Ways to Stay Well with Kimball Farms
Hope is on the Horizon
As we enter 2021, we look forward to a new year together. With the vaccine here, we hope to get back to “normal” soon – while still practicing the enhanced measures we’ve implemented this past year.
As we look forward to a new year, we want to reflect on the past year and share some helpful tips for living well.
A Look Back – 2020 in Review
It’s no surprise 2020 was a challenging year. But throughout the year, we were able to make the most of it – together. And now, we are looking to the future – stronger, wiser, and confident that our residents and our team can look ahead to happier and healthier times.
“The great courageous act that we must all do, is to have the courage to step out of our history and past so that we can live our dreams.”– Oprah Winfrey
Key Takeaways and A Behind the Scenes Look:
- Enhanced sanitation measures, greater PPE availability and usage
- Creativity from staff to keep residents and their families informed and engaged
- Important bonds were formed between residents and staff
- Close-knit community became even closer
- Kimball Farms CNAs can double as hairdressers, nail technicians, and fashion consultants
- The Pinnacle Store has transformed from a coffee shop to a mini-mart
- The WiFi upgrade in January of 2020 could not have been timed better
- The Pub can store over 300,000 to-go containers, providing 3 months worth of meals to residents
- Dark chocolate covered Dove® bars can make anyone smile
Keep Fit at Kimball Farms
How can you fit in exercise and keep your strength up? At Kimball Farms, our therapy team helps our residents get the recommended amount of exercise, and provides guidelines to keep them safe. Below are two exercises our Physical Therapy Assistant, Lynn Lak, LPN, recommends:
Using hand weights, or a soup can in each hand, place your arms by your side – with palms up. Bend your elbows, lifting the weight toward your shoulders. Start with 10 reps. Remember to breathe, exhale as you raise the weights to your shoulders and inhale as you lower your arms.
Seated Knee Extensions
This exercise can help improve your balance. Sit in a chair maintaining a straight back. Extend one leg out slowly to unbend your knee. Hold that position for a couple of seconds, then lower your leg back to the bent-knee position. Repeat on the other leg, starting off between 10-15 reps.
Stay Mentally Focused
Mental health is just as important as physical health. Finding fun and interesting ways to keep your brain sharp is beneficial at any age. Word games are a resident favorite here at Kimball Farms. Care.com has shared some other fun ways to keep your mind engaged as you age.
From the Kitchen of Kimball Farms
Black Bean Patties – Yields 4
Recipe from Chef Mike Paglier
- 14 ounce can of black beans
- 1/3 cup of refried beans (vegetarian)
- ¼ cup salsa
- 1 green onion
- ¼ cup gluten free breadcrumbs (or regular breadcrumbs)
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp coriander
- ½ tsp chili powder
- ¾ tsp cumin
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ¼ cup olive oil
Using a colander, drain and rinse the black beans and pour into a mixing bowl. Add refried beans and salsa. Finely slice the green onion and add to the bean mixture. Add the remaining ingredients to the mixture and using a rubber spatula mix the ingredients well and divide into fourths and form your patties.
Heat olive oil in a pan. Once heated, add the bean patties to the oil and gently shake the pan side to side to prevent from sticking. When the first side is nice and brown carefully flip the patties and slightly turn down the heat because we will be cooking them longer on this side to fully heat the patties through. When done, top with your favorite ingredients – salsa, shredded cheese, guacamole, sour cream, hot peppers, there is no wrong answer here! You can also eat them on a roll or wrapped in a flour tortilla (there are gluten free tortillas available).