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March 21st Is World Down Syndrome Day

March 21st Is World Down Syndrome Day

Get ready to Rock Your Socks! World Down Syndrome Day is here, March 21st, which means it’s time to dig through your sock drawer and get out the craziest pair (or mismatched pair) or socks you can find to support Down Syndrome Awareness. Why crazy socks? The point is to spark exactly that question! When someone asks you why you are wearing crazy socks, it is your chance to make an impact and promote awareness. Down Syndrome Awareness has increased with shows like “Born This Way” soon to start its 3rd season and major retailers hiring models with Down Syndrome including Nordstrom, Target, and OshKosh B’gosh. We can’t leave out advocate and model, Madeline Stuart, with over 600,000 social media followers, blazing the way as the world’s first professional model with Down Syndrome. However, everyone’s help is still needed to raise awareness and promote inclusion for individuals with Down Syndrome. If you aren’t sure what to say, keep reading for Down Syndrome facts you can use to explain what is Down Syndrome and why awareness is so important.

In the US, there are over 400,000 individuals with Down Syndrome and approximately 6,000 children with Down Syndrome born each year according to the Down Syndrome Association, Inland Empire. The National Down Syndrome Society confirms that what causes Down Syndrome is essentially unknown with maternal age being the only risk factor associated with higher diagnosis. Also known as Trisomy 21, Down Syndrome is when a person has 3 copies of Chromosome 21 instead of the usual 2 copies in some or all cells in the body. The extra chromosome leads to developmental changes that cause a range of delays in cognitive/intellectual, language, and motor development and is also linked to higher prevalence of certain medical conditions such as heart abnormalities and Alzheimer’s.

Down Syndrome Baby Model Cute

It is important to remember that actual developmental effects or symptoms of Down Syndrome are different for each individual. Many individuals are able to graduate high school, have full careers, and live independently with little to no assistance. Others require a range of supports and services throughout their life up to 24/7 care due to the severity of delays or associated medical conditions. Regardless of severity of delays or medical conditions Down Syndrome causes, people still have the same wants and desires as everyone else: community inclusion, meaningful relationships, love, recognition for talents, independence, dignity, respect, and to live an overall meaningful life. With the right services and supports, all of this is possible.

Currently, services and supports available to individuals with Down Syndrome vary widely state by state. In California, we are fortunate to have the Lanterman Act, which entitles individuals with developmental disabilities to certain services and supports. In other states, individuals often face long waiting lists to receive even basic assistance. Through the Medicaid Waiver program, services and supports provided by states in home and community based settings to individuals with developmental disabilities receive uncapped, matching funding from the federal government.

Down Syndrome Beautiful Juliana Wenk

Proposed changes to switch to Block Grants may jeopardize the amount of funding available for states to continue funding existing Medicaid services (known as Medi-Cal in California). Block Grants would mean each state would receive a fixed amount of money from the federal government to fund all Medicaid programs including those for individuals with Down Syndrome and other developmental disabilities. Anything above the fixed amount would have to be 100% funded by the state. This not only places a spending cap on previous, unlimited matching funding for developmental disability service programs, but also places different Medicaid funded programs in each state (i.e. developmental disability services, low income benefits, geriatric benefits, etc) in competition with each other to try to get more of their state’s block of funding allocated to serve their population.

If funding is limited, this can lead to cuts in services and/or longer waiting lists for individuals with Down Syndrome and other developmental disabilities. 24 Hour Home Care currently provides services to thousands of individuals with Down Syndrome or other developmental disabilities so we have seen firsthand, the life changing impact the right services can have an individual’s life. Now more than ever, we need to raise awareness about Down Syndrome to help protect these much needed services and supports.

Rock Your Socks World Down Syndrome Day Crazy Socks

So are you ready to Rock Your Socks with us for World Down Syndrome Awareness Day? Don’t forget to share your photos on social media with #LOTSOFSOCKS and #24HrHomeCare. Remember, the crazier the better. The goal is to start as many conversations about Down Syndrome as possible! If you are like me and find that your sock drawer is full of only boring shades of white, brown, and black, consider purchasing a pair of John’s Crazy Socks co-founded by John, who has Down Syndrome, and his father. Let’s get out there and spread awareness!

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Patricia 2020-09-18 via Google
I like working for 24hr home care because they allow me to have a flexible schedule and I can take advantage of how far away from home I'd like to travel for work.
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Liliana D 2020-09-18 via Google
Improving getting better and better really listen to our voice send us a recognition letter congratulating us as frontline workers, send us a little gift for our performance, send us an gift certificate from amazon for school supplies pack of $30 dollars for our children looking forward for more improvements feels good to be recognize as a great frontline worker helps us get more motivated afterall thats going on. Ive never got anything or a congratulations from them ever its the first time in the 3 years ive work with them and today they call me to say happy bday i feel special. Thank you 24hr homecare
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Tatyana 2020-09-18 via Google
Pros: It’s nice working here. With this agency, you have a very flexible schedule. There are a lot of 4-5 hour shifts, although they do offer overnight shifts as well from 8 hours, maybe 12. You can qualify for employee benefits after 1 year of working here. They have “emergency rate” wages as well, these are last minute shifts that can raise from $1-5 an hour; if they hired you at $14hr and they give you an (e-rate) emergency rate then it’ll probably be from $15, $16, $17+ depending on the case. Traveling is required and they did have a virtual interview with me. They have employees working 24 hours if you decide to call them. They use the CC-Go app to clock in and clock out. They also give you a link to a corporate perks website that will give you discounts on phones, plane tickets, hotels ect. Cons: Communication with the office/managers can be difficult at times because when you call, anyone/random person can answer. My personal recommendation as a company request for employee(s): Sending each caregiver a “care package” in a ziplock bag with gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, ect. in case a facility or client doesn’t have the supplies needed. Having these “care packages” would help the company prevent any further sicknesses when dealing with urination and bowel movements if anything were to happen.
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Laura 2020-06-12 via Google
Our care givers are loving, friendly and devoted. They are family! Thank you for being here for us.
Reviewer: Richard
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Our Care-giver Mudrakat is a blessing for us, with a big heart, and a very professional approach and skills - she will go far...
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Great place to work for!

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