Pratima holding the directions for the 5-4-3-2-1 grounding technique

Grounding

March 8, 2021

Do you ever have a day where you feel like your mind is trying to focus on a thousand things all at once? Each time you try to sit down and focus on one of those things, you can’t. You’re left feeling scattered and unproductive? This month’s Mindful Monday article focuses on “grounding” or being […]

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An Irby Ranch Storyteller

March 3, 2021

I’m so excited to introduce you to Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch resident, Chris, who is a college student, writer, and the Resident Spotlight for March! As part of our person-centered program offerings at Irby Ranch, Chris and I have met one-on-one several times over the last few months – always masked and distanced – […]

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Container Gardening

February 24, 2021

The last few days have felt like spring here in the Bay Area, with warm, sunny days, cool breezes, and chilly nights. Springtime always gets me thinking about planting! As the Garden Coordinator for the Sunflower Hill Garden, I’m honored to be able to plant and care for a LOT of different varieties of fruits, […]

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Best Shelter-in-Place Shows

February 17, 2021

During my time off from being the Residential Programs Manager (which I LOVE), watching TV and movies is one of the ways that I escape the stress of this time, refresh, laugh, and yes, sometimes cry. Recently, I was talking with a couple of our Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch residents who also expressed their […]

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Preparing Fresh Produce

February 10, 2021

As the Garden and Cooking Class Teacher at Sunflower Hill, I’m privileged to work in our beautiful Garden with an abundant amount of produce. I feel fortunate to share cooking and gardening techniques with so many program participants who are eager to learn. I love being able to showcase the garden’s fresh fruits and vegetables […]

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Pratima holding self affirmation card "I am proud of myself"

Self-Affirmations

February 8, 2021

I love being the Residential Programs Manager at Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch. Engaging with our residents and providing fun activities for them makes me so happy! Yet sometimes I feel a little blue, like I imagine we all do. I’ve found a great technique to stay positive, and it’s the focus of this first […]

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Jennifer – A Choice To Do Things My Way

February 3, 2021

It’s been nearly five months since residents began moving into Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch, and so much has happened during that time! As the Residential Programs Manager, my mission is to engage with each and every resident. I create programs and activities designed to build confidence, foster independent living skills, and encourage residents to […]

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