ARBOR THERAPY: STRIVING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
What do you think about when you hear the word, holiday? Does it conjure up happy memories of a childhood spent with family? Maybe you had a tradition of opening beautifully wrapped presents under a Christmas tree. Or, sitting around a table filled with laughter and conversation—the aroma of grandma’s pies baking in the oven.
With the wide variety of cultures and traditions found in this great country, the memories and possibilities are truly endless. One thing is for certain. The holidays are a time of reflection on the past, a start of new beginnings, and a reason to be thankful.
Having said this, we are all aware that the holidays are not a magic wand. They do not magically erase our problems. If we are struggling with physical impairments, the holidays can actually be a source of stress, pain, and put us in a socially difficult position. Let’s take a look at a few examples of what I’m talking about. Maybe you have experienced some of these first hand or know someone who has.
Example one: An elderly gentleman who has recently suffered a stroke has been released from the hospital. He has returned to his home, just in time for the holiday! That’s great. . .right? Sure. If he is equipped to take care of himself or has the assistance he needs at home. Will he be able to shower, get dressed, or even attend a family function? Let’s say he has help. A caregiver provides him a shower, gets him dressed, and even drives him to the gathering. Will he be able to eat? Did the stroke weaken his throat, preventing him from safely swallowing that delicious turkey dinner?
Example two: A beautiful young woman who was recently in a car accident. She sustained a few serious injuries, but is expected to make a full recovery. However, her injuries have not healed completely and she remains in a cervical collar and wrist brace. This young woman’s pain has been an ongoing problem. She’s also limited in her ability to get dressed in the usual attire because of the bulky and inconvenient braces.
Example three: A small child who was born with disabilities that prevent him from enjoying some of the childhood activities other children take for granted. Maybe she is confined to a wheelchair and the festivities are being held at a multi-level home, where she is unable to follow the other kids around freely. Maybe she is also unable to safely consume regular food and requires her meals to be blended.
These are just a few examples showing that the holidays can be a source of difficulty for some. The more we make ourselves aware of those around us and their specific needs, the happier and healthier everyone’s holiday becomes.
Here at Arbor Therapy, we would like to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy holiday season. We are here to serve the needs of the community, and strive to make a real and lasting difference, one person at a time.