Blessings Shine in Dark Places
I was recently on a segment of Be Scene On Air, a local public access television show that is hosted by my friend and respected colleague Sherri Sherban. This is something I’ve done several times and this particular segment focused on senior care and the changes that we’ve experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. While discussing programming, visiting restrictions, resident engagement and a myriad of other things, Sherri snuck in a question that I wasn’t prepared for.
Dear Hugs...We Miss You
If we’ve learned anything from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s that we took a lot for granted. Everything from going into your favorite store and getting a haircut to spending time with loved ones and giving hugs. Restrictions are loosening up but our new reality looks very different, and let’s be honest, elbow bumps are simply not cutting it.
Unique Programming Bridges
Connections across generations are deteriorating and the subsequent gaps between our young and elderly populations are growing. This hasn’t happened purposely, it might be due to the fact that our proximity and relationships across generations have changed over time. The picture of the nuclear family is changing.
Health Benefits to Pet Friendly
April is National Pet Month and we would be remiss if we didn’t recognize the large role that pets play in our lives. There have been a plethora of studies done and the results all show that there are numerous health benefits to owning a pet. From a decreased likelihood of getting heart disease to simply living a longer life, pet ownership seems to be just as effective as a daily multivitamin.
House Calls are Alive and Well!
Once upon a time, physicians would come to the patient, not the other way around. We’re now living in a much different world. In a relatively short period of time the healthcare industry has evolved to serve growing populations over much broader geographical areas. Technology is shaping the way we interact. Patients can utilize telehealth and online visits to communicate with their physicians.
Alleviating Holiday Stress for Caregivers
Being able to spend the time and take care of a loved one is truly a gift. It takes a special, loving person to take on that role. There is an unprecedented number of caregivers helping their loved ones and that number continues to climb which means that caregiver burnout is climbing at the same rate. The holiday season only amplifies the stress levels that caregivers experience causing many people to feel more like a Grinch!