AN older people’s champion has outlined the great efforts being undertaken to try to tackle OAP malnutrition in South Derbyshire.
Gill Farrington, chairman of South Derbyshire Forum, formerly the 50 Plus Forum, spoke out after the Mail revealed that 26 per cent of people screened in the district were deemed as being at high or medium risk of malnutrition.
Mrs Farrington (pictured) outlined the way in which the forum was doing its bit to try to drive down the number of elderly people not getting enough food.
She said: “The South Derbyshire Forum has been actively dealing with this issue by delivering hot meals on wheels to any vulnerable person who applies to us.
“We are able to keep an eye on our customers which will be invaluable during the coming winter.
“We receive no funding from the county or the district councils for this much-valued service.
“We are now being asked to deliver in Melbourne and even into East Staffordshire in places such as Stapenhill but we need more drivers and escorts before we can take this on board.”
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Results of a screening day which involved the NHS, adult care services and the private and voluntary sectors saw more than 2,600 people being surveyed, hundreds from the South Derbyshire area.
The event, set up to gauge the number of people affected by malnutrition issues, saw the collation of figures which revealed 26 per cent of people in the area were troubled by the problem.
Further screening days will be held to see if the effort to reduce the number of people who are not getting enough food has been successful.
A county council spokesman said: “The council is successfully raising awareness of malnutrition among older and vulnerable people.
“A major campaign to raise awareness of and to reduce malnutrition among older people has included the production of information on how to eat well easily, and is being supported by staff as they provide services to older people through several areas.”