Fall 2016 Newsletter

The Fall 2016 Newsletter is here! 

You'll find a passage from one of our clients about their experience at Unique Options, our time at the most recent BIAMI Fall Conference, and a little more about the history of our Horticulture program. Enjoy!

Quarterly Newsletter

The Unique Options, LLC quarterly newsletter is hot off the press! We have some great features in this print, including how you can get your hands on our custom projects made in our Special Projects department. From flower pots, to picture frames, custom wooden creations are being produced here right in our warehouses!

Click here to read more about our Special Projects, a personal journey from one of our clients, and all about our recent trip to the International Brain Injury Conference!

Macomb County Business Awards

There are nearly 18,000 businesses that call Macomb County home. They are important not only for the direct jobs they create but also for the many ways that they contribute to our communities in general.

Unique Options, LLC is please to announce that we are one of 3 nominated businesses for the "Champions of Workforce Development" award! This category is for any business that utilizes innovated practices for hiring, training, and or retaining employees. This week, we had the pleasure of giving tours and more information about our facility to representatives for the Macomb County Business Awards.

The winner of the Champions of Workforce Development will be determined by a group of business leaders from Macomb County on Tuesday, February 9th, and will be presented by County Executive Mark Hackel. To purchase tickets to this event, click the link below. 


Feburary 9th, 2016

8am - 10am

The 4th Annual Macomb County Business Awards is a celebration of organizations that have found success in creating a strong and welcoming workforce, diversifying their market share, implementing efficiency or giving back to the community.  Huel Perkins, Fox 2 Detroit Anchor, will emcee.  Kim Yost, CEO of Art Van Furniture will offer a keynote address.  County Executive Mark A. Hackel will present awards to a single recipient in each of six categories.  Presented by the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development.



Thank you for all of your support that allows Unique Options to keep providing meaningful work opportunities to the brain injury community, year after year!

Unique Options in the Grosse Pointe Magazine

We love spreading awareness about our program, especially within the surrounding neighborhoods and communities that are near our Warren, MI locations. This month, we had the pleasure showcasing Unique Options in the Grosse Pointe Magazine! A big thank you to the magazine editors and Shelley Owens for their beautifully written write-up on our programs and dedication to the traumatic brain injury community. 

Facebook Headlines

If you haven't liked our Facebook page, then you're missing out on daily news and headline information about brain injuries across the world! Here are some of our favorites stories, news articles, and experiences that we showcased on social media over the past few months.

Reflections on TBI's

The TBI community is extremely vocal about their personal experiences, and we love sharing different perspectives for both clients and professionals to reflect on. You never know when one person's point of view could change your own! Read the article here.


Motivational Messages

Because Monday's can be hard. So can Tuesday's. In fact, we all need a little nudge to keep us motivated throughout the week. Our Facebook page is full of fun and inspiring messages to keep you plugging through those difficult moments. Need a heavy dose of motivation? Check out our Pinterest boards for pages full of inspiring messages!


Scientific Studies

With concussion awareness more prevalent in the news than ever before, it seems everyday scientists are finding new ways to combat TBI symptoms and find faster ways to diagnosis brain injuries. Make sure to follow our Facebook page to stay up to date with the most recent studies in the news! Read the article here.


Breaking News & Headlines

When comedian and actor Tracy Morgan suffered a traumatic brain injury due to a horrific car wreck, we followed the story from beginning to end. As TBI's become more present in the news, sharing and supporting these headlines will only help bring about more awareness. Read the article here.


New Programs

Did you hear the news? We recently opened our FOURTH location and newest retail training enclave! UniQuely Yours is an upscale consignment resale shop, located in the heart of Roseville, MI. We just opened so there's still plenty of time to get your hands on amazing designer deals! Being able to provide our clients with hands-on retail training is a service we're thrilled to be able to provide. Make sure to like UniQuely Yours' Facebook page as well to stay up to date with what's happening in the store!

 

Follow us on Facebook and see what we're up to today!

Grand Opening of UniQuely Yours

Unique Options, LLC is always looking for new ways to expand our reach, provide more services for our clients, and give those who are willing to work the best opportunities to master their skills.

We are proud to announce the opening of our newest enclave, UniQuely Yours

 

UniQuely Yours is a upscale resale consignment shop, specializing in women's clothing, men's clothing, and home decor. Located in the heart of Roseville, MI, UniQuely Yours offers one-of-a-kind designer pieces and exclusive items that you won't find anywhere else!

