Help in the Nick of Time: How Meals on Wheels Saves Lives

Many Meals on Wheels recipients have no one to regularly check on them.

On a chilly Friday in March, a Sound Generations’ Meals on Wheels delivery driver entered an apartment in downtown Seattle only to find an elderly woman lying on the floor. She had fallen but couldn’t move or call for help.

His arrival was the first sign of hope. After he helped her up, the woman asked the driver to notify someone at a nearby senior center. He got in touch with them immediately and they were able to notify her social worker and get her the assistance she needed.

Unfortunately, this scenario is not uncommon. Many homebound seniors receiving Meals on Wheels have no one to regularly check on them. Without the visit from the delivery driver, they might hurt themselves and not be found until it’s too late. This is just one of many reasons why we believe in this work, and why your support is so appreciated.

Yet meal delivery is just one piece of the equation. We at Sound Generations have long known that in order to age safely and with dignity, people need access to an integrated network of care and community.

In addition to visits from friendly staff and volunteers, your support help prevent falls – one of the greatest risks to seniors – by providing affordable modifications like grab bars, handrails and wheelchair ramps. You provide free transportation options that empower seniors of all mobility levels to leave their homes and visit our senior centers and hot lunch programs. And you ensure that when people call or email for help there is always someone to answer.

Sound Generations’ Meals on Wheels serves older adults and adults with disabilities throughout King County. If you or someone you know would benefit from Meals on Wheels, you can learn more and submit an application here