Holiday Act of Kindness

 

I recently went with a friend for holiday shopping; she was deeply saddened that a resident at the facility where she works was crying because he did not get any gift or card for the holidays. The families of the assisted living facility residents, bring the gifts to the nurses to be distributed to their loved ones. Unfortunately, some residents may not get gifts, cards or just a visit from their loved ones. Residents, who are still with their full mental capacity, can be heartbroken or feel forgotten by their family.

My friend was able to get the resident who was crying for being forgotten by his family a really nice warm jacket. It is important to know that this particular lady lives on paycheck to paycheck, and she is just barely surviving. She did not waiver in bringing some smiles to this 76 year-old man, who said that nobody loves or cares about him. When you see an elderly man crying for love and attention of the family he grew and helped in his younger years, it can be heart wrenching. I could not conscientiously see her make all those expenses. I offered to share the cost of her shopping.

We are still in the celebration mood for 2016, let us all do a soul searching and ask ourselves if we have touched somebody’s heart, not necessarily a family member, or a friend. It does not cost much to bring a smile to an individual or a community. A phone call to a lonely elderly person who lives alone; or a holiday card to a friend who has struggled all year with health challenges or loss of a loved one; or someone from your place of worship are meaningful ways of reaching out and showing love.

You may also consider joining a service organization like the Rotary Club in your local area for community projects.

Happy New Year and best wishes as we celebrate 2017.

 

 

 

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Our Senior Citizens Deserve Better

 

Recently, a local Assisted Living Facility gave eviction notice to some of their residents without caring on the repercussion on the seniors who have been living in the same facility for decades. The oldest of the resident is 102 years, and one wonders why monetary values should override the empathy, love and respect for one of the most treasured populations in every culture.

Apparently, there was no transition plan for the residents in the take over agreement, resulting to eviction of the affected seniors. The anxiety and sadness as a result to of this action is unimaginable, considering the frailty and mental state of the victims. Should not they had a concrete transition plan with adequate resettlement for our protected seniors prior to subjecting them to this cruel act?

The elderly have given a lot to our community and should be respected and carefully considered before certain actions are taken against them. Housing is a basic necessity, and no senior citizen should be denied of that.

Kudos to the City of Los Angeles for stepping in to halt the eviction while negotiation is on going. The City of Los Angeles is one the best resourceful cities in the nation, when it comes to providing and caring for the elderlies.

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Painful Memories of 9/11/2001

I remember my husband yelled out in confusion from my daughter’s room, as he was getting our 3 year-old daughter ready to be dropped off at school. I ran out of the bathroom, panicking, and dashed to the room. We thought there was an air crash at the World Trade Center.  Just as we were watching the television in a confused state, we saw the picture of the third plane hit the Pentagon, just outside Washington, D.C, and the fourth plane crashing in a field in Pennsylvania. It was then we heard the news that it was terrorist attacks.

Every soul in America was deeply touched and saddened, that such a wicked and cowardly act could be possible on American Soil. I witnessed for the first time, my husband crying like a baby. I was shaken, mentally and physically drained in disbelief. We stayed home for that day, not knowing what else to expect. As we watched CNN, it got more depressing to hear about the thousands of people who lost their lives at the World Trade Center.

These were mothers, fathers, firefighters, policemen, first responders, and visitors, who were at the right place at the wrong time. As the nation went into mourning, religious leaders of all facets prayed for healing. As traumatic as 9/11 was, lives were changed. There was a hard call for peace and love, while everyone in America, and beyond condoned hatred.

Obviously, the events on 9/11/2001 changed the world. It sure changed American foreign policy, and left an everlasting negative/positive impact on people, depending on which aisle you are. People became more tolerant, and some grew more hostile to some foreigners. Whatever behavioral pattern justifies your conscience, it is okay. Spirituality was everyone’s healing power.

Since 9/11/2001, organizations like the Rotary International, has promoted world peace to bridge love, tolerance, fostering relationships and reconciliation, and promotion of justice. Pope Francis is constantly preaching for world peace, and so are other institutions.

The Rotary Club of Woodland Hills Avenue of Peace, holds its monthly meeting on the 3rd Tuesdays of every month from 6PM to 8PM. Attorney Ron Supancic, who is a pioneer in Collaborative Law Practice in California, chairs this committee. Join us for a meeting!

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Painful Memories of 9/11/2001

 

I remember my husband yelled out in confusion from my daughter’s room, as he was getting our 3 year-old daughter ready to be dropped off at school. I ran out of the bathroom, panicking, and dashed to the room. We thought there was an air crash at the World Trade Center. Just as we were watching the television in a confused state, we saw the picture of the third plane hit the Pentagon, just outside Washington, D.C, and the fourth plane crashing in a field in Pennsylvania. It was then we heard the news that it was terrorist attacks.

Every soul in America was deeply touched and saddened, that such a wicked and cowardly act could be possible on American Soil. I witnessed for the first time, my husband crying like a baby. I was shaken, mentally and physically drained in disbelief. We stayed home for that day, not knowing what else to expect. As we watched CNN, it got more depressing to hear about the thousands of people who lost their lives at the World Trade Center.

