15 Resident Managed Health Groups

The purpose of these Hotel Oakland Village Health Groups is to encourage Village Residents to be socially active and engaged in the Village community as an antidote to the serious health risks associated with senior isolation. These Health Groups promote healthy senior living by utilizing Resident co-managed Health Group topics that encourage a pro-active senior health-focused culture at Hotel Oakland Village. The Hotel Oakland Village lives by the motto “PARTICIPATION EQUALS GOOD HEALTH” by encouraging the Village members to actively participate in all events and regularly attend Health Group meetings that promote healthy independent living and active participation.Many studies have shown that by reducing common senior isolation, significant health risks can be lowered on a long-term basis.

 

Hotel Oakland Village Health Group Description
1. Fall Prevention
240 members
The Fall Prevention Health Group increases awareness of the risk of falling and works to develop a Resident culture that shows pride and good judgment in using walking aids that prevent falling. Fall Prevention educational topics include reducing tripping hazards in the home, proper footwear, exercise for strength and balance, regular doctor visits to assess health and medication, and using walking aids properly. The Fall Prevention Group is supplemented by a 15-member Resident Advisory Board that meets monthly and researches additional ways to prevent falling with the help of experts in the fall prevention field that attend the Advisory Board meetings. The Advisory Board also experiments with equipment that can prevent falls, and regularly reports their findings to the Fall Prevention Group Members.
2. Healthy Eating
165 members
The Healthy Eating Group gains new insight on personal nutrition and eating in a healthy manner. Members attend healthy cooking classes and demonstrations, watch healthy eating videos, and invite guest speakers to discuss balanced eating. Members share information on nutrition news and issues at their regular meetings. They also share healthy recipes that incorporate information learned about nutrition and healthy eating. Village volunteers help monitor the Residents healthy eating, nutrition, and prescriptions.
3. Healthy Mind
150 members
The Healthy Mind Group offers seminars and guest speakers concerning cognitive disorders and conditions, such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Residents are encouraged to stimulate their minds by practicing brain stimulating activities, such as working on mind exercises and puzzles, learning a new language, practicing a new instrument, and playing memory games, such as Mahjong. The mind is like the body; it needs exercise to be happy and healthy!
4. Neighbors Helping Neighbors
180 members
The Neighbors Helping Neighbors Group supports other Residents in their time of need and when they learn a Resident has taken ill, they do not hesitate to lend assistance with meals and daily activities as well as emotional support. This Group includes two “Floor Captains” on each Resident floor that are dedicated to helping Residents in need.
5. Health Discussion
170 members
The Discussion Group facilitates keeping an active mind and being social by meeting to discuss a large variety of health-focused topics. They also discuss books, current events, and personal stories and memories. Additionally, there are guest speakers that present topics such as health literacy and other health related topics. Members find the group to be a valuable venue for clearing their mind and finding support with their neighbors.
6. Personal Safety
160 members
The Personal Safety Group covers crime prevention with the cooperation of local police and safety issues inside the home to reduce potentially dangerous accidents. The group serves as an intermediary between Residents and management by notifying management of the concerns of Residents about the safety of the premises. Meeting topics include how to remain safe in a variety of situations as well as training from the Red Cross. Additionally, members organize walking and errand groups so they can accomplish daily tasks together safely.
7. Mahjong
70 members
The Mahjong Group is an adjunct to the Healthy Mind Group and improves memory and reduces social isolation. Originating from China, Mahjong is a game that involves memory skill, strategy, calculation, and a certain degree of chance. It is a popular game in Chinese culture and also serves as a platform for members to socialize and build friendships. Mahjong is proven to stimulate the mind and helps prevent memory loss.
8. Computer The Computer Group improves cognitive skills and fights isolation. Members learn computer skills and how to obtain information from the Internet. Members find the Internet provides a wealth of information, education, and entertainment. Many use the free computers that are available to all Residents in the Health Center, including fax, copier and scanner.
