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How a Positive Attitude Benefits the Aging Process

Posted by Mary O'Hara on May 2, 2018 10:32:00 AM

Adopting a positive attitude can go far in dealing with the changes associated with aging. In fact, according to Kaiser Health News, those who have a positive outlook on aging live 7.5 years longer. Studies show that older adults who hold negative stereotypes about aging tend to walk more slowly, experience memory problems, and recover less fully from a fall or fracture.

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Topics: Home Delivered Meals, Senior Health, Healthcare Cost Reduction, Medicare, Nutrition Care, Healthy Meals for Seniors, aging in place

The Cold Chain and the Best Practice in Serving Rural Customers

Posted by Paula Ardilla, QA/HACCP Coordinator on Mar 14, 2018 2:08:00 PM

Is this how you are delivering meals to your seniors?

One of the foremost challenges facing seniors aging in place in rural areas is food safety. In this context, food safety includes satisfactory dietary requirements, reliable food intake, proper food storage, transport, and handling. For seniors to receive proper nutrition, each of these areas must be adequately satisfied. Luckily, home meal delivery services tailored to seniors, like SimpleCook™, make health and nutrition easy and efficient.

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Topics: Home Delivered Meals, The Cold Chain

Take Heart - Healthy Foods Can be Delicious!

Posted by Sean LoBianco on Feb 15, 2018 2:46:32 PM

February is American Heart Month! It is an excellent time to take charge of your health. Regular visits to your doctor to check your blood pressure and cholesterol are simple ways to know your risk factors for heart disease. In fact, 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases may be preventable through education and action.

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Topics: Nutrition, Home Delivered Meals, Heart Disease, Healthy Meals for Seniors, Senior Nutrition

How to Recruit Volunteers for Seniors

Posted by Sean LoBianco on Jan 24, 2018 1:04:00 PM

The Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is the lifeblood for most seniors in the United States today. The AAA has the mission of helping seniors age in place, and they face a growing senior population to serve.

These organizations have to care for more seniors with smaller budgets and increasingly are turning to volunteers to get the job done. Volunteers are quickly becoming the backbone of the agency, but volunteering across the US is declining.

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Topics: Home Delivered Meals, Volunteers, Volunteerism, Baby Boomers

Why More Seniors are Signing Up for Medicare Advantage Plans

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Nov 30, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Those enrolled in original Medicare could be pleased to learn about the benefits of switching to a Medicare Advantage plan. 

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Topics: Home Delivered Meals, Senior Health, Post Discharge, Senior Health Plans

Let Us Take Nutrition Care Off Your Plate!

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Jul 12, 2017 11:02:45 AM

We know avoiding hospitalizations is a top priority for health plans. One way to keep your members out of the hospital, and to reduce the chance of readmission, is to prevent malnutrition. In fact, roughly one-third of patients who are not malnourished at admission will become so during their stay. Weight loss, being underweight, and failure-to-thrive/malnutrition have all been associated with readmission within 30 days of discharge.

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Topics: Home Delivered Meals, Malnutrition, Post Discharge, Senior Nutrition

Want a Faster Recovery? Ask for Help!

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Jun 22, 2017 11:53:54 AM

According to Kaiser Health News, 28 percent of patients (many being older adults) who are offered home health care services when they are discharged from the hospital, refuse the services available, which could lead to delayed recoveries, and reduced independence. Studies indicate that those who refuse post-discharge services may have higher rates of readmission to the hospital and a lower quality of life.

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Topics: Home Delivered Meals, Medicare, Nutrition Care, Malnutrition, Post Discharge, Aging Well

No Place Like Home - Aging in Place for Seniors

Posted by Mary O'Hara on May 10, 2017 10:22:19 AM

According to  The National Aging in Place Council (NAIPC), more than 90 percent of older adults prefer to stay in their homes rather than move to a senior facility. One of the challenges you face as a case manager is helping seniors to age in place. People want to stay in their homes because they are most comfortable with what is familiar. 

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Topics: Home Delivered Meals, Nutrition Care, Care Managers, Aging Well, Senior Nutrition

Home-Delivered Meals - Safely Delivered!

Posted by Mary O'Hara on May 4, 2017 9:34:09 AM

As a caregiver, you have many things to worry about. Food safety shouldn’t be one of them. When choosing a home-delivered meal provider, food safety and quality should be top priorities Selecting a provider that uses extensive food preparation safety procedures with a safe delivery model will provide peace of mind. 

Don't Break the Chain

The “cold chain” process is one of the most effective and reliable methods of assuring food safety. This process ensures that food is maintained at temperatures that prevent the growth of harmful bacteria that can make you sick.  

The cold chain process transports perishable foods without using harmful preservatives and additives. This continuous cold chain ensures seniors will receive safe and healthy meals.

Here are some questions to ask when comparing home-delivered meal providers:

  • Is the food prepared fresh in an USDA-inspected facility?
  • Are the meals flash frozen to -19° F?
  • Is the food maintained in a cold storage at -10° F until delivery?
  • Is the food delivered to homes in specially-designed freezer trucks?
  • Do they have specially-trained drivers unpack meals and store them in freezer until ready to eat?

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Topics: Nutrition, Home Delivered Meals, The Cold Chain, Food Safety, Caregivers, Healthy Meals for Seniors, Senior Nutrition

How Baby Boomers are Changing the Way We Plan Menus

Posted by Chef Michael Thrash, CEC, CCA, WCEC, PCII on Apr 20, 2017 11:20:21 AM

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Topics: Home Delivered Meals, Healthy Meals for Seniors, Aging Well, Senior Nutrition, Baby Boomers, Menu Planning

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