Today, SPICE (Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, Cultural, and Emotional) is the core of wellness at Brightview Senior Living from both the resident and associate perspective. The pioneers behind bringing this philosophy to Brightview seven years ago, sat down for an interview to talk about how SPICE influences their roles as wellness advocates.
For Martha McClung, “pushing the limits of what people think about senior living” is her defining motivation behind bringing the SPICE philosophy to our residents. Wellness is so much more than diet and exercise. As the Director of Vibrant Living, Martha works with Brightview’s 30+ communities to promote and sustain the company philosophy through vibrant living and associate training initiatives. One thing Martha is proud of is Brightview associates’ commitment to creating vibrant communities by empowering residents to live independent and purposeful lives no matter where they are cognitively or physically.
From her undergraduate career, health and wellness has always been Jessica Sheffield’s focus. A few years after receiving her Master’s in Public Health from University of Maryland, College Park, she joined the Brightview Senior Living team. As the Wellness Manager, Jessica champions initiatives that support the health and wellbeing of Brightview associates. From company-wide campaigns such as our current program Eat Right for Life® with Dr. Ann Kulze, to health insurance benefits that support proactive and preventive care, Brightview associates have access to a variety of wellness resources. One of her most rewarding experiences is hearing first-hand how the wellness initiatives and health benefits advocacy have literally saved lives by catching potentially serious health conditions early when treatment options are better and outcomes are positive.
When asked about the future of wellness at Brightview, Martha and Jessica had two key points: continuing the legacy of Brightview being a “great place to work, great place to live” and “SPICE for life!”