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Cheers to good health

Highland Springs Expo showcases wellness resources on campus

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January 4th, 2018
The Bee Healthy Expo at Highland Springs was jointly organized by the medical and continuing care committee, chaired by Ann Gordon (left) and social workers at the North Dallas community, including Patti Dickson (right).

The Bee Healthy Expo at Highland Springs was jointly organized by the medical and continuing care committee, chaired by Ann Gordon (left) and social workers at the North Dallas community, including Patti Dickson (right).

 

The Hillcrest Clubhouse at Highland Springs was abuzz with activity as the North Dallas Erickson Living community hosted its largest health expo to date.

“Highland Springs has grown so much in recent years,” says Ann Gordon, chair of the Resident Advisory Council’s medical and continuing care committee, which sponsored the event. “We felt it was a good time to showcase all the wellness resources available to residents.”

The medical and continuing care committee partnered with social workers at Highland Springs to plan the “Bee Healthy Expo,” using the bumblebee’s signature black and yellow in the décor for the event.

Growing in size and offerings

Highland Springs is approaching 1,000 residents, many of whom have moved to the community in the past year with the opening of the Pecan Grove residence building in December 2016. 

To meet the growing demand for apartment homes at the North Dallas community, construction is under way on a second clubhouse, Magnolia Place, and another residence building, Twin Oaks Square, both scheduled to open this year.

“We’ve had health expos at Highland Springs in the past, but this event was so large that it took up the entire second floor living room and Chisholm’s Restaurant,” says Lana VanGiesen, director of resident life. “Exhibitors showcased the diverse services available to help our residents stay healthy.”

The expo featured representatives from health and wellness departments at Highland Springs, as well as neighboring hospitals and organizations that also provide support to community members.

“This is the largest health expo we’ve ever had at Highland Springs, and the part that makes me most proud is that it’s resident-led,” says Dr. Mary Norman, medical director. “It shows how committed our residents are to health and wellness.”

Full complement of care

At Highland Springs, the keys to maintaining optimal health are easily accessible to everyone who lives there. The community’s fitness center, swimming pool, and nearly 60 group exercise classes each week provide something for everyone.

The onsite medical center is staffed by full-time physicians specially trained to identify and treat the health needs of mature adults. In most cases, community members can schedule same-day appointments, with half-hour appointments allowing more time with the doctor.

Highland Springs also welcomes visiting specialists each month. An audiologist, cardiologist, dentist, podiatrist, and dermatologist keep regular hours at the community so residents can receive specialized care right on campus.

As a continuing care community, Highland Springs offers the full continuum of care in its continuing care neighborhood, including assisted living, memory care, post-acute rehabilitation and nursing care, and outpatient rehabilitation.

“The Bee Healthy Expo gave residents the opportunity to meet the medical teams on campus and to learn about the specialists who come to the medical suite regularly,” says Ann. “It gave them an idea of the home support services available at Highland Springs, as well as all the care options in our continuing care neighborhood. I hope it was valuable, especially for our new residents, to learn of all the resources available to them.”

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