A friend of mine recently went down to Florida to help her dad move out of his home and move into an Assisted Living*. While living in his own home he had become anti social- staying indoors most of the time.
Before the move, my friend wanted to go see a tree that she had planted several years ago in memory of her mother- and asked her dad to take her there. He reluctantly agreed to go and proceeded to climb in the car. Since the tree was only about 75 feet away, my friend insisted he get out of the car and they could walk. After a little resistance, eventually he gave in and together they walked down the road- and this is where an amazing thing happened.
As they slowly walked they started running into people he knew. People he hadn’t seen in months.
They stopped to talk, to laugh, to socialize. They shared stories, caught up on news and saw old friends.
All of a sudden- after months of feeling lonely and depressed- he felt alive, connected and loved. Just this simple task of getting outside and going for a short stroll opened up his world and brought him joy.
When my friend shared this story with me I knew it was something I wanted to share here because it is something so simple- and yet so rewarding. So I encourage you- if you have been cooped up in your home for too long- get outside. Go for a walk. Even if it’s a short one, being in the fresh air will re-invigorate you. Seeing other people will re-connect you and getting exercise will re-energize you.
There is no rush, take your time and take it slow. Just get out there and see the world. We’ve been waiting for you…
*Capability Homecare is a premiere homecare agency in the Greater Seattle area. We provide in home care for seniors for short or long term stays.
I was walking my dog a few months ago when I saw a sign in an office window that read ‘pain is not a lifestyle’. For some reason that sign really resonated with me- even though at the time I was not suffering from any pain.
Little did I know that two months later I would be suffering from back pain so severe that I burst into tears when trying to walk and am forced to spend most of my time in bed doped up on pain pills.
So for me now, pain is a lifestyle and it is awful.
Living with this pain for the past 2 weeks has made me realize how debilitating chronic pain could be- and how easy it would be to become depressed living like this for months or even years.
It’s also made me realize how fortunate, I am to have incredible support from my family. My husband has been helping with the kids, driving them to sports practices, doing laundry, making dinner- cleaning the house… basically taking over all of my duties so that I can rest and (hopefully) heal my pain.
But what about those people who don’t have a support system in place? What about those whose spouse can’t take off work, or whose adult children live too far away to help? How will they manage the day to day tasks that need to be accomplished?
That’s what Capability Homecare is there for. We are the people you turn to when you need help- with even the most simple, mundane tasks- folding laundry, getting the mail, taking out the trash, even bathing or getting dressed- all of those activities of daily living that must get done- but for whatever reason you aren’t able to do them on your own.
Hiring outside help while you recover can be a lifesaver. Hiring help can get you through the tough times until you are independent again. With Capability Homecare you don’t sign a long term contract- you get help when and where you need it. You are in charge, you are in control- and you decide how much help you need.
The best part about using Capability Homecare is that our caregivers have been carefully selected and screened. Our policy is that if we won’t hire someone to care for our own parents, we won’t hire them to care for yours.
Capability Homecare has the reputation for having the best caregivers in the Seattle and Bellevue area- and we are extremely proud of that. Our caregivers speak English clearly, and they are experienced, compassionate people who live to serve.
If you find yourself in need of some extra help, please let us be the ones to help you. Call Capability Homecare today 425 679-5770.
*By the way, in case you were worried- I am seeing a specialist as well as a physical therapist (who is doing dry needling technique) and hopefully I’ll be back on my feet soon!
** Photo Credit: PhysioAnswers