Friday, June 29, 2018

Easy plant to grow with those who have dementia


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Flower and Garden Tips
Growing Chives in a Window Box


Growing chives - why? ..Chives are probably the easiest herbs to grow in the garden.

They can be added to just about any meal you would normally add onions to, and they're very good for you!

Chives are the smallest of the onion family and there are a fair few types to choose from.

I've grown 'garlic' chives for years in the garden, and they are really useful, especially if you've run out of garlic.

You can eat every part of the chive plant. The edible flowers add colour to the salad bowl or other garnish, the grass-like leaves can be cut up and added to cooked potatoes, salads, sauces and even sandwiches, and the bulb can be used as a mild onion.
Although the flower stalk is edible, once the flower has been produced, there is very little taste or nutrients left in the stalk. Discard the flower stalks, and crumble the flower heads into your salad.

Growing chives: positioning

Chives like sun but do like a little shade during long hot summers. They are fairly good at tolerating drought conditions, but are happiest in moist well-drained soil.

Place chive plants in different parts of the garden, so you've always got something to pick and eat!
Sowing and Planting:
Chives do very well from seed. Plant a few seeds in a pot very early in the year and keep warm and watered until the seedlings are large enough to plant outside.

Plant out in well dug soil, preferably with some organic compost mixed in. You won't need to feed chives once they're in the ground, unless your ground is particularly poor, in which case you should give the chive plants a monthly feed.

Keep weed-free and watered until well established.

Growing chives in containers is also possible! Keep a pot in the kitchen. Remember to water and the plant will see you right through the season. When the flowers start to die back, cut the plant down to about 2-3 inches high and the chives will grow again.

Thompson & Morgan have chive seeds available.....

"Garden Chives" "Garlic Chinese" Chives

Looking after your chives:

There really won't be much to do.... chives are 100% easy plants to grow. Don't plant near onions as they could get onion fly, but apart from that just pick and eat them!

Don't start using the chives until the plants are fairly well established - late summer in the first year of growth.

Harvesting:

Cut chives as you need them. Use scissors and leave 2-3 inches of leaf on the plant. When the flowers start to dry and die back, you can cut down the whole plant ( to 2-3 inches high ) and the chives will grow again.

Use the flowers in the kitchen or leave to bloom on the plant. The purple flowers look spectacular on a well-established plant.

After three or four years, the chive plant should be divided. Dig up carefully, then gently, but firmly, separate the clumps of bulbs and re-plant.

During the winter months your chive plant may die back completely. Don't worry, it'll come back in the spring.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Keeping Nursing Home Residents Safe during Outdoor Activities


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Now that summer has begun in the northern part
of the United States, our thoughts turn to outdoor
activities for the residents. This is a good
time to review some ways to keep the residents
healthy and happy while enjoying some fun in
the sun.
Last year was one of the hottest summers on
record. Having to stay indoors to keep cool was
difficult for the residents with heart conditions
or respiratory problems. Even residents
without these problems were advised to stay
indoors and out of the baking heat and oppressive
humidity. This can be hard when summer is
usually filled with outdoor activities and outings
to the residents' favorite places.
Now is the time to plan outdoor games, picnics,
barbecues, trips to see the residents’ favorite
baseball teams play and other out trips, walks
around the grounds of the facility, sitting outside
talking to visitors or the staff, etc. Now
that the residents are able to spend more time
outdoors, the activity staff needs to build in
some precautions when planning outdoor activities.
Exposure to the sun, insect bites, heat exhaustion,
storage and preparation of food, and
dehydration can put the residents and facility
at risk.
Before planning outings, work with the director
of nursing to develop a protocol for the differ-
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Keeping residents safe while on the go.(LIABILITY landscape): An article from: Nursing Homes

Monday, June 25, 2018

Lemonade - a refreshing summer drink for those with dementia



Activities directors, caregivers, and healthcare professionals Did You Know that lemonade is a great drink for those with dementia. It tastes good, it is fum and easy to make and drinking it stimulates a person's appetite

Here is a link to a great lemonade recipe





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Lemon facts and trivia
* The lemon originated in China
* Lemonade was a favorite of the Chinese Emperors
* Lemons made their way to the United States with the help of Catholic Missionaries and were planted in Arizona and California? Today they produce virtually all of the lemons consumed in the United States as well as about one-third of those used throughout the world
(source The Packer Produce Availability & Merchandising Guide, 1999).

Lemons are valued for their many uses in flavoring the food we eat, as a garnish, and for household purposes.

Selection
Lemons should be firm and have a bright yellow color. Avoid soft, shriveled lemons with spots. The best lemons will be fine textured and heavy for their size. Thin skinned fruit tends to have more juice, while fruit that has a greenish cast is likely to be more acidic. One medium lemon has about 3 tablespoons of juice and 3 tablespoons of grated peel.

More lemon trivia


Saturday, June 23, 2018

4th of July heroes

Activities directors, caregivers, and healthcare professionals,here is some great information

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The Dementia Caregiver's Little Book of Hope [Kindle Edition]

Celebrate America
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