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Reflections on 2015

Published on Monday 21st of December 2015

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Reflections on 2015

Here we are at the end of another year. 2015 will be remembered by many for the unprecedented flow of refugees that streamed into Europe from war-torn countries. They arrived full of hope for a better life for themselves and their children. Watching the tv footage and images one can’t help thinking how fortunate we are to live in peaceful countries.

Some of you will be retiring after many decades in the workforce. Mind you retirement, has as of late been redefined; retirees are now going back to part-time work, or volunteering or getting busy working on their Bucket Lists. A ‘Bucket List’ is a list people make with all the things they aspire to do when time allows such as countries to visit, dreams to fulfil, friendships to rekindle, and life’s thrills to experience. Have fun!

For those starting out in the industry: don’t be too worried; listen to senior staff and ask for help when you need it. Remember that your colleagues and Management have a vested interest in ensuring you do a good job because your work will be a reflection on the facility’s standard of care. Best wishes!

For all the Leisure and Activity Professionals that have been working in the industry for many years… Cheer Up! Don’t let the relentless and excessive paperwork and high expectations lower your Christmas spirits. If you find yourself a little jaded and disillusioned remember that being close to your clients is a privilege and an honour. Even if it is not always acknowledged, your empathy and understanding can work miracles. Enjoy the Festive Season!

On a last note, thank you to all contributors of our fabulous forum. It is really wonderful to see so many Leisure and Activity Professionals bonding and sharing anecdotes, jokes, activities, resources, and advice with one another.

I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year! We hope you will find lots of time to rest, read, play and be merry!

Comments

Glenys 23rd Dec 2015

Reflections on 2015

Thank you Golden Carers for all your inspiring ideas and support with Golden Carers Tools, our Lifestyle team uses your activity ideas weekly and the residents get so much enjoyment from them. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone working in aged care.
Julie 22nd Dec 2015

Reflections on 2015

Thank you for all your fantastic ideas .
Merry Christmas and all the best for 2016.
Kathleen 22nd Dec 2015

Reflections on 2015

Thank you for all of your great ideas.

Merry Christmas to you all and your family.
Tina 22nd Dec 2015

Reflections on 2015

Thank you for a very inspiring and informative website.
Very best wishes for Christmas and the new year.
Myra 22nd Dec 2015

Reflections on 2015

thank you for a great year of idea's
Juliet 22nd Dec 2015

Reflections on 2015

Everything you have written is so true and to you Natalie, your post says it all. As we all know Christmas is the busiest time for us in lifestyle and yes the reward to us is seeing our residents faces, their smile and laughter. Lifestyle is a very busy profession, but you know.....I wouldn't do anything else. Merry Christmas to you all.
Natalie 22nd Dec 2015

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thank you for those kind and true words. We all get tired at this time of year, but it is a joy to see the joy in our residents faces. For some of them we are their family, so it is important to spread the Christmas cheer. When I get sick of the paperwork and politics, I go and do a group with the residents, and they soon make me smile again too. It is a delight and an honour to care for people. It opens our hearts, minds and eyes, and we are better people for it. Merry Christmas to all the wonderful Lifestyle professionals out there.
Fidelma 22nd Dec 2015

Reflections on 2015

Wishing everyone a happy healthy and peaceful xmas

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