April 2017 Events at Juniper Communities: Believe in Yourself

April 2017 Events

April 2017 Events

by Tara Williamson

Each April we begin our Healthy Aging Series with a focus on brain health, and encourage you to Believe in Yourself. We know that believing in yourself has a positive effect on your mental health, but did you know that self-confidence influences your physical health as well? Recent studies show people who exhibit self-confidence are generally healthier and tend to live longer. That’s because confidence is a positive emotion and positive emotions have countless health benefits for your mind, body and spirit. In nurturing wellbeing by encouraging an active body, an engaged mind and a fulfilled spirit, Juniper is also building self-confidence. The link between health and confidence also may be related to the ability of positive emotions to boost our brain’s power to hold attention, be aware and remember things. We are better able to learn, build new skills and relate with others when we are feeling optimistic. Also confident people are better able to handle chaotic situations in a positive manner. This helps to reduce or avoid excessive stress, high blood pressure, anger, confusion – all the negative side effects of feeling powerless, overwhelmed and out of control.

If you need to kick start your confidence, here are a few things to try: smile; count your blessings; surround yourself with confident people; learn how others have found their confidence and follow their lead; challenge negative or inaccurate thinking and replace with accurate, constructive thoughts; and encourage yourself. You can also plan to join us this month for uplifting discussions and a focus on brain health with offerings such as Daily Brain Builders, Wii games, and a Brain Healthy Luncheon.

Our fabulous April 2017 events at Juniper Communities include our:

  • 4th Annual Spring Egg Hunt as all little ones up to age 10 are invited to hunt for colorful eggs in our charming courtyards at this wonderful opportunity to experience the warmth that comes from sharing special moments with your friends and family at Juniper Village because everyone is welcome for this complimentary community event on April 1st from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm in Lebanon, PA at Juniper Village at Lebanon.
  • Feed Your Mind because you are what you eat, we join Dr. Jacinda Hover as she delves into the world of anti-inflammatory foods, and how what we eat affects so much more than our grumbling tummies, so come and bring a friend to what promises to be an insightful presentation on April 5th at 4:00 pm in Chatham, NJ at Juniper Village at Chatham.
  • Lee County Sheriff’s Presentation as we are proud to welcome back our special guest speakers whose topic will be Tips and Tricks on avoiding Scam Artists during this program that will provide information on what to look out for when someone has bad intentions, such as scammers who are looking for a way to get your money; this event is open to all Lee County residents, families, caregivers and area professionals, and light refreshments will be served on April 10th from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm in Cape Coral, FL at Juniper Village at Cape Coral.
  • “Poems From Life” An Evening of Original Poetry Inspired by Real-Life Events because each of us has our own unique story to tell, so in collaboration with local poets, we will bring to life the amazing, inspiring, thought-provoking, and heartwarming stories of some of the incredible individuals who live in our Juniper Village at Brookline community, then please stay for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the faces behind the stories as Juniper Village is proud to partner with the PA Center for the Book and Penn State Libraries for this very special event on April 11th at 6:30 pm in State College, PA at Juniper Village at Brookline.
  • Seniors For Safe Driving Course to improve your abilities and lower your insurance premiums with this 1/2 day seminar that is only $16.00 and is designed for drivers over the age of 55 who want to receive a 5% discount on their automobile insurance premium for 3 years after taking the course on April 18th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in Pittsburgh, PA at Juniper Village at Forest Hills.
  • Linked Senior and Dinner To Go to learn about the newest brain stimulation program, Linked Senior, that Nurtures the Spirit of Life here at Juniper Village and receive dinner to take home on April 27th from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm in Louisville, CO at Juniper Village at Louisville.

We look forward to sharing our April 2017 events at Juniper Communities with you as you Believe in Yourself.

Connect4Life – Integrated Care in Seniors Housing

Integrated Care

Integrated Care

by Janet Wangler

In March the Directors of Wellness met to discuss the Importance of Integrated Care, which is the main stay of Juniper Communities’ Connect4Life program.  Statistics show when a Community provides three key components; onsite delivery of primary care, a “high-tech” foundation of shared data and a “high-touch” coordinator that facilitates a seamless provision of services, the customer truly benefits.  Juniper Communities study compared the population of customers residing in managed care communities and similar frail Medicare recipients.  The key results show hospitalizations were reduced by 50%, re-hospitalizations were reduced by over 80%.  Further study needs to be done, but these results suggest these positive outcomes are a result of a foundation of excellence and consistent quality of integrated care.

