Nursing Student Collaborative With Meals on Wheels: Home Visits for At-Risk Senior Adults

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Abstract

Nursing students at Washington State University Tri-Cities Campus are taking part in a program to provide care for homebound senior adults enrolled in home delivery meal services. Students perform home safety, functional, and cognitive assessments while learning the challenges of meeting nutritional needs of an at-risk senior adult population. This article outlines the program and its outcomes after two years of collaboration. Meals on Wheels is identified as an innovative placement for meeting nursing program outcomes and clinical practice hours. Areas for future growth include interdisciplinary collaboratives and partnering with local hospitals to study the program’s impact on hospital readmission.

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