Elders living in long-term care centers are often isolated from the greater community and spend most of their time indoors. Feelings of loneliness and isolation can affect physical and mental health, leading to depression, dementia and an increased risk of mortality.
Miravida Living investigated programs addressing isolation and depression that offered opportunities for socialization and allowing residents to be outdoors and experience “the wind in their hair.” In 2016, Miravida Living partnered with the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services to fully implement the Cycling Without Age program, a global initiative in which long-term care residents are taken for rickshaw rides piloted by trained, licensed volunteers.As part of the decision to implement this program, Miravida Living conducted quantitative and qualitative research measuring outcomes of the program and capacity to support the development of Cycling Without Age programs in long-term care settings across the state of Wisconsin. As a result, Miravida became the first elder care organization in the United States to become a licensee of Cycling Without Age.
The Cycling Without Age program provides opportunities for intergenerational experiences between elders and volunteer pilots. Residents can enjoy being outside in the fresh air, improving quality of life, lowering the incidences of behavioral concerns and reducing the need for anti-psychotic medications. Data outcomes as per CASPER (Certification And Survey Provider Enhanced Reports),standardized CMS reports that compare results for long-term care facilities to state and federal measurements:
- Anti-psychotic Medications: Miravida Living – Bethel Home – 10.08%; State Average – 13.89%;National Average – 17.86%
- Behaviors: Miravida Living – Bethel Home – 14.13%; State Average – 24.44%; National Average – 23.25%
About Miravida Living
Miravida Living provides a full continuum of housing and healthcare services for the elderly and others in need. Included in their offerings are Bethel Home, a 128-bed skilled nursing facility, Eden Meadows with 30 rehabilitation suits and 20 skilled care beds, Gabriel’s Villa with 40 assisted living apartments,Elijah’s Place with 12 beds dedicated to dementia care, Carmel Residence featuring 74 apartments dedicated to independent living and three HUD subsidized complexes offering 220 apartments to seniors 62+ years of age.