Pictured on top from left to right are some of our fabulous Directors of Community Relation: Kathryn Bainbridge, Brookline Senior Living; Katie Kensinger, Brookline Wellspring Memory Care; Brenda Dahlberg, Brookline Rehab and Skilled Care; Christine Heibel, Lebanon; and Bonnie Prisk, Forest Hills. Pictured on bottom from left to right are some of our wonderful Directors of Wellness: Susan Deitzler, Lebanon; Missy Ebner, Home Office; Katie Castro, Brookline Senior Living; Veronica Graham, Mount Joy; Muriel Myers, Forest Hills; and Dana Theis, Brookline Rehabilitation and Skilled Care.

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FierceHealthcare Touts Juniper’s Connect4Life Model

Connect4Life

Connect4Life

The following is an excerpt from an article by Ilene MacDonald of FierceHealthcare. View the complete article here.

The clinical outcomes of a new integrated model of care for frail seniors that bridges housing and healthcare are so significant that researchers believe the program has the potential for substantial Medicare cost savings.

The model provides residents with onsite, comprehensive therapy, medical care, pharmacy, and lab services. Key components to the program include a care navigator who coordinates the residents’ total care and high-tech/high-touch communications that transfer the resident’s information to ancillary and acute care services through an electronic health record.

Although Juniper Communities’ residents were older and more cognitively impaired than the overall Medicare population with similar conditions, independent researchers from Anne Tumlinson Innovations looked at 2012 Medicare Beneficiaries Survey, as well as those living in senior housing that didn’t provide an integrated healthcare program, and found Juniper’s Connect4Life program had:

  • 50% lower inpatient hospitalization rates
  • 80% lower readmission rates
  • 15% lower rate of emergency department use

“I thought the results might be good but you never know until you get the data. But I didn’t expect the significance of the results,” Lynne Katzmann, Ph.D., founder and president of the Bloomfield, New Jersey-based operator of senior communities in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida and Colorado, told FierceHealthcare this morning in an exclusive interview.

“The results show when you provide supportive housing and services and integrate with clinical care services you can avoid high utilization of the highest cost services,” said Katzmann, noting that it has the potential to address population health among the 5% who use 50% of healthcare resources.

Although the model is new and the research is based on a year’s worth of data, Katzmann said the results are encouraging. “The results are so strong that I think this is a model that can be replicated and have meaningful results for hospitals, health systems, Medicare Advantage plans and individual providers. It’s a win-win,” she said.

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Connect4Life Leads to Better Outcomes for Residents

Data shows Connect4Life’s high-tech/high-touch integrated services lead to higher quality care and better outcomes for residents

Executive Summary: Integrated Care in Seniors Housing that Meets
the Triple Aim

By Anne Tumlinson, MMHS and Lynne Katzmann, PhD

According to the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, more than 190 million Americans, or about 59 percent of the population, are affected by one or more chronic illnesses. Over the next 15 years (between 2016 and 2030,) 80 percent of the United States population will experience one or more chronic conditions, costing more than $42 trillion in medical care spending and losses in employment productivity.

To address these challenges and enhance the resident experience, Juniper Communities, a Bloomfield, NJ-based national owner-operator of seniors housing, developed the Connect4Life model, which provides on-site comprehensive therapy, primary care, pharmacy and lab services, integrated with other services using a “high-tech/high-touch” communications protocol that transfers information through an Electronic Health Record (EHR) and coordinates care through a human navigator.

Juniper Communities retained Anne Tumlinson Innovations (ATI) to compare Connect4Life outcomes and utilization data with data on the broader Medicare population from the 2012 Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS). The findings suggest that the Connect4Life model contributes to lower hospital readmissions and the utilization of inpatient services among a high-need resident population. The results affirm the potential of integrating select clinical care and services in a seniors housing environment that provides supportive services to those who have chronic conditions, functional limitations, and complex social needs.

The results suggest an integrated program of services in seniors housing—like Juniper’s Connect4Life —can contribute to reducing the cost of care and services to Medicare beneficiaries residing in seniors housing. More importantly, the data points to the value of the Connect4Life model for managing population health because of its ability to efficiently target integrated care interventions in the high cost, high-need Medicare population.

Juniper Communities has been a thought leader in senior living care, developing nearly a dozen innovative service and delivery programs to enhance aging, lifestyle and resident health. Recognizing opportunities in to meet the triple aim of recent health policy changes in the United States – improved customer satisfaction, evidence-base quality and lower healthcare utilization, Juniper is pioneering Connect 4 Life – one of senior living’s first truly integrated care models of assisted living care and service.

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