CLEARFIELD – Davis County Senior Services is looking to help residents over the age of 60 who can’t eat solid foods or regular meals.
That’s possible through what is called “Medical Meals,” a program that is funded through the federal Older Americans Act.
“They go to clients unable to eat solid foods or mechanically-fostered pureed meals,” said Kristy Cottrell, Senior Services Division of the Davis County Health Department.
The program already existed, but was known previously as liquid meals, she said.
One meal a day can be provided. If a dietary liquid supplement such as Equate is required for that meal, up to 48 cans a month, or about two cases, could be issued, Cottrell said.
Medical meals are another aspect of nutritional services provided by Senior Services.
“What we had found was that quite a few people who were receiving the medical meal were also able to eat solid food,” she said.
“We don’t know how many people have need of this in our community. We would love to be able to reach out to anyone (in need),” Cottrell said.
Previously, some seniors were purchasing Ensure at the senior activity centers. That will no longer be possible, she said.
Staff is looking into options in the community where that or other meal supplements can be obtained, Cottrell said.
Those unable to eat whole food or pureed meals are asked to call Senior Services at 801-525-5000.
Congregate meals, or meals served at the three senior activity centers, are available at 11:30 a.m., five days a week.
In addition, about 300 seniors receive home bound or Meals on Wheels, five days a week. If needed, two more meals can be provided to cover weekends, and would be included with Friday’s delivery, Cottrell said.
“Some people only need (Meals on Wheels) a couple of days a week. The whole reason for the program is to help keep people from prematurely having to be admitted to a care facility,” she said.