Recipe Corner – “Sweet ‘n’ Hot Glazed Salmon

October 24, 2013

Welcome to our Recipe Corner!

Here we hope you will find some good tips and recipes to help with keeping your lifestyle healthy. Here at PA Home Care we hope to help with encouraging healthy eating habits and support our clients with their dietary needs.

Some things to remember when meal planning are generally;

Eat more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean sources of protein

Choose foods that are low in added sugars

Limit salt intake

Try out the following recipe which we hope you will love as much as we do!  Salmon is a great source of Omega 3, (the “good” fat) you can bake it, broil it, or grill it!


Sweet ‘n’ Hot Glazed Salmon

1 1/2 cups apricot nectar

1/3 cup chopped dried apricots

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce

1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 (3/4 pound) salmon filet without skin


  1. Preheat your oven’s broiler, and grease a broiling pan.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, mix together the apricot nectar, dried apricots, honey, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, cinnamon and cayenne. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until reduced by about half. Stir occasionally to prevent burning. Remove 1/4 cup of the glaze for basting, and set the remaining aside.
  3. Place the salmon filet on the greased broiling pan, and brush with glaze. Broil 3 inches from the heat for 8 to 12 minutes, or until salmon flakes easily with a fork. Gently turn over once during cooking, and baste frequently during the last 4 minutes. Serve with remaining glaze.

Serve with Brown Rice and enjoy!

At PA Home Care of Lancaster our goal is to provide you with “Care Beyond Compare” as we have been doing for the past ten years by meeting, and exceeding your expectations.  Our Quality Care Assistants, also known as caregivers are happy to help you or your loved, right in the comfort of your own home.  Meal Assistance and Grocery Shopping are just two of the many services we provide in order that seniors may age in place, at home, where statistics show most people truly want to be.  Contact us today and let’s talk about how we may be of help; phone (717) 464-2006 or (866) 205-0348 or by email at


It’s that Flu-time of year again!

October 17, 2013

takingmeds380x250r1You know, and dread, the feeling.  Aches, pains, coughing, extreme fatigue…and it all came on you so fast!  Know what you can do to reduce your chances of “celebrating” (NOT) another flu season.


Steps you can take to reduce your risk

 FLU FACTS:  What you need to know

Flu is a respiratory infection caused by a number of viruses that vary each year.

  • It is spread mainly from person to person through coughing, sneezing or talking.
  • Touching surfaces contaminated with the flu virus can also spread the flu.
  • Between 5% and 20% of people in the U.S. get the flu each year.
  • People infected with flu may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 3 step approach:

  • The most important step is to get a flu vaccination each year.flu-shot
  • The CDC recommends everyone 6 months of age and older should get vaccinated annually.
  • Infants <6 months are too young to receive the vaccination.  People who care for or live with them should be vaccinated.
  • If you contract the flu, there are prescription anti-viral drugs that can decrease the duration and intensity of the flu.  The key is early treatment.
  • The flu can be serious or even deadly for the elderly, newborns and people with certain chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease.

Every day actions to prevent the spread of germs that cause the flu:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.  Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.  You can also use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  • Avoid touching the “T-Zone”: your eyes, nose and mouth.  This is the most common way germs are spread.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Stay home if you are sick for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100° F) or signs of a fever (without the use of a fever-reducing medicine, such as Tylenol®)Woman with tissue and hot drink

Best way to prevent spreading germs:  WASH YOUR HANDS!!!

The Right Way to Wash:

  • Wet hands with clean, running water, and apply soap.
  • Rub your hands together to lather.
  • Scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under the nails.
  • Rub for at least 20 seconds.  Hint: sing “Happy Birthday” twice.
  • Rinse well under running water.
  • Dry using a clean towel or air dry.
  • Alcohol hand sanitizer is just as effective.  Rub the product over all surfaces of your hands and fingers until hands are dry.

