For care providers, Ichor Wellness means three things: engaging the members of a retirement community in ways that lead them toward a more healthy lifestyle, increasing the longevity of their stay, and building relationships between seniors, their families, and caregivers.
Accomplishing these three goals leads to a cheerful, active community for seniors to spend their later years in comfort. Families are given the peace of mind that their loved ones are in good hands, and healthcare providers get to see their communities grow.
For seniors, the key feature of Ichor Wellness is engagement. One of the best ways to keep happy and healthy later in life is simply to keep as active as possible; Ichor makes it easy.
Just with the metrics that track distance walked, Ichor presents seniors with incentives to stay walking. Caretakers can set benchmarks for walking each day, allowing the seniors to track their progress and compare with their friends. This invites a sense of friendly competition amongst everyone, and helps motivate them to get up and get their walking in for the day.
Inactivity in later life can be a huge source for depression, among a number of other disorders. Allowing seniors to see the direct results of their increased activity in a way that is easy to understand and communicate to their friends and family builds a sense of meaning. They can take a sense of pride in their accomplishments, turning what could otherwise be a chore into a fun and rewarding experience.
The average stay at a retirement community is only about two years. There are a number of factors that can be attributed to these short stays, but many of them are related to natural body processes as the body grows older: hypertension, heart disease, arthritis, and more.
While not all can be outright cured, most can be fought simply by staying active. Ichor provides wellness monitoring that keeps seniors living longer by keeping them healthily engaged in physical activity.
Ichor can also increase residents’ length of stay through the other metrics it helps monitors. For instance, many seniors can have trouble getting a full night’s sleep; our “hours slept” metric can help identify potential problem areas quickly and help caregivers find solutions.
Ichor helps build relationships between everyone involved in the healthcare process.
The Ichor Wellness program helps caregivers connect to the seniors they provide for. The caregivers help the seniors reach their goals, providing encouragement and pushing the senior to stay involved, while the senior leans on the caregiver for support and guidance.
Ichor also helps seniors build relationships within their own communities. When everyone has a goal to reach, a spirit of friendly competition develops between the members of the community. Everyone encourages one another to push a little harder and reach a little further. And at the end of the day, everyone in the community has something in common to chat about.
Most importantly, Ichor helps seniors build relationships with their families. Because families can quickly and easily track their senior’s progress as he or she integrates into the community, they’re never in the dark. And they’ll always have something to talk about, giving even more love and motivation to the senior to stay active and healthy.
At the end of the day, the balance of Engagement, Longevity, and Relationship Building bridges the gap between retirement communities and families. The healthcare industry is extremely competitive. By helping to create a lively, active, and fun community, Ichor helps reassure families that their loved ones are moving to a place where they’ll be in good care and good company.