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Love thy Neighbor This Coming Winter!
By Kevin Bean

As we head into the cold weather months here in Western Pennsylvania, I wanted to take a moment to encourage everyone to keep an eye on our neighbors who may not be able to manage in the ice and snow as well as they used to.  It’s easy to get wrapped up in our incredibly busy lives, but I have found that, at the end of the day, I am never so happy as when I am doing for others. 

Here are some great ways you can help out those around you:

  • If you’re planning to make a trip to the grocery store, check in to see if there’s anything you can pick up for them while you’re there.
  • Breaking out the snow blower?  Consider paying it forward by clearing a neighbor’s driveway and sidewalks as well.
  • Visit!  Never underestimate the power of a kind word, and an hour of your time.  It’s easy to hibernate for the winter, but often people don’t want to be a burden and won’t ask for the help that they need.  Cold weather and a lack of sunshine can bring on depression for some of us, and just knowing that someone cares enough to check in can do wonders.
  • When inclement weather hits, sometimes something as simple as walking to the end of a driveway to pick up the mail can end in a life threatening situation.  Offer to pick it up for those who may have difficulty navigating in icy conditions.

Lastly, there are many wonderful Personal Care and Nursing Homes in the area that offer Respite stays – short visits that can be as little as one day.  During times of severe weather, essential services like Meals on Wheels and various in home nursing agencies may not be able to reach people.  Encourage your friends and loved ones who depend on these types of services to consider a short stay to keep safe until the weather clears. 

May God bless and keep you in the months ahead.

Kevin Bean is the Nursing Home Administrator of Harmon House Care Center, Mt. Pleasant, PA. For more information regarding Harmon House Care Center or Respite Care opportunities, feel free to contact Kevin Bean at KBean@myharmonhousecarecenter.com, 724-547-1890, or visit www.myharmonhousecarecenter.com

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