A Month of Wellness: Celebrating Wellbeing, Self-Care, and Healthy Habits
Did you know August is National Wellness Month. This means focusing on self-care, managing stress and creating wholesome habits in your lifestyle for the month of August. In this blog, we will discuss the importance of Wellness and why we should be making our wellbeing a priority this month and all year round.
What Is Wellness and Why Is It Important?
Wellness involves practicing healthy habits on a daily basis for better physical and mental health.
Why should we focus on our wellbeing? Because when we are well, we are able to show up as our best selves in all areas of our lives. When we feel good mentally and physically, we have more energy to put towards our relationships, careers and hobbies.
One way is to focus on healthy habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and managing stress effectively. Another way is to make time for self-care activities that help you relax and rejuvenate.
Types of Wellness
There are different types of wellness that we should all strive to maintain. These include:
-Physical Wellness: This is our body’s overall condition and includes exercise, nutrition and sleep habits.
-Mental Wellness: This is our state of mind and includes our thoughts, feelings and emotions.
-Emotional Wellness: This is our ability to cope with life’s challenges in a healthy way.
-Spiritual Wellness: This is our sense of purpose and connection to something larger than ourselves.
-Occupational Wellness: This is our satisfaction and engagement with our work.
Making Wellness A Priority
Now that we know what wellness is and why it’s important, let’s talk about how we can make it a priority in our lives. Below are some tips on making wellness a part of your everyday life:
-Schedule time for yourself: Make sure to schedule time each day or week to do things that make you feel good. This could be anything from reading, taking a bath or going for a walk outdoors.
-Create healthy habits: Habits are easy to form and hard to break. So why not create ones that will benefit your wellbeing? Try swapping out unhealthy habits with healthier alternatives like meditation or journaling.
-Find a balance: It’s important to find a balance between work and play, rest and activity. When we have too much of one thing, it can lead to burnout. Make sure to schedule time for both work and leisure activities so you don’t get overwhelmed.
-Connect with others: Social connection is so important for our mental health. Spend time with loved ones or join a club or group that shares your interests. Take 10 minutes out of your day to call someone that makes you happy.
-Nourish your mind and body: Eating nutritious foods and exercising regularly are great ways to nourish your mind and body. To help nourish your mind, find things that make you happy and do them often.
–Exercise: We know how difficult it can be to gather the motivation to exercise, but even 20 to 30 minutes of exercise can make a positive impact on your mood. Start of small by taking a brisk walk after work or use the stairs instead of opting for the elevator.
Commit to making small changes that will lead to big improvements in your wellbeing.
Remember, it’s never too late to start taking care of yourself. Your wellbeing is worth the effort.
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Myhomecare Doubles Workforce with 300 New Healthcare Jobs
95% of New Roles Will Be Homecare Nurses
Myhomecare is doubling its workforce through the creation of 300 jobs as part of a major recruitment campaign. This campaign was created in recognition of the high level of demand in the home care space, especially this winter.
Established in Dundalk, Louth in 2006 by Servisource Recruitment (part of the CPL Group), Myhomecare currently employs over 220 staff nationwide, which include homecare workers and administrative staff.
Out of the 300 new jobs, over 95% of them will be homecare positions, homecare assistants or homecare nurses, all of which will be flexible carer roles. The campaign will be recruiting for these varied positions across the 26 counties of Ireland.
Pictured L-R: Myhomecare Clinical Nurse Manager Susanne Kelly, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, Myhomecare CEO Declan Murphy, Myhomecare Operations Manager Deirdre Doyle
Speaking on Myhomecare’s job creation campaign, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said
“This is an incredible expansion by Myhomecare, doubling its workforce and creating 300 new jobs. These additional homecare nurses and assistants will make a big difference to countless people and families up and down the country, allowing those with additional needs to stay in the comfort of their own home.”
“It will of course also take some pressure off of hospitals, by allowing people to return home and be looked after there, rather than in a hospital. Congratulations to the team involved.“ Tánaiste Leo Varadkar
“From my own previous experience as a healthcare assistant, I understand the impact and responsibility these roles bring. It is such a rewarding career knowing that we are making a difference in the lives of those most vulnerable in our community.”
