“The beauty of a woman, with passing years only grows!”
― Audrey Hepburn
Beauty is important to all of us, more than we would ever care to admit. We chase it relentlessly while we’re still young, and we often take it for granted until it eventually begins to fade as we grow older. Though true beauty indeed does come from within, the desire to feel beautiful on the outside is natural to all humans. Contrary to what many may assume, the appreciation for beauty is not exclusive only to the young, and it accompanies us throughout our entire lives. Keeping this in mind, St. Joseph’s staff takes a holistic approach to senior care and aims to meet all needs of the residents, not only spiritual and emotional but also physical.
The residents of St. Joseph’s Senior Home pay attention to their looks and take pride in their appearance. They are always well-groomed, with their hair combed and styled by August, our very own hairdresser who visits St. Joseph’s beauty parlor twice a week and makes sure that all seniors receive the best service possible. The visit to the beauty parlor is always a long-awaited event, especially for the ladies who love to dress up, powder their noses, and curl up their hair. August has been with us for a few years already and the residents just adore her! She has a great way with seniors, and she always takes the time to chat and joke with them as she is styling their hair. That’s why these visits also enrich the residents’ social life.
“Aging is the process of making you bold and beautiful”
― Dr.P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar
But that is not all! Sister Leila, along with other staff members, takes good care of the residents by regularly giving them manicures, and providing the best hand creams so that they are always soft and pleasing to the touch. Of course, due to the pandemic, the manicures are not given so frequently, but even during the hard lockdown when our residents have to stay isolated in their rooms, the staff still makes sure that the ladies are nicely dressed, accessorized with jewelry, and perfumed. Very often, the residents are dressed according to the special occasion, or the holiday that we are celebrating. For instance, Valentine’s Day is dominated by red shades, whereas on Easter, we opt for bright pastels and floral patterns.
“Growing older with grace is possible for all who will set their hearts and minds on
the Giver of grace, the Lord Jesus Christ.”
– Billy Graham
We believe that these trivial activities, such as dressing up or getting their hair done, serve the residents as a form of therapy. The residents patiently wait for their turn to visit the beauty parlor and then spend long hours trimming and dying their hair only to look in the mirror and smile at their own, beautiful reflection. The St. Joseph’s staff on the other hand, shower the residents with compliments and make sure that their efforts to look good are always appreciated.