Meals on Wheels drivers are trusted friends to homebound seniors, and are often the only person who visits their home daily. For senior clients, the Meals on Wheels volunteers and staff have a consistent presence and insight into their home environment and family dynamics. Having meals delivered to their home benefits seniors’ overall wellbeing and independence.
We’re exploring ways to enhance existing meal delivery service for seniors to include more than just a nutritious meal and a friendly visit. Two Meals on Wheels pilot sites have been selected for testing of an electronic wellness support tool that is incorporated within the home-delivered meal service.
West Health is collaborating with Meals on Wheels America to scale adoption of a technology-based care coordination protocol that enhances home-delivered meal services to improve clients’ health, safety and well-being.
West Health is collaborating with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to develop and test a process to systematically identify senior patients in the emergency department who are at-risk for malnutrition and food insecurity and link them to community-based solutions to address the broader social needs that may contribute to their risk for malnutrition and food insecurity.
Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger.
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