To ensure residents continue living active and fulfilling lives, Wesley Woods provides a robust wellness program made possible by philanthropic support. The program is designed to foster independent living by focusing on increasing mobility and balance while improving strength and flexibility. Through Matter of Balance support groups and on-site wellness nurses, residents are improving their well-being.
WELLNESS IS BODY, MIND AND SOUL
One in four adults ages 65 and older will struggle with anxiety, depression, PTSD, or other mental health issues. At Wesley Woods, we have seen a growing need for mental health support which has been exacerbated by the pandemic. We began offering free counseling services to residents in one of our affordable housing communities to help make mental health services available and accessible to residents as a complement to our current wellness programming.
To date, we have provided more than 200 psychotherapy sessions, with both residents and staff having noticed a marked improvement, especially in participant coping skills. These skills help us minimize, manage, and endure stressful situations in life, which can help everyone feel better physically and physiologically, impacting overall well-being.
Wesley Woods is grateful to the foundations and individuals who have generously supported mental health services and wellness programming.
To support wellness programming, visit wesleywoods.org/donate.
YOUR SUPPORT OF WELLNESS NURSES SAVES LIVES
Christine, the wellness nurse at Asbury Harris and Branan Towers, met with a resident who had not been feeling well. Concerned, she asked questions about his symptoms and asked that he show her all of his medications.
Upon review, Christine discovered the resident had been taking three different strengths of the same blood pressure medication. The resident had literacy challenges and was unable to read the medication bottles, so when his doctor increased the dosage, he continued to take his old prescriptions along with the new one. Christine checked his blood pressure to make sure it was not dangerously low. Finding him to be okay, she explained he should only take the most recently prescribed dosage of the medication, and they eliminated the old prescriptions.
Wellness nurses are a Godsend to Wesley Woods residents, and their salaries are fully funded with donations. To support the wellness nurse program, visit wesleywoods.org/foundation.
MENTAL HEALTH CARE CRUCIAL IN TIME OF CRISIS
The mission of Wesley Woods is to create communities of connection, well-being and promise. This includes enabling residents to live independently as long as possible and a key part of doing this is to ensure their mental and emotional healthcare needs are met. As a piece of our wellness program, mental healthcare has become an important part of what we do and the demand for these services has grown due to the pandemic. COVID -19 has elevated anxiety and depression in our residents and the accompanying social isolation has left some of them feeling emotionally vulnerable.
Branan Towers is our southeast Atlanta HUD-subsidized senior living community. Because of relatively low incomes, a lack of insurance benefits, and limited transportation options, residents of Branan Towers have, in the past, typically not had access to mental healthcare. To ensure that their mental health needs are met, we began last year to contract with a highly-qualified clinical psychologist who provides onsite psychotherapy to residents as needed, free of charge.
WELLNESS NURSES MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Donor support makes wellness programming possible for Wesley Woods residents. Earlier this year, an Asbury Harris Epworth Towers resident attended the biannual health assessment offered by the community wellness team and found that her blood pressure was very high. The team notified the resident’s primary care physician, and a follow-up appointment was made. The wellness nurse taught the resident to self-monitor her blood pressure and set up a routine for taking medications. The resident made all of the follow up appointments, monitored her blood pressure closely, and continued to update the nurse after each appointment. By the beginning of April, the resident’s blood pressure was significantly down - a true success story!