December 3, 2020, is the annual National Disability Day. This year’s theme is, “Not all Disabilities are Visible.” On this day, each of us should reflect that some forms of disability do not show up right away. Factors such as mental illness, chronic pain, trauma, neurological disorders, or cognitive dysfunctions can cause disability as time went on. Therefore, it is vital to support people with disabilities and raise public awareness of the issue.
How to Observe National Disability Day
Stand up for or advocate for the rights of people with disabilities.
Extend a helping hand.
Show some humanity.
People with disabilities are helpful members of society. Therefore, it is essential that they feel our support and care on National Disability Day!
To draw a line, you are not defined by your disabilities, and All Heart Homecare understands that fully well. Our caregivers provide quality in-home care to meet the personal care needs of each person with disabilities.
We are here to help your loved ones maintain their independence and get the care they deserve! Contact us for the best care.
Annually on December 1, the global community celebrates World AIDS Day. The Day joins together individuals worldwide. It is also needed to express mutual encouragement for persons living with HIV or who have passed away from Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDs)complications.
Traditionally, each Day has a theme. The 2020 message is Resilience and Impact. The current topic is about the growing list of AIDS-related issues and draws people’s attention to the point.
This international Day was founded in 1988. Since then, global agencies and government organizations have drawn civil society’s attention to the need to join forces and carry out global campaigns related to the fight against HIV.
Why Is It So Important to All of Us?
Initially, some people were critical of World AIDS Day. The reason was that it focused on cases of infection among kids and youngsters. The organizers aimed to weaken the association of this problem, which was most associated with gay men.
As a result, this disease was recognized as a familiar one that may be relevant to anyone. Moreover, statistics show that HIV and AIDS are the most frequent causes of death among women of childbearing age. More than 43% of new illness infections were among females in 2016.
The Issues We Face Now
Since 2012, the Day’s primary goal is to achieve the so-called zero level of new HIV infections. This also applies to zero deaths from AIDS-related illnesses.
Detailed statistics allow a more in-depth look at the current state of affairs. In 2016, the number of new infections among young women showed a depressing trend. The 15-24 age group increased the rate of new cases by 44%. Such statistics give a completely new understanding of the prevailing stereotype that this disease mainly concerns the male sex. World AIDS Day strives to get rid of such stereotypes and take a sensible view of things.
According to the latest research, since 2015, international financial support for AIDS has declined. Meanwhile, half of the population living with HIV or AIDS can still try anti-retro-viral therapy. Yet, it demonstrates a direct impact on reducing the incidence rate. However, the most important thing is that people should pay attention to inequalities in the treatment issue.
How Can You Help?
Wearing a red ribbon is one of the widespread ways to show your support. The ribbon color was not chosen by chance. It symbolizes the blood, pain, and anger associated with this terrible epidemic. The red ribbon on the lapel demonstrates tolerance towards those suffering from this disease.
Today, there are a significant number of national and international non-profit organizations that are dedicated to fighting this disease. It is not difficult to find relevant ones in the United States and support their action plan with a small donation. This approach has already enabled the United States to reduce its annual death toll since the mid-nineties gradually.
Another way to show your support is to visit a candlelight vigil. Every year, major cities in the United States hold candlelight vigils to recognize those who have passed away from the disease. Each of you can check on the internet for the nearest candlelight vigil venue and visit it to show general support. Even a small post on social media will help you join the public efforts to fight against this severe disease.
Veterans Day is a day dedicated to honor the strongest, bravest and most courageous in our country, those who serve or served in the Military. These individuals have been through a lot, to say the least and it’s important to show how valuable they are to keeping our country safe. Generally,it is easy enough to offend a person who was involved in the war by being careless and since many of our patients have been veterans of the war, many may have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). That’s why it’s important to approach this matter with caution, and use the following recommendations:
It is not always appropriate to use generic poems and quotes. A few words spoken from the heart are much more valuable and express more than any lines in overused verse. However, if the greeting was personalized, do not hesitate to present it.
Keep it short and sweet. When thanking the veteran for their service, be sure to show gratitude for how they fought for their country, risking their own life. Wishes for health, happiness and long life may seem trivial in other cases but will be good for Veterans’ Day.
Personalize your greeting. Even if you do not know anything about the veteran’s life, you know one thing, that they fought for your freedom. Address them by name in a greeting. Generalizations are usually only used when referring to a group of people. At the same time, it is recommended to mention the war that the person took part in.
Avoid details about the war. In most cases, such stories evoke negative emotions rather than positive ones. Such words may even sound inappropriate to people who have never lived in those times. To avoid any feelings of trauma, try to refrain from mentioning any stories that may have hurt them.
Do not hesitate to wish peace. Veterans know exactly the price of this phenomenon and dream that one day it will be established all over the world. Express gratitude for all heroic deeds and boundless love for the homeland. Inspire veterans to achieve new goals, that their life isn’t over and that you believe in them with all your heart.
Mention the importance of their heroic actions. We may not know all of what these people had to endure, but we can show our sincere admiration. It may be difficult to cope with emotions on such holidays, but greet them with a comforting smile. Show the veterans gratitude and positivity, because for some, you may be their only support system they have.
Don’t hesitate to use kind, comforting words. For war veterans, even your presence may be special to them so that they may not feel alone. Together, let us honor those who have fought and serviced our nation. Happy Veterans day!
As Thanksgiving is approaching us, we look back through our life and note the things we are grateful for. Now, although this year has given many hardships and challenges, there are still things we can look back on in our life that we can give thanks for. Some may thank their parents for their lives; their friends for being the support they need in times of trouble and loved ones providing comfort in times of trouble. Let’s be grateful for the life we are given every day, for our shelter, for our food. It’s in the comfortable times when we forget that these are all blessings and it’s important to share humility as well as gratitude. What are you grateful for this year?
Submit a photo of you and your patient in a Halloween costume together! We will be having a voting contest based on the number of “likes” received! The best 2 photos with the most “likes” will receive $25 each!
Please make sure the costume and photo are appropriate but also, fun and friendly! By submitting your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org, you and your patient both consent to having your photo be posted on our Facebook page. The winners will be announced on October 31st!
To those who celebrate, we are wishing you and your families a Happy Sukkot!
May this season bring you many blessings and comfort to you and your families.
What is Sukkot?
In Judaism, the Sukkot holiday is known as the “Feast of Tabernacles” which is one of the most holy holidays in the Jewish Religion. Usually, those who celebrate, make a hut in which they spend 8 days in to commemorate the sheltering of the Israelites in the wilderness.
When is Sukkot?
The week-long holiday is five days after the holiday “Yom Kippur”. This year, the holiday falls on the evening of Friday, October 2 and ends in the evening of Friday, October 9, 2020.
How to Greet Someone Who Observes Sukkot?
One way of greeting someone who observes this holiday is by saying “Chag Sameach” to them which means “Happy Holidays”. If your loved one or client celebrates this holiday, be sure to greet them this way as a sign of respect.