In the UK there’s a service called ‘Meals on Wheels’ which delivers low-cost, high-quality meals to senior citizens who can no longer shop for food or cook for themselves. And likely there are similar services in other coutries around the world (let us know if you use one).
A volunteer drives a vehicle stocked up with hot meals, delivering to senior citizens who have signed up for the service. It ensures that elderly folk get at least one, balanced, cooked meal a day. Added to that, someone who cares is calling in and checking up on the elderly person. If they need help the delivery person will alert the necessary authorities.
The good news for elderly expats in Spain is that the Spanish Federation for Senior Citizen Organisations (CEOMA) and Castilian Nutrition Union (UCALSA) have joined forces to offer such a home delivery service to senior citizens of any nationality. The cost of the meals, which can be adapted to suit special diets, is €4 per day or €6 for a couple, and includes a starter, main course, dessert, bread and delivery.
Meals are currently available for senior citizens in the Community of Madrid, parts of Castilla la Mancha (Toledo, Ciudad Real, Cuenca and Guadalajara), parts of Castilla y Leon (Avila and Segovia), parts of Andalucia (provinces of Córdoba, Seville and Cadiz), parts of Valencia (provinces of Valencia and Alicante) and Murcia.
For further information call the special ‘Servicio de Comida a Domicilio’ freephone number: 900 102 585.