SCAN Health Plan: SCAN Van - On the Road to Health and Independence
As a not-for-profit,
senior-focused health plan, SCAN believes that its responsibility extends far
beyond providing health benefits and access to needed care. An important part
of our mission is to help improve the quality of life for older adults and to
support our communities as they work to meet the challenges that this growing
Through our outreach activities
and an investment of targeted resources, we work to support and encourage
active and healthy lifestyles, to engage older adults in health maintenance,
and collaborate with local service partners to meet gaps in community services.
One way we have accomplished this is by taking our mission "on the road"
with the SCAN Van.
Launched in March 2010, the
SCAN Van is the nation's first mobile resource center built specifically for
seniors and caregivers. The "SCAN Van" combines cognitive exercises
with activities that stimulate physical activity and promote healthy lifestyles.
Delivered through the SCAN Van, the multi-pronged approach to lifestyle and
brain health includes the:
Preventive health screenings: A dozen health screenings are offered and provided to meet the
specific demographics and respond to the needs of the population in each
Brain gym: 20 brain training games, each designed to target one or more of
the 5 major cognitive functions of memory, language, attention, visual spatial
skills and executive function.
Wii gaming console: Moderate physical engagement by way of virtual bowling.
Overall health and lifestyle
education materials and videos are available on board, developed specifically
to address the needs of older adults.
The SCAN Van offers seniors the
opportunity to educate themselves about, and understand the importance of, a
healthy lifestyle in maintaining health and independence. To that end, the goal
of the SCAN Van is to assist older adults in remaining independent and healthy
for as long as possible.
Using a mobile approach ensures
that we are delivering support and services directly where older adults live
and in places that they are familiar with - - community centers, senior
centers, senior housing residences, etc.
The SCAN Van has traveled
almost 5000 miles and touched more than 1200 lives in 10 different cities.
Those individuals that visit the SCAN Van typically spend 15 to 20 minutes on
board and engage with our community specialists, health care technicians and
partnering community based organizations. Providing resources to underserved
communities remains a top priority for the SCAN Van including low income,
minority and monolingual non-English speaking older adults.
Year over year we foresee that
the SCAN Van will continue to grow in services and lives impacted. The SCAN Van
reflects SCAN Health Plan's commitment to partnering with our communities to
bring knowledge, expertise and services to older adults and their networks of
Director, Community Outreach
ABOUT SCAN HEALTH PLAN®
SCAN Health Plan® is a Medicare
Advantage plan serving the needs of more than 128,000 members in California and
Arizona. The goal of the organization is to continue to find innovative ways to
enhance seniors' ability to manage their health and to continue to control
where and how they live. Since its inception, SCAN has provided the care needed
to keep more than 50,000 seniors out of nursing homes. Today, SCAN is the
fourth largest not-for-profit Medicare Advantage health plan in the United
States. Founded in 1977, SCAN is headquartered in Long Beach, California.