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Month: July 2020


If you’re looking to add more nature to your indoor spaces that need very little care, then a terrarium may be just what you need!

A terrarium is like an aquarium, but for plants instead of fish! It is made in just about any glass container. It is planted to look like a miniature garden or forest enclosed in its own little world.

Succulent or Air Plant Terrariums


  • Mason jar or any open glass container/vase/candleholder

  • Succulent/Cacti Soil (if using succulents)

  • Gravel (if using both succulents or air plants)

  • Assorted items – Sea glass mix, coloured rocks, sand, or shells

  • 1 or 2 live succulent or air plants


  1. Start with a clean and clear glass jar or container. Your recycling bin is always a good place to start looking. Other fun options would be a fishbowl, coffee pot, pickle jar, and more.

  2. Cover the bottom of the jar with a layer of pebbles or gravel for drainage.

  3. If using succulents that require soil, add a thick layer of potting soil. It is a good idea to get potting soil made for indoor plants if you can.

  4. If using air plants that require very little maintenance and no soil, cover the bottom of the container with sand as a base. Then layer items such as gravel/pebbles and shells for a unique design.

  5. Shake off the dirt that comes with the plants. Use a spoon or your hands to create the hole for your plants.

  6. Plant small air plants, succulents, or even cacti in your soil or sand/gravel/rock layer and pat it in gently.

  7. Once you have your plants planted add additional moss, gravel, or decorative rocks to cover the soil.

  8. Finish with your small extra accessories, if you decide to use them.

Tips for caring for your terrariums

  • Keep your terrariums away from direct sunlight.

  • Keep succulent terrariums watered once a week (about an ice cube’s worth of water). Do not overwater.

  • Air plants get most of their nutrients from the air but do require some watering. Once a week, remove the air plant and place it in a bowl of water and soak it for about 30minutes. Let dry in another location away from sunlight. Once fully dry, place back in the terrarium. Another option would be to use a spray bottle of water and mist 2 – 3 times a week.

**Note: Too much water will cause the plant to rot!

Always check with your garden centre or plant nursery for proper care and design ideas and instructions!

Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998.

We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

Understanding Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease in which your body either can’t produce insulin or can’t properly use the insulin it produces. According to Diabetes Canada, rates of diabetes and prediabetes cases are on the rise in Canada. In fact, in their 2019 study, one in three Canadians have diabetes or prediabetes. We have assembled some helpful information to assist you in understanding Diabetes and what you can do to prevent it.



Although there is no known prevention strategies for developing Type 1 Diabetes, there are a number of ways that you can reduce your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.

Healthy Eating

It is widely known that the body requires a number of nutrients to keep it healthy and strong. Following a proper meal plan or diet can assist in preventing Type 2 Diabetes. Ensure that you and your loved ones are getting plenty of vegetables, plant-based proteins, lean meats, whole grains, and healthy fats and oils. Reducing your intake of high-processed foods, refined grains (i.e. white bread), sugary foods drinks can increase your chance of living a long healthy life, free of Type 2 Diabetes.

Regular Exercise

Moving your body, even if it’s just a few minutes a day, can make a big difference to your overall health and wellbeing. Making time to exercise, take a walk, or practice yoga for even 20 – 30mins a day can help you prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes.

Lose Weight

If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes or have a high BMI or are overweight, these can cause some serious implications to your health. According to Diabetes Canada, an eating and exercise plan that helps you lose just 5% of your initial body weight can delay or prevent type 2 diabetes from developing.

Get Support

Consulting with your doctor or Diabetes Canada about further information on the risks, how to manage your diabetes, or what supports are available in your community can go a long way in developing a healthy lifestyle.

We, at Ideal Caregivers 4u, have staff enrolled in our Continuing Education & Training programs as Diabetes Specialists in the Ottawa area.

Our team members can assist your elderly loved one in managing their diabetes by understanding nutrition, regulation of blood sugar, and providing healthy meal planning and cooking. Contact us today for more information!

Mediterranean Rice Salad

The freshness of summer is found in this delicious and nutritious salad – with fresh herbs, tuna, olives, and a light dressing, this salad is easy to make and great to enjoy on a hot summer day. Using cold, leftover rice, you can start enjoying it for lunch or dinner today!

Mediterranean Rice Salad with Tuna


Serves 2

  • 1.5 cup cooked basmati rice, cold

  • 1 tomato, diced

  • 1 cucumber, peeled and diced

  • 1 green onion, chopped (or swap with diced red onion)

  • 1/4 cup kalamata/black olives, pitted ad sliced

  • 1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled

  • 1 can tuna, drained and flaked

  • 2 tbsp olive oil, or to taste

  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar (or swap with 1 tbsp lemon juice)

  • 1 tsp dried oregano

  • 1/2 tsp dry or fresh basil

  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large bowl, place all prepared vegetables.

  2. Add the leftover, chilled rice to the bowl and toss.

  3. Combine the flaked tuna and mix well.

  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the oil, vinegar/lemon juice, and herbs. Pour the dressing over the rice and vegetable mixture and toss.

  5. Top with olives and feta cheese and serve in a deep bowl or plate.

  6. Enjoy!

Note: If you don’t have any leftover rice, make some according to package instructions and let cool (until no longer steaming) before adding it to the salad mixture. Also, feel free to add other ingredients such as sweet green or red peppers!

Fun Facts: August

Tomorrow the month of August begins. In the Northern hemisphere, it marks the final full month of summer and shares its attributes with the month of February in the Southern hemisphere. Here are more fun facts about the upcoming month!

Chickpea Patties

Looking for a delicious and healthy change to your regular meal routine? Well, look no further! This protein-rich and fibre-packed dish is a great addition to any meal!

This Middle Eastern-inspired dish, also known as Falafel, takes a more Meditteranean turn with the addition of parmesan cheese for added flavour!

