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Heritage Community of Kalamazoo NuStep's 2015 Silver Pinnacle Award Winner


NuStep, Inc. has named Heritage Community of Kalamazoo a 2015 Silver Pinnacle Award winner in the Senior Living division.

Heritage Community of Kalamazoo is a non-profit continuing care retirement community located in southwest Michigan. HCK has 400 residents who live in one of the seven communities on the campus.

Over the last 10 years, HCK’s concept of wellness has evolved from a few seniors exercising with a video to a comprehensive, campus-wide commitment. Today their wellness program, which is based on the seven dimensions of wellness, serves all levels of care in the community. HCK’s commitment to wellness extends to the community’s 440 employees with a program called the Power of Wellness (POW).

HCK also implemented Best Friends™, an internationally recognized person-centered model of care for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Though Best Friends™ focuses on training caregivers who work with those who have Alzheimer’s, all staff members undergo Best Friends™ training to help them understand and connect with all of the residents at HCK.

NuStep Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Steve Sarns, remarked, “We are pleased to recognize Heritage Community of Kalamazoo for their exceptional efforts in supporting the wellness of their residents and employees. Their thoughtful, person-centered care model celebrates the whole person and empowers residents to enhance their quality of life.”

“Heritage Community of Kalamazoo is honored to receive this prestigious NuStep award. Heritage is proud to partner with NuStep in promoting active aging through a whole-person approach at every season of life. Receiving the Pinnacle Award is the result of a dedicated team approach and mission to see each resident live a more vibrant and enriched lifestyle,” said Jay Prince, President and CEO of Heritage Community of Kalamazoo.

About the NuStep Pinnacle Award®

The NuStep Pinnacle Award® was established in 1998 with a dual purpose in mind: to recognize senior organizations with outstanding whole-person wellness programming and to advance and promote the concept of active living. From helping to maintain or improve physical function, to staving off depression and cognitive decline, to facilitating greater participation in life, whole-person wellness programs are proving to be a vital tool in helping older adults age successfully. By spotlighting senior organizations achieving success with whole-person wellness programming, NuStep is a catalyst in encouraging senior organizations to adopt and integrate whole-person wellness into their programming.

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