Ten Red Cross Tips for Safety in Cold Weather

Winter Scene Near Water

Winter is a beautiful season. In winter, the air is crisper, leaves have changed color and most have fallen from the trees and there is a sense of quiet all around. Despite its beauty, winter presents its own set of weather related dangers. If you have a loved one with dementia, Alzheimer’s or other physical or mental conditions, it is especially important to be aware of these winter safety tips. Be sure to read below below for Red Cross tips on how to stay safe in winter weather.

“Top Ten Red Cross Cold Weather Safety Tips” include:

1. Layer up! Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing your body heat.

2. Don’t forget your furry friends. Bring pets indoors. If they can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.

3. Remember the three feet rule. If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs.

4. Requires supervision – Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.

5. Don’t catch fire! If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.

6. Protect your pipes. Run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent your pipes from freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children. Keep the garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage.

7. Better safe than sorry. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Your heating bill may be a little higher, but you could avoid a more costly repair job if your pipes freeze and burst.

8. The kitchen is for cooking. Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.

9. Use generators outside. Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage.

10. Knowledge is power. Don’t hook a generator up to the home’s wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator.

Find additional information on winter safety tips from the Red Cross at http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Top-Ten-Red-Cross-Cold-Weather-Safety-Tips.

It is important to be prepared to stay warm and safe in colder weather. Keep the tips above in mind to be ready for the beautiful frozen environment that winter brings. Remember to bundle up, get organized and prepare well to ensure you and your loved ones have a safe and enjoyable winter!




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REMINDER: Open Enrollment Starting Monday 11-9 Through Friday 11-13

Come tour our facility for yourself November 9th through 13th! Divine Destiny Adult Care, Inc., an all-inclusive Day and Health care center, serves those with chronic and non-chronic conditions. We are certified by the state of North Carolina. In addition to that, we have been 100% approved by the Veterans’ Association, and we proudly serve our veterans!

Our clients are adults aged 18 years and up with a variety of cognitive and/or physical limitations.

We serve clients with needs including, but not limited to:

  • dementia
  • Down’s syndrome
  • stroke
  • PTSD

Divine Destiny Adult Care, Inc. also provides an environment for seniors that are missing daily interactions with others.

Contact Information

Divine Destiny Adult Care, Inc.
612 Powell Street
Smithfield, NC 27577
(919) 934-7144

Hours of Operation

Monday: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
*Extended hours available.

Stop by and visit our adult care center.  Ask us about services and activities. We look forward to seeing you in person and answering your questions.

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New Photos Added to Photo Gallery 10/6/2015

We have added new pictures to our photo gallery.

Visit the link below to see pictures of our outdoor oasis and garden.

See our residents and staff involved in daily activities and social interaction.

Click here to view our newest phots.

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Did you know?… Divine Destiny Proudly Accepts Veterans for Adult Care Services

Divine Destiny has been approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs to accept Veteran into our programs.

Read more below.





An interdisciplinary team consisting of specified staff as described, each with sufficient dedicated time for ADHC as part of their position description. The members of the interdisciplinary team meet at least weekly as a team to discuss specific Veterans, direct their care, formulate care plans, and provide quarterly review of Veterans’ care plans. This team consists of:
(a) A physician Medical Director with a background in Internal Medicine, Family Practice, or Rehabilitation Medicine, preferably with training or experience in geriatrics and care of the disabled;
(b) A Program Director, or Coordinator, who has demonstrated health care and administrative experience, with training or experience in care of those who are elderly or disabled;
(c) A Social Worker;
(d) A Registered Nurse (RN)(s);
(e) A rehabilitation therapist (Occupational, Physical, or Kinesiotherapist) or certified therapy assistant with professional supervision;
(f) A Dietitian, or Dietetic Technician, with professional supervision; and a recreation therapist.
(2) Medical care with direct Veteran care provided by VA ADHC staff, as well as readily available consultative care.
(3) VHA physician oversight with participation in care planning and interdisciplinary team meetings. (4) Support staff in place for administrative, as well as clinical demands. This must include dedicated clerical support for the ADHC Program.
(5) Daily programs scheduled for therapeutic and social activities including games, exercises, current events, crafts, music, excursions, and other recreational therapy. A monthly calendar of activities and events must be prepared and posted for Veterans and caregivers.
(6) Resources designated for the support of the ADHC program. This must include:
(a) Space, adequate for daily use for ADHC Veterans, team members, meals, a quiet room, and evaluations; and
(b) Medical and information technology equipment, which is provided to the program by the sponsoring VA medical center.
d. Critical elements in the proposal include:
(1) A population analysis identifying the target geographic range, target population characteristics, projected number of Veterans likely to utilize VA ADHC services, and estimated target average daily census.
(2) Full time equivalent (FTE) employee of the interdisciplinary members of the team, i.e., number of staff and proportion of time, based upon demographic projections.
(3) Responsibilities of the interdisciplinary team.
(4) Staffing ratio. The staff to Veteran ratio may vary, depending on Veteran number, complexity and care needs, however, a minimum of one staff to six Veterans is recommended.
(5) Number of staff necessary to provide administrative and clerical support.
(6) The schedule for interdisciplinary team meetings.
(7) A process for screening (medical conditions, communicable diseases, and functional disabilities) and subsequent evaluation for identified medical conditions.
(8) Space for activities and meals. Include an estimate of needed space, and space to be provided. Optimal space requirements for participants in ADHC suggest 128 square feet (sq. ft.) per Veteran. A minimum of 100 sq. ft. per Veteran is required.
(9) Evidence of facility support including information technology, transportation, and space.


