A Comprehensive Guide to COVID-19 VACCINE in NYC

We live in difficult times, and Covid-19 has made its own adjustments in the  lives of every American. Right now, thousands of people eligible for vaccination are forced to wait in line. Some believe that to get a shot one will take a lot of diligence and a bit of luck.

Is it really so?

If you are an active user of social media, you have probably noticed that many people are texting in Facebook groups and trying to get vaccinated ASAP.

Thanks to the authorities’ coordinated actions, New Yorkers have a sufficient number of official websites and phone numbers to track their place in the queue.

However, at every step, you may face more and more questions, including:

  • “How Best to Book a Slot?”
  • “What Happens When I Arrive for an Appointment?”
  • “What Might Happen If I Just Show Up Without One?”

Let’s answer the hottest questions for seniors in New York!

Who Can Get the Vaccine First?

You’ve probably heard that the first doses of the vaccine are intended for medical personnel, residents in nursing homes, workers of important social professions (police officers, teachers, and cashiers). But now, people aged 16+ may go and schedule an appointment for their vaccine after April 6th, 2021. 

For the most updated eligibility of the vaccine, please visit the New York Department of Health COVID-19: Vaccine Eligibility site. 

Can I Get a Vaccine If I Am Under 65?

Yes, people aged 16 + are eligible to get vaccinated after April 6th, 2021. Mayor Bill de Blasio has officially announced that this group may be included in the vaccination wave.

In addition to this, government officials, people working in the department of education, or Group Living Facility Residents and Staff, and essential in-person public-facing building service workers.

How Much Does the Vaccine Cost?

According to the information on the official website of the city, the vaccine is absolutely free. You may need to fill out additional forms and indicate if you have insurance.

Do I Have to Be a New Yorker to Get Access to A Vaccine?

No, this is not at all necessary. There are over 50 vaccination sites in NYC, including at the Javits Center and many local pharmacies.  Simply put, nonresidents and those who live outside the state, but work in the city, are eligible for vaccinations in the city center.

However, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recommendation states that nonresidents should refrain from traveling to the city to receive the vaccine. The best solution would be to get vaccinated in your communities. Check where you can be vaccinated here

What Else Should I Know Before Getting Vaccinated?

The vaccination queue passes very quickly. Besides, places where you can get vaccinated, can appear out of the blue and then disappear within a few hours. The great thing is that with appointments, the process flies by. With daily updates, the more people are eligible, moving us one step closer to a safer world. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us about more information on where and how you can get vaccinated. At All Heart Homecare, the health of our employees and patients is our priority, and with these tips, we hope that we can all go back to the world we used to know and love. 

3 Funny Things You Might Not Know About Passover

Passover or Pesach is one of the most important holidays in the Jewish calendar. For practicing Jews, the holiday marks the Exodus of the Children of Israel from Ancient Egypt. This year the holiday is celebrated from March 27 – April 4.

Here are some interesting Pesach facts you might never hear of:

  1. Some large companies make special kosher foods and drinks for this holiday. It concerns large brands that use kosher ingredients to prepare various foods, from chocolate syrup to cake mixes. The most famous case, however, is the Coca-Cola company. Once the company switched to high fructose corn syrup. This resulted in an issue for Ashkenazi Jews. Today, the brand releases a special bottle with a yellow cap, which is certified kosher and is excellent for this holiday.
  2. Believe it or not, the best matzo flour is made in Arizona. You may not have known, but one of the most challenging technological processes in preparing matzo is keeping the flour dry. Any water risks converting flour into chametz. According to The New York Times article, the most suitable wheat for matzo is found in southwestern Arizona’s arid regions.
  3. Animals also receive special food during all the days of Passover. More importantly, apartments must be free of chametz, and there can be no benefit derived from it. Therefore, pet owners need to use appropriate pet food. Some Rabbinical authorities propose switching out a pet’s diet for a few days. For example, if you own a dog, you can use raw meat to feed your pet. For herbivores, you can choose a variety of approved vegetables.

There are countless interesting facts about this holiday, and if you or your client are familiar with this holiday, share some of these fun facts with them!

To those who celebrate, may this Passover bring you peace, happiness, love, and every blessing from above. Happy Passover!

Donation drive in All Heart Homecare Agency

All Heart Caregivers Donate To Chesed Center: THANK YOU!

“Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have”– Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn couldn’t have said it any better himself. When we give to others, we receive even more. The act of giving is so powerful that it quite literally can change someone’s life. It opens the door for more blessings in personal lives, and we are a personal testament to that!

This past month, we donated to the Chesed Center, a nonprofit organization that supports those in need, and the outcome was excellent! So many caregivers and staff brought in something that they can give to this organization, and we are so grateful that we alone can make such an impact in other people’s lives with this simple gesture.

Thank you to all those who came to the office to donate, we couldn’t be more appreciative of your hearts! You are an inspiration, and we are ecstatic to have such generous people on our team.
If you are looking to join a team that truly cares about others, look no further than joining ours! Be sure to contact us at 888-388-8989 or send us a message at online@allheartcare.com for more information.

Happy International Women’s Day!

March 8th is International women’s day, a day in which we honor and celebrate the women in our lives. For many people, this day means different things but overall the purpose is to celebrate the power women hold. 

One of the main focuses is on equality. Throughout the centuries, women have built the foundation for a better future for all, whether it be within their communities or for their children.  This international holiday draws attention to equality and achievement for all. 

This day serves as a powerful platform to unify the gender parity while celebrating the achievements that were made possible by women. 

On this day, we honor the amazing, strong women in our lives. May we know them. May we Be them. May we raise them. Happy International Women’s Day!

What to Consume and What to Avoid for Senior Diets

A balanced maintenance diet is of particular importance for staying healthy as you get older. The wholesome nutrients will help you preserve skin vibrancy, remain energized, and fill up your body with essential nutrients. This is a great way to reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases, including heart disease, kidney disease, or diabetes.

A balanced diet is the cornerstone of a fast healing process. As a result, an increasing number of caregivers place great importance on a proper diet when caring for elderly patients.

Imagine that according to the National Resource Center on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Aging, 1 in 4 older people in the US has poor nutrition. Besides, malnutrition carries the risk of uncontrolled weight gain or underweight. One way or another, this process can be very detrimental to the loved one’s body and lead to muscle tissue weakening. It can also negatively affect immunity and make a person vulnerable to disease.

To meet senior’s nutritional needs, you need to heed the advice of professional caregivers who have years of experience in preparing food for the elderly.

5 Tips to Right Eating in Old Age

Let’s take a look at a few essential tips about the healthiest foods for seniors and which ingredients to eliminate from senior’s daily diets. 

Here are 5 tips to help you find the most beneficial elderly care products:

  1. Today, “MyPlate” is the latest nutrition guide from the USDA (the United States Department of Agriculture). It includes the 5 most important components that should be added to the daily diet of every person. These ingredients include grains, vegetables, fruits, percent protein, and dairy products.
  2. Strike the right balance to get the right amount of nutrients on your plate. The USDA recommends the following ratio of ingredients: 30% grains, 40% vegetables, 10% fruits, and 20% protein.
  3. Make it a routine to read the nutrition facts label. Remember, the healthiest foods are whole foods. When it comes to packaged food, then it is better to be a smart shopper. Check the product label to ensure the product you choose is low in fat, added sugars, or sodium.
  4. Don’t go too far in recommended servings. To maintain the correct weight, older people need to eat the amount of food appropriate for their age and body weight.
  5. Keep an eye on the right water balance. Water is also an essential nutrient in an older person’s daily diet. Be sure to keep track of the amount of fluid your client consumes during the day. In most cases, you need to keep fluids with sugar and salt at a minimum.

Widespread Foods Seniors Should Avoid

There is also a list of foods that should be excluded from the diet of a loved one. Here are 5 foods that you definitely shouldn’t eat in old age:

