During these seasonal times there might be joy in the air for some, but for others it is a time to reflect about what is important to them. Did we all remember Pearl Harbor Day? On December 7, 1941, 2,402 personnel lost their lives and 1,282 were wounded.
There are young men and women fighting for our country right now. Will we remember them and what they did in 60 years? I hope so.
What we usually do during the holidays is decorate the department and try and bring some uplifting and good news to share with residents in the facility. Some residents have family that may be too far away to visit and need more encouragement and affirmation to continue with their therapy. Others only need to be told they will have to stay until next year before they can leave-which usually puts them in high gear to participate.
During the holidays I try to be positive with patients who are in a hospital or nursing facility. I reassure them they are doing well even after they tell me about their roommate who was taken out a 2 a.m. because, "He wasn't doing well." It can be a scary transition for some and an all too familiar one for others.
We should be encouraging our patients and reaffirming their desires to get well enough to go back home with their families. And for those patients who are anxious, I can usually relax them by telling a shopping story at our crowded Wal-Mart looking for a Zhu Zhu Pet.