Category : Appreciation

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Blood Drive Thank you!

FROM ALL OF US, FOR YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT….THANK YOU!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Care4You In Home Care and Silverado Memory Care Community

Sponsor First Annual Community Blood Drive to Benefit City of Hope Cancer Patients

San Dimas, CA May 25, 2017 – “Care4You In Home Care in San Dimas, in partnership with Silverado Memory Care Community in Azusa, sponsored their first annual blood drive on Thursday, May 25 in support of City of Hope, a comprehensive cancer center located in the city of Duarte. Community members, including companies and organizations that provide services to seniors in the local area, showed their support to City of Hope by donating blood. The blood drive was a huge success, bringing in over 50 donors and helped meet the needs of City of Hope’s patients. Most City of Hope patients are being treated for cancer and rely on frequent transfusions of blood and platelets. Every month, more than 3,000 blood transfusions are given at City of Hope. City of Hope’s community partners, including Care4You In Home Care and Silverado Memory Care Community, are critical to the hospital’s collection efforts. This blood drive will become an annual event in order to continue the mission of saving lives.” A little of your time could mean a lifetime to another. For more information on donating blood or hosting a blood drive, contact City of Hope’s Blood Donor/Apheresis Center at 626-218-7171, or email info@iDonateBlood4Hope.org. For senior homecare, contact Care4You at 909-599-0555 or visit care4youathome.com. For memory care, call Silverado at 626-253-6749 or visit silverado.com/silverado-locations/california/azusa/sierra-vista

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Honoring our Veterans

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Care4You is honored to show our respect in remembering all of our wonderful Veterans on Veterans Day and always!

Please enjoy this special tribute to our Military Heroes with a special “Thank You’ to our Vietnam Veterans and all who served.

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History of Veterans Day

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France, wait for the end of hostilities.  This photo was taken at 10:58 a.m., on November 11, 1918, two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples….”

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Lilacs & Greensleeves: June is Caregiver Appreciation Month

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At Care4You We Really Appreciate Our Caregivers!!

Care4You caregivers are the heart and soul of our business. We hire only experienced, compassionate, competent caregivers and then provide them with on-going training to maintain excellence. We treat them like part of the family and, as a result, we have very little turnover.

Even though we recognize and appreciate our caregivers everyday, throughout the month of June we are celebrating and honoring them with special awards and trophies for different categories of distinguished and noble service as well as providing them a delicious luncheon to enjoy!

Here are just a few of the many wonderful caregivers from Care4You who are giving their best to help our clients with their daily needs. We are truly grateful for their respectful, competent and outstanding representations of our company!

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To all Caregivers,

A big ‘THANK YOU’ and enjoy…

“Beautiful Soul”

 

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Claremont Annual Volunteer Recognition

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Claremont Senior Program Annual Volunteer Recognition

“On Thursday, June 4, 2015 the Claremont Senior Program hosted their Annual Volunteer Recognition at the Alexander Hughes Community Center. This special event honored the 375 volunteers who contributed over 13,000 hours of service in support of the activities, services, and programs offered through the Joslyn and Blaisdell Centers. This year City staff and the Committee on Aging presented the following awards to volunteers and community organizations that have provided especially significant services to the community:”

  • Blaisdell Community Center Volunteer Award – Carol Jensen
  • Joslyn Center Volunteer Award – Kathleen Hashiguchi
  • Over and Above Award – Jimmy Fraggos
  • Extra Mile, Extra Smile Award – Community Senior Services
  • RSVP Bone Builders Josephine Smith Award – Cindy Sullivan and Chaim Rinde
  • Los Angeles County Older American Recognition Award – Sue Likens

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!

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Care4You was a proud sponsor of a “Mocktail Bar” during this fun event!

Here’s Christina and Vanessa at the helm! Thank you, ladies!

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No alcohol…just refreshing drinks for all!

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Lilacs & Greensleeves: New Year’s Day Fun from Care4You

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NEW YEARS DAY QUIZ:

1. Ecuador has a unique New Year’s Eve tradition, the burning of “old years” in public places. What are they?

2. In the United States, the coming of the New Year is celebrated by the lowering of a gigantic crystal ball. Where does this event take place?

3. To ring in the New Year in Spain, it is traditional to do what on each chime of the clock?

4. In many places, the coming of the new year is celebrated by singing the traditional Scottish song “Auld Lang Syne”. What does “auld lang syne” mean?

5. In Italy, what do people do on New Year’s Day to bring good luck in the coming year?

6. How is the new year festival of Songkran celebrated in Thailand?

7. What determines the date of the Chinese New Year?

8. In the Jewish New Year celebration, what is eaten to symbolize a sweet new year?

9. What is the Jewish New Year called?

10. Why do the Chinese celebrate the New Year by letting off firecrackers?

11. Under which of the following calendars is New Year’s Day observed on January 1?

Click here to take this fun and ‘mind stimulating’ quiz!


