We are on the leading edge of new developments in housing and care for seniors.
With innovation and creativity as two of our key values, we seek to respond to changing wellness needs with the most effective methods. Our commitment to providing the highest quality of holistic care for our Residents has also directed our attention into establishing strong research studies. Find more information on our latest projects below.
Music & Memory(r). Baptist Housing is in the process of completing training to become the first Music & Memory(r)-designated Campuses of Care in the Okanagan. While we currently include music therapy for our Residents, there has been increasing evidence that personalized music playlists, as part of a music therapy program, can trigger memory of lyrics and the experience connected to music. Personalized music often calms chaotic brain activity and has been proven to reduce aggressive behaviours. Baptist Housing will be partnering with the University of British Columbia Okanagan in Fall 2015 to undertake research on the benefits of this program through an educational partnership.
"Walk 'N' Talk" Program. Baptist Housing's Sun Pointe Village campus is currently partnering with the University of British Columbia Okanagan's Faculty of Medicine to implement their "Walk 'N' Talk" program. The program addresses falls prevention with the intent of improving Resident mobility and activity.
Partnership with Simon Fraser University's Gerontology Research Centre. Baptist Housing has commissioned SFU's Gerontology Research Centre to undertake a two-year evaluation of the transition of 240 of our Residents from our two 40-year-old institutionally designed buildings to The Heights at Mt. View, our newly built 260-suite residential care residence in Saanich. The purpose of this two-year longitudinal evaluation is to determine if and how a housing model of care, as supported by evidence-based design, can contribute to positive outcomes for Residents, families and Team Members. Check out a research summary from October 2015 called Long-term Care Inside and Out.
Promoting Active Living (PAL) Fall Prevention Program. Falls and fall-related injuries are a significant health issue for older adults and represent the leading cause of injuries for seniors in our communities. The Promoting Active Living (PAL): Best Practice Guidelines for Fall Prevention in Assisted Living is an important evidence-based, practical tool used by Baptist Housing Team Members for training related to fall prevention. The tool has been designed to ensure our older populations continue to have the best possible quality of life, free of falls.