Top 5 Causes of Falls

Did you know that 20 to 30 percent of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries? These injuries can make it hard to get around or live independently. Also, one in three adults age 65 and older fall each year, yet less than half talk to their healthcare providers. Last but not least, every 15 seconds across America, a senior citizen is sent to the E.R. for a fall-related injury.

“The chances of falling and being seriously injured during that fall significantly increase with age,” said Sharon Roth Maguire, MS, RN, GNP-BC, Chief Clinical Quality Officer of BrightStar Care. “Identifying risk factors with your aging loved ones and taking precautionary measures will increase their longevity and provide peace of mind to families.”

Here are five causes of falls, according to BrightStar Care. (more…)

What you need to know about prescription painkillers

When used responsibly, prescription drugs can help people lead healthier lives. However, when abused, these same drugs can be fatal, causing more deaths in America than car crashes.

Here are some things you need to know about prescription painkillers and their potentially devastating effects, according to the National Safety Council.

  • Since 1999, the number of prescription painkiller deaths has risen by more than 300 percent.
  • 45 U.S. citizens die every day from unintentional overdoses on prescription pain relievers.
  • Nearly 1 in 20 Americans age 12 and older report using prescription painkillers recreationally in the past year.  (more…)

When is the right time to take daily medications? (Part 1)

BrightStar Care medication managementJune is the National Safety Council’s Home Safety Month. One important aspect of home safety focuses on preventing prescription drug abuse. While taking the right prescription drug is important, it’s just as essential that medications are managed properly. Even though the pill bottle may simply state, “take once a day,” the specific time of day you take your medications may make an important difference. Modifying the timing of drugs to achieve the greatest benefit with the lowest risk of unpleasant side effects is called drug chronotherapy. Your prescriber or your pharmacist can advise you on best times to take your medications. (more…)

As National Safety Month approaches, solutions for keeping aging loved ones safe in their homes

According to the CentersBrightStar Care - Earned It - Eagle Scout for Disease Control, one out of three older adults, aged 65 or older, falls each year but less than half talk to their healthcare providers about it. June is National Safety Month, and BrightStar Care seeks to educate families on how to identify household hazards that can lead to injuries and how to make simple changes in their homes that can decrease the likelihood of their aging loved ones falling victim. (more…)

5 Qualities to Look for In Home Care Service

We recently wrote about the research we conducted that identified the higher standard of home care that families are seeking when they have a loved one in need. However, families looking for quality care also find themselves faced with a lack of clinical quality standards within the private duty in-home care sector. That’s why we’ve pulled together some key qualities that families should look for to identify a qualified care option. (more…)

Nurses Notes: Missouri Nurse Committed to Overseeing Quality Care

Maureen Ohms is the director of nursing at BrightStar Care of Missouri-Central St. Louis County. Ohms has been an RN for over 30 years. With bachelor’s degrees in nursing, psychology and business management, Ohms is also a Major in the U.S. Air Force (presently Inactive Ready Reserves) as a Senior Flight Nurse, Medical Crew Director. Her experience is extensive and she gives her all to delivering A Higher Standard of Home Care to all those entrusted to BrightStar Care of Central St. Louis’ care. (more…)

Introducing the new BrightStar Care TV “Earned It” Commercial

As a larger population than ever before ages, and time becomes the world’s most precious commodity, bringing expertise, comfort, peace of mind, and human connection to others is what matters most. Aging and thriving at home are the greatest gifts we can facilitate for our families.

Our loved ones deserve the very best care, which is why BrightStar Care focused our core brand positioning and National Advertising campaign on the sentiment that family caregivers believe their loved ones have Earned the highest quality care. The BrightStar Care “Earned It” national TV commercial, which launched May 5 across 30 channels, puts on full display the BrightStar Care commitment to honoring the rich lives of our loved ones: (more…)

Nurses Notes: Florida Nurse Brings Passion and Expertise to Home Care

They’re the ones on the front line. Day in and day out, registered nurses (RNs) do everything within their power to take care of those who need it the most. They don’t complain. They don’t ask questions. They don’t panic. They simply get the job done with pure hearts and open minds. It’s National Nurses Week, and, at BrightStar Care, we want to recognize those men and women who raise the bar each and every day to deliver A Higher Standard of Home Care. (more…)

Recognizing Nurses for National Nurses Week 2014

The overriding perception of a “typical” nurse is someone in a white coat, working in a hospital or along-side a doctor in an outpatient clinic. However there are millions of in-home care nurses across the country who administer medication, touch patients’ lives and face unique challenges every day. With the number of U.S. seniors expecting to double in the next 30 years, along with the rising trend of “aging in place” rather than receive treatment in a hospital setting, in-home care has never been in higher demand. In fact, the number of employed in-home care nurses is expected to grow to 3.45 million by 2020. (more…)

A Higher Standard of Home Care

At BrightStar Care®, we recently conducted third-party market research that showed family caregivers seek a higher standard of care for their loved ones, but have difficulty finding it. The study showed that, as families seek quality in-home care for their aging loved ones, the most important factors they consider include having a compassionate caregiver they can trust, somebody who understands the unique needs of their loved one, and having qualified, skilled medical professionals overseeing the care. (more…)