My name is Betty. I am 70 years old. I want to buy my own food, but I can’t drive to the grocery store and I can’t stand long enough to prepare a meal. I was hospitalized because I broke my hip and then I developed pneumonia. My recovery has taken a long time and when I returned to my home, I found that I needed help. I was able to walk around with a walker and do simple household tasks, but I couldn’t drive and I wasn’t up to cooking for myself. Since my fall, I found that I worried all the time that it will happen again, and that no one would be here to help me. My doctor told me that eating nutritious meals is one of the keys to my recovery and suggested Foodnet Meals on Wheels.
Each day my Foodnet driver delivers my meal right to my door with a smile, and makes sure that I am doing alright. The hot meal and friendly visit with the driver is something to look forward to each day. The weekend meals are easy to reheat in my microwave and the sandwiches make a great snack later in the evening. I also get to meet with Foodnet’s dietitian. She suggested a personal emergency response system because of my recent fall, and made the phone calls to get it set up. I don’t know if I will always need these services, but for now I know that I am not alone.
There is a way to support local seniors, the United Way.
Because of UWTC funding, people like Betty are able to receive the nutrition and socializaiton they need to live a fulfilling life.
Some names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.