Caregiver Insights: Senior In Home Care

The Advantages and Pitfalls of Direct Hiring of a Private Caregiver

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Aug 1, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Direct Hiring
This is the most dangerous and cheapest route for your patients to take but sometimes is the best option. When patients call me at Harmony Home Care and can’t afford to private pay a home care agency, I suggest they do the hiring themselves. Then, I educate them on the duties they will be taking on and vendors that can help them.

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Summer and Seniors: 4 Tips To Enjoying Time Outdoors

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Aug 1, 2018 8:20:00 AM

Although winter often gets a bad rap for posing health risks for seniors as we see spikes in flu season, pneumonia, colds, and other illnesses, the summer months can create a whole slew of issues for aging citizens as well. Hot weather is dangerous to anyone in general, but seniors have an increased risk of its threat. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are extremely common in older adults. A study from the University of Chicago Medical Center reports that 40% of heat-related fatalities in the US were attributed to those over the age of 65.

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What is Respite Care?

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Aug 1, 2018 8:12:00 AM

Many Sacramento residents are caring for their aging family members or loved ones on a daily basis while trying to maintain their own everyday lives, hold down jobs, care for their own immediate family, and find time for other responsibilities and hobbies. This is no easy task, but people often do it so their older loved ones can still live in their homes and remain comfortable.

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A Development in Diabetes Care

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Aug 1, 2018 8:08:00 AM

According to JDRF.org, Type 1 diabetes is defined as “an autoimmune disease that occurs when a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, the hormone that controls blood sugar levels.” This disease can affect everyone from children to seniors and onset can occur at any age. Each year about 40,000 people are diagnosed with the disease in the United States.

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Latest Developments in Cancer Research and What that Means for Seniors

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Aug 1, 2018 8:02:00 AM

Cancer research, testing, and vaccinations are being created and worked on by doctors and medical professionals daily. Recently, researchers at Stanford University developed a promising new cancer “vaccine” that they originally tested on mice. The vaccine cured up to 97% of tumors in the tested mice. Later this year, the researchers will test the vaccine in about 35 humans who are diagnosed with lymphoma.

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These Are the Top Home Safety Modifications Seniors Should Consider

By Kent Elliott on Jul 27, 2018 11:07:33 AM

According to research, approximately 90 percent of seniors in the U.S. want to age in their homes. While it's logical why one would want to live out their life in an environment that brings comfort and happiness, it's likely that the original home is not conducive to mobility issues and other forms of physical and mental illness. Here's what you need to know about modifying a residence from a safety perspective.

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Employee of the Month June 2018

By Brandy Wobschall on Jul 20, 2018 7:27:44 AM

We are very pleased to introduce our June 2018 Employee of The Month Rhondalynn Linger! Rhondalynn has been such an important and loving part of our Harmony family since April 2015. She came to us with private care-giving experience and cared for her mother as well. Her soft-spoken words, kindhearted nature and absolute love of humankind makes her the perfect natural born caregiver. We are extremely lucky to have her on our team.

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Virtual Reality Goggles Can Help with Stroke, Parkinson’s and More

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Jul 17, 2018 8:20:00 AM

For seniors, technology often has a negative connotation. As more and more technological advances have been released in recent years, the learning curve has only increased. Often times, technology and seniors using it has a negative connotation. However, there are exceptions to that rule. In fact, researchers have recently begun exploring how virtual reality can be used to help seniors live and cope with diseases or other health problems. They found a variety of differing results for many different conditions.

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After This, Your Heart Attack Risk Soars by 21 Times

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Jul 11, 2018 8:00:00 AM

It is no secret that heart disease is a prevalent threat that is becoming increasingly more common in Americans – particularly older ones. In fact, an estimated 85.6 million American adults have one or more types of cardiovascular diseases. Of this number, 43.7 million are estimated to be over sixty years of age. Although, those statistics may seem daunting there are things that can be pinpointed to contributing to the cause of the disease. One of the things that are often discussed and speculated upon in connection with heart related is this: Can someone die from a broken heart?

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Funding Options for Senior Care

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Jun 27, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Many family members and relatives try to not think about the time that may come in life when they will begin having to consider care options for their senior loved one. Funding home care is complicated and a big commitment that many do not adequately plan or prepare financially. Even if a senior has planned and saved, the costs are significant and can be very strenuous. Fortunately, even if there have been some hiccups in the financial preparedness plan for either yourself or your senior loved one, there are a few new ways home care can be funded these days.

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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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