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Meals on Wheels Day

The National Meals on Wheels Day happens on 28 August.

The day celebrates the work of the various Meals on Wheels groups throughout the country.

The organisations make sure

  • older Australians eat well so to age well
  • more than 1 millon older Australians who are at risk of malnutrition are cared for
  • that our service model, which is proven in improving nutrional health, continues to inform clients
  • the system improves so it is simpler, fairer and more affordable for older people to use our services

Meals on Wheels Australia is calling on the Australian Government to double its investment in meal support through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme.

This $80 million additional investment means older Australians would pay only for the cost of the ingredients used in their meals, making payments fair and affordable, regardless of which government funding programme they are eligible to access or where they live.

Payments for meal services currently comprise only 3% of the $2.4 billion Commonwealth Home Support Programme budget. Consumer payments are, on average, 1-2 times as much as the government funding. This is grossly unfair compared to other service types available under this programme, and compared to meal services provided through Home Care Packages and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Increased investment in meal support will reduce demand for more expensive aged care services and relieve pressure on public hospital systems. Most importantly it will improve the quality of life and confidence of more older people to live independently for longer.

 

About Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is a household name and of course we do provide meals to people in their home, but did you know we are offer more than just a meal?  We also provide support to people to maintain and expand their social connections, through our Out and About Centre and through other in home social sevices. See our service page for more details

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