Cascades Verdae Expands to Create Member Wellness Department

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Greenville, S.C. retirement community invests in combination of clinical and holistic wellness programs to improve health outcomes for older adults.

Aleksandra Makuch will oversee the newly created department as Wellness Director.

Our programs are proven to substantially improve the quality and length of our members’ lives.

Cascades Verdae, a retirement community located in Greenville, S.C., announced today that the community is expanding to add a fully integrated Wellness Department managed by Wellness Director Aleksandra Makuch. In her new position, she will oversee the newly created department which houses the community’s nationally recognized wellness program.

Executive Director Karen Nichols 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. In addition, Makuch will work closely with Genesis, the community’s rehabilitation services provider to develop programming for residents in skilled nursing.

Nichols says the expansion is the result of growing demand for solutions to high-cost clinical care which older adults may need later in life.

“Our programs are proven to substantially improve the quality and length of our members’ lives,” she said. “For example, one of our aquatic therapy programs has been able to improve the rate of bone growth by 50% in residents who were non-weight bearing when they were admitted to our community. That is a significant outcome because it means we can potentially get these residents back on their feet and into their home in an expedited fashion.”

Cascades Verdae provides skilled nursing, assisted living and Alzheimer’s care services in addition to independent living options. Nichols says the Wellness Department will provide programming appropriate for older adults with varying degree of needs.

In addition to the aquatic therapy program, Wellness Director Makuch 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.

She will also 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 Assisted Living Federation of America, A.L.F.A., named Cascades’ wellness program the best “Clinical Wellness” program in the country. For more information, contact Katie Huffstetler at 704.815.7333 or KHuffstetler@senior-living-communities.com.

About Cascades Verdae
Located on 40 wooded acres in Greenville, S.C., Cascades Verdae is South Carolina’s largest CCRC. 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 continuing-care health services. Members can choose from a variety of floor plans including single-family cottage homes and condominium-style villas. Assisted-living, Alzheimer’s care and skilled-nursing rooms are also available for those who need to make a transition from independent living. More information about Cascades Verdae is located at http://www.thecascadesverdae.com.

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