A healthy meal prepared with love has the power to nourish both body and soul. However, for people with disabilities, meal preparation can bring unique challenges that hinder their ability to access nutritious and enjoyable meals. However, NDIS offers support and resources to empower people with disabilities in their meal preparation. NDIS offers a range of services to facilitate meal preparation which may include meal delivery services in some cases. However, not all NDIS plans include the meal delivery services. In such cases, the plan guides PWDs to make most of the NDIS assistance through support workers for their meal planning, finding recipes, getting groceries and cooking so that they can enjoy healthy and nutritious meals. It is a way to promote independence and the support workers can assist and support throughout the process.
Assessing Individual Needs and Goals
To assess individual needs and goals before meal preparation is very important step. Disabilities can vary from person to person, and to understand the challenges related with the individual disability will help tailor the support they require. While assisting the meal planning, the support workers should consider the physical limitations, cognitive challenges and dietary restrictions or preferences. By having a clear understanding of the individual circumstances, the workers can assist the PWDs to make most of the plan.
Crafting a Meal Plan
Meals should be nutritious and balanced for a healthy lifestyle. People with disabilities can craft a healthy meal plan with the help of support workers, after considering their dietary requirements. They may incorporate a variety of meals and healthy items in their daily intake to maintain a balanced diet. With the dietary preferences and different meal preparing strategies, they can optimise their health efficacy.
Getting the Required Grocery Items
Once the healthy meal plan is crafted according to the individual needs and preferences, next step would be to get the required items. With the assistance of a support worker, the PWD can stock up the pantry and fridge on the weekly basis so that the healthy meal plans can be accessible even if the support is not available on the daily basis.
Adaptive Cooking Techniques
Accessing simple but healthy recipes by adapting cooking techniques should also be incorporated in the meal plan. With the assistance of support workers, PWD should develop the menu and recipe book with simple steps and instructions to follow while preparing the meals alone, without support workers. Simplified steps of cooking and utilising adaptive equipment can make meal preparation easier.
Building Skills for Enhanced Independence
NDIS goes beyond just providing immediate assistance in meal preparation; it also empowers individuals to build skills for enhanced independence. There are skill building cooking classes and meal planning workshops included in some of the plans. However, if one doesn’t have the funding for skill development, the support workers can always help you to build your skills by developing the meal plans according to the individual needs, simplifying the cooking steps, getting the groceries, and preparing the meals.
Identifying Additional Community Resources
Additionally, there are other community resources available to further assist PWDs in their meals. There are several local organisations, support groups, or online platforms that are specifically dedicated to empowering the people with disabilities. With the assistance of support workers, they can get engaged with additional resources in case of any hinderance in the usual available supports.
In a nutshell, access to healthy and balanced meals is a fundamental right for every individual with disabilities. By utilising NDIS supports, through meal delivery services or through the support workers, they can enhance independence and overall wellbeing. Flair & Fine Care provides support workers who help the participants in meal preparation, assist them in cooking, and encourage them to take healthy and balanced food.