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Patrick Philbrick-Director

Patrick is the Director of Harmony Home Care. Along with his wife Jennifer, he is the co-founder of their nursing supervised in-home care business, dedicated to excellence and compassionate, professional care. Having over 20 years’ experience in business and marketing, it was his passion for serving those in need through his church that led him to start Harmony Home Care. Patrick is responsible for setting and maintaining the high standards of performance, customer responsiveness, and dedication to superlative service throughout the organization. Through his commitment, dedication, and compassionate teamwork, he has led Harmony to excel as a paradigm in the in-home care industry throughout the greater Sacramento region.
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By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Oct 22, 2017 1:46:25 PM

Encouraging Movement: A Healthy Benefit provided by Home Care Agencies

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

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

Home Health vs. Home Care

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

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 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 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 Patrick Philbrick-Director on Jun 4, 2016 2:16:56 PM

Medical Alert Systems: 7 Important Tips

Medical Alert Systems

The IT boom is leading to many advantages of technology for seniors. Medical alert systems have come a long way in recent years. Most seniors don't realize the benefits of theses systems, and are commonly reluctant to use them.  Here are 7 important features to look for when choosing the right company.

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Topics: Home Care Options, Senior Care Technology, Senior Care Tips Sacramento CA