Denmark is known for its cold, long winters, but it’s also becoming known for the lifestyle philosophy that helps Danes to cope with those long, cold winters. Hygge is about making your life better, even when the winter feels as if it’s never going to end. Applying the concepts of hygge to your own caregiving journey can help you as well.
Hygge Is about Comfort and Coziness
The concepts behind hygge are all about warm sweaters, fireside chats, and soft lighting. You don’t have to do anything specific or go anywhere special to embrace everything about hygge. It’s more about changing how you look at the comforts of your life. It’s about seeing and seeking that which fills you up with warmth.
Pamper Yourself and Your Senior
Hygge is a perfect philosophy for winter, mainly because of the way it focuses on the same kinds of things that cooler weather tends to inspire in most people. This is a wonderful reason to bring out those old family quilts and blankets and use them to warm up your spaces. You and your senior might want to try some new habits, too, like reading together with a crackling fire, if you have access to a working fireplace.
Opt for Comfort Food that Also Nourishes
Comfort food is another big part of hygge. Stews, soups, and one-pot comfort meals are a great way to get a plate full of cozy, but they’re also perfect for nourishing your senior. Use lots of fresh produce, whole grains, and lean meats in these types of meals and make extra for the freezer. Then, on days when you don’t feel like cooking, you can still reach for something delicious.
Take Time Alone for Hygge, Too
Hygge is a great philosophy to share with those you love, but you can enjoy it just for you, too. Homecare providers help you to take respite time, during which you can pamper yourself a bit. When you come back to your normal life later, you’ve got the lingering effects of your time alone to help you pamper your senior a bit.
As a caregiver, you need to embrace opportunities to make life more comfortable and cozy for yourself and your aging family member. Hygge gives you some guidelines for doing this without having to do anything complicated or completely out of reach. It’s a mindset that can leave you feeling refreshed and renewed.
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Doc, as he is called by everyone - staff, patients and clients - first experienced home health care and hospice care while as a colleg student at King's College as he cared for his mother every day while she first battled COPD and then lung cancer. It was during this time that he came to understand that caring for a patient was more than just clinical expertise.
"Admittedly, my strongest attribute is my communication skills and the simple fact that I love to help people. Even the smallest thing you can do for someone really can mean so much to them long term. In fact, it could change them forever. That's what providing quality personal home health care should be all about."
In his spare time, he cooks for homeless shelters and children's music and arts events. He also is highly involved in his local youth sports soccer academy as a coach and Board member.
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