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Healthy Summer Snacks to Help Keep You Hydrated, Cool and Slim


Summer is right around the corner. Many people associate summer with cold beers and hanging out by the pool to keep cool. However, the foods you eat can have a large effect on how you feel in the heat Read more

Natural Ways to Fight Depression This May


Depression is the most common form of mental illness. As much as 26% of the adult population in the United States suffers from depression. Since 1949, Mental Health America has observed that May as Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental Read more

The Benefits of Exercise and an Active Lifestyle


May is National Sports and Physical Fitness month. Now is a great time to spread awareness of the many benefits provided by engaging in an active lifestyle. Many Americans don't get enough exercise in their day to day lives. Read more

7 Ways Gardening Can Extend Your Life


In honor of April being National Garden Month, and this beautiful spring weather, we’d like to share some of the amazing health benefits gardening can bring into your life. Gardening is so healthy that it could, in fact, add Read more

8 Ways to Beat the Heat and Stay Active this Summer

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All adults and children should be as active as their level of fitness permits, because physical activities impart health benefits and help to stave off the negative effects of inactivity. Whether you happen to be the beneficiary of Phoenix home health care, or you are a professional who provides that care, you will benefit by being active and enjoying the companionship of others while doing so.

In the summertime however, the heat and humidity are sometimes enough to bother anyone, so that outdoor activities are less appealing than they might normally be. This doesn’t mean you should sacrifice activity altogether, it just means you need to be a little more creative about choosing Phoenix home health care activities to get involved with. Here are some ways you can beat the heat in summer and still stay active.

Go Swimming

Swimming is still the best way to cool off, and almost every neighborhood has a public pool or at least a private center where free swim time is regularly scheduled. Even if you can’t swim, just walking around in the water or splashing your feet over the side can be extremely refreshing – and it gets you moving.

Indoor Aerobics

If you have air-conditioning on the premises, or at least a good fan, aerobics are a great way to get in some good exercise even during summer. You can even avoid the real heat of the day by planning workouts in the morning, or later in the evening.

Have an Indoor Picnic

You can stay inside with the air conditioning for this one, but it will get you involved with meal planning and preparation while enjoying your Phoenix home health care.

Make Yourself a Cool Drink

Making smoothies can be fun for everyone, because you have to pick out the fruits and flavors to be used, and mix them altogether, before enjoying that sweet, cool, nutritious treat. If smoothies aren’t your thing, go out into your garden and pick some fresh mint leaves, then add a twist of lemon, some ice, and cold water – instant refreshment!

Take a Walk in the Mall

All malls are air-conditioned these days, and many have walk paths around the premises. This can be a great way to stay cool while checking out the summer sales, and when you get tired, there are always rest benches so you can catch your breath.

Enjoy some Ice Cream

If there’s a nearby store, walk to it and enjoy the exercise. If no stores are nearby, why not make your own, and cool off with your favorite flavor?

Visit the Pet Shop

Make sure it’s a store with air conditioning, so you can walk about and check out all the cute little pets with fur and wings, just waiting to entertain you.

Low-Impact Exercising

Without working up a big sweat, you can still get in some valuable exercise by practicing some simple yoga techniques or spending time stretching. Both will provide physical benefits as well as contribute to your emotional state of well-being.

Even when the sun beats down on the Southwest unmercifully in the summer time, there are still Phoenix home health care activities which can keep you moving, while also minimizing the powerful effects of the summer heat. MD Home Health, your Phoenix home health care experts, recommend that you stay active by putting some of these heat-busting ideas into practice.

For more information on our services, experience, or rates, call (602) 396-5742, or fill out our contact form. We look forward to serving you.

 


5 Ways You Can Give Your Summer Diet a Boost

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Everyone wants to look their best during the summer time, especially since most people interact a lot more during the warmer months, as opposed to the hibernating nature of winter. With all the get togethers, vacations, and outdoor activities of summer, you can expect to be seen a lot more, and to see your friends, relatives, and neighbors a lot more than you would normally during winter. Whatever kind of diet it is that you’ve chosen to prepare for summer, here are some things you can do to enhance its effectiveness, and get more out of your dieting effort.

Easy-to-do dieting boosts for summer

Each of these five dieting boosts can help dramatically increase the effectiveness of your dieting. By coupling these recommendations with careful food selection, you should achieve results much faster than if you are only dieting without these helpful aids.