“We will open the book. Its pages are blank.

We are going to put words on them ourselves.

The book is called “Opportunity”

and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”

~Edith Lovejoy Pierce

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Care4You wishes all of you a safe new year filled with…

Love, Good Health, Peace and Happiness!

Lilacs & Greensleeves: New Years Eve Welcome 2015

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Happy New Year

Author:

H appiness depends upon your outlook on life. – Find the good in all situations
A ttitude is just as important as ability.- Keep your attitude positive
P assion find yours this year! – Do what you love and you will never work
P ositive thoughts make everything easier.- Stay focused and stay positive
Y ou are unique, with special gifts, use them. – Never forget you have talent

N ew beginnings with a new year.
E nthusiasm a true secret of success.
W ishes may they turn into goals.

Y ears go by to quickly, enjoy them.- Wisdom from your elders, listen
E nergy may you have lots of it. – Take care of yourself
A ppreciation of life, don’t take it for granted. – Live each day
R elax take the time to relax in this coming year.- Keep a balance in your life

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Care for you wishes everyone a safe and Happy New Year’s Eve and a wonderful 2015!

Lilacs & Greensleeves: About Christmas

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More ‘Fun Facts:’

In Germany there are many different characters for Christmas. Nikolaus comes on December 5th and on December 24th when the actual opening of the gifts is happening ,they have been brought either by Knecht Ruprecht, Weihnachtsmann, or the Christkindl, (Christ child) wich is an angelic child dressed in a white and or golden dress much like a long nightgown. It has wings, and has usually a small horse or a donkey as a companion.

In Germany and some other western European countries, St. Nicholas , or Nikolaus comes on the night from the 5th to the 6th of Decemer, where children have their boots all shined and clean in front of a door or window. He will leave toys, nuts oranges, apples and chocolate for the good children. The bad child gets a branch to be used by the parents to punish the child.

Guatemalan adults do not exchange Christmas gifts until New Year’s Day. Children get theirs (from the Christ Child) on Christmas morning.

In North America, children put stockings out at Christmas time. Their Dutch counterparts use shoes.

The poinsettia, a traditional Christmas flower, originally grew in Mexico, where it is also known as the ‘Flower of the Holy Night’. Joel Poinsett first brought it to America in 1829.

When visiting Finland, Santa leaves his sleigh behind and rides on a goat named Ukko. Finnish folklore has it that Ukko is made of straw, but is strong enough to carry Santa Claus anyway.

Even more ‘Fun Facts’ here!

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FROM OUR HOME TO YOURS…

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Care4You wishes everyone celebrating the joy of this special day, a safe and blessed Christmas!!

 

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Honoring our Veterans

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10 Ways to Support and Honor Veterans

“On Veterans Day, November 11, we honor the brave men and women who have selflessly served our country and risked their lives to protect our freedoms. There are many ways to give back to the more than 23 million vets who have sacrificed so much. A good place to begin is with the following organizations:

American Legion 
Department of Veteran’s Affairs 
Veterans of Foreign Wars 
USO

There are many types of short and long-term volunteer opportunities available through those organizations and the others listed below. Here are 10 ways you can help:

    1. Visit a wounded veteran at the hospital.
    2. Offer your home repair skills to a veteran or military family.
    3. Create an online neighborhood user group that can be used to share information about neighborhood activities, recommend reliable repair companies, and find babysitters. An online group may also help identify the needs of your neighbors.
    4. Volunteer your financial, legal, or career expertise via MilServe.
    5. Deliver a meal or care packages to veterans.
    6. Help a veteran tell their story through a project such as the Veteran’s History Project. You can download a VHP field kit from the Library of Congress website.
    7. Volunteer with an organization such as Canine Companions for Independence that provide therapy dogs to veterans.
    8. Offer a vet a ride by volunteering with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization which provides free transportation to men and women unable to travel to VA medical facilities on their own.
    9. Visit serve.gov and use keyword ‘veterans’ to find more opportunities to serve our nation’s veterans.
    10. Say, “Thank you!”

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Lilacs & Greensleeves: Summertime memories with our Seniors

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Wow, summertime is upon us with all the fun that accompanies this beautiful time of year! Lots of great things to do, from going to the beach or to the pool, going camping, attending summer concerts, fairs, carnivals and festivals!!

For young people it can be freedom from their studies at school or finding a summer job! It can mean time with family, whether it’s playing together or even doing something constructive like cleaning out the garage, the bedrooms, donating old toys or clothes that are no longer played with or worn.

