Caregiver Insights: Senior In Home Care

7 Respite Care Options

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

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

Hospice Care: 6 Helpful Tips

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

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

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

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

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

7 Signs of type 2 diabetes

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

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

14 Simple Healthy Meals and Snacks for Elderly Nutrition

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

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

10 Activities for Seniors with Alzheimer’s

By Brandy Wobschall on Feb 29, 2016 7:15:00 PM

My Grandma sadly suffered from Alzheimer’s for more than 20 years.  During her final years, her memory and motor skills suffered terribly. We got in the habit, as most people do, of sitting in front of the television and wasting the day away. We had no idea of the importance of activities for seniors with Alzheimer’s. The more she did nothing, the more I felt her slipping away. 

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Topics: Activities for Seniors, Caregiver Information and Support, Home Care Options

Help!  Mom is no longer able to cook her meals

By Laurie Randall LVN on Feb 14, 2016 9:50:18 AM

Mom is no longer able to cook her meals and she needs help getting dressed every day.  My friend told me she may have to go to a nursing home! I can't bear the thought of that! Do I have options?

This is a very common scenario.  When elders begin requiring assistance, many well meaning friends or family members may recommend a nursing home.  The truth is there are several levels of care to be considered based on your loved one's needs.  Let's explore those options.

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Topics: Caregiver Information and Support, Senior Care Tips Sacramento CA, Home Care Options

When Seniors fear bringing in a Caregiver

By David Grimes BS MA on Feb 11, 2016 5:47:09 PM

Louise and her husband lived in a mobile home park in the country.  They moved there while still in their sixties, but now, in their early 80’s, found everything about their life difficult.  Worse yet, her husband Bruce was becoming easily confused and agitated; so much so that the things he normally loved to do were simply being abandoned.  Burdened with her own medical issues, Louise grew overwhelmed.

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Topics: Caregiver Information and Support, Senior Care Tips Sacramento CA

Managing Senior Diabetes

By Jennifer Jarrett RN on Feb 7, 2016 5:23:21 PM

Senior Diabetes is a significant health risk. As we get older, our risk for type 2 diabetes increases. Among those older than 65, approximately 24 percent of men and 18 percent of women are living with diabetes. In the United States, about 1 out of every 4 people over the age of 60 have diabetes.

In a nutshell, type 2 diabetes is a condition characterized by high blood glucose levels that are caused by either a lack of insulin or the body’s inability to use insulin efficiently.

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

15 signs your parents need help at home

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Feb 6, 2016 8:35:48 PM

Ralph stops by to visit his dad on a pretty regular basis, about twice a month or so. He’s concerned since mom past away a couple of years ago, that his dad might need more help at home. He noticed the house isn’t quite as neat as it used to be, but he dismissed it as just a bachelor’s tendency to let things go a little without a woman in the house. But yet, dad seemed to be getting a little more lethargic as of late; sleeping in more, complaining about just not feeling to well. He even had a bad fall or two, but when Ralph tried to inquire more about it his dad dismissed it as “nothing”.

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Topics: Caregiver Information and Support, Senior Care Tips Sacramento CA, Home Care Options

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Everyone Should Be Cared for With Compassion & Dignity

Caring for an aging parent or spouse can be overwhelming. It takes a lot of time and energy, especially with so much already on your plate.

We understand because we’ve been through it with our own parents. Our founders, have both taken care of their own aging parents.

We started Harmony Home Care to help other families give their loved ones the care they deserve. We write this blog to help you deal with the challenges and stress of coping with your aging parents

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