Archive for September, 2011

Austin’s Best Home Care Just Got Better!

Welcome to the official blog of BrightStar Care in Austin, Texas! Since 2008 we’ve dedicated ourselves to giving Austin, Round Rock and Georgetown the very finest home health care services possible. Our commitment to personalized care solutions has made us the trusted home health provider of choice for many of your friends and neighbors. And we’re ready to help you too – not only with our professional services, but also through the treasure trove of helpful information you’ll find right here in this blog!

At BrightStar Care we understand how hard it can be to make sure your loved ones always receive the right kind of help for their special needs. That’s why we provide such a wide range of both medical and non-medical assistance for individuals of all ages, ranging from extensive round-the-clock to such simple but necessary things as laundry, meals and personal care. But even with help from a professional caregiver, we know you want to expand your own knowledge of home health care so you’ll always do the right things for your dependants.

This blog aims to give you that knowledge. Check back here on a regular basis for helpful tips, news and other information on how to make the best possible decisions and give your loved ones the happiest, healthiest environment possible.  You’ll find that the more you know, the better you feel about the skilled, compassionate care delivered by your friends at BrightStar.

But you don’t have to have an incapacitated family member at home to benefit from this resource. If you work in the healthcare industry, you’ll enjoy our posts on how home health services can work hand-in-hand with your business, creating a more productive scenario for all concerned. We love to work with hospitals, clinics and other healthcare entities. So — stay tuned!


Rhone McCall, Owner

When it comes to hiring a caregiver – don’t do it yourself!

Many people who need Austin caregivers for their loved ones don’t understand the complexities and potential liabilities of this skilled, demanding role, so they view home health and personal care as a kind of glorified babysitting job. As a result, they end up hiring “specialists” from Craigslist or other public resources, not realizing that they may be doing more harm than good.

What’s wrong with such off-the-cuff hiring methods? For one thing, they resemble Forrest Gump’s ever-present box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get. And selecting a trusted health professional in Austin from a Craigslist page is a truly Gump-worthy decision. Public bulletin boards and classified pages in newspapers are the Wild West of human resources. People can claim unproven credentials, invent previous experience, and generally misrepresent themselves however necessary to land the job. Remember, you’re leaving an invalid or semi-invalid with this person, not to mention free run of the house when you’re not around.

Even if you do find a certified homecare professional in Austin, TX on your own, hiring that person directly puts you in a risky position. Namely, it makes you an employer, and as an employer you take on all the potential liabilities an employer must assume. On-site injuries, payroll, absenteeism, and all those other little joys of supervising a workforce now rest squarely on your neck.

That’s why using BrightStar Care of Austin offers so much relief, and not just in the care we provide. We always use properly licensed and certified professionals, without exception, and we make sure they’re insured and bonded. Also, the fact that we do the hiring means that all the administrative paperwork, benefits, payroll and so on remain our problem, not yours.

So when it’s time to make that hire, don’t turn to Craigslist – turn to us!