Preserving health and optimizing wellbeing is essential to the future of healthcare and humanity. Self-care practiced System-wide, that is Sustainable and Scalable achieves this goal.
Health systems are evolving to include partnerships and networks that promote well-being. The universal need for self-care is shared by leaders, employees, patients, and practitioners alike. Neglecting self-care results in increased healthcare costs, chronic conditions, cost of lost productivity, and the personal cost of unrealized potential. Leaders and health systems that treat self-care as an essential component of healthcare will undoubtedly shape the future of the industry.
To be successful, a self-care initiative needs a foundation and structure. The model that we have developed from research with health systems, corporations, senior healthcare leaders and employees is below. If you would like to read more about the model, you can check it out here.
Regardless of which model or approach you decide to take in creating a self-care initiative for you, your families, employees, patients, and communities – in other words, a system-wide self-care initiative – you will be well-served by ensuring these three concepts are firmly embedded in the design of your program:
System-wide: Leaders are the key. A successful self-care initiative (SSCI) begins with leaders and ripples throughout the system.
Sustainable: Community is the key. A sustainable self-care initiative (SSCI) is one that teaches participants only evidence-based self-care practices and relies upon various community delivery mechanisms to create connectivity.
Scalable: Technology is the key. Finally, your system’s SSCI should leverage technology to create programs that are customizable to each participant who wants to preserve their health and optimize well-being. The second and equally important function of technology is to continuously measure the impact of the self-care initiative. ROI comes in many forms: reduced health costs increased value-based care impact, and even increased satisfaction. All measures need to be identified, tracked, measured and constantly compared over time.
We practice self-care when we take action to preserve our health and optimize our well-being.
Health systems can take action to ensure health is preserved and well-being is optimized by creating and implementing a Sustainable Self-Care Initiative (SSCI).