Meals on Wheels in Kansas to Pilot Readmission Prevention Program

Johnson County Meals on Wheels in Olathe, Kan., is planning a program to prevent hospital readmissions for older patients, according to a KHI News Service report.

Under the program, Meals on Wheels and the county's public health department will work with hospitals to coordinate older patients' transition from hospital to home. Meals on Wheels will develop a home nutrition program to deliver frozen meals to home-bound patients aged 60 or older within 72 hours of leaving the hospital, according to the report. In addition, program coordinators will follow up with patients to identify potential risks for readmission, such as lack of needed home care, and provide assistance from outreach nurses when necessary, according to the report.

Officials plan to launch the pilot project by the end of the month, according to the report.

The program is funded by a $50,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation.

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