For our elderly, it can be a joyful time of visits from the family! I remember as a little girl, while our friends were at the beach for the summer, my sisters and I were at our grandmother’s home in the mountains! Two whole months of fun with grandmom! For me it didn’t get any better than that!!

Every summer before we arrived, she would bake one of her famous recipes, ‘Raisin-filled cookies’ and she would put them in an empty potato chip can, along with all the love that was in her! Back then I didn’t appreciate her efforts like I do now! I just wanted one of those cookies upon arrival…after I gave her a big hug and a kiss, of course! It was so good to see her!

We were really active during those two months! We would play with the kids in the neighborhood, running races, jumping over bushes in the yard to see who could jump the highest! We would go to the river to catch little minnows by hand or we would fish off of the bridge! We would skip rocks and see who could skip more times than the other kids!

We would go to baseball games in the evening, play dress up in our grandmother’s old evening gowns during the day. There were volleyball games, badminton, cards games with the kids on the street, sliding down the side of the grass hill on cardboard…can I tell you that we had a ball!!

Grandmom was cool! She loved us being there and I can imagine she might have been sad but yet a tiny bit glad when September came and we had to leave to go back to school but I always felt loved by her and I loved her dearly! Like most of us when we grow up, I really appreciate her more now than ever!! I look back and I am so glad that even though I sometimes wanted to go to the beach like the other kids, I wouldn’t have traded my time with my grandmother for anything in the world!!

Making memories with our loved ones…that’s summer fun! And even more so, making memories with our grandparents…now that’s just absolutely wonderful! I loved the contact I had with my grandmom and I have to say that every senior I ever spent time with throughout my childhood right into my adulthood, has made me the Senior Advocate that I am today!!

Summertime is a wonderful time for children! And when it includes time with our wonderful seniors, whether grandmom, grandpop or the elderly neighbor down the street, they can grow a respect and a love for our ‘Goldens’ that will stay with them right into adulthood.

And for all of us at Care4You…we wholeheartedly agree!!

 

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Honoring our Veterans

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Memorial Day…a time to show honor to those who gave their all in the line of duty.
 
I went out to breakfast this morning and as I looked around the room of one of my favorite places to eat where the clientele are mostly seniors, I found myself wondering how many of them have served in the military. How many of them have children and grandchildren who have and are serving today.
 
And I no sooner finished my dish of pineapple while waiting for my main meal when a gentleman of golden years walked in all alone and with a newspaper tucked in under his arm, he followed the hostess over to a small table and sat down.
 
He had a cap on his head, one that showed some emblem that I thought was military but because he sat at such an angle to where I was sitting, I couldn’t see what it said.
 
I watched him as he respectfully told the waitress that he would like some coffee. Then after she brought him his cup of Joe, he kindly gave her his order and thanked her.
 
I love love love our elderly!! I find them to be some of the most respectful people in the world.
 
Ok, I know…there are a few curmudgeons out there but even with them, who knows…they may have had a tough life or a life that was wonderful and then they experienced loss, sadness and pain and their golden years became not very golden.
 
Everyone has their story. We all are witnesses to a life that can explain why we are the people we are today.
 
“Be kind because everyone you meet may be fighting a battle you know nothing about.”
 
Something I try to remember, everyday.
Ok…back to this gentleman in the restaurant.
 
As I was eating, I kept looking over at this man hoping he would turn his head so I could see what the emblem on his cap said. Alas, it wasn’t to be, at least at that moment. But the time did come and as I got up to leave, his table was in the path I would take to reach the exit.
 
His cap was now sitting on his table and I could see what it said.
“U Boats. WWII.”
 
I was not alone at the restaurant this morning so I couldn’t stay and chat with this gentleman like I wanted to. I would have loved to hear anything he wanted to share with me so that I could understand this time in his life, from his perspective.
 
Unfortunately I couldn’t, so I just lightly tapped him on the shoulder to get his attention and then pointed at his cap and I sincerely said, “Thank you.”
 
He smiled at me and said, “I was in WWII and I’m in my 90s!”
 
I told him that I wanted to thank him for his service to which he looked up at me with the kindest smile of a dear old Grand Dad and softly said, “Your welcome honey, anytime!
 
I walked out of the door of that restaurant feeling very blessed to have had the pleasure and the honor, even for just a short time, to meet one of our military warriors.
 
Someone who at a very young age served our country and made it home to talk about it and I can’t say it enough that I think we should listen. Listen to their stories.
 
The good, the bad and yes even the ugly because maybe, just maybe, we will learn some things we never knew before and they will feel the respect of a Nation that truly means what we say when we tell them we will never forget them and we will never forget their fellow soldiers who never made it home.
 
They deserve to be honored everyday, cared about and cared for to the best of our abilities because they cared about us during a very, very difficult time.
Thank you from Care4You, to all of our Military!!