An information leaflet outlining the options available to customers of the Meals on Wheels service has been distributed.
The move fulfils a pledge made by the Department of Health and Social Care, on the announcement it was to end its £150,000-a-year contract with Age Concern Isle of Man, to issue the information before the end of November.
Following an open advert for meal providers to feature in the leaflet, two businesses expressed a wish to be included. The leaflet, which is also available online, explains the meal options available and details a number of additional services and benefits not currently available via Meals on Wheels:
• Freedom of choice for the customer in selecting the meals they want
• Ability to cater to special dietary requirements
• Delivery service for groceries and other consumables
• Free delivery subject to a minimum order, which could significantly reduce costs for Meals on Wheels customers
Member for the Department of Health and Social Care, Jason Moorhouse MHK, said: ‘The decision to end the contract and stop funding the delivery of Meals on Wheels was considered very carefully, and one of the main reasons was the emerging presence of firms which were able to provide similar services at a similar price, but at no cost to the taxpayer.
‘Looking through what the businesses are able to offer, I hope people will agree that the range of meals and products being made available compares well and even exceeds what is currently being offered, and all at extremely competitive prices.
‘Support is available for anyone who requires help in deciding the best package for them – we have staff who would be happy to speak to them on the phone or pay them a visit.
‘Also, social workers and community health workers will continue to visit many current recipients of the Meals on Wheels service, to heat up meals and check on their general wellbeing, exactly as they already do.’
DHSC funding to Age Concern Isle of Man will end on 12 January 2018.
Anyone who has any queries or would like more information should contact Adult Social Care by telephoning 686179.