Post-Discharge Meals

GA Foods post-discharge meals help reduce readmission rates by addressing the Social Determinants of Health of patients and members of healthcare providers, hospitals, managed care organizations, and acute care organizations. Home-delivered meals provide convenience for health plan members by providing nutrition to help speed their recovery.

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 healthy
  • Members place value on the convenience of home-delivered meals after a hospital stay
  • Many members are unable to prepare their meals after discharge
  • Home-delivered meals help members to regain their strength and energy faster for more complete recoveries
  • GA Foods is the recognized leader in providing nutrition solutions – serving highly nutritious, chef, and dietitian-developed meals for older adults for more than 45 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, or composition
    • Changes in body function
How GA Foods Can Help
  • FSR with post-discharge mealsGA Foods’ specially trained Field Service Representatives (FSRs) deliver meals personally to the members’ homes. They are the second set of eyes and can report any concerns to health plan case managers.
  • FSRs can unpack meals for the member. FSRs undergo extensive criminal background checks, driving record review, and drug screening
  • Proprietary tablet technology enables GA Foods to conduct custom surveys of health plan members with real-time results
  • Multi-lingual and HIPAA-compliant care team supports health plan case managers and clients
  • Menus are
    • Developed by Registered Dietitians to meet the unique nutrient requirements of older adults
    • Designed to meet or exceed the recommended nutrition guidelines for older adults
    • Accompanied by complete nutrient analysis of each meal as well as an overall analysis for each weekly packagehead chef for post-discharge meals
  • High-quality meals are prepared by culinary experts. Our executive chef adds flavor and flair to familiar foods that appeal to the generation of consumers we serve. Better taste means seniors will eat and have better health outcomes.
  • More than 60 fresh frozen and shelf-stable meals available.
  • We offer meals that are heart-healthy and diabetic-friendly.
  • Meals are prepared in USDA-inspected and approved facilities. An independent USDA inspector 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, , Ph.D., RD, FASPEN, , DNP, RN, CMSRN, ACNS-BC, , MD,

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