If Moveable Feast Lexington ceased to exist there could be more cases like the man dying not of AIDS, but of starvation, because of being too sick to shop and prepare meals.There would be more AIDS related deaths because of people not being able to afford nutritious meals that help to make the rough medication regimes possible to handle, resulting in more people not taking their medications or not as prescribed. Studies have shown that proper nutrition leads to more medication compliant patients and therefore fewer illnesses and hospitalizations reducing that health care cost to the community by as much as $41,000 per year.
There would be more people on the street because by supplying food to the home it frees up scarce income to be able to afford better and more stable housing. If we were not here, there could be more cases of HIV because a medication compliant HIV infected person usually attains a viral load that is undetectable and the virus is much harder to spread to another person. With Hospice clients if we were not here it is the caregiver that suffers most.
They are tasked with the burden of caring for a dying spouse, in most cases, and are usually elderly. Moveable Feast takes away the burden of preparing the evening meal and free up income that the low-income household desperately needs at this time. Moveable Feast also allows many of these families to stay together instead of being split up by one having to go into nursing home care due to too much burden on the elderly caregiver. One example of this was a client who was caring for his wife with Alzheimer’s when he was diagnosed with lung cancer and went into Hospice care. He was unable to keep up all of his care giving duties and prepare meals too. With their help they were able to stay together in their home until three weeks before he died.
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