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Fun Facts: Penguins

As we begin to feel cooler temperatures and see a bit more snow and ice on the ground, it inspired us to learn more about the animals that live in extreme temperatures, such as those of the Antarctic – penguins!


Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

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Benefits of Vitamin D

In our weekly series on how to boost your Immune System for a stronger, healthier way of life, we will be focusing today’s blog on the benefits of Vitamin D – the sunshine vitamin.

In Canada, it is estimated that 32% of Canadians have insufficient Vitamin D levels in their bloodstream. This occurs more so in the winter months than during the summer and can cause the softening of bones or osteoporosis (fragile bones) in adults.

What is Vitamin D?

Known as the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D is produced by the body in response to your skin being exposed to the ultraviolet rays found in sunlight. It also occurs naturally in foods, such as certain fish, fish liver oils, and egg yolks, and in fortified dairy and grain products. Vitamin D is a nutrient that helps the body use calcium and phosphorous to build and maintain strong bones and teeth. Some research says that Vitamin D supplementation may reduce the risk of viral infections, including respiratory tract infections, by reducing the production of pro-inflammatory compounds in the body.

Vitamin D Deficiency

Due to its importance for strengthening and maintaining healthy bones, a deficiency in Vitamin D may lead to symptoms of bone pain and muscle weakness. Vitamin D deficiency has also been associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, cancer, and cognitive impairment in older adults.

This deficiency can be caused by a number of circumstances such as reduced sunlight, especially in the winter months, or by consuming more strict plant-based diets (i.e. vegan diet), as most natural sources of Vitamin D are animal-based.

What foods provide Vitamin D?

Accoding to Health Canada, the major sources of vitamin D are fortified foods. In Canada, cow’s milk and margarine must be fortified with vitamin D. Goat’s milk, fortified plant-based beverages (e.g., fortified soy beverages), and some calcium-fortified orange juices are permitted to be fortified with vitamin D. Cheese and yogurt can be made with vitamin D-fortified milk, however, the final product does not contain as much vitamin D as fluid milk alone. The only natural sources of vitamin D in the Canadian food supply are fatty fish and egg yolks. Because it is a commonly consumed food, fluid milk is a major dietary source of vitamin D.

Other examples of foods containing Vitamin D are:

  • Rainbow Trout
  • Sockeye salmon
  • Sardines
  • Eggs
  • Beef liver
  • Orange Juice
  • Mushrooms
  • Tuna

Supplements

Increasing your daily Vitamin D intake using over-the-counter supplements is one way to improve your health. As of February 24, 2021, Health Canada increased the maximum amount for vitamin D supplements sold over-the-counter to 2,500 IU per dose for adults.  They recommend a dietary allowance of 600IU (15mcg) per day for children and adults under 70 years of age. For those over 70, a daily allowance of 800IU (20mcg) is recommended.

Always speak with your doctor or medical practitioner before adding certain foods and supplements to your daily routine.

For more information on how we can help you with meal preparation and assistance, visit our website or connect with us today!


Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

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Fun Facts: Happy New Year!

Another year is closing and a renewed hope will begin!

The past couple of years has been challenging for many of us as we navigate the “new normals”. However, one tradition remains the same…New Year’s Eve! Whether you gather with friends, family or on your own, it’s a time to celebrate the positive moments of the year gone by and look ahead to a future of your heart’s desire.

All of us here at Ideal Caregivers 4u wishes you joy, good health, and prosperity in 2022!


Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

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Spinach & Ricotta Pinwheels

This fun and simple appetizer is not only nutritious but delicious! Before baking, arrange each pinwheel in the shape of a Christmas tree and you have instant festive decor!

Click here for the full recipe and video instructions.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 red onions, chopped
  • 8 cups fresh spinach
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 9 ounces fresh ricotta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4 multi-colored cherry tomatoes, halved, or more to taste

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat and saute onions until soft and translucent. Add spinach, salt, and pepper and briefly saute while stirring constantly, 2 to 3 minutes.. Cover and cook until spinach is wilted, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove lid after 5 minutes and allow cooking liquid to evaporate. Remove from stove and cool completely.
  2. Chop spinach mixture and combine with ricotta and Parmesan cheese in a bowl. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
  3. Roll out puff pastry sheet and evenly cover with spinach-cheese mixture to within 1/2 inch of the edges. Tightly roll up sheet lengthwise and press edges tightly together. Wrap in plastic wrap and cool in refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Slice pastry log into 3/4-inch slices so you have 16 to 22 pinwheels. Lay puff pastry pinwheels in the shape of a Christmas tree. The lowest row should consist of 6 pinwheels the second row 5 pinwheels, etc. If you end up with 16 pinwheels, start with 5 pinwheels in the lowest row. Place the last wheel on the bottom to make the stem. Brush with egg.
  6. Bake in preheated oven until wheels are lightly browned and puffed up, 20 to 25 minutes.

Decorate with cherry tomatoes for Christmas tree ornaments!


Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

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Fun Facts: Gingerbread Houses

Today is #NationalGingerbreadHouseDay! A celebration of the fun and creative activity families do every year at Christmas in many homes around the world.

So why not get yourself some icing, a gingerbread house kit, and gather with family and friends to share these fun facts while creating your own house!


Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

Loneliness in Seniors During the Holidays

For many of us, this is a season of joyful celebration, the gathering of friends and family, and the sharing of traditional meals, desserts and stories. But for some, especially over the past year, it can be a time of sadness remembering those whom we’ve lost and those who are unable to visit.
 
For the elderly, especially those in long-term care facilities, the holidays can place a tremendous amount of anxiety, sadness, confusion, and loneliness. Many families may continue to struggle in visiting their loved ones in care facilities, nursing homes, and even private homes due to COVID restrictions. This makes the holiday season especially challenging.
 
Remind your loved ones that although you may not be able to come together as you once did, you are still thinking about them. Share your photos, stories, and festive feasts through phone calls and video chats. Send them Christmas cards, treats, and photos in the mail. Check with your loved one’s facility director to see if window visits can be arranged or even limited visits with immediate family members are possible.
 
Here are a few ways to help reduce your senior loved one with feelings of loneliness during the holidays:
  1. Keep the line of communication open with your senior loved ones. Actively and honestly listen to their stories and their thoughts.
  2. Check with your loved one’s religious organization to see if they can offer social and/or spiritual support.
  3. Share cheerful cards, photographs and drawings from friends and family to encourage positivity and lighten their thoughts on missing loved ones.
  4. Remind them how important they are to your life and the lives of your family. Show them they are loved.
  5. Decorate their room in a festive way and add their favourite homemade treat.
Feelings of loneliness may not manifest themselves the same way with every person. Some may exhibit negative and challenging behaviours as they cannot express themselves verbally, others may share stories of loved ones who have passed and express how much they are missed, and some just may want you to listen as they share their memories while holding your hand. However they express themselves, continue to remind them that they are loved, remembered and appreciated…just as you are to them.

 


Ideal Caregivers 4u is there when you cannot be.  Remember us during the holidays as we can provide services ranging from Companionship and Meal Assistance to 24-hr Care.
Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998.
We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

#OnThisDay in history we celebrate the achievements in science, sports, and entertainment.

Share with your elderly loved ones to spark memories and stories of the past.

 

For more events in history, visit our BLOG today!

Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998.

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