While our current Warren, MI facility provides clients with retail training on a smaller scale, with Karen's Korner, UniQuely Yours will immerse our clients into a full-scale small business. Starting from the beginning, clients will work with us on inventory, pricing, store layout, making purchases, and providing excellent customer service. 

Our GRAND OPENING is scheduled for Wednesday, July 22nd from 4:00 - 6:30 and we look forward to seeing you all there for food, drinks, ribbon cutting ceremony and of course...SHOPPING!

For more information, please check out UniQuely Yours' Website and Facebook. Make sure to sign up to our newsletter and "LIKE" our Facebook page to stay in the loop!


Have you been looking for opportunities to master your retail training skills? If so, give us a call and schedule a tour, and see how Unique Options, LLC can get you back to meaningful work!

New Shirts Available!

Have you been looking for a new t shirt that beams with the joy you feel all summer long? We recently stocked our Unique Options Store with new radiant yellow t shirts that are motivating our staff and clients to keep their spirits high throughout the summer!

Want to purchase a shirt for yourself? Stop by our main location and head on over to Karen's Korner. They're only $9 so you can stock up for everyone you know! We have sizes available from Small - 4XL. 


In Honor of Nurses Week

At Unique Options we have the privilege of not only employing Job Coaches that work with our clients on a daily basis, but also a vast group of medical professionals. More specifically, our on-site nurse, Kim Goodwin, is able to bring more to Unique Options than just a band aid and a relief from a headache.

 

The nursing profession has tremendously evolved over the course of history, from basic caregivers that assisted patients with comfort and dignity to an honored profession that goes beyond the calling of just helping those who are sick. It was nurses who first helped pave the way for cleanliness protocols to help minimize infection in the 1850's. It was nurses who helped design humanitarian efforts for those who came back home from war and were struggling with the disasters they left behind. It was nurses who implemented the change in our mindsets, with programs such as the Red Cross, and taught us that helping those less fortunate than ourselves is a duty and not just a privilege. Nurses have proven for centuries that the profession of providing quality medical assistance should always be evolving into the best care possible.

 

At Unique Options, we understand the vital importance of our medical professionals on staff, and are fortunate to say that our Director of Client Services is a nurse that has helped paved the way for the success of our program.  To all of the nurses that help those in need that cross their paths daily, we thank you for your courage and dedication for always pushing the limits to make our world a healthier place.

Urgent! Contact Your State Rep!

Did you hear about Senate Bill 248?

In less than 36 hours, the Senate passed out of committee and voted on SB 248, a bill which alters no-fault auto insurance significantly.

Help protect Auto No Fault by contacting your State Representative NOW and tell them to VOTE NO on SB 248!

Ergonomic Tips For Every Workplace

Did you know that improper body mechanics when performing the simplest tasks can be detrimental to your physical health? At Unique Options, we strive to ensure that all of our staff and clients are practicing proper body mechanics and ergonomics while they are working at any type of job. We've implemented tools and tips to help everyone work smarter at our own facilities, and have put together a list of what you can do to improve the ergonomics in your everyday life!

 

What is Ergonomics?

The word ‘ergonomics’ can be defined as ‘the study of work.’ This means finding the right fit for each individual and job. In order to maintain this balance, ergonomics works to find adaptations with work placement, environment, and design. When looking to eliminate and reduce the rate of workplace injuries, ergonomics focuses on with every employee’s abilities and limitations. The following examples are common types of ergonomic hazards:

 

  • Repetitive Movements
  • Forceful Movements
  • Improper Postures
  • Improper Workstations
  • Improper Tools/Equipment

 

Let’s go over a few ways you can implement ergonomic solutions to improve your working conditions:

 

Sitting Solutions

Chances are you’re currently sitting at a desk and are in front of a computer. The way your chair is positioned and how you are sitting could potentially be causing stress and strain on your entire body. Any office chair that you will be sitting in for long periods of time should ideally have the ability to adjust the height, back, and arm rests. These types of chairs give you lumbar support. Additionally, your feet should rest flat on the floor or on a footrest if you suffer from lower back pain. Overall, you should be able to sit comfortably and straight, without slouching or hunching to work, in every chair you sit in for long periods of time. As an added bonus, always make sure to rotate positions from sitting to standing every 20 to 30 minutes

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Standing Solutions

Not all jobs require you to sit, and being on your feet all day can be tiring. By incorporating good posture into your ergonomic routine, you can prevent future injuries. Make sure to always stand tall, in order to allow the curves in your back to remain neutral. When you slouch you create more stress on your back, and your energy diminishes, which is why it is important to bring your work closer to the middle of your body. Shifting your weight between your legs, and remembering not to lock your knees, is also important when standing properly.


Lifting Solutions

If your job requires lifting, make sure to always turn your entire body in the direction of the objects you’re lifting, instead of just twisting. Any object you are lifting should be close to your body, and never try and lift something that is extremely heavy. Proper body mechanics for lifting entails bending your knees, keeping your back straight as you lean, and then straightening upright as you lift. When you need to bend down to lift up something light or quickly, try using the ‘golfer lift,’ which is accomplished by bending one knee, pivoting off the floor with the opposite leg, and bending over. Always hold onto a table or chair for support when squatting or lifting, whenever possible.

The Golfer Lift

The Golfer Lift

 

Visual Solutions

Do your eyes ever feel tired or dry? Do you suffer from headaches at work? This could be due to poor lighting or glares of light surrounding your space. To minimize visual issues due to improper lighting, make sure your computer screens and lights are properly position and adjusted. Use tasks lights to help focus light onto areas of your workspace that you’re using the most. Also, try adding glare covers for your computer monitors to reduce stress on your eyes, as well as placing it directly within your natural line of vision, about 12 to 15 inches away. Whenever possible, your best option is to always opt for natural light!


Learn more about ergonomics and proper body mechanics by heading over to the OSHA website and start working better today! 

Brain Injury Awareness Day With Unique Options

While we've been celebrating and promoting brain injuries all month long, March 18th was the official day for brain injury awareness! Unique Options has been actively engaging with the traumatic brain injury community, in order to shed more light on these invisible injuries and create positive change for the future. Wondering what we've been up to?

Spreading Awareness About Traumatic Brain Injuries By Educating Others

Kim Goodwin & Tim Hoste of Unique Options visited the CW50 to talk about employment opportunities that Unique Options hosts for the traumatic brain injury community. Click the picture below to watch their segment that discusses how we provide high level vocational training to all levels and abilities for the TBI community.

Spreading Awareness About Traumatic Brain Injuries By Contacting State Representatives

Everyone at Unique Options are actively engaged in helping push policies and proactive changes that would benefit the traumatic brain injury community. This month, we focused on writing to our state representatives in support of Senate Bill 41, otherwise known as the Michigan Brain Injury Law. With help from both staff and clients at Unique Options, who continuously voice their support for Senate Bill 41, we hope to truly make an impact on our state representatives and their decisions. Click here to contact your state senator and representatives, and show your support towards positive legislation for the TBI community! 

Spreading Awareness About Traumatic Brain Injuries By Wearing Green!

Everyone at Unique Options has been sporting new green bracelets with our motto: Keep Calm & Work On! In support of Brain Injury Awareness month, Unique Options will be giving away hundreds of our green bracelets at the Carnival of Care conference on 3/22/15. Stop by our booth, play some games, and show your support all year long! 

Spreading Awareness About Traumatic Brain Injuries By Sharing Personal Experiences & Support

We've shared tips and suggestions on how to spread awareness about traumatic brain injuries all month long on our Facebook page, but also wanted to hear from you! Our staff and clients shared their personal experiences, either from living with a brain injury or supporting the community, and how they help make a difference in lives every day. How are you helping promote brain injury awareness? Let us know in the comments below!

What Do You Know About Traumatic Brain Injuries?

In honor of Brain Injury Awareness Month, we want to educate you on the facts about TBI.

The detrimental list of disabilities and issues that occur after sustaining a TBI is unique to each individual experiencing a brain injury. However, the impact that brain injuries have on our community is a very present and current reality that we all need to take more time to learn about.

Check back with us next week for tips on how to prevent brain injuries!

2015 Neuro Film Festival

Unique Options, LLC is kicking off Brain Injury Awareness Month with motivation that will convince you to spread awareness all month long!

