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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 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 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 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

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 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