YRMC embraces availability of Meals on Wheels for patients after hospitalization

PRESCOTT - The local Meals on Wheels organization is reaching out to potential customers through a partnership with Yavapai Regional Medical Center.

Along with their usual breakfast trays, hospital patients will now be getting delivered cards that introduce them to the agency that provides home-delivered meals to anyone who has just been hospitalized.

"Some people may need assistance with meals during their recovery so we want them to know that Prescott Meals on Wheels can be a tremendously valuable service to them," said Jeannine Briggs, YRMC's director of nutrition services, in a news release.

As part of their care, YRMC's dietitians will talk with patients about meal preparation after discharge from the hospital. They will suggest Meals on Wheels as an option for a nutritious, balanced daily meal, the release said.

"There's a correlation between nutrition and health," Briggs said in the release. "Inability to consistently prepare healthy foods is one reason some individuals become malnourished, dehydrated and sometimes need additional hospitalization."

Prescott Meals on Wheels Executive Director Bert Ijams explained that this meal delivery service can be short-term for someone who is just recovering from surgery, or can be longer term for someone who is now homebound.

"Prescott Meals on Wheels provides three fundamental services: a nutritious, home-delivered meal, a wellness check, and precious moments of conversation," Ijams said in the release. "Combined, these three services contribute to the ability to live independently for as long as possible with a sense of safety and security."

Prescott Meals on Wheels serves Prescott, with other independent programs operating in Chino Valley, Prescott Valley, Mayer and Yarnell.

For more information, contact Prescott Meals on Wheels at 928-445-7630.