ABOUT US

Vana Care started In March 2021. Two friends started a passion project to bring those living with a disability an improved level of support and experience. The Vana Care vision was born, with one common goal to dedicate and focus on the things that matter most. Giving clients choice, control and variety in what they can do to align with their NDiS goals. This vision has shown amazing success in growing the Vana Care family to over 50 amazing support workers spread all over SA.

I know, vegetables are not always our favourite things to eat. But with so many health benefits we have to do our best to eat a variety of different foods.

Here are 4 great health benefits:

1. Improve your immune health
It's no secret that what you eat impacts your immune system. Vitamin C is a key nutrient that's found in lots of vegetables (people are always surprised to learn that broccoli and bell peppers have more vitamin C than an orange) that helps keep your immune system strong. Eating a well-balanced diet with a variety of foods is also important for your immune system, so include lots of different veggies as well as fruits, whole grains, healthy fats and protein sources.

2. Improve blood pressure
Nearly half of Americans have high blood pressure, according to the CDC. When it comes to your diet and blood pressure, eating too much salt isn't great. But, eating more potassium-rich foods can help reduce the damage of a high-sodium diet. Vegetables, like beets and spinach, deliver potassium (amongst other nutrients) and the fiber from vegetables also helps your heart.

3. Help your eyes
Eye health may be top of mind if you stare at a computer and phone all day, which can strain your eyes, according to the American Optometric Association. If you want to protect your eyes, eat more vegetables (you'll also want to take some screen breaks and see your eye doctor). Lutein and zeaxanthin are two carotenoids that help reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). You'll find them and other eye-protecting carotenoids in basil, corn, red peppers, spinach and broccoli.

4. Improve your skin
You can help take care of your skin by staying hydrated and getting quality sleep, but what you eat can help too. Tomatoes deliver lycopene, which can actually help protect your skin from sunburn (sunscreen is important too). Kale and avocados can help keep your skin more elastic. Many vegetables, like cucumbers and celery, also have a high water content to help you meet your hydration goals for glowing skin
Meet the team: Paris ✨

Hi there, my name is Paris Weaver! 

I am an energetic and passionate personal trainer with a mission to push individuals to their limits encouraging them to become fitter, faster and stronger whilst instilling confidence. I have a true passion for educating individuals on how to be healthier and happier in themselves through good nutrition and living an active lifestyle. 

If I am not in the gym or helping others I am dancing, singing or performing up on stage. 
Extra side fact: I am the biggest adrenaline seeker you will meet 

Working with Vana Care my goal is to bring joy and enrich the clients lives and help to make small positive changes each day. working with Vana Care is so rewarding and special because it’s like no other company I have worked for. Vana Care is so person driven and you get the amazing privilege to build real relationships and help the clients with their goals and help them strive to be their best self.
Active listening is one of the most important things you can do for any person you're communicating with.

1. Pay Attention

Give the speaker your undivided attention, and acknowledge the message. Recognize that non-verbal communication also "speaks" loudly.

Look at the speaker directly.
Put aside distracting thoughts.
Don't mentally prepare a rebuttal!
Avoid being distracted by environmental factors. For example, side conversations.
"Listen" to the speaker's body language.

2. Show That You're Listening

Use your own body language and gestures to show that you are engaged.

Nod occasionally.
Smile and use other facial expressions.
Make sure that your posture is open and interested.
Encourage the speaker to continue with small verbal comments like yes, and "uh huh."

3. Provide Feedback

Our personal filters, assumptions, judgments, and beliefs can distort what we hear. As a listener, your role is to understand what is being said. This may require you to reflect on what is being said and to ask questions.

Reflect on what has been said by paraphrasing. "What I'm hearing is... ," and "Sounds like you are saying... ," are great ways to reflect back.
Ask questions to clarify certain points. "What do you mean when you say... ." "Is this what you mean?"
Summarize the speaker's comments periodically.
Tip:

If you find yourself responding emotionally to what someone said, say so. And ask for more information: "I may not be understanding you correctly, and I find myself taking what you said personally. What I thought you just said is XXX. Is that what you meant?"

4. Defer Judgment

Interrupting is a waste of time. It frustrates the speaker and limits full understanding of the message.

Allow the speaker to finish each point before asking questions.
Don't interrupt with counterarguments.

5. Respond Appropriately

Active listening is designed to encourage respect and understanding. You are gaining information and perspective. You add nothing by attacking the speaker or otherwise putting her down.

