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Homebound elderly on Meals-On-Wheels programme to get healthier, tastier meals

Published on Jan 29, 2014 5:24 PM

Oily and salty deep-fried food will soon be a thing of the past for some 2,000 frail elderly who depend on having food delivered to their doorstep daily.

Instead, they will get bite-sized food that are not processed and mainly steamed. The food will be also be cooked with less salt and oil and made less spicy to suit the palate of the elderly.

Most of these frail and homebound elderly, currently on the Meals-On-Wheels programme provided by various Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs), are too weak to cook at home or to head out to eat. But some of them have found the food, which are sent to their homes, lacking in variety and nutritional value.

The Agency for Integrated Care is thus teaming up with Soup Restaurant, known for its home-style dishes, to revamp the dishes served to the elderly at home to give them tastier, healthier meals. The Health Promotion Board (HPB) will also provide nutritional advice and will provide tips such as using healthier ingredients like brown rice. For the first time, HPB has developed a set of nutritional guidelines for the elderly that will be rolled out to VWOs and commercial caterers to come up with healthier recipes.

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