Meals on Wheels makes unruffled transition

Adapting to providing services such as Meals on Wheels during a strict lockdown may have been a trial last year, but not so much this time.

All providers of the subsidised service for the Southern District Health Board reported everything was going smoothly in Covid-19 Alert Level 4, DHB community services general manager Glenn Symon said.

‘‘They have enough drivers and actually have extra volunteers offering to assist,’’ Mr Symon said.

All clients were previously asked to have arrangements in place for drivers to place the meal in an accessible area for the contactless procedure.

Age Concern Otago runs Dunedin deliveries of Meals on Wheels.

Executive officer Debbie George said a big effort had to be made last year for IT requirements and to enable people to have access to information from their homes.

Systems had clicked into place again this week and drivers picked up their to-go kits, she said.

‘‘It has all fallen into place beautifully.’’

The meals on wheels service by the Home of St Barnabus Trust is also operating as normal.

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