Caregiver Insights: Senior In Home Care

February 2018 Employee of the Month: Chris Hegler

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Mar 14, 2018 6:29:58 PM

We have been lucky to have Chris as part of our Harmony family since March 4, 2015. He came to us with two years caregiving experience and a handful of amazing references singing his praises. Chris has also spent time as a “Big Brother” serving as an exemplary role model for children who did not have a male role model in their home. Anyone who has had the pleasure of having Chris as a caregiver knows he is truly a blessing and will care for your loved ones as though they were his own family.

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When to Know Its Time to Consider Senior, In-Home Care

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Mar 9, 2018 1:00:00 PM


Caring for your loved ones in Sacramento, CA is no easy feat. As your parents or other family members begin to age, they naturally require more and more attention. Caregiving can present a whole new set of risks and challenges in your relationship dynamic that have never been apparent before. As this becomes increasingly more difficult, it may be time to consider enlisting professional help. Here are some tell tale signs that are good indicators of when it is time to have “the conversation”* with your loved one about their caregiving plan.

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Top 5 Caregiving Books Recommended By Harmony Home Care

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Mar 4, 2018 4:00:00 AM

Receiving the news of your loved one getting a harsh diagnosis or just caring for an aging parent or loved one is a challenging task day in and day out. There is nothing that can truly prepare you for this journey. At Harmony Home Care, we have encountered numerous health related situations involving senior care and aim to be a resource to you beyond just providing loving, in-home caregiving services. These are our top five book recommendations for caregiving.

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The Importance of Creating a Safer Home for Seniors

By Andrew Shearer on Feb 22, 2018 12:40:56 PM

Living independently in Sacramento, CA offers terrific benefits for seniors. Maintaining the freedom to live in their own home, however, can be filled with challenges. Many of the features in a home can be modified to help keep a senior living in their home and without fear of possible injury. Seniors can experience slips and falls from time to time when they lose their balance. Injuries can range from minor bruises to broken bones. The bathroom, stairs, and walkways can all benefit from the addition of railings, guards, and lifts. Below are some tips for some of the best ways you can modify your loved ones’ homes to ensure they are safe performing everyday tasks.

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Topics: Aging, Senior Care Tips Sacramento CA, Falls & Fall Prevention

What to Give that Special Caregiver this Holiday Season

By Caroline James on Dec 25, 2017 11:31:14 AM

The holidays are a time for recognizing those who honor us day in and day out with their service. This includes those saintly souls who care for the sick, aged, and physically or mentally challenged. So here are 10 thoughtful gift ideas for the caregiver in your life.

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Topics: Depression and Mental Health, Caregiver Information and Support, Senior Care Tips Sacramento CA

End of Life Care: Considering Hospice Care at Home

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Nov 26, 2017 6:20:01 PM

It was early June, our wedding was just days away, when the phone rang. It was the hospital informing me my mother was in the hospital, again. This had become so routine over the last few years that it usually didn’t alarm me. But this time they said it was different. They said they had discovered advanced lung cancer that was beyond treatment.

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Topics: Hospice and End of Life, Caregiver Information and Support, Senior Care Tips Sacramento CA

Tips For Caregivers to Avoid Burnout

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

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

Encouraging Movement: A Healthy Benefit provided by Home Care Agencies

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

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

Home Health vs. Home Care

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

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

Should I Pay for My Parents' Long Term Care?

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

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

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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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