August is National Wellness Month, so it’s a good time to answer the question “what is wellness?” Wellness is actively trying to live a healthy life, physically, mentally and socially. Back in 1976, Dr. Bill Hettler, co-founder of the National Wellness Institute, developed The Six Dimensions of Wellness: six aspects of every life and how they affect our overall well-being.
Sounds pretty scholarly, doesn’t it? Actually, it’s a pretty simple thing most of us work on without really being aware of it. If you have a loved one with special needs, however, making sure they are well in each area of their life is a difficult task. At Cambridge Adult Day Center, we can help you and your loved one, be well in each area!
Let’s look at Occupational Wellness: personal satisfaction and enrichment of your life through work. If your loved one does not have work to do, they may be missing out on the sense of worth and accomplishment associated with completing tasks, especially if those tasks are ones they enjoy.
Here’s how we can help at Cambridge:
First, all participants are eligible to earn points to receive special rewards at Cambridge. Points can be earned by completing center activities, or a chore needing done (ie: gathering trash). Staff help participants discover their talents, and encourage them to lead the group in that area. A sense of responsibility and accomplishment are nurtured.
Second, participants develop a routine when they attend Cambridge. A new day means time to get up, prepare, make the trip to Cambridge, participate and return home. They know others are looking forward to seeing them at the Center, and that there are activities they want to participate in. Participants find Cambridge rewarding and stimulating.
Tomorrow, we’ll talk about Physical Wellness and how Cambridge can assist in this all important aspect of wellness!