Video: 2013 Caregiver of the Year Finalist Mistie Whitney

At BrightStar, our caregivers are everything to our clients – and to us. Each year, we reach out to the people whose lives have been touched by our compassionate care professionals nationwide to share their experiences with us. Hundreds of nominations pour in from our clients and their loved ones for review and a team of judges read each and every one through a difficult finalist selection process. The nominations are tender, poignant and loving, and echo the many reasons why our clients continue to choose BrightStar – our caregivers are making our clients’ lives better, and truly making more possible for them every chance they can. Every Caregiver of the Year story is special and personal, making it difficult to pick just one winner, but 2013 Caregiver of the Year finalist Mistie Whitney’s story was so touching that it came as no surprise that she was selected as this year’s winner. (more…)

8 Benefits of Walking

It’s easy to take it for granted. Walking is such a natural action. We do it every day – at work, while shopping, while taking out the garbage and while visiting friends and family. Many people think the only way to exercise is by running or lifting weights. They equate stressing out muscles and joints by running or jogging as the only way to work out and feel better. But something as simple as walking can be enough to make us feel better, and the health benefits can’t be denied. (more…)

9 Things to Toss During Spring Cleaning

The weather is starting to turn and it’s time to indulge in the annual spring cleaning ritual. Clean out your garage, tidy up your place and prepare your living area for the season ahead. But spring cleaning doesn’t just have to be about cleaning, it can also be a great opportunity to purge your home of things that may pose health and safety risks as well. (more…)

Who Will Care for You?

Caregivers often must take care of their own family. It’s inevitable that mom and dad will get older, and we often feel an obligation to take care of them because of all their love and support over the years. But how far will we go to take care of our parents? Will we help them financially? What about having them move in with us? These things were addressed in a recent national online study. (more…)

What You Can Do to Help Prevent Kidney Disease

March is National Kidney Month and, because our kidneys have an important job, it’s important to do what we can to take care of them. Knowing the signs and symptoms of kidney disease is important, but what about preventative measures we can take to avoid kidney disease? (more…)

Do You Know the Signs of Kidney Disease?

Did you know that March is National Kidney Month? Our kidneys have an important job, so the National Kidney Foundation is taking this opportunity to remind people not to forget about their kidneys in light of research showing that 59 percent of Americans will at some point have moderate kidney disease The kidneys are twin, fist-size organs located at the bottom of the rib cage on either side of the spine. They perform several functions, the most important of which is filtering waste products, excess water and other impurities out of the blood. These waste products are stored in the bladder and later leave the body as urine. The kidneys’ main function is removing waste from your blood through urine. Kidneys are essential to having a healthy body. (more…)

Tips for Organizing Important Documents for Elder Care

Spring is almost upon us, bringing with it the annual tradition of long spring cleaning and organization to-do lists. Usually these tasks primarily involve our homes and living spaces, but what about important documents? When it comes to turning your home upside down, shuffling around a loved one’s belongings and paperwork can make it difficult to keep everything straight, but especially for seniors, it can be imperative to have important documents in order. (more…)

Video: 2013 Caregiver of the Year Janice McCann

At BrightStar, our caregivers are everything to our clients – and to us. Each year, we reach out to the people whose lives have been touched by our compassionate care professionals nationwide to share their experiences with us. Hundreds of nominations pour in from our clients and their loved ones for review and a team of judges read each and every one through a difficult finalist selection process. The nominations are tender, poignant and loving, and echo the many reasons why our clients continue to choose BrightStar – our caregivers are making our clients’ lives better, and truly making more possible for them every chance they can. Every Caregiver of the Year story is special and personal, making it difficult to pick just one winner, but 2013 Caregiver of the Year Janice McCann’s story was so touching that it came as no surprise that she was selected as this year’s winner.  (more…)

More Medications That Could Cause Depression

Polypharmacy, the use of multiple medications by a patient, especially in seniors, can be necessary in treating various conditions, but can also be difficult to manage. To make matters more complicated, some medications can even cause depression-like symptoms, like a decrease in happiness, mood swings, loss of appetite, lack of energy, worthlessness and other severe symptoms related to depression. Especially with multiple medications, it’s important to be able to identify which one(s) may have the highest tendency to cause depression. (more…)

Could Your Medications Be Making You Depressed?

As we age, our bodies are at greater risk of feeling depressed side effects from medication. It is common for seniors to take multiple medications, but if you or a loved one is dealing with depression, few consider the possibility that some meds can cause depression symptoms, such as lack of energy, listlessness, feeling rundown, excessive fatigue, changes in appetite and sleeping patterns, sadness and despair. (more…)