Daily Check-ins Benefit Seniors’ Health and Wellbeing
Home-delivered-meal programs, such as Mobile Meals of Toledo, are playing a major role in senior health care. According to Meals on Wheels America, daily in-home check-ins by volunteer food deliverers can help improve seniors’ overall health, limit emergency room visits, cut down on nursing home placements, and reduce feelings of isolation.
By delivering nutritious food to their doorsteps, trained volunteers help seniors live in their homes longer and lessen their need for costly health services after hospitalization. In many cases, volunteers are the only people seniors see for days. As they get to know their clients, volunteers can quickly recognize health and safety issues.
“Our wellness check is critical and almost as important as the food itself,” says Chris Baca, executive director of Meals on Wheels West in Santa Monica. “You notice if they are losing weight, if their house is a mess, if they are talking awkwardly.”
Meals on Wheels America also points out that home-delivered meal programs reduce loneliness among homebound seniors. What’s more, research confirms that clients receiving daily deliveries are less lonely than those seeing volunteers only once a week.
Mobile Meals of Toledo has been providing daily check-ins as part of its food delivery program for fifty years. We’re happy to see that more agencies are adding health and safety checks to their home-delivered-meal programs.