April is Counseling Awareness Month

Counseling is more than managing serious issues. The role of a counselor is to support individuals. There is stigma with accessing counseling services, and this often prevents individuals from seeking the support they need. Counseling Awareness Month is meant to raise awareness that the interventions provided are to support

  • individuals making choices about their life, their health, their home, their family, etc.;
  • individuals in managing, building, and repairing relationships at whatever phase of life they are currently living;
  • individuals in dealing with the complexities of disease, pain, medical issues, treatments, and interventions;
  • individuals recovering from addiction and trauma.

April is alcohol awareness month which is meant to raise awareness on substance abuse and prevention. The connection between substance abuse and mental illness is well established, and the role of mental health professionals is integral to a comprehensive care plan.

At Elite Home Health & Hospice, we engage the professional services of social workers in our home health, palliative care, and hospice service lines. We also support bereavement groups for individuals who have experienced loss under the guidance of our social work and chaplain team.

For more information on Counseling Awareness Month, visit:

counseling.org

gbcc.com

mbhci.org

For more information on Alcohol Awareness Month, visit:

alcohol.org

cbha.org

If you are interested in services provided by Elite, please send us an email at info@elitehhh.com

September is Healthy Aging Month

The goal of healthy aging is to emphasize the habits for individuals to build into their lifestyle. The goal is for these behaviors to take hold before the later stages of aging and entry into the geriatric phase of life. Ideally, these are habits that start in the mid-40s and are continued into each of the following decades. Modifications of course are part of the process, but an holistic view of body, mind, soul, and spirit really direct a comprehensive approach that your healthcare team can build treatment plans around to support your engagement in your best life.

Here are some tips:

  1. Get Moving – There are many ways to stay active, and the target time commitment is around 10-15 minutes daily.
  2. Maintain a Healthy Diet – There are lots of diet fads and plans available, but the fundamentals are the same. Eating a balanced diet is crucial to maintaining your health.
  3. Stay Social – The power of community is real and isolation can have an impact on both your mental and physical wellbeing.
  4. Balance your Body and Mind – Engaging in thought provoking exercises is crucial to maintaining your mental abilities and supporting mental flexibility. Exercises for the mind are just as important as for the body.
  5. Commit to annual check-ups – Building a relationship with a primary care provider for your annual physical is key to identifying changes early. Don’t forget your dentist, optometrist, and audiologist. These services are crucial to accessing and participating in meaningful activities as part of your overall health strategy.

If you would like ideas of activities and strategies, check out https://www.unicityhealthcare.com/celebrating-healthy-aging-month-during-september/#:~:text=September%20is%20Healthy%20Aging%20Month,positive%20aspects%20of%20growing%20older.