A comparison between homemaker prepared meals and traditional home delivered meals on the dietary intake of frail homebound elders

Darlene Kavinsky Moppert, Florida International University

Abstract

To frail elders, the consumption of nutrients is a challenge. Individuals participating in home delivered meal programs achieve higher daily intakes of key nutrients over non participants. However many elders require special diet and modifications in food texture, features generally not provided by such programs.^ This study compared a pilot program providing individual homemaker prepared meals based on special needs with the traditional home delivered meal program. Eight participants in the model group and 19 participants in the control group completed the 180 day study. The high drop out rate in the model group was due to scheduling difficulties.^ No significant differences existed between the two groups with respect to weight gain/maintenance, macronutrient intake, intake of most micronutrients and customer satisfaction. Homemaker prepared meals is a viable option for individuals needing dietary adjustments. ^

Subject Area

Gerontology|Health Sciences, Nutrition

Recommended Citation

Darlene Kavinsky Moppert, "A comparison between homemaker prepared meals and traditional home delivered meals on the dietary intake of frail homebound elders" (January 1, 1998). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. Paper AAI1390034.
http://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/dissertations/AAI1390034

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