Harmony Home Care is now BrightStar Care


Encouraging Movement: A Healthy Benefit provided by Home Care Agencies

By patrick / October 22, 2017 / 0 Comments
Standing Senior

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…

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By patrick / March 29, 2017 / 0 Comments
Donelda and Jessica Handing Glass

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,…

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Preventing Flu in older adults

By patrick / October 13, 2016 / 0 Comments
Flu PreventioN

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. The Flu Season Flu…

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

By patrick / July 19, 2016 / 0 Comments
Donelda and Jessica Eating Strawberries

Hi my name is Patrick and I am the executive director of Harmony Home Care, now BrightStar Care. I’m here today to talk about the difference between home health and home care. Some people think they sound exactly the same and that there is no difference, but there actually is a huge difference. A case in point,…

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UTI: Urinary TRACT infections in the elderly

By patrick / May 18, 2016 / 0 Comments

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…

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

By patrick / April 17, 2016 / 0 Comments
Case manager

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…

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

By patrick / April 14, 2016 / 0 Comments

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…

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Advance Directive: Preparing Seniors for Medical Emergencies

By patrick / April 8, 2016 / 0 Comments
Advance Directive

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…

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

By patrick / March 25, 2016 / 0 Comments

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. This disease, once thought to be…

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7 Signs of type 2 diabetes

By patrick / March 6, 2016 / 0 Comments
Senior 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…

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