Hertfordshire County Council trumpets meals on wheels service
PUBLISHED: 13:46 09 November 2016 | UPDATED: 13:46 09 November 2016
The county council is celebrating its partnership with Hertfordshire Independent Living Service (HILS) during National Meals on Wheels Week.
Hertfordshire is bucking a national trend which has seen the number of people receiving meals on wheels in England fall by nearly two thirds in the last five years.
During that period, the county council has invested approximately £5million with HILS, formerly called Hertfordshire Community Meals, to create the biggest meals on wheels service in the country.
HILS staff deliver more than 470,000 meals to around 4,000 vulnerable people each year.
Colette Wyatt-Lowe, cabinet member for adult care and health, said: “This service is not just about the delivery of a hot meal. For some older people, it is their only point of social contact during the day.
“Deliverers provide some welcome company, but they can also play a vital role in flagging up any concerns about their clients so they can remain independent, healthy and happy.
“A recent survey revealed that more than three quarters of the people who receive the service visit their GP less as a result, so it’s great for them and it also saves money from the public purse.”