Happy Purim from All Heart Homecare Agency!

To those who celebrate Purim, we are wishing you and your families a wonderful holiday and that you may celebrate life safely and in unity! Happy Purim from All Heart!

What is Purim?

To simply put it, Purim is a time to celebrate life! It is filled with fun festive activities and amazing treats! Many eat great food, and children often dress up into costumes of their choice. For centuries, Purim has been a staple holiday for the Jewish people as it holds so much meaning behind its story of origin. 

What is the story behind Purim?

Purim commemorates the narrative of how the Jewish people were saved from persecution. The story begins within the ancient Persian Empire. According to the Book of Esther in the Jewish Bible, Jews were threatened to be killed by a man named Haman, a prime minister who was convincing the king to go through with this villainous plan after one of the citizens, Mordecai,  refused to bow down to Haman. After word of this plan travels to Queen Esther, who herself is Jewish, she immediately places the plan in reverse by defending her people in front of the king. With her bravery and courage, she was able to save all the Jewish people in the city and so many celebrate that victory. 

What to say to your client who celebrates Purim?

Perhaps your client celebrates Purim themselves. A simple acknowledgement or welcoming of the holiday is always appreciated. By greeting with a “Happy Purim!”, your client will feel that you value and appreciate their culture and their presence alone. When one acknowledges and accepts another person’s culture, there is much positivity. And with a positive environment, you and your client will form a personal bond that will allow room for better communication  and open the door for effective home health care. 

National Organ Donor Day: A Pause for Thought on How to Help Others

As a simple refresher, the celebration of National Organ Donor Day began in 1998. Because of the joint efforts of the Saturn Corporation and its United Auto Workers, the support of non-profit organizations and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Day has taken on a whole new meaning in the lives of millions of Americans.

Starting from 1998, February 14 is not only Valentine’s Day. The date reminds us that organ donation is of the utmost importance. Imagine that tens of thousands of Americans are forced to queue online before they can get precious organs.

The day is of great importance because one of its main goals is to save real lives. That is why on this day, it is customary to demonstrate support to people who are awaiting organ transplantation, as well as to inform others about the humidity of sacrifice for the benefit of other people.

Reasons Why is National Donor Day Important

The day is significant to the public. It helps people learn about the importance of organ donation and assist those who need it.

Imagine that a person as an Organ Donor can save up to 8 Lives or help heal more than 75 People by donating sight or tissue organs after death.

Organ donation may seem immoral and unacceptable to some people. However, the method has proven its practice efficiency. Saving the lives of other people is within the power of everyone!

What’s more, this day is a great occasion to join the donor registry. This is an effortless procedure. You need to sign a written agreement that your organs (after death) can be used to help people who are awaiting transplantation.

Frankly, not all people understand why their family members make a favorable decision about organ donation. However, if you want to help other people and save one or more lives, it is best to discuss your decision with your family beforehand. Such a proactive position is characteristic of those who are ready to sacrifice themselves for society’s good.

On this day, each of us can help debunk myths and provide the public with more accurate information. For example, some people believe that if they have certain illnesses or physical defects, it will prevent them from donating and saving lives – nothing but a disbelief. Also, there is a widespread myth that doctors will not go out of their way to keep your life if you are registered in the donor registry. All this has nothing to do with real life. Saving lives is a priority for every doctor. Medical professionals always struggle for every life no matter what. 

Therefore, if you want to help others understand the importance of this day, then study the official statistics and share them on social networks.

How to Observe National Donor Day

If you were a participant of a donor program and received the gift of an organ, tissue, marrow, platelets or blood, be sure to share your story with others. Try to explain how important it was to receive help from another person you never saw or knew.

The thing is that only a few people understand how huge the queues for donor organs are today. Therefore, you can shed light on the importance of this day through the example of your life story. 

What’s more, don’t forget to use #NationalDonorDay to post on social media and inform the public. We at All Heart Homecare Agency genuinely believe that even a small step like blood donation can make a big difference in thousands of people’s lives.

How to Support a Loved One with Cancer

If any of your loved ones or family members have cancer, you may be wondering how to support them in due course. Despite your sincere desire to help, sometimes choosing the right words or providing the proper support is not easy. Still, there are no set rules as each case is different.

