Connect4Life: Something to Write Home About

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Like all Americans, we are living longer. And we want to live better or as we say at Juniper, “be fully alive in every season”! Today, the individuals who live in our communities have health challenges and medical needs that we need to address, while giving them the opportunity to enjoy each day without the worries typically associated with managing health care appointments, prescriptions and the like.

Connect4Life is the pioneering program we started to make care coordinated and easy to access. Equally important, Connect4Life assures that all of your providers work together to keep you well and when necessary, care for you efficiently, in your home, with us.

For most of our residents, it is reassuring to know that convenient care and service is available when needed. What we have learned is that we succeeded in providing coordinated, convenient care and service, but also achieved great clinical results. Results within Juniper’s Connect4Life program are far better than you might get at home or in a different senior living community. How do we know this?

Late last year we commissioned a group of researchers including a well-known John Hopkins scholar to review Connect4Life and help us understand whether the program actually improved wellbeing. They looked at two measures for which both we and the government (Medicare) had published reliable data: hospital admissions and hospital readmissions for the same illness within 30 days of discharge. I am happy to announce phenomenally good results! Junipers’ rates for both were substantially below other communities and even more stunning, below the rates for all 56M Medicare beneficiaries nationally regardless of where they lived. What this means is simple: convenient coordinated care is also good medicine; it keeps you healthier and allows you to live the life you want as fully as you choose. Now that’s something to write home about!

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