What is mental health? The idea is incredibly hard to define; it encompasses a host of physical, psychological and social concepts that relate to your sense of well-being. Poor mental health can manifest itself in the form of physical pain without physical stimuli, it can show its face in the form of mood swings and poor judgment, it can develop as anxiety and poor coping mechanisms. The Government of Canada says mental health is the capacity to think, feel and act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and deal with challenges. Resilience, the ability to “bounce back” from setbacks and restore balance and control to your life, is the key to mental health; it can be further parsed into three key concepts. The sense of being is how you feel about yourself, the sense of belonging relates to how you feel about your social circles and peers, and the sense of becoming relates to your aspirations and development.

At Partners for Home, we are committed to mental health, in all of its forms. You or a loved one may have a physical ailment that makes it difficult to accomplish the household tasks that need to be done; we want to alleviate this burden, to help you restore the sense of control and resilience to your life. Difficulty cleaning or grocery shopping doesn’t mean you’re not in control; it simply means you need help to keep leading the life you want to live. Feeling overwhelmed by the responsibilities that come with helping a loved one take care of themselves doesn’t mean you aren’t resilient; it just means you need to lean on society for support. We’re here for you.

Sometimes, mental health deteriorates to the point that it can be qualified as mental illness; that sense of control is wrested from you by chemical imbalances, developmental difficulties or even physical damage to the brain. These illnesses can make it hard to remember chores and errands, lead to mood swings, or simply make it difficult to get out of bed in the morning. We are here to support you; you can customize your home care in any way you need, so if you just need help with errands a few hours a day, we’re there for you; the same goes for those who need 24-hour care.

Dignity plays an impactful role in resilience; if we want to live in our homes, and have the capacity to make decisions about our care, it puts us back in the driver’s seat, allowing us to regain control over important aspects of our lives. This control comes in our sense of being, as we want to live at home, our sense of belonging, as it’s easier to visit with family and friends, and our sense of becoming, as we take charge of our scheduling and duties. The trustful home care services provided by Partners for Home allows clients to keep this dignity when afflicted by illness or acting as the primary caregiver. Get in contact with us, and let us help you be resilient.