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Michael Connors LVN

Michael is a Licensed Vocational Nurse and holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Brigham Young with a minor in accounting. He holds an AIT certification and has been an acting administrator of a skilled nursing facility in Los Angeles. He held a position as the Assistant Director of Nursing for a medical staffing organization here in Sacramento. More recently he was the Community Relations Director of a startup assisted living facility here in Sacramento as well. Michael is also an IV certified ADON RAC_CT 3.0, WCC, DSD, and RCFE administrator. Michael performs nursing assessments, interfaces with Case Managers and Home Health agencies, and performs our “Red Carpet” services to provide our clients with the smoothest possible transitions from hospital or nursing facility care to home. He supervises and trains our caregivers in whatever routine or special equipment is required to keep clients flourishing and thriving at home. He is a tireless and dedicated professional settling for nothing less than the most excellent care possible for our clients and their families.

Recent Posts

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 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

By Michael Connors LVN on May 22, 2016 3:00:00 PM

UTI: Urinary TRACT infections in the elderly

Sarah’s mom was getting really cranky lately. She would go back and forth from being argumentative to being depressed, fatigued, and anxious. She would lash out at Sarah one minute, and in the next minute breakdown crying and asking for help. “I just don’t know what’s wrong with me, I can’t handle things anymore, I just can’t think straight.”

Her caregiver had taken mom had been to the doctor a few weeks before and been checked out for a UTI, but the test came back negative. But another test done after all other obvious symptoms were ruled out confirmed that all these symptoms were indeed caused by a Urinary Tract Infection.

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Topics: Living with Aging Parents, Health/Medical

By Michael Connors LVN on Mar 27, 2016 3:30:00 PM

7 Signs of Tuberculosis: Why it Matters in Senior Home Care

7 Signs of Tuberculosis: Why it Matters in Senior Home Care

According to the World Health Organization, Tuberculosis has become a “Global Emergency.” Seniors are particularly vulnerable to this epidemic, which is why in California, the newly formed Home Care Services Bureau requires all Home Care Aides to be registered and tested for TB.

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Topics: Caregiver Information and Support, Health/Medical

By Michael Connors LVN on Mar 6, 2016 4:44:49 PM

7 Signs of type 2 diabetes

7 Signs of Type 2 Diabetes

About 30 million Americans suffer from type 2 diabetes, or about 9% of the population.

Type 2 diabetes is a result from your body not being able to use the human hormone insulin correctly in your daily life. Insulin is needed for the utilization of glucose (sugar) by your body’s cells via one’s blood. Once in your cells that glucose is used for energy. When you don’t have enough insulin glucose accumulates in the blood instead of being used by the cells. Often type 2 diabetes symptoms are unrecognized or attributed to other causes.

Here are the seven most common signs that may indicate that you have or are suffering from type 2 diabetes.

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Topics: Caregiver Information and Support, Health/Medical

By Michael Connors LVN on Feb 6, 2016 11:18:28 AM

6 signs mom or dad may be suffering from COPD


The Signs of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease otherwise known as COPD, is estimated to affect over 12 million American’s today. Another 12 million likely have the condition but are unaware of it according to the ACF (American COPD Foundation).

The problem lies with the delay of recognizing the development of COPD symptoms and the speed of starting treatments to manage the condition. Additionally, the signs & symptoms are very similar to those of other conditions, and when first experienced are ignored or attributed to a less serious cause. A quality, nursing supervised, in home caregiver agency can recognize symptoms early and take steps to more effectively manage the illness.

However, signs and symptoms of COPD usually do not appear until there has been significant damage to the patient’s respiratory tract itself.

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Topics: Home Care Options, Health/Medical