Meals on Wheels Queanbeyan provides a home-delivered nutritionally balanced meal to frail, aged people, people with a disability and their carers within the Queanbeyan-Palerang Council district and beyond. The service is not means tested and anyone who is on the NDIS can obtain our meals.
It is our aim to enable people to be independent and comfortable within their own homes for much longer. This avoids premature admission to aged care facilities and allows people to live in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes.
NUTRITION . CONTACT . SUPPORT . INDEPENDENCE
The Queanbeyan-Palerang Council District is a large territory that services 58,000 residents spread out over 5,319km2 with up to 25% of the population being over 65yrs of age. 17% of these residents are currently living 50km or more outside of main township of Queanbeyan. This equates to almost 10,000 residents who are eligible for the Meals on Wheels Service.
Current research shows that the Meals on Wheels service saves the government $1,000 per day in unnecessary hospitalization costs. Our service is so much more than just the meal that is delivered. Our Volunteers provide daily contact to clients reducing social isolation and mental health concerns as well as regular discussions about general health and welfare concerns. Increasing our service to as many rural residents as possible means great overall health for those who choose to remain in the comfort of their own homes as they age.