Elder Care Alliance and Holistic Wellness
Home is a place where you feel secure. It’s a place where people care about you. It’s a place that enables you to be your best.
When home is an Elder Care Alliance community, it means great care grounded in our belief in holistic wellness: nurturing the body, mind and spirit. We strive to provide services that treat every resident like an individual, focusing on each aspect of his or her unique needs.
Physical wellness includes maintaining a healthy diet, sleeping well and remaining active. In our communities, staff members manage medications, help manage chronic health conditions, and strive to keep residents as healthy and mobile as possible.
Some of our physical wellness services include:
- Group exercise classes
- Transportation to medical appointments, shopping and more
- Delicious, nutritious meals in restaurant-style and private dining rooms
- Onsite beauty salons to keep residents feeling their very best
- Assistance with daily tasks to empower residents to remain as independent as possible
Emotional wellness is the ability to understand oneself and foster healthy relationships that empower us to deal with life’s challenges. Our communities offer a variety of services to help residents manage stress, build self-esteem and maintain a positive attitude:
- Allowing pets on campus to serve as supportive companions
- Hosting support groups
- Providing a 24-hour call system, so residents feel secure
- Offering computers and Wi-Fi, so residents can maintain relationships
Intellectual health is tied to maintaining creativity, being open to new ideas and continuing to learn. We provide a variety of resources that allow residents to stretch their minds and discover new things every day:
- Extensive libraries with magnifying equipment
- Access to computers and Wi-Fi
- Trips to cultural and entertainment events
- Onsite life enrichment programming
Social wellness is the ability to create and maintain meaningful personal connections, a sense of belonging and a well-established support system. As we age, our risk of becoming isolated increases. Seniors who are lonely are more likely to be depressed, experience mobility problems and suffer other health complications.
We take pride in helping our residents form new friendships and strengthen existing bonds through a variety of opportunities:
- Comprehensive program of activities to foster relationships and socialization
- Trips to local sporting and entertainment events
- Chances to interact with staff and members of the surrounding community
Vocational wellness means having opportunities to put our unique talents and passions to work in maintaining a sense of purpose and accomplishing new goals.
One way we do this is by providing opportunities to meet new people through volunteering – from fighting senior hunger to making blankets for premature infants.
Some of our residents take part in the Mercy Brown Bag Program, which delivers groceries to low-income seniors in Alameda County. Such meaningful work can boost self-esteem and lower depression in our residents. It also nurtures opportunities to socialize and form lasting relationships.
Environmental wellness involves living in harmony with the environment, having a conscious relationship with the surrounding world and creating positive environments.
We strive to create communities that offer comfort and the feeling of home for seniors. Each community has outdoor living spaces designed to support connection with the outside environment.
Spiritual wellness is about finding alignment between our values and our actions, connecting to our purpose and finding meaning in life. We’re dedicated to meeting the spiritual needs of all residents, no matter their beliefs. Each community has at least one staff member dedicated to spiritual care and offers space for nondenominational prayer and worship.
We invite you to learn more about how an Elder Care Alliance community can meet your individual needs. Contact us to set up a visit to one of our communities.
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