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
- Type: Articles & Documents