Caregiver Insights: Senior In Home Care

What Is Palliative Care and How Can It Help My Family?

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on May 15, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Palliative care is defined as the treatment of a serious illness. “Seriously ill” is defined as a chronic illness that could result in death, despite the estimated length of a patient’s remaining period of life. Those who are seriously ill may be experiencing pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, sleep problems, and more. Palliative care assists with the treatment and maintenance of those symptoms. Palliative care provides relief from discomfort, stress, and symptoms that accompany serious illness. Our friends at Green Valley Hospice have recently started offering home-based Palliative care, which is a great resource for seniors.

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Topics: Hospice and End of Life

Study Finds Early Detection Can Reduce Hospitalization For Seniors

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on May 7, 2018 8:01:00 AM

As a medical caregiver or case manager, your career description is almost never cut and dry. Your day-to-day duties are often stressful and can change at a moment’s notice. Sometimes you may be helping prepare medications for a patient, and other times you are working on developing the best care plan for an individual.

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Topics: Reducung Readmissions, Senior Care Technology, Caregiver Information and Support, Health/Medical

APRIL 2018 EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH HORATIO JACKSON!!

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on May 3, 2018 9:21:27 AM

Horatio has been an essential part of our Harmony Family since July 5, 2017. His kind caring heart, flexibility, confidence and winning smile will always puts you at ease. Horatio came to Harmony with years of experience caring for his own family. He treats every client with dignity and respect and always has their best interest at heart.

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New Discoveries In The Correlation Between Food and Alzheimer’s

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Apr 30, 2018 8:00:00 AM

The nutritional habits of people often have an impact on one’s entire well-being. In recent years, there have been more and more discoveries and information released regarding nutrition, food and the effects the two have on the human body. Much of the newfound information is pretty straightforward and things for which most people are aware. For example, too much sugar or carbohydrates can lead to serious health issues like diabetes. Although, some modern knowledge that has come to light in recent years is less well known but is very important. Recent studies are finding links between food and nutritional ingredients and other diseases, apart from diabetes, heart disease, and those more common ones.

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Topics: Alzheimer's and Dementia

All Staff Awards and Celebration

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Apr 24, 2018 9:49:35 AM

Our second bi-annual All Staff Awards and Celebration couldn’t have been more of a blast. It is so great to connect with such a dedicated team of caring, professional and reliable caregivers. What an honor to be with the top 5% in the industry!

To be fortunate enough to be selected to even be a part of this team is a high honor. These are special people, caregivers dedicated to a shared purpose; to provide families with Peace of Mind by providing the finest in-home care available. So, to select the best of the best out of this team is an extremely difficult task.

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downsizing a senior's home to a smaller unit 

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Apr 23, 2018 12:00:00 AM

Moving in general can be a stressful, complicated life event. Whether moving down the street or across the country, a lot of planning, preparation, and arrangements must be made. Other factors come into play that can complicate things even further, such as the size of the home one is relocating to, age, and more. Particularly, moving or downsizing a senior loved one from their larger home to a smaller unit requires a lot of patience, strategy, and of course organization. As daunting as downsizing can seem, it can actually help create simpler, safer, and less stressful environments for seniors.

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Combining Social And Physical Fitness For Seniors

By Joe Flemming on Apr 19, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Emotional isolation and physical inactivity are two of the biggest problems facing the growing senior citizen population. Fortunately, there are some ways to address both these issues in a single program.

It is ironic that in a society where instant communication is the norm, many of us feel very isolated. That’s especially true among seniors, as 43 percent of folks over 60 say they feel lonely almost every day. While there is a considerable gap between feeling lonely and feeling as though there is no joy in life, isolation is the first step on a path that ends in a very dark place. In fact, this same study concluded that lonely seniors have a 45 percent higher risk of death.

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Topics: Activities for Seniors

Tips for Caring for a senior loved one while juggling your own life  

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Apr 16, 2018 12:00:00 AM

Many people have a similar story: life was going along like normal, until one day their aging parent received a life-changing diagnosis or perhaps, it just came to the point your parent could no longer be self-sufficient on their own. Perhaps, you and your siblings toss around care ideas and options, but inevitably the care ends up falling on one of you. Prior to actually caring for an aging parent, many people think they will be able to do so relatively easily. Eventually, it becomes evident just how difficult managing your own life while caring for another really is.

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A Senior's Guide to Downsizing

By Janet Campbell on Apr 10, 2018 8:38:38 PM

Downsizing from your home after raising a family can be a stressful experience. Proper planning, gathering of advice, and correctly evaluating stuff are all important things in making sure your downsizing goes as smooth as silk.

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Topics: Home Health Care Services, Aging, Elder Care Options, Harmony Home Care, Home Care Options, Senior Care Technology, Caregiver Information and Support, Living with Aging Parents, Senior Care Tips Sacramento CA

Therapeutic Animals and Senior Care

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Apr 9, 2018 12:00:00 AM

The comforting feeling of a dog nuzzling up to you or a sweet cat jumping up in your lap is a feeling everyone, regardless at age, can appreciate. While pets are loving and fun to care for, there are actually many benefits for people who have a pet companion. For seniors and elderly people, pet therapy can be even more beneficial. In recent years, many assisted living and senior centers have started incorporating animals and pets in their programming and activities.

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Everyone Should Be Cared for With Compassion & Dignity

Caring for an aging parent or spouse can be overwhelming. It takes a lot of time and energy, especially with so much already on your plate.

We understand because we’ve been through it with our own parents. Our founders, have both taken care of their own aging parents.

We started Harmony Home Care to help other families give their loved ones the care they deserve. We write this blog to help you deal with the challenges and stress of coping with your aging parents

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