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Easy Dinner Recipes for Seniors

It’s not always fun to cook dinner, but it’s always fun to eat it! Take the hassle out of cooking dinner with these simple recipes. Find more recipes on our blog as well as tips for seniors and nurses.

Shrimp With Tomatoes

Ingredients

1 10-ounce box couscous (1 1/3 cups)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
1/2 cup dry white wine (such as Sauvignon Blanc)
kosher salt and pepper
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

Directions

  1. Cook the couscous according to the package directions.
  2. Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes, wine, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 4 to 6 minutes.
  4. Add the shrimp and cover. Cook until the shrimp are cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes. Serve with the couscous.

Courtesy of Real Simple

Baked Pesto Chicken

Ingredients:

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
½ cup basil pesto
2 plum tomatoes
shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cover cookie sheet with foil.
2. Put pesto and chicken in bowl. Toss until chicken is covered.
3. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
4. Place slices of tomato on top of chicken and sprinkle with cheese.
5. Bake another 3-5 minutes.
6. Serve with a box of angel hair pasta and herbs and French bread.

Courtesy of Moms Who Think

Southwestern Beef Chili With Corn

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 carrots, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 poblano or bell pepper, chopped
1/2 pound ground beef
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed
1 tablespoon chili powder
 kosher salt and black pepper
1/2 cup corn kernels (from 1 ear, or frozen and thawed)
1/2 cup grated Cheddar (2 ounces)
2 scallions, sliced

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the carrots, onion, and poblano and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes.
  2. Add the beef and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, until it is slightly darkened, 1 minute.
  4. Stir in the beans, chili powder, 3 cups water, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
  5. Simmer over medium heat until the vegetables are tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in the corn.
  6. Divide the chili among bowls and top with the Cheddar and scallions.

Courtesy of Real Simple

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Is a Paleo Diet Healthy for the Elderly

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You’ve probably heard the term ‘Paleo Diet’, but maybe you’re unsure exactly what it means. A Paleo Diet (Paleolithic diet, Caveman diet) is based on eating habits of our ancestors. This includes focusing on foods like meat, nuts, and berries. Notice that this diet cuts out most of our modern food. This is because proponents of the diet claim that the Paleolithic era, after which the diet is named, is the time during which humans evolved their specific nutritional needs. They claim that our metabolism has been unable to adapt fast enough to our modern foods. These modern foods are those that came during the invention of agriculture and animal domestication.

What foods does this include? Well Paleo enthusiasts advise against grain, legumes, dairy, and processed foods. They see these as some of the causes for many modern day ailments like obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Critics, though, have pointed out that during the Paloelithic period, many humans ate grains and legumes, and that it is too difficult to pinpoint exactly what humans ate back then.

What does the Paleo diet require?
Put simply, the Paleo diet is about more protein and meat, less carbohydrates, and high fiber. Protein should high moderate to high fat but avoid trans fats and omega-6 fats. Though the diet wants you to stay away from carbohydrates, it says to eat non-starchy fruits and vegetables. And your high fiber amount should come from these non-starchy vegetables and fruits, not from grains.

Foods excluded from the Paleo Diet
– Dairy Products
– Legumes
– Grains
– Processed Oils
– Salt
– Refined sugar
– Alcohol
– Coffee

Is the Paleo Diet safe for seniors?
It really depends on your level of health. If you’re really considering switching to a Paleo diet, it’s recommended to talk to your doctor. They can tell you what types of foods you should be focusing on in your diet. Maybe you can slowly introduce more Paleo-like elements into your diet. Try cutting out a lot of carbohydrates, processed foods, refined sugars.


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Just Like Family Celebrity Bartending Event

Celebrate Senior Citizen Month with Just Like Family Home Care’s Celebrity Bartending at Lamoraga!

A suggested donated of $20 gives you one free drink ticket plus complimentary appetizers.
In addition to your donation, 100% of all gratuities will be given to St. Matthew’s House and Goodlette Arms.

Don’t forget to bring your Senior Collection Drive donation items.
These should be new items like:
Soap
Shampoo
stamps
books
cards
Slippers
Wheelchairs
Puzzles
Ensure
walkers
tea bags
canned goods
etc.

