Health care services for residents of Maravilla at The Domain—a retirement community that offers independent living, assisted living and memory care for older adults—will be easier to access following the completion of a new on-site health clinic through EmpowerMe.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Sept. 15 with Maravilla and EmpowerMe staff, Maravilla residents, and other community members ahead of the clinic’s official opening Sept. 18.

Two-minute impact

The clinic will offer primary care physician services through nurse practitioner Paul Linson, along with laboratory and diagnostic services and a pharmacy on-site. Linson said he will also be able to make home visits to provide care, if preferred.

The integrated health care model is a first for Central Texas senior living communities, Maravilla Executive Director Mark Ranno said.

“To have that suite of services under one roof for residents is a huge convenience,” Ranno said. “If they want to have their primary care provider be here, they can do that. Residents don’t have to go outside of the community to get their therapy or be seen by a nurse practitioner.”

Along with the new clinic, Maravilla offers a post-hospital care program, respite care, and a variety of mind and body wellness programs, such as workout classes, interactive workshops and social events.

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“In the United States, health care has been a very reactive program,” said Sara Padilla, vice president of health services at Senior Resource Group. “A lot of times we wait too long to get our physicals or wellness checks; we wait until we’re not feeling well. And then we try to go to the doctor, and getting into the doctor’s office these days can be quite an ordeal. ... Having access to somebody like Paul allows us to be more proactive in our care.”