Home Delivered Meals
NU-HOPE Elder Care Services’ mission is to assist senior to lead independent and meaningful lives and to safely remain in their own homes and communities for as long as possible.
Obtaining proper nutrition is key to maximizing health and well-being. Unfortunately for many seniors, the ability to obtain nutritious meals is often limited by physical, financial or cognitive challenges.
Through the NU-HOPE Home Delivered Meals Program, seniors who are homebound and have ongoing challenges that affect their ability to obtain nutritious meals are able to have packages of frozen, nutritious meals delivered directly to their home. In addition, they receive monthly Nutritional Education handouts and recipes that provide additional tips on how to maximize health.
Meals provided are…
- Nutritious: Meals provided by NU-HOPE must meet standards in 13 key nutritional areas, including calories, protein, fat, sodium, fiber, calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, zinc, magnesium, and potassium. These meals are considered nutritionally appropriate for most individuals who have medical conditions that are impacted by dietary intake, such as those with diabetes or cardiac disease.
- Safe: All meals are prepared in a professional facility that is monitored by the USDA.
- Convenient and Easy to Prepare: The meals are flash-frozen and can be reheated in a conventional oven as well as a microwave.
Who is Eligible?
Individuals age 60 or older who are homebound due to illness, disability, or isolation;
b. The recipient’s spouse of a homebound eligible individual, regardless of age, if the provision of the collateral meal supports maintaining the person at home;
c. Individuals with disabilities, regardless of age, who reside at home with eligible individuals and are dependent on them for care; and
d. Persons at nutritional risk who have physical, emotional, or behavioral conditions, which would make their presence at the congregate site inappropriate; and persons at nutritional risk who are socially or otherwise isolated and unable to attend a congregate nutrition site.
How do I Apply?
You may apply for service by calling the Senior Connection Center at 1-800-336-2226. A request for service may be taken directly for the interested person or by referral for others in the community, such as relatives, pastors, social workers, or friends. At this time an initial telephone assessment will be conducted gathering the necessary information needed for eligibility.
What is the Cost?
The cost for receiving services varies, depending on the particular program that covers the services provided. Services funded through the Older Americans Act do not currently have a fee, although donations to the program are encouraged. Such donations assist us in expanding access to services and allow additional seniors to benefit.
Consumers enrolled in services through the Community Care for the Elderly and the Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative (Florida General Revenue funded programs) have a monthly co-payment, as mandated by the Florida Statutes. A fee is determined at the time of the in-home visit and comprehensive assessment and is based on income.