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Holiday Fun in Philadelphia!


Dear Friends,

Although the weather outside may be frightful, there are plenty of reasons not to stay hunkered down inside this December and beyond. A lot of hot spots in Philly become hubs of activity in the winter. You’ll find lots of places to stroll, gawk at the sights, be inspired, and take pictures. And most of the ones listed below are free and accessible.

Christmas Light Show and Wanamaker Organ Concert
Now through Dec. 24  (Closed Christmas Day), Dec. 26-31

Enjoy a longtime Philadelphia tradition. Since 1956, locals have flocked to the Christmas Light Show and Wanamaker Organ Concert, which is wheelchair accessible. Now at Macy’s Center City store in the historic Wanamaker Building, you can watch snowflakes, ballerinas, and reindeer float by against a blue velvet curtain.  During the light show, 100,000 bright LED lights create fantastic holiday images. The shows run every two hours from 10 am to 8 pm. At the end of the light show, you’ll hear live festive music from the world-famous Wanamaker Grand Organ. Good, less crowded times for viewing the show are Monday through Thursday.  

While you’re there, check out the third floor of Macy’s, which became a “Dickens Village” for the holidays. The 6,000 sq. ft. village brings Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to life with a free self-guided tour of an animatronic display that ends with a one-on-one with Santa. 

Where: Macy’s is located in The Wanamaker Building at 13th & Market Streets. More details.

Christmas Village at LOVE Park
Now until Dec. 24

Get into the holiday spirit at Christmas Village at LOVE Park in Philadelphia. Inspired by traditional European open-air Christmas markets, this shopper’s destination offers gifts and festive treats like warm waffles, gingerbread, and mulled wine. About 80 local and international vendors have set up shop here. Each day, street-side performances and special events will be held. For the brave, there are daily Ferris wheel and carousel rides. See the full Christmas Village calendar for upcoming events. The complete festival is wheelchair-accessible.

Where: N. 15th Street and Arch Street

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LumiNature at the Philadelphia Zoo
Now until January 7, 2023

In the evening the zoo lights up with more than 1 million holiday lights in 14 distinct zones. Displays include a 21-foot tall bright snake, a 100-foot-long aquarium tunnel, and a 15-foot tall glowing blue gorilla!
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A Longwood Christmas at Longwood Gardens
Now until January 8, 2023

Longwood Gardens transforms into a winter wonderland each holiday season.  Dozens of holiday trees, luminous outdoor displays, and magical treehouses are on display. 
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Winter in Franklin Square
Now until February 26, 2023

Visit Franklin Square for free nightly light shows inspired by Benjamin Franklin’s legendary kite and key experiment. 
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Dilworth Park (multiple attractions)
Now – March 26, 2023 (dates vary by attraction)

Head to Center City’s Dilworth Park to see seasonal attractions that have popped up for the holidays and beyond. Like ice skating? Then glide on over to Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink. Even if you prefer not to skate yourself, it’s always fun watching others zipping around. Relax with a hot cocoa at the Rothman Orthopaedics Cabin.  And take a stroll through the seasonal plant arrangements and holiday topiary in the Wintergarden. On one side of City Hall, through Jan. 1 you can see a free Deck the Hall light show.  

Something new this season is “Play the Lights,” an interactive instrument that works like a normal keyboard, only with technicolor visual effects that are projected onto the façade of City Hall when you play each note. While local professional pianists and organists will be around to showcase what’s possible with synchronized holiday music, you may also get a chance to try your hand at this. Every Tuesday and Wednesday night from 8:45 pm to 9:30 pm, visitors of all ages are welcome to try “playing the lights.”

Look for gifts like handcrafted trinkets, jewelry, and yummies like French toast bites and pretzels at the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market through Dec. 24. Elevators between the transit concourse and surface streets make Dilworth Park wheelchair-accessible.

Where: Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street  Details

Casmir Care Services Inc. awarded Home Care Accreditation from The Joint Commission

 Philadelphia, PA  07/07/2022 – Casmir Care Services Inc. has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Home Care  Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care. 

Casmir Care Services Inc. underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review on 04/27/2022 – 04/28/2022. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with Home Care standards spanning several areas including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, national patient safety goals, provision of care, treatment, and services, performance improvement, record of care, treatment, and services, rights and responsibilities of the individual.  

The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help health care organizations measure, assess and improve performance. The surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews. 

“As a private accreditor, The Joint Commission surveys health care organizations to protect the public by identifying deficiencies in care and working with those organizations to correct them as quickly and sustainably as possible,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend Casmir Care Services Inc. for its continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care.”

For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website

A Night to Remember for Casmir Care Individuals!

In November, Casmir Care supported individuals attended “A Night to Remember” hosted by Epic Church. This is a wonderful prom experience designed for adults with disabilities in Philadelphia and surrounding areas.

The evening began with a red carpet entrance and the introduction of a personal “buddy” who attended to the individual’s every need throughout the event. Each guest received VIP treatment at A Night to Remember! The evening included various activities, including dinner, dancing, karaoke, a photo booth, and more. It was a wonderful, fun experience for all!



