Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet is particularly important in old age, but preparing meals can become more challenging. For more information about the importance of eating healthily, you can read Age Space’s Guide to Keeping Healthy in Older Age.
Fortunately, there are a number of meals-on-wheels and meal delivery services in operation throughout Essex. These services provide either hot meals to your relative’s door at lunchtime, or frozen meals which your relative simply has to microwave at a time that suits them.
You may also wish to look into Lunch Clubs in Essex, that provide your elderly relative with a hot meal in a sociable environment. Alternatively, many Day Care Centres in Essex will provide a cooked afternoon meal.
Below we have listed some services available in Essex to help your relative enjoy a hot, tasty, home-cooked meal, without the hassle of cooking.
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Local Meal Delivery Services in Essex
Tiptree Meals provide hot and frozen meals, seven days a week to people throughout Essex, including Braintree, Chelmsford, Colchester, Maldon, Tiptree and Mersea. If your relative does not live in these areas, they may still be able to cater to them, simply get in contact to ask. You can check out their Online Menu to see what is available.
Herts Meals is located in Harlow and supplies traditional, freshly prepared meals to people in the local area. They provide a three-week set menu of 21 hot meals, freshly prepared in their local kitchens, as well as 11 alternate meals for your relative to choose from that are available daily. You can see their Online Menu here. Meals cost £7.50 every day, with an additional charge of 30p for anything off of the Alternative Menu.
Herts Meals deliver to Bishops Stortford, Broxbourne, Buckhurst Hill, Cheshunt, Debden, Dunmow, Epping, Great Dunmow, Harlow, Loughton, Hoddesdon, Lower Sheering, Nazeing, North Weald, Roydon, Sawbridgeworth, Takeley, Theydon Bois, Waltham Abbey, Waltham Cross and Wormley.
Steve's Kitchen, Castle Point
Steve’s Kitchen is a family-run meals-on-wheels service based in Castle Point and providing food to people living in the surrounding areas. They deliver freshly-prepared hot meals on real plates along with a dessert of your relative’s choice. You can view their Online Menu, which operates on a four week schedule.
National Meal Delivery Services
Oakhouse Foods have an extensive menu and deliver frozen ready meals throughout Essex. They are able to cater to a wide range of dietary needs and preferences, and offer a Mini Meals service for people with smaller appetites. You can order a free brochure in the post, or look at their Online Menu on Oakhouse Foods website.
Wiltshire Farm Foods
Wiltshire Farm Foods have a menu of over 300 frozen meals for your relative to choose from, including vegetarian and gluten-free options. They offer meal delivery throughout Essex, with no delivery cost. You can check out their Online Menu, or request a free brochure from the Wiltshire Farm Foods website to be sent to your relative’s house.
Helping Hands are a family-owned home care provider that have been looking after the elderly for over 30 years.
Their Essex carers are equipped with the skills to offer round-the-clock support for your relative in Essex, including making nutritious meals.
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