We are all well aware of how, and why, we should be kind to others. Yet, some of us may need more kindness than others, especially the older, more vulnerable members of our communities. That’s why kind nursing care is essential for ensuring people feel happy and well.
As we age, we can start to feel more isolated from the people around us, so kindness can offer a unique way to bring more happiness to each day.
Wellbeing and kindness
Our mental wellbeing has been found to benefit from receiving kindness from others. Through compassion and care, we are all able to form connections with the communities around us, helping us to leave behind any feelings of isolation and loneliness. On top of this, kindness can give us all a joyous lift of happiness, boosting emotional wellbeing and mood.
Kindness increases energy levels and confidence. Studies show that being kind makes you more energetic and increases our sense of self-worth.
Kind nursing care
Kindness can mean different things to different people. For us here at Portland Nursing Home, it’s about compassion. We continuously strive to ensure every resident is treated with consideration and empathy. As such, we consistently remain well aware of the needs and wellbeing of those in our community.
And for others, the meaning can revolve around giving. The gratitude we feel when individual acts of kindness are offered to us can be hugely beneficial for our wellbeing, whether it’s a smile or a small token of appreciation. These can enable us all to feel healthier and happier.
How to share kindness
We can all show kindness in many different ways. For instance, communication with older or vulnerable individuals can be harder if they require more time to convey their thoughts. So, we can show them compassion by taking things slow and steady or supporting them in finding other methods of communication.
Catching up on a regular basis can also help to convey kindness to loved ones. By taking the time to find out how they are, spend time with them and catch up, you’ll be bringing happiness to their day and boosting their emotional wellbeing. If distance is an issue, phone and video calls can be just as good for making them feel connected.
Small acts of kindness are one of our favourite ways of showing compassion. The friends and family of our residents love to send in small tokens of appreciation, and it never fails to brighten their day. We’re also lucky that our local community like to show their appreciation through donations of sweet treats.
But above all else, it’s essential to pay attention to what our loved ones need. For example, completing small tasks such as getting their shopping can show them how much you care while making life a little easier for them. The Portland team regularly check in with our residents to see what they need – from haircuts to setting up calls with family.
If you’re interested in hearing more about our care and our Buxton-based home, please contact us by calling 01298 23040 or fill in our contact form, and we’ll contact you shortly.