Meals On Wheels Volunteers Help Doctors

The CEO of the county's Meals On Wheels program, Debbie Case, not only delivers meals and is a friend to those she visits, she also keeps her eyes and ears open for any potential trouble. As an example, while she's on a home visit, she'll make sure there aren't any hazards for her patients to trip on, and she'll chat with the person for a while. Those getting the visits appreciate the meals, and, of course, the friendship. 

Meals on Wheels, which has served seniors for more than 60 years through a network of independent nonprofits, is trying to formalize the health and safety checks its volunteers already conduct during their daily home visits to seniors. 

Through an ongoing campaign called “More Than a Meal,” the organization hopes to demonstrate that it can play a critical role in the health care system. Case says she knows they are keeping people out of the hospital, which is much cheaper than what one day in the hospital could cost. 

Studies conducted by Brown University researchers have shown that meal deliveries can help elderly people stay out of nursing homes, reduce falls and save states money. Maybe this is a place you'd like to volunteer.

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You'll find a link to San Diego County's Meals On Wheels HERE

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