At the core of the Meals on Wheels Avon Park service is a nutritious meal, companionship and a watchful eye on the health and safety of our homebound neighbors. Even the most independent among us, if fortunate to live long enough, may experience a decline in mobility or health that can strip away our independence and diminish the quality of our lives. For many in our community, Meals on Wheels is literally the difference between remaining in their own homes and needing to relocate to a care facility. The nutritious meal, friendly visit and safety check help prevent hunger, isolation and loss of independence. At the heart of this community solution are the volunteers who keep the wheels turning. That is something we can all be proud of.
Adequate nutrition is necessary for health, functionality and the ability to remain independent. Healthy eating can increase mental acuity, resistance to illness and disease, energy levels, immune system strength, recuperation speed and the ability to manage chronic health problems. Meals on Wheels ensures that members of our community have access to adequate nutrition even when family support, mobility and resources are lacking.
For many, the trusted Meals on Wheels volunteer or staff member who shows up every day with a hot meal and a warm smile is the only person they see or speak with all day. This special delivery is the reason to get up in the morning, something to look forward to, and a reminder to take good care of themselves. All of us can attest that a meal can be much more than the food on the plate.
Along with the inevitable impacts of aging come the increased risks of medical emergencies, falls and other accidents. The safety check that accompanies each meal delivery ensures that, in the case of an emergency or problem, medics will be called, families will be notified and our seniors and homebound citizens will not be forgotten.