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Residents for their comments on our proposal to no longer provide a home meals delivery service from April 2016 and we asked for suggestions on how else we can support people to get a meal in Barnet.
Residents raised a number of concerns about the impact on people as a result of ceasing the service including:
· Concern for vulnerable people, for example people with dementia and health related issues, increase in costs of other services including home care and health services ; loss of social contact; concern about financial implications e.g. paying more for meals;
· Suggestions for alternative ways of supporting people included continuation of the service, encourage and promote other initiatives voluntary sector organisations to provide services and cutting staff salaries.
Every resident receiving the home meals service has been visited in person for a full review of their needs and to talk through which other options would suit them best.
Throughout January we have been contacting service users again and their carers where appropriate to discuss what options they wish to put in place. We will closely support individuals to put in place alternative options.
We have also put together information about a range of services available in the local community and this information is available on our website. We will continue to update this information periodically.