These fresh fruit Popsicles are so yummy! What a delicious and refreshing treat idea for summer. So easy to make and they're super healthy- seniors, adults & kids will love.
Great way use the older fruit laying around the house- any type works, even water instead of apple juice. Place into popsicle holder for 2 hours & ready to enjoy.
1/2 cup Blueberries
1/2 cup Raspberries
1 cup Strawberries
2 cups Apple juice
Need to take a breath of fresh air and often feeling overwhelmed and trapped? Caregivers of all kind work very hard, often living within the same house as the loved one receiving your care. Try this caregiver's room trick to have your own sanctuary and a quiet space to go when you need to think and be with yourself if only for a while.
No need for it to cost alot either, use what you have or do-it-yourself on the cheaper side. It will be totally worth it.
-Make sure there is lots of lighting or sunshine able to flow through your windows.
-Big comfy seating and throw pillows for the back are great for reading time.
-Greenery is important, incase you cannot always get outside. Bringing the outside in.
-Inspirational sayings on the walls or pictures that make you smile around can lift your spirit and keep you positive.
-A table for your hot drinks and healthy snacks as you need to keep up your strength and well being up to serve those around you.
It is important to tell the ones you are living with that this space is needed for you.
Enjoy creating a caregiver sanctuary, you deserve it- even if just a small space to put up your feet and gather your thoughts to journal.
In spirit of those who want to participate put a drop of green dye into the children and seniors water today with a green lime inside. This will make everyone feel included.
IRISH CARE POEM:
May your joys be as deep as the oceans,
your troubles as light as its foam,
and may you find peace of mind,
whereever you may roam.
Many caregivers are looking after a loved one within a care facility such as a hospital or retirement residence. Here are some tips and tricks to help them feel more comfortable within their new transition:
1. Bring a memory book
Nothing sparks a great conversation better than bringing in photos and keepsakes of fond memories. Asking for details on a particular picture will help you become a better storyteller as well. Was there a recent event that your loved one could not attend? Bring pictures to share with your loved one and leave extra copies behind so that they can tell their peers about your visit later on.
2. Telephone an out-of-touch relative or friend.
Is there someone your loved one hasn’t spoken to in a while? Arrange for your loved one to connect with them through your cell phone while you are there. What a great treat that would be!
3. Go on a walk
Visit with your loved one through the free tea in the lobby or visit the community fish tank in the residence it gets them out of their rooms and socializing.
4. Attend a event activity with them
Check the homes event calender online and take them to the event so they can have a friend to go with, show them its fun to get out and about and pin point the next calender event they can attend in line with an interest they have.
5. Read a book together
Some seniors enjoy having books read to them by their bedside or bring along the newspaper or artwork the grandchildren & stories the kids wrote for them.
All in all make your visit a happy one, reassuring all will be ok in the months to come with you and your families support.
Many of us are stuck inside this winter, especially seniors who are unable to get out in the winter months. Bring alittle sunshine in with a plant tub- perfect for all ages to enjoy, make and upkeep.
Herbs can be used in all cooking or flowers to bloom right in your livingroom.
Fun activity for all & you can customize for your own families likes.
Enjoy the day ahead Caregivers & remember:
"Life is the flower for which love is the honey"
What tea best suits you? Check out our “pot” of information on tea.
1. A cup of tea reduces stress and has a calming effect is Chamomile & Valerian tea.
2. A cup of tea can perk you up in the morning or during the afternoon slump is Black tea.
3. Tea has antioxidants which fight free radicals in the body and protect cells from damage, this is Green tea.
4. Tea that helps your tummy problems are Peppermint & Rooibos tea.
5. Commonly used natural compound that fights illnesses such as the common cold and other respiratory infections is Echinacea tea.
6. Immune-boosting compounds would be lemon ginger tea.
Tea is a lovely way to add a bit of luxury to your life and that is good for your mental health, enjoy sipping.
Check out our easy, fast breakfast recipe of the week, Add yogurt to it & you have a filling healthy breakfast for the whole family. Walnuts are optional.Ingredients:
2 large ripe pears
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp honey
1/4 cup crushed walnuts
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. Cut the pears in half and place on a baking sheet
3. Using a measuring spoon or melon baller, scoop out the seeds.
4. Sprinkle with cinnamon, top with walnuts and drizzle 1/2 teaspoon honey over each one.
5. Bake in the oven 15 minutes. Remove & enjoy!
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.