Caring for a cherished family member offers many rewards strengthening bonds with loved ones, sharing daily successes and clarifying life's true priorities although rewarding, caregiving can also drain our energy and strength. Here are some ways to renew yourself in the New Year
-Give yourself the gift of alone time. Whether it means browsing the mall alone, soaking in a hot bath or closing the bedroom door for a nap or start that book that has been sitting on the shelf getting dusty, put a plan in place this year.
-Open your heart to accepting help from others. Sometimes we believe we're open to receiving help with caregiving, but we put up barriers in our mind. Search your heart to see if you're truly open to allowing family members, friends and other caregivers to take over for a few hours.
Remember helping yourself is helping your loved one receive better care from you. Give it a try & start this 2017 year off with a bang!
RECIPE OF THE WEEK=SUPER EASY CAESAR SALAD:
A fun twist on the standard Caesar salad, this wedge version takes just minutes to assemble. All components can be prepared ahead of time. Enjoy!
We work closely with children and adults but especially seniors on a daily bases & this is what we have learned to be the five most powerful life lessons when speaking with the elderly:
1. Be yourself and don’t care about what others think of you.
2. There is more to life than working.
3. You are strong enough to get through the toughest of times.
4. Everything happens for a reason.
5. Life is short so live in the present moment.
1 cup oats (instant)
3/4 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup grated carrots
1.In a medium bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter, egg, and vanilla.
3. Stir in maple syrup until thoroughly incorporated. Add in the flour mixture, stirring just until incorporated. Fold in the carrots.
4. Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes. (If chilling longer, cover with plastic wrap, ensuring it touches the entire surface of the cookie dough.)
5. Preheat the oven to 325°F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Bake at 325°F for 12-15 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet & enjoy!
One study showed that spending as little as 20 minutes outside in good weather boosted positive mood, broadened thinking and improved working memory. These benefits are critical to caregiving which often requires patience, creativity and a good problem-solving.
As any caregiver knows, new problems can pop up daily. Even though exercise also has a positive effect on mood, if you don’t want to put that on your plate right now, the simple act of stepping outside for 20 minutes can offer similar emotional and physiological benefits. Give it a try!
With school days back in session, lunches to be made and midnight snacks to be had. Coming into the fall season this granola recipe is the perfect match.....
Grocery runs! When it finally comes time to go to the store… what exactly did you need again? A great tip is to take a photo of something as it’s running out. Even better—take a picture of your loved one’s fridge or pantry to see what’s missing. Your grocery list is now a visual, interactive list of images on your phone.
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.