Eskenazi Health to reduce readmissions with free food for seniors

To keep seniors healthy after a hospital stay, Indianapolis-based Eskenazi Health has partnered with Meals on Wheels to provide patients 60 and older with two weeks of free food, according to an Indy Star report.

An additional two weeks of food will also be made available to seniors who qualify as low-income to ensure their recovery.

The program — called the Head Start Nutrition Program for Seniors — hopes to reduce the readmission rate at Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis from roughly 22 percent down to 8 percent.

Not only will the program provide the seniors with meals but it will assure they follow any physician-devised nutritional requirements by tailoring the meals to the dietary needs of each patient.

Additionally, volunteers who will deliver the food to seniors' homes have been given special training to evaluate the over health of the seniors' home environment, according to the report.



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