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Home-Delivered Meals

Over the past several years, the Advocate Older Adult Services program, which coordinates your meal delivery, has been dedicated to recognizing and serving the needs of older adults and their families in the community. Every aspect of our program is focused on attaining one primary goal: providing high-quality professional services to benefit and improve the lives of community members.

The value and importance of having access to a caring yet reasonably priced Home Delivered Meals program cannot be emphasized strongly enough. Families who have participated in our Home Delivered Meals program have expressed this sentiment to us many times. We, in turn, intend to continue striving towards excellence in provision of services for older adults.

To meet our objectives of offering a quality home delivered meal and responding to increasing costs, the following criteria apply:

Meal Service

  • Our meal program is able to meet any dietary restrictions (renal, low-sodium, mechanical, gluten and sugar-free).
  • Meals are delivered Monday through Friday.
  • Delivery is done by volunteer drivers between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Meals are delivered to: Park Ridge, Unincorporated Des Plaines, Glenview and Niles.

Home Visits

  • We will make home visits about every six months. If you need anything else while you are receiving meals, please call or ask your volunteer drivers to let us know about it.

Fees

New meal recipients will be required to pay for the first two weeks' meals in advance at the time of the home visit. No refund will be made for participation of less than two weeks. Future payments will be billed on a monthly basis. All meals are $6.00 per meal. You can choose to receive hot and/or cold meals. All meals will be delivered at the same time. The hot meals are listed here. The cold meal consists of a cold sandwich, (turkey, tuna, chicken salad, roast beef) fruit cup and milk.

Cancellations

Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance of the meal delivery during normal business hours. Cancellation notices will not be accepted on Saturday or Sunday as the office is closed. To cancel a meal please call 847.296.0485.

We appreciate your participation in our program. If you wish to discuss this or any other matter pertaining to Home Delivered Meals, please do not hesitate to call the office at 847.296.0737.

Check out our article in the July/August version of the Advocate Pulse Newsletter

When Advocate Lutheran General Hospital began its home-delivered meals program more than three decades ago to address a community need, it helped a handful of homebound seniors and handicapped persons who weren’t able to prepare their own food.

Now, more than 100 persons are served annually through this program and its meal-transporting volunteer drivers, but in ways that far exceed the daily delivery of lunches or dinners.

Coordinated through Lutheran General Older Adult Services, the program has resulted in lasting friendships -- and numerous instances when lives have been saved. Volunteer drivers have called emergency personnel after discovering a client had fallen or was unable to come to the door. In one case, a client’s home was found to be filled with fumes because she had mistakenly turned on all of the gas burners on her stove.

“Our volunteers are trained to not just deliver food, but to see if anything else needs to be addressed in the home,” stresses Gwynne Chovanec, director of older adult services. “They are our eyes and ears, because many of our clients are alone and don’t have contact with anyone else.”

“Our program is different from others because we have a social worker do an initial home assessment when an individual requests the service,” says Chovanec. “It’s important to determine if the person has other needs, such as adult day care, a physician referral or a 24-hour emergency response system.”

Volunteer drivers who deliver the meals from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Monday through Friday include members from the Kiwanis Club of Barrington, the Park Ridge Community Women, Alumnae Club of Park Ridge, Lutheran General Associates and local residents. Some have served in this role for 34 years.

Support for the program also comes from annual contributions provided by the City of Park Ridge and Maine Township.

“This truly is a community partnership that has made a big difference in many lives over the years,” adds Chovanec.


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