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Easy & Beautiful Holiday Dessert

Posted on: December 23rd, 2013 by Kim McCreery No Comments

Easy & Beautiful Holiday Dessert. Feeds a crowd!

Jello Pudding Tiramisu serves a crowd ages 1 to 92!Showcased in a beautiful glass bowl, this dessert can be easily modified for those with diet restrictions. Just use low-fat, sugar-free, lactose-free, or gluten-free ingredients.

Ingredients: Kraft Tiramisu Bowl

  • 1-8 ounce package cream cheese
  • 3 cups cold milk
  • 2-3.4 ounce boxes of vanilla instant pudding
  • 1-8 ounce tub of non-dairy whipped topping like Cool Whip
  • 48 vanilla wafers or lady fingers
  • 1/2 cup of strong coffee (reg or decaf) cooled
  • 2 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate coarsely grated
  • 1 cup of fresh raspberries.

Instructions: In a mixing bowl, beat soften cream cheese until creamy. Add milk and dry pudding mixes. Stir in 2 cups non-dairy whipped topping. Line a 2 1/2 quart glass bowl with 24 wafers or lady fingers. Drizzle 1/4 cup of coffee over wafers or lady fingers. Top with 1/2 the filling mixture and 1/2 the grated chocolate. Repeat another layer then top with remainder of filling, raspberries, and chocolate. Refrigerate for 2 hours-24 hours.

Serves 14 -16.

Source: Tiramisu Bowl Recipe

Best Wishes for a wonderful holiday with family and friends!


Creating Holiday Cheer for the Homebound: A Top Ten List

Posted on: December 12th, 2013 by Kim McCreery No Comments


The Holidays can be difficult for a lot of people, especially the elderly. Older folks get blue for a variety of reasons including: isolation, loneliness, depression, nostalgia, and declining physical and mental health. Taking the time to visit an older relative or friend is a wonderful gift to give and you’ll receive much in return as well!

To insure a successful, engaging visit, plan it in advance and prepare. Consider the person’s cognitive and physical abilities plus dietary restrictions then put together a care package containing cheerful items that are meaningful and appropriate. Plan a holiday activity to do together such as singing carols or making homemade Christmas cards. Lastly, think about a few upbeat recent events in your life to share. We’ve listed ten ideas to help you create a wonderful visit with your loved one.a hand jpg softa

Top Ten List

  1. Family friendly jokes and stories. Surf the internet to find them. Laughter is one of the best medicines!
  2. Era Music. Bring perennial favorites like Bing Crosby, Perry Como,
    The Lennon Sisters, and Frank Sinatra.
  3. Games and Crafts. Think checkers, cards,
    even an electronic version of Wheel of Fortune. Assemble easy tree decorations, create a collage, do a puzzle.
  4. Photos. Dig out recent and old family pictures to share. Don’t forget the video.
  5. Pets. Bring a well-behaved pet to lift spirits and calm anxiety.
  6. Children. Bring grandchildren and great grandchildren. Equip them with conversational topics and school projects to share.
  7. Food. Prepare a few favorite dishes, some to eat together and some to freeze.
  8. Tenderness. The power of touch is amazing. Hug, hold hands, brush hair, give a light massage.
  9. Soft things. Give your loved one a colorful soft blanket, sweater, or shawl.
  10. Fragrant gifts. Try a fresh wreath or cinnamon pine cones.

Make the most of your visit with your loved one! Kim


Gift Ideas for Older Seniors: Sentimental and Practical

Posted on: December 17th, 2012 by Kim McCreery No Comments

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Older seniors can be a challenging demographic to buy for. The key to successful gift giving for this particular group is to consider the recipient’s abilities both physical and cognitive, medical conditions, dietary concerns, and last but not least, her favorite things! Take a look at our list of recommendations.

Photos. Framed pictures of family members, especially grandchildren, are wonderful gifts. A picture album with easy-to-read captions naming the person in the photo and what he is doing is even better!

Nostalgia items. Era music (think Big Band) or a special candy (try Ribbon) is always a hit.

Meals. Cooking can be difficult for older folks. Why not make a couple of his favorite meals? Bring them over and eat one together immediately and freeze the others for future visits.

Outings. Make a special date with your loved one. A trip to the hair dresser or nail salon followed by lunch is a wonderful present.

Special service. Hire a senior massage therapist to come in to the home and pamper your loved one while you are there.

Beautiful blanket or shawls.
Anything you make with your own hands is always treasured. If you’re not crafty, pick an item in her favorite color scheme.

Bed linens. Often older seniors don’t spend money on this. Pick out soft sheets and new pillows. Consider skin conditions and allergies when choosing.

Medical equipment. If your loved one has difficulty with a particular activity, go online or to a local medical store like RTA Home Care for practical gift ideas. There are product solutions for every challenge. Make sure to take measurements and consult with an expert for the most suitable product. Of course you’ll want to install or assemble the item and help her use it the first time.

Enjoy spending time with your family this holiday season!


Beating the Senior Holiday Blues

Posted on: December 3rd, 2012 by Kim McCreery No Comments

The holidays can be a joyful season but they can be a difficult time of year too, especially for older seniors.  Many older seniors have outlived their spouses and friends. They may live alone and not have family or their family may live in another state. Or, they may have difficulty getting out of the house to participate in activities.  Sadly, these older folks can become easily depressed.

Fortunately, there are ways to help seniors beat the holidays blues. Sometimes it as simple as visiting an older loved one with cookies in hand to chat about pleasant past holiday memories.  Or providing transportation and companionship for a church holiday service. For more ways to help seniors enjoy the holiday season, click on the following link. Helping-Seniors-Beat-the-Holiday-Blues_At-Home-Solutions.pdf

And remember if your time is at a premium this season, think about hiring an agency like At Home Solutions to help with your loved one.  Our compassionate caregivers are trained and screened in companion care, personal care, housekeeping, meal preparation, and transportation.  A few hours a week of  friendly help in the home can make a big difference in the life of a senior and provide you with peace of mind!






Top Ten Holiday Activities for Older Seniors

Posted on: November 26th, 2012 by Kim McCreery No Comments

Holiday Activities for Older Seniors

Thanksgiving is over and Christmas activities are just beginning. If you are fortunate enough to have an older senior in your life, it’s important to involve them in seasonal festivities. But sometimes it’s a challenge to figure out what to do with your loved one–meaning how to best engage them without overwhelming them. So to help you with ideas, we’ve put together a list of top ten holiday activities. Our older seniors are treasures who won’t be around forever, so make sure you do something special with yours this year!

  1. Create a memory album with pictures, captions, and favorite recipes.
  2. Take a drive to look at holiday lights.
  3. Plan an afternoon outing to the local beauty shop or bring a beautician in to the home for hair and nails.
  4. Cook a special meal together.
  5. Plan in advance
    to attend a holiday concert, play, or parade.
  6. Organize a sing-along of holiday favorites for your neighborhood. Make it a small potluck gathering.
  7. Read favorite holiday stories out-loud to a senior.
  8. Watch TV holiday specials together.
  9. String popcorn or cranberries for the tree.
  10. Reminisce about past holidays. Play oldies music to stimulate those memories.

Remember that simple and upbeat activities are best. Holiday events needn’t be elaborate, expensive, or overly long. Crowds and excessive noise can sometimes make older seniors anxious, so choose activities that are more relaxed and intimate. Events featuring children always bring a special joy!