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 Award Winning • Healthful • Sustainable • Holistic • Community-Based

Living Well was incorporated as a nonprofit entity in 2004 and is licensed by the state of Vermont as Level III residential care homes addressing health disparities in our greater community through innovative approaches and outreach programs that help break the cycle of chronic illnesses often faced by low-to-moderate income elders and disabled Vermonters. Living Well’s mission is resident-focused caring for elders that promotes wellbeing within a wide range of community connections.


Living Well has three communities – Living Well Residence in Bristol (serving 13 elders), Ethan Allen Residence in Burlington (serving 39 elders), and Heaton Woods Residence in Montpelier (serving 51 elders). Many residents suffer from chronic illnesses or some form of disability and some are veterans with associated mental health challenges.

Living Well Group offers compassionate, innovative programming with a focus on wellbeing and ecological responsibility, including:

  • art, music, and movement therapies
  • coordinating naturopathic medicine with primary care physician/specialists
  • promoting wellness through quality nutrition and integrative approaches to physical health
  • partnering with UVM Medical School to pursue community-based participatory research programs
  • population-based care for veterans
  • ongoing professional development and education for employees.


The Living Well Model of Care

All residents engage in meaningful connections with their care providers and extended family, with each other, and with members of the broader community where they reside. Family input and engagement also offer opportunities to design personal health plans and activities. Exercise, strength training and healthful diets are all part of daily life that honors individual needs and preferences. The healthful benefits of local, natural foods, holistic medication management, and abundant opportunities for physical and social activity complete the circle of wellness, connection and engagement that define Living Well.

 Living Well’s board of directors and resource staff consistently engage in real-time strategic planning to uphold its mission.  A focus on multiple funding sources and positive relationships at local, statewide and national levels is in place, as well as avenues for sharing Living Well’s award winning integrative and holistic care models. Ongoing partnerships with universities, professional associations and government agencies create continuous growth and learning while bringing effective and cutting edge care programs to Living Well's residents. Dedication to the stability and vitality of Living Well’s organizational management translates directly into improved quality of life for the residents in its care. 

Living Well’s emphasis on healthful living in community begins with its residents, but it doesn’t end there. One facet of our inclusive approach is ensuring that our strategic plan and organization’s goals are created with input from a broad array of participants and measured against the primary purpose of dramatically improving the lives of our elders and others with challenging life circumstances. 

 Another cutting edge program implemented by Living Well is Dynamic Governance — an organizational model that goes beyond effective, efficient management.  Dynamic Governance creates communication circles within the care giving facility and beyond.  Residents, families, care providers, staff, and community members take part in ongoing, timely, and supportive dialogues. All concerned in residents’ wellbeing provide their unique perspectives and input to assure that Living Well’s delivery of services includes the most current innovations in healthcare, unique wellness programs, and nutrition. 

 Living Well is committed to changing not only how we define aging in America but how we provide custodial care in a residential care setting — with security, health, dignity, self-fulfillment, and joy. Cycles of chronic illnesses, loneliness, isolation, and helplessness often faced by those in need of supportive care can be recycled into a circle of care that improves the quality of life through integration into a healthy and vital community. 

“The healthy social life is found when, in the mirror of each human soul, the community finds its reflection.  And when in the community, the strength of each individual is living.”  – Rudolph Steiner

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