Event Title

An Evidence-Based Approach for the Development of a Health and Wellness Program within a Community Center for Older Adults

Location

Exhibition Hall, DeVos Center

Start Date

10-4-2012 3:30 PM

Description

PURPOSE: The purpose of this project is to develop a strategic plan for an evidence-based nurse-led model designed to provide health services and wellness care to older adults participating in a senior community center located in the Midwest. PROCEDURES: A comprehensive review of the literature has been completed to identify successful models of care and wellness programs for older adults. A needs assessment related to sustaining optimal health, developed for the project, was completed by 107 members. The results of the literature review and needs assessment informed the selection of a model designed to provide health services and wellness care to older adults. OUTCOME: A full project plan will be developed to include; 1) assessment of resources needed for implementation (human, physical, financial); 2) timeline for phased implementation; 3) an evaluation model based on desired outcome measures, with timeline; 4) proposed funding models; and 5) a nurse-led demonstration project designed to manage chronic disease and promote wellness initiatives, incorporating students from a local university nursing program. IMPACT: More than three-quarters of adults over the age of 65 suffer from at least one chronic medical condition that requires ongoing care and management. These older adults face challenges in their efforts to attain their best state of wellness. It is essential that older adults are able to manage their chronic conditions. A health services and wellness program can assist older adults in achieving their goals.

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Apr 10th, 3:30 PM

An Evidence-Based Approach for the Development of a Health and Wellness Program within a Community Center for Older Adults

Exhibition Hall, DeVos Center

PURPOSE: The purpose of this project is to develop a strategic plan for an evidence-based nurse-led model designed to provide health services and wellness care to older adults participating in a senior community center located in the Midwest. PROCEDURES: A comprehensive review of the literature has been completed to identify successful models of care and wellness programs for older adults. A needs assessment related to sustaining optimal health, developed for the project, was completed by 107 members. The results of the literature review and needs assessment informed the selection of a model designed to provide health services and wellness care to older adults. OUTCOME: A full project plan will be developed to include; 1) assessment of resources needed for implementation (human, physical, financial); 2) timeline for phased implementation; 3) an evaluation model based on desired outcome measures, with timeline; 4) proposed funding models; and 5) a nurse-led demonstration project designed to manage chronic disease and promote wellness initiatives, incorporating students from a local university nursing program. IMPACT: More than three-quarters of adults over the age of 65 suffer from at least one chronic medical condition that requires ongoing care and management. These older adults face challenges in their efforts to attain their best state of wellness. It is essential that older adults are able to manage their chronic conditions. A health services and wellness program can assist older adults in achieving their goals.