August is National Wellness Month. This month focuses on self-care, creating healthy routines and stress management. Observers of National Wellness Month are encouraged to challenge themselves to create new, healthier habits that promote holistic wellness.
Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. At Private Home Care we value wellness highly, and this is especially true for our clients. Wellness is more than just physical health. Most models of wellness include at least six dimensions: physical, mental, emotional, social, environmental, and spiritual.
In addition to standard caregiving needs, we incorporate wellness into the lives of our clients. Here are examples of how we incorporate different dimensions of wellness for our clients, depending on their specific preferences, abilities and needs.
Physical: Providing nutritious meals, supporting gentle stretching, easy walks
Mental: Doing a jigsaw puzzle, playing cards, coloring
Emotional: Listening to favorite songs (Frank Sinatra is always popular!), supporting client’s emotional needs through kindness and listening, accompanying trips to the salon or barber – everyone feels refreshed and lifted after getting a nice haircut!
Social: Helping with family visits, engaging conversations, supporting visits with friends
Environmental: Sitting outside, putting fresh flowers on the table, driving by the beach
Spiritual: Accompanying our clients to church services, watching a meaningful movie