Senior citizens are the fastest-growing segment of the population both nationally and locally. Covenant Health Senior Services collaborates with local providers and community-based agencies to help identify and address the health and social needs of older adults. When it comes to health care and healthy aging, our goal is to be the first and best choice for senior adults in our region.

Older adults can be reassured that Covenant Health provides a comprehensive range of medical services. We seek to always put our patients first, and several of our hospitals have been designated as NICHE hospitals, providing a high level of specialized care for older adults.

We also offer educational presentations on topics of interest to older adults, fitness classes, and even travel opportunities through our Covenant Passport Travel program. Here are links and information about Covenant Health resources and other community services for older adults.

Aging Resource Center Help Line (ARCH) – The caregiver’s link to help in finding community resources designed to make caring for a loved one easier.

Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc. – Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc. provides support and assistance to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, their families, and care partners and supports the research efforts to prevent, treat, and cure Alzheimer’s disease.

Behavioral Health – Providing services in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and in nursing home facilities. The Senior Behavioral Center is Located at Parkwest Medical Center, this unit provides an advanced level of care for older psychiatric patients at Parkwest. Amenities include a dining room, day room, sitting area, piano, aquarium, and aviary.

Geriatric Resource Nursing Certification – Our geriatrician and geriatric nurse practitioners work with all geriatric clinical staff of the Covenant Health system to develop senior-friendliness and sensitivity via our exclusive Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders (NICHE) program.

Online Independent Living Assessment Tool – This online tool asks a brief series of questions related to three areas of function that support independent living. Your scores will help you understand your ability to live independently.

The Knoxville-Knox County Office on Aging publishes a Senior Service Directory as a public service for the senior citizens of Knoxville and Knox County. Download their newsletter, the Elder News and Views.

One Call Club for Seniors – membership program assisting Knox County residents, 60+, to maintain their health and independence by having one phone call access to reliable, reasonably priced services they need to remain in their homes. 

Post Acute Care Services – Partnering with nursing facilities and the medical community to provide the appropriate level of care at the right time.

Senior Centers Network – Collaborating with a number of the area’s senior centers to ensure that seniors have a social outlet and a sense of belonging.

Senior Wellness Programs – A variety of fitness programs are available through our bodyWORKS program and offer levels designed around seniors.

Covenant Presents is wellness Lunch and Learn presentations available at Karns Senior Center (4th Thursday of the month) and Strange Senior Center (4th Wednesday of the month). Each month health care clinicians and physicians are scheduled to talk to about topics of interest to seniors.  The $5 lecture includes a boxed lunch. For more information and to reserve your seat, please call the Covenant Call Center at (865) 541-4500.

Covenant Health Women’s Health Network – The Covenant Health Women’s Health Network is East Tennessee’s most comprehensive and convenient resource for health information and referral for women. With the click of a mouse or one quick phone call, we can put you in direct contact with the service or specialist you need. The Women’s Health Network provides personal assistance to women by phone or through our unique website dedicated exclusively to women’s health concerns and conditions.

In addition, Covenant Health Senior Services is responsible for instituting compliance plans for programs and seniors in conjunction with the American Association of Homes & Services for the Aging’s Quality First© program.For more information of interest to seniors, visit National Institutes of Health Senior Health website at nihseniorhealth.gov.