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Month: November 2016

What is Relationship Wellness?

What is Relationship Wellness?

We are in all types of relationships, although the first thing that may come to our mind is a romantic relationship. However, there are relationships we have with all kinds of people: Our spouse Our parents Our siblings Our children Our co-workers Our neighbors Our friends The people at church The people at a club we are part of Friends that share an interest And so forth… We all want to have a healthy relationship, regardless of what type of…

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Positive Peer Re-Enforcement

Positive Peer Re-Enforcement

I have a resident that is so soft spoken it is almost impossible to understand what she is saying. In the past when she spoke it was completely undistinguishable.  Even speech therapy had stopped working with her. However, her roommate is very patient with her.  She coaxes and encourages her to speak in a manner that is kind and caring. Lately, I’ve noticed that this sweet lady is speaking more distinctly and louder. It’s amazing what a little encouragement and…

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What is Social Wellness?

What is Social Wellness?

Being a natural introvert, means it’s more difficult to push myself out of my comfort zone to meet new people or hang out with friends.  For extroverts, it’s much easier to get out and mingle with friends. Social wellness is the ability we have to interact with the people around us. This includes: Understanding if we are an introvert or extrovert Communication skills Building meaningful relationships Creating a support system Learning to read people Watching out for people that drain…

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Breaking the Ice with Dementia

Breaking the Ice with Dementia

I have several patients that most staff and visitors are scared to approach.  This is mainly due to their disability or behavior. However, I’ve determined to get to know these residents and spend time with them. So what have I learned? What are some ways to break the ice with dementia patients? This takes time Slowly, but surely we both warm to one another Touch shows I care Music is a great way to break the ice Even short visits…

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What is Creative Wellness?

What is Creative Wellness?

We are all creative in some way, although some people are more Intune to their creative side. Creative wellness is understanding what and how to use our creative side. This includes: How to be creative Utilizing our creative side Discovering how to learn to be creative Daydreaming, Brainstorming and visualizing Making the most of our creativity Turning our creativity into a hobby Turning our creative hobby into a sideline business To not censor ourselves Do not be too critical To…

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Power of Touch

Power of Touch

I have several residents that are difficult to reach and many people don’t even try to get to know them.  I feel as if they are the ones missing out. One way to reach out to a bed bound, hard of hearing or comatose patient is through the power of touch. Just a hand on their arm a squeeze of the hand a hand massage a stroke of their upper arm a pat of their foot These are all ways…

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What is Financial Wellness?

What is Financial Wellness?

We all must deal with finances, whether they are in good shape or need to get in shape. Personally, I struggle with paying off my student loan.  This is an issue many adults deal with. Financial wellness is the state of our finances.  This includes: Working towards becoming debt free Paying our bills Learning where to cut costs Preparing and planning for the future Building a nest egg Where do you struggle with financial wellness?