According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over the past decade, the death rate from falls has increased 63% for men and 83% for women. While rehabilitation and wellness services have always coincided with long-term care, Functional Pathways is focusing on such trends and becoming innovative by promoting programs that will keep people living independent longer and beat the statistics.
To start, Functional Pathways encourages communities to offer both services and facilitate a relationship that assists with referrals for each program. For example, Wellness Coordinators see residents daily and often notice weaknesses within residents before they become a major problem. This daily interaction helps build trusting relationships as Wellness Coordinators become confidants and advisors for daily living. When Wellness Coordinators are proactive with referrals to therapy, it helps target the source of the problem and prevent it from escalating into a major issue.
On the flip-side, therapy is a beneficial referral source for wellness programs. Following therapy, wellness programs can offer on-going exercise and maintenance for residents which provide them the elite care they deserve. One-on-one personal training, group exercise, and education are all beneficial resources for seniors in long-term care. When Functional Pathways partners with facilities, our therapy programs coincide with our Elite Living™ wellness services; this model has been proven to help decrease falls, increase muscular strength/endurance, and ADLs to help residents maintain their independence.
In the next decade, the number of Americans 65 years and older is expected to double and the need for more innovative options to maintain their independence will increase. Functional Pathways provides new innovative therapy and wellness programs for the long term care communities we partner with.
It is important that we all, as health care providers, be thinking together, expand on innovative ideas and understand why our loved ones need a variety of programs that focus on all dimensions of wellness.
Therapy and wellness are two vital components in the creation of a positive, successful, and overall healthier campus. They work hand-in-hand when providing individualized, elite care for our loved ones.
LIVE HAPPIER, HEALTHIER, AND LONGER
There are several critical components to providing an elite wellness program. Educating seniors is a vital part, below are seven tips everyone can follow to live a happier, healthier, and longer life.
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