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The “Abundant Life Care for the Body, Mind and Spirit” initiative is a quality improvement project developed to encourage whole-person wellness. Our Process Evaluation Report highlights the findings from the initiative.
The fundamental philosophy behind the Abundant Life initiative is that each person is a unity of body, mind and spirit. Integral care for these 3 components can contribute to overall well-being and an enhanced quality of life for an individual. The initiative began in response to the health care needs of older adults, family, staff and volunteers in an alliance (Caritas Connection) of 16 health and human service organizations serving northeast Ohio. Caritas Connection recognized a need for its providers to adopt wellness as a core business philosophy.The first phase focused on planning and occurred between March and November of 2004. The initiative was piloted in the second phase, from April 2005 to March 2007.Caritas Connection contracted with the Institute for the Future of Aging Services (now the Center for Applied Research) to conduct a process evaluation of the Abundant Life Initiative pilot.Researchers evaluated:
Key findings from the Abundant Life Care for the Body, Mind and Spirit initiative include the following: