Malnutrition of older adults is common and frequently unrecognized, making it one of the most challenging health problems across the continuum of care. Sixty percent of hospitalized older adults may be malnourished, leading to higher healthcare costs, longer stays, higher readmission rates and increased risk of dying.
To help make a difference in the lives of the seniors we serve and seniors eligible for our services, we can communicate, coordinate and collaborate to: 1) identify nutrition needs, 2) provide sound nutrition education and 3) share data to address the resource needs. Early nutrition screening and interventions for those who are malnourished or at risk for malnutrition can prevent or alleviate malnutrition and support recovery during care transitions. This is why Meals on Wheels programs and hospital/healthcare systems are well-positioned to collaborate to ensure that the nutrition needs of seniors are addressed along the continuum of care. Learn more below.
Learn more about the range of practical tools, resources, case studies and ideas to help you develop and implement a plan to address malnutrition in the older adults you serve here.
Help older adults understand what foods to eat to assist in managing health conditions and prevent chronic disease onset here.
DATA-DRIVEN DECISION MAKING
Leverage existing online tools, reports and resources to help your organization improve support the nutrition needs of older adults:
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