Easy and Healthy Fall Soup Recipe

Celebrate fall with a tasty, hearty soup! This time of year, it is easy to find carrots, cauliflower, turnips, onions, broccoli, cabbage, kale and potatoes. All of these vegetables add vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to your diet.

Ingredients:

  • 2 carrots, grated or cut into slices
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped or 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • Left-over or frozen vegetables, such as green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, green peas, corn, etc.
  • 6 cups of water (beef or chicken broth, tomato juice or V8 juice can be used in place of water)
  • Meat, cut up, such as cooked chicken or turkey, cooked and crumbled hamburger (optional)
  • ½ cup of uncooked pasta (elbow macaroni, shells or rings), rice, or barley (optional)
  • Seasonings including pepper, basil, tarragon, a bay leaf (Remove bay leaf when cooking is complete.)

Directions:

  1. Grate or chop the vegetables by hand or in a food processor.
  2. Put all of the ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover the soup.
  3. Simmer for 1 to 2 hours. Check the soup often and add water as needed.

This soup recipe makes about 10 servings. Leftover soup can be stored in containers and frozen to use for future lunches or dinners. Toast, crackers, or rolls can be served with the soup.

Keeping Older Adult’s Homes Safe This Spring

Spring has sprung, and that means saying goodbye to cold weather and hello to spring cleaning and chores around the home. If you would like to assist a senior with preparing for the upcoming season, but live far away, or you don’t have the time or the tools, send them our way. We would love to help.

For those looking for ways to keep an older adult’s home safe this spring, look no further. We’ve adapted a list of important safety tasks to keep your home humming along this season (originally posted by DailyCaring here).

Our trusted Help At Your Door Handyman services offer a variety of springtime assistance. You can pick from the extensive list of help we offer, or let our staff come and assess your home for fall risks and minor repair work:

Bathroom

  • Install grab bars (if needed) or make sure existing ones are sturdy and well-attached
  • Bath mats are replaced with non-skid low profile mats
  • Install a raised toilet seat or safety frame (if needed) or check that existing ones are sturdy
  • Tub or shower floor is non-slip
  • Automatic night lights make it easy to see at night

Kitchen

  • Emergency contact information is clearly posted on the fridge and near the telephone
  • Appliances are in good working condition and within easy reach
  • Frequently used items are in easy reach
  • Unnecessary appliances are put away

Bedroom

  • Automatic night lights light the way to the bathroom
  • Bedside lamp is easy to turn on and off
  • Phone is easy to reach from the bed
  • Bed is easy to get into and out of
  • Clothes are easy to reach

General house

  • Water heater is set to a temperature that won’t scald
  • All sinks and drains are in good working order
  • Hallways and main floor spaces are clear of clutter
  • Electrical cords are secured at the edges of rooms
  • Lighting is bright and on/off switches are at every doorway, replace light bulbs as needed or switch to long-lasting LED bulbs
  • Change smoke detector batteries or change to a 10-year smoke detector – or change carbon monoxide batteries
  • Make sure fire extinguishers are fully charged and easily accessible
  • Furniture is sturdy and in good shape – no wobbles
  • Flooring is smooth and free of tripping hazards
  • Hanging pictures, mirrors, wall décor, curtains or blinds to ensure that they are safely secured on walls

Outside the house

  • House numbers are clearly visible from the street, night and day
  • Walkways are clear and free of tripping hazards
  • Railing and ramp installation and repair
  • Screen repair/cleaning
  • Fence repair
  • Window washing
  • Replacing or installing summer screens
  • Minor landscaping

 

New Help At Your Door Finance Director

Help At Your Door is pleased to welcome Dawn Germscheid to the team as Finance Director.

Dawn Germscheid has more than 30 years of extensive accounting and finance experience in both private and nonprofit sectors. Her experience includes business development, financial system creation and implementation, general ledger accounting, administration, operations and all aspects of non-profit reporting and compliance.

Prior to joining Help at Your Door, Dawn worked for more than 11 years in the non-profit sector in leadership roles.  These included Director of Finance and Operations at The Bridge for Youth, Finance Director Consultant for MAP for Non Profits and the Director of Finance and Administration for Wayside House.  During these roles she oversaw the operation of the Accounting, Administration, Facility Management, Human Resources and IT Departments.  Dawn is a graduate of Northeast Wisconsin College with a degree in Accounting.  She is an active member of the Non Profit Finance Group – Twin Cities.

Help At Your Door’s New Website

Welcome to Help At Your Door’s website. We are a non-profit agency that helps seniors and people with disabilities remain in their own homes. Our job is to provide you with the services and resources necessary to help you remain vivacious and supported in life, while also providing your family with the knowledge and security to ensure that your home is the best place for you to be.

Our services are for those needing some practical assistance with tasks to stay comfortable at home. Our shelp-at-your-door-logoervices are ideal for:

  • Older adults who need help with a number of little things
  • Those recovering from hospital stays
  • Individuals with sensory or mobility impairment
  • Elderly and people with disabilities who want to stay at home

When you choose Help At Your Door’s services, you receive a team who will help meet your individual needs with an increasing array of services to help you stay in your home.

We are sorry for the inconvenience, but we are currently under construction. Our new site will feature our expanded services, including handyman, transportation and companion and home care services. Check back in January for further information!

In the meantime, if you need immediate assistance, please contact 651.209.1855 and a friendly Help At Your Door staff member will be happy to assist you. Or, visit our current website: www.storetodoor.org