Health & Wellness

Kin_village-57The World Health Organization defines health as “…a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”  We do our best at KinVillage to support the health and wellness of older adults in our community, both those who live at KinVillage and those who are part of the broader South Delta community.

We understand that wellness has many dimensions:

  • Emotional – coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships
  • Environmental – occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being
  • Financial – being satisfied with current and future financial situations
  • Intellectual – recognizing creative abilities and find ways to expand knowledge and skills
  • Occupational – feeling satisfied and enriched from one’s work or abilities
  • Physical – recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods and sleep
  • Social – developing a sense of connection, belonging and a well-developed support system
  • Spiritual – expanding one’s sense of purpose and meaning in life

The programs we provide, and the ways in which we provide them, reflect this understanding. We also have an appreciation for how needs, and how to best meet them, can change as we age.  For example, the Eden Alternative® , a prominent philosophy for how to best support those living in nursing homes, identified seven domains of well-being. While they are related to the dimensions noted above, their context reflects the unique perspective of those living in care, or possibly, of those who may simply be getting older:Kin_village-63

  • Identity – being well-known; having personhood; individuality; having a history
  • Growth – development; enrichment; expanding; evolving
  • Autonomy – liberty; self-determination; choice; freedom
  • Security – freedom from doubt, anxiety, or fear; safety; privacy; dignity; respect
  • Connectedness – belonging; engaged; involved; connected to time, place, and nature
  • Meaning – significance; heart; hope; value; purpose; sacredness
  • Joy – happiness; pleasure; delight; contentment; enjoyment

Regardless of the framework, we are pleased and proud to offer wellness support for the bodies, minds and spirits of older adults in our community.