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Building a Strong Support System

January 26, 2022

They say “It takes a village to raise a child”.  According to Wikipedia, this say “is an African proverb that means an entire community of people must interact with children for those children to grow in a safe and healthy environment.”  The notion of community support isn’t just for children.  Life is about who you have in it, the things you do, and the impact you make.  To help along the way, it’s important to have or build a network, or strong support system, of people you can rely on during the various stages of your life.  This network of reliable people can be made up of:

  1. Family
  2. Friends
  3. Healthcare Providers
  4. Coworkers, etc.
  5. Care Continuum

With the new year already in progress, have you thought about the importance of maintaining and developing a strong support system?  People create resolutions and plans, hoping to reach out, do better and build themselves up stronger than the year prior. As winter continues and the challenges of a new year surface, many individuals face seasonal depression, high levels of stress, or may be coping with other mental health issue – and as according to the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, one in six American adults experience mental health problems, ranging from mild to debilitating,

Taking the necessary step to understanding your support system is key in facing such a crisis – and this can range from family, friends, to entire strangers.  Research has shown that have a healthy support system has a positive impact on overall mental health, with findings showing that stress goes down 13% on average. This is especially true for women, seniors, patients, and students as it combats social isolation, loneliness, and feelings of depression.

So here are few ways to begin building and even reinforcing your support system.

  1. Reach out.
    1. Be it family, friends, or perfect strangers, simply saying hello and striking up a conversation can help to stave off negative emotions. Speaking to those that you’re close with, being open and honest, better strengthens bonds and builds support.
  2. Use technology.
    1. By using Zoom, email, text, or other voice-call programs, you can talk to anyone around the world. Should you have friends across the country, family who live far away, or made a large change yourself, you can always stay connected to loved ones.
  3. Join a group.
    1. By connecting with people who share similar interests, you can improve overall health and feelings of wellbeing. It also helps to promote a sense of belonging which is important throughout our lives.
  4. Ask for help.
    1. Sometimes reaching out to loved ones doesn’t provide the best results. In contrast, speaking to your healthcare provider, places of worship, community centers, and joining local events – strangers can end of being a great source of comfort and support.

There are further components to strong support systems – as stated before, family, friends, and strangers can be and are integral, but another pillar for stable support can be your professional colleagues. These groups then provide the three types of support: emotional, instrumental, and informational.

At Spring Hills, we have our own strong support system within out Care Continuum, including

  1. Home Care Services
  2. Population Health Management
  3. Post Acute Care
  4. Assisted Living Communities
  5. Memory Care Communities
  6. Long Term Care Communities

We also have strong partnerships with Pharmacies and On-Site Rehabilitation teams to provide additional care when needed.  Our services don’t end there.  We have incorporated innovative technologies to provide more effective care, enhance customer service and provide increased communication.  This year, add Spring Hills into your network for an even stronger support system, no matter where life takes to Live Happy!

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