Introduction of Community Meals Service

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is to introduce a pre-prepared frozen meal service on a phased basis, beginning in Uist and Barra on November 24th and in Lewis and Harris from early 2015.

The development of this service is on the basis of substituting the main meal preparation that service providers currently offer.

Service users will still be able to choose whether to have their main meal at lunchtime or tea time. If service users have been assessed as requiring assistance with breakfast, this will also continue.

A well-balanced and nutritious diet plays an essential part in maintaining strength and maximizing good health.

Even though energy needs decline through age, the requirement for essential nutrients (vitamins and minerals) does not diminish.

The Community Meals Service ensures that the meals provided contain the correct nutrients in the right balance and the nutritional criteria specified by the National Association of Care Catering.

The Assessment and Care Management Team will contact service users shortly with sample menus and information sheets. One option will be for service users to choose from a menu prepared by local company Maclean’s Bakery.

Cllr Uisdean Robertson, Chair of the Health and Social Care Committee, said: “The introduction of this meal service will re-distribute the time taken to prepare meals to enable other tasks and care time to be provided.

“The consultation proposals for changing how care time is provided will consolidate the time benefits that community meals will generate in releasing time for other priorities.

“We are committed to providing the best possible care for our older folk, including providing tasty, nutritious meals.”