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Mary O'Hara

Mary O'Hara is the Healthcare Marketing Manager at GA Foods. Mary communicates how nutrition plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle through blogs, emails, and presentations. She enjoys learning new recipes and preparing healthy meals for her friends and family!
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Medicare - Which Plan Should You Choose?

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Nov 16, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Medicare open enrollment is happening right now, so it's time to enroll in a Medicare plan by going to the Medicare.gov website. Open enrollment closes on December 7, and new Medicare coverage begins on January 1, 2018. 

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Topics: Medicare, Healthcare Research, Senior Health Plans, Senior Nutrition

Providing Emergency Meals for Hurricane Victims - During a Hurricane!

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Oct 11, 2017 2:45:37 PM

Shane Vansant (right) and Joshua Howard hand out food to Hurricane Irma survivors at a supply
distribution point in Key West, Florida on Monday, September 18, 2017. Photo by J.T. Blatty/FEMA

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Topics: Disaster Preparedness, Emergency Preparedness, Hurricane Relief, Disaster, Military

When Workplace Stress Sends You Running for Cover!

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Aug 2, 2017 10:00:00 AM

In the most general sense, workplace stress is a mismatch between the demands made of an employee and that employee's ability to carry out those demands. In other words, workplace stress is at its peak when job demands are highest and the employee's actual (or perceived) ability to carry out those demands are at their low point. 

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Topics: Reduce Stress, Stress, Care Managers, Caregiver Burnout

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

Chef Mike is Our Secret Ingredient!

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Jun 29, 2017 10:03:25 AM

GA Foods is proud of our Executive Chef, Mike Thrash. Chef Mike is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University and joined GA Foods in 2014. An award-winning chef, he enjoys creating new ways to reformulate recipes and enhance flavors, making him our secret ingredient for healthy meals senior adults love!!!

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Topics: Senior Nutrition, Senior Health, Healthy Home Delivered Meals, Healthy Meals for Seniors

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

Does Your Patient's Health Plan Offer Post-Discharge Meals?

Posted by Mary O'Hara on May 17, 2017 11:50:33 AM

Case managers and discharge planners have many things to consider before their patients return home after a hospitalization.  You may not be aware that some healthcare plans now offer nutrition care benefits for post-discharge patients.

Benefits of Nutrition Care

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Topics: Care Managers, Healthcare Cost Reduction, Medicare, Post Discharge

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

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

Can Post-Discharge Meals Improve Patient Outcomes?

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Apr 5, 2017 11:00:00 AM

When patients go into the hospital, one thing they may not expect is to leave malnourished. But, that is exactly what occurs to one-third of patients admitted to hospitals. Malnutrition is not always recognized and often goes untreated during hospitalization. Weight loss and poor nutritional intake can delay the healing and recovery process. This may lead to more challenging recoveries, and in many cases, relaspse and readmission.

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Topics: Healthcare Cost Reduction, Healthy Meals for Seniors, Home Delivered Meals, Malnutrition in Elderly, Post Discharge

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