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.
A NEW FACE ON WELLNESS
Each of us is navigating uncharted territory through social distancing, and Wesley Woods life enrichment directors are no exception! To
combat the effects of isolation that social distancing can bring, life enrichment directors at each Wesley Woods community have implemented creative programming, such as virtual fitness classes on in-house TV channels and Facebook Live. They deliver snacks to spread joy, make check-in calls to residents, and provide meal delivery to individuals’ apartments since communal dining is no longer an option. Book and other discussion groups have adapted to occur via conference and video calls, and art and essay contests are taking place to provide residents with creative outlets. “Fun packets” that include word searches, crosswords, and printed instructions for safe balance and physical fitness exercises for residents to do inside their apartments are also provided.
Wesley Woods wellness nurses continue to be on the front lines of care since residents are less able to leave the community to visit doctors’ offices. Some residents rely on the nurses even more now for support, and knowing there is a nurse available provides great peace of mind. When it comes to adapting, our wellness team doesn’t miss a beat. Wesley Woods has the well-being of older adults on the forefront of their hearts and minds today and always.
LIFE AT ITS FULLEST
Martha was living independently in her Wesley Woods of Augusta home. In one year she suffered multiple falls, which resulted in subsequent hospitalizations for each. Staff determined Martha needed personal care but realized she could not afford the additional related costs. Through generous gifts to Wesley Woods, Martha was able to move to the personal care floor of her community and keep the friends and surroundings that had become her home.
Martha also participated in the Matter of Balance class taught at her community. With the oversight of the personal care team and the lessons learned in class, Martha has gone more than a year without a single fall or hospitalization. This is the Wesley Woods difference!