Helping with Meals!
Getting home after a long day at work just to make dinner and eat it in under 20 minutes because your mom is acting hyper, then trying to get her dish and put it in the dishwasher before she puts it away, dirty, in the cupboard, is a lot to handle. Most days, we made it through dinner okay. Other days, we wanted to run for the hills! That is, until one of our friends had a genius idea that saved us from exhaustion when we really needed it.
She bought us an outdoor cooler that we kept ice in, so friends could drop off meals whenever it was convenient for them. It made such a huge impact. The amount of relief we felt when it was one of those bad days, and we couldn't imagine cooking anything, and we were tired of Trader Joe's freezer meals, and we knew dining out was not an option due to my mother's behavior, was immense!
In tandem with the cooler, I set up a www.takethemameal.com calendar so friends could schedule meals on different days, and we could get an idea of when they would be delivered. Or you can try Meal Train, or Lots A Helping Hands.
Say you don't live with your parent or other loved one who needs help. Or maybe you don't have a helping community around you. You can set up Meals on Wheels! Meals on Wheels is a community organization active across the United States that brings hot meals to seniors. The benefit of this service is they also do a "safety check" and will call the family if anything seems amiss! The cost is sliding-scale, and they will never turn anyone away for lack of payment.
If you're looking for an easy way to answer the question "How can I help you?", I recommend setting something like these meal programs up! Many local churches and other community organizations also offer meal delivery and outreach through their volunteers. It never hurts to ask!
---photo by Nathan Mitchell Photography