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Caregiver Insights: Senior In Home Care

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

Should I Pay for My Parents' Long Term Care?

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

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 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 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 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 Jennifer Jarrett RN on Mar 4, 2016 7:37:00 AM

14 Simple Healthy Meals and Snacks for Elderly Nutrition

As a nurse and a daughter, I strive to give my mom the right kind of nutrition she needs. But recently I noticed my mom wasn’t finishing her meals. In fact, there were times when the caregiver or I would put a meal in front of her and she wouldn’t even touch it. She would make silly excuses, leave the table, and putter off, busying herself with some irrelevant task. When I’d ask her about it, she’d say she just wasn’t hungry, and that food just didn’t appeal to her anymore. Elderly Nutrition can be quite a challenge. Just figuring out why they are not eating right, and then trying to adjust to their changing needs can be quite a challenge.

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Topics: Home Care Options, Caregiver Information and Support, Health/Medical