More Than A Meal? A Randomized Control Trial Comparing the Effects of Home-Delivered Meals Programs on Participants’ Feelings of Loneliness

Nutrition service providers are seeking alternative delivery models to control costs and meet the growing need for home-delivered meals. The objective of this study was to evaluate the extent to which the home-delivered meals program, and the type of delivery model, reduces homebound older adults’ feelings of loneliness.

Participants receiving meals had lower adjusted loneliness scores at follow-up compared with the control group. Individuals who received daily-delivered meals were more likely to self-report that home-delivered meals improved their loneliness than the group receiving once-weekly delivered meals.

This article includes important implications for organizations that provide home-delivered meals in terms of cost, delivery modality, and potential recipient benefits.

  • Author: Kali Thomas, Uche Akobundu, and David Dosa
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press - Journals of Gerontology: Series B
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