Developed as part of the interRAI/Kendal Corporation COLLAGE initiative, the Wellness Assessment is designed to assist older persons to develop individualized “healthy aging” plans. Unlike other interRAI instruments, all items on the Wellness tool are self-rated and systematically capture the person’s preferences and satisfaction with current activities. This information is later discussed with a healthy aging coach, who assists the person to develop measurable and realistic lifestyle change goals.

Core areas for self-evaluation include exercise and physical fitness, nutrition, social relationships, emotional well-being, recreational and occupational pursuits, and spiritual needs. Findings from the Wellness Assessment also can be summarized across a residential community, enabling the organization to get timely feedback on the quality, depth, and effectiveness of services and programs that support the social lives of their clientele.

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