Among older adults, the prevalence of malnutrition ranges from 17% to 65% – depending on the group and setting.1 Patients from rehab facilities, long-term care residents, and elderly patients requiring a higher level of care make up the upper end of that range. The prevalence of malnutrition among older adults presents a particular concern for doctors, families and care planners, because malnutrition has been connected with increased rehospitalization/hospitalization, increased length of stay with inpatient care settings, falls, hip fractures, depression, poor quality of life, and increased mortality.2-5
Earlier this year, the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition published an important study demonstrating the clinical efficacy of home care interventions for malnutrition.6 Five home care branches offered nutritional support for a total of 1,546 patients determined to be at moderate or high risk of malnutrition. Teaching and facilitation for certain nutritional supplements were a consistent component of their intervention. Ensure, Glucerna, or Nepro were prescribed according to individual patient need. Outcomes of at-home malnutrition interventions were compared to the outcomes of matched cohorts. The home health malnutrition intervention was associated with a hospitalization risk lowered by 24%, 23%, and 18% at 30, 60, and 90 days, respectively. This improved health resulted in 90-day medical costs reduced by $1,500 per patient, on average. The results demonstrate (1) the clinical relevance of nutrition among elderly patients and (2) the potential efficacy of simple at-home interventions.
Who among your patients, friends and family would benefit from nutritional support from a home care agency? In the current study, Riley et al. used a simple, 12-question screening tool to determine which patients were most likely to benefit. These questions could be used to trigger a conversation about independence with important ADLs and the availability of reliable, professional home care services.
With access to the home and making multiple visits per week, McKenney Home Care can be involved in pantry review, health monitoring, patient/caregiver education, grocery planning and shopping, meal preparation, and adherence to therapeutic diets. As demonstrated by the current study, at-home nutritional support can make large, measurable changes in patient health.
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McKenney Home Care provides exceptional in-home health services and client-centered care. With a passion for maximizing the quality of life of their clients and their families, they are driven to ensure social engagement and specialty services during all stages of life.
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