Unique Options, LLC is a proud participant in the 2015 Neuro Film Festival! We followed two of our dedicated clients, Melvin & Jeff, as they shared their stories about their lives inside and out of Unique Options, LLC. Both stories shed light on the realities of living with a traumatic brain injury, along with the motivation to help spread awareness across your community. 

How can you help make a difference? You can vote for Melvin & Jeff! During March 3rd - March 10th, the 2015 Neuro Film Festival will be tallying votes for your favorite video. Watch the videos below and pick which one spoke to you the most. Click here to submit your vote for Melvin or Jeff, and help them win the Fan Favorite Award!

Don't forget to follow us on Facebook for more great ways to help spread awareness all month long!

Brain Injury Awareness Month

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Unique Options, LLC strives to bring positive light and hope to brain injury survivors, by spreading their message and educating the public on the realities of a traumatic brain injury.

Nearly 2.4 million people incur a brain injury every year in the United States. Many of those individuals are thrown into a lifelong battle with physical, mental, and cognitive disabilities. With proper therapeutic and vocational rehabilitation, Unique Options, LLC is continuously working to make the future for traumatic brain injury survivors brighter. During the month of March, Unique Options, LLC encourages you to follow along with us as we bring forth more awareness for traumatic brain injuries, and honor the millions who are living with brain injuries today.

We’ll offer opportunities for you to give back to the brain injury community, spread awareness with those you know, and become an intricate member of providing real solutions for those living with a brain injury. Join Unique Options, LLC in the journey to shine a light on traumatic brain injuries and promote advocacy for creating a more meaningful future for every survivor!

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Emotional Extremes & How You Can Help

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, and while many embrace the holiday as a way to show their loved one’s just how much they care, it can be a difficult time for others. This year, don’t forget about those who are suffering from brain injuries, and may find it more difficult to express their emotions.

 

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At Unique Options, we work with clients who have difficulty grasping their inner sensitivities. When someone acquires a traumatic brain injury, the psychological problems that can build from emotional stress are often too much for an individual to tackle on their own. This is why our program offers a safe and comfortable environment, to allow our clients to express their emotions, and work through their actions appropriately.

Below are some of the most common emotional symptoms that TBI survivors experience, and how you can take more proactive steps to help them cope.

  • Mood Swings:  Some people experience up’s and down’s faster than we can process. We often refer to this as an ‘emotional roller coaster,’ as many clients will go from happy to sad, in an extremely fast amount of time. These mood swings can happen for no specific reason, and shouldn't be taken personally by those on the opposite end.
    • How Can You Help: If you happen to receive the aftermath of a mood swing, make sure to always remain calm. Try to speak quietly to the person experiencing the emotional roller coaster, and remain supportive of the situation.
  • Depression: This is one of the most common emotional symptoms that go along with having a TBI. Many survivors morn the loss of what they once were, how they functioned before their injury, and the overwhelming sensation of change. This can also be a chemical reaction that shows face several months after incurring a brain injury.
    • How Can You Help: Be as supportive and encouraging as possible, but understand that you won’t always be able to fix the problem. Medication, along with routine diet and exercise, can help curb depression issues for those with a TBI. If you know someone is experiencing these symptoms, don’t wait to speak up. Make sure they know they have your support!
  • Anxiety: You know that feeling when your nerves take over, and all logical thinking goes out the window? So do those who’ve experience a brain injury. TBI clients are more likely to exhibit symptoms of anxiety frequently. This is often due to the difficulty caused by focusing, concentrating, or not understand what is being explained to them. Additionally, large crowds, physical limitations, or time constraints, can also be an anxiety trigger.
    • How Can You Help: Keep things small and simple! When explaining information to someone with a TBI, keep your directions clear and concise. Offer reassuring assistance and provide as much structure for a situation, when you can.
  • Irritability: Many people that have sustained a TBI end up struggling with tolerance issues. Their irritability increases, and it can often appear that they’re frequently agitated. Injuries that occur in the brain that control these areas are common with those suffering from a brain injury, and can also work in conjunction with their anxiety.
    • How Can You Help: Again, we want to remind you to not take these situations personally. Avoid rationalizing with the other person, and give them some space to calm down. However, don’t shy away from letting the individual know that their behavior is an appropriate way for them to express themselves, and find a moment to talk about why the incident happened, at a later time.

What suggestions do you find work best when dealing with emotional extremes? Let us know in the comments below! 

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