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dc.contributor.authorO'DWYER, CIARA MARYen
dc.contributor.authorTIMONEN, VIRPIen
dc.date.accessioned2010-04-21T16:00:35Z
dc.date.available2010-04-21T16:00:35Z
dc.date.issued2010en
dc.date.submitted2010en
dc.identifier.citationTimonen, V. and O'Dwyer, C., 'It's nice to see someone coming in': Exploring the Social Objectives of Meals-on-Wheels, Canadian Journal on Aging, 29, 3, 2010, 399 - 410en
dc.identifier.otherYen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2262/39142
dc.descriptionPUBLISHEDen
dc.description.abstractDespite the fact that meals-on-wheels have both nutritional and social aspects, there is a paucity of research on the social objectives of the service. This article set out to develop our understanding of the social objectives of meals-on-wheels and to explore the extent to which they are met by services in Ireland. A literature review suggested that meals-on-wheels have the potential to meet three social objectives, namely 1) providing meals recipients with social contact, 2) helping to re-stimulate an interest in meals and regularising mealtimes, and 3) helping to develop an acceptance of the service. Interviews were conducted with 66 purposively-sampled meals-on-wheels recipients in order to explore these themes and to augment them as necessary. Respondents derived limited social contact from the service, and there was considerable variance in staff awareness of this social dimension; the objective of regularising mealtimes was not important for most recipients; and many were reluctant to accept the service. The three objectives are therefore minimally met within the Irish system at present. The social objectives outlined in this article could be further developed into a set of criteria for evaluating the extent to which meals-on-wheels services fulfil them.en
dc.format.extent399en
dc.format.extent410en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCanadian Journal on Agingen
dc.relation.ispartofseries29en
dc.relation.ispartofseries3en
dc.rightsYen
dc.subjectSocial Studies
dc.title'It's nice to see someone coming in': Exploring the Social Objectives of Meals-on-Wheelsen
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.type.supercollectionscholarly_publicationsen
dc.type.supercollectionrefereed_publicationsen
dc.identifier.peoplefinderurlhttp://people.tcd.ie/cmodwyeren
dc.identifier.peoplefinderurlhttp://people.tcd.ie/timonenven
dc.identifier.rssinternalid64445en
dc.identifier.rssurihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0714980810000371en


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