Warm welcome for meals with care

A new groundbreaking community service for Lancashire which offers the elderly care with their meals is winning support from users and a leading MP.

The Peace of Mind initiative from the ICare Group offers varying levels of home support through their community assistants for those who need it, along with hot meals as a way of bringing both services together in one place.

And it has been warmly welcomed by leading MPs who see it as a much-needed added support service in their own areas.

Nigel Evans, MP for the Ribble Valley, said: "The Peace of Mind initiative from the ICare is a fantastic new community scheme that will provide a quality but affordable service to elderly people in Lancashire.

"The initiative will not only supply meals but also provide vulnerable people with much needed and highly appreciated support in the home. I do believe that it is groundbreaking and I think it will be a phenomenal success.

Mary Fisher, of the ICare Group, said: "The new service has been warmly welcomed by many service users who want the combination of a hot meal with a friendly visit to maybe carry out a few tasks or alert the assistant that they may not be well for some reason.

For relatives or others who know someone who would benefit from support, the service comes at minimal cost and can also include a home safety check, all run from the ICare site at Matrix Business Park, Chorley.

All ICare meals meet the National Association of Care Catering (NACC) guidelines. In addition ICare offers a wide choice and large variety of meals to suit varying dietary needs such as diabetic, vegetarian, low salt, low fat, soft meals, pureed meals. Included in the range are Asian Halal, Asian Vegetarian, Caribbean and Kosher meals.

There are 17,500 people over the age of 65 in Lancashire, and a similar number of people living in Lancashire who suffer from dementia of varying ages.

At the present time there are more than 11,000 people over 75 living alone in Central Lancashire, a figure that is predicted to rise to more than 15,000 by 2020.

For details of the new Peace of Mind initiative please see www.icaregroup.co.uk or tel 0845 604 1125.