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Supporting Our Carers Through Ramadan



Ramadan Mubarak to all our Muslim colleagues! The commencement of Ramadan 2024 has been declared following the sighting of the Crescent Moon in Saudi Arabia on Sunday night (March 10th). This heralds the onset of the sacred fasting month for many of the world's 1.8 billion Muslims.

 

During this holiest of months, those who observe Ramadan will refrain from food and water from sunrise to sunset. It's a period for spiritual contemplation, familial gatherings, and acts of charity across the Muslim community.

 

At FeelCare Home Care Services, we are deeply committed to providing unwavering support to our carers and clients during this significant time. Here are some considerations for our carers as they engage with Muslim clients during Ramadan:

 

- Awareness and Sensitivity:


Please be mindful if you are aware that a client is fasting or observing Ramadan. Understand that this period may present challenges for them as they focus on reflection, abstinence, and deepening their faith.

 

- Individual Circumstances:


Avoid assuming that every Muslim client is fasting. Some individuals may choose not to fast, while others may be exempt for medical reasons or due to pregnancy.

 

- Flexible Scheduling:


Acknowledge the potential need for Muslim carers to take time off during Ramadan, particularly towards the end of the month and for Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations (expected on 9th/10th April).

 

- Medical Considerations:


For carers providing direct care to fasting clients, refer to our guidelines on caring for individuals during fasting periods, available through your line manager.

 

- Facility Amenities:


Carers may explore the possibility of setting up a designated reflection or quiet room at client locations, if feasible, again please speak to your FeelCare Manager.

 

Did You Know?

 

  • Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, with its dates varying annually due to the lunar calendar. In the upcoming years, Ramadan will occur during the winter in the UK, and in 2030, it will be observed twice (January & December).

  • Traditionally, Muslims partake in two main meals during Ramadan: suhoor (before dawn) and iftar (after sunset)

  • Islam is the second-largest religion in the UK, with approximately 3.8 million Muslims residing in England, constituting 6.7% of the population.

  • The influence of Islam in the UK traces back to as early as the 8th century.

 

Are you a carer observing Ramadan? We invite you to share your insights and experiences with us. Feel free to comment below or reach out via email nadenejulia@feelcareuk.org

 

FeelCare Home Care Services extends heartfelt wishes to all our Muslim carers for a blessed Ramadan. Ramadan Mubarak!


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