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A Safer Candle For Seniors In Assisted Living Communities

September 10, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

“All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.”
This was a quote by St. Francis of Assisi. Embraced by almost every faith, creed and nationality, there is something special about a solitary flame and the energy exchange that a candle puts forth. Who hasn’t been be touched by a candle in reference to any of the religions you choose to follow? People of all faiths and backgrounds, can join in a candlelight vigil to grieve, or come together for a common purpose. Candles touch our souls, and emanate a feeling of warmth, calm and well being. Most assisted living facilities do not allow candles on their premises due to fire hazard. To ensure the safety of their residents assisted living facilities enforce these precautionary measures. However many seniors including those who live in nursing homes and assisted living facilities enjoy the mood set by a candlelight.

Now there are rechargeable, battery operated candles available in the market to reduce the risk of fire hazard. Assisted living facilities are investing in these battery operated candles so that seniors can enjoy the flicker of a candle light without putting themselves at risk. These battery operated candles provide the romantic ambience without the smoke and hazard of fire. These candles never burn out and can be switched off just like a flash light.

The Interesting History of Candles
Candles have a unique place in our society today and provide insight into our past. There is no recorded history of candle making. However references to lighting candles date back to ancient times, as early as 3000 B.C. in Crete and Egypt. Candles are mentioned in Biblical writings as early as the 10th century B.C. In the 4th century B.C., the ancient Egyptians developed candles by soaking the pithy core of reeds in molten tallow (animal fat). These rush lights had no wick like a candle. The early Romans are credited with developing the candle with a wick that was made from papyrus, a tall Mediterranean reed.

Candle Light by ~akib99 on deviantART

During The Middle Ages, beeswax was introduced into the candle making process. Beeswax is the substance secreted by honeybees to make honeycombs. Beeswax candles were a major improvement over candles made from tallow since they did not produce a smoky flame or emit an unpleasant odor when burned. Instead, beeswax candles burned pure and clean. After the 16th century, living standards improved as candlesticks and candleholders were put to regular use in households. At that time, candles were most often sold by the pound in bundles. Everyday candles were made of animal fat usually from sheep or cows. These candles were usually a dark, yellowish color and probably didn’t smell much like any of today’s popular scents such as crisp linen, sea breeze or cucumber frappe. Since candles are not allowed in assisted living facilities they utilize plug in air fresheners to make the resident rooms smell nice.

In India, the use of animal fat in candles was prohibited by religious decree so candles were made from wax skimmed while boiling cinnamon. In Judaism, candles play a significant role at Hanukah representing the 8 days for which the lamp burned with oil found in the temple after the Greeks had ransacked it. There was only enough oil to light the lamp for 1 day but miraculously the lamp burned for 8 days. The sacred celebration is observed by lighting 1 candle each of the 8 days. The 9th candle in the Menorah called the Shamash is used to light the other 8. Early Chinese and Japanese candles were molded in paper tubes. They were made out of a wax from an insect known as a Cocus and were mixed with seeds from various trees. The wicks were made of rolled up rice paper. North America native Indians produced light by inserting oily dried smelt into a slit at the end of a stick and lighting it. Assisted Living Facilities around the country go to great efforts in providing an environment with a true sense of home for their residents. Assisted living facilities provide your senior loved ones with a safe, comforting environment by introducing gadgets such as  the battery operated candle.

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About The Author: Gloria Ha’o Schneider is an expert in senior citizen and baby boomer issues. Her topics revolve around Senior Living and Healthcare to provide the latest information to this demographic as well as their families and loved ones.

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