Nevertheless, timely support and attention can help a loved one feel your concern and cope with a heavy burden. Experienced healthcare providers recommend considering several factors before talking (for the first time) to a family member who has cancer:

  1. Control your emotions. The news that someone close to you has cancer may sound overwhelming to you. Try to take the time to cope with your feelings about the diagnosis. After you calm down and focus on supporting your loved one, you can meet and talk about it.
  2. Find out more information about the diagnosis. The older person may not want to tell you the details or the reasons for this disease. Repeating the same information to different people can lead to depression. Check the diagnosis with a consulting physician. Make sure you have the correct information to care for an older adult properly.
  3. Prepare for a change in your loved one’s appearance. Constant fatigue, weight loss, pain, and hair loss are the most common side effects of cancer and most treatments. Start your visit by saying, “It’s good to see you!” Rest assured, this will sound more pleasant than asking about any physical changes.

Key Takeaways 

According to the American Cancer Society, the overall cancer mortality rate in the United States decreased by 29% from 1991 to 2017.

  • Lung cancer remains the most common cause of cancer death.
  • Between 2008 and 2017, the cancer death rate in the United States fell by 30% a year, helping to save more than 2.9 million lives!

Several practical suggestions

Earlier it was said that each person with cancer could behave in completely different ways. However, seasoned caregivers recommend following a few general tips on how to provide support correctly:

  • Take the time to get permission to come before paying a visit. 
  • Make plans for the future. Discuss some mutual goals for the future and support the older person’s hope that the treatment will be sufficient. Keep in mind that most treatments involve a long and tedious process. Therefore, your support at all stages of treatment can be indispensable.
  • Arrange a time when you can call on the phone. There is no point in continually calling loved ones and asking about their health. Perhaps you will reach one of the inopportune moments when a person experiences pain or trying to cope with the effects of treatment. Try to discuss the particular hours convenient for phone calls.
  • Talk about a variety of topics besides cancer. Find out more about the older person’s hobbies or interests to keep the conversation going. The thing is that people who are undergoing cancer treatment must learn to abstract themselves from this disease and fill themselves with positive emotions.

Home care service makes a difference

We do not always have time to take care of our loved ones and provide them with proper support. It is best not to waste any time and contact a professional home care agency.So, if you need affordable care for your mom or dad, look no further than All Heart Homecare Agency. If you would like to know more about our agency’s services, Contact Us at 888-388-8989.

Honoring Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27th is Holocaust Remembrance Day, the day that announced the liberation of the horrors of Auschwitz- Birkenau.  This day has been named by the United Nations to honor the six million Jewish victims and the millions of others who were murdered by the Nazis.

It has only been 76 years ago, and yet some feel as if this disaster has been longer than that.  The only way to  prevent such a nightmare from reoccurring is to continuously inform and educate others on what has happened in our history. With proper education on the truth, more people will treat each other differently. It is so important to not only spread awareness but to share true stories of the lives that have been lost through this period. 

On this day, we honor the millions of lives lost to such tragedy and invite you to join the conversation and share stories you may have if your family has been affected by the Holocaust. 

#WeRemember. 

Blood Donor Month - All Heart Homecare Agency

Be a Hero – Donate Blood this Month and Get a Gift From Us!

You can make a significant impact in someone’s life by donating blood. January is Blood Donor Month and it’s more important to donate now more than ever.  With this simple act, you can quite literally save’s life. 

We’re listing the most essential reasons as to why you should consider donating your blood this month.

  1. Eligible Donors Rarely Donate – And That’s a Problem!

Donating Blood is a safe process, and it is verified by the FDA in order to regulate this procedure and that both parties are protected.  

The Different Blood Types:

There are four  types of of blood types, Group A, B, O and AB. Out of the four, AB is the rarest then B, while Group A and O are the most common. 

  • Group O are universal and can be given to anyone. They are the most common group to be transfused.
  • Group AB can be only given to other people who have Group AB. However, this group can receive from any other groups including AB, A, B and/ or O.
  • Lastly, group O can receive from group O.

You can donate if you:

  • are over 18 years old or have parent’s permission to do so as a 16 or 17 year old
  • weigh over 120 pounds
  • have an official ID
  • do not have any major disease such as heart disease or cancer
  • are not on antibiotics or anything that can intoxicate the blood
  • wait over 12 months if you got a tattoo from a state that doesn’t monitor such their tattoo places, one of them being in the state of New York
  • had not recently received surgery or have traveled 
  • have regular amount of hemoglobin. This is checked during your first donation. 
    • This is due to the fact that your body needs iron in order to maintain the hemoglobin. Therefore be sure to eat foods with lots of iron such as spinach, beans, and other grains and cereals.
  1. You Can Save a Life

People who have gone through trauma or major surgeries, transplants or even cancer would need blood donations. With such donations, it allows for the recovery process for someone to be significantly improve. One donation allows four patients to recover and get a greater chance for suvival. 

