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
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.
Oakhouse foods are a frozen meal delivery service, meaning meals are delivered and can be cooked at anytime. There are nearly 400 meals to choose from, at varying price points. There is free delivery for orders over £30. Drivers are local, friendly and well trained at checking on the welfare of the people they deliver to.
To make an order browse online or request a brochure then telephone. 14 day packs of meals are available at a discounted price.
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 to make nutritionally balanced meals. Orders can be placed on the telephone, online, or through a brochure in the post.
Deliveries all across Berkshire 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.
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 £7.00 (£6.50 for members) and includes a main dish, vegetables and dessert. Just a main course costs £6.00 (£5.50 for members) and is served with vegetables.