Working in a senior living community can provide tremendous satisfaction in helping residents. One can experience great joy in the relationships built and time spent with these wonderful people. It truly is a rewarding career.
But it’s also very demanding and requires patience, flexibility, compassion, and an ability to handle all types of challenging situations. This can lead to stress, burnout, and a lack of both physical and emotional self-care. This has been intensified by the current pandemic, safety procedures, and isolation measures.
Emotional health is often overlooked, under-appreciated, and has typically been considered private with few support and assistance options.
Nevertheless, one’s emotional health affects every aspect of life, from work to home to relationships to physical health, and 2020 has shown us we cannot just focus on physical health anymore.
Additionally, many in our industry work remotely, which has numerous benefits but reduces, if not removes, social cues we used in the past during interactions to sense or measure one’s emotional well-being. Consequently, it becomes increasingly challenging to empathize with others, and it becomes easy to hide emotional distress with these limited social interactions.
All of this has played havoc on many people’s emotional health. Simultaneously, the current environment makes it more difficult to detect, in yourself or others, the need for support and assistance. For those caring for others, whether at work or home, the impact of emotional health can have a wide-reaching impact.
At Sagely, we recognized that our own team’s emotional health was being impacted. So, we have enrolled in HealthPersonas, a company focused on emotional health and happiness, to make sure our team has the support they need in these challenging times. The results have been very positive and have helped us thrive through the many challenges 2020 has brought in our personal and professional lives.
“When team members work in any type of service industry, there is a tendency for burnout. You give so much of yourself to your work that sometimes you forget to take care of yourself. This was one of the reasons I was so excited to offer this benefit to my team. We all need to feel like we can take time to recharge and seek support and the partnership with HealthPersonas provides my team with that option without the burden of cost.” said Hollie Kemp, Sagely’s COO.
Sagely employees have access to a HealthPersonas digital health platform and expert coaching with their Health Guides.