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Celebrate Halloween Safely

Happy Autumn!

Halloween is right around the corner.  Halloween traditions will look different this year to keep everyone safe during the COV​ID-19 pandemic, but families can still have fun while avoiding exposure to or spreading the virus.

The CDC offers the following safer, alternative ways to participate in Halloween: 

  • Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them
  • Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends
  • Decorating your house, apartment, or living space
  • Having a virtual Halloween costume contest
  • Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with
  • Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house

Visit these websites to learn more about safely celebrating this Halloween:
CDC.gov
The Autism Community In Action
American Autism Association
10 alternatives to turn a tricky Halloween into a treat for your child with autism
Autism and Sensory Friendly Virtual Halloween Party

Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week

September 13-19, 2020, is Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week! It’s a time to celebrate and acknowledge Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) who assist, support, and care for individuals who require help in their daily lives. 

proclamation was issued by Governor Wolf to recognize and appreciate the dedication and contributions DSPs make in the lives of the elderly, veterans, and those with intellectual, developmental, or other disabilities.

Mark Davis, President and CEO of PAR (Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability) states, “This year’s proclamation is particularly important as DSPs have made sacrifices during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep the individuals they support healthy, happy, and safe.” Davis continued, Some DSPs have lost their lives or lost loved ones during the pandemic. DSPs have stepped up to the plate in a major way in Pennsylvania and we thank Governor Wolf for taking this step to honor them.”

Our work wouldn’t be possible without the tremendous support of our Direct Support Professionals. We are very grateful to have them as part of the Casmir Care Services family!

Practical Tips to Reduce the Effects of Stress

 
Have you been feeling stressed because of the disruption in routine, schedule, and environment that the Coronavirus pandemic has caused?
Stress can be harmful to your health, but there are ways to manage it. Here are some practical tips to reduce the effects of stress:
 
Be aware.
Recognize the signs of stress on your body: difficulty sleeping, irritability, feeling depressed, and having low energy.
 
Exercise regularly.
Regular activity releases endorphins, can improve concentration, and enhance sleep, which can often be negatively affected by stress.
 
Stop and smell the flowers.
Scientists have discovered that inhaling certain fragrances can reduce stress levels.
 
Take a deep breath.
Deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body. When you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax.
 
Stay connected.
You are not alone. Keep in touch with people who can provide emotional support and practical help.

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