The primary focus of Fort Bend Seniors is the Meals on Wheels program. Fort Bend Seniors served a total of 364,773 meals in 2018. This program includes two types of meal services: home-delivered meals and emergency shelf-stable meals.
Meals on Wheels
Home-delivered meals include one hot meal daily that meets at least 1/3 of the recommended daily allowance of all nutrients required by adults for five or more days per week to seniors who are home bound. The average Meals on Wheels participant is 78 years old — a large majority being veterans or spouses of veterans — live alone and report needing assistance with at least two independent activities of daily living. Participants for the home-delivered meal program must be unable to physically attend a senior center and be unable to safety prepare their own meals. For these seniors, meals assistance is crucial. Over 62% of the seniors served by Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels — have household incomes under $15,000, and often in the homes of married couples, both seniors have health issues.
Who is Eligible for Meals on Wheels?
This program serves people age 60 or above living in Fort Bend or Waller Counties. Participants for the home-delivered meal program must be unable to physically attend a senior center and be unable to safely prepare their own meals.
Some seniors will be on Meals on Wheels for years, as limiting physical conditions such as arthritis or cataracts, make them unable to leave the house to do grocery shopping or safely prepare meals. Fort Bend Seniors helps these seniors stay in their beloved homes for as long as possible.
Other Meals on Wheels participants only require meals for a short period of time. If recently released from the hospital, some seniors require meals only until they recover and are able to again be up and about. If you or a senior in your life will undergo surgery and require meal assistance during recovery, feel free to fill out a referral.
If you know someone who would benefit from a regular Meals on Wheels meal delivery, please fill out the referral form on our website or call us at 281-633-7049 or 800-643-9654.
Emergency Shelf-Stable Meals
Emergency shelf-stable meals are meals with a shelf life of one year that are delivered to seniors for use when home delivery is unavailable due to emergency weather conditions. Fort Bend Seniors provides five meals, twice per year to homebound and congregate participants. Emergency shelf-stable meals are also provided to seniors who find themselves in temporary emergency situations such as a recent discharge from the hospital or an unexpected change in a senior’s finances.
What Else Does FBS Offer to Homebound Clients?
Fort Bend Seniors provides individual assessments for determining seniors’ needs in the areas of social services, nutrition, and health care as well as their overall eligibility for our services. Once an assessment is completed, Fort Bend Seniors’ case managers will make referrals to various services depending on the senior’s needs, as well as providing FBS with the necessary information to be able to adequately serve the seniors in our community. Assessments by case managers are done once a year, or more if needed.
Volunteer delivery drivers complete training and will check on the well-being of seniors on their Meals on Wheels routes. Any issues are reported to FBS so case managers can follow up to ensure that the senior is healthy and safe.
Information & Referral
Fort Bend Seniors maintains a database of important information relating to seniors and their needs. Vital information is provided to seniors in need of services and opportunities and referrals are coordinated by Fort Bend Seniors staff.
For more information, please call 281-633-7049.