Government funding to be withdrawn
The Department of Health and Social Care has produced an information leaflet outlining the options available to customers of the Meals on Wheels service.
It was announced last month that £150,000 of government funding for the service, which is provided by Age Concern Isle of Man, would be withdrawn in January next year.
Two businesses feature in the leaflet, which can also be viewed online, detailing meals which can be provided by the firms concerned, plus other services not available via the current Meals on Wheels service.
Extra services provided by the businesses include a freedom for the customer to choose the meals they want, the ability to cater for special dietary requirements, a grocery delivery service and free delivery subject to a minimum order, which it's claimed could actually reduce costs for some customers.
DHSC political member Jason Moorhouse MHK says one of the main reasons for withdrawing funding for Meals on Wheels was the emergence of firms able to provide similar services at a similar price, but at no cost to the taxpayer.
Support is available for anyone who requires help in deciding which package is best for them and more information is available from Adult Social Care on 686179.