Brian receives 24 hour care due to a brain injury that has left him weak on one side of his body. Brian is tall in stature, but you would have never known it a year and a half ago when we first met, because Brian was in a wheelchair. Gentle by nature, he can’t help but smile sheepishly at a joke because his sense of humor always wins. In fact, he loves joking around, and making his caregivers laugh, is something that Brian is REALLY good at.
Now, let’s talk about Clairnette. She is one of Brian’s caregivers as well as his house manager. Clairnette is a kind of super heroine, who has the ability to detect an individual’s attributes and have he/she actively engaged in utilizing them, (she only uses these powers for good)! In less than a year, she has endlessly encouraged this 6’2″ & 200 lb + man out of his wheelchair and has him walking! (see video for proof!) She knew he had the ability to do it, she just needed Brian to buy into her encouragement, which he did.
We love our caregivers, especially when we see the fruits of their labor because they are matched perfectly and the synergy is there. Because of caregivers like Clairnette, our individuals are safe, happy, and supported. Families and friends are more at ease knowing that their loved ones are in good hands. Simply put, we can all do big things with big hearts. Way to go, Brian! We can’t wait to see what’s next in the cards for you!
Check out our staff newsletter for August! 1251 South Main
Licensed professionals and others alike will often mention the term “self care.” What we don’t always realize is how important self care is to our lives. We brush it off as nonsense, or too time consuming. The truth is, we need self care in order to be the best version of ourselves.
Let us present to you a 15 day self care challenge. All of these activities are FREE and attainable if effort is put forth. Try and tackle 1 item each day (in no particular order) and explore how you feel before, during, and after.
- Make a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and relax while drinking it.
- Take a bath (bubbles are encouraged for an enhanced atmosphere!)
- Take a walk
- Listen to the radio
- Call a friend or family member to say hello
- Draw a picture or color in a coloring book
- Take 10 minutes to stretch your body
- Write a poem
- Do a word search or crossword puzzle
- Read a book or a magazine
- Visit your library and attend a workshop or class
- Organize your clothes closet or drawers to feel more organized
- Write down 10 things you are grateful for
Note: You can also try these in moments of anxiety or depression to help clear your mind.
As a provider of home care services to individuals with brain injuries, it’s important for us to inform and educate our communities on ABIs. On day 1, we’re beginning with the facts.
Here are some stats brought to you by the Brain Injury Association of America.
Check out our staff newsletter for this month!
1251 February 2019
I know this may seem like unusual subject matter for a home care blog, but in fact, it’s quite appropriate. Crocheting is the new trend (ok so maybe it never went out of style) and it’s proving to be a strategy of self-care for individuals seeking zen in their lives.
According to a recent study presented by the University of Wollongong in Australia, crocheting is responsible for positively affecting your health and well-being. It aids with anxiety, insomnia, and keeps your fine motor skills on point.
Of the 8,000 participants involved in this study 90% find that crocheting made them feel calmer and 82% were happier when engaged in the craft. 77% of these individuals crochet on some level every single day.
If you are a caregiver or simply looking for a new way to relax and express creativity, this is an inexpensive approach to self-care. Whether you keep the items for yourself, gift them, or make a donation to a charity in need, overall, it’s a win-win! So get your hook and yarn ready and be prepared to chill out and make some cool things. Check out some great stuff here: Crochet Ideas
Note: If you’re not sure where to even start, there are instruction books in the library and many step by step tutorials on YouTube and other internet sources.