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Home Safety Checklist: Preventing Falls When Grandma & Grandpa Come to Visit

Everyone loves when grandma and grandpa come to visit, and keeping them safe from falls during their stay means more time enjoying their company and affection. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2.8 million older Americans are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries each year, so taking the necessary precautions around […]

A Daughter’s Journey: Family First

My dad’s latest surgery went well: No uncontrolled bleeding. No sepsis. Doctors successfully removed the unknown mass in his chest, although preliminary pathology suggests it’s cancer that metastasized from his previous bout with liver cancer, caused by the hemochromatosis. He’s recuperating at home with my mom. He’s using a walker until he regains his strength, […]

Help Your Loved One Avoid a Devastating Injury From a Fall

By Sharon Roth Maguire, MS, RN, GNP-BC Chief Clinical Quality Officer, BrightStar Care Elderly people suffer 29 million falls annually in the United States. When a frail older person falls, they’re more likely than a younger person to suffer severe injuries, such as broken bones or concussions. As a geriatric nurse practitioner, I have seen […]

A Daughter’s Journey: Always Go

          I barely remember my grandma’s funeral. I was five, and I’ve been told I drew some pretty pictures that were placed in her casket. I remember when she was sick, though. She and my aunt were on vacation when my grandma, my mom’s mom, had a stroke. It was a […]

Brothers in Arms

In honor of Memorial Day and all those brave women and men who serve our country, we wanted to share this story about two military veterans’ special friendship. Two former fighter pilots form a friendship, and a family is grateful Col. Bill Gauntt and L. Hardwick Caldwell, Jr., were soldiers of different generations, but their […]

A Daughter’s Journey: Circle of Friends

Call me lazy, but I’ve found most of my friends through proximity. As a kid, I rode bikes and ran through sprinklers with kids in my neighborhood. At school, my friends had similar interests, or at least similar last names: Our high school lockers were assigned alphabetically. In college, I became friends with girls living […]

Managing arthritis in the home care setting

By Sharon Roth Maguire, MS, RN, GNP-BC Chief Clinical Quality Officer, BrightStar Care So many of our clients deal with the pain and challenges of arthritis. Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 54 million U.S. adults have been diagnosed with some form of arthritis. That’s nearly 23 percent […]

A Daughter’s Journey: Still a Child

          Somewhere in the chaos of caring for my parents, raising my children, running my household, and working part-time, my body turned on me. Six months ago, I started feeling unusually tired. Mowing the lawn, which I used to tackle after my workout, left me napping on the couch. Pretty soon, […]

Jennifer Rine, BSN, RN, named BrightStar Care 2017 National Nurse of the Year

Congratulations to Jennifer Rine, BSN, RN, the Director of Nursing for BrightStar Care of South West Fort Worth/Burleson, TX, and our 2017 National Nurse of the Year! “Jennifer has been a mentor and coach to many new franchise Directors of Nursing (DON) and over 280 CNAs, RNs, LVNs, HHAs, and Caregivers, as well as having […]

A Daughter’s Journey: Kid Talk

          I pride myself on being a strong, independent person, but I am flappable. I’ve been known to lose my cool—yell, swear, and occasionally throw things—but what stuns my kids the most is when I cry. As an airline pilot, my husband is on the road several days a week, and […]

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