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Partnership for Healthy Aging

EnhanceWellness

EnhanceWellness (EW) is a community-based, health promotion program designed for independent living seniors with chronic disease, currently at risk for further health decline. This program creates a partnership among participants, EnhanceWellness staff, and primary care physicians to improve health and functioning and reduce unnecessary medical care. Research outcomes include a 72% reduction in hospital days, 38% reduction in the number of seniors hospitalized, 36% reduction in medications for sleep and depression, significantly higher levels of physical activity and better functioning in activities of daily living.

EnhanceWellness Team

Participant:

  • Completes participant questionnaire
  • Chooses and commits to health goals
  • Develops Health Action Plan
  • Changes behavior to attain health goals
Registered Nurse:
  • Conducts a comprehensive health review and functional assessment
  • Develops the Health Action Plan with the participant
  • Provides ongoing monitoring, problem-solving, support, and referrals
Social Worker:
  • Participates in the health assessment when needed
  • Facilitates support groups
  • Provides skill-building
  • Conducts individual and family consultation and counseling
Physician:
  • Refers appropriate patients to EW
  • Provides encouragement and support to the EW patient
  • Reviews Health Action Plans
  • Communicates with EW staff, as appropriate
Health Mentor:
  • Peer volunteer
  • Receive mentor training to learn coaching and communication skills, the goals and positive health behaviors of EW
  • Serves as a role model to encourage and reinforce adoption of health behaviors
  • Assists with follow-up
  • Provides positive social interaction
  • Mentors are paired up one-on-one with participants, and must be willing to commit to one to five hours per month for one year

Contact Us

Partnership for Healthy Aging
465 Congress Street, Suite 301
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 775-1095
Fax: (207) 541-7540



Health Information

110 Free Street | Portland, Maine 04101 | (207) 661-7001