  1. Cheese is often considered a healthy dairy product that supplies the body with calcium and other vital components. However, things are different when it comes to soft cheeses, including brie, camembert, and gorgonzola. These cheeses are low in acidity and store in relatively high humidity. Such storage conditions can provoke the appearance of Listeria and other bugs. In any case, the foods can affect the weakened immune system of an older adult.
  2. Undercooked eggs can cause food poisoning for a loved one. Keep in mind that all eggs must be boiled until the white and yolk harden. By the way, you also should avoid homemade mayonnaise and hollandaise sauce – as they may contain partially undercooked eggs.
  3. Raw seafood, including lobster, scallops, or shellfish, must be cooked before consumption. This is necessary to kill all harmful bacteria and parasites that can provoke a variety of diseases. If the older person loves sushi, make sure the fish fillets have been frozen for at least 4 days. Cold is one of the most effective ways to kill bacteria once and for all.
  4. Perhaps raw milk is a healthier product than the pasteurized one that you can buy at any supermarket. On the other hand, unpasteurized dairy can contain various disease-causing bacteria that can trigger food poisoning.
  5. Grapefruit is also an undesirable food ingredient that is contraindicated in older people taking medication for high blood pressure. Make sure to contact a healthcare professional before adding it to a senior’s daily diet. This fruit can interfere with individual medicinal components and cause serious side effects.

Final Word

If you are looking to take care of an older person, pay due attention to a balanced diet and proper eating habits. If an older adult has a gastrointestinal disorder, it is best to consult with a licensed dietitian or healthcare practitioner to draw up an appropriate meal plan.

If you are looking for a professional caregiver for your loved one, look no further than All Heart Homecare Agency. Our agency has been offering affordable home care services for over 9 years and helps 1000+ clients every day. Call Us at  888-388-8989 and get a free consultation straight away.

Daily Reminders for Keeping your Patient safe

March 14–20, we celebrate “Patient Safety Awareness Week” which is a landmark event for both caregivers and patients. The fact is that ensuring the safety of customers is one of the critical parameters of providing quality home care.

At first glance, a home environment is a safe place where an older adult can regain health and independence. However, if a caregiver neglects basic patient safety rules, then this can lead to dire consequences. Therefore, if you are working as a caregiver, pay attention to the treatment plan and always prioritize safety measures.

Today, there are a fair number of safety measures that can be used by Home Health Aides (HHAs). Let’s dwell on a few of the most important nuances that will come in handy for a novice caregiver.

Falls Prevention

Falling is one of the most common causes of injury an older person can experience at home. The number of falls has approached the mark of 2 million cases per year. Therefore, knowing how to prevent the risk of falling is crucial information for HHAs.

Home care experts recommend examining all parts of the home to determine which area could put a patient at risk. Experienced caregivers also point out that the kitchen and bath are the most dangerous places. A fall may happen due to slippery floors, spills, pieces of furniture, and so on. Below are some tips on how to keep these rooms safe.

Tips for a safe kitchen:

  1. Make sure sharp knives and glassware are stored in a safe box.
  2. Keep most commonly used kitchen items accessible so that an older person does not have to use a chair to reach them.
  3. Remove all cleaning products or flammable liquids from the kitchen and store them in closed cabinets.

Tips for a safe bathroom:

  1. Buy non-slip rubber mats and place them in the bathroom or shower floor.
  2. Keep medicines in a safe and easily accessible place if an older adult has to take them independently.
  3. Inform family members of they need to install a grab bar near the toilet and shower. This is a necessary step, mostly if a caregiver cares for a loved one who may have trouble standing up or sitting down.

Caregiver Must Act as a Direct Link Between Seniors and Their Physicians

It often happens that a caregiver should look after a patient and make notes about possible changes in the state of health. If your patient intermittently experiences abnormal pain, dizziness, or high blood pressure, you should act as a coupling agent between a patient and a doctor.

Recording irregular symptoms as well as taking timely actions are essential components of client safety. Communicating with a healthcare provider on behalf of a patient can help prevent possible injury, ill health, or hospitalization.

Take Care of Medication Management

According to official figures, nearly 70% of Americans take at least one prescription drug. These data suggest that drug control is an essential component for the health safety of the elderly. It won’t hurt you to inform a client and family members about the medication’s possible side effects. This is necessary so that the person understands whether the impact of taking medicine is positive or negative.

All Heart Homecare Agency staff is dedicated to keeping seniors safe in their homes. We assist people’s efforts to regain optimal health and independence. Currently, our agency, with 98% positive reviews on Google Maps, offers a wide range of home care services, including:

  • Personal care.
  • Light housekeeping.
  • Companionship.
  • Meal preparation.
  • Running errands.
  • Grocery shopping.
  • Help with doing laundry.
  • Medication reminders.
  • Appointment assistance.
  • Safety supervision.

If your loved one needs to benefit from one of these services, Call Us today at 888-388-8989 to discuss the application process and other nuances.

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.