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Caregiver Insights: Senior In Home Care

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 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

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Jun 2, 2016 4:59:17 PM

7 Respite Care Options

We’ve all heard the flight attendants give the safety briefing before take-off: “In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure…. put the oxygen mask on your child or dependent adult first…” And so it goes with respite care. If your incapacitated because of caregiver burnout, what good can you be to the
persons that depend on you?

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Topics: Harmony Home Care, Senior Care Technology, Caregiver Information and Support

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 Patrick Philbrick-Director on May 19, 2016 6:18:00 PM

long-term care insurance

One of the most common calls we get at our senior home care agency is “will my insurance pay for this?” The answer is, “it depends.”                                                                   

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

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on May 14, 2016 1:55:58 PM

Hospice Care: 6 Helpful Tips

It’s your choice to hire the right Hospice company for your loved one. But do you have enough family to help with the care when the hospice company isn’t there? Who is going comfort them, feed them, bring them water, bathe and groom them, change the linens and do the laundry…? Nobody prepares for this and the burden can be overwhelming.

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Topics: Hospice and End of Life, Home Care Options, Caregiver Information and Support

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on May 13, 2016 7:01:31 AM

Home Care Agencies

Allison’s mom needed help, everyone could see that. When the family talked to her about getting one of the professional home care agencies to come in she refused. She insisted on hiring a young man whom she had befriended at her church. At first it seemed to be an ideal match. But the lack of a proper background checks soon came back to haunt them. Late one night the police knocked on the door to inform the family that the young caregiver had been in a serious accident with multiple injuries and arrested for felony drunk driving.

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Topics: Home Health Care Services, Home Care Options, Senior Care Tips Sacramento CA

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Apr 18, 2016 10:17:45 AM

The Case Manager: The Key to getting the best Hospital care 

 

Have you ever been to a hospital, perhaps as a patient or a family member, and felt overwhelmed, or lost in the vast complexities of the healthcare system? Anyone who first visits a hospital feels this way. Where is my doctor, nurse, or case manager? What are they doing? What’s going to happen? When are we getting out of here? Who’s in charge? Are they ignoring us? Do they even know we’re here?

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Topics: Reducung Readmissions, Health/Medical, Senior Care Tips Sacramento CA

By Eric Grimes on Apr 14, 2016 6:22:00 PM

Home Health versus Home Care: What's the difference?

Recently while I was working with one of our new clients, I noticed that the family was getting quite confused.  Max was just coming home from a major surgery and had Home Health ordered by his
surgeon.  It was explained that they would handle all the wound care, medication management, and also check his vitals a few times a week.  The case manager also mentioned that Physical Therapy would be coming by twice a week as well. 

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Topics: Home Health Care Services, Home Care Options, Health/Medical

By David Grimes BS MA on Apr 8, 2016 12:13:52 PM

Advance Directive: Preparing Seniors for Medical Emergencies

This is Part 1 in a Series on Preparing to Care for Family's Medical Needs

It’s one of those phone calls you hate to get: near midnight, in the middle of the work week, the hospital called to tell a dear friend, his dad had been admitted for heart problems. They said he was in the ICU with a possible heart attack and things didn’t look good….


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Topics: Legal, Health/Medical, Healthcare Law and Advocacy