Happy Elder Plan (HELP)

The Happy Elder Plan (“HELP”) is our elder care method for providing the most home-like and family oriented “happiness” plan for your loved one.  It was developed by experienced activity and wellness directors at senior living communities, counselors, and family caregivers. 

Our initial HELP assessment begins with care needs for activities of daily living (ADLs).  We then try to understand what activities encourage the most empowerment, confidence, and fun – typically, for many of us, these are activities that we are good at.  As people age, we gradually lose our abilities and focus on the loss of independence. At Vista Living, we focus on the strengths that people still have and try to cultivate those strengths to treat the “whole person”.  We also try to preserve motor skills, such as walking, to maintain a higher quality of life for longer. 

Common examples of resident conditions:
  • Social Isolation
  • Weight Loss
  • Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)
  • Stroke
  • Heart Attack
  • Vascular Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Sun Downing
  • Incontinence
  • Hip Fracture
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Advanced Dementia/Alzheimer’s

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The Happy Elder Plan focuses on the following four primary areas: 

Excellent Care

Our team consists of motivated “givers” who enjoy serving others.  Good, quality care is the foundation for our service.  Our homes are built to maximize sightlines to maintain safety and close proximity to assistance.  Building corridors were eliminated to increase the effectiveness of care staff beyond the industry standard.

Case Study:

Take a look at the Floor Plans of the homes and you see that close attention to detail was made to ensure functionality to deliver excellent care.  The “cottage” style design is the future of senior living that balances home-like environments with activity hubs and industrial engineered functionality.  Compare the number of steps needed for the resident to enter an activity area and then think about repeating that multiple times a day.

Staying Strong

As people get older, we tend to lose weight, get frail, sleep more, and lose muscle.  This is a natural regression that is especially acute when one lives alone at home.  At Vista Living, we provide healthy and nutritious foods and encourage our residents to exercise their bodies and minds. Our high staff to resident ratio allows us to realistically provide the best opportunity for personalized attention for meeting HELP happiness goals. 

Case Study:

Joanne is wheelchair bound and active.  She is also a beach ball “volleyball” champion player and used to enjoy crossword puzzles until they got too difficult. We switched from crosswords to playing Hangman using an iPad.  She loves the more concentrated problem solving of Hangman and enjoys this activity in addition to bingo, very much.

Community Enrichment

From our family caregiving background, we believe in helping residents stay connected to the larger community.  There are two communities: one in the assisted living home and the other outside the home.  Within the home, we specifically designed the common areas to ensure that “community” is never far away; therefore, we eliminated hallways and made our centralized living room, kitchen, and patio the hub of activity.  The community outside of the home includes friends and family.  We encourage visits and the use of technology to help capture special moments, if they could not be there. 

Case Study:

One of our team members, Kyle moved his dad (Bob) from Hawaii to the Mainland in order to care for him.  He knew moving Bob away from the place he lived most of his life meant that it was his responsibility to help him maintain connections to his life back home – relatives, neighbors, friends, and his sister.  The same thing happens to our residents when they leave the supervision of family and home.  That’s why we encourage visits and the use of technology such as Facebook and Skype.  Everyone grows old together.

Identifying & Building on Strengths

This is the core of our philosophy, and that is identifying intellectual and physical strengths that go beyond reviewing someone’s health condition.  We believe family members can see the strengths, but too often in assisted living, staff does not notice or care beyond what is necessary.  We hire employees who are optimists and natural coaches/mentors and give them HELP training.

Case Study:

Leonard was wheelchair bound and only had the use of this right arm.  He usually would not actively participate in group activities; however, we noticed that he had good motor skills and reflexes with his one good arm. Therefore, we developed games that allowed him to display his talents.  He is a champion beach ball “volleyball” player in our community. We noticed that Leonard spoke and smiled more.

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Arcadia

Address: 
5529 E. Calle Tuberia
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Phone: 602-456-1919
Email: info@vistaliving.net

  

Arcadia

Address: 
5529 E. Calle Tuberia
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Phone: 602-456-1919
Email: info@vistaliving.net

 

Camelback

Address: 
5528 E. Calle Tuberia
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Phone: 602-456-1919
Email: info@vistaliving.net


Camelback

Address: 
5528 E. Calle Tuberia
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Phone: 602-456-1919
Email: info@vistaliving.net