  1. The Process is Short and Simple

The process in its entirety is maximum one hour, with only 10 mins of actually drawing the blood. Clinics usually take about one pint and that makes the time being there not too long. 

Doctors recommend that prior to coming to the donation, that you eat a heart healthy meal or even a good snack and that you are feeling good that day. After donation, you will likely eat a beverage or a snack to help your body adjust to the loss. 

The process is painless, you may feel uncomfortable but not when the blood is drawn. After donating, you arms may feel sore but if you take over-the counter pain reliever, the soreness should subside.

  1. You Can Donate Often

Blood transfusions can be made every 8 weeks because the donation is shared with other components and are returned to the donor. Just think about the amount of lives you can save by donating your own blood to someone who urgently needs it.

The reward is indescribable as there is nothing better in this world than to give someone else another chance of living. Not only that but All Heart Homecare will award you as well! Once you have donated blood, come to our Brooklyn Office an we will reward you with a gift that we are giving out to all donors. 

At All Heart, we are all about giving others a chance of bettering their lives with our home health care services. By donating blood, you give others the ultimate gift of life and we believe those who donate are true heros. For more information, give us a call at 888-388-8989.

Glaucoma: Guide to Follow - All Heart Homecare Agency

Glaucoma: “What, How, and When” Guide to Follow

Glaucoma is one of the most severe diseases of the head optic nerve. Worst of all, the optic nerve is required to transmit light-nerve impulses from the retina directly to the brain. Then the brain recognizes these signals, and a person receives a picture of what one is looking at.

According to medical facts, glaucoma is progressive damage to the optic nerve. At the first symptoms, peripheral vision gradually deteriorates. If this disease is not detected in time and appropriate treatment is not carried out, it may result in loss of central vision or complete blindness.

How Common Is Glaucoma?

Believe it or not, glaucoma is the second most common disease that causes blindness. It is estimated that over 3 million people suffer from glaucoma in the United States. Moreover, more than half of the people are unaware that they have progressive disease. The reason glaucoma does not manifest itself so obviously is the lack of symptoms. The consequent loss of peripheral vision is rarely recognized by an individual who suffers from glaucoma.

That is why experienced doctors recommend an annual diagnosis of the organs of vision. This is simple and, at the same time, a reasonable step that will allow you to avoid the severe consequences of glaucoma and start treatment on time.

Key questions to ask your consulting physician include:

  • Do I have visible signs of glaucoma?
  • What types of tests need to be passed to confirm the primary diagnosis?
  • Which treatment approach is right for my age and condition?
  • Are there alternative treatments?
  • Do I need to restrict any life activities?

When Comes the Highest Risk of Glaucoma?

According to official statistics, glaucoma is an age-related disease. In the meantime, healthcare professionals have collected the most critical causes and identified the main risk group:

  • People aged 45 and over.
  • Diabetes.
  • A history of increased intraocular pressure.
  • Various eye injuries.
  • Side effects of steroid use.
  • Neglected cases of hyperopia.

If you are at risk, be sure to visit a doctor at least once a year and undergo preventive diagnostics of vision organs. Keep in mind that glaucoma diagnosed on time is treatable.

Lifestyle and Home Remedies to Treat Glaucoma

These tips are not a medical approach to glaucoma treatment. However, these simple tips will help you control high eye pressure and improve eye health.

Lifestyle and home remedies include, but are not limited to:

  1. Keep to a healthy diet. Taking the right diet will help you stay healthy and prevent possible worsening of glaucoma. Make sure your daily diet is high in antioxidant vitamins C, E, and A. It also applies to beneficial micronutrients, including Zinc, Copper, Selenium, and so on.
  2. Do the minimum amount of exercise. Once glaucoma is diagnosed, talk with your healthcare professional about regular exercise that can lower intraocular pressure. This is especially important in cases of open-angle glaucoma. A well-chosen exercise program will help you maintain the necessary muscle tone.
  3. Stop using caffeine. Excessive consumption of drinks with high caffeine content can provoke intraocular pressure. Therefore, it is better to stop drinking coffee to avoid unnecessary complications.
  4. Keep an eye on fluid status. Remember that drinking fluids throughout the day can restore energy to the body. However, do not drink too much water at one time. It can cause increased eye pressure. Spread your water intake throughout the day in small portions.
  5. Remember to take prescribed medications. Adhering to a precise treatment plan will allow you to get the best results and fight disease. Follow the correct dosage when using eye drops and other prescribed medications prescribed by your doctor. Otherwise, you can unknowingly damage the optic nerve and make the situation worse.

