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Daily living activities

14) Meal supply

plate of sausage and mash

  • There are companies who supply plated frozen ready meals. Some of these companies deliver and also do a selection of food for special diets. Some local authorities also provide this service and arrange to supply a microwave oven if the person is alone and has limited ability to cook from fresh.
  • Some local authorities supply meals on wheels but many only offer a frozen meal delivery service. This service may depend on a needs led assessment. If you do not have a freezer they make arrangements to supply a table top freezer and microwave if required. If the person lives alone and cannot cook or reheat the food themselves a care worker can visit as part of a care package. Sometimes this means only one hot meal is supplied per day and a packed meal is left in the fridge. Check with your local authority about the service they offer.
  • Many of the large supermarket chains also offer on line shopping so the person who had the stroke or the carer can pre order either frozen meals or chiller cabinet ready meals to be delivered.

Further information

  • Wiltshire Farm Foods offer ready meals delivered free to your door. Order on line or by phone. Telephone 0800 077 3100
  • Oakhouse Foods offer ready meals delivered to your door for a small delivery fee. They also have audio brochures and large print brochures. Telephone 0333 370 6700
  • There are many kitchen gadgets available. Some are far more useful than others depending on the need of the individual. A good way to help you find out what is useful is to ask others in a similar situation such as other carers at a carer group.
  • Lots of equipment is available to purchase locally from disability shops or by mail order or on line ordering. For companies who can send equipment directly to you check the CHSS advice line on 0808 801 0899.
  • The Disabled Living Foundation offers impartial advice , fact sheets and training courses.
  • Advice is also available from the Disabled Living Centres across Scotland:
Organisation: Ability Centre
The Mackinnon Centre, 491 Brook Street, Broughty Ferry
Dundee DD5 2DZ
Tel: 01382 436860
Fax: 01382 436858
Email: ability.centre@dundeecity.gov.uk
Organisation: Moray Resource Centre
Maisondieu Road, Elgin
Morayshire IV30 1RX
Tel: 01343 551339
Fax: 01343 542014
Textphone: 01343 551376
Email: info.dlc@comm.moray.gov.uk
Organisation: Disability Centre for Independent Living
Community Services Centre, Queen Street, Paisley
Renfrewshire PA1 2TU
Tel: 0141 847 4959
Fax: 0141 847 7267
Organisation: Lothian Disabled Living Centre
Astley Ainslie Hospital, Grange Loan
Edinburgh EH9 2HL
Tel: 0131 537 9190
Email: lothiandlc@genie.co.uk
Organisation: Dundas Resource Centre
Oxgang Road, Grangemouth
Stirlingshire FK3 9EF
Tel: 01324 504311
Fax: 01324 504312

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