9. Participation = Good Health
182 members
The Participation = Good Health Groups stresses the importance of reducing social isolation through participating in many Health Groups. Studies have confirmed that participation in social and physical activities reduces depression and is critical to long-term good health and well-being. Group members work in conjunction with the Hotel Oakland management team in identifying non-participating Residents in Health Groups in order to encourage them to join various activities and groups. The Group also recruits and trains new volunteers.
10. Karaoke
92 members
The Karaoke Health Group focuses on reducing isolation and fighting depression by stressing singing with social interaction. Singing involves deep breathing which is good for many parts of your mind and body and helps relax the nervous system, boost self-esteem, and reduce stress all while building social connections—all major life extenders. Additionally, listening to music with a fast tempo allows us to develop more mental alertness and helps improve concentration levels while music with a slower tempo helps us to relax and maintain a good mood.
11. Health & Wellness Connection
350 members
The Health & Wellness Connection Health Group provides free, seamless, coordinated, case management and healthcare services to the Hotel Oakland Village seniors as they age in place. Led by the Village “Wellness Director” and “Nurse Navigator”, Residents who join the Village Health & Wellness Connection receive a complete social and health assessment resulting in a long-term “Wellness Plan” that connects them to the 15 Village Health Groups, Family Bridges & on-site Hong Fook Health Professionals, Family Members, Caregivers, Volunteers, Personal Physicians, and Hotel Oakland Village Management and Staff. The “Wellness Plan” will be adjusted as the Resident’s health or emotional status change. The Health & Wellness Connection Group is supplemented by a 34-member Resident Advisory Board that meets monthly and supports the “Wellness Director” and promotes the “connection” between the Residents and the “Health & Wellness Connection”.
12. Dance
30 members
The Dance Group provides exercise and improves physical and mental health. Members meet bi-weekly to practice and receive many benefits, such as better physical condition, enriched leisure life through arts and recreation, creativity, and involvement in community activities. Studies have linked dancing to increased cognitive acuity at all ages as well as protection against dementia and reduction in Alzheimer’s disease for seniors. Members perform at various Hotel Oakland Village celebratory events as well as other senior housing properties and local community events.
13. Garden
14 members
The Garden Group fights isolation and provides light exercise with outdoor activity. Members plant flowers, vegetables, and herbs and learn how to compost food waste into fertilizer to use in the garden. They also share tips on sunlight, irrigation, soil, and vertical planters. Members gain the satisfaction of growing and nurturing beautiful vegetables and flowers while socializing.
14. Choir Group
32 memebrs
The Choir Group fights isolation and improves social interaction. Members reap many benefits, such as reduction of Dementia and Parkinson’s diseases, lowering of heart rate, decreased blood pressure, improved posture, and easier breathing. Not only does singing help the elderly physically, but it also provides psychological rewards such as reduced stress, enhanced mood, and increased confidence. The group performs at various Hotel Oakland Village celebratory events.
15. Exercise The Exercise Group improves physical and mental well being and improves social interaction. Members start with stretching before walking, playing ping pong, tossing bean bags, shooting pool, throwing darts, and playing shuffleboard. They also practice tai-chi in the lobby. The Group incorporates discussions on the different categories of exercise, such as strength, balance, endurance, and flexibility, and makes sure to integrate a variety of exercises so that all categories are practiced. The Exercise Group also utilizes the specialized exercise equipment located in the Village Health Center.
16. Hotel Oakland Village Health Group Support with 120 Resident Volunteers
120 members
The 120 Resident Volunteers support the Health Groups and Hotel Oakland activities and social events, food bank, and Resident needs. Activities include setting up / breaking down table & chairs for meetings and events, helping decorate for celebrations, separating and bagging items from the weekly food bank, distributing prizes after Health Groups meetings, reception in the Village Health Center, working at sign-up tables for Health Group promotions, and assisting Management Staff. The Resident Volunteers enjoy an Annual Appreciation Lunch at Peony Restaurant in Chinatown where Recognition Awards are given for outstanding Volunteer Service to Hotel Oakland Village.

