Emergency Services Program
The Emergency Services Program is a new initiative for 2009. It is an extension of the Daily Meals Program, whereby new hospital discharges and/or homebound individuals with an acute medical need and no mobility receive FULL nutrition (3 meals per day plus snacks) for 6 weeks. Clients are assessed at this point and transitioned onto the standard Daily Meals Program where necessary.
The program was developed in response to an increasing number of clients who are quite literally homebound, and unable to source any food for themselves; a critical component of the recovery process that, sadly, is not an option for many of our clients.
Referrals are most commonly received from hospitals or Homecare Nurses, and our team will arrange an immediate home visit to ensure good food is available as soon as possible.
Each week, a client on the service will receive:
All of this is home-delivered with a smile and a lot of heart by one of our volunteer drivers.
- Ready-to-heat instant oatmeal and cereals for breakfast – one per day.
- A frozen, ready-to-reheat nutritionally balanced lunch entrée – one per day.
- A frozen, ready-to-reheat nutritionally balanced dinner entrée.
- One loaf of whole-wheat bread.
- White milk and chocolate milk.
- Fruit juice.
- Ensure meal replacements, if necessary.
Although in its infancy, the Emergency Service Program has already provided full nutrition support to many critically ill clients.