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Multi-level meals on wheels insights: a qualitative study

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posted on 2023-03-23, 09:35 authored by CHRISTINE FITZGERALDCHRISTINE FITZGERALD

Purpose – Meals on Wheels (MOW) support older people to live in their own homes and communities. The purpose of this paper is to explore MOW experiences from a multi-stakeholder level to inform and better equip this valuable service.

Design/methodology/approach – A qualitative approach was undertaken utilising semi-structured interviews and focus groups with current, former and potential MOW service users and MOW stakeholders.

Findings – Qualitative analysis explored MOW perspectives and experiences, highlighting a lack of MOW information and awareness, the importance of a client-centred approach the multiple roles of MOW and service transition.

Originality/value – This research explores MOW from the perspective of different groups directly involved in this community service, offering unique multi-stakeholder insights to understand and guide the future of this service.



Working With Older People


Emerald Publishing Ltd.,

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The author would like to acknowledge the financial support of the HSE, COPE Galway and the University of Galway in conducting this research. A special of word of thanks to COPE Galway for their valued time and engagement with this research.

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