Wellness Practices

Posted by Annie Keough on February 17, 2021

 

A study by the Center for Disease Control showed that an estimated 20% of seniors aged 55 or older experience some form of mental health concern. The most common mental health issues include severe cognitive impairment, anxiety, and mood disorders such as depression or bipolar disorder.

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Topics: Seniors Wellness Wellbeing Resident Engagement senior wellness journaling senior care purposeful life software


Wellzesta’s Innovative Solutions in Decreasing Employee Turnover

Posted by Annie Keough on February 9, 2021

Wellzesta’s incorporation of technology to ease senior living staff’s workloads aids in employee satisfaction and decreases staff turnover.

In an article by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, several medical professionals expressed the growing need for technology in senior living, particularly in combating employee turnover.

With an increase in demand for caregivers, both at home and in senior living communities, contrasted against an annual turnover rate of 40 to 75 percent, the importance of reducing employee turnover in the senior care industry is not to be taken lightly.

While employee turnover in any industry is costly and damaging to the organization, the specific dangers this issue creates in senior care are unique.

The disruption in the consistency of caregiving services can negatively impact outcomes for both residents and staff wellbeing. Residents’ mental health can be affected when they are routinely subjected to new and rotating staff, forcing them to endure the emotional impact of lost relationships with previous caregivers. Continued turnover can lead to periods of understaffing, resulting in overworked employees and further amplifying the negative impact felt by residents.

Along with causing distress among residents and staff, employee turnover can be extremely expensive. Costing organizations, on average, $2500 per turn over at a rate of 40% in the first 90 days, continued employee turnover is simply not something that most senior living communities can afford.

This is why putting systems in place that actively work toward retaining staff in eldercare and achieving staff satisfaction is essential in reducing employee turnover.

Wellzesta is a technology company that specializes in preventing employee turnover and encouraging wellbeing in its users. Designed specifically with senior living staff in mind, Wellzesta Elevate is a comprehensive platform that works to ease caregiver workload and streamline communication in order to foster employee wellbeing.

When an employee feels that their voice is heard, they are 4.6 times more likely to perform their best at work. By providing a way for employers to collect staff feedback and satisfaction scores, Elevate allows communities the opportunity to empower employees and solve inefficiencies, effectively achieving higher employee retention rates.

Along with dissatisfaction, an increase in senior living staff workload is another consequence of high employee turnover. As facilities continue to encounter high turnover rates and are faced with understaffing, they are forced to over-schedule caregivers. Overwhelmed by their duties, employees can experience burnout, which can affect the quality of care that staff in eldercare are able to provide, and can also result in safety issues for residents.

“Our staff have been asked to take on a lot this past year during COVID, both extra work and emotional support. It’s time we give them something that benefits their own wellness. The Elevate app does just that.” Ann S., Director of Human Resources.

Additionally, ineffective communication in senior living communities can increase workload and cause distress among staff in eldercare. Without a way to quickly communicate urgent updates, preventative measures, or delegate duties to various staff, miscommunication is inevitable. However, in an industry where miscommunication could result in causing harm, applying efficient communication channels becomes all the more necessary.

Caregivers are an indispensable part of a senior’s wellness journey. Any action that goes towards improving a senior living staff’s work experience and relieving some of the pressure of this high-stress career should be a priority among senior living communities.

Here are a few ways Wellzesta Elevate is combating employee turnover and increasing job satisfaction in eldercare workers:

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Topics: Senior Living Wellness Employees engagement software staff wellness staff retention senior care software


Your Role in Retirement Planning: Guiding Prospective Senior Living Residents

Posted by Brad Breeding on March 6, 2020

 

If you are a member of the sales and marketing team at your [independent living or life plan] retirement community, did you know that you are in the retirement planning business? You may not think so because, for most people, the phrase “retirement planning” translates to “financial planning." But I would encourage you to broaden your scope of what retirement planning includes.

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Topics: Senior Living Seniors Financial Wellness Life Plan senior wellness aging wellzesta marketing senior care retirement mylifesite



The Value of Finding Your Life Purpose

Posted by Patricia Faust, MGS on February 12, 2020

 

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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Topics: Seniors senior wellness brain health mindfulness senior care brain function purposeful life purpose


Benefits of Working with a Senior Care Manager

 

The phone rings - it’s the hospital on the other line. Your mother fell and is injured. They also mention they believe she may have had a stroke. You leave your job and head to the hospital. If you aren’t close by, maybe you head to the airport or embark on a long drive. All of a sudden, you are in the middle of a situation you weren’t prepared for. The hospital staff is asking you what you want to do with your mom. She can’t live alone for awhile, or maybe ever again. Where do you want her to go? Where should she go for rehabilitation therapy? You have no idea where to start.

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Topics: Seniors senior wellness aging eldercare senior care continuing care at home care manager healthcare


Continuing Care at Home by the Numbers: Plan Ahead for Peace of Mind

Posted by Carol Barbour on December 19, 2019

 

It’s no secret that long-term care is expensive, especially as you get older. Whether you’re injured or diagnosed with a serious illness or chronic condition, an unexpected health change can drain your savings. Many people believe that Medicare will pay for long-term care, but that is simply not the case. 

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Topics: Seniors senior wellness senior care home care continuing care at home retirement


Social Isolation, Transportation Access, and Optimism

Posted by David Sax on December 10, 2019

The impact of social isolation and loneliness on populations of older adults and people with disabilities has received a great deal of attention in the news and from institutions in recent years.

Currently, one quarter of our aging population and one half of those living with physical and cognitive disabilities report living lives in unwanted isolation.

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Topics: Senior Living Seniors Wellness life plan community senior wellness health & wellness social connection social wellness transportation senior care