Communicate with Care!: Tips for Effective Communications Month

Picture1Here at St. Anne’s (like anywhere else), we find that communication is very important.  Whether it be giving report to fellow staff or alerting a resident to an upcoming appointment, good communication is key.

As we near the end of June, which is recognized as “Effective Communications Month,” we’d like to share some tips to help you have better communication habits.

Our first tip concerns the way we respond to the communication of others.  We need to make an effort to truly “listen” to what someone is saying.  If we’re doing something else, it’s best to stop, make eye contact, and truly be attentive to a person who wants to talk to us.

Body language that says “I care; I’m listening.” is important, too.  It’s said that over half of communication is non-verbal.  What we say with our body is just as important as what comes out of our mouths.

Be courteous; do not interrupt someone when they’re talking to you.  Remember the give-and-take of good conversation and communication.

Think before you speak – pause to consider your words and their repercussions rather than simply saying the first thing that comes into your head.  You can eliminate a lot of problems this way.

Pass it on (We find this to be crucial in our work here at St. Anne’s.)  If someone gives you information that is important for others to know, make sure you pass it on.  You may want to make a note right away to ensure you remember to rely the information afterword.

Show you care: Utilizing the above techniques will help show the other person that you care about what they have to say, that you care about them. Show interest and ask questions.  Pay attention to the other person’s response and adapt accordingly.  Smile and give encouragements – who doesn’t like to get positive feedback?

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This Weekend – head over to our Ice Cream Social

What do great fellowship, peppy old-time music and tasty desserts have in common?  Well, you’ll find them all at St. Anne’s this Sunday.

Local accordion players will again be providing music.  A free-will offering will be taken during the event, held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Proceeds of the social go toward our activity department.  We’d appreciate if you can bring over a pie, cake, or monetary donation to help with the event.

You can let us know if you’re interested, or even donate online.

Please help spread the word!  We hope to see you there!

Cool It: Tips for Keeping your Cool in Hot Weather

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June is here! It appears that we’re jumping about forty degrees between the beginning of the week and now.

It seemed appropriate to share here some tips for keeping cool when it’s hot outside.  Hopefully you’ll find them helpful.

  1. Make an ice cube necklace with nylons
  2. Make a cold pack with a water bottle.
  3. Run cold water over your wrists.  This is especially effective because of the location of your veins.
  4. Take a cool bath or shower…brrrr!
  5. Stay in your lower level – remember, heat rises.
  6. Choose light weight and light colored clothes.  Think cotton because synthetics trap the heat while cotton absorbs your sweat.
  7. Roll up and freeze pieces of damp flannel cloth.  When you get hot, take them out, unroll them and lay them on your forehead and cheeks.
  8. Eat ice cream.  The perfect opportunity to do so it at our St. Anne’s annual Pie, Cake and Ice Cream Social Sunday, June 11.
  9. Drink plenty of water or even chew on crushed ice.  Other frozen treats are options as well, though nothing quite compares with water.
  10. Dampen your top sheet and/or pillow and stick it in the refrigerator.  Then, take it out and put it on right before bed.  You can also dampen clothing items and chill them to cool yourself off.

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