We know that ranking high among the top priorities of seniors, is to optimize and maintain good health and wellness, and to stay on top of technology. It's by design and not by coincidence that these are two areas in which Monarch Landing excels.
Of the many questions you hopefully know you can't ask during a hiring interview, a big one is whether the candidate is pregnant or planning to become pregnant. So why is it okay for Pennsylvania State University to ask this of its employees on a questionnaire?
John O'Connor's blog this week explored the issue of obesity in long-term care facilities,and raised a subtle point around assumptions about people who are obese. Whether they are a coworker or a resident, we tend to assume people we know who obese either want to lose weight, are trying to lose weight, or have failed most of their lives at losing weight. is it fair to judge nurses or other caregivers whose weight is putting them at risk for diseases, or that may be impacting their job? Is the increasing popularity of "wellness programs" a reasonable way to keep your health insurance premiums down? What is your obligation to your employee?
The industry can survive and thrive by transforming itself, by embracing wellness for employees and residents and by mounting an effective PR campaign to highlight the importance of long-term care industry. We must acknowledge its need to transform itself and to remind the public of their social contracts to seniors.
Many long-term care operators have begun to put wellness programs in place. And by most accounts, they seem to be working out well so far. But do wellness programs really work? The short answer appears to be that we don't know.
Wellness programs can help to unlock creativity and promote overall well-being in older adults.