  • Include powerful fat burners – eating the right foods is great for avoiding more pounds, but what about the fat you already have on your body? These substances can help burn away fat and slim you down for summer: caffeine from coffee, green tea extract from green teas, yohimbe which operates on the most stubborn fat reserves, hoodia gardonii which controls hunger pangs, oats, nuts, and 7-Keto which increases your metabolic rate.
  • Take advantage of summer foods – there are lots more fresh fruits and vegetables available in summer, especially at Farmers’ Markets,healthy eating, dieting, vegetarian food and people concept - cl roadside stands, and in co-operatives that sell shares on produce. These foods are great for filling you up, so you won’t be tempted to eat other foods which may have far less nutritive value for you, and encourage you to keep eating because you’re not satisfied.
  • Increase your activity level – with nice weather and long hours of daylight, you have no excuse for not exercising a lot more, even if it’s not a formal program. Activities such as jogging, walking, hiking, playing golf, swimming, working in the garden, mowing the lawn, and others can all boost your metabolism and burn fat. Plus, when you’re active, you don’t usually get as hungry as when you’re sitting around the house, thinking about your next meal.
  • Drink lots of water – this is something you might do anyway, but by making a conscious effort to drink more water, you’ll not only be helping your digestive system, but you’ll be making yourself feel more full, and not as tempted to eat larger meals. It’s a good idea to precede each meal with a largeglass of water for this very reason – so there’s just not as much room in your stomach for other goodies.
  • Keep yourself motivated – it’s very important to keep yourself motivated for dieting, because it’s very easy to miss a day or two and end up chucking the whole effort. Try posting a picture of yourself on the refrigerator in your favorite bikini, or for men, hang up a pair of summer shorts you used to fit into, so that it’s visible every day. If this doesn’t work for you, invite a friend to diet along with you, so you can each act as the other’s support during the process.

 

Professional dietary help

People requiring home health care in Phoenix can avail themselves of the non-medical services of MD Home Health and still diet in their own way to achieve better health, whether you are a senior, a physically disabled person, or even a non-adult. In some ways, you might even be more successful, since you’ll have a professional monitoring your diet program while providing expert home health care services.


5 Ways to Stay Active and Healthy as a We Age

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Just about everyone is aware of the importance of staying active as a we age, as it is so important to our overall health and well-being. One of the difficulties associated with that however, is that the body itself is constantly slowing down as we age, which means staying active requires a real effort to get up and about; overcoming the natural tendency to relax.

Here are five tried-and-true components of active, healthy living, using examples that everyone, even seniors, can easily manage and derive great benefit from. If there are some aspects of these suggestions which you just aren’t up to, some home health care assistance may even be an option for filling in some of the gaps.

Light cardiovascular

There’s a tremendous value in cardiovascular workouts, because they increase the heart rate and blood flow,  strengthen the heart muscle, and improves respiratory processes. If you have access to a swimming pool, swimming or water aerobics are great ways to use all the muscles in the body, and if not, a brisk walk in the morning can get your heart pumping. Depending on how fit you are, you might also try hiking, biking, golf, or tennis; all of which are excellent cardiovascular activities.

Regular stretching

Because flexibility decreases significantly as we age, muscles need regular stretching in order to retain some degree of flexibility. There are a great many terrific exercises for stretching legs, back muscles, and torso, to keep muscles from contracting and stiffening, and these should be done as often as possible to maintain and promote flexibility.

Balance training

It’s very important to incorporate even some light balance training into your active senior lifestyle, because this can be extremely helpful in avoiding falls and potentially serious injuries. Disciplines like Pilates, Yoga, and Tai Chi provide this kind of balance training, and classes like this are offered at many local fitness centers and by community organizations. If you need transportation, this could be provided through MD Home Assist.

Strength training

Strength training doesn’t have to be anything like body-building in the traditional athletic sense, but some moderate strengthening of your muscles can help you perform simple household chores much more easily, and it helps to strengthen your bones. You also don’t need any gym equipment or expensive gadgets to help you with strength training – you can use simple elastic resistance bands, ordinary pieces of furniture, and even the walls of your home to provide the resistance you need for some beneficial exercise.

Indoor/Outdoor chores and activities

Staying active and fit can happen as a by-product of doing regular household chores, both indoors and outdoors. Mowing the lawn is good walking exercise, and provides resistance to some extent. You can get great benefits from scrubbing some part of the house, cleaning out a shed, doing laundry, or re-organizing the basement.

When you have chores done for the day, why not hook up with peers for dancing, walking, bocce ball, or some organized activities? If you can keep your active lifestyle full of enjoyable and fun things to do, there is a much greater chance that you’ll continue the activities regularly, and make it a built-in part of your healthy lifestyle.

