CONGREGATE MEAL PROGRAM
The Area Agency on Aging operates 5 "Eating Together" congregate nutrition sites throughout the county.
Nutritious meals, meeting 1/3 of the Recommended Dietary Requirements are available to persons 60 years of age or older and their spouse, regardless of age. Older adults are able to share a meal and socialize.
There is no fee for meals, however, a contribution is strongly encouraged.
The Area Agency on Aging operates a home delivered meal program (a Meals On Wheels America member) in conjunction with its Eating Together Sites. A nutritionally balanced meal is delivered to frail home-bound elderly five days a week.
In order to qualify for the program, the senior must have a physical or mental disability that prohibits them from preparing meals. Prior to enrollment in the program the senior is evaluated by Adult Evaluation and Review Services, a division of the Garrett County Health Department, to determine their functional abilities.
Home delivered meal participants receive an in-home well-check bi-annually by a registered nurse. The well-check visit includes blood pressure screening., height and wight, nutrition assessment, medication review, referral to services as appropiate, education and information.
Participants also receive nutrition information through a quarterly newsletter and other written materials.
There is no fee for meals, however, a contribution is strongly encouraged to help maintain adequate services .