Mom’s Meals prepare nutritious meals that are tailored to address the specific dietary needs of people with certain health conditions. The company pay special attention to the needs of older adults, and they deliver meals all over the United States.
Mom’s Meals say that they work with more than 500 health plans, managed care organizations, governments, and agencies to help people with Medicaid and Medicare get healthful food delivered right to their doors.
Individuals can also order food for themselves or for people they care for.
Mom’s Meals design their meals for:
- people managing chronic health conditions at home
- those who need a little extra support after discharge from the hospital
- people in long-term care programs to help them age at home
- those living on their own who could use some help with meals
- those caring for others who need help with meals
Keep reading to learn more about Mom’s Meals, including affordability, how the service works, and more.
People can start using Mom’s Meals in a variety of ways, such as when:
- healthcare plans supply it after a hospital stay
- case managers approve it to support their clients’ nutritional and emotional well-being
- people sign up for it themselves to have convenient access to healthful food
With the Mom’s Meals service, people can select every meal they receive. People can make their choices from a variety of options, some of which are targeted toward people with certain health conditions.
All meals are completely prepared. They can keep in the refrigerator for 14 days. Freezing is not recommended, however.
All entree labels include heating instructions, which generally involve warming in the microwave.
Mom’s Meals say that their menu selections are designed by “professional chefs and registered dietitians.” Specific menu choices vary by state and which program arranged for the service, or, if the individual signed up independently, their personal health concerns.
- traditional dinner choices, such as meatloaf with vegetables
- international offerings, such as tacos, lasagna, or stir fry
- breakfast items
The company do not say whether or not the packaging they use is sustainable.
For many people, Mom’s Meals offerings are paid for, at least in part, by Medicare or Medicaid. State and local agencies serving older adults may also include this service in their offering.
Other people may receive Mom’s Meals as part of their treatment plan or discharge instructions from their healthcare provider.
In all the circumstances above, the organization or agency making the arrangements will determine the final cost to the user.
For people signing up for Mom’s Meals independently, the company offer 10% discounts to veterans and AutoShip subscribers.
A list of prices is available on the Mom’s Meals website.
It can be difficult for older adults to get adequate nutrition. While their specific health and dietary needs are changing, they may find themselves less interested in food, less able to prepare it, or both.
Mom’s Meals can help agencies and individuals deal with this with their “General Wellness” meals.
Their other meal categories are targeted toward people with the following health conditions:
- Heart disease: All meals contain fewer than 800 milligrams (mg) of sodium and less than 30% fat, and they meet the nutritional guidelines of the American Heart Association (AHA).
- Diabetes: This plan offers a wide variety of meals, created by diabetes dietitians, that all contain fewer than 75 grams (g) of carbohydrates per meal.
- Cancer: Dietitians trained in oncology developed these meals to meet American Institute for Cancer Research guidelines. These meals support healing, guard against weight loss, and contain at least 25 g of protein and 600 calories.
- Kidney disease: Each meal contains 700 mg or fewer of sodium, 833 mg or fewer of potassium, and 330 mg or fewer of phosphorus.
Other dietary needs that Mom’s Meals address include:
- pureed foods, for people who have difficulty swallowing
- gluten-free foods, for people with celiac disease
- vegetarian foods, for people who want to restrict their intake of animal products
Many different meal delivery options exist for older adults and people with serious health conditions. The sections below will look at some of these alternatives.
MagicKitchen.com make and deliver what they call “homestyle” frozen foods. They place a special emphasis on serving older adults and those with special dietary concerns, such as people with diabetes or those receiving dialysis.
They offer complete meals and a la carte options. Their menus note whether or not items are low fat, low sodium, renal-friendly, or gluten-free.
Fresh and Easy
Fresh and Easy, from Home Chef, are a meal delivery service who deliver preportioned ingredients, in oven-safe meal trays or grill-safe bags, and precooked salads that are ready for serving.
People can select the cooking experiences they desire, ranging from 30-minute meal kits to oven-ready dishes. They can also select their daily menus on a weekly basis. People who are carb-conscious, calorie-conscious, or vegetarian can filter the options available.
In addition to or instead of using a food delivery service, people who find daily cooking stressful can still eat well by cooking and freezing extra meals on the weekend, if possible.
People can then enjoy these throughout the week. One-pot dinners, such as hearty soups and stews, may work well.
Meal delivery services offer convenience and access to healthful foods for people of all ages.
For older adults and people who follow special diets, the need for both can be even more pronounced. Some meal delivery services, such as Mom’s Meals, tailor their menus for these groups.
With these services, people can access foods that give them plenty of the nutrients that their health conditions require.