David’s Story

Having a hot meal every day is something many of us take for granted. Being able to cook for ourselves and our families is a privilege that some people don’t have.


For older people living with poor health, being able to cook a meal can be challenging. With the cost of living on the rise, as well as the practicalities of cooking, sometimes it’s just not possible.


However, when it comes to our health, having a hot meal and a balanced diet is important. That’s why LifeCare introduced our Meals on Wheels service, to ensure that older people living with ill health and in isolation get the nutrition they need. We deliver fresh and nutritious two course lunches, twice weekly to people at home, hot and ready to eat.


For one 80-year-old client, David (not his real name), based in Leith, the service was so important for his quality of life. Living alone and registered blind, David was diagnosed with stomach cancer and was dangerously underweight. Cooking was a huge challenge for him and eating become more of an obstacle after his cancer diagnosis.


Luckily, David was referred to LifeCare’s Meals on Wheels service and it has made a huge difference to his daily life. He received a funded place due to low income. Not only does the service drop food at the door, but it provides a vital check-in to all clients, which allows them to have a bit of a chat.


With the delivery of fresh, hot meals to his door, David soon felt the benefits of eating well again.


“The meals have given me the inspiration to start eating properly again. I now have the energy to go out on walks and it has given me a new lease of life which I am grateful for. I thank everyone at LifeCare.”


The Meals on Wheels service is available to people over 50 with health or support needs living in North Edinburgh and Leith.