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Heathcote Health Low Care Service

Hospital Street, Heathcote VIC

Residents and Volunteer Meals on Wheels Program

Residential and Home Care - Regional - 30-79 beds/Consumers

Award descriptors

  • Dementia care
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Social participation and lifestyle

Creating a Montessori-based program that strengthened connections between residents and the local community, actively involving residents in the meals on wheels program.

About this program

Our aim was simple; create a Montessori based program that strengthened connections between our resident’s and the local community, which would benefit everyone involved.
As a small rural hospital we offer many services under the one roof – acute and urgent care, residential aged care, (allied health practitioners, GP office, community based groups) and home support services. We have a well-established Meals on Wheels program (MOW), with volunteers delivering nutritious lunches from the hospital kitchen to members of the community, who also greatly benefit from the social contact. With the ageing population in town we had noticed an increase in service demand, which unfortunately coincided with diminishing numbers of volunteers. We had also been reviewing our leisure and lifestyle program to try and strengthen community connections with our residents, as many of them have lived locally their whole lives, and are part of families that have been in the area for generations.

We saw a real potential for both the residents and the community members using the MOW service to benefit greatly by integrating the two together – hence residents delivering MOW began.

More information about this program

Debby Eddy at or call 0400857345

Friday, 21 December 2018 - 6:35am