Moorings Park Named Blue Zones Project Approved Worksite

March 06, 2016

Moorings Park announced it has been named a Blue Zones Project Approved™ Worksite by Blue Zones Project® - Southwest Florida, a designation indicative of its commitment to helping Southwest Florida residents achieve even healthier lifestyles. A ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the designation was held February 26. Moorings Park is a nationally accredited, nonprofit, Medicare certified community and the only A+ S&P and Fitch rated Continuing Care Retirement Community in the country. Moorings Park has been acknowledged as Southwest Florida's premier retirement community for more than 30 years and is the only Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in the City of Naples. Moorings Park's holistic approach to living well and continuum of care are provided at a predictable and affordable cost with no increase in monthly fees if a change in the level of care is required.

Blue Zones employs evidence-based ways to help people live longer, better lives. The Company's work is rooted in the New York Times best-selling books The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World's Healthiest People, The Blue Zones and Thrive-all published by National Geographic books. Since 2009, Blue Zones has applied the tenets of the books to communities and corporations across the U.S. and has successfully raised life expectancy and lowered health care costs while bringing down smoking and obesity rates. Blue Zones takes a systematic, environmental approach to well-being, which focuses on optimizing policy, building design, social networks, and the built environment. The NCH Healthcare System is sponsoring the Blue Zones Project for Southwest Florida.

To earn the designation as a Blue Zones Project Approved Worksite, Moorings Park established an employee led well-being advisory committee, developed an engagement plan with a communication strategy, specific objectives, metrics for measuring progress, a calendar of social events to encourage employee well-being, and incentives designed to promote participation. Moorings Park’s associates formed Walking Moais, Potluck Moais, and Art/Painting groups to help them build stronger relationships in the workplace.

"Moorings Park is committed to empowering our associates to live longer, healthier, and better lives," said CEO Dan Lavender. "The Blue Zones Project supports that commitment. The Project has been embraced by the people who work at Moorings Park. Businesses in the community should consider participation. Making it easier to make healthier choices can enhance productivity, lower absenteeism, and increase engagement. Our mission at Moorings Park is to give our residents the tools to successfully age and to live longer, healthier, and happier lives. Creating a Blue Zones Project Approved Worksite works well with that mission."

The Blue Zones Project Approved Worksite designation is the most recent acknowledgement of Moorings Park's commitment to excellence. In July, 2014, Moorings Park learned it had received Highest Honors in 5 categories and exceeded National Benchmark comparisons in 36 categories in a resident satisfaction survey completed by Holleran, a firm that provides satisfaction and engagement research, organizational assessments, leadership evaluations, and focus group facilitation to many not-for-profit providers around the country.

Moorings Park's Platinum and Diamond Membership Programs provide those looking forward to making Moorings Park their future home an opportunity to experience the community's onsite healthcare, engaging social activities, and celebrated dining prior to committing to residency. The Programs offer the peace of mind that comes from knowing a plan for the future that offers an active lifestyle and a continuum of care is available at Moorings Park. The Diamond Membership is available to individuals and couples in the early stages of finalizing their retirement plans and provides many, but not all, of the Platinum Membership's benefits. Diamond members may upgrade to a Platinum Membership that will guarantee their future residency at Moorings Park. The Platinum Membership is ideally suited to individuals and couples within one to two years of making their residency decision. The Membership Programs are available for a one-time membership fee plus an affordable monthly charge. The membership fees can be applied to residency entrance fees at Moorings Park or at Moorings Park at Grey Oaks once the decision to move into Moorings Park is made.

The mission of Moorings Park's 37,000 square feet Center for Healthy Living is to help patients achieve the highest level of independence in their day-to-day activities within their home and community. The Center offers personalized physician services, integrated rehabilitation programs, and licensed professional staff specializing in geriatrics. Its features include customized cardio and strength programming geared toward seniors, as well as cognitive and memory training. Licensed physical, occupational and speech therapists establish treatment plans with patients and their physicians that are customized to meet specific needs.

Moorings Park's continuum of care is provided by fellowship-trained Geriatricians overseen by Chief Medical Officer Dr. Michael Gloth, a Fellow in the American College of Physicians and the American Geriatrics Society and Fellowship trained at Johns Hopkins University. Assisting Dr. Gloth is Adrian E. Torres, MD, CMD. Dr. Torres is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, Hospice, and Palliative Care and is also a Certified Medical Director. The team includes Sara Walther, ARNP, a Certified Gerontological Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in Geriatrics.

The Center for Healthy Living includes the state-of-the-art Sheffield Theatre that is suitable for feature films and lectures, the Rejuvenate Salon and Spa, and a Max-Wellness retail store staffed by trained wellness advocates with products ranging from natural vitamins and supplements to fitness items and mobility devices. The Center's amenities are designed to integrate technology, relaxation, and luxury so residents can comfortably manage all facets of wellness. Residents can socialize with friends over healthy fare and beverages at the Center for Healthy Living's Internet Cafe. Residents also enjoy dining at the elegant Trio restaurant, and attending the Bower Chapel Concert Series and worship services.

Moorings Park opened a 16 suite Memory Care Center within its renowned Orchid Terrace assisted living center last summer. The Center provides a life-affirming and comfortable home that addresses the needs of those with memory loss or who are in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia. Residents of the Center receive Moorings Park's award winning continuum of care that includes social, intellectual, spiritual, and recreational activities and events using the Best Friends approach that emphasizes relationships, communication and activities to help the person with dementia feel safe, secure and valued. Moorings Park is the first retirement community in Florida to bring the Best Friends approach to its memory support programs campus wide.

Last fall, The Chateau® at Moorings Park was named one of five new recipients of the Governor's Gold Seal Award. Established in 2002, the Gold Seal Award program recognizes Florida nursing homes that have exceptionally high standards and display excellence in the quality of care delivered to their residents. Of the 681 licensed nursing homes in Florida, just 24 currently hold the Gold Seal Award. The 5-Star rated Chateau at Moorings Park is a Medicare-Certified Skilled Nursing Facility providing short term therapy, long term care, and memory care services.

Moorings Park is nearing completion of Phase III of its Moorings Park at Grey Oaks campus that is being built in four phases. The first three phases include 96 residences in 12 buildings. Phase III residents are expected to begin moving in mid to late April. Thirteen Phase IV penthouse-style Residences at Grande Place added to the design of the community's clubhouse are scheduled for completion first quarter, 2017. A limited number of select Phase IV residences priced from $1.1 million remain available.

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