“We are extremely excited to welcome 300 additional healthcare professionals into the Myhomecare family, doubling our existing workforce to over 520 nationwide.“
says Myhomecare Operations Manager Deirdre Doyle.
Senator John McGahon endorsed Myhomecare’s campaign saying,
“It is fantastic to see local Louth company Myhomecare creating 300 incredibly valuable jobs across Ireland. Supporting our elderly community in continuing a safe and independent life in their own homes is something we should always strive for and these new roles will certainly assist in achieving this.” Senator John McGahon
Myhomecare is a HSE recognised national supplier of homecare. Their homecare services have been designed to assist expecting mothers, babies, and young and older adults from birth to retirement and beyond.
Myhomecare are the only home care sector in Ireland that currently holds the International Gold Seal in quality by JCI, joining an exclusive group of 24 Homecare companies globally. This accreditation demonstrates the excellence in service delivery from the Myhomecare team and their dedication to their staff, clients, and their families.
Photo Accreditation to Conor Matthews Photography.
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In Ireland 64,000 people are currently living with Dementia. The Alzheimer Society of Ireland reported that figure is expected to double to over 150,000 in 25 years, 2045. With 30 people diagnosed each day with dementia, 11,000 new cases a year, it is important to highlight the key warning signs and symptoms to allow for an early diagnosis.
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2. Problems with Language
This decline can also lead to repetition of a story or questions numerous times without realising it. Many people with Alzheimer’s and dementia suffer from Aphasia, the inability to comprehend and formulate language, making conversations difficult to conduct or follow.
Short-term memory loss is the first symptom people associate with dementia however it is not always the first warning sing.
3. Difficulty in performing familiar tasks
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4. Disorientation with time and place
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6. Problems keeping track of things
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7. Misplacing things
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8. Changes in mood and behaviour
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9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
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From Latin palliare meaning to cloak) is an area of healthcare that focuses on relieving and preventing the suffering of patients. Unlike hospice care, palliative medicine is appropriate for patients in all disease stages, including those undergoing treatment for curable illnesses and those living with chronic diseases, as well as patients who are nearing the end of life.
Palliative medicine utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to patient care, relying on input from physicians, pharmacists, nurses, chaplains, social workers, psychologists, and other allied health professionals in formulating a plan of care to relieve suffering in all areas of a patient’s life. This multidisciplinary approach allows the palliative care team to address physical, emotional, spiritual, and social concerns that arise with advanced illness.
provides relief from pain, shortness of breath, nausea, and other distressing symptoms;
affirms life and regards dying as a normal process;
intends neither to hasten nor to postpone death;
integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care;
offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible;
offers a support system to help the family cope;
uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families;
will enhance quality of life;
is applicable early in the course of illness, in conjunction with other therapies that are intended to prolong life, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
Palliative care and children
Palliative care for children is delivered differently from the palliative care services for adults. Many children requiring palliative care have life-limiting conditions, as opposed to advanced terminal conditions and children may survive for many years with these life-limiting conditions.
Where children need palliative care it is usually provided at home. In the home, the family is supported by their family doctor, public health nurse and the specialist palliative care team (where available). The medical and nursing care of children in hospitals is the responsibility of paediatric-trained medical and nursing staff, with support from the specialist palliative care service.
Established in 1993 as an all island body with the purpose of promoting palliative care nationally and internationally, the Irish Association for Palliative Care (IAPC) is a multi-disciplinary membership organisation.
The membership reflects the entire spectrum of all those who work in or have a professional interest in the provision of palliative care, i.e.,doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains and pastoral carers, pharmacists, psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therpaists, dieticians, as well as executive staff and academics and educationalists. Membership also includes clinicians and allied health professionals working in related areas such as geriatrics, oncology, psycho-oncology, paediatrics, and pain management.
As a sole membership organisation for those involved in the provision of palliative care, the IAPC is the primary collective and expert voice for palliative care in Ireland.
The core objectives of the IAPC are to:
strengthen the capacity of the palliative care sector through developing the professional capacity of individuals
promote the palliative care agenda through the Association’s collective and expert voice
drive patient-centred, equitable and accessible palliative care for all who need it through utilizing the Association’s expertise to influence and shape national policy.