We all know it’s important to show kindness to others, but sometimes, older people need it more than others, especially those who are vulnerable. That’s why kind elderly care is crucial for ensuring individuals feel comfortable and, most importantly, happy.
As people get older, it can lead to isolation with many people facing plenty of day to day stresses, becoming busy due to work commitments or when families move away. As such, kindness can offer a unique way of boosting wellbeing and bringing joy.
The impact of kindness
Kindness has been found to improve mental wellbeing dramatically. This is because, through compassion and benevolence, we all have the ability to connect further with others and generate a sense of community, reducing any feelings of isolation and loneliness. Not only this, but it gives an immediate lift of joy and happiness – key for boosting overall mood and wellbeing.
Not only does being kind help alleviate our mood when we are stressed, it also helps us to experience more positive emotions.
Research has shown that doing random acts of kindness triggers the release of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that plays a role in mood stability and oxytocin, a hormone that makes you feel connected to other people.
Kind elderly care
For many, the meaning behind kindness can vary, but for us, it’s down to compassion. Here at Crouched Friars Residential Home, we ensure all of our residents are treated with empathy and consideration. This ensures we remain consistently aware of the wellbeing and needs of those in our community.
For others, kindness can revolve around giving and gratitude, including those small acts that add joy to the day. Whether it’s a smile or a compliment, they’re just as crucial for enabling people to feel the joy and connection that we need to feel happier and healthier.
How we can all show kindness
There are many ways in which we can show kindness to those around us. For example, it can be sometimes hard to communicate with older friends and relatives, but it’s essential to show compassion by taking this slow and steady.
Find ways to help their communication and continue to show you care by actively listening.
Visiting loved ones frequently is one of the best ways to show kindness. By taking the time to see them, interact with them and bring joy to their lives, you’ll be boosting their wellbeing too. We know that sometimes distance can be an issue, so if you can’t stop by regularly, phone calls and video calls are just as good.
One of our favourite ways of showing kindness is through small acts of kindness. Many of our resident’s loved ones frequently send small gifts and tokens of their love which immediately brightens their day. Our neighbours are also often showing compassion with donations of biscuits, cakes and more!
Most importantly, it’s crucial to pay attention to what your older companions need. Find ways to make life a little easier for them, such as picking up some shopping or making them a meal. Our care team continue to spend time with every member of our community to see what they need and when.
If you’re interested in discovering more about our care and our Colchester-based home, please contact us by calling 01206 572647 or fill in our contact form, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.