Assistance with your active lifestyle

Sometimes a little assistance is all that’s needed in order for you to maintain an active lifestyle, and you require some home health care, such as that provided by MD Home Health/Home Assist. Services such as medication reminders, feeding, light housekeeping, healthy grocery shopping, companionship, and transportation services can add motivation, and ease the burden on you, so contact us today, and we’d love to assist in your energies to staying active and healthy.

 


5 Signals You May Want to Consider Home Assistance

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It’s never easy to make the decision to seek assistance with your everyday living tasks. This is understandable whether you recently became disabled or were born with a disability. As a Phoenix home health care provider, we understand your concerns and are here to help.

Pay Attention to These Specific Problems

One thing that may make it easier for you to determine if it’s time to sign up for home care in Phoenix is to consider the following categories of possible issues:

  • Personal Care: Do you have difficulty keeping up with grooming tasks such as showering, shaving, brushing your teeth, and washing your hair? If so, you can get as much or as little assistance as you need from a non-medical healthcare aide.
  • Household Management: It is easy for anyone to feel overwhelmed with caring for the home, with or without a disability. If chores like grocery shopping and yard maintenance are becoming too taxing, having assistance in this and other areas of household management could be a great stress reliever.
  • Financial Difficulties: Has the utility company sent a shut-off because you forgot to pay the bill? Do you have trouble figuring out how much money is in your checking, savings, or other banking accounts? These are common situations that could indicate the need to consider home care in Phoenix. You remain in control of your bank accounts while receiving the help you need to manage them.
  • Signs of Cognitive Impairment or Physical Frailty: Do you feel alarmed at how easy you seem to forget important details in your life? Maybe walking is becoming increasingly difficult or you fatigue easily from all that you have to do. A little extra help can increase your quality of life when either of these issues is a problem.
  • Driving is No Longer Safe: Do you often get lost when trying to drive somewhere? Perhaps driving intimidates you or you have been in several fender benders lately. Having someone else do the driving ensures you get to work, appointments, and leisure activities on time and without the added stress of getting behind the wheel.

    Home Health Care May Be the Answer You Seek

Non-medical assistance at home could be the ideal option for you if you struggle with the effects of a moderate to severe disability. The loving and experienced staff at MD Home Health/Home Assist can help you with personal care, assist with homemaker tasks, and perform a variety of medical and non-medical assistance. We encourage you to contact us today to learn more about the wide range of services we can offer you.


5 Ways to Brighten up the Holiday Season for your Loved Ones

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Woman hands in winter gloves Heart symbol shaped LifestyleWith the holiday season fast approaching, thoughts about loved ones become more and more prominent in people’s minds, and this is especially true of those family members who might require home nursing care or physical therapy. Of course in most cases, probably the most desired gift for a person in such circumstances would be to have family with them, sharing the season and enjoying the warmth of family ties.

But what about a Christmas present? It is often difficult to come up with a gift idea that really has meaning, and can truly brighten the holiday season. This being so, it makes more sense to consider ideas for Phoenix patients and loved ones that cost little or nothing, and are still truly appreciated.

A surprise ‘hair salon’ session

A female client or loved one might really appreciate a surprise session where she is pampered with an entirely new hairstyle, starting with a shampoo and finishing with a smiling face in the mirror, flashing a brand new look. Why not arrange for your loved one to have a hair salon day at home, and let her feel special for a few hours? She will probably love the whole experience, and every time she is complimented by someone afterward, it will be a reminder of the unique and thoughtful gift she was given.

Donate time/money to a charitable institution

The Phoenix holiday season is a time for giving to others, and it might perk up your loved one if you spend time with her at a charitable organization, helping those less fortunate. The Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation provides a wonderful service to young people in the area, and St. Mary’s Foodbank Alliance serves almost all of Arizona’s 15 counties in offering food and shelter to those who especially need it during the holiday season.

Out for a drive

If your loved one or client spends almost all of his/her time confined to the home setting, it might be nice to arrange for a drive around town to enjoy the sights and sounds of seasonal preparations. This can not only impart a sense of the Phoenix holiday season in your family member, but also provide welcome relief from the life of a shut-in.

Decorating the residence

Cheery decorations are often one of the best triggers of holiday spirit in the home or living space, and they provide constant reminders of the joyous season at hand. Even if your loved one has limited mobility, it will be worth the effort to do a little decorating to brighten up the living area, and enjoy the feeling of being involved and participating in holiday activities.

