New Standards for Geriatric Healthcare: Meet the Team Paving the Way

After decades of seeing the average life expectancy of Americans increase, we saw a dip last year due to COVID-19. The pandemic hit hardest among older adults.  So, what can be done in this post-pandemic era, for seniors to live longer and healthier?

Photo Credit: Carmel Valley Manor

Coming out of the pandemic, the healthcare team at Carmel Valley Manor has doubled down on their commitment to using technology and cutting-edge programs to help its residents and staff live longer and healthier. Dr. Pablo Veliz, Medical Director at Carmel Valley Manor and Chris Regan, the Health Services Administrator, are paving the way, setting new standards for geriatric healthcare:

Innovations in Healthcare for Seniors

This dynamic team has brought a range of new programs and fresh ideas to the 59-year-old Life Care community, including:

  1. Certified Blue Zone Project approved worksite which is characterized as a place where healthy choices are made easily. It incorporates wellness practices for longevity from the original blue zones, the areas scattered around the globe where people seem to live considerably longer, healthier lives. As a Blue Zone Community, Carmel Valley Manor specifically focuses on programs that provide meaningful connections, wise eating, an active lifestyle, and a positive mindset through intention and mindfulness.

  2. Technology Advances –  which has enabled the implementation of technologically advanced healthcare at Carmel Valley Manor. The four newly installed telemedicine kiosks located on campus include stethoscopes, otoscopes, and cameras for dermatological evaluations. It provides secure telecommunications and broadband connectivity for remote patient monitoring.

  3. Smart Pharmacy – the tech enhanced community pharmacy helps residents reduce the risk of drug interactions. The Community’s partnership with Montage Health provides additional resources for residents.

  4. Clean & Green – Carmel Valley Manor replaced the chlorine in the swimming pool and hot tub with saline to create a healthier experience for residents using the pool and fitness center.

These innovations and improvements haven’t gone unnoticed. The U.S. News & World Report recently recognized Carmel Valley Manor as one of the 2022-23 Best Independent and Assisted Living Facilities. This year it was also voted Best Retirement Community in Monterey County.

About Dr. Pablo Veliz:

Dr. Veliz, a Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician, serves on the staff of the acclaimed Montage Health. He received his medical degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, Mexico, after earning a bachelor’s degree from Pitzer College in Claremont, California, and completed his residency in family medicine at Abrazo Health Network in Phoenix, Arizona. With his clinical areas of interest in preventive, integrative, and geriatric medicine, he is a vital part of the Carmel Valley Manor Wellness Team, aiding its residents to age well.

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