Hotel Oakland Village Health Group / Description

  1. Fall Prevention

    The Fall Prevention Health Groupincreases awareness of the risk of falling and works to develop a Resident culture that shows pride and good judgment in using walking aidsthat preventfalling. Fall Prevention educational topics include reducing tripping hazards in the home, proper footwear, exercise for strength and balance, regular doctor visits to assess health and medication, and using walking aids properly. The Fall Prevention Group is supplemented by a 15-member Resident Advisory Board that meets monthly and researches additional ways to prevent falling with the help of experts in the fall prevention field that attend the Advisory Board meetings. The Advisory Board also experiments with equipment that can prevent falls, and regularly reports their findings to the Fall Prevention Group Members. The Fall Prevention Group has 240 members.

  2. Healthy Eating

    The Healthy Eating Group gains new insight on personal nutrition and eating in a healthy manner. Members attend healthy cooking classes and demonstrations, watch healthy eating videos, and invite guest speakers to discuss balanced eating. Members share information on nutrition news and issues at their regular meetings. They also share healthy recipes that incorporate information learned about nutrition and healthy eating. Village volunteers help monitor the Residents healthy eating, nutrition, and prescriptions. The Healthy Eating Group has 165 members.

  3. Healthy Mind

    The Healthy Mind Group offers seminars and guest speakers concerning cognitive disorders and conditions, such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Residents are encouraged to stimulate their minds by practicing brain stimulating activities, such as working on mind exercises and puzzles, learning a new language, practicing a new instrument, and playing memory games, such as Mahjong. The mind is like the body; it needs exercise to be happy and healthy!The Healthy Mind Group has 150 members.

  4. Neighbors Helping Neighbors

    The Neighbors Helping Neighbors Group supports other Residents in their time of need and when they learn aResident has taken ill, they do not hesitate to lend assistance with meals and daily activities as well as emotional support. This Group includes two “Floor Captains” on each Resident floor that are dedicated to helping Residents in need. The Neighbors Helping Neighbors has 180 members.

  5. Discussion

    The Discussion Group facilitates keeping an active mind and being social by meeting to discuss a large variety of health-focused topics. They also discuss books, current events, and personal stories and memories. Additionally, there are guest speakers that present topics such as healthliteracy and other health related topics. Members find the group to be a valuable venue for clearing their mind and finding support with their neighbors. The Discussion Group has 170 members.

  6. Personal Safety

    The Personal Safety Group covers crime prevention with the cooperation of local police and safety issues inside the home to reduce potentially dangerous accidents. The group serves as an intermediary between Residents and management by notifying management of the concerns of Residents about the safety of the premises. Meeting topics include how to remain safe in a variety of situations as well as training from the Red Cross. Additionally, members organize walking and errand groups so they can accomplish daily tasks together safely. The Personal Safety Group has 160 members.

  7. Mahjong

    The Mahjong Group is an adjunct to the Healthy Mind Group and improves memory and reduces social isolation. Originating from China, Mahjong is a game that involves memory skill, strategy, calculation, and a certain degree of chance. It is a popular game in Chinese culture and also serves as a platform for members to socialize and build friendships.Mahjong is proven to stimulate the mind and helps prevent memory loss. The Mahjong Group has 70 members.

  8. Computer

    The Computer Group improves cognitive skills and fights isolation. Members learn computer skills and how to obtain information from the Internet. Members find the Internet provides a wealth of information, education, and entertainment. Many use the free computers that are available to all Residents in the Health Center. The Computer Group has 25 members.

  9. Participation = Good Health

    The Participation = Good Health Groups stresses the importance of reducing social isolation through participating in many Health Groups. Studies have confirmed that participation in social and physical activities reduces depression and is critical to long-term good health and well-being. Group members work in conjunction with the Hotel Oakland management team in identifying non-participating Residents in Health Groups in order to encourage them to join various activities and groups. The Group also recruits and trains new volunteers. The Participation = Good Health Group has 182 members.

  10. Karaoke

    The Karaoke Health Group focuses on reducing isolation and fighting depression by stressing singing with social interaction. Singing involves deep breathing which is good for many parts of your mind and body and helps relax the nervous system, boost self-esteem, and reduce stress all while building social connections—all major life extenders. Additionally, listening to music with a fast tempo allows us to develop more mental alertness and helps improve concentration levels while music with a slower tempo helps us to relax and maintain a good mood. The Karaoke Group has 92 members.

  11. Health & Wellness Connection

    The Health & Wellness Connection Health Groupprovides free, seamless, coordinated, case management and healthcare services to the Hotel Oakland Village seniors as they age in place. Led by the Village “Wellness Director” and “Nurse Navigator”, Residents who join the Village Health & Wellness Connection receive a complete social and health assessment resulting in a long-term “Wellness Plan” that connects them to the 15 Village Health Groups, Family Bridges &on-site Hong Fook Health Professionals, Family Members, Caregivers, Volunteers, Personal Physicians, and Hotel Oakland Village Management and Staff. The “Wellness Plan” will be adjusted as the Resident’s health or emotional status change. The Health & Wellness Connection Group is supplemented by a 34-member Resident Advisory Board that meets monthly and supports the “Wellness Director” and promotes the “connection” between the Residents and the “Health & Wellness Connection”. The Health & Wellness Connection Group has 340 members.

