â€œSheâ€™s an angel,â€ one client said of his Meal Delivery volunteer. â€œShe brings my mail and paper to the door when she brings me my noon meal, and always asks how I feel or says, â€œIs there anything else you need,â€ a Meals on Wheels client explains.
The Meals on Wheels service not only provides clients with a hot, nutritious meal geared to their diet restrictions, it also gives NSC clients a â€œreal, live person to talk toâ€ at least once a day. Besides breaking the dayâ€™s monotony and loneliness, the program offers a safety factor. â€œBearing her meal in my hand, I went to my clientâ€™s door and heard the TV set going loud, so I knew Sarah (the client) couldnâ€™t hear me. â€œI tried the doorknob, and sure enough, the door was open. â€œI shouted for her, and then I heard, â€˜please help me.â€™ I rushed to the kitchen, and there she was lying on the floor.â€ The volunteer call EMT and stayed with the client until the EMT arrived.