Brockton, MA (PressExposure) August 08, 2009 -- Old Colony Elder Services (OCES) recently announced their collaboration with The Charity Guild of Brockton in the development of a new program known as âSpecial Foods for Special Peopleâ.
The goal of the âSpecial Foods for Special Peopleâ program is to distribute special dietary foods to homebound elders who suffer from diseases common to this age group. Many are unable to afford specialty items due limited income and increasing food costs.
OCES will assist with the programâs outreach and education initiatives and the Charity Guild will provide the food and the volunteers to deliver the special food to elders in their homes. The Charity Guild recently received a grant from the Howard Home Foundation which has enabled them to develop and run the "Special Foods for Special Peopleâ program.
âWeâre very excited to be able to partner with Old Colony Elder Services on this project. It has been a very high priority for us. The âSpecial Foods for Special Peopleâ program affords us the chance to reach out to individuals in the community. Now, we are able to go to those who cannot come to us,â said Nancy Gustafson, President of The Charity Guildâs Board of Directors.
How it Works A Registered Nurse and Dietician from OCES conduct an assessment of an elderâs needs. Then, the nurse and dietician consult with the elder about disease and prevention and the vital role that proper nutrition plays in their overall health. OCES then educates and trains the elder (and their caregiver) in proper nutritional intake and dietary needs as it relates to his/her specific health problem. Once the assessment, education and training are completed, the Charity Guild provides and delivers the special diet foods to the homebound elder.
âNow, homebound elders are able to get the nutritional foods that are specific to their disease that they would not otherwise be able to obtain. This program is essential to the many elders who are suffering from illnesses which could benefit from a special diet,â explained Diana DiGiorgi, Executive Director of OCES.
About the Charity Guild of Brockton Established in 1971, The Charity Guild of Brockton is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization providing assistance to greater Brockton area residents through their food pantry and thrift shop. The Charity Guildâs mission is "to provide basic and necessary services to those unable to meet their primary needs of food, clothing and household goods." The Charity Guild is located at 501 Main Street in Brockton. To learn more about them, visit the website at http://www.TheCharityGuild.org.
For more information about the âSpecial Foods for Special Peopleâ program, contact Lucille Dallaire of OCES at (508) 584-1561.
OCES serves elders, their families and caregivers in the towns of Abington, Avon, Bridgewater, Brockton, Carver, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Easton, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Kingston, Lakeville, Marshfield, Middleboro, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton, Rockland, Stoughton, Wareham, West Bridgewater and Whitman.
The organization's mission is to provide services that support the dignity and independence of elders by helping them maximize their quality of life; live safely and in good health; and, prevent unnecessary or premature institutionalization.
The agency has 130 employees and operates more than 12 programs serving elders, their families and caregivers. For more information call (508) 584-1561 or visit the website at http://www.oldcolonyelderservices.org.