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Senior Wellness – Breaking Down the Benefits

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Wellness programming  is crucial for promoting physical health, fostering social connections, and enhancing overall quality of life. By engaging in tailored activities and education, seniors can maintain their independence and vitality, reduce the risk of age-related ailments and improve their emotional well-being.  In this blog, Julie Morckel, President of HealthPRO Heritage, Home and Community Life,  shares more about the benefits in the senior living environment.

Senior Wellness – Breaking Down the Benefits

The impact of proactive senior wellness in Senior Living facilities is multifaceted and encompasses both tangible and intangible benefits for both the facilities themselves and the residents they serve. Let’s break it down:

Improved Physical Health Outcomes: Proactive wellness programs often include components such as regular exercise, nutritious meals, preventive health screenings, and chronic disease management. By focusing on preventive measures and early intervention, these programs can lead to reduced rates of hospitalizations, lower incidences of falls and injuries, better management of chronic conditions, and overall improved physical well-being among residents. A HealthPRO Heritage partner saw a 32 percent improvement in balance, reducing risk for falls from moderate to high risk to low risk after implementing a wellness program.  

Enhanced Mental Well-Being: Mental health is a crucial aspect of overall wellness, particularly in senior populations. Proactive wellness programs may include cognitive stimulation activities, socialization opportunities, mental health counseling, and stress management techniques. By addressing mental health needs proactively, these programs can help reduce the prevalence of depression, anxiety, loneliness and cognitive decline among residents, leading to better overall quality of life.

 Increased Social Engagement and Sense of Community: Loneliness and social isolation are significant concerns for many seniors, especially those living in long-term care facilities. Proactive wellness programs often prioritize opportunities for social interaction, community engagement and meaningful activities. By fostering a sense of belonging and connection, programs combat social isolation, promote friendships among residents, and create a supportive community environment.  HealthPRO Heritage offers SilverSneakers classes as part of our wellness package.  In a survey, SilverSneakers participants reported less loneliness and social isolation and better mental health than peers not enrolled in the program, highlighting the impact that engagement can have on overall health.

Maintenance of Cognitive Function and Independence: Cognitive decline is a common challenge faced by many seniors, but proactive interventions can help slow its progression. Wellness programs may include brain-training exercises, memory enhancement activities, and educational workshops on cognitive health. By promoting cognitive stimulation and engagement, these programs can support residents in maintaining their cognitive function and independence for as long as possible. Our Ageless Abilities program offers a specialized clinical program guided by certified clinicians that celebrate residents’ strengths and continued engagement within their environment, making a significant difference in their quality of life.

Financial Benefits: While investing in proactive wellness programs requires initial financial resources, the long-term benefits can outweigh the costs for facilities. By reducing the frequency of costly medical interventions, hospitalizations, and emergency room visits, wellness programs can lead to cost savings for facilities. Additionally, facilities that prioritize resident wellness may attract more residents and families, thereby increasing occupancy rates and revenue streams. One customer case study demonstrated a 24 percent increase in occupancy and a 55 percent reduced move out rate over a three-year period after implementing comprehensive health and wellness assessment. What’s good for ROI is also good for resident health.

Staff Satisfaction and Retention: Proactive wellness programs not only benefit residents but also contribute to a positive work environment for staff members. Staff who are involved in meaningful wellness initiatives may experience greater job satisfaction, improved morale, and reduced burnout. This, in turn, can lead to higher staff retention rates, continuity of care for residents, and better overall quality of care within the facility.

The impact of proactive senior wellness in Senior Living facilities extends beyond just physical health outcomes and encompasses mental, social, and emotional well-being for residents, as well as financial and organizational benefits for the facilities themselves.

By investing in proactive wellness initiatives, senior living facilities can create healthier, happier, and more vibrant communities for aging adults to thrive in. We are proud that the seniors who participate in our wellness offerings give it a 99 percent satisfaction rating.  

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