LifeSpring Home Nutrition

At LifeSpring Home Nutrition, we aim to address the global healthcare crisis by providing healthy, Medically Tailored Meals (MTM) with convenient home delivery at affordable prices.

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Cross-Sector Referring

Cross-sector referring reduces gaps in healthcare services by improving communication and collaboration between various providers and programs. According to BMJ Open, “[W]hile the health sectors (eg, healthcare and public health) play a key role in promoting health, they cannot address many social conditions that affect health and health behaviours (eg, access to healthy food, affordable housing and safe environment) by themselves. Cross-sector collaborations have the potential to align resources and contributions of multiple sectors to address these issues.” LifeSpring Home Nutrition offers essential services to fill gaps in healthcare services by providing individuals with tailored nutritional meals. 

What Is Cross-Sector Referring?

Cross-sector referring involves multiple industries, organizations, providers, companies, and programs collaborating and coordinating to ensure clients can access essential services. Meal prescriptions are an example of a service often requiring cross-sector referring. Medical professionals provide prescriptions for dietary needs, and LifeSpring Home Nutrition creates meal plans and delivers weekly meals following the doctor’s nutritional guidelines. 

Cross-sector referring allows seamless collaboration between the following: 

  • Social services 
  • Meal providers 
  • Healthcare providers
  • Insurance companies
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Government agencies

Effective systems of referral allow healthcare professionals to identify and address client needs. For example, connecting people with specialized diets and personalized meal plans reduces the risk of medical complications and improves the quality of life for individuals with medical conditions. An interdisciplinary approach to client care promotes comprehensive health management, improves nutrition, and increases overall health. 

Collaborating With Clinicians to Deliver Prescribed Meals

LifeSpring Home Nutrition collaborates with clinicians to create meal plans, ensuring weekly meal deliveries meet the needs of people with specific dietary requirements. According to the Canadian Pharmacist Journal, “Collaboration in health care has been shown to improve patient outcomes such as reducing preventable adverse drug reactions, decreasing morbidity and mortality rates.”

Collaboration between different disciplines and meal delivery services generally involves the following: 

  • Dietary instructions and guidelines from doctors 
  • One-on-one nutritional coaching and dietary advice from a nutritionist or registered dietician (RD)
  • Medically tailored meals (MTMs) personalized to the needs and preferences of the individual 

Collaboration between professionals requires clear communication to integrate nutritional support into the overall healthcare strategy for each client. Regular feedback and information sharing between the various sectors ensures better health outcomes for most people. 

How Does Cross-Sector Referring Impact Meal Delivery Services?

Cross-sector referring improves meal delivery services by ensuring the meal preparation team has all the information they need to create appropriate meal options. Dieticians, physicians, nurses, and nutritionists work together to ensure people with special dietary needs receive appropriate meals. 

Cross-sector referring impacts meal delivery services by doing the following: 

  • Allowing dieticians to create more relevant meal plans
  • Ensuring clients have the resources to effectively address health issues 
  • Providing a safety net to ensure no health changes get missed 

People benefit from cross-sector referring. Each sector focuses on different areas, making it easier to get a whole-person view of a person’s needs. 

What Sectors Are Impacted By Cross-Sector Referring?

Each sector providing healthcare services benefits from cross-sector referring. LifeSpring Home Nutrition partners with various programs and providers to ensure individuals have access to medically appropriate, nutritious meals. Meal planning is often a collaborative effort between healthcare providers and RDs. The RDs working with LifeSpring Home Nutrition meet with clients and take into account any dietary suggestions or guidelines provided by the individual’s healthcare provider.

Below is additional information on three important sectors related to in-home meal delivery services.

Government Agencies

Federal, state, and county government health departments provide many individuals with access to essential healthcare services. Government regulation and funding play an essential role in cross-sector referring. Collaboration between government agencies, healthcare providers, and other sectors provides essential support. LifeSpring Home Nutrition partners with multiple government programs.

