Caring for homebound patients can certainly be demanding. Working long hours in the field under sometimes less than ideal conditions can be mentally stressful and physically draining. As your agency gears up for the new year, add staff wellness to your list of goals for 2019.
Start by having your staff come up with health resolutions to share with the team. Focus on activities your staff can do together. Working toward health goals as a group is more fun and helps keep everyone on track. Here are some simple ideas to get you started:
Improve eating habits:
Start a food diary to identify unhealthy eating habits.
Try batch-cooking on the weekends to prevent hitting the drive through during the week.
Replace refined carbohydrates with fruits and vegetables.
Commit to moderate daily exercise:
Organize walks with colleagues during breaks.
Consider the stairs instead of the elevator.
Choose a space at the far end of the parking lot to get in a few extra steps.
Devote time to rest:
Hit the hay a little earlier to make sure you get at least seven hours of sleep each night.
Turn off personal devices at least 30 minutes before you turn in.
Keep your bedroom cool and dark for quality sleep.
Start each day with a glass of water.
Drink a glass of water with each meal.
Carry a bottle of water with you wherever you go.
A healthier care giving team benefits themselves, their families, and their patients. The value add to the agency is a boost in job satisfaction which promotes better caregiving and leads to increased patient outcome scores. Improving overall company wellness translates to a healthy business.
Have a Healthy and Happy New Year