These were mothers, fathers, firefighters, policemen, first responders, and visitors, who were at the right place at the wrong time. As the nation went into mourning, religious leaders of all facets prayed for healing. As traumatic as 9/11 was, lives were changed. There was a hard call for peace and love, while everyone in America, and beyond condoned hatred.

Obviously, the events on 9/11/2001 changed the world. It sure changed American foreign policy, and left an everlasting negative/positive impact on people, depending on which aisle you are. People became more tolerant, and some grew more hostile to some foreigners. Whatever behavioral pattern justifies your conscience, it is okay. Spirituality was everyone’s healing power.

Since 9/11/2001, organizations like the Rotary International, has promoted world peace to bridge love, tolerance, fostering relationships and reconciliation, and promotion of justice. Pope Francis is constantly preaching for world peace, and so are other institutions.

The Rotary Club of Woodland Hills Avenue of Peace, holds its monthly meeting on the 3rd Tuesdays of every month from 6PM to 8PM. Attorney Ron Supancic, who is a pioneer in Collaborative Law Practice in California, chairs this committee. Join us for a meeting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Case About Zika Virus and Caregiving

 

The buzz about home acquired Zika Virus in the United States through mosquitoes so far is 6, while travel-associated cases as of today is 1,955, while one person acquired the virus in the laboratory. The total number of the virus sexually transmitted is 22. The virus has spread to about 48 states in the U.S., with California actively recording 87 cases, which are mostly travel related (CDC, 2016).

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 80% of those with the virus may not exhibit any symptoms or just mild signs like:

  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Joint Pain
  • Conjunctivitis (red eyes)

Other Symptoms are:

  • Muscle Pain
  • Headache

Incidentally, the above symptoms are similar to mild cold/flu symptoms that are easily overlooked. The question is when should one get tested if the above symptoms manifest? It is advisable for anyone who has travelled abroad to areas with Zika Virus, or pregnant, should see their primary care physician as soon as possible.

The first mysterious case in UTAH a while ago was when a man died form Zika Virus and infected her caregiver. There was never a sexual contact between them, unfortunately due to HIPPA, not much details was given on the travel experience of the deceased (SALT LAKE CITY, AP, 2016).

                         Protect Yourself from Zika Virus

The spread of Zika Virus is mostly through mosquito bites and the following precautions MUST be taken:

In the United States

  • Avoid stagnant water around your house.
  • Use mosquito repellents while camping.
  • Absolutely no unprotected sex.
  • If you suspect any exposure to the virus, see your doctor immediately.
  • If you are already exposed to the virus, avoid pregnancy for at least 2 years.

Outside the United States

  • When visiting tropical countries, you must use mosquito repellents.
  • Wear long sleeve shirts outdoor.
  • Must wear condom when having sex, if possible abstain from casual sex.
  • When in doubt, get tested.

 

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The True Meaning of Easter and Passover

                            

Easter is the most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ (in the Western Church< which occurs between March 21 and April 25 in a calendar year, usually on the first full moon following the northern spring equinox.

Passover begins on the first full moon of Nisan, which is the first month of the Jewish lunar calendar. It is celebrated in the early spring between the 15th and the 22nd of the Hebrew calendar. This marks the freedom of Israelites from slavery in the ancient Egypt. The rituals of Passover are an expression of the relief and experience of true freedom that the Jewish ancestors gained.

Historically, eggs were forbidden during the Lenten season in the Eastern Christian Churches, however, chickens cannot be prevented from breeding. The eggs are piled until after lent, and special meals with eggs are prepared in the homes. The eggs are hard boiled to prevent them from spoiling; Easter to some Christians marks the resumption of the eating of the eggs. The RED coloring of the eggs represent the blood of Christ, that was shed on the cross, the cracking of the egg is a reminder of the resurrection of Christ, and the hard shell is symbolic with the Tomb of Christ.

One can argue that the Easter egg custom may have come from Judaism, since it is traditional to eat eggs at the Passover Seder. Passover marks the Jewish beginning of existence, and the egg symbolizes the true position of the Jewish people at the time of Exodus from Egypt (Y.G, 2016).

Whichever holiday you observe, I wish you a meaningful celebration.

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Client’s Care Longevity in The Elder Care Industry

We recently tracked the average length of time that an individual needs and retains a home care agency. The indicators for requesting for care services are as follows:

  • Post Hospitalization
  • Early to late Onset of Dementia
  • Fall Precautions
  • Physical Frailty
  • In ability to maintain activities of daily living
  • Companionship

The average client in fairly good health who just needs some help to maintain their independence in the home setting and activities of daily living has a care span of about 3 to 9 years (This is more consistent with our client base).

The next category of clients are individuals who come to us with a history of early onset of dementia to moderate or late phase of the disease. This population tends to have care for 2 to 6 years, and if no decline of the disease can stay in their house with a live-in caregiver for longer.  If living with a spouse who is healthy and involved in their care can even stay longer at home.

Another trend that is growing is the population that is elderly; live alone, in good cognitive state, but physically frail and lonely.  This population often requires service a few days a week to meet their specific needs. They tend to plan their activities when the caregiver is at the house. The average care span for this population is 3 to 5 years.

The post-hospitalization population sometimes gets better and terminates their service.

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