Jul 8

One Healthy Party at Aljoya Thornton Place!

Era Living & UW Neighborhood Clinics Collaboration Celebrates One Year Anniversary.

Open water, cool breezes and lots of family time. That is what Aljoya Thornton Place Resident, Anne Compton is looking forward to; she is taking her three adult children, their spouses, and her six grandchildren on an Alaska cruise.

This past October, Ms. Compton’s story was different.

“I was in quite a lot of pain,” says Ms. Compton, who has suffered with Rheumatoid Arthritis since her early thirties. “My Arthritis is compounded by Fibromyalgia. There were times when the medication just wasn’t enough. The UW [Neighborhood] Clinic here at Aljoya has been a lifesaver for me.”

Ms. Compton recalls that several nurses came to her home just to hold her hand until she felt better. She credits the clinic with her health turn around.

One year ago, UW Neighborhood Clinics and Era Living joined forces in a pilot program designed to support healthy aging for older adults. Together, the partners opened their first collaborative office inside the Wellness Center at Aljoya Thornton Place in North Seattle.

The collaboration is lead by Emily Hilderman, DNP, ARNP a UW Neighborhood Clinics care provider who focuses on working with older adults.

“By having a clinic inside of Aljoya Thornton Place we are often able to streamline care for residents,” say Ms. Hilderman. “This means assessing immediate issues, eliminating wait times for communication with general practitioners, and helping residents keep a proactive schedule for care.”

With Ms. Hilderman and her team at the UW Neighborhood Northgate Clinic, many Aljoya Thornton Place residents are feeling better than ever.

“It’s good to have a full service clinic here,” says Aljoya Thornton Place Resident, Branko Grunbaum. “It’s even better not to need it. So, I use it to keep myself healthy.”

Since the inception of services at the Wellness Center at Aljoya Thornton Place, the UW Neighborhood Clinics care team has provided more than 150 patient visits, and invaluable advice to keep residents feeling well.

“When I met Emily Hilderman, I just knew I wanted her to be the professional who takes care of me,” says Ms. Compton. “I just love the whole team here. They make it a wonderful place because they are wonderful people.”