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Finding the Right Wellness Program

  September 07, 2017

By Sevy Gambs, Vice President of Operations, Surpass Senior Living

Providing a wellness program to residents in assisted living is becoming a standard of care for many providers. These programs can differ significantly and sometimes are used as a “catch-all” phrase for marketing purposes.

With an increasing focus towards healthy living, more seniors than ever are selecting a senior living community based on services offered through wellness programs. What does that mean exactly, and how can I find a good program?

Wellness programs should focus on individualized needs with an overall goal of keeping clients independent longer by promoting general health, strategizing ways to reduce the risk of falls, and overall provide a better quality of life.

What to look for in a comprehensive wellness program
  1. Is the wellness program evidence-based? Communities should be able to provide information demonstrating the effectiveness of their programming, and current community residents should be able to speak about the program and personal experience.
  2. How will the program apply to me? During the initial tour, the community consultant should be able to provide examples of how the wellness program is applied during the application process and implemented the first day of move-in.
  3. Can this program adapt to all life phases and stages? The community consultant should be able to provide information how the wellness program adapts to all stages and life phases.
  4. Are therapies available on-site? This is important to provide real-time evaluations and interventions as necessary. In addition, consistency in providers can promote trust and comfort-level, allowing for open communication between therapist and client.
  5. How active is the resident population? Often, communities with effective wellness programs are more active overall. Activity calendars should have fewer stationary activities, such as bingo and more active activities, such as walking groups, group exercise programs, community outings, etc.
Maintaining an active lifestyle has become increasingly important to people over 70, and finding the right community will not only promote independence, but overall satisfaction.

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September 07, 2017


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