When you're a caregiver you might think that taking a summer vacation with an elderly parent or relative who requires special care is out of the question. This is an especially difficult dilemma for members of the sandwich generation who want to spend quality time with their own children while they're off from school. But with a little planning and the flexibility to scale a trip to meet everyone's needs, caregivers can still have a memorable time with their family.
Here are some tips & tricks to help make travelling together this summer easy, safe and enjoyable:
Go for it and have a great summer! New surrounding and the sun will make everyone smile.
Our Mind, Body & Spirit Wellness Workshop is fast approaching this Friday June 27th 6-8pm Admiral Building Collingwood. Spots have filled up quickly only a few left, still time to register:
Our Yoga instructor Kim will be introducing some breathing techniques, R.A.W. Caregiving will share tips & tricks on how to sleep better, decrease stress and our favorite easy healthy recipes. All in one night only......
Our winner of the $50 visa card will be announced at the end of the night & healthy snacks to try. Lets start the summer off right, see you there!
Thank-you to everyone who came out to support R.A.W. Caregiver Support Network's business opening along with all the other wonderful new businesses in the Collingwood area. We gained many new volunteers through the experience & are grateful for your support in helping more caregivers through out the community who need a break!
Are you searching for a guilt free, quick, easy breezy snack to munch, you should definitely give a try to this super tempting roasted chickpeas..very simple to prepare and a great snack on the go. They turned out super crispy...a fabulous snack to enjoy without any guilt!
-2 Cans of Chickpeas
-2 tbsp Oil
-Your regular mix of spices (sea salt, paprika, Italian mix, garlic salt, cinnamon ect..)
1. Heat the oven to 400°F and arrange a rack in the middle.
2. Place the chickpeas in a large bowl and toss with the spices from your own cupboard, if you would rather a sweet snack add honey and cinnamon (only) for a treat.
3. Spread the chickpeas in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until crisp, about 30 to 40 minutes.
Enjoy this healthy snack on the go, can store up to 3 weeks in an air tight container.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honor- Tia Walker
If you haven't noticed, gardens are popping up in some unconventional places – from prison yards to retirement and veteran homes to programs for troubled youth. Most are handy sources of fresh and local food, but increasingly they're also an extension of therapy for people.
Some doctors, psychologists and occupational therapists are now at work to test whether building, planting, and harvesting a garden can be a therapeutic process in its own right.
Much of the science behind just how gardening affects the mind and brain still remains a mystery. What scientists do know is that gardening calms the nerves, decreasing , a hormone that plays a role in stress.
Some different types of gardens to plant:
-Edible Gardens: can include anything from herb and vegetable gardens to edible flower and orchard gardens.
-Container Gardens: offers the chance to transform even the smallest of spaces, such as balconies, into a beautiful garden throughout the seasons.
-Butterfly Garden: includes a variety of shrubs, fruit trees, herbs and flowers.
-Rock Gardens: provides gardeners with the opportunity to combine both shade and sun-loving plants in the same space. Rock garden plants should be chosen according to the climate and growing conditions within a given area, some examples are: perennials, low-lying shrubs, bulbous plants and annuals thrive in a rock garden setting.
So get out with your loved one/ family this summer and get your hands dirty! It will be beneficial to you both!
Colour can really impact your mood and your life. Many healers use colour therapy to help their clients. Even the ancient Egyptians used colour for healing. You may have also noticed that hospitals and therapy centers often use calming pastel shades for their walls and decor.
Its a fact, that wearing bright or favorite colours can bring about positive emotions. Check out these colour tips while thinking about your summer wardrobe:
-YELLOW is a good mood enhancer as it represents optimism and hope. It’s a cheery colour and will brighten your surroundings.
-PINK can also help your mood as it symbolizes unconditional love, a nurturing colour.
-GREEN is a wonderful healing colour and very life affirming. Add some green plants around the house and notice the difference.
-BLUE invokes calm and peaceful feelings and can help you go within.
- PURPLE or violet is good for promoting transformation and creativity
Tip: If and when you care for another, if they need help choosing clothing remember they will have a mood lift if you pick one of the following colour but best of all you will be seeing them all day in this colour so if will brighten your mood as well.
Enjoy this lovely day everyone!
Are you sick of breading your own chicken? I know I am not a fan of the egg solution and dipping it in bread crumbs & plain chicken breast getting to dull....
Try this easy crust that is low in fat and tasty! All you have to do is take your chicken out of the package and add any kind of hummus (the flavors now are endless spinach, avacodo, roasted red pepper, pine nuts or have Mexican chicken with salsa hummus). Add 2 tsp to your chicken and smooth out, in the oven in bakes like a crust, with have the time to prepare! All you have to do is make a salad/ side dish and enjoy.
Our caregiver's quote of the day: Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they're supposed to help you discover who you are.
-- Bernice Johnson Reagon
Due to the changing needs in the community as well as our new programs, please note our OFFICE HOURS have changed:
MONDAY- 10am- 7pm
OUR IN-HOME SERVICES RUN 24 HOURS A DAY.
OUR PSW & YOGA INSTRUCTOR CAN DO WEEKEND SHIFTS.
Quote of the day: “Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't
own it, but you can use it. You can't keep
it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it
you can never get it back.”
- Harvey MacKay
We asked all local caregivers what they need each one said "life skills training" for their loved ones. We listened and developed a in-home life skills training program to suit all needs:
-organizing all income and expenses (when mail comes in)
-time management through charts and calenders (med times, dr appointments, plants watered ect..)
-setting up e-mail and Skype for families at a distance
- easy steps to healthy meals & snacks/ grocery lists
-communicating with others & advocating for themselves
Let us help teach your loved one some time saving and helpful skills to make life easier on both you and them.
Contact us for more information, book your assessment
We will all age and we all have people in our lives who are aging: parents, grandparents, friends. Most of us wish to retain our well-being physically and mentally – to remain in our homes and in our communities. Life transformations start for the average people around middle age. The transition from working, raising children, and other aspects of our daily grind into retirement is a challenge for most people.
Tips to maintain well-being are:
-Do what makes you happy: Sometimes it can feel like you’re going through your days on autopilot start your day off on a positive note by engaging in an enjoyable activity every morning.
-Get inspired. Find inspiration in everything from subscribing to a daily quote, listening to uplifting audio books on the way to work, read books with exciting ideas.
-Discover/rediscover a passion. Take the time to consider your passions (example: painting, writing ect)
-Determine and live your personal values. Knowing and living your values will lead to a sense of balance, confidence and fulfillment.
-Take daily risks. Challenge yourself to take a risk each day, whether it’s talking to someone new, asserting yourself, trusting someone, dancing, setting a tough workout goal or anything that pushes you out of your comfort zone.
-Accept your emotions. We deny, bury, project, rationalize, medicate, drink away, smother in comfort food, sleep off, sweat out, suck it up and sweep under the rug our sadness, anger and fear. Its ok not to be a robot we are human after all.
-Get rid of rotten eggs. There’s usually at least one rotten egg in your life that’s dragging down your mental outlook identify your rotten eggs and figure out how to remove them. Your rotten eggs might seem small. But even annoyances can add up and chip away at your mood and well-being.
-Surround yourself with positive scents and sounds. Our surroundings can affect our well-being. You can create a positive feeling at home with lemon, peppermint or other essential oils you love, or a 10 min walk in nature your mood will change for the better.
Go out and enjoy this lovely day, get inspired, take a chance at something new....what are you waiting for!
Hello! As a caregiver, mother and social service worker I have learned many life lessons through hands on experience. My dream for you is to make your journey through caregiving a cherished one.