Arguing Both Sides by Lon Kieffer, Defender Of Caregivers aka DOC

October 22, 2014

To paraphrase Jeff Foxworthy,

You might be a caregiver if…

anything in this video snippet resonates with you.

If this rings true to your ears,

call us, we can recommend resources,

and if you need us, we can help.

Kathy Spence, Co-Owner

PA HOME CARE of Lancaster

2703 Willow Street Pike, N.

Willow Street, PA 17584

(717) 464-2006

(866) 205-0348


Glen Campbell’s “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”

October 17, 2014

Glen Campbell arrives at the 2012 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 6, 2012, in Nashville, Tennessee. RICK DIAMOND/GETTY IMAGES FOR CMT


For years Glen Campbell and his family have been bravely, very public, about the onset of dementia in Glen.  This talented and prolific country music artist has released what they are calling his final song and music video.


In his own poignant words, when he sings “You’re the last person I will love” and later, “Best of all, I’m not gonna miss you”, he redefines the heartbreak of Alzheimers and other dementias from the perspective of the person that’s so well known and loved; who is physically here, yet actually gone.


Glen is now living in a twenty-four hour per day, long-term care facility but has chosen to share his lucid interpretation of his own “long goodbye”.  Sources have stated that this is the last recording the original “Rhinestone Cowboy” will publicly release.


Listen, learn, love… is fleeting.


Meredith Vieira and special guests talk about Alzheimers

September 29, 2014

Meredith Vieira raises awareness during new talk show

On Sept. 9, Alzheimer’s Association celebrity champion Meredith Vieira dedicated a portion of “The Meredith Vieira Show” to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease. Actors Lauren Miller Rogen and Seth Rogen appeared as guests, sharing their personal experience with Alzheimer’s and how they are taking action in the fight. The emotional segment concluded with a special surprise for Vieira – and the Alzheimer’s Association! Watch and learn more



Support Group Meeting

April 24, 2014


Hello Everyone!


Coming up on Wednesday May 7. 2014 we will be hosting our next Alzheimer’s/Dementia Community Education and Support Group at the Willow Valley Medical Center, West Entrance.  We meet from 7 – 8:30 PM in the Community Room.


In May we will be finishing our discussion about the Gems of Caregiving, focusing on the last two Gems/stages of Dementia.  We will also be showing a 20 minute DVD on Alzheimer’s that is from a patient’s perspective.


All are invited to attend this free education and support group!  A joint effort of PA Home Care of Lancaster and The PA Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association.


The next group will be held on Wednesday June 4, 2014, same place and time.  Topic will be Dementia and Change – how to help assist with life transition and grieve the losses along the way.



“Aging isn’t an illness, but a way of Life”

April 24, 2014

“Time flies they say, but its us that fly.  Time sits on its hands as we rush by.”

Click below for a short, inspiring video from AgeUK


Alzheimer’s/Dementia Community Education Group

March 25, 2014

Join us Wednesday October, 1 2014 when our topic will be Nutrition and Memory.  It should be a great night of information and sharing!


The group will meet 7:00 – 8:30 PM on Wednesday October 1st, 2014.  The group is free of charge and no registration is required.  It is held in the Community Room at the Willow Valley Medical Center, West Entrance.  All of those who care about someone experiencing any type of cognitive impairment are welcome!



We hope you will be able to join us; please invite your family and friends!

PA HOME CARE of Lancaster

2703 Willow Street Pike, North

Willow Street, PA   17584

(717) 464-2006

(866) 205-0348

A Poem…..Cranky Old Man

February 7, 2014

Note from Kathy Spence, co-owner at PA Home Care of Lancaster:

Not sure of the truth regarding the following story, but there is no doubt in my mind that the poem is beautiful and meaningful and possibly prophetic for many of us…please read on and “feel” the words.


Cranky Old Man

When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value.

Later, when the nurses were going through his meagre possessions, They found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.

One nurse took her copy to Melbourne. The old man’s sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas editions of magazines around the country and appearing in magazines for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem. And this old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this ‘anonymous’ poem winging across the Internet.


What do you see nurses? . . .. . .What do you see?
What are you thinking .. . when you’re looking at me?
A cranky old man, . . . . . .not very wise,
Uncertain of habit .. . . . . . . .. with faraway eyes?
Who dribbles his food .. . … . . and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice . .’I do wish you’d try!’
Who seems not to notice . . .the things that you do.
And forever is losing . . . . . .. . . A sock or shoe?
Who, resisting or not . . . … lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding . . . .The long day to fill?
Is that what you’re thinking?. .Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse .you’re not looking at me.
I’ll tell you who I am . . . . .. As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, .. . . . as I eat at your will.
I’m a small child of Ten . .with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters .. . . .. . who love one another
A young boy of Sixteen . . . .. with wings on his feet
Dreaming that soon now . . .. . . a lover he’ll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty . . . heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows .. .. .that I promised to keep.
At Twenty-Five, now . . . . .I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide . . . And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty . .. . . . . My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other . . .. With ties that should last.
At Forty, my young sons .. .have grown and are gone,
But my woman is beside me . . to see I don’t mourn.
At Fifty, once more, .. …Babies play ’round my knee,
Again, we know children . . . . My loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me . . . . My wife is now dead.
I look at the future … . . . . I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing .. . . young of their own.
And I think of the years . . . And the love that I’ve known.
I’m now an old man . . . . . . .. and nature is cruel.
It’s jest to make old age . . . . . . . look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles .. .. . grace and vigour, depart.
There is now a stone . . . where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass . A young man still dwells,
And now and again . . . . . my battered heart swells
I remember the joys . . . . .. . I remember the pain.
And I’m loving and living . . . . . . . life over again.
I think of the years, all too few . . .. gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact . . . that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people .. . . . .. . . open and see.
Not a cranky old man .
Look closer . . . . see .. .. . .. …. . ME!!

