August 25, 2022

The Fremont Senior Living Demonstrates Acts of Kindness During Be Kind to Humankind Week

Category: Wellness

Author: Melaine Finefield

Kindness is defined as doing something toward yourself and others, motivated by genuine desire to make a positive difference. Kindness is shown to increase self-esteem and mood, decrease stress levels, improve relationships, slow aging, and is accompanied by emotional warmth. Research shows kindness and mental health are deeply connected.

We at The Fremont Senior Living know that one act of kindness can lead to many more. Kindness is contagious and it begins with you!

To me, kindness means treating others the way that you want to be treated. Everyone deserves to be treated with kindness. Understanding that everyone can have a bad day and helping them through it is important. Being there in a time of need or even just offering a little bit of time out of your day can be an important act of kindness.

Some ways to encourage kindness and put a smile on someone’s face is to always have a smile on your face, taking that extra moment to ask how someone’s day is, or spending a few moments talking to those that are around you. If you notice someone seems unhappy or distressed, approach them and see what is bothering them. A hug goes a long way for me!

We can help to inspire others to spread kindness by leading by example. Offering those little moments of joy to those around you can spread easily. It is important to always treat others with respect.

During COVID, there were residents that were struggling due to the inability to see and touch their families. I would wear full PPE and go to see the residents daily and just spend time with them and hug them. I would express how much I cared about them and tried to give hope and value to their lives during that time. It helped to reduce falls, depression, weight loss, and anxiety. Also, when you have residents who are agitated or angry, I spend time with them to help them work through the reasons they are upset. It helps them to feel heard.

Kindness is important to health and well-being. Being kind can reduce anxiety, which can reduce blood pressure, weight loss, and help with sleep. This can also lead to a better mood and overall positive outlook.

The Fremont Senior Living practices kindness each day with every resident, whether they live in Independent Living, Assisted Living, or Memory Care. Arrow Senior Living believes “Acts of Kindness can drive change in the world.” We hope kindness finds its way to and from you.

The Fremont Senior Living in Springfield, MO offers senior villas, independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located less than two miles from Mercy Hospital and Cox Medical Center South with convenient access to major shopping centers, including Farmer’s Park, James River Town Center, Primrose Marketplace, and the Battlefield Mall.

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1520 E Bates Street

Springfield, MO 65804

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