Bright Star Care - June 2018

If you’re ready to make a meal of it, the porous structure of mushrooms makes them ideal ingredients to marinate, sauté, or throw on the grill. While they have a faint earthy taste when left unseasoned, they take on a lot of flavor when combined with savory ingredients like garlic, butter, and salt. Shiitake,

What Is a Great Caregiver?

oyster, and portobello are a few varieties to try for a nutritious and tasty addition to stir-fries, scrambles, pizzas, and fajitas.

Caregivers are all around us. But that doesn’t mean they are all great caregivers. Certain personality traits and work ethics separate the "passable" from the "great." Anyone who has experienced an outstanding caregiver can attest to this. Here are some of the traits we consider ingredients for great caregivers. EMPATHETIC AND COMPASSIONATE When working with people in a home-care setting, it is essential that a caregiver have the desire to help. By showing both empathy and compassion, caregivers will let the person they are caring for know they are concerned and will do what they can to help. PATIENT When working with someone who needs home care, it is important that a caregiver be patient and understanding. By putting themselves in the other person’s shoes, they can see what it feels like to ask others for help. RELIABLE A great caregiver is someone who can be counted on to be there. If the caregiver says he or she is going to be available to provide home care every Thursday morning, they should show up unless there is an emergency. Those needing home-care services deserve a reliable and dependable caregiver with the foresight to schedule care coverage. TRUSTWORTHY Most people who need home-care services are in a vulnerable position. They are inviting someone into their home to be near their valuables. A good caregiver is someone who is trustworthy, and they keep their clients’ information confidential. FLEXIBLE As with most things in life, home-care needs may change, and unexpected events can happen. A good caregiver will be prepared to go with the flow and be flexible. This way, they continue to provide good home care, even if a rigid schedule isn’t being followed. Some caregivers are people who naturally have an urge to help others. Oftentimes, they are people who have always placed a priority on assisting others with health obstacles. They want to make the world a better place, and they do it one patient at a time. Becoming a good caregiver isn’t something that will necessary happen immediately, but if the basic qualities are there, anyone can develop their skills over time to become great!

Did you know you can also forage for mushrooms? They grow in many parts of the U.S. and can be found in forested areas. Use a guide, like the “National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms,”

to help you identify which mushrooms are okay to eat and which are harmful. Some cities even have mushroom- foraging groups you can join. Happy hunting!

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BALSAMIC CHICKEN With Bacon and Apples (inspired by


10 ounces Brussels sprouts, halved, stems removed 2 apples, cored, peeled, and coarsely chopped 6 slices bacon, cut into squares Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

1 1/2 pounds chicken breast, cut into pieces 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1/2 cup olive oil Juice of 1/2 lemon

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2 cloves garlic, crushed

1/4 cup rosemary, finely chopped


1. Blend balsamic vinegar, olive oil, lemon, rosemary, and garlic to create marinade. Pour into bowl or sealable bag and add chicken. Marinate for at least 5 minutes or up to 12 hours. The longer you marinate, the more flavorful the chicken will be. 2. Heat oven to 375 F. Spread Brussels sprouts, bacon, and apples on a baking sheet. Add chicken and pour any extra marinade over the top. Season with salt and pepper. 3. Bake 20–25 minutes until chicken is cooked through. For extra crunchiness, turn the heat up to 425 F for the last 5 minutes. 4. Transfer to platter and serve immediately.

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