Meal delivering programs reducing health risk in GA

Meal delivering programs reducing health risk in GA
SOWEGA Council on Aging's 'Meals on Wheels' program is seeing a lower rate of individuals who receive their meals go to the hospital or nursing homes. (Source: WALB)
The Meals on Wheels dietary supplements in the food is a lot more health for clients. (Source: WALB)
The Meals on Wheels dietary supplements in the food is a lot more health for clients. (Source: WALB)
Nearly 186,000 individuals in Southwest Georgia are receiving healthy meals daily. (Source: WALB)
Nearly 186,000 individuals in Southwest Georgia are receiving healthy meals daily. (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Low-income seniors and disabled adults who receive home-delivered meals in Southwest Georgia aren't being admitted into emergency rooms or nursing homes as often. That's according to the SOWEGA Council on Aging.

SOWEGA said 186,000 individuals who receive meals from Meals on Wheels are in better health because of the daily nutritional value.

A recent study led by a Maryland based health group determined the assessment.

SOWEGA Council on Aging also conducts a full health screening each time they deliver food.

"The nutritional screening instrument is an NSI. We take NSI scores with the home-delivered meals program and that allows us to see how clients are doing in the Meals on Wheels program. So not only are we delivering these meals out in the community, we're also keeping in touch with these clients," said SOWEGA Marketing and Fundraising Manager Erin Andrews.

SOWEGA Council on Aging said the federal funds used for the home-delivered meals could be cheaper than funds used to put their clients in the nursing home.

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