  12. Dance

    The Dance Group provides exercise and improves physical and mental health. Members meet bi-weekly to practice and receive many benefits, such as better physical condition, enriched leisure life through arts and recreation, creativity, and involvement in community activities. Studies have linked dancing to increased cognitive acuity at all ages as well as protection against dementia and reduction in Alzheimer’s disease for seniors. Members perform at various Hotel Oakland Village celebratory events as well as other senior housing properties and local community events. The Dance Group has 30 members.

  13. Garden

    The Garden Group fights isolation and provides light exercise with outdoor activity. Members plant flowers, vegetables, and herbs and learn how to compost food waste into fertilizer to use in the garden. They also share tips on sunlight, irrigation, soil, and vertical planters. Members gain the satisfaction of growing and nurturing beautiful vegetables and flowers while socializing. The Garden Group has 14 members.

  14. Choir Group

    The Choir Group fights isolation and improves social interaction. Members reap many benefits, such as reduction of Dementia and Parkinson’s diseases, lowering of heart rate, decreased blood pressure, improved posture, and easier breathing. Not only does singing help the elderly physically, but it also provides psychological rewards such as reduced stress, enhanced mood, and increased confidence. The group performs at various Hotel Oakland Village celebratory events. The Choir Group has 32 members.

  15. Exercise

    The Exercise Group improves physical and mental wellbeing and improves social interaction. Members start with stretching before walking, playing ping pong, tossing bean bags, shooting pool, throwing darts, and playing shuffleboard. They also practice tai-chi in the lobby. The Group incorporates discussions on the different categories of exercise, such as strength, balance, endurance, and flexibility, and makes sure to integrate a variety of exercises so that all categories are practiced. The Exercise Group also utilizes the specialized exercise equipment located in the Village Health Center. The Exercise Group has 93 members.

  16. Hotel Oakland Village Health Group Support with 90 Resident Volunteers

    The 90 Resident Volunteers support the Health Groups and Hotel Oakland activities and social events, food bank, and Resident needs.Activities include setting up / breaking down table & chairs for meetings and events, helping decorate for celebrations, separating and bagging items from the weekly food bank, distributing prizes after Health Groups meetings, reception in the Village Health Center, working at sign-up tables for Health Group promotions, and assisting Management Staff. The Resident Volunteers enjoy an Annual Appreciation Lunch at Peony Restaurant in Chinatown where Recognition Awards are given for outstanding Volunteer Service to Hotel Oakland Village.

 

Besides the services provided by the 15 Village Health Groups, additional services are available to all Residents through the Hotel Oakland Village as follows:

  1. Free Weekly Food Bank available to all Residents (with the support of Resident Volunteers).
  2. Free Translation of important English documents and meetings.
  3. Free Physician Communication to better understand medical needs.
  4. Family Interaction and communication to English speaking family members and friends.
  5. Hotel Oakland Village Management free post-hospital support services for Residents (with the support of the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Health Group).
  6. “Connecting” family, caregivers, and doctors to the free, long-term “Wellness Plan” with the support and assistance of the Wellness Director and the Hong Fook “Nurse Navigator”.
  7. Comprehensive on-site Health Services available through Hong Fook Community-Based Adult Services Centers to all Residents as they “age in place”
  8. Ongoing consultation from the Health Professionals on-site at Hong Fook.
  9. Comprehensive senior health and wellness update through the Hotel Oakland Village Facebook page that includes comprehensive Senior Health Topics provided by NIHSeniorHealth.
  10. All Residents are provided a “Health Resources Directory” that allows them to access Free Senior Health Services in the local community.
  11. All Residents are provided a “Village Directory” that explains the Hotel Oakland Village and the 15 Health Groups. All new Residents are given an “Orientation” that allows them to join a welcoming Village “family” and to begin active “Participation”.
  12. The Hotel Oakland Village has been nationally recognized as a viable new approach to healthy senior living. The goal of Hotel Oakland Village is to expand the senior living model of “Improving Lives by Rethinking Healthy Senior Living” to many other senior communities.
  13. The Hotel Oakland Village also offers these FREE Health Screening Services for Residents of the Hotel Oakland Village:
    • Free Health Screenings (Weekly On-Site)
    • Free Vital Signs Clinic (Weekly On-Site)
    • Free Podiatry Analysis
    • Free Blood Sugar check
    • Free Fall Risk Analysis & Balance check
    • Free Flu Shots