Chickpea Patties

Makes 6 – 8 patties


  • 1 can of chickpeas, 15oz., drained
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2-3 tbsp water
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp canola/vegetable oil

Dipping Sauce *optional*:

  • 1/2 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • Water to thin out the mixture (about 1/4 cup)
  • Dash of salt


  1. Using a food processor (or a potato masher if you don’t have a processor), combine the chickpeas, garlic powder, parsley, flour, cumin, cheese, water, salt and pepper. Blend and mix well until a smooth dough-like texture is created.
  2. Spoon the mixture into your hand and roll to create a ball. Flatten and set aside. Repeat until your mixture is complete.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the oil on medium-high heat in a pan.
  4. Once the oil is heated, gently place each patty into the oil. Pan fry for about 1 – 2 minutes, then gently turn each patty over. Cook until golden brown on both sides.
  5. Carefully remove the patties from the oil and set them aside on a paper towel to drain any excess oil.
  6. To make the sauce, simply combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until smooth.
  7. Serve patties on a dish with the sauce and enjoy! You may also pair this with a fresh salad or pita bread.

Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998.

We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

Tea Cups for the Birds!

Ever wonder what to do with your Grandma’s (or mom’s!) old Fine China teacup set!? For many of us, gone are the days of sipping tea on the front porch at 4pm from our finest porcelain. These teacups usually have a sentimental value, so rather than put them out at the next garage sale, why not re-purpose them for the birds! See how you can create a beautiful bird feeder in as easy as 1-2-3 steps!

Teacup Bird Feeders 

What you need

  • “Vintage” teacup and saucer

  • Strong adhesive glue

  • Green Painter’s tape

  • Birdseed

  • String, rope, or light chain

What to do

  1. Using the cup and saucer, establish an area on the saucer where the teacup can rest/lay safely and securely when glued (without too many gaps underneath). Make sure the teacup handle is facing up, as that is where it will hang from

  2. Using the glue, secure the teacup to the saucer and hold it down with green painter’s tape until it is bonded and dry.

  3. Fill the cup and saucer with birdseed, it will naturally flow out of the cup, tie a string around the teacup handle and hang outside! Like the one photographed here from Color Me Thrifty

For a different option, if hanging your bird feeder isn’t possible or you worry it may fall and break, try gluing the bottom of the teacup to the natural center of the saucer where it would normally sit! Fill it with birdseed and place in an open area in the yard, balcony, or porch and hear the birds chirp in delight! Be prepared to also get a visit from a few squirrels and chipmunks too, as this is easy access to a tasty treat! 

Olympic Game Ideas for Seniors

The 2021 Summer Olympics have begun in Tokyo! Now it may not have the same fanfare and crowded stadiums as in pre-pandemic times, but we thought it would still be fun to participate in Olympic-themed games with the seniors in our care. Many residents enjoy watching the opening and closing ceremonies and various games on television, so this is a great way for them to feel part of the action!

Here are 5 great ideas to bring the Olympics to your elderly loved ones and residents.

Bean Bag Toss

The bean bag toss game is a popular activity that uses eye-hand coordination to toss the colourful bag into the hole. This activity can be done with store-bought colourful bean bags (in the Olympic colours if possible!) and a game board or you can make your own! To make your own, use colourful socks filled with dry rice or beans, secure tightly with elastic bands and toss into large hula-hoop rings, colourful cardboard boxes, or painted paper plates! The object of the game is to toss the bag on a target, so get creative! 

Pool Noodle Javelin Throw

This is a fun activity sure to bring smiles and laughter to all who watch and participate! Provide a colourful pool noodle to each player. Have them stand or sit at a starting point and while holding the pool noodle near one of the ends, have them throw or toss the noodle into a clear area in front of them. Whoever throws the farthest is the winner! You can have players take turns or throw all at once. You may even want to have a “finish” line to aim at to see who can reach it!

Olympic Ring Toss

Ring toss games are similar to the bean bag toss as it includes tossing an object to a target. However, for ring toss, the target is more precise (stick or pole) for the ring to reach and place. Purchasing a ring toss game is an option and can be found in most sports/outdoor recreation stores. However, check out the homemade option in the Painting & Crafts section below! Whoever is able to toss the most rings at the target, wins!

Painting & Crafts

There are a number of arts and craft activities online to celebrate the Olympics. To make your own ring toss game, use 5 paper plates and paint each plate the colour of the Olympic rings (red, yellow, blue, green, and black). Let dry, then cut out the centre of the plate to create a ring. Use a cardboard paper towel roll and glue it to another paper plate so that it is standing upright. This will be used as the target for your rings! From homemade tissue paper torches to painting/stamping the Olympic rings onto paper or fabric using paint and the rim of a jar lid to colouring sheets, there are plenty of ideas to share with your seniors.


Cupcake Ceremony


One of the best parts of the Olympic Games is the medal ceremony where we celebrate our athletics, our country, and the games as a whole. A great way to celebrate your Olympic-themed senior games is with delicious and brightly coloured cupcakes sprinkled with the colours of the Olympics! You can even decorate each cupcake with colourful chocolate candies in the shape of the Olympic ring logo!

Enjoy the time spent with family, friends, and others in your care and don’t forget to hand out medals….this could be colourful beaded necklaces from a craft or dollar store or make your own using paper or clay and ribbon! No matter how you play the game, celebration and fun are key to providing a wonderfully joyous experience for all!

Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998.

We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

Understanding Arthritis

Arthritis – or joint inflammation – is a common ailment affecting older adults and seniors. It encompasses a variety of arthritic conditions commonly associated with severe pain and joint deterioration, but not all conditions are the same.


Arthritis is not a preventable condition, however, there are ways to manage symptoms and still enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle.