A Message from the Office
Recently, we did a blog post on “Auld Sang Lyne”, roughly translating to "for old times' sake". We associate this song with reflecting on the past year and resolving to do better in the new year. It is important to reflect on our pasts, experiences we’ve had, people we have share our lives with and the blessings we have. Gratitude and self improvement is are valuable and necessary in our lives.
At the start of a new year, our avenues for bettering ourselves take the form of New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, most people will attest to making New Year’s resolutions, but abandoning them within a few weeks. We say, “Life happens”, or “I’ll do better next year”. The cycle perpetuates.
Over the last several years, our Marketing Coordinator, Caitlin Reynolds, has stated that her New Year’s resolution is to have no New Year’s resolutions. Instead, she has had New Year’s goals. Rather than resolving to do better at something we have already attempted, perhaps we can reach self-betterment through goals we set for ourselves to achieve something new. It is a mind-set switch.
May 2018 be a year of wonder, excitement, joy and health. May you see your goals achieved and new experiences enjoyed. We look forward to continuing to provide stellar care, and even improve upon it, as is always our goal. Happy New Year!
~ Golden Horizons Office Team
Caregiver of the Month
In July 2016, the door office door opened to reveal a a smartly dressed woman with a sunny disposition, a ready smile, a spring in her step and a sparkle in her eye. She joined the Golden Horizons team that day. Jackie’s time with us has been marked by her dedication to her clients and her willingness to step in on short notice to help us with open shifts. She goes above and beyond.
Thank you, Jackie, for your hard-work and compassionate care. You are a testament to our mission at Golden Horizons. Congratulations!
Mr. W's Newsletter Inspiration
The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.” ~ Lewis Carroll
We would like to wish all our clients and caregivers with birthdays in January a wonderful birthday. May your next year be full of promise, new adventures and your hearts’ desires. Happy Birthday!
Clients: Mrs. F., January 4
- Betty B., January 13
- Cathy R., January 16
- Queen M., January 20
“Ice and Snow, Take it Slow!”
week, Winter Storm Grayson dumped 12” of snow on us. Winter storms mean cold temperatures, icy conditions and safety hazards.
This winter, Golden Horizons’ mottois “Ice and snow, take it slow”. Included here are some tips to stay safe in winter.
Cover Up! Winter in New England is cold. Wear layers and appropriate outer wear to stay warm and protect against overexporsure - mittens, gloves, hats, waterproof boots, scarves, water and wind-resistent coats.
Shoveling/Walkway Clearing: Snow fall is beautiful when watching from the comfort of a warm home and fuzzy slippers. After comes
the inevitable cleanup, including shoveling. Cold temperatures increases the heart rate and blood pressure in people of any age.
When shoveling, make sure not to do it immediately after eating or smoking; stretch before beginning; push snow, don’t lift if it’s heavy and wet; if you must lift, use a smaller shovel and lift with your legs and core, not with your back; don’t work to exhaustion.
Never shovel if a doctor prohibits it.
Keep kitty litter or salt in your car. If you go anywhere that hasn’t been cleared and you find yourself about to walk on ice, spread so you have better traction.
Car & Winter Driving Safety: Winter weather can be as hard on our cars as it is on us. Here are some basic ways to mitigate any unforeseen problems - get your car serviced and prepared for winter with snow tires and levels topped off; always keep at least 1/2 tank of gas in the car through the winter months; keep an emergency kit in the car that includes extra batteries, flashlights, extra food and water, first aid kit, maps, compass, blankets, extra warm clothes, jumper cables, spare tire, tire changing tools, kitty litter and/or salt. Warm the car before driving.
It is important to take extra care when driving in winter. Road conditions can be more hazardous with ice and snow on the roads. Don’t drive if it can be avoided during bad weather, plan your route in advance, tell family and friends where you are going, accelerate and decelerate slowly, allow more time to break - 8-10 seconds, don’t stop driving on a hill, use common sense, always make sure you have enough sleep. Golden Horizons is committed to safety and security for all our clients and caregivers. Contact the office with any questions or concerns this winter and we will provide information to help you. Stay safe, stay healthy, stay warm! Happy New Year!