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UPCOMING EVENT: November 9th through 13th of 2015 is Open Enrollment

The week of Nov.9-13th is open enrollment at Divine Destiny. Come by and tour the facility. Get answers to your questions about services for clients and activities.

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Update: Outdoor Oasis and Garden a Success! Much Thanks to Lowe’s!!

Thanks to our Local LOWE’S we have an outdoor oasis. Our participants enjoyed this summer gardening, we had tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, green beans, broccoli, melons and herbs. The participants thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors and planting. Stay tuned to see what we’re doing this fall.

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Divine Destiny Provides Services for Adults with a Variety of Cognitive and Physical Needs

Divine Destiny Adult Care, Inc. is an all-inclusive Day and Health care center created to serve those with chronic and non-chronic conditions.

We are certified by the state of North Carolina and 100% approved by the Veterans’ Association to proudly serve our veterans. We serve adults aged 18 years and up with cognitive and/or physical limitations including, but not limited to: dementia, Down ’s syndrome, stroke, PTSD, and seniors that are missing daily interactions with others.

We provide a worry-free environment for your loved ones and include socialization activities, group programs, and individual activities designed to stimulate and challenge your loved ones.

Our emphasis is on respect for the individual and personal integrity from our staff.

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Weekend Activities For A Person Who Has Alzheimer’s – Part 1

The weekend is a time to wind down and attend to activities that may have been overlooked during the rest of the week. People with Alzheimer’s can still be very capable and active during the weekend. While a people with Alzheimer’s can do many things on their own, many still need a bit of outside help with their tasks and clear simple instructions on how to complete a task.

Easy weekend activities include:

Folding laundry
Holding and pet a calm animal
Feeding and tending to fish in a fish tank
Sorting colored blocks into stacks
Stringing popcorn
Watering indoor plants
Making a floral arrangement
Making a simple snack
Talking about famous people from childhood
Sweeping a small outdoor area

It is important that those with Alzheimer’s are presented with a variety of activities to complete that are within their ability level. Stick to simple activities that do not require a bunch of preparation. We hope you enjoyed the first part of our weekend activities list for people with Alzheimer’s. We look forward to sharing other weekend activities in the future.

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Anti-Seizure Drug May Offer Alzheimer’s Sufferers Way To Retain Memory And Brain Function (Video)

Alzheimer’s disease at the early stage is usually indicated by mild memory loss. It is the progression of the disease that results in the detrimental memory loss we associate with Alzheimer’s disease. Though age plays a factor in Alzheimer’s disease, the accelerated deterioration of brain function is the ultimate problem. Michela Gallagher, Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins, shares information about Alzheimer’s and one possible way to slow the advancement of Alzheimer’s.

An existing drug used to prevent seizures has been documented to improve memory. The drug is beneficial to slow abnormal loss of brain function; it is a potential treatment for Azheimer’s disease that will help patients maintain more brain function as the disease progresses.

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Super Foods for Alzheimer’s Prevention (Video)

This video from A Current Affair Australia discusses several “super foods” that may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Throughout Australia, 320,000 people battle dementia. By 2030 it is estimated that there will be half a million dementia patients and nearly 1 million patients in Australia by 2050.

Studies have shown that the amount of “bad cholesterol” can be an indicator of risk for dementia. Also, “good cholesterol” appears to play a factor in preventing dementia. Research also suggestss foods from a Mediterranean style diet are beneficial to vascular health and brain health as well. These super foods include leafy greens, lean meats, oily fish and pasta. Diet plays one part in dementia prevention; exercise is helpful as well. Exercise has a beneficial effect on heart health and stabilizing cholesterol levels, which also appear to be overall indicators of brain health.

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