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Caithness News Bulletins March 2003
MEALS AT HOME PROVES A
WINNER 18 March 03
Those receiving the service will be able to order from a wide range of frozen meals, which are delivered to their homes at regular intervals. They will also be given a tabletop freezer and microwave oven or alternative heating device to heat the meals provided. Full training will be given in the safe use of the equipment.
The results from the pilot showed a high satisfaction level with the quality and range of the frozen meals. A two-course meal is provided for £2.62, including delivery of meals, administration of charging and any equipment needed. This provides 33% of a persons daily nutritional requirements. It is estimated that the total annual cost of providing a meal at this price across the Highlands would be £774,500. The current cost of providing meals, which involves 3,417 home care hours per week, is estimated at £1,238,000. Councillor Garry Coutts, Chairman of the Housing and Social Work Committee, said: The pressure on the Social Work Service for expansion of the home meals service, together with increased specifications such as choice, best value and health and safety considerations has meant that a radical approach is needed to meet demand.
I am delighted with the
results of the pilot scheme, which have demonstrated that nutritious,
enjoyable and affordable meals can be delivered to a greater number of
individual homes at a more economic cost to the Council. This is
especially true where it is not possible to provide a hot meal daily when
this is needed or indeed in some rural areas not possible at all.
Freeing up the difference between the current and projected costs will
enable us to reinvest in a much extended meals provision scheme and free a