Keep in mind that a thoughtful treatment plan and a healthy lifestyle can help you avoid progressive vision loss and improve your eye condition. By contacting All Heart Homecare Agency, you can get professional help from compassionate and experienced caregivers and essentially affect your loved one’s eye health.

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Make Positive Changes this Year: Inspiring New Year’s Resolutions for Home Attendants

The home care process is often stressful and responsible. As a result, caregivers may forget to take care of themselves. However, if you will follow festive New Year’s resolutions, it will significantly reduce stress and improve your well-being. The resolutions are great for restoring inner balance and starting the New Year from scratch.

#1 Learn to Love for Yourself

Every time you have a massive number of daily household chores to perform, you may forget to take care of yourself. Endless to-do lists, clear and consistent steps in caring for an older adult can be back-breaking and time-consuming.

In the meantime, you can easily forget about your personality and stop paying attention to your own life. Therefore, experts recommend rewarding yourself for caring for loved ones or family members. Imagine that you are helping people regain their independence and make their life easier. That’s why being a caregiver is more than a profession. However, if you have your heart set on home care services, you shouldn’t forget about taking care of yourself.

#2 Be Easy-Going About Things You Can’t Control

To cope with such an internal state, you must understand that many things that happen around you are beyond your control. Some life situations prove that individual strength is not enough to turn the tide of events. 

Sadly, but some people tend to string up for unforeseen events that cannot be controlled. Meanwhile, it is recommended to take a few deep breaths. Think that the current situation is beyond your control and let it go.

#3 Look for Silver Linings

A caregiver’s job is to nurse seniors, supply them with proper care, and help older people with various everyday tasks. However, the daily routine and the constant burden of responsibility can cloud any good deeds. When routine tasks are repeated day in and day out, you can easily miss out on the enormous value of your efforts.

Try to find some free time for yourself to take a break from the hard work rhythm and take a breath. It could be a vacation you have planned earlier or a short evening out with friends or loved ones. Even a trip to the nearest coffee shop can give you a whole range of positive emotions and energize you for a new day. The most important thing is to distance yourself from your daily caregiving responsibilities and enjoy the world around you.

#4 Use Time Management carefully

Home care can seem like an arduous and endless process. Sometimes the number of tasks is so great that you start to rush and grab onto everything. Work on time management and set aside the necessary amount of time for household chores.

For example, you can do the most laborious part in the morning when you are full of energy and have a spotless mind. Simpler tasks can be completed in the afternoon. This way, you will feel more secure and confident. What’s more, you will have time to settle all your duties and cope even with the smallest assignments.

#5 Solicit Help When You Need It

Sometimes the responsibilities of caring for an older person seem too demanding to handle alone. Even if you do it all, you may feel drained over time. In the meantime, it is better to seek help from your family or friends. This will allow you to recharge the batteries and start fulfilling your duties with renewed vigor. Don’t lean over backward and take care of yourself. As a result, your concern and family-like home care will be highly appreciated.

Donation drive in All Heart Homecare Agency

We’re Hosting a Donation Drive!!

After what has seemed to be the most difficult year, many can agree that 2020 has allowed people to feel more grateful to be alive and appreciative of good health. Even more so, we would like to gather our gratitude and pass it onto others. Now more than ever is an appropriate time to give back to our communities and to others who are in need of essential items. 

With that being said, All Heart Homecare Agency is hosting a Clothing and Toy Drive to give to those in need! We’re giving away clothes and toys, both old and new, and donating to those who are in tight financial situations and can not afford such goods on their own.

Where are we Donating to? 

All Heart Homecare is partnering with Chesed Center to donate clothes, toys and any items to those who are in need. 

The Chesed Center is an organization that helps many families in both New York and Israel. They send toys, clothing, shoes and other house-ware items to struggling families.

