Ecumen envisions a world in which aging is viewed and understood in radically different ways. Following are just a few examples of Ecumen innovation in senior services:
Through a strategic partnership with residents in the historic milling section of Minneapolis near the Guthrie Theater, Ecumen is working with neighbors to create a “virtual village” membership organization that promotes successful aging in an intergenerational neighborhood.
Ecumen Connects has similarities to Facebook but it's designed specifically for Ecumen communities and home services customers and their family and friends. Ecumen Connects has over 6,000 movies and TV shows, 25,000 audio book and flip page books, a jukebox, radio stations from around the world, 20,000 other published recordings and music, over 1,000 brain, strategy trivia, casino, arcade, shooter, retro, sports, casino and multiplayer games, over 7,000 live web cameras from all over the world, searchable and dynamically created slide shows and videos of over 250,000 works of art, 250 large font news feeds and much, much more. Content is continuously updated.
Awakenings is an initiative to reduce the use of antipsychotic drugs among nursing home residents who live with the challenges of Alzheimer’s and/or dementia. This work is supported by a $3.8 million dollar grant from the State of Minnesota and grew out of an integrative pilot in which Ecumen worked with physicians, employees, residents and their family members over the course of six months to eliminate the use of antipsychotic medications and decreased the use of antidepressants by approximately half, while substantially improving residents’ life quality.
Green Senior Housing
Ecumen developed WoodsEdge at North Country, a green senior housing community in Bemidji, Minn. The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded it LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
Ecumen was one of the country’s first senior services companies to introduce GE QuietCare, an unobtrusive, proactive sensor technology that can help identify emerging health problems. View Video.
Ecumen introduced Dakim BrainFitness, a computer based program scientifically designed to "exercise" all cognitive processes- from memory computation, critical thinking and daily life skills.
Ivivi SofPulse is an advanced technology in wound care therapy that uses pulsed electromagnetic frequency to promote healing. “Micro-currents” enhance the normal electromechanical processes of the body, creating greater healing efficiency.
Mobile Assisted Living
Ecumen developed mobile assisted living in Detroit Lakes, Minn., where we deliver supportive services to people in their homes. The service was an inaugural recipient of Governor Pawlenty’s Best Practices Award for Faith and Community Service Initiatives.
Vitalize! Wellness Centre
On the campus of Ecumen’s Parmly LifePointes community is an area wellness center that is focused on physical, intellectual, spiritual, social, emotional and vocational growth. Offerings include: yoga, massage, Tai Chi, aquatic exercise, aerobic equipment, Techno Gym personalized fitness equipment, a serenity garden, community art shows, and an array of educational courses. View Video.
Behavioral Alzheimer’s Care
Ecumen has developed one of the country’s few housing options – Summit House at Prairie Lodge in Brooklyn Center, Minn., for people living with extreme and violent behavioral challenges caused by Alzheimer’s.
Ecumen developed a new rehabilitation center focused solely on rehabilitation. It is part of Ecumen’s Lakeshore community in Duluth, Minn. Located on the shores of Lake Superior, it provides a seamless transition from the hospital and is focused on empowering healing.