Drivers delivering home-grown food can become an effective early warning system for health and safety issues, according to a new study published in Journal of the American Society of Geriatrics researchers from the Western Institute of Health, Brown University, and American Nutrition.
A study titled "Using Home Nutrition Programs to Meet Dissatisfied Adolescents: Preliminary Data" was designed to test the feasibility of using a daily food delivery service in two home-based nutrition programs at the Caribbean Restaurants in San Diego County and Meals on Wheels County, Guernsey, Ohio, to actively detect changes in adult food (customer) health, safety and well-being, and address unsatisfied needs.
During the study, food delivery drivers were trained to use a mobile application to submit e-mails when they were worried or watched for a change in customer status. Alerts were received by caregivers who followed clients to offer support and help connect them to medical and community services.
For 12 months, drivers submitted a total of 429 messages for 189 clients on two pilot sites. Often, alert was applied to changes in healthcare (56%), followed by self-service or personal safety (12%) and mobility (11%). According to the results of the observation, 132 referrals were issued, most of which were directed to self-help (33%), health care (17%) and care services (17%). Focus groups conducted with drivers showed that most have found a mobile application – "Mobile Meals", which is part of the software ServTracker with Accessible Solutions, Inc. – An easy to use and valuable monitoring change will be an important contribution.
The special editorial note accompanying the publication highlighted the potential of this program to improve the health and safety of senior pupils.
"Since health systems are struggling to address the social determinants of health, this innovative" Wheelchair Power "model can be part of the solution," said Dr. Michael L. Malone, editor of sections in geriatric care models. , quality improvement and distribution program with Journal of the American Society of Geriatrics. "As leaders in geriatric medicine, we need to advocate for social programs (such as wheelchairs) that meet the needs of vulnerable people in our communities. On the contrary, our main activity is to help the whole person whose needs for healthcare I am interwoven with his social needs.
Western Health and Nutrition America has just announced plans to expand this successful research program to include up to 30 local wheelchairs around the country, helping to ensure the well-being of some 40,000 elderly people.
"Working with America's Nutrition, we have developed a safe, cost-effective and scalable program for the preliminary detection and resolution of problems that often lead to poor health or a serious safety risk," said the doctor. . Zia Aga, Chief Medical Officer of West Health. "We are thrilled to learn from this research program now being implemented across the country within the Nutrition on Wheels America program has expanded, which will positively affect as many elderly people as possible."
Clinical trials assess the home-based care program for the elderly who is at risk
Andrea M. Morris et al., Using home-based nutrition programs to address the unmet needs of older adults: preliminary data, Journal of the American Society of Geriatrics (2019). DOI: 10.1111 / p.16013
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