Homebound Meals, Inc. was able to receive certification to supply medically tailored meals to our clients. We became aware of a "Food as Medicine" initiative by attending the National Meals on Wheels conference in 2017. There are more people that are staying home to age in place, but a great number of them are on various medications. This is taken under consideration by doctors and dieticians in designing and preparing meals suited for these individuals. There are numerous studies that show the importance of proper diet and the role it plays in maintenance and recovery of health.
In January of 2018, due to a growing demand for services in the far north part of town, we started a route out of Parkview Regional Medical Center. Shortly after forming this new relationship with Parkview North, we were approached by the Outpatient Department to form a collaboration to help newly released patients. The case workers in this department are able to determine which patients are the neediest and the most likely to be re-admitted if they do not take care to get the proper nutrition needed to recover. Because of our certification and our solid reputation, we were asked to help and we agreed to.
Caseworkers and patients complete the Homebound Meals, Inc. application and choose which diet is most appropriate. A determination is also made as to how many free meals will be provided as part of their recovery program. Once all the details are worked out, the application is emailed to our director and we add these individuals to one of our route. These new clients, who have been identified as HCOP clients receive a number of free meals that are subsidized by Homebound Meals, Inc. and Parkview Regional Medical Center.
Now that we have over a year of experience in implementing this new initiative, we would like to expand this program. We have 3 other medical facilities that provide Homebound with meals, so we would plan to approach another provider next to further develop this program. In order to make this happen, we will need contributions of both money and volunteer hours. We do hope that you will choose Homebound Meals, Inc. as a recipient for 2019. Thank you for all you do for the community.
Your donated dollars provide direct hands on care for our most vulnerable and valuable neighbors. Approximately $25 provides one hour of care and $1000 dollars provides a CareGift for a senior in need. Each CareGift is approximately 40 hours of non medical in home care to a senior who is isolated and alone. Providing this CareGift prolongs life and independence.
Our veterans are facing a new battle; Dementia. While dementia has been a battle that a lot of our citizens face, the impact of Dementia on Veterans is just beginning to be understood. Our veterans are a vulnerable population for PTSD, depression, concussion syndrome and traumatic brain injuries due to the things they experience while they serve. What many people don't realize, is that all of those things make our vets more susceptible to dementia. In fact, vets are twice as likely to get dementia than their civilian counterparts and for Vietnam Vets, that likelihood doubles again. Recent statistics show that the number of veterans with dementia has grown 166% over the last decade. Our veterans need our help. At Dementia Support Northwest, we recognize that our veterans need to have different and specific support systems that are designed to help them deal with all of the things that they have been through and therefore we would like to start a support group specifically designed to help Veterans living with Dementia. The money we raise through this campaign will go toward training facilitators for this group, the meeting space, printed materials and potential outside resources.
by Adult Day NWA, formerly Village House Adult Day Program
supplies needed to complete our remodel in our new location. A relocation was needed in order to provide care in a more central location. these funds will help to purchase the supplies needed to do this. Adult Day NWA provides respite care for caregivers along with a fully engaged program for its participants.