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INFOGRAPHIC: Tips for Smart Medication Management

Did you know 40% of adults 65+ take 5 or more medications? Practicing safe medication management is critical to making sure your loved one is getting the proper benefits from their medications as well as avoiding potentially harmful interactions. Read our tips for smart medication management and learn how in-home care can help keep your […]

Let’s talk home care: Tips to start the conversation, address concerns

By Sharon Roth Maguire, MS, RN, GNP-BC Chief Clinical Quality Officer, BrightStar Care Many people shy away from discussing issues surrounding aging, especially when decisions could threaten an older person’s independence. While these conversations aren’t always easy, they’re important to have to ensure your parent can continue living safely at home. Some seniors need just […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

No One Wants Dad

“When Dad’s Alzheimer’s got worse, Mom would call frantically and sometimes I could hear him screaming in the background. His irritability soon became aggression, so the first time Mom called sobbing that he had hit her, I knew that this was going from bad to worse, a lot worse. My brother and I talked on […]

4 strategies when individuals with dementia refuse medication

By Sharon Roth Maguire, MS, RN, GNP-BC Chief Clinical Quality Officer, BrightStar Care People with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia may take multiple medications. And because the risk of missing a dose or confusing pills is so high for these individuals, someone should oversee the process. But what happens when your loved one resists […]

Healthy Baking and Cooking Tips for Seniors

Helping your loved one follow a special diet for heart disease or diabetes may not mean they have to give up their favorite family recipes. Who knew you could use applesauce instead of oil in mom’s famous blueberry muffins? Try these simple substitutes for healthier ingredients the next time you cook or bake together: Click […]

Wandering: I Want to Go Home

“I Want To Go Home”. Heartbreaking and frustrating, but it’s not your fault. More than 60% of those with Alzheimer’s will wander, and if they are not found within 24 hours, up to half will suffer serious injury or death. People living with Alzheimer’s or a related disorder may become confused and lost, even in […]

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