Living longer and better than expected. A wellness-based model keeps CCRC residents active, healthy, and out of nursing homes

Health Prog. 1992 Dec;73(10):38-41.


The McCauley, a continuing care retirement community in West Hartford, CT, promotes a wellness philosophy that helps its residents retain their health and independence and extend their lives. The wellness program centers around the individual, not around the services provided. The residents have significant input and initiative in maintaining their own health. The health program is based on a nursing model, with each resident relating to a primary nurse as needs become evident. The nurses' goal is to know each person's holistic needs--to assist in maintaining physical, emotional, and spiritual balance. The program's approach to physical health requires a strong emphasis on prevention, including individualized fitness programs. The McCauley fosters mental and social well-being by allowing patients to maintain independent living for as long as they are able and by maximizing their self-direction. Another contributor to mental well-being is the opportunity for personal growth and intellectual stimulation. The McCauley promotes spiritual well-being by supporting continued participation in churches or synagogues from previous neighborhoods, fostering a supportive network within the community, and recognizing the value of residents' volunteer activities.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Connecticut
  • Health Promotion / organization & administration*
  • Holistic Health*
  • Housing for the Elderly / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Models, Nursing
  • Organizational Culture
  • Physical Fitness
  • Primary Nursing
  • Quality of Life