From Senior Housing News, 7/24/13.
Adoption of wellness programs across Continuing Care Retirement Communities is growing, with those that have implemented programs reporting high marks from residents, as well as a host of different cost savings when it comes to their bottom lines.
The successes show the trend is a lasting one for the programs that have only recently become commonplace. The “wellness” approach encompasses six dimensions: physical, social, intellectual, emotional, spiritual and vocational.
“When we conducted our first research study years ago, to assess the impact of wellness in senior living communities, it was still very much an emerging trend,” said Cornelia C. Hodgson, president of C.C. Hodgson Architectural Group, one of three businesses to explore the trend in a recent annual survey of CCRCs nationwide. “Now, as we continue surveying how senior living communities are incorporating wellness into their cultures, we are seeing its significant impact on not only programming, but how they allocate and design their spaces.”