Be candid, open, and honest in your response.
Assert your opinions respectfully.
Treat the other person in a way that you think they would want to be treated.
Overnight protein oats 🔥

All you need to make this vegan overnight oats recipe are:
Old fashioned oats – this is the coarse version of oats, not instant oats.
Chia seeds – if you don’t like chia seeds, you can use flax meal instead, but it adds a slightly bitter flavor to the mixture, so it’s not our favorite choice.
Unsweetened almond milk or oat milk, or soy milk to up the protein even more.
Sweetener of choice – we used maple syrup, but agave syrup or sugar-free erythritol works as well.
Vanilla extract
Cinnamon – optional, but this adds a delicious flavor to the recipe.
Protein powder of choice – we used vanilla peanut protein powder from Macro Mike, but any vanilla plant-based protein powder works well.

STEP 1: COMBINE DRY INGREDIENTS WITH LIQUID INGREDIENTS

First, add all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl, including rolled oats, chia seeds, protein powder, and cinnamon.
Stir well to distribute ingredients evenly. Then, stir in almond milk, vanilla extract, and sweetener you love. Feel free to skip the sweetener if you don’t have a sweet tooth.

STEP 2: SOAK OVERNIGHT

Seal the mixing bowl with a silicone lid and place it in the fridge overnight. We recommend giving a quick stir in the mixing 1 hour after being placed in the fridge to prevent the chia seeds from migrating to the bottom of the bowl.

STEP 3: SERVE THE NEXT DAY

The next day, serve the overnight oats recipe with vegan toppings of choice.
Meet the team: Sina ✨

Sina joined the Vana Care family because of his love for health, fitness & helping people reach their full potential. 

One of Sina’s favourite things! to do is being active & spending time with family & friends 

The Vana Care family is so lucky to have people like Sina choosing to be a part of our team!
DId you know its national volunteer week?

National Volunteer Week is a chance for all of us to celebrate and recognise the vital work of volunteers and to say thank you. Together, through volunteering, we are changing communities for the better. We are, Better Together.

Check out Cole volunteering like he does every week at treasure boxes Cole is a great example of a great human, helping others whenever he can just to help! 

I know Abbie & the entire Vana Care family are inspired to do more & give more from witnessing your actions ❤
Recipe ideas: Winter Warmer Malaysian laksa 👩‍🍳

Method:
Step 1
Place noodles in a large heatproof bowl. Cover with boiling water. Stand for 4 to 5 minutes or until just tender. Using a fork, separate noodles. Drain.
Step 2
Meanwhile, heat a saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook laksa paste, stirring, for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add onion. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until softened. Stir in stock and 1 cup cold water. Add lime leaves. Cover. Bring to the boil. Simmer for 5 minutes.
Step 3
Add chicken. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes or until heated through. Remove from heat. Remove and discard lime leaves. Stir in coconut milk. Divide noodles between bowls. Ladle over stock mixture. Top with beansprouts, chilli, cucumber, pineapple and coriander. Serve with lime halves. 

Ingredients:
200g thin dried rice-stick noodles
185g jar Ayam Malaysian laksa paste
1/2 small red onion, quartered, thinly sliced
1 litre Massel chicken style liquid stock
2 kaffir lime leaves, torn
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
165ml can coconut milk
1/2 cup beansprouts, trimmed
1 small red chilli, thinly sliced
1 Lebanese cucumber, halved crossways, cut into thin matchsticks
1/4 small pineapple, peeled, thinly sliced, cut into thin matchsticks
Fresh coriander leaves, to serve
Lime halves, to serve
​​Meet the team: Shaylee ✨

Hi Everyone Im Shaylee I’m a full-time mum with a passion for singing, nature and gym. I love making people happy and helping them be their best selves.

Short & to the point but Shaylee shows us every day how much she cares about what she does by going above and beyond for the people she gets to work with.
We can help you get as active as possible, and work on changing those small daily habits.

Vana Care is on the mission to help end that sedentary lifestyle that people with disabilities often end up in.

Our team is energised and committed to delivering the highest level of care. With Vana Care, reassurance, comfort, and support matter. 

We tailor our care to clients’ specific needs and goals so they can live their best life.

If you need care, help, and support, then click on the Sign Up button and get started today.
Jesse Trout CEO vana care

Jesse Trout

Chief Executive Officer

jason COO vana care

Jason Wisniewski

Chief Operations Officer