Monthly Archives: July 2017

6 Things to Consider Before Getting Your Elderly Loved One a Pet

Famed American actor Robert Wagner hit the nail on the head when he said, “Pets have more love and compassion in them than most humans.” In addition to their unconditional love and compassion, their loyalty, undying gratitude and cuddly nature are key reasons why pets make great companions for people of all ages. Especially the elderly.

In fact, pets not only help seniors with loneliness and depression, a study conducted in Australia found that senior citizen pet owners had “significantly lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels, as well as lower systolic blood pressure readings than non-pet owners.”

We love animals of all kinds, but dogs hold a special place in our heart. After all, they are “man’s best friend”, and we personally take that to mean all of humankind, not just men.

Since July is host to one of the two annual National Mutt Days, we thought it would be a good time to discuss pets and how to find the best dog for your elderly loved one.

So, what is National Mutt Day?
National Mutt Day was founded by Animal Welfare Advocate Colleen Paige in 2005 to encourage the American population to “embrace, save and celebrate mixed breed dogs.” As mentioned earlier, National Mutt Day is celebrated twice a year on July 31 and December 2. On these days, celebrators are urged to visit dog rescue shelters and adopt a mutt, or at the very least volunteer their time.

Now that you have an idea of what National Mutt Day is. Let’s explore some things you need to consider when picking a pet for your elderly loved one:

Breed
To be honest, unless you have very specific needs for your pet i.e. service animal, hunting, competition, etc., the breed of animal does not really matter. Animals, just like humans, all have unique personalities. Instead of looking for a specific breed, we suggest looking for an animal that best aligns with your elderly loved one’s needs and personality.

Animal Age
Considering the animal’s age and level of training is important. A puppy or young animal may be full of energy and lack house training. For an elderly loved one, having a young animal could do more harm than good. On the opposite end of the spectrum are senior animals. This could be a great option for your loved one, but you will want to make sure they are healthy and will not cost your loved one excessive vet bills.

Elderly Loved One’s Energy Level
You will want to consider your elderly loved one’s average energy level when choosing a pet. If they enjoy being on the go and going for walks, hikes and spending time outdoors then a dog with a moderate energy level will be perfect for them. However, if they have a more sedentary lifestyle then you will want to find an animal that enjoys relaxing for long periods of time.

What are the grooming/health needs
When finding an animal you will want to consider what the grooming and health needs are for that particular breed. Since elderly loved ones are typically on a fixed income, having an animal that requires regular grooming or vet visits would not be a good choice.

Training Level
We touched on this a little bit in our age section. You will need to know what the animals training level is. Have they been house trained, kennel trained, obedient, trained to refrain from jumping or chewing? What are their bad habits? Knowing all of this will help you make the best decision for your elderly loved one’s pet.

Finally, what is the succession plan?
No one really likes to talk about it, but it is important to consider what will happen to the pet if your elderly loved one dies or is hospitalized for any sort of time. Having a succession plan will help reduce your elderly loved one’s anxiety regarding it and will ensure the safety and needs of the pet are met.

As always, if you care for an elderly loved one and would like help developing a care plan of any kind please feel free to contact us. Wiser Home Care Services can help your family establish a care plan to personally accommodate your loved one’s needs.

7 of the Best Grilling Recipes on the Internet

With an estimated 87% of all Americans firing up the grill on July 4th, it officially marked Independence Day as the Number 1 grilling holiday of the year. Considering this, it may come as no surprise that July is also host to National Grilling Month, a month-long celebration of the history and practice of grilling.

Since we love grilling so much to begin with, and to celebrate National Grilling Month, last week we began a 2-part mini-series surrounding the topic of grilling. Our first blog on the matter discussed our Top 5 grilling safety tips and can be found here.

This week, as we wrap up our mini-series we are going to take a fun break from the safety-centered blogs we typically write and share our top 7 internet grilling recipes.

But, before we jump into our favorite grilling recipes from the internet we thought it would be fun to share some fun grilling statistics:

  • A whopping 3 out of every 4 people in America own a grill.
  • 1 million people in America have grilled within the last 12 months.
  • 5 percent of Americans grill more than once a week.
  • In 22 percent of grilling households, the grill master is female.
  • The most popular food to grill is hamburgers which tops the list with 63 percent of grillers cooking burgers.
  • 11 percent of grillers prepare breakfast on the grill.

With the numbers behind us, let’s get to the meat of this article: our favorite internet grilling recipes. (Pun intended)

Warning: Reading beyond this point will make your mouth water.

