Pathway to Living’s VIVA! Plus coordinated care model has earned a 2014 “Best of the Best” Award from the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) for its network of select preferred providers who serve as an extension of Pathway’s residential care team to provide truly synchronized care that means better care for residents. This national award honors programs that are advancing business excellence in the senior living field.
“With VIVA! Plus we are able to offer a seamless, coordinated care model focused on wellness and keeping our residents well, and having access to care in their homes and really minimizing opportunities to leave that home for the hospital,” said Maria Oliva, Pathway’s Chief People Officer, who received the honor at the ALFA 2014 Conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, from ALFA CEO Rick Grimes.
VIVA! Plus connects Pathway residents to trusted providers such as physicians, skilled nursing providers, therapists, social service professionals, psychiatric nurses, pharmacists and hospice care providers. Each partner is committed to taking a team approach. Since VIVA! Plus began, residents are more likely to make and keep appointments. There is less opportunity for missed diagnoses or confusion about care plans, and medication management is more effective, Oliva said. In 2013, Pathway reported a 33 percent decrease in 30-day hospital readmissions and an 8 percent decrease in the number of hospitalizations. Pathway also saw a 7 percent decrease in falls and a 4 percent decrease in falls resulting in injuries.
Program submissions were judged for their uniqueness in the industry, innovative use of ideas from outside the industry, impact on residents, their families, staff and operations, embrace of industry core principles, the strength of quantitative and qualitative results and strategic vision.
About Pathway to Living
Pathway to Living is a privately held, Chicago-based senior living company managed by an experienced team that is dedicated to improving the lives of older adults. The innovative, award-winning company develops, owns, operates, and/or manages market-rate and mixed-income independent living and assisted living communities in the Midwest.
About the Assisted Living Federation of America
The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) is the largest national association exclusively dedicated to professionally-managed, resident-centered senior living communities and the seniors and families they serve. Since 1990, ALFA has advocated for choice, accessibility, independence, dignity and quality of life for all seniors. ALFA’s programs promote business and operational excellence through education, research, publications, professional networking and online tools designed to foster innovation and entrepreneurism in the field of senior living.