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Homebound patients, especially seniors, may have difficulty reading on their own, but might really appreciate reading a good story with someone. The pleasant sound of another voice is often a very welcoming prospect in itself, and some light discussion about the story might serve to involve your loved one and increase her appreciation for the time you spent together.

MD Home Health can brighten the season for loved ones

Loving home care in Phoenix is provided by MD Home Health/MD Home Assist. Show your loved ones you care by hiring someone to come and clean their home for them, tuck them in at night, cook, run errands or even just give companionship. No one should have to be alone and feeling sad this holiday season, and we will treat your loved ones like family of our own.


5 Ways to Beat the Holiday Blues

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The holiday season is popularly depicted as a time full of light and joy…but beneath that attractive surface, many people are plagued with stress and sadness. Whether they come from family troubles, unpleasant memories, or the anxiety of always having something to do and somewhere to be, these seasonal doldrums are something almost everyone will experience at some point in their lives. Use these five ways to beat the holiday blues and make it to January with your head held high.

1. Take time to breathe.

If your life during the holidays seems like a whirlwind of activity, those conditions are basically a pressure cooker of stress. Try to keep everything in perspective: the world won’t stop turning if you take fifteen minutes every morning or afternoon to stop and relax. Learn some gentle yoga moves or practice mindful breathing to help yourself feel centered and calm.

2. Don’t neglect physical activity.

Too many people wait until their New Year’s resolutions kick in before they hit the gym. But why miss out on all those positive exercise endorphins during the month when you probably need them the most? You don’t need to bench press 200 pounds or run a marathon, but raising your heartbeat for 30 minutes a day will help you feel better in both body and mind.

3. If things go wrong, do your best to let them go.

A gift doesn’t ship in time for Christmas? Family drama gets out of hand? First batch of decorated cookies burn? It’s just life. Don’t allow yourself to get sucked into resentment or frustration over any of it. Being intentional about maintaining a good attitude is one of the most important things you can do to beat the holiday blues.

4. Take nutritional supplements.

The same hormonal imbalances that cause Seasonal Affective Disorder can rear their heads during the holidays. Fortunately, there are plenty of vitamins and herbs that can help perk up your mood. Take vitamin D supplements to make up for the wintertime reduction in sun exposure, B vitamins, and fish oil. Many people report that St. John’s Wort has a positive impact on depressive moods when taken regularly, and valerian root can mitigate anxiety.

5. Don’t isolate yourself

Even if you feel like crawling into bed and hibernating all winter, isolation can end up making you feel even worse. Whether that means meeting up with friends, having a trained home companion, participating in a candlelight service or holiday event, or unburdening yourself to a therapist, spending time with people you trust can have a major effect on well being.

No matter which holiday ailments may plague you this season, remember that it’s well within your power to beat the holiday blues. Just remember, it’ll all be over soon, so do your best to enjoy it while you can. Should you need some extra help or companionship around your home this season, we’re just a phone call away.

 


Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it’s the time to gather family and friends, count your blessings, and gorge yourself on food. An average holiday meal contains over 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat, well above anyone’s caloric needs. With all the butter, cream, and bread hiding out in overly rich dishes, you may be kissing any health goals goodbye.

Contrary to what you might think, however, the holidays do not have to be your waistline’s greatest enemy. There are dozens of delicious, healthy, low-calorie Thanksgiving dish options available to discover. Even if you aren’t feeling up to preparing the meals yourself, Phoenix home health care specialists can help you shop and prepare these delightful, healthy Thanksgiving recipes.

Curried Pumpkin Soup

Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without pumpkin. Instead of turning this gourd into a sugar filled pie, why not warm yourself up with a spicy curried soup filled with this fall favorite.

Arugula Salad with Fennel, Apple, and Pecans

Before you dig into heavier dishes, fill up on lighter, greener foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Try out this festive mix of crisp arugula and fennel, complimented by the sweet crunch of apples and pecans. Top it off with a light balsamic vinaigrette to save yourself the calories.

Healthier (Vegan) Creamed Corn

This is a healthy twist on the classic heavy creamed corn. Substitute the cream for coconut milk and add a mix of spices to create a healthier (and vegan) version of creamed corn.

Basil Cranberry Sauce

Drop the regular sugary cranberry sauce for this one. It’s got an herbal twist and is sweetened to perfection using apple juice as opposed to regular sugar.