For more information
Contact Elisabeth Nassberg at Just Like Family
239-431-6661 or enassberg@JLFservices.com

Lamoraga
3936 N. Tamiami Trail

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Just Like Family Senior Collection Drive

It’s that time of year again! No, not Christmas! It’s Senior Citizens Month (actually now it’s Older Americans Month but we’ll use both terms).

That means it’s time for Just Like Family Home Care’s annual Senior Collection Drive! We are collecting NEW items to distribute to Seniors in need in Southwest Florida all month long.

HOW CAN I HELP?
Create your own Senior Collection Drive- we have boxes and marketing materials for you to use as posters and/or emarketing. When your box is filled, simply phone us and we’ll pick up your collection. Thank you for your help and support of seniors!

WHAT ITEMS SHOULD I DONATE?
Facial tissues
Throat drops
Coffee/tea
Bottled Water
Ensure
Reading Glasses
Sunglasses
Knitting supplies
Calendars
Games
Personal Hygiene Items

Check out our flier to get more donation ideas

Need more information? Contact us at 239-431-6661

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Apps for Caregivers

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There’s an app for everything and everybody! Caregivers have a wide array of mobile applications available to help them with tasks like tracking, organization, reference, medicine management, and more. Download a few and test them out. Hopefully they can help improve your efficiency and effectiveness, thereby improving the quality of your care.

Caregiver’s Touch

Platforms: iPhone ($4.99), Web ($19.95 month or $199.95 year)
– Calendar helps for people caring for more than one person
– Store insurance information
– Contact List
– Essential Information storage (SSN, blood type, etc)
– Log medical history
– Security
– Allows for sharing information with others
– Must be used in conjunction with web application

CareZone

Platforms: iPhone, iPad, Android
– Free
– Profile to log patient information
– Share task lists
– Share journal with logs and photos
– Medicine tracking
– Invite others to join on the app
– Can broadcast a recorded voice message to 100 people

Unfrazzle

Platforms: iPhone, iPad, Android
– Free
– Highly customizable
– Create to do lists
– Journals
– Track practically everything
– Share information with others


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5 Questions to Ask Caregivers

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Hiring a caregiver for yourself or a loved one can be a tough decision. The decision only gets tougher once you’ve decided to hire one and need to find just the right one. It can seem like a long process, especially because it is so personal. A caregiver works intimately with yourself and the rest of the family. So how do you choose just the right one? That’s a very personal choice, but we want to help steer you in the right direction. Here are 5 key questions to ask a possible caregiver to see if they are the right fit.

1. What is your experience?

This should be one of the first questions you ask a potential caregiver. You want to make sure they are properly certified before continuing the interview process. Next, you want to see what types of environments they have worked in, and what types of people they have cared for. If the caregiver has only worked with children, and you are seeking assistance for an elderly family member, it may not be the best fit. Ask for a resume summarizing where they have worked, as well as relevant recommendations or contact information of previous employers.

2. What do you like to do in your free time?

This may not seem like a relevant question, but it is a good way to gauge the personality of the caregiver. If they enjoy volunteering with the elderly in their free time, or spending time with family, you’re able to see that they value being part of the community and family. See what types of activities they enjoy to also see what kind of hobbies they may have in common with your loved one requiring assistance.

3. What has been the biggest challenge of your work?

This question is key to see how much this caregiver enjoys their job. If they answer about always having terrible clients and that working long days is terrible and they just look forward to going home, they may not be the right fit for you. You want to see someone passionate about caring for others. They will be taking care of you or a loved one, so you want them to really enjoy what they do.

4. What types of medical and personal activities are you comfortable with performing?

This question will allow you to see if this caregiver can give you or your loved one the care they need. If your loved one requires close medical attention, it is important to look for a caregiver certified in performing those tasks. Also ask about personal and household duties. If the caregiver is not comfortable cooking in the home, and your loved one needs assistance with this, then it’s not a good fit. So come up with a list of key activities the caregiver should be able to perform.

5. What do you like most about your job?

With this question, you are able to see why this person became a caregiver. Some may join because they see financial benefits, others may have had an ill family member and felt compelled to become a caregiver. This is another good question to see about personality and if you feel this person fits as a competent, courteous caregiver.

Luckily for you, at Just Like Family Homecare, we have some of the best caregivers in Southwest Florida available for you and your loved one. We are very selective when choosing which caregivers and nurses we want to join our team. Trust your caregiving needs to Just Like Family Homecare.