Your residents deserve the very best and the exercise program is no exception. NIFS provides engaging services along with comprehensive fall prevention programming that invites residents to participate while they learn something new, build confidence, and experience life.
If you want more residents to use the exercise equipment and you expect classes to be full, hiring the right fitness center manager is crucial. That's our specialty: passionate and bright staff who turn your community fitness center into a vibrant hub of activity.
Need some help developing a holistic,
best-in-class wellness program that is unique to your community and ideal for your residents? Find out more about how NIFS consulting works. Download our quick read: How to Evaluate the Quality of Your Wellness Program.
It's crucial to make the most of your investment in a new fitness center in your
senior living community. We can help ensure you end up with a design that is
both beautiful and functional. It's the first step to building a successful exercise
program for your residents.
When Park Springs opened their doors in 2004, they had a state of
the art fitness center complete with staff and services that were ahead
of their time. Over years of operation, they realized that the active aging industry had shifted, so they partnered with NIFS to maintain their
cutting edge status with current residents and for future members.
Where do you have staff currently?
We are a national organization with staff serving clients in more than 20 states. Click here for a current map depicting our footprint. If you don’t see your state represented, never fear. We typically add a state or two per year and have become well versed at establishing our business in new environments.
If you consult on the design of our fitness center, can you help us pick out the equipment?
Yes! Part of our process for designing fitness centers is consulting with you to determine the needs of your participants, your expectations for how you want the space to perform, and your budget. With clarity about those elements, we can provide recommendations on the types and quantities of various fitness equipment that would be beneficial in your space.
We have a really small exercise space. Does it make sense to have a manager dedicated to our fitness program?
It absolutely can. We have active staff-led programs in client fitness centers as small as 500SF. Deciding whether to provide a fitness center manager or not is less about dedicated space for exercise and more about what outcomes you’d like to see from your program. If you want more residents to be physically active and benefitting from strength, endurance, and balance training, providing staff leadership for your exercise program is a wise consideration.
We have a good program, we’re just missing the data you talked about. How do we get that piece?
You may want to connect with us about consulting on that adding that piece to your program. We can provide concepts and some tools that would help your staff develop an evaluation framework that they can tie back to the overall fitness program.
How can I find out more about working with NIFS?
Are you providing all of your clients with the same programs each month (or quarter)?
There are some providers in the resident wellness space that offer a cookie cutter approach, but we’re not one of them. Check out this blog to find out our thoughts on approaching your program with a kit solution versus a culture-driven solution.
We already have staff that we love and they’re doing a great job, but I think we can do better. Can you help them build a more robust program?
Yep! Consulting is the service you want to inquire about when you contact us. To help you decide whether consulting is the right thing for you, consider reading this blog on how wellness consulting can help you fulfill the mission of your community.
Are you the only vendor who outsources fitness center management?
Fitness management is a tough business to secret shop, so we don’t want to give you a definitive yes or no to this question. What we can say is that we know some communities have their fitness management function outsourced to other entities, but we don’t believe that anyone is doing this on the scale that we are or with the experience that we have.
If we contract with you to manage the fitness center, can we keep our own personal trainers and group exercise instructors?
Yes. If you have staff on your current team that you want to keep in place, we can absolutely work in that model.
Do you have any technology solutions you use with your clients?
At present, we’re partnering with Interactive Health Partner to track resident fitness evaluation data and exercise prescription information.
What are the qualifications of your staff?
All of our fitness center management staff have at least a bachelor’s degree in a health-related field such as kinesiology, exercise science, health promotion, or wellness. They are also certified in CPR/AED and first aid. Many on staff have a master’s degree and/or additional specialty certifications such as the ACSM Certified Exercises Physiologist credential.