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Assisted Living / Art Programs Performance Data

Some evidence that investments in art programs have a positive impact on assisted living facilities include additional revenue generation streams, more venue for cost savings and cost recoveries, the fulfillment and delivery of the facilities’ mission, higher rates of occupancy, and reduced labor costs for direct care workers.

1. Fulfills and delivers the facilities’s mission

  • Results from various studies corroborate to indicate that engaging in social activities, volunteering, arts programs, health education/lifestyle programs, volunteering, social activities, arts programs, as well as lifelong learning lead to higher levels of health, life satisfaction, and sensations of wellbeing.
  • According to an ICAA survey involving 472 senior living communities, the terms wellness, quality of life, wellbeing, or lifestyle were present in an organization’s mission statements, regardless of if they operate as for-profit or non-profit communities.
  • Assisted living facilities presenting arts programs to residents provided them with perceptions of wellbeing, life satisfaction, and health, thus helping them to accomplish their mission statements.

2. Generates revenue

3. Cost Savings and Cost recovery in Healthcare


4. High rates of occupancy

  • About 44% of residents under a CCRC/life plan involved in benchmark wellness operations either agree or strongly agree that the wellness program is a principal reason they selected the community.
  • At least "43% of IL or IL/AL residents" involved with benchmark wellness programs either agree or strongly agree that the wellness program is a fundamental reason they preferred the community.
  • Also, residents that endured the advantages of the program recommend the community or facility through word of mouth referrals displayed by sales and marketing campaigns, which leads to improved rates of occupancy and move-ins.

5. Reduces the labor and the labor cost for direct-care workers


RESEARCH STRATEGY

We gathered our evidence by scrutinizing a business case study conducted by the International Council on Active Aging, which provided both qualitative and quantitative information centered on Canada and the United States. In the study, the term 'wellness' was utilized to refer to programs that offer optimal health and quality of life to aging residents. The majority of the programs were conducted with seven different dimensions of wellness - social and spiritual, professional/vocational, physical, intellectual/cognitive, environmental, and emotional- of which contained activities closely related to arts programs. Some examples include:

  • Intellectual, cognitive - classes with a cognitive component, cultural activities, arts and crafts, journaling, games/puzzles, reading Professional, vocational - skills classes, mentoring, tutoring, hobbies, caregiving
    • Social - clubs, volunteering, dancing, group and inter-generational activities, travel
    • Environmental - meditation gardens, walking paths, community design, experiencing nature

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    • "“Wellness” is the global term used to describe optimal health and quality of life, personalized for each individual. Guided by the seven dimensions of wellness— emotional, environmental, intellectual/ cognitive, physical, professional/vocational, social and spiritual—a culture of wellness emphasizes the potential of each person to live as fully as possible. "
    • "Environmental - meditation gardens, walking paths, community design, recycling and re-using, experiencing nature Intellectual, cognitive - classes with a cognitive component, cultural activities, arts and crafts, journaling, games/puzzles, reading Professional, vocational - paid work, volunteer work, skills classes, mentoring, tutoring, hobbies, caregiving Social - clubs, volunteering, dancing, visiting friends and family, group and intergenerational activities, travel"
    • "Purposeful lifestyle wellness programs are a critical delivery system that enable individuals to experience the well-being and quality of life promised by an organization. Participating in social activities, volunteering, arts programs, health education/lifestyle programs and lifelong learning are associated with higher levels of life satisfaction, health and feelings of wellbeing. Physical activity promotes functional ability, mental health, cognitive health and social interaction."
    • "In partnership with dining services, therapy and health care, the wellness program helps organizations deliver on their promises."
    • "A well-managed and comprehensive wellness program with competent staff helps to keep occupancy high by providing opportunities for improving or maintaining physical, emotional, social and cognitive health."