Caregiver Insights: Senior In Home Care

Study Finds Early Detection Can Reduce Hospitalization For Seniors

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on May 7, 2018 8:01:00 AM

As a medical caregiver or case manager, your career description is almost never cut and dry. Your day-to-day duties are often stressful and can change at a moment’s notice. Sometimes you may be helping prepare medications for a patient, and other times you are working on developing the best care plan for an individual.

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Topics: Reducung Readmissions, Health/Medical, Caregiver Information and Support, Senior Care Technology

Encouraging Movement: A Healthy Benefit provided by Home Care Agencies

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Oct 22, 2017 1:46:25 PM

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

Dehydration

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Mar 29, 2017 3:42:35 PM

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

Preventing Flu in older adults

By Michael Connors LVN on Oct 13, 2016 2:46:04 PM

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: Health/Medical, Senior Care Tips Sacramento CA, Caregiver Information and Support

Home Health vs. Home Care: What's the difference?

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Jul 19, 2016 10:36:33 AM

 

 

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Topics: Health/Medical, Home Care Options, Senior Care Tips Sacramento CA

UTI: Urinary TRACT infections in the elderly

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

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

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

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

 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

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

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

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

Advance Directive: Preparing Seniors for Medical Emergencies

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

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

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

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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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