ANKENY, Iowa, April 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On a visit home to see her aging mom, Barb Anderson opened the fridge, and the cabinets -- and became concerned. Her mother had cooked fresh, wholesome meals for years, but her home was now stocked with processed foods, and her ability to cook was not what it used to be.
Motivated to help her own mother, and realizing she lived too far away to be there every day, Barb and her family founded Mom's Meals (http://www.momsmeals.com),delivering fresh-made, ready-to-heat and eat meals directly to a customer's door, ensuring that the growing aging population, those recuperating at home after a hospital stay, or those choosing to age in place longer get the healthy food they need.
"Mom didn't have the energy or the interest to get to the market or cook," said Anderson, 60, of Chicago, IL. "And what I saw in her refrigerator immediately told me she wasn't eating as well as she should be."
For seniors, asking for help isn't easy. And for their caregivers, especially their own children, it's tough to know when to step in. An estimated seven million Americans live an hour or more from their aging parents, unable to provide regular care and often not aware of the many resources available, including meal delivery options.
"My mom wouldn't admit she could use some help," said Anderson. "It was my turn to give her the gift she had always given me – healthy meals."
For Rita Kuznia of Janesville, MN, the realization it was time to step in came with the hospitalization of her father-in-law for dehydration, often a symptom of an improper diet. "My in-laws weren't eating well but they wanted to stay in their own home. So we did what we could and ordered healthy meals delivered directly to them."
"There's a point when the child becomes the caregiver," said Anderson. "Having nutritious meals delivered to my mom's door, and now yours, is the best gift we can give."
Mom's Meals are designed by a chef and registered dietician (http://www.momsmeals.com/team.asp) to ensure the meals have the right nutritional value for seniors on regular diets or those needing low sodium, low fat, gluten-free, vegetarian, or low carbohydrate options.
Today, millions of moms, dads and their children thank Barb and her family for their delivered home cooked meals, and for the peace of mind knowing their own parents are eating well every day.