Author: Carrie McClellan, Outreach Manager, ElderHelp
Being a recognized partner for Live Well San Diego and a champion for living well, ElderHelp decided to practice what it preached and instituted a Live Well segment at its monthly staff meetings. Dealing with the challenges of low-income seniors every day carries an element of stress and addressing self-care for staff seemed more than warranted.
These brief segments, delivered by a different staff member each month, provided an interlude of attending to “us” in addition to “them.” The presentations have yielded some unusual ideas and suggestions that were not only practical, but gave us food for thought.
Here are some of the self-care strategies and topics the team discussed:
Every one of the 18 staff members has become more mindful of healthy habits and stress reduction. The team has informal conversations in the office about some of the suggestions. Staff were offered free massages one afternoon, and have organized quarterly relaxation and fun get-togethers. All of this is in response to ElderHelp's new commitment to living well.