Reducing readmissions with reliable meal access

Reducing readmissions with reliable meal access

A pilot program between Eskenazi Health and Meals on Wheels will study correlation between readmissions of at-risk seniors and access to healthful meals post-discharge.

Food plays a powerful role in a patient’s ability to heal both in the hospital and out. But many seniors—especially those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or congestive heart failure—are discharged once their health stabilizes without consistent and reliable access to healthful meals at home.

“Too often, at-risk seniors rely on fast food or other unhealthy options once they leave the hospital,” says Tom Thaman, director of food and nutrition at Eskenazi Health,

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