Kale and Butternut Squash Stuffing

Every Thanksgiving feast needs some stuffing. There are dozens of recipes out there, but none are as healthy or unexpectedly delicious as this kale and butternut squash stuffing. It’s an unusual combo of veggies that cooks up quickly and can be made vegetarian-friendly.

Chef Meg’s Roasted Root Vegetables

It’s almost impossible to go wrong with vegetables and you certainly won’t regret trying out this roasted root medley. Grab the fall harvest of carrots, yams, turnips, potatoes and combine with garlic and herbs for an affordable, healthy, and filling side dish.

Quinoa and Sweet Potato-Stuffed Mushrooms

As an alternative to turkey, for any vegetarians out there, this sweet potato-stuffed mushroom recipe is your ticket to a filling main dish. Quinoa is about as healthy as you can get, a whole grain and complete protein all in one package. Combine that with the richness of sweet potato and mushroom and this dish is a clear winner.

Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast

If you thought you had to give up the turkey to stay healthy on Thanksgiving, think again. Turkey is among the healthier meats available, rich in protein and minerals and low in fat. Choose an organic turkey and lose yourself in the savory goodness of this herb-roasted turkey.

Thanksgiving Home Care Helpers

The holiday preparations can be an overwhelming time, especially if you are attempting to put all the food and festivities for your family alone. Caregivers working in home care in Phoenix understand that you may need help along the way. They know how important staying healthy is an can provide the extra support you need over the holiday season. A homecare Phoenix caregiver can help with any shopping, cooking, or holiday preparation you need. For more information about how MD Home Health/Home Assist can help with your home care in Phoenix, please give us a call today.


Throw Away Your Razor and Grow a Mo for Movember

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What Exactly is Movember?

No, it’s not a misspelling of November. Movember is a coined word made up of November and a contraction of the word for moustache, mo. Also labeled No-Shave November, it’s a yearly event (since 2003) which encourages men to throw away their razors and grow beards and/or moustaches. All this hirsuteness is aimed at raising the profile of men’s health issues, such as mental illness, depression, prostate, testicular and other cancers. When he becomes hairier, a man is entitled to be called a Mo Bro.

So men, will you grow your ’stache out this November? Maybe you’ve always wanted a beard or a moustache but have never had the courage to grow one. Well here’s the chance to make yourself more handsome – you too could look like Tom Selleck.

Why is it Good to Forego the Clean-Shaven Look?

Too many men suffer from mental illness. According to data released on Movember’s website, over three-quarters of all suicides in the US are men. And, of course, this is something most men won’t talk about. This stigma needs to go and Movember is helping to get rid of it.

If you haven’t participated in Movember before, it’s not difficult. Just enjoy a fresh shave at the beginning of the month (if you’re a little late, that’s no problem) and sign up for an account. Then, talk to your family, friends and co-workers about men’s health and ask for contributions.

Ladies, You Can Help

No, you aren’t expected to grow a moustache! If you lend a helping hand to the man in your life, you become a Mo Sista. Women are naturally concerned about the health of the men in their lives, and everyone knows that wives are the Chief Medical Officers for their families, encouraging their husbands and sons when they drag their feet over going to see a doctor. Besides, kissing a man with hair on his upper lip may make you appreciate all of the smooth months – so hide his razor and join in. 

Single ladies, Movember is a great way to meet men who like to give back – it’s better than on-line dating. You can join a team, attend some events and let a mo-mance begin.. It’s an a-mo-zing way to make new friends.

Phoenix Home Health Care for Men

Home care in Phoenix is provided by MD Home Health/Home Assist, which offers a full range of individualized care services for men and women in the person’s home or a group facility. We provide the highest quality of care, customized to specific medical conditions. While there are many Phoenix home health agencies to choose from, we believe our attention to hiring only the most qualified and caring caregivers sets us apart. So take a mo, to check us out.


7 Healthy Crockpot Recipes for Fall

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With the air getting nippy and leaves changing into a fiery sea of red, orange, and yellow, fall often sees people exchanging their healthier summer eating habits for Halloween treats and copious Thanksgiving dinners. Eating healthy in this busy season, however, can be simple with the aid of the crockpot. Slow cooker meals cut out the hassle of cooking, letting you simply toss in the ingredients and allowing the flavors to come together themselves, not to mention having only one pot to clean!

If you’re not feeling up for the task, check out MD Home Health/Home Assist’s services and caregivers who can help you add festive and healthy fall crockpot recipes to your menu from breakfast through dinner.

