Pawleys Island retirement community takes home top honors at prominent national competition
The Lakes at Litchfield, a Pawleys Island, S.C.-based retirement community, announced today that the community’s wellness program has won the Assisted Living Federation of America’s (ALFA) 2012 ‘Best of the Best’ Award in the category of Clinical Wellness.
The community’s “purpose-based wellness programming” took home top honors in one of the most competitive categories, Clinical Wellness. Purpose-based wellness programming is a collection of wellness programs developed specifically to counter the effects of chronic diseases or afflictions common among older adults.
The impetus for developing the wellness initiative was recent data which showed that a majority of Medicare, Medicaid and personal health care expenditures for adults 65 and older fall into two categories: the long-term management of chronic diseases and the immediate care required following a negative health event such as a fall or stroke.
Executive Director Jacque Richardson says the community’s purpose-based wellness programming addresses these needs by offering members alternative solutions to managing certain chronic diseases and by seeking to prevent avoidable health events such as falls. If a negative health event is considered unavoidable, she says the programming seeks to reduce a member’s length-of-stay in a long-term care setting.
One of the programs, called ‘Shape Up,’ employed a combination of educational events and cardiovascular and strength-training exercise sessions to encourage weight loss and healthy living habits among participants.
“For years now, we have made it our goal to lead the industry in developing wellness programs which can improve and extend the lives of older adults,” said Richardson. “This recognition is humbling – we think there’s a better way to approach long-term care and we are excited about the opportunity to share our findings with other providers.”
Rick Grimes, president and CEO of ALFA, says the competition is designed to encourage the sharing of best practices.
“We have the honor to spread the good news about remarkable resident-centered programs fulfilling every aspect of senior-living operations, from wellness services to staff development,” said Grimes. “All of this year’s entries speak to the high standard of innovation and professionalism among our members and demonstrate their resourcefulness and ingenuity.”
Program submissions were judged for their uniqueness in the industry, innovative use of ideas from outside the industry, impact on residents, their families, staff and operations, embrace of industry core principles, the strength of quantitative and qualitative results, and strategic vision.
Winning programs and other innovative strategies are recognized in the May/June 2012 issue of the Senior Living Executive (www.alfapublications.org) and will be recognized at COMMUNITY 2012, the ALFA Conference and Expo. Learn more about the event for senior living executives at www.alfa.org/conference.