Almost Halloween Caregivers... here are some treats that will be on our draw table at our Caregivers Retreat Event November 1st. If you are in the Collingwood area there is still time to register!
This recipe is great for a side dish, lunch or dinner meal. You can even prep the sweet potatoes into cubes and freeze until you are ready to pull out and use on the weekdays. Enjoy!
-2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
-1 yellow onions, sliced
-2 tablespoons olive oil
-kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
-1/2-cup to 1-cup crumbled feta cheese
Preheat oven to 450.
1)Add the chopped sweet potatoes, onions, and olive oil in a bowl and mix.
2)Season with salt, pepper; mix together and place the sweet potatoes on prepared baking dish in a single layer.
3)Roast for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking, and cook until potatoes are fork tender.
4)Remove from oven and sprinkle with feta cheese.
Caregivers Tip of the Day: “Learn to trust your instincts”
Caregivers have the important role of helping people with a multitude of tasks. Being able to communicate well with each person to whom you provide care is critical for ensuring that they get the care that they need. Here are a few tips help you overcome communication obstacles:
-Patience. Depending on the people for whom you are providing care, you may need to be a really patient person. They may talk more slowly, move more slowly, or even be somewhat opposed to you being there in the first place. Just demonstrate that you are a caring and patient person, and there is a good chance things will go well.
-Listening. This is one of the most important communication skills anyone can have. Ask them questions, listen for their answers, and pay attention to what they say their needs are. Sometimes it isn’t even about what they need; they may just want to know that someone is listening to them, so be an active listener.
-Effective talking. When it comes to talking, take the time to explain things, and remain calm. Don’t assume, if they are older, that you need to yell for them to hear. Their hearing may be just fine. You may, however, need to speak a little more slowly, or take the time to explain something a little more fully.
-Body language. Whether you are talking or listening, it is important to pay attention to body language. This lets the other person know that, as a caregiver, you are paying attention, are interested in them, and are actively engaged in what is going on around you.
A must read on your winter book list caregivers... even though this book is tiny it is packed full of tips & tricks to help you Surviving Life and Live it Up!
Annette Zoheret will be doing author signings at our R.A.W. Caregiver Support Networks: Caregivers Retreat Day November 1st!
Don't miss out on speaking in person to this inspiring lady.
FOUR INGREDIENT: GARDEN PENNE PASTA
This recipe is perfect for all families and caregivers on the go. Only 4 ingredients and cooks up within 15 mins of getting home! We love healthy/easy recipes that can be used as a lunch or dinner option with leftovers to heat the next day.
All you have to do is boil your pasta and drain. In the same pot add the olive oil, fresh basil and tomatoes until heated. Re add your pasta and eat (the basil makes your house smell amazing and your pasta will taste flavourful- add spices/salt, pepper if you wish).
2 cups penne pasta (gluten free or regular)
1 cup fresh basil, chopped
5 tomatoes, diced
4 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
Caregivers Tip of the Day: Fatigue is the common enemy of all of us...so slow down, rest-up, replenish and refill. - Jeffery Holland
Some caregivers find loved ones are stuck inside all winter long, not even to crack a window due to the chill of winter coming. Here are some quick tips caregivers can do to make a happier, brighter environment for our loved ones- who wouldn't want there mood lifted this winter season?
Improve your view – Let’s face it, it’s no fun staring out your window at bare trees and mounds of snow. Perk up your view with some charming curtains. Choose a pattern that is bold and playful, or a texture that is soft and ethereal.
Indulge in small luxuries – Create a cozy reading nook by adding a good light and soft throw blanket to a comfortable arm chair. Consider perking up your bathroom too by giving it more spa-like qualities. Swap out a boring shower curtain for a beautiful fabric one. And consider adding vintage glass jars filled with handmade soaps to add color.
Don’t be afraid to go outside – It may be tempting to stay inside where it’s nice and warm. But it’s refreshing, and healthy for your mind and body, to spend some time outside. If your apartment has a balcony or patio, place a few seats or a bench outside with a bright outdoor rug. When there’s a mild day, you can sit outside for a little while and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.
Color your world – One way to liven up your area and improve your mood at the same time is to paint the walls a bright, cheery color. Experts say the exact shade should be based on your personal preference and décor scheme, but it’s wise to stick with clean, crisp colors. Don’t be afraid to go a little brighter than you typically would, since overcast skies and indirect light will tame the vibrancy somewhat. If you don’t want to paint, you can also add color to your walls through art work, interesting fabrics stretched on canvas, or even displaying a collection of vintage clocks.
Add (plant) life to your home – Adding a few plants to your home is a terrific way to make your living space more inviting, colorful and even healthy, especially in the winter. Ask your local nursery for advice on which plants can thrive indoors in low-light winter conditions. Even hanging a single spider plant can help bring a sense of life and nature inside your home.
Plus if anything it can be a nice project you can do with your loved one, so they feel they are involved & spend some meaningful memories with you designing and creating a fresh space they can call their very own.
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.