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Caregiver Insights: Senior In Home Care

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

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Jul 28, 2016 2:58:06 PM

6 Questions to ask before hiring a caregiver

 

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Topics: Home Care Options, Senior Care Tips Sacramento CA

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Jul 19, 2016 10:36:33 AM

Home Health vs. Home Care: What's the difference?

 

 

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Topics: Home Care Options, Health/Medical, Senior Care Tips Sacramento CA

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Jul 7, 2016 8:27:18 PM

New Licensing Requirements for Elderly Homecare in California

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Topics: Home Health Care Services, Healthcare Law and Advocacy, Senior Care Tips Sacramento CA

By Michael Connors LVN on Jun 26, 2016 7:30:25 PM

Shower Chair: 6 Tips for Bathroom  home Safety

For many, aging brings the loss of balance and one’s overall strength. The decline in function can then cause a lot of difficulty in sitting upon and getting up from the toilet or bedside commode. Due to this difficulty there now comes a risk for falls and other injuries. Luckily thru the use of adaptive equipment there are many options to help support the affected individuals so they can use the bathroom safely. At Harmony Home Care, when we do a home safety assessment, we look for the following are 6 great pieces of equipment to use to ensure a safe bathroom.

 

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Topics: Home Care Options, Living with Aging Parents, Falls & Fall Prevention