Slow Cooker Veggie Frittata

Start the morning off right with a scrumptious, yet simple, veggie frittata. It’s made with eggs and can easily be reheated in the microwave, a great option for those days when you are in a rush to get out the door. Of course, you are more than free to mix up the veggies and cheese any time you like for a greater variety and versatility. You can find the recipe for this slow cooker veggie frittata here.

Banana Bread Quinoa

Quinoa, a grain from the mountainous regions of Bolivia, is one of the biggest stars of the health food scene. It’s a protein fortified whole grain, without the gluten, that can be part of breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Try out this Banana Bread Quinoa that can serve as an accompaniment to meals or a stand alone snack. 

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Bread

Fall wouldn’t be complete without pumpkins so why not give this pumpkin bread a go? While many store-bought breads are full of sugar and weight you down, this moist, slow-cooker pumpkin bread is packed with potassium and can actually improve your energy. Instead of adding sugar, the bread is sweetened with apple juice.

Shiitake and Noodle Hot & Sour Soup

Crockpot soups offer endless possibilities to stay warm and healthy in the fall. This vegetarian hot and sour inspired soup features the shiitake mushroom, a longtime symbol of longevity in Asia thanks to its wide range of health-promoting properties. The rich and smoky flavor is accented by tofu, vegetables, and filling noodles that work great for lunch or dinner.

Slow Cooker Spicy Cashews

If you’re in need of a snack between meals or a party appetizer, these spicy cashew nuts from the slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili

Add a little Tex Mex to your cooking with the nutritionally packed, superfood sweet potato. This slow cooker sweet potato chili is hearty and delicious, packed with nutrients and perfect for when you’re looking for a comfort food like stew.

Crockpot Red Lentil Chickpea Squash Soup

Here’s a protein packed soup that you can snuggle up with at night. Red lentils and chickpeas bring all the benefits of legumes and squash adds the fall flavors. The crockpot takes all the work out and you’ll want to enjoy this meal over and over.

At MD Home Health/Home Assist personal care specialists in Phoenix can help you create healthy meals by assisting with everything from grocery shopping to kitchen prep and errands. Caregivers can also provide companionship, helping you or your loved one cook these nutritious fall recipes. For more information about how MD Home Health/Home Assist can help with your home care in Phoenix, please give us a call today.


Five Healthy Halloween Candy Alternatives for Kids

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Across the country, kids are eagerly planning for and anticipating Halloween. Most adults enjoy giving out treats to all the little costumed kids. However, those same adults are not as eager to deal with the sugar fall-out that follows. Sugar can affect everything from mood to immunity, and many parents are more than willing to accept a substitute treat on Halloween. What’s a concerned community member to do? Consider handing out healthy candy alternatives or nonedible treats this Halloween. Here are five clever ways to nix the sugar rush yet still bring a smile to your neighborhood kids’ painted faces.

Accessories

Who doesn’t love a little bling? Plastic jewelry is affordable and versatile, and you could include a personal touch by putting it together yourself. String some plastic beads onto a string and append some ribbons for a quick bracelet or necklace.

Creepy crawlies

Many party stores sell plastic bugs, reptiles or amphibians in bulk. Not only do these suit the mood, but also they will have a much longer half-life than a piece of candy. As a bonus, plastic creepy crawlies make great members of dollhouses and great bath tub accessories!

Temporary tattoos

Temporary tattoos are all the rage with kids. Perhaps you could buy tattoos with a Halloween or pirate theme, or mix up some themes and allow the kids the power of choice.

Arts and crafts

Why not encourage their creative side? A pumpkin notebook and black cat pencil, or Halloween-themed stickers and crayons will go a long way toward stretching a child’s imagination. Perhaps you could include a note with a suggestion that they draw their favorite memory from the holiday? If the child is old enough to write, the pencil and notepad could serve as a journal to record their trick-or-treating experiences.

Healthy food

Sure, there are the old healthy standbys of raisins and apples. But why not wow them with homemade granola or trail mix! Not in the mood to get your hands messy in the kitchen? There are plenty of pre-packaged dried fruit, granola, and trail mix products in the snack section of your local supermarket. Any of these healthy Halloween alternatives will satisfy a kid’s sweet tooth without giving them a sugar high.

The personal care specialists at MD Home Health/Home Assist can help you prepare for Halloween, including assisting with grocery shopping, kitchen prep, and errands. A caregiver can provide help and companionship while you put the finishing touches on your creative Halloween crafts, baking, and treat bundles. If you’d like to learn more about how MD Home Health/Home Assist can help you plan for Halloween and beyond, please give us a call today!