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Tikkun Olam

Seacrest at Home completed our largest home care associate training class since inception earlier this week. Every training class spans over a three day period where we introduce our home care associates to a myriad of company protocols, caregiver safety training, Jewish (history, customs, holidays and values), as well as other pertinent knowledge that would be applicable for our Home Care Associates. I feel confident saying that Seacrest at Home is second to no other company in proper training of our Home Care Associates. While this training is critical, it is only one part of being an excellent caregiver.

Before the training even begins, we carefully select our Home Care Associates based off stringent background and screening metrics, prior experience and in addition, a genuine compassion to provide care. Often, one’s genuine compassion stems from a personal story or experience that compels the individual to give back to others. My favorite part of the Seacrest at Home training period is getting the chance to meet and hear our newly hired Home Care Associate’s own person story. After hearing these stories, I am often left thinking about the Hebrew phrase, Tikkun Olam. Translated to English, Tikkun Olam means to heal the world. Tikkun Olam suggests that we all have a shared responsibility to heal, repair and transform the world to make it a better place. While there are a wide variety of global issues today, one such issue is the lack of quality care options for seniors. While our population continues to exponentially age, the lack of quality senior care will unfortunately only become more relevant.

Our Home Care Associates are doing their part to heal the world.  We know that providing excellent care does not just benefit the client, rather it puts family and friends at ease knowing that individual is well taken care of.  In addition, our Home Care Associates are role models within the Home Care industry.  They are raising the bar of excellence.   I am so proud and inspired to be a part of a company that hires individuals whom have a deep connection to the idea of Tikkun Olam.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Earlier this week, I heard a radio story about a San Diego woman that recently turned 108 years old. The woman’s name is Laura Simon. I was captivated to hear her story and of course her “secret” to living healthy and happily, well past the century mark. I was envisioning a combination of lifelong healthy eating (I pictured lots of kale) and an intense exercise regimen. She may have done these, but in her interview she does not mention this. If you would like more information on her story, please see the link attached below.

Being that this week is Thanksgiving, I thought it would be fitting to tie in Laura Simon’s amazing story to why being thankful and practicing genuine gratitude might increase one’s chances of living a long and fulfilled life too. There are many published studies which show a correlation between health and happiness. This seems so easy then. To live a long and healthy life, we should all just be happy. But how do we get happy? I’m sure Amazon could gladly recommend over a hundred books on how to do so. If reading is not your thing, then perhaps one could ask society, “How can I be happy?” Society often tells us that our happiness lies within one’s status, image and/or material possessions. Although, many experts claim society’s notion of happiness is not correct. The experts in the field of happiness claim that being thankful and practicing gratitude are the most important factors in one’s overall happiness. When I heard the connection between genuine gratitude and happiness I thought of all the people I had met that were at least one hundred years old. The ten or so names that came to mind all had an amazing outlook and ability to be grateful for life. Although, I have never met Laura Simon, she seems to be an incredibly grateful and happy person. Her story has inspired me this week to reflect and reevaluate how I express my own personal gratitude. I hope you are inspired too!

Seacrest at Home is tremendously grateful to our clients and their families who place trust in our care. Also, to our Home Care Associates, your care and compassion is often above and beyond and we are all incredibly impressed.

Seacrest at Home wishes everyone a healthy, happy and grateful Thanksgiving. For more tips on why and how to practice gratitude, please see an addition video link from the TED organization.

http://www.kpbs.org/news/2013/nov/26/san-diego-celebrates-108th-birthday/

http://www.ted.com/talks/david_steindl_rast_want_to_be_happy_be_grateful.html

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