Insurance Companies

Health insurance plans may cover some or all the costs of MTMs and other meal delivery services. Some insurance plans cover the cost of MTMs for individuals with certain health conditions. 

MTMs may be prescribed to individuals with specific dietary needs due to the following: 

  • Acute or chronic health issues 
  • Recovery from surgery or other medical procedures 
  • Age-related health issues 
  • Specific medical conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, or cancer

People should check with their healthcare provider and insurance company to determine if they qualify for personalized meal delivery services. 

Healthcare Providers

Local healthcare providers, including doctors and nutritionists, contribute to creating personalized meal plans. LifeSpring Home Nutrition regularly connects with other sectors to ensure client meals align with their health needs. Frequently checking in with the client to ensure they are benefiting from the current meal plan also allows dieticians to communicate any changes in health status with other sectors. LifeSpring Home Nutrition communicates with many local healthcare providers to ensure people in the community receive nourishing and medically relevant meals.

How Does LifeSpring Home Nutrition Fill the Gaps in Healthcare Service?

LifeSpring Home Nutrition fills gaps in healthcare coverage by creating and delivering prescribed meals for individuals with special dietary needs. According to Cathleen Anthony, M.B.A., owner of LifeSpring Home Nutrition, “Currently, LifeSpring provides full Registered Dietitian services, nutrition therapy and access to quality, dietary-specified meals delivered by a familiar, friendly face, safely, directly to their home to provide longer lasting, transformative care. With one-on-one dietitian care, nutritional education, and home-delivered medically tailored meals we can achieve and improve many of our population’s health significantly.”

Cross-sector referring in the context of meal delivery services involves medically tailored meals and other special dietary services, filling gaps in healthcare through collaboration with medical professionals. LifeSpring Home Nutrition fulfills meal prescriptions and other physician instructions regarding personalized meal plans. To learn more about our services, call us today at (800) 798-5767.

Hannah HKHannah HK
05:05 30 Apr 24
I cannot enough express my gratitude for your help and the fact that you respected my selective religious food choices, you delivered frozen clean simple disposable boxes of mostly ready to go meals , sealed, sanitary, cold in big insulated bags. Thank you truly !
S MawS Maw
23:51 05 Apr 24
I had a catastrophic event requiring a long hospital stay and at discharge my HMO offered Lifespring meal services. Initially, I was offered a puree diet and then as I improved a regular diet. Staff were kind, patient, and their supervisor, Christina was extremely accommodating. This is an amazing company who goes the extra mile to ensure patients receive their meals promptly. The food is delicious with a variety of meals. I would highly recommend Lifespring.
J GrantJ Grant
19:39 24 Mar 24
Lora “LaLa” BenderLora “LaLa” Bender
00:09 08 Apr 23
My food.
M MaithalouniM Maithalouni
16:57 23 Mar 23
Balanced meals excellent customer service. Thank you
I've been receiving Lifespring meals for the past several years. I find them to be fresh, convenient, and delicious! The meals are both balanced and nutritious, and, because they are prepared fresh, and then flash frozen; all one needs is a microwave! Delivery is prompt and courteous, and if ever you want to make a change, the friendly office staff is available by phone. Thank you, Lifespring! 🤗😘
Garth ShipGarth Ship
03:04 04 Dec 20
Christina totally went above and beyond for me with excellent service.Delivered right on time to my door by the friendly driver. The meals are delicious and have definitely lifted my spirits through these troubled times. Thank you Lifespring for great service and the delicious meals you provide.
Leticia nicole AvelinoLeticia nicole Avelino
18:04 17 Mar 20
They have been a blessing to my grandmother for a low sodium diet, got her back on track and portions are perfect!
Samantha PerezSamantha Perez
19:36 27 Jun 19
I am very happy with the service provided and options for my elderly family member. Taste and quality earn a 5 star review.