Can you smell that feeling? The Christmas tree is going up, mum’s practising her mince pie recipe, dad’s dusting off the trestle and the kids are singing Christmas carols as they get dressed for their final weeks of school.
But for some South Australians, that smell of Christmas joy has become faint and what was once the most social time of year, now seems much more lonely.
Christmas is the perfect time to think about your older (and wiser) loved ones.
How are they spending their holidays? Are they eating delicious and nutritious meals every day? Are they seeing friendly faces like they used to?
The hard thing is, while we (and our parents) are busy prepping for the big day, it’s easy to forget about our grandparents who may have lost their desire and ability to cook for themselves. And in most cases, they’re too polite to say anything because they don’t want to worry us.
Enter, Meals on Wheels!
My mum has just reached her 10 year milestone of being a Meals on Wheels volunteer and the most common story she comes home with is just how lonely some of these grandies are. Volunteers like my mum, knocking on your loved one’s door seriously brightens their day! Meals on Wheels are like a visit from family. Not only do they deliver nutritious meals to our elders, but at a time where we’re all busy, wrapped up in the holiday season, they make sure our loved ones are safe and healthy by doing regular well-being checks.
And because we don’t recommend anything we haven’t tried ourselves — we added ADELADY to the Meals On Wheels Unley hit list and we got to experience a delicious three-course lunch! It’s safe to say, we give the Meals on Wheels meals our seal of approval.
There’s no need to feel guilty when admitting you’re flat out and might need a little help looking after your oldies. The easiest way to find out about Meals on Wheels is to ring. They’ll be super friendly and let you know how to get started and how it all works. Or, you can jump onto their website here.
And one more thing — remember to be the designated driver for your golden oldie on Christmas Day so he or she can have a tipple.