Meals On Wheels National Network
Irish Rural Link is the national network representing rural communities. Irish Rural Link represents the interests of community groups in disadvantaged and marginalised rural areas by highlighting problems, advocating appropriate policies and sharing experiences and examples of good practice.
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The Meals on Wheels Network, newly established with the support of Irish Rural Link, was launched by Minister Ann Phelan, in Buswell’s Hotel, on the 6th October 2015.

Many of the people involved are voluntary and often are the only contact experienced by elderly people living alone.

The service is a critical component of the continuum of care services that enables older people to remain living in the community or to return to their own homes after hospitalisation. Without the existence of the meals on wheels there would be:

  • Higher mortality
  • Longer hospital stay
  • Increased need for nursing home care following discharge
  • Reduced likelihood of discharge from nursing home and increased need for non-elective hospital readmission
  • Greater use of medications and lower activities of daily living
  • Increased incidence of falls
  • Extreme loneliness
  • Isolation

Contact the Meals on Wheels Network: james@irishrurallink.ie

Meals on Wheels Launch in pictures: click here to download (pdf)