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Plan Your Future Garden Now

November 10, 2021

With the cooler weather and winter just around the corner, now is the ideal time to plan your spring garden! Yes, even though your at-home garden might be “sleeping” right now, there’s no reason you can’t start planning and preparing your garden to “wake up” in the spring. This blog article will guide you through […]

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David – Designing His Own Independent Living Model

October 27, 2021

One of the reasons I love working as the Residential Programs Manager at Irby Ranch is the diversity in independent-living models among the residents in the community. With each resident bringing their own unique set of support services, Irby Ranch is an example of the uniqueness in what successful independent living can look like for […]

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Toxic Positivity

October 13, 2021

Can positivity be toxic? What does that even mean? I recently learned in my Master’s Program that positivity can sometimes be toxic! I was surprised to learn that there is such a thing as Toxic Positivity. Believing that people should put a positive spin on all of their emotions and experiences, even when those emotions […]

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Lauren – A Feeling of Community

September 28, 2021

I’m excited to introduce you to Lauren, this month’s Irby Ranch Resident Spotlight! Lauren moved into the community a year ago and shared that it’s been fun to live at Irby Ranch and engage with other residents and the surrounding community. Lauren enjoys participating in Sunflower Hill programs and activities held on site at Irby […]

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Simple Substitutions for Stovetop Cooking

September 8, 2021

Fall is right around the corner, which always gets me thinking about hearty, warm dishes I like to cook to fend off the chill of cooler weather. While many of these dishes typically require the use of a stovetop, I know that not all folks are comfortable using one. Thankfully, there are many healthy, delicious, […]

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Della – A Sense of Belonging

August 25, 2021

This month’s Irby Ranch Resident Spotlight features Della, who shared with me how much confidence she has gained since moving into her new apartment back in November 2020. Della and her adorable dog, Dumpling, can often be found strolling through the Irby Ranch courtyard, or walking around the neighborhood. She is also a frequent attendee […]

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Shannon – Living Independently With Confidence

June 16, 2021

I’m so excited to share this month’s Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch Resident Spotlight on Shannon! The first things I noticed about Shannon when I met her for the first time were her bold personality and confidence. Shannon is both a resident at Irby Ranch and an employee of Sunflower Hill. As the organization’s Administrative […]

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Starting from Seeds – Reading a Seed Packet

June 2, 2021

If you’re looking to try something new this summer, this blog article is for you! Nothing tastes better than fresh summer fruits and veggies you’ve grown yourself! You can create a veggie garden with plant starts, or grow seeds on your own. This blog article will give you all the information you need to know […]

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Jennifer – Irby Ranch Sunshine Resident

May 19, 2021

I’m so excited to introduce you to Jennifer, this month’s Irby Ranch Resident Spotlight! A self-described social butterfly, Jennifer’s thoughtful, kind, and humorous personality has garnered her many new friends since moving into Irby Ranch in September last year. Every time I see her, she is glowing and bright and happy – a real Sunshine […]

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Knifeless Cutting Techniques

May 5, 2021

With spring in full bloom, now is a wonderful time to enjoy all the fresh fruits and veggies the season has to offer! In past Adaptive Cooking Tips articles, I’ve given tips and suggested tools for preparing produce and practicing safe knife skills. But using a knife is not the only way to get your […]

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