Our goal is to offer Members an environment where they can improve their health and independence...
Port St. Lucie, FL (PRWEB) April 21, 2012
Abingdon at Tradition, a retirement community located in Port St. Lucie, Fla., announced today that the community is expanding to add a fully integrated Wellness Department managed by Wellness Director Sadie Brookman. In her new position, she will oversee the newly created department which houses the community’s nationally recognized wellness program.
Executive Director Kathy Kalck 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. She 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 a higher level of healthcare in the future.”
Although Abingdon offers assisted living and Alzheimer’s care services as well as independent living options, Brookman says the community’s Wellness Department houses programs that are appropriate for older adults with a 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 Brookman. “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 Brookman 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 named Abingdon’s 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 Abingdon at Tradition
Abingdon at Tradition is an all-inclusive, luxury retirement community located in Port St. Lucie, Fla. 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 care services. Abingdon offers a variety of floor plans including single-family cottage homes and condominium-style villas. Assisted-living and Alzheimer’s care are also available for those who need to make a transition from independent living. More information about Abingdon at Tradition is located at http://www.Abingdon-Tradition.com.