Dell Medical School students make call to WWII veteran
On Wednesday, Dell Medical School students made a house call to a World War II veteran, kicking off a partnership between the school and Meals On Wheels Central Texas.
That veteran was 97-year-old Malcolm Caldwell. His wife died seven years ago, and since then, he says meals haven’t been the same, and it’s become more difficult preparing food as he gets older.
"It's nice to not have to worry about what you're going to eat,” Caldwell said. "If you want to find some good people, find volunteers. They're the best people in the world."
He’d been preparing most of his meals himself up until a year ago when his daughter finally convinced him to participate in Meals on Wheels. He was apprehensive at first, because he didn’t believe he needed the meals as much as some others might, but he then realized it was important for his nutritional needs since he lives alone. Instead of feeling guilt, he donates to the organization each month.
Now, as Meals on Wheels partners with Dell Medical School, participants of the non-profit program will have a chance to work with medical students as they learn first-hand what it’s like being homebound and trying to stay healthy.
“You don't often see when you work in the hospitals or when you're in a clinic all day where we see patients, you don't actually see how people live," said Dell Medical Student David Woerner, who will be participating in the two-year program. "As people start to get older, you realize how much their nutrition is affected."
Dell Medical School and Meals on Wheels Central Texas hopes the partnership will revolutionize the way physicians help patients stay healthy when they leave the hospital or clinic.
Meals on Wheels Central Texas serves more than 5,000 people a year and delivers 3,000 meals each day.