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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 […]

From caregiver to RN, a profile of a BrightStar Care nurse’s career journey

In honor of National Nurses Week (May 6 – 12, 2017), we want to introduce you to BrightStar Care Registered Nurse Amelia Williams. She started with BrightStar Care as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), and with the support of her family and her BrightStar Care mentor went back to school to become a Registered Nurse. […]

5 ways a nurse-led home care team can make your life easier

By Sharon Roth Maguire, MS, RN, GNP-BC Chief Clinical Quality Officer, BrightStar Care Dealing with day-to-day tasks such as meal preparation, bathing and dressing; coordinating medical care; making medical decisions. Caring for a loved one can seem overwhelming at times. The people on your loved one’s care team can make all the difference. When that […]

A Daughter’s Journey: Perspective

          I get annoyed when people tell me to “keep things in perspective.” No matter the situation I find myself in, the truth is that someone on this planet always has it worse. And someone on this planet has it better. What’s “it”? Health. Money. Love. Happiness. It doesn’t really matter […]

A Daughter’s Journey: Moving On

          When my grandpa died a decade ago, he left behind a mess of an estate that took my dad longer than a year to resolve. The experience spurred my parents to reconsider their own state of affairs. I had been on their case to leave the house I grew up […]

A Daughter’s Journey: Helpless

          The ER doctor saved my dad’s life. When he found out that my dad had had an operation the week prior, he administered an intravenous course of antibiotics. A flurry of tests followed as the team stabilized his condition. Around 4 in the morning, they admitted him to a regular […]

A Daughter’s Journey: Second Surgery

          Here we go again: surgery. Doctors would remove the cancerous tumor in my dad’s liver. I met my mom in the hospital’s waiting room, an awkward place where TV talk shows are the only distraction from food smells and bits of conversation escaping each family’s cubicle. Every patient is assigned […]

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