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Caregiver Insights: Senior In Home Care

By Caroline James on Nov 14, 2017 3:56:18 PM

Tips For Caregivers to Avoid Burnout

Whether it’s your official job or you are just helping out, being a caregiver is rewarding. You sleep better at night knowing that you’re one of the few people making a difference in this world. More importantly, you are helping someone that cannot help themelves.

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Topics: Caregiver Information and Support, Living with Aging Parents, Senior Care Tips Sacramento CA

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Oct 22, 2017 1:46:25 PM

Encouraging Movement: A Healthy Benefit provided by Home Care Agencies

My mom hated exercise! She was so averse to it that she recoiled from activity completely in her later years in the skilled nursing facility. For the last ten years of her life she was completely dependent on a wheel chair to get around. I am convinced now that had she simply stood up more often, gotten out of her bed instead of lying down most of her 24 hours a day, she not only would have lived longer, but would have enjoyed life a lot more.

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Topics: Activities for Seniors, Health/Medical

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Sep 21, 2017 12:07:50 PM

Home Health vs. Home Care

Home Health vs Home Care: Presented at the Sacramento Better Business Bureau 

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Topics: Home Health Care Services, Harmony Home Care, Home Care Options

By Samantha Stein on Jun 21, 2017 4:21:04 PM

Should I Pay for My Parents' Long Term Care?

No one ever wants to consider this, but our parents are not as invincible as we thought they were when we were 5. They may be our superheroes, but they are not as full proof as the cape-clad beings we used to look up to when we were younger. What we are trying to say here is that our parents will need long term care in the future, whether we acknowledge it now or later.

 

As so many find these expenses too expensive to pay out of pocket, they have resorted to coverage like long term care insurance. Unlike Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance policies, this type of policy specifically works to reduce the weight of costs. Once the care requirements kick in, it acts as the barrier that keeps the policyholder’s assets and savings intact, as well as those of his or her loved ones.

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Topics: Elder Care Options, Caregiver Information and Support, Senior Care Tips Sacramento CA

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Apr 28, 2017 11:31:17 AM

10 Signs Your Parents or Loved Ones Need Home Care Assistance

 Ten years ago, before founding Harmony Home Care, we noticed that my parents begining to withdraw more and more. My father's driving habits were getting very bad.  They both skipped medications, quit preparing meals opting

                                                                                                                      instead for lot's of easy to eat processed foods and sugary snacks. At the time we were both busy in other careers and raising a family. We sensed something was wrong but disregarded these warning signs as just what happens when people get older. Finally after many hospitalizations, we realized we had to do something. We had made the all too common mistake of waiting too long to get my parents the in-home support they needed. Now the only choice we had left was to move them both into a nursing home. If we had brought in home care sooner, they would have had many more years to flourish at home.

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Topics: Elder Care Options, Home Care Options, Senior Care Tips Sacramento CA

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Mar 29, 2017 3:42:35 PM

Dehydration

My elderly mom developed a sneaky habit a few years ago. Whenever we tried to put some fluids in front of her, she would think of something else urgent she had to do in another part of the house. We didn't think much of it until she started to complain about not being herself. Headaches, nausea, confusion: these were some of her symptoms. It turned out she was experiencing severe dehydration and had acquired a Urinary Tract Infection. A couple of weeks of antibiotics, and constant reminding from us and her caregivers about drinking enough fluids, and she was fine.

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Topics: Health/Medical

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Feb 1, 2017 10:59:44 AM

Elderly Care Options

 If you're reading this, you're probably feeling very stressed out. Mom or dad aren't doing well and it's obvious that you need to step in. Perhaps they’ve fallen lately, or maybe they’re not eating or drinking properly, maybe forgetting their medications; whatever the reason that is causing you pain, it's more than you can handle. 

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Topics: Elder Care Options, Home Care Options, Caregiver Information and Support, Living with Aging Parents

By Michael Connors LVN on Oct 13, 2016 2:46:04 PM

Preventing Flu in older adults

Flu / Influenza is a serious respiratory illness that results in thousands of hospitalizations and even worse are the deaths that can result from this illness every year. The flu is highly contagious and very easily passed from person to person through coughing, sneezing, or from contact with an infected
person’s oral/nasal fluids.

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Topics: Caregiver Information and Support, Health/Medical, Senior Care Tips Sacramento CA

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Aug 11, 2016 4:38:55 PM

7 Early Signs of Dementia

 

 

Hi everybody, my name is Patrick Philbrick I am the Executive Director of Harmony Home Care in Sacramento and today I wanted to talk briefly about early signs of dementia. I want to start with a story one of my clients told me not too long ago. Her mother was getting up in years and she stopped by from time to time just to check on her and make sure everything was okay. This time she stopped by and noticed the checkbook was out.

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Topics: Alzheimer's and Dementia, Home Care Options, Caregiver Information and Support

By Scott Roseavere on Aug 3, 2016 4:01:37 PM

A New Way of paying for Senior Care

Thanks to modern medicine and healthier lifestyles, people are living longer than ever before. As a result, seniors are able to maintain a higher quality of life and enjoy quality time with their loved ones for longer.

However, there comes a time in many senior's lives when it becomes increasingly difficult to manage day-to-day activities or to care for a spouse or parent whose health is declining. Whether it is due to Alzheimer's, dementia, a physical handicap or other health limitations - many seniors and caregivers reach a point when need outside professional help.

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Topics: Home Care Options, Caregiver Information and Support