“Eatwell and Livewell” is an Age UK service that supports older people, identified as having nutritional issues, whose health is suffering as a result of being underweight. This is what they have to say about it:
We provide the service working alongside health professionals, including doctors, nurses and dieticians. Our Scheme Coordinators and volunteers also work with carers, helping them to improve their own diets and those of the people who they are caring for.
What is the criteria?
In order to benefit from “Eatwell and Livewell”, people should be: –
* Aged 50 or over.
* Be underweight and identified as requiring support.
* Want to learn to eat more nourishing food in order to improve their health and quality of life.
How is the Service Provided? Referrals are taken by the scheme coordinator, from health professionals, and family, friends and neighbours of the prospective client. The person who feels themselves to be at risk can self refer.
Once a client’s issues or needs have been identified, they will be given nutritional advice and linked with an Eatwell and Livewell volunteer. This volunteer will support them in bringing about change. The aim being to improve the person’s diet in order to increase their weight in a healthy way.
This could involve shopping, cooking and eating together, keeping a food diary, or providing recipe ideas to try. Sometimes it’s small changes that make a big difference.
Volunteers – We require volunteers with an interest in health and nutrition, who enjoy cooking modest meals and meeting people. Training is provided for all volunteers, along with ongoing support and out of pocket expenses.
Getting in touch – If you know anyone that might need our support, or would like further information about the Eatwell and Livewell project, or are interested in becoming a Volunteer, please contact:-
The Health and Community Services Team
Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees
4-6 Square, Woolshops, Halifax, HX1 1RJ
Tel: 01422 399830 or 01422 262010