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Celebrating National Senior Center Month

Posted by Sean LoBianco on Sep 4, 2019 11:17:06 AM

September is National Senior Center Month,  and this year's theme is "Senior Centers: The Key To Aging Well."  Senior Centers offer ways to keep older adults active, social, and provide programs to help them to continue to learn and grow. Sharing meals is a popular activity at Senior Centers and provides a vital social interaction that is so important to older adults.

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Topics: Home Delivered Meals, Senior Nutrition, aging in place

Myth Busters: Older Adults DO Prefer to Stay in Their Own Homes!

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Jul 25, 2019 11:01:00 AM

People may think just because their parents or a family member are older, that they want to sell their homes and move to a senior facility. However, for many seniors, that's not the case. In fact, according to a recent study by AARP, more than 90 percent of older adults prefer to stay in their homes.  The majority of older Americans 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

Debunking Myths: Fresh vs. Frozen

Posted by Sarah Rogers, MA, RDN, LDN on Jun 27, 2019 10:45:00 AM

With nutritious, wholesome, and convenient dishes in high demand, frozen meals are the perfect solution, yet there is still a commonly held belief that they are just processed and filled with preservatives. And while that may have been true 20 years ago, the food industry has evolved with pressure from health-conscious consumers who are looking for healthier frozen meals that are easier to find and prepare.

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Topics: Fresh vs. Frozen Home Delivered Meals, Home Delivered Meals, Healthy Meals for Seniors

Calm Before the Storm - Prepare Now for Hurricane Season!

Posted by Sean LoBianco on Jun 19, 2019 11:04:00 AM

With summer upon us, the looming threat of hurricanes is also underway. Atlantic storms typically bring torrential downpours, high winds, power outages, floods, and more. These dangerous and severe conditions make a proper emergency plan critical for your safety and survival.

Now is the time to protect yourself and your family. Not sure where to start? We’re here to help with this simple list of tips.
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Topics: Home Delivered Meals, Emergency Preparedness, Shelf-Stable Meals, Disaster

Medicare Advantage Plans Offer New Benefits to Members!

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Nov 7, 2018 11:01:00 AM

More than 20 million Americans are now choosing a Medicare Advantage Plan instead of Original Medicare, and the numbers are predicted to continue to grow. In fact, Medicare Advantage enrollment has increased 50 percent of over the past five years. It’s estimated by 2028 that 42 percent of enrollees will select a Medicare Advantage plan.

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Topics: Home Delivered Meals, Medicare, Post Discharge, Aging Well, Senior Health Plans

Is Medicare Advantage Right for Me?

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Oct 10, 2018 11:50:18 AM

It’s Medicare  open enrollment time! From October 15 to December 7, adults age 65 and over need to select the type of Medicare plan they want for 2019.  Since there are more choices than ever, it's  important to review your options carefully before making a decision.

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

Is Your Transitional Care Plan Missing an Important Piece?

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Oct 4, 2018 3:03:52 PM

While your patients are in your care, you provide them with quality nutrition care. But, what happens when they go home? 

Many transitional care plans may be missing an important piece – nutrition care. Providing access to food allows the frail and elderly to regain their strength and energy faster. Proper nutrition for those at risk improves patient outcomes following surgery or hospitalization.

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

Improving the Patient Experience by Addressing the Social Determinants of Health

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Sep 5, 2018 10:44:38 AM


Addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH) is increasingly important to hospitals and healthcare systems. In fact, medical care determines only 20 percent of overall health -- while social, economic, and environmental factors determine 50 percent of overall health. Extending ways to help patients stay healthy outside the hospital can help patients, communities, and hospitals. SDOH include all factors outside of the hospital that affects patients, such as:

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Topics: Home Delivered Meals, Senior Health, Healthcare Cost Reduction, Healthy Home Delivered Meals, Post Discharge

Help Your Patients to Recover Faster At Home

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Aug 8, 2018 12:56:00 PM

Hospitals face many challenges when patients are discharged. Some concerns include if patients understand their care plan and need for follow up appointments. Will your patients have access to healthy meals when they return home? What if they are unable to shop or prepare meals for themselves? 

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

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

How Good Nutrition Care Can Reduce Hospital Admissions

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Jun 13, 2018 11:10:12 AM

Nutrition Care Can Reduce Hospital Admissions

Health care professionals are always looking for better ways to keep members out of the hospital and to reduce their length of stay. Yet, the role of nutrition remains poorly understood by providers, administrators, and payers. One of the leading causes for readmission to the hospital is malnutrition. 

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Topics: Home Delivered Meals, MCO ROI, Healthcare Cost Reduction, Healthy Home Delivered Meals, Healthy Meals for Seniors

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