In later life, the daily tasks of shopping, cooking and cleaning can become more difficult. Meal delivery takes away such stress and provides an easy way to access a regular hot and healthy meal. In turn, such services can allow the elderly to remain independent for longer. For more information, on elderly well being, please see our Age Space guide to Keeping Healthy in Old Age.
Meal delivery services are not the only way to access regular healthy meals. Day care centres in Berkshire and lunch clubs in Berkshire also provide a hot meal along with the chance to socialise and join in activities.
In some counties, the council run a meal delivery service for their elderly residents. However, in Berkshire this is not the case and instead councils recommend private meals on wheels services. In this article we have outlined the best options available in Berkshire, along with contact details to get started.
- Bridges Homecare Meal Delivery in Berkshire
- Oakhouse Foods Delivery in Berkshire
- Wiltshire Farm Foods Delivery in Berkshire
- West Berkshire Fairclose Centre Meals on Wheels
Bridges Homecare Meal Delivery
Bridges Homecare offer a hot and cold meal delivery service 365 days a year. They are based in Henley on Thames but are able to deliver across all of Berkshire. The service can be used every day, on a particular day of the week, or for just a short period of time: perhaps after illness or bereavement.
There is a wide range of daily-prepared two course meals including roasts, pies and curries. There is also a lighter selection of fresh salads, soups, jacket potatoes and sausage rolls. All diets can be catered for including vegetarian, food allergens, low fat and those with swallowing difficulties.
Orders can be changed or cancelled at late notice, and deliveries are free. Their delivery drivers are friendly and reliable, providing an important part of the service. For clients’ welfare, they are DBS checked and trained in healthcare. Please enquire about menus and pricing using the contact details below.
Telephone: 01491 578 758
Oakhouse Foods have almost 400 meals to choose from including traditional British classics and international cuisine. The ordering process is simple – browse online and place an order. Ready meals are then delivered frozen by a friendly local driver. They are simple and easy to cook; most can be warmed up in the microwave and are ready in minutes.
14 day meal packs are available meaning there is no hassle in planning meals for a fortnight. These meal packs can come with desserts or as a smaller size for those with less of an appetite. As individual meals, desserts, breakfast, sides and soups are also available.
Main meals cost around £4 but work out cheaper when ordered in a pack. Delivery costs £1 or is free for orders over £30.
In Berkshire, Oakhouse Food delivery is organised from the Thames Valley hub. Contact details can be found below.
Telephone: 0333 370 2513 (Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm)
Wiltshire Farm Foods
Wiltshire Farm Foods offer over 300 meals and desserts including gluten free and vegetarian options. Ingredients are fresh and of high quality making nutritionally balanced meals. Orders can be placed on the telephone by ordering a free brochure in the post. They can also be placed online.
Deliveries are free, and made by local drivers meaning customers have contact with a familiar face. Meals are delivered frozen but designed to be cooked straight from frozen, so no need to defrost.
Main meals cost around £3 and can be ordered in packs. In Berkshire, Wiltshire Farm Foods delivery is organised from the Newbury hub.
Telephone: 01635 298044 (Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm)
West Berkshire Fairclose Centre Meals on Wheels
The Fairclose Centre in Newbury provides a meals on wheels service to the elderly residents of West Berkshire. The centre is run by Age Concern Newbury & District. Meals are freshly prepared and chefs can deal with individual dietary requirements. Roasts, lasagne and hotpots are all favourites; view a sample menu.
A two course meal costs £5.50 (£5 for members) and includes a main dish, vegetables and dessert. Just a main course costs £5 (£4 for members) and is served with vegetables.
Telephone: 01635 40488 (Monday to Friday, 10am – 2pm)