"It's the most wonderful time of the year
A Message from Our Office
calendars. Families are traveling, gathering and loving. Salvation Army bellringers are out in full force. Everyone is full of good cheer and hearts open to help those less fortunate. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.
While December is for celebrating, it’s also the start of winter, making us more susceptible to illness. According to www.healthfinder.gov, December 3-9, is National Handwashing Awareness Week and December 4-11, is National Influenza Vaccination Week. In this month’s editon of Golden Nuggets, we are going to focus on good handwashing practices and obtaining flu vaccines to stay healthy this winter. We wish you all a happy, healthy Holiday Season and New Year!
~ Golden Horizons Office Team
Mr. W's Newsletter Inspiration
“I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best."
~ Oscar Wilde
(b: October 16,1854 – d: November 30,1900), was an Irish poet, author, playwright and proponent of aestheticism, an intellectual and artistic movement centered on the idea of producing art and literary works for the sake of beauty rather than a deeper meaning...Art for Art’s Sake.
Caregiver of the Month
December Birthdays in the GH Family
From Thanksgiving to New Years, we have the holiday season. For five solid weeks, our hearts are collectively aglow with joy, celebration and anticipation. That anticipation includes gifts that we are giving and those we are receiving.
Growing up, when I would speak with my friends and family who have birthdays during the holidays, they would recount their dilemma withgetting “combined gifts” for their the holidays and their birthdays.
Happy Birthday to those inour Golden Horizons family with birthdays in December. While we are celebrating the joy of the season, please know we are celebrating you as well. Happy Birthday!
Handwashing Awareness Week
mandating that all doctors must wash their hands with chlorine, especially after having conducted autopsies. He found a significant reduction in fevers and death as a result. However, it didn’t take
as a popular practice, as other doctors interpreted the rule as blaming them for the deaths and didn’t perpetuate the practice.
During the Crimean War (1853-56), in Scutari, Italy, Florence Nightingale established a handwashing rule in the hospital she ran. It significantly reduced the threat of infection with the wounded.
Unfortunately, handwashing still didn’t become a popular practice. In the 1980s, when a number of foodborne illnesses and infections broke out threatening public health, the CDC recognized the need for good handwashing hygiene to helpdecrease the threats of infection.
Handwashing Tips: When should we wash our hands? Before and after prepping food, eating food, caring for a sick person, treating a wound or cut, using a restroom, changing diapers, touching anything to do with animals, touching trash etc.
Whats the best way to wash hands? Remember Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry. Wet your hands with running water. Lather back and front of your hands with the soap. Scrub for 20 seconds. Rinse
your hands under running water. Dry your hands with a clean towel or air dry.
Flu Vaccines Awareness Week
The flu is a contagious virus that attacks the respiratory system. It’s passed through coughing, sneezing, touch etc. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, headaches, stuffy nose etc. Each year, millions of Americans get the flu and are hospitalized. The CDC recommends everyone 6 months or older get a flu vaccine. You can find excellent information at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm for vaccines. Call your local pharmacy for information on where to get a vaccine.
Wash those hands, get lots of sleep and get your vaccines for a safe, healthy, happy holiday season!