04 Apr COPE Galway & HSE West work together to promote Healthy Eating for Older People in Galway
COPE Galway Community Catering, in partnership with Galway University Hospital (funded by Nursing and Midwifery Planning & Development Unit) recently launched “Good food and healthy eating advice for older people living independently”. The purpose of the booklet is to raise awareness about the risks of malnutrition in older people, offer useful advice & recipes for healthy eating, and provide information about the benefits and availability of Meals on Wheels in Galway. The booklet follows on from a pilot at GUH where older people admitted to hospital were identified if in need of nutritional support and were referred for Meals on Wheels on discharge.
COPE Galway supports healthy independent living at home. Their Community Catering Meals on Wheels service produces and delivers nutritious meals enabling older people to live independently in their own homes. Speaking at the launch, Geraldine Ryan, COPE Galway Community Catering Executive Chef, said “The booklet offers top tips on how to eat well, healthy snack ideas, and handy foods to have in your cupboard in case you can’t get to the shops, information on Meals on Wheels, along with lots more! It will be of interest to Older People, their families and carers”.
The healthy eating booklet explains that malnutrition occurs when you are not eating enough of the right foods to meet what your body needs to stay well. Some common signs of malnutrition are feeling tired, getting frequent illnesses and infections, finding it hard to keep warm, being low on energy to do normal daily activities, losing your appetite, and finding it hard to concentrate.
The booklet is being distributed widely to health care professionals such as public health nurses and GPs, and community groups who will also be able to make it available to those who need it. Anyone interested in a copy can contact COPE Galway Community Catering at 091 700800.