Thanksgiving weekend is almost here, and we’re taking this time as an opportunity to reflect on the many things we have to be grateful for. Both as a business and as individuals on our team, there are so many reasons to be thankful: our health, our families, our homes and communities, and the wonderful people who bring joy and laughter to our lives. And yes, we’re also looking forward to a delicious holiday meal—sometimes, what we’re grateful for is pumpkin pie!
Did you know that practicing gratitude on a regular basis is good for your health? It’s true! As the Mayo Clinic shares in an article on their website, “Expressing gratitude is associated with a host of mental and physical benefits. Studies have shown that feeling thankful can improve sleep, mood and immunity. Gratitude can decrease depression, anxiety, difficulties with chronic pain and risk of disease.” That’s good reason to pause, reflect and focus on the good in your life. It’s not a cure-all, but it certainly helps us live better and more mindfully.
Sharing our thanks
Caring for seniors in our community is a great honour as well as a responsibility. We are deeply grateful to the families who trust us with their aging loved ones’ care, and to all of the clients who let us into their homes and lives every day. As a team, our caregivers strive to deliver personal care with compassion, empathy and respect. Skill is important—all of our caregivers are qualified and experienced—but kindness and personal connection are also critical. After all, our mandate is to only hire Personal Support Workers (PSWs) who we’d send to our own parents’ homes. Having this standard in place helps us provide the high quality, effective, reliable homecare services we’re known for. If you’d like to know more, please contact us! And if you already work with our team, thanks again.
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to practice gratitude, but we encourage you to make time for it throughout the year. The benefits are clear and as we transition to fall and eventually winter, this practice may help those who struggle with the change of season. We’ll talk about Seasonal Affective Disorder another time—please keep an eye out for that post.
No matter how you’re spending this Thanksgiving weekend, we hope you’re enjoying a peaceful, happy time with people you love. Please remember that the seniors in your life may need a little extra assistance if you bring them to a family gathering outside of their home—help with transportation, assistance getting in and out of a vehicle, a comfortable seat and food they can safely enjoy. An early dinner time may also be beneficial to seniors (and family members with young children, for that matter). It may be a little more work to include older family members, but we assure you it’s worth it and in many cases, they will be very grateful to be included.
If your aging loved ones cannot safely visit with family outside of their home, please consider paying them a visit and/or bringing them a holiday meal. And if neither of these options is possible, it’s okay—we understand that distance and other issues prevent some families from gathering over the Thanksgiving weekend. Please let us know if this is the case for your family and our caregivers will ensure that your aging loved ones enjoy their weekend. Thanks for reading and from our families to yours, happy Thanksgiving!