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Drew Nursing Home taking over Meals to Seniors program

Above, volunteer drivers pick up meals for delivery from food
service manager Joanne Estabrooks at the Drew Nursing Home.
Above, volunteer drivers pick up meals for delivery from food service manager Joanne Estabrooks at the Drew Nursing Home. - Submitted

Red Cross no longer coordinating program

SACKVILLE, N.B. – The Drew Nursing Home will become the coordinator of the Meals to Seniors program in the Sackville area as of April 1, 2018.

Although the Drew has provided meals to the program for more than 30 years, Meals to Seniors was previously coordinated by the Red Cross.

Meals to Seniors provides a healthy, nutritious meal delivered by volunteers daily to people in their homes. The service is available not only to seniors, but also to people of any age who are unable to prepare a hot meal due to illness or infirmity.

In the spirit of making Sackville an age friendly community, the Drew is committed to growing the Meals to Seniors program so that more people will be able to benefit from remaining in their homes longer.

“With strategies in places such as Home First, as well as changing demographics, Meals to Seniors is a service that is greatly needed."

– Linda Shannon, executive director, Drew Nursing Home

“Not only are clients receiving a hot meal five days a week,“they are also having social contact as the meal is delivered.”

Numbers have decreased in recent years, from about 20 clients a day to under 10. Shannon feels the decline is due to lack of promotion rather than lack of need. Now that the local Red Cross office is closed, residents need to be reminded that this important service is available.

“It’s a wonderful program that more people need to know about,” says Catherine Gaw a member of the Drew’s communication committee. “We are planning several ways to get the word out, so that more families can benefit from this service.”

Each meal consists of one portion of meat or fish; vegetables; soup or salad; bread, biscuit or roll; and dessert. The Drew’s food service manager/dietician supervises the preparation of meals, and will plan menus according to special diets and client preferences. They also schedule volunteers to deliver the meals directly to the clients’ homes.

The cost per meal is reasonable, and in certain cases may be covered by provincial programs.

Anyone who has a family member who would benefit from having a hot meal delivered five days a week to their home can contact the Drew Nursing Home at 506-364-4900 or office@drewnursinghome.ca for more information.

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