Each Meals on Wheels client is assigned to one of the agency's four specialized social workers, called supportive services specialists, said Courtney Tierney, director of the Prince William Area Agency on Aging.
Becoming a Meals on Wheels client starts with a call to the agency at 703-792-6374, where one of its three information and referral specialists will begin an assessment process.
"If it is clear that [the caller needs] somebody to come into the home to complete the assessment, then a supportive services specialist is assigned," Tierney
The program's goal is "to help people in our community remain in the community in their place of choice for as long as possible," Tierney
said there's been a bias in federal and state funding toward institutionalization, but "that is shifting towards the community, which is a good thing. … There is support [and] long-term services available … and one of those supports is Meals on Wheels."
Meals on Wheels receives federal funding under the U.S. Older Americans Act of 1965, which mandated the program nationally, Tierney
They are vital to our operation," Tierney