Old Colony Elder Services (OCES) recently announced the availability of therapeutic meals to people aged 60 and older who require them due to health reasons or special diets.
OCES’ Nutrition Program offers special meals that are diabetic, pureed, ground, soft or renal, for elders with health issues. These healthy, low salt meals are prepared on special order. A senior with specific health issues or his/her family member, caregiver or a referral source, should contact OCES’s Nutrition department about a therapeutic diet.
A Nutrition Specialist at OCES will complete a screening assessment, and as part of the intake process, obtain the name of the elder’s primary physician or in the case of a patient receiving kidney treatment their Renal Nutritionist. Special diet meals will commence once the signed forms are received from the elder’s doctor or renal nutritionist. Nutritional supplements may also be provided to seniors who have been identified as needing the additional calories during the day.
Meals for special diets may be delivered Monday through Friday just as the traditional “Meals on Wheels” are delivered.
The “Meals on Wheels” program is available to anyone aged 60 or older (and their spouses) who are homebound and who are unable to prepare their own meals. All of the regular home delivered meals are heart healthy and low salt.
To arrange for therapeutic meals or for more information, contact your OCES case manager.
Incorporated in 1974, Old Colony Elder Services (OCES) is one of 27 private, non-profit Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
OCES serves elders, their families and caregivers in the towns of Abington, Avon, Bridgewater, Brockton, Carver, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Easton, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Kingston, Lakeville, Marshfield, Middleboro, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton, Rockland, Stoughton, Wareham, West Bridgewater and Whitman.
The organization’s mission is to provide services that support the dignity and independence of elders by helping them maximize their quality of life; live safely and in good health; and, prevent
unnecessary or premature institutionalization.
The agency has 130 employees and operates more than 12 programs serving elders, their families and caregivers. For more information call (508) 584-1561 or visit the website at www.oldcolonyelderservices.org