Meals on Wheels in both Warialda and Bingara are continuing as usual, with a few extra precautions now in place.
The staff at local Health and Community Care (HACC) services would like to advise clients that the provision and delivery of meals will carry on. Staff are taking additional steps to ensure hands are sanitised and appropriate distancing measures are adhered to. No volunteers are currently delivering meals, with the task left to HACC staff.
“We are following advice from the health authorities, recognising that older people may be more at risk,” said a Meals on Wheels spokesperson. “All staff are following our standard food safety procedures, good hand hygiene, and as an extra precaution are using hand sanitising gel between each home they visit. We have also asked our volunteers to maintain at arm’s length distance away from you when delivering your meal,” said the spokesperson.
“You can help, too. If you are able to come to the door, we will deliver your meal either onto a tray or place on a chair or table just inside your door. We will make arrangements if you cannot easily get to the door to receive your meal.”
“If you are unwell, have recently returned from an overseas trip, or have been told that you have been in contact with a person known to have the Coronavirus please let us know by calling your local service. We will make arrangements to ensure that you can still receive your home delivered meals, with some extra steps to keep our volunteers safe and well,” concluded the spokesperson.