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Whether you are young or old, Valentine’s day can be celebrated to honour your loved one.

 

As a home care provider, we see many of our clients supported and cared for by their spouses, many of whom were their childhood sweethearts. Nothing is more beautiful than seeing enduring love and support for one another right through to the elderly years when care and assistance for your loved one is so vital. As home care providers we provide assistance in the home which help keep couples together in their familiar surroundings. 

Origins of Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day, also called St. Valentine’s Day holiday (February 14) is a day when lovers express their affection with greetings and gifts. Not surprisingly Valentine’s day has Roman origins and it was celebrated during the Roman festival of Lupercalia, which was held at the coming of spring and included fertility rites and the pairing off of women with men by lottery when boys drew the names of girls from a love urn on the feast of the Lupercalia (February 15). The custom continued through the Christian era and in order to adapt the practice to Christianity, the church transferred it to the feast of St. Valentine. At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I replaced Lupercalia with St. Valentine's Day*.

How has the tradition progressed?

Formal messages, or valentines, appeared in the 1500s, and by the late 1700s, commercially printed cards were being used with the first commercial valentines printed in the mid-1800s in the United States.

Modern-day love stories of devotion

Today there are many touching stories of older couples who wish to remain together in their twilight years as reported in the Huffington post.

Keeping loved ones together at home

As a home care provider Right at Home Australia provides the support and homecare and assistance needed for older couples to remain together in their family home. Our care services fall into several categories of home care for seniors, adults living with a disability and post-operative care including services for those with special care situations caused by complex medical conditions. Right at Home is a 'My Aged Care' government approved, home care provider for levels 1 – 4 and have a comprehensive portfolio of care services that ensure your loved ones get the care they need so that they can continue to live a more independent, vibrant life together.

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*Source: (Encyclopaedia Britannica, n.d.) (https://www.britannica.com/topic/greeting-card#ref1247638, n.d.)

Founded in 1995, Right at Home offers in-home companionship and personal care, and assistance to seniors and adults living with a disability who want to continue to live independently or age in their home. Right at Home is your local expert for issues related to caring for your loved ones and is dedicated to keeping you informed about home care. With no admin or subscription fees Right at Home allows you to get more care from your package or budget.

Right at Home is a 'My Aged Care' government approved, home care provider for levels 1 – 4 and offers flexible in-home care services such as nursing care, after hospital care, post-operative care, respite care, dementia and Alzheimer's care. Right at Home also offers assistance with daily living such as grooming, hygiene, transport, shopping, meal prep, domestic services and social support, so your loved one can enjoy a more independent, vibrant life. Our nurses and caregivers are screened, highly trained and insured prior to entering your home so you can trust us with the caregiving while you focus on your loved one.

To find out more, please give us a call on 1300 363 802 or visit our website

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