What can you donate?

Donations can be Used or New. However, all used clothes must be clean and in good condition. 

Accepted Donations include:

  • Men’s Clothing
  • Women’s Clothing
  • Children Clothing
  • Purses
  • Wallets 
  • Shoes
  • Accessories
  • Linens (towels, sheets, etc.)
  • Household Items
  • Toys

Where are the drop off locations?

All Heart Homecare is accepting donations in both of their offices. We have a donation box in our reception area within the Brooklyn office, 1664 East 14 St, 2nd Floor, as well as our Manhattan office, 260 West 35th St. We will be collecting donations till the end of January.

Why should you donate?

As the year comes to an end, many are ready to clean out their closets as a way to also “declutter” their lives.  Perhaps, you have a lot of clothes in which you no longer need, or you are looking for a change in your personal life. While doing that, reconsider throwing away your items as there are so many people who do not have what they need. 

It’s Better  for the Environment

Donating clothes is one of the best ways to better the environment. This is because disposing items like clothing requires a lot for a landfill to dispose off and releases toxic gases into the air. In addition to this, making new clothes takes up many resources such as gallons of water which further harms the environment. By donating clothing, less resources are wasted.

Help People in Need

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” 

Yes, we have heard this cliché time and time again, yet it holds much truth. Though you may be tired of your clothes or items at home, there is someone out there who is underprivileged and in need to these essentials due to either a disaster that occurs or if they are simply in a tight financial situation. By donating, you’re giving others a chance in which seemed out of reach to them before. 

It Feels Good To Donate

Let’s be honest, it feels good to let go. Not only is it a good dead, but it will also positively affect someone else’s life. Your home will not only be decluttered but fill someone else’s home with goods in which were unavailable to them before.

Do you have any clothing or toys that you are hoping to give away?

Come to either our Brooklyn or Manhattan office and drop off your items by the end of this month to give back to others!

More than Your Disabilities- National Disability Day (Dec.3)

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.

Social Distancing & The Holidays: How to Lift the Spirit of Your Elderly Loved Ones This Season

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It’s no secret that older people are more prone to depression during the holidays. Sometimes this happens due to health conditions or financial problems. Moreover, many elderly people are still isolated because of Covid-19. It also has a negative impact on older people.

Therefore, it is vital to try to cheer up loved ones and improve their mental state during the holidays. Today, we will be sharing practical advice on how to lift the spirit of your elderly loved ones, taking into account social distancing rules to keep everyone around you safe.

Decreasing the Risk 

Nowadays, family gatherings carry significant risks for older people. However, nothing prevents you from seeing the whole family using a video-conferencing app. Meanwhile, if you decide to get together in a close family circle, then be sure to take into account the norms of social distancing on the way home. This also includes washing hands and using protective masks.

These simple and useful recommendations can significantly reduce the risk of contracting the virus and allow you to enjoy simple home joys with your family.

Enjoying the Christmas Lights

If your seniors still drives, then advise them to tour around the area and enjoy the bright Christmas lights. You can also make a video about how you and your children decorate the house and share it with your loved ones using instant messengers or social networks.

Even a simple family photo that you take with your smartphone can cheer up seniors and give them a feeling of warmth and care. It would be useful to send a good old postcard for your senior loved one. Sign it by hand and add some warm wishes from all the family members. To make it unique and personalized, send a postcard by mail to congratulate your senior loved one in an old-fashioned way.

Discover new places together

If you want to take your elderly loved ones out in a park or a shopping center, be extremely careful. Large crowds are one of the main reasons for the spread of Covid-19.

To avoid unreasonable risks, offer your senior loved one to try the Window Swap application instead. It will be a great way to refresh the environment for an older person who has been isolated in a home due to the pandemic.

The app allows people to watch the lovely views from the window in different parts of the world and listen to picturesque cities’ sounds. The app is excellent for changing a person’s mental and emotional environment or encouraging a senior to learn new things about the world. The point is to reduce the emotional stress on your senior loved ones and mentally transfer them to unique places that can give many pleasant sensations.

Whichever tips you choose, keep in mind that it should help your senior family members ease the burden of loneliness and provide them with your warmth and care. More importantly, remember to support loved ones not only during the Christmas and New Year holidays but throughout the year.

For more tips on how to stay safe this holiday season, contact All Heart Homecare Agency for the best advice on how to properly care for your loved one every day.