MCCOA to launch short term meals program

Staff Report

POMEROY — As announced during the recent March for Meals fundraiser, the Meigs Council on Aging will begin offering a Short Term Meal Program on May 1.

The program is available to Meigs County residents age 60 and over who are being discharged from a hospital, skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, board and care home or other institutional setting to a private home residence following a stay of at least three days. Meals are not available to those who are discharged to any type of group home setting.

Short term meals will be available for up to three times in a 12-month period for any one individual. The discharge must be verified by a discharge planner or physician. Referrals must be received at the MCCOA before 4 p.m. to allow time to make the preparations for the next day delivery.

Meals will be available Monday through Friday and each recipient will receive five meals on consecutive working days under this program. Recipients may choose to receive frozen meals for weekends or holidays when the agency is closed. Frozen meals will be included in the five meal total and will be delivered on Friday or the last day the agency is open before a holiday. Meal delivery will begin on the day following discharge, unless other arrangements have been made. If the meal recipient will not be home for a delivery, we ask that he/she notify us as soon as possible.

Short term meals will also be offered to the following residents of the home: recipient’s spouse, a disabled adult child, and/or a child 18 years of age or younger. These meals will be offered under the same guidelines.

The menus are prepared and/or approved by a licensed dietitian and meet at least 1/3 of the recommended daily allowance of nutrients for adults. Food is freshly prepared in our kitchen daily. We are not offering special dietary meals at this time. The meals will be the approved menus for our Meals on Wheels program.

Staff Report