Grilled Chicken Tacos with Avocado Crema
Tacos, avocados, grilling. 3 of our favorite things combined. Not to mention a start to finish time of only 35 minutes! Check out the recipe from Delish.com here.

Balsamic Grilled Chicken and Zucchini
We love marinated chicken, and when you add fresh veggies to the plate we are completely sold. Check out this 11 ingredient meal of champions at Delish.com.

Hawaiian Chicken and Pineapple Skewers
The jury may still be deliberating on if pineapple should be allowed on pizza, but everyone can agree Hawaiian Chicken and Pineapple Skewers are the reasons Luaus are so popular. Find the whole recipe here.

Grilled Artichokes & Polenta
Not all grilling has to involve meat, if you’d prefer veggies, check out this delicious recipe for grilled artichokes and polenta from the Feasting At Home blog.

Grilled Watermelon with Smoked Salt Jalapeño Wings
This one is for those who love the ultimate sweet and spicy! With only 4 ingredients and a cook time of under 10 minutes this one is a winner. You can find it here.

Grilled London Broil
No grilling recipe list is complete without at least one steak recipe. Even though it takes over 2 hours from start to finish, the finished product is well worth the wait. You can find the recipe here at the Spicy Southern Kitchen Blog.

Campfire Grilled S’more Calzone
Topping off our list of favorite grilling recipes from the internet is this chocolatey s’more rendition. Even if you aren’t typically a s’mores fan, you will want to give this recipe a shot. Find it here.

We hope that our mini-series has motivated you to get outside and safely grill up some of your favorite recipes with your elderly loved one. We are always looking for new recipes to try, and would love to hear from you.

Send us your favorite grilling recipe at wisercareservices@gmail.com.

Happy grilling!

Wiser Home Care’s Top 5 Grilling Safety Tips

Off the top of our head we could name over 10 reasons why Summer is the best season of the year. Topping this list would be beach days, increased outdoor activities, and of course grilling!

We mean, who doesn’t love standing on the patio with a cold beverage and some delicious food cooking on the grill? The sizzle of the food, beautiful aroma of grilled goods and smoke pouring out of the barbecue screams “It’s Summertime” at the top of its lungs.

Being July, we are smackdab in the middle of grilling season and coincidentally also National Grilling Month. That’s right, July is officially considered nationwide as the “Grilling Month”.

But why is July National Grilling Month and May National Barbecuing Month; Aren’t they the same thing?

This is a good question and the answer is no. They are not the same thing. In a recent blog post, Culinary Manager Nick Wellhausen explains that barbecuing is “the act of cooking over low to moderate heat for an extended amount of time” and grilling is defined as the “art of cooking something on a grill quickly and directly over a high flame.”

We have been taking full advantage of the great weather, and celebrating National Grilling Month by grilling up some of our favorite recipes lately. To ensure you and your elderly loved one have a chance to enjoy National Grilling Month as much as we have, we are going to do a 2-part series on grilling.

This week on our 2-part series we are going to discuss grilling safety and tips, then we will wrap up our mini-series next week with our favorite grilling recipes and food safety tips.

Grilling Safety Tips

Tip 1: Grill Location
Making sure your grill is in a safe location is critical. You will want to make sure it is a safe distance away from your place of residence, is not located under any trees or eaves, and not on a wooden deck. Experts recommend a distance of 25 feet between the grill and your house.

Tip 2: Never Leave Your Grill Unattended
An accident can happen in the blink of an eye. Make sure you have all the things you need to grill before your start it up. Once the grill is lit never leave it unattended. A child or pet could easily wander up to it and knock it over or even worse, get burned.

Tip 3: Always Have a Fire Extinguisher Handy
The combination of gas, fire and grease can be a deadly one and it doesn’t take much for a grill to quickly become out of control. In case of emergency make sure you have a fire extinguisher close and you know how to use it. Also, never throw water on a grease fire. It will make it worse.

Tip 4: Grill Maintenance
Make sure you keep your grill clean by removing any grease or fat buildup to reduce your risk of grease fire. If you use a gas grill, check the gas line to make sure there are no cracks or fuel leaks in them.

Tip 5 Charcoal Grills
If you use a charcoal grill there are a couple additional safety measures you can take. First, you will want to make sure your charcoal is ready to use. If you use starter fluid, make sure it is “Charcoal Specific” starter fluid. Another way to light the charcoal is with an electric starter. For this method, use an extension cord. Finally, when you are done grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing of them.

We hope this simple list of 5 grilling safety tips keeps you and your elderly loved one safe as you grill this summer and beyond.

Happy Grilling!