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Engaging the mind, body and spirit

Wellness is about more than exercise and eating right. For each of us to be healthy and happy, it takes a balanced approach to nurturing and engaging all aspects of who we are - mind, body and spirit. 

The Encompass Program takes a whole-person approach to health that incorporates six dimension of wellness to promote an independent, active and enjoyable lifestyle. It is a personalized approach based on each individual resident's interests, needs and values.

The Encompass Program covers six dimensions of wellness. The activities and amenities in each dimension are intended to provide you with a variety of options from which to choose. Our staff works with you to help find the right mix of opportunities that combine to promote your overall wellbeing. 

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Six dimensions of wellness

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Maintain independence, live actively

The Encompass Program makes physical wellness easier with dedicated fitness centers and amenities like walking tracks and trails, along with community-specific amenities, indoor swimming pools, and numerous stimulating exercise and fitness classes all available on campus. The full-time Wellness Director and staff of trainers work to provide a range of class options, such as: 

  • Aquatic Fitness
  • Weight training workouts
  • Yoga
  • Tai-chi
  • Low-impact aerobics
  • Balance and strength exercises
  • Pickleball
  • Various group exercises

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Stay connected, be involved

Researchers continue to suggest the importance of social interactions as we age. In fact, maintaining social relationships throughout our lives, including through retirement, could even stave off age-related health disorders. Find joy and wellness in your friendship and fellowship through your choice of Encompass Program activities, such as:

  • Visits to local parks
  • Symphony concerts and theatrical productions
  • Outings to area sporting events
  • Trips to local wineries 
  • Weekend or overnight outings
  • On-campus billiards, bocce ball, card games, group dances, and more

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Encourage critical thinking, stimulate memory

Never stop learning and sharing. Whether it's about the world at large or about a topic of lifelong interest, Encompass offers you a world of discussion and education. We partner with national museums and universities to deliver on- campus seminars where residents can engage with experts from around the world. Intellectual activities include:

  • Lifelong learning opportunities through colleges and universities
  • Quiz Bowl competitions
  • Book clubs
  • Sanctioned bridge games
  • Cultural arts reviews and historical discussions
  • Computer classes (beginner to advanced)


Strengthen faith, rediscover life's purpose

Friends Homes welcomes residents of all faiths and creeds. Friends Homes offers spaces and resources to explore your own path to spiritual wellness. Full-time  spiritual leaders are available to listen and help guide you in your spiritual journey. Activities and services include:

  • Bible studies
  • Non-denominational worship services
  • Study of other faiths
  • Caregiver support groups
  • Service in the community

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Maintain a healthy body, increase energy

Incorporating a well-rounded, healthy diet that is also full of flavor, offers something to look forward to every day. Encompass inspires and informs our restaurant-style dining experiences, from classic favorites to bold new flavors. You'll find a balance of healthy eating choices on our menus along with periodic educational programs hosted by our dining staff. Examples of our health-based nutritional seminars include:

  • “Variety is the Spice of Life”
  • “Where Dieting Goes Wrong”
  • “Hydration: You Are What You Drink”
  • “Wholesome Grains and Glorious Greens”
  • “Wake Up to a Better Breakfast”
  • "Teaching Kitchens"
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Make an impact, give back

Many residents incorporate this sixth dimension of wellness as a part of their current life. Studies indicate that people who invest their lives in others experience greater feelings of contentment and increased self-esteem. Encompass offers opportunities to be part of something bigger and make a difference in the lives of others on and off campus. Opportunities in our community include:

  • Mentoring programs
  • Volunteering at local food banks and charities
  • Making blankets and bonnets for newborns at area hospitals
  • Supporting local non-profit projects
  • Other resident-led community initiatives