SPRING FORWARD!

by Yolanda Webb, Associate Vice President Home & Community Based Services

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A few weeks ago this northern girl put her winter coat away in anticipation of Spring, only however, to pull it out again a week later.

Like you, I’m more than ready for endless sunshine, warm weather, night walks, and picnics in the park. Just as I was thinking those warm weather thoughts and Mother Nature was outwitting me, it occurred to me that you and I are not the only ones who may be anticipating the forward movement of the seasons.  Those we serve who are homebound often do not get to experience these anticipated joys of spring again.

That thoughtful reflection prompted me to consider what those of us who work in human services for individuals who are elderly or who have a disability can do for those who spend more time inside their homes than out.  In other words how can we bring Spring outside in.

I just love this time of year and the idea of springing forward, shedding the old and bringing in the new can work wonders to improve health and overall quality of life.  So in the light of this new season what can you and I do to help those we serve...spring forward? Here are 3 tips to get you springing forward:

  1. Help your client look around and gather ideas about spring cleaning.  This time of letting go can prompt them to declutter, especially some of them who live in smaller spaces.  This can also be a time for opening or cleaning blinds and wiping down windows to bring more of the sunshine indoors.

  2. And what about bringing more of the outdoors indoors?  Fresh cut flowers or even Air Fresheners that give off a hint of spring in their fragrance can make a home more airy and bright.

  3. And what would spring be without fresh fruit and/or ice cream (watch out for those dietary restrictions).  Enjoying the taste of the season is a great way to bring spring to someone who may not get to experience those sights, sounds, smells and taste that can often remind them of their youth and improve their well being.

While these are wonderful tips for those we serve, let’s not forget about self-care during this season of renewal.  This season also prompts us ( I know I get to thinking about what I can throw out) to spring clean our own homes, and to rid ourselves of what no longer serves our souls.  

This is also a great time to plant seeds - not just in our gardens, but at work and home - by doing new projects, creating new adventures, and starting new relationships by expanding our professional and personal networks.  I love this season as it reminds me of all the adventures life is ready and willing to spring forward.

So starting today, spring forward in your life and the lives of others - it’s planting season!

 

Posted on March 23, 2018 .