Meal Buddies program underway at Nursing Home

Five volunteers with the new 'Meal Buddies' program at Macpherson Smith Nursing Home took part in the first round of training last week.

Meal Buddy Mauren Johnston assists Kevin.

Meal Buddy Mauren Johnston assists Kevin.

An initiative by Stawell Regional Health, Meal Buddies give nursing home residents a helping hand to eat their lunch and dinner.

Co-ordinator Jackie Peacock said Meal Buddies help residents open dinner lids, position meal trays, pour tea or coffee and provide company whilst the person is eating their meal.

"Volunteers are an essential part of the team here at Macpherson Smith and keep residents connected with the broader community," Ms Peacock said.

"Last week's training helped volunteers understand the role and resident dietary needs. I think both volunteers and residents are going to get a lot out of the experience."

Ms Peacock said anyone interested in becoming part of the Meal Buddies program could choose their own level of commitment.

"Volunteers can commit to as little as a couple of hours a day, once or twice a week," she said. "If you are available any day of the week during meal times from 12-1.30pm or 5-6.30pm, we'd love to hear from you."

Macpherson Smith Nursing Home has around 35 permanent residents. The facility is also looking for volunteers to help with general recreational activities and programs held daily from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

If you'd like to volunteer in any way, please contact Jackie Peacock on 5358 8585 (Monday-Tuesday) or email

Interested people will need to complete an application and undergo a police check. Appropriate training will be provided for all volunteers.


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