Meal Delivery Service Increases Seniors’ Health
Written by Rippe Keane | April 30, 2018 | In The News
According to the National Council of Aging, malnutrition affects one in four adults aged 65 or better. This is often due to the lack of access to healthy foods or the ability and energy to prepare a nutritious meal.
Home Health Care News analyzed a recent study published in Health Affairs, examining whether meal preparations and delivery services increase patients’ health and decrease healthcare costs. The study found that nutritional meal deliveries decreased hospital readmission rates and emergency visits which resulted in improved health for patients.
In America, there are 5,000 independent Meals on Wheels programs working toward the goal of keeping the aging population healthy. In Wisconsin alone, there are 36 programs, but only three, including Independent Living, Inc.’s Evening Meals on Wheels program, that are accredited by Meals on Wheels America.
Each year, our Evening Meals on Wheels program delivers around 35,000 meals to seniors and adults with disabilities. At a low price of $8.40 per meal, someone can receive a hot, nutritious meal. It’s a wonderfully complete meal that includes an entrée, salad or vegetable, fruit, potato or rice or pasta, bread and butter and a dessert.
Independent Living, Inc. is able to offer this service to seniors in Dane County with help from our gracious volunteers. Together, we can work to lower healthcare costs and ensure that no senior goes hungry.
If you are interested in learning more about our Evening Meals on Wheels program, visit: https://www.independentlivinginc.org/evening-meals-on-wheels.html.