Remember this poem when you next meet an older person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within … We will all, one day, be there, too!

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Community Education Group

January 30, 2014


Teepa Snow: Author, Speaker, Educator

Please join us at our next Alzheimer’s/Dementia Community Education Group being held at the Willow Valley Medical Center Community Room in Willow Street.  We will be reviewing Teepa Snow’s “Gems of Caregiving”


Elaine Potts, LCSW and group facilitator will present Teepa’s take on the different levels of dementia and how a caregiver can most effectively understand and work with their loved one at those specific stages. Handouts and snacks provided.


Elaine Potts: LCSW and group facilitator


This is an open group that meets monthly and welcomes all caregivers dealing with any form of memory loss issues.  Please call the office of PA Home Care for any additional information on the group (717-464-2006), or go to our website at, or find us on Facebook


We hope to see you there!



Heart Healthy Sweet Treat from the American Heart Association

January 23, 2014

American Heart Association


Serves 8; 1/2 cup per serving


  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch slices
  • 2 medium sweet apples, such as Rome Beauty or Gala, peeled, each sliced into 10 wedges
  • 3 tablespoons light tub margarine

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories                                   101
  • Total Fat                                 2.0 g
  • Saturated Fat                         0.0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat            0.5 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat         1.0 g
  • Cholesterol                            0 mg
  • Sodium                                   61 mg
  • Carbohydrates                     21 g
  • Fiber                                       3 g
  • Sugars                                   14 g
  • Protein                                  1 g


Dietary Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fruit


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a 1 1/2-quart glass casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the sugar and cinnamon.
  3. In the casserole dish, layer in order half each of the sweet potatoes, apples, and cinnamon-sugar. Dot with about half the margarine. Repeat.
  4. Bake, covered, for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes and apples are soft.

© American Heart Association. Look for other delicious recipes like this from our Go Red For Women magazine cookbooks published by Publications International, Ltd. (PIL) at


From the American Heart Association – Go Red for Women

January 21, 2014

PA Home Care of Lancaster, Proud to Support

American Heart Association – Go Red for Women

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American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women and Ad Council Launch National Public Service Advertising Campaign to Address the No. 1 Killer of Women in the U.S.: Heart Disease

New Go Red for Women PSAs, Created in Partnership with Warner Bros., Feature Character and Scenes fromThe LEGO® Movie to Increase Awareness of Heart Disease in Women

One out of every three deaths among women in the U.S. each year is attributed to cardiovascular diseases including heart disease and stroke, making it the No. 1 killer of women in this country and causing more fatalities than all forms of cancer combined, according to the American Heart Association. However, only one in five American women believes that heart disease is her greatest health threat. In an effort to raise awareness of heart disease and empower women with the necessary tools to lead heart healthy lives, the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women and the Ad Council are launching a new public service advertising (PSA) campaign today as an extension of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement. The launch precedes National Wear Red Day® on Feb. 7, which marks the 10th anniversary of Go Red For Women.

The LEGO Movie and Go Red For Women

Created pro bono by Warner Bros., the new television ads feature scenes and characters from the upcoming The LEGO Movie, encouraging audiences, “It’s time to Go Red For Women.” Voiced by Emmy-nominated actress Elizabeth Banks, the film character Wyldstyle empowers women, asking them to “Stand stronger, shout louder and demand change.” Audiences are directed to where they can access more information on the disease, including risk factors and symptoms, as well as preventative tips and tools to lead a healthier lifestyle.

In theaters Feb. 7, 2014, The LEGO Movie is the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO® adventure.  It starsChris PrattWill FerrellElizabeth BanksWill ArnettNick OffermanAlison Brie and Charlie Day, with Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman.

“The American Heart Association is grateful for the opportunity to work with both the Ad Council and Warner Brothers on this entertaining and informative public service announcement that will harness the unique magic movies and their characters have to increase women’s awareness about their No. 1 killer – heart disease,” said Dr. Jennifer Mieres, Professor of Cardiology at the Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Medicine and Go Red For Women spokesperson. “While raising funds for women-related education and research is imperative to our success, collaboration with creative partners to create engaging and relevant content also allows the AHA to spark positive behavior change in women and their families.”

Women’s “silent killer”

An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by cardiovascular disease, resulting in over 400,000 deaths each year, according to the American Heart Association.  The symptoms of cardiovascular disease, such as shortness of breath, nausea, back pain and sweating, can be easy to miss and sometimes not outwardly apparent, causing it to be known as a “silent killer.” However, by knowing the risk factors and taking simple steps like stop smoking, regular physical activity, eating a heart healthy diet and blood pressure monitoring, women can decrease their chances of heart illness.

“Heart disease claims the life of nearly one woman in the United States every minute,” said Peggy Conlon, President and CEO of the Ad Council. “But many women continue to falsely believe the disease is one that just targets men or the elderly and don’t take enough action to reduce their personal risk. Together with longstanding partners the American Heart Association and Warner Brothers, we know we can have an impact on this critical health issue”.

Kathy Spence, Co-Owner and Janis Swartz, RN PA HOME CARE proudly supports GO RED for Women...

Kathy Spence, Co-Owner and Janis Swartz, RN
PA HOME CARE proudly supports GO RED for Women…

Join PA Home Care of Lancaster as we proudly support the American Heart Association in the fight against heart disease and raise awareness  –  GO RED!!!

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