Post-Discharge Meals

 

Why Post-Discharge Meals are Important
  • One-third of hospital patients are malnourished at admission
  • Post-discharge meals can help to reduce hospital readmissions and keep members healthier
  • Members place value on the convenience of home-delivered meals after a hospital stay
  • Many members are unable to prepare their own meals after discharge
  • Home-delivered meals help members to regain their strength and energy faster for better recoveries
  • GA Foods is the recognized leader in providing nutrition solutions – serving highly nutritious, chef and dietitian-developed meals for seniors for over 40 years.
Signs of Malnutrition
  • Signs of malnutrition for your member may include:
    • Exhibiting significant weight loss, loss of appetite, weakness
    • Requiring significant assistance for key Activities of Daily Living
    • Changes in body shape, size, and/or composition
    • Changes in body function
How GA Foods Can Help
  • GA Foods’ specially trained Field Service Representatives (FSRs) deliver meals directly to the members’ homes. They are a second set of eyes and can report any concerns to MCO case managers.
  • FSRs can unpack meals for the member. Meals are never left on doorsteps. FSRs undergo extensive criminal background checks, driving record review, and drug screening
  • Proprietary tablet technology enables GA Foods to conduct custom surveys to health plan members with real-time results
  • Multi-lingual and HIPAA-compliant care team supports MCO case managers
  • Menus are developed by Registered Dietitian to meet unique nutrient requirements of senior adults
    • Meets or exceeds the unique nutrition needs of seniors.
    • Complete nutrient analysis of each meal on website as well as an overall analysis for each weekly package.
  • High quality meals prepared by culinary experts. Our executive chef adds flavor and flair to familiar foods that appeal to baby boomers. Better taste means seniors will eat and have better health outcomes.
  • Over 60 fresh frozen and shelf stable meals available.
  • Meals are heart healthy and diabetic friendly.
  • Meals prepared in USDA inspected and approved facility. USDA inspector (independent) is onsite during all meal preparation to ensure proper procedures are used for food safety.

 

Sources and References:

Budget Impact of a Comprehensive Nutrition-Focused Quality Improvement Program for Malnourished Hospitalized Patients, American Health and Drug Benefits, July 2017, Vol 10, No 5

Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: food and nutrition for older adults: promoting health and wellness, Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2012 Aug; 112(8): 1255-77. don: 10.1016/j.jand.2012.06.015.

Post-discharge nutritional support in malnourished elderly individuals improves functional limitationsJournal of the American Medical Directors Association, 2011 May;12(4):295-301. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2010.12.005. Epub 2011 Feb 11.

Critical Role of Nutrition in Improving Quality of Care: An Interdisciplinary Call to Action to Address Adult Hospital Malnutrition, Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, June 4, 2013, , PhD, RD, FASPEN, , DNP, RN, CMSRN, ACNS-BC, , MD,

 

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