CommUNITY Living – Being inclusive

By Heather Hicks-Mello
Member, CommUNITY Living Committee

Moving into community living after being in your own home for years can be very challenging. As exciting as this is, it’s also nerve-wracking. Will people like me? Will I find my way around? Will I make new friends? These are common questions new residents ask themselves.

One of the 12 Principles of Considerate Conduct is ‘Be Inclusive.’. This principle stresses the need for people to feel a part of something, whether it’s a new group, a committee or an entirely new community. It is sometimes hard for those who have lived here for years to open up to new residents, invite them to dinner or ask them to join their group. However, the importance of this principle is obvious: we must make it a priority to help those who are new, or who have perhaps lost a spouse, to feel included.  It’s often easy to get so mixed up in our busy schedules that we forget to take a moment to help someone feel a part of our community.

For the remainder of this month, focus on inclusivity.  You will feel better and so will the resident or staff person that you include.

“We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.” 

– Orson Welles

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