“Maintaining a nutrient-dense diet is critically important for older adults because of the impact of food intake on health,” according to the National Library of Medicine.
As we age, it may become more difficult to maintain a healthy diet for multiple reasons, including loss of appetite, limited mobility or overall declining health. All these reasons make it difficult to do the necessary meal prep tasks, like going to the grocery store, cooking and cleaning.
Fortunately, Boston has many different meal services for senior residents, including meal delivery services for seniors to chefs who come to your home and cook fresh meals based on your dietary needs.
This article provides multiple meal preparation resources from local private companies to state programs that offer meal delivery to low-income seniors. All the resources make it confident for seniors to enjoy nutrient-dense food at home.
What Are Meal Delivery and Preparation Services?
Meal delivery services provide nutritious meals to your front door. Generally, you can order from a menu online and schedule the food delivery at your convenience.
Meal preparation (as it pertains to seniors) may involve a caregiver preparing food and meals in the home.
Both meal delivery and meal preparations are convenient ways for seniors to stay healthy and eat nutritious food. Below are five different meal delivery or meal prep resources for Boston seniors.
MealPro is a meal delivery service that offers healthy fresh food for Boston Seniors. They use natural ingredients, no GMOs, organic produce, hormone-free chicken and wild-caught seafood. Mealpro makes it easy for seniors to eat chef-prepared meals as the food is delivered to the front door in special thermal boxes.
MealPro pays attention to the small details like the labels on the food, which are enlarged to make for easier reading and the carefully weighed and portioned meals that will allow seniors to keep up with how many calories are in each serving.
It’s really simple to order ready-to-eat meals on the website, and no subscription is needed.
Chefs for Seniors
Chefs for Seniors is an alternative to senior meal delivery services. Instead of boxes of precooked food showing up at your front door, a friendly chef will arrive at your home every week to cook gourmet meals based on your dietary preferences and needs. Afterward, you are good for a week with fresh, customized, nourishing meals.
Chefs for seniors provide healthy meals and companionship, and good company that traditional food delivery services can not offer. All chefs complete full background checks and are ServSafe certified.
Chefs John is the Boston personal chef and has been in the industry for more than 30 years. Areas served to include:
You can book a chef for weekly or bi-weekly visits. You will need to complete a form online or call to receive a custom quote, but the cost is comprehensive to meal delivery services.
Ethos Meals on Wheels in Boston
The Meals on Wheels program is designed to help seniors who need prepared meals, including those who need short-term assistance while recovering from an illness or injury. Every weekday, Ethos delivers healthy meals to senior Boston residents in need.
Ethos is a private, nonprofit organization serving the Boston communities of Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, West Roxbury, Hyde Park and Mattapan.
To be eligible for Meals on Wheels, you must be:
- A Boston Resident
- 60 years of age or older
- Temporarily or permanently homebound
Email or Call ETHOS Nutrition Department for more information:
ETHOS Nutrition Department
555 Amory Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
T: (617) 477-6606
It’s Good to Be Home Inc
It’s Good to Be Home Inc is a local care home company that offers affordable meal preparation for Boston Seniors. Even though they describe themselves as a meal preparation service, It’s Good to Be Home Inc is more similar to Chefs for Seniors, where the food is prepared and cooked in the home.
It’s Good to Be Home Inc has a holistic approach to meal preparation. Below are some of the tasks a caregiver will perform:
- Create a unique meal plan (based on dietary needs and restrictions)
- Groceries Shopping
- Meal Prep
- Cook Meals
- Cleanup before and after meals
It’s Good to Be Home Inc can be reached at 781-824-4663 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
City of Boston (Meal Options)
The City of Boston provides home-delivered meals to seniors at least 60 years old who cannot leave home due to injury or disability. These meals are delivered daily and provide a daily safety check for high-risk seniors—Call 617-292-6211 to find out if you’re eligible.
Massachusetts has over 27 programs that serve over 9 million seniors every year. The program is to provide at least one nutrient-rich, well-balanced meal to seniors. Learn more about the additional programs and eligibility requirements.
Healthy Meal Options for Boston Seniors
As we age, we must keep up a healthy and wholesome diet. As more seniors want to age in place for as long as possible and over 350,00 seniors in Boston live alone, services that make it easier to live a healthy lifestyle are critical. Consider meal prep and delivery services for you or your loved ones.
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