Know the differences between Cold and Flu

Signs and Symptoms




Usually present



Usual, often severe



Fairly common



Moderate to severe


Symptom onset

Symptoms can appear within 3 to 6 hours

Symptoms appear gradually


Dry, unproductive cough

Hacking, productive cough




Stuffy Nose



Sore Throat



Chest discomfort

Often severe

Mild to moderate









Created by:  Toni Drumm, RN

Lancaster General College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Caregiver Burnout

October 14, 2013


By Dr. M. Ross Seligson

Being able to cope with the strains and stresses of being a Caregiver is part of the art of Caregiving In order to remain healthy so that we can continue to be Caregivers, we must be able to see our own limitations and learn to care for ourselves as well as others.


It is important for all of us to make the effort to recognize the signs of burnout, In order to do this we must be honest and willing to hear feedback from those around us. This is especially important for those caring for family or friends. Too often Caregivers who are not closely associated with the healthcare profession get overlooked and lost in the commotion of medical emergencies and procedures. Otherwise close friends begin to grow distant, and eventually the Caregiver is alone without a support structure. We must allow those who do care for us, who are interested enough to say something, to tell us about our behavior, a noticed decrease in energy or mood changes.

Burnout isn’t like a cold. You don’t always notice it when you are in its clutches. Very much like Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, the symptoms of burnout can begin surfacing months after a traumatic episode. The following are symptoms we might notice in ourselves, or others might say they see in us. Think about what is being said, and consider the possibility of burnout.

  • Feelings of depression.
  • A sense of ongoing and constant fatigue.
  • Decreasing interest in work.
  • Decrease in work production.
  • Withdrawal from social contacts.
  • Increase in use of stimulants and alcohol.
  • Increasing fear of death.
  • Change in eating patterns.
  • Feelings of helplessness.

Strategies to ward off or cope with burnout are important. To counteract burnout, the following specific strategies are recommended

  • Participate in a support network.
  • Consult with professionals to explore burnout issues.
  • Attend a support group to receive feedback and coping strategies.
  • Vary the focus of caregiving responsibilities if possible (rotate responsibilities with family members).
  • Exercise daily and maintain a healthy diet.
  • Establish “quiet time” for meditation.
  • Get a weekly massage
  • Stay involved in hobbies.


By acknowledging the reality that being a Caregiver is filled with stress and anxiety, and understanding the potential for burnout, Caregivers can be forewarned and guard against this debilitating condition. As much as it is said, it can still not be said too often, the best way to be an effective Caregiver is to take care of yourself.

M. Ross Seligson, Ph.D., P.A., is a Licensed Psychologist in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. He has supported Caregivers in his community for a number of years, including participation in AIDS, Mental Health, Cancer and Educational organizations.  As posted in Caregiver.Com


Age-related memory loss or Alzheimer’s?

October 11, 2013

According to the Alzheimer’s Association,  do you know what to be concerned about and what is relatively normal when it comes to memory issues?


Signs of Alzheimer’s

Typical age-related changes

Poor judgment and decision making Making a bad decision once in a while
Inability to manage a budget Missing a monthly payment
Losing track of the date or the season Forgetting which day it is and remembering later
Difficulty having a conversation Sometimes forgetting which word to use
Misplacing things and being unable to retrace steps to find them Losing things from time to time


Recognize the signs, but don’t panic.  See your doctor, check out, join a memory support group.  Please ask for help, its out there.




Kathy Spence, Co-Owner

PA Home Care of Lancaster

2703 Willow Street Pike, N.

Willow Street, PA   17584

(717) 464-2006

Services Provided

* Primary Residence Cleaning
* Companionship & Errand Services
* Transport to Appointments
* Hospital Discharge Assessment
* Minor Residential Repairs
* Grocery Shopping
* Planning & Preparing Meals
* Personal Care Assistance
* Weekly Linens & Laundry Services
* Alzheimer's/Dementia Care
* Medication Reminders
* Aging & Health Resources

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