Unforgettable Vacation Experience for Casmir Care Services Individuals

In July, Casmir Care Services took several individuals on a Royal Caribbean cruise vacation of a lifetime!

Our ship embarked from Cape Liberty, New Jersey.  We sailed to the beautiful islands of San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Labadee, Haiti; and Kings Wharf, Bermuda.

Our travel adventure included visiting breathtaking beaches and eating delicious food.  While aboard the ship, our individuals enjoyed activities, entertainment, and fine dining. They had many opportunities to shop, explore the ship, relax poolside and engage with other guests.   As you can see from the photos below, it was an unforgettable vacation experience for everyone.




Gaining Awareness About Developmental Disabilities

Diagnosed before individuals turn 22, developmental disabilities cover a wide range of conditions. Whether cognitive, intellectual, or physical, these disabilities can seem daunting, but many individuals with these conditions can live very full lives with help from physical therapy, living assistance, or medication. We’ll take a look at what developmental disabilities are, how caretakers can help, and how the month of March is dedicated to educating the public about the inclusion of those diagnosed with a developmental disability.  

What Are Developmental Disabilities 

Often impacting day-to-day functioning, developmental disabilities are recognized when clients are young and appear to be slower in achieving developmental milestones. Those milestones include learning to walk, talk, or interact with others. While milestones aren’t concrete and all children develop at different times, being aware of any possible delays can help parents determine if they need to speak to their doctor.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 17 percent of children have one or more developmental disabilities including hearing loss, vision impairment, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, and ADHD. And while a CDC study shows that some groups can be more likely to be diagnosed with developmental disabilities, no group is immune to these issues.

How Do Developmental Disabilities Occur?

There is no one specific reason why a child could get a developmental disability. Some of the causes, such as drinking while pregnant, are avoidable, but many developmental disabilities, including Down’s Syndrome, are the result of genetic and chromosomal conditions. Or happen because of infections that take place during pregnancy. The causes of some developmental disabilities, like autism, have not been discovered yet so prevention isn’t always possible.

How to Live With Developmental Disabilities 

When children are diagnosed with a developmental disability, sometimes parents are concerned because they fear that their child won’t live what they consider to be a ‘normal’ life. This is a great misconception. Many adult individuals who have developmental disabilities can lead full lives, have families, and be employed.

But according to a study conducted by The Autism Society, 85 percent of those with intellectual or developmental disabilities don’t have a job. This gap occurs even though those who do work say that they like what they do for a living, are satisfied with their wages, and their employers are pleased with the individual’s work performance.

So how can caregivers help those with disabilities live to their fullest potential? Making sure that they are seeing their health care professionals is important. Individuals with developmental disabilities might experience mobility issues, hearing issues, or other things that require attention to help handle. Having the right medical tools and, if required, access to physical therapy, helps individuals be as self-sufficient as possible.

In addition to medical access, having support from those around them is paramount to someone who has a developmental disability. That support can be physical assistance, but it’s also emotional. The encouragement given by caretakers and friends to people with disabilities is very powerful. Individuals with disabilities are capable of becoming doctors, actors, managers, chefs, and many other professions. Having encouragement from a young age helps the individual and also shows the general public just what those with disabilities can achieve.

Celebrating Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

To help educate the public and showcase achievements that can be had, every March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. First recognized in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan, the month works to “increase public awareness of the needs and the potential of Americans with developmental disabilities and provide encouragement and opportunities” to help individuals lead productive lives.

The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) works hard to promote the month through artwork, videos, client stories, and other means to help with the normalization of inclusion of people with developmental disabilities throughout every part of life, while also bringing to light the unfair exclusions that still occur.

How Casmir Care Services Can Help

Casmir Care Services is a leading agency dedicated to providing quality, effective person-center services in an individual’s home. With a mission to improve the quality of life for those with developmental disabilities through care, comfort, and compassion, our Direct Care Professionals treat all individuals and their families with respect. Trained to work specifically with those with developmental issues, our team can help these individuals thrive. For more information on how we can provide in-home support for your family member, contact us to see how we can help.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month each October to commemorate the many contributions of people with disabilities to America’s workplaces and economy. The theme for NDEAM 2022, “Disability: Part of the Equity Equation,” recognizes the important role people with disabilities play in a diverse and inclusive American workforce.

Held annually, National Disability Employment Awareness Month is led by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, but its true spirit lies in the many observances held at the grassroots level across the nation every year. Employers of all sizes and in all industries are encouraged to participate in NDEAM.

For specific ideas about how you can support National Disability Employment Awareness Month, visit www.dol.gov/NDEAM. Suggestions range from simple, such as putting up a poster, to comprehensive, such as implementing a disability education program. Regardless, all play an important part in fostering a more equitable and inclusive workforce, one where all people are recognized for their abilities — every day of every month.

Community Event Day!

Join us on September 16, 2022, 10 am – 3 pm for a Community Event Day!

We will be celebrating our community, families, and friends.  There will be music, food, giveaways, opportunities to learn about employment, and much more!





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