Twas the Night Before Christmas



A Visit from St. Nicholas

BY CLEMENT CLARKE MOORE
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a lustre of midday to objects below,
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer,
With a little old driver so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the housetop the coursers they flew
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too—
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a pedler just opening his pack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

National Home Care and Hospice Month is November



NAHC is the largest and most respected professional association representing the interests of Americans who need home care (including acute, long-term, and terminal care) and the caregivers that provide them with in-home health and supportive services.
The National Association for Home Care and Hospice(NAHC) is calling on all Americans to recognize the important work of in home aides, nurses and therapists throughout the month of November. This year’s theme is “Home is the Center of Health Care”, and it focuses on the important contributions that these valuable individuals play in caring for members of our society during times of healing and as America’s senior citizens continue to age.
In the coming years, America is expected to see an increased demand for home health and hospice workers. The 78 million baby boomers in our communities continue to age, and all boomers will reach their golden years within the next two decades. While some boomers will remain completely independent throughout the span of their lives, many will require some level of assistance. For some, this means help with housework or running errands, and for others, receiving assistance with activities of daily living or medical needs will become necessary for continued health and safety. Since the majority of individuals in this segment of our population prefer to remain at home, the need for quality care at home will only continue to rise.
Remaining at home is not only important for quality of life, financial implications must also be considered. The cost to Medicare for a hospitalization is approximately 2,000 dollars per day. A long term care or rehabilitative facility costs approximately 559 dollars per day. In contrast, care at home costs only 44 dollars per day, offering a significant savings to both families and federally funded programs like Medicare. Since many senior citizens live on a fixed income and rely on programs like Medicare to assist with their healthcare needs, utilizing fiscally responsible care options is essential.
In home aides, nurses and therapists play a unique and important role in the lives of individuals across our communities. While many facilities offer high-quality care, some have patient to nurse ratios that are as high as 60 to 1. In contrast, in home providers offer one to one assistance, and this grants clients with opportunities to bond with their providers and receive beneficial socialization and sensory stimulation in a holistic nature that addresses a full range of client needs.
The highly trained, skilled, talented and compassionate individuals who choose a career working with clients in their homes deserve recognition. Without them, finding high-quality care during some of the most trying times in life would not be possible. Opportunities to age in place would also diminish causing financial and emotional hardships during the golden years of life.

If you are in need of in home care, Care To Stay Home can help. Our qualified Personal Care Attendants can assist with a variety of in home care needs. To talk with a Care Manager today, contact us toll-free at 800-828-9777

What Keeps Us Going

I recently received an e mail from the son of one of our patients. His mother was recently placed on Hospice. End of Life care is different in so many ways that it takes a very special person to work in those environments. It can be mentally, physically and emotionally challenging for everyone involved. We have had the privilege of working with some amazing families and with some outstanding caregivers to help those on Hospice remain in the comfort of their own home.

In his words, he described the work of our staff, Marie.

"I truly felt compelled to send this correspondence to you because what I witnessed last week was truly amazing.  As you probably know Marie was assigned Nona as a patient and there are no words that are capable of properly expressing just how unbelievable Marie was in providing comfort and care for my Mother.  I knew she was special when the first thing my mom said to me was and I quote “Marie is an absolute Angel. God sent her to me”.  I have been an executive for the 30 years and I see on a weekly, daily basis those that exceed expectations and those that meet expectations and every in between.  What I witnessed was something I don’t believe can be properly defined by words. 

Let say my mom is not a person who trusts many and Marie had her complete trust and that is not an easy task.   Our family is no day at the beach either.  We are all “type A” personalities and she not only was amazing with mom but with the entire family.  The comfort, care, and compassion she had for my mom was beyond anything I have ever seen.  If any of us had a question she was there to answer and was upfront but truly cared about everyone.  We are a very private group but we all agreed that Marie was not just there as a care giver we truly feel she was and is part of our family.  This is not something we do!  I don’t believe it would have been possible for my mother to have been any more at peace than she was with Marie taking care of her.  For that I will forever be grateful to her.

You have a truly priceless asset in Marie and I would be remiss if I didn’t say do whatever is necessary to keep her with your company.  Thank you for taking the time to read this."

Thank you,

Jeff 

It is experiences like this that keep our team striving to provide the best care possible to our clients. We are grateful for the chance to work with such amazing caregivers, like Marie.