Homestead Hills Expands to Create Member Wellness Department

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Winston-Salem retirement community, invests in combination of clinical and holistic wellness programs to improve health outcomes for older adults.

Georganne Glessner will lead the newly created Wellness Department as Wellness Director

Our goal is to offer members an environment where they can improve their health and independence.

Homestead Hills, a retirement community located in Winston-Salem, N.C., announced today that the community is expanding to add a fully integrated Wellness Department and that Georgeanne Glessner has been promoted to the position of Wellness Director. In her new position, she will oversee the newly created department which houses the community’s nationally recognized wellness program.

Executive Director Pat Halsey says the community will hire an additional wellness associate and add new programs for Members into the existing schedule to boost participation during the week and on weekends. Halsey says the expansion is the result of a growing demand for solutions to high-cost clinical care which older adults may need later in life.

“We have found that by using tailored wellness programs we can substantially improve the quality and length of our members’ lives,” she said. “Our goal is to offer members an environment where they can improve their health and independence while potentially preventing a move to skilled nursing in the future.”

Homestead Hills is in the process of building a new wellness center and healthcare building which will house skilled nursing, assisted living and Alzheimer’s care services in addition to the independent living options currently available at the community. Halsey says the Wellness Department will provide programming appropriate for older adults with varying degree of needs.

“One example is our aquatic therapy program for residents with memory impairment that has been shown to reduce anxiety, improve sleeping patterns and also reduce the number of medications resident are currently taking,” says Halsey. “We’re not saying clinical solutions aren’t needed – we’re just saying there may be a way to combine clinical and wellness solutions so that our residents achieve better outcomes.”

In addition to the aquatic therapy program, Wellness Director Glessner will oversee the expansion of additional targeted wellness programs in healthcare including interventions focused on improving outcomes associated with fractures or orthopedic replacements, heart failure, C.O.P.D., diabetes, arthritis and Parkinson’s disease, to name a few.

Glessner will continue to emphasize and create prevention-oriented programming for the community’s independent living members who want to improve their health while also reducing their chances of suffering a negative health event in the future.

In 2010 and 2011, the industry trade group, ALFA, named Homestead Hills ‘wellness program the best Clinical Wellness program in the country. For more information, contact Katie Huffstetler at 704.815.7333 or KHuffstetler(at)senior-living-communities(dot)com.

About Homestead Hills
Homestead Hills is an all-inclusive retirement community located in Winston-Salem, N.C. The community’s care-free lifestyle helps members live longer, healthier and happier lives by offering an array of amenities including maintenance-free living, daily fine dining, weekly housekeeping, a nationally recognized wellness program and on-site health services. The gated community offers residents a variety of floor plans including single-family cottage homes and condominium-style villas. Assisted-living, skilled-nursing and memory-care rooms are also available for those who need to make a transition from independent living. More information about Homestead Hills is located at

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