Sabra Health Care REIT participates to improve senior living spaces indoors
Sabra Health Care REIT – In a statement, Sabra CEO Rick Matros said, “Working with Delos and the Well Living Lab to assess alternatives available to address critical health and wellness issues in senior facilities and advise owners and operators on appropriate and cost-effective solutions will benefit the industry, our operators, and, most importantly, the residents and patients cared for in our facilities.
The collaboration with Sabra builds on a study partnership with investment management firm Harrison Street, which is leading the first of several studies looking at how circadian lighting might help older persons in senior living facilities enhance their health and cognitive function.
In a statement, Harrison Street Chief Effect Officer Jill Brosig said, “Understanding how elements of the indoor environment impact residents’ health will provide practical insights and strategies in building and operating communities that encourage better wellness for our elders.”
Sabra will first look into how portable air filtration might help enhance indoor air quality in skilled nursing facilities. A second part of the research will look at how building modifications can minimize personnel stress and burnout while also boosting cognitive health and lowering the risk of resident falls.
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The air quality research builds on a previous study that looked at the impact of portable air filtration on air quality in a simulated classroom setting, according to Well Living Lab Executive Director Barbara Spurrier. The lab wants to expand its research into senior living communities.
In addition to the research cooperation, as part of its ongoing environmental, social, and governance initiatives, Sabra is encouraging and assisting the operators in its portfolio to obtain WELL Health-Safety Rating. The International WELL Building Institute’s rating is for new and existing buildings and spaces, and it focuses on operational policies and maintenance practices to address health and safety issues during and after the epidemic.
Enlivant, a Chicago-based independent living, assisted living, and memory care provider with a significant presence in Sabra’s portfolio, was recently named the first senior living provider to receive the WELL Health-Safety rating for facility operations and management across its entire portfolio of 215 communities.
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