Much discussion has erupted among Collington residents recently about whether the one social worker we have for all independent living residents is sufficient. The heads of all the Resident Association’s operating committees have called for additional social workers for independent residents. As of now, Collington’s proposed 2016 budget does not include funds for this purpose. But there is something else in the budget narrative that sounds not only interesting but potentially more far-reaching than just the number of social workers. It’s called Vitalize 360, a program pioneered at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Orchard Cove, one of the senior living homes cited positively by Atul Gawande in his book “Being Mortal.”
According to Kendal at Hanover, which has implemented the program, it “embraces the entire well-being of a person — the 360 degree view — and encourages adults to consider all aspects of their lives including sense of purpose, lifelong learning, social connections, community activity, mental and physical fitness, nutrition and health.” Kendal is calling on all its affiliates to implement Vitalize 360. We understand that Collington’s Fitness Manager has received the Vitalize 360 training but that only a few residents will be invited to participate in the program in 2016.
I think it would behoove the Residents Association to push for full implementation of Vitalize 360 here at Collingon, with properly trained and sufficient staff to do it right. If the statistics are correct, this program could help a lot of residents and would put Collington on a more progressive path. Read more about the program here (Hanover) and here (Orchard Cove).