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…)

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…)

5 Unlikely Tests That Could Save Your Life

We’re all familiar with getting our blood pressure checked, having blood drawn and even MRIs. These are standard tests in healthcare that can tell us important things about our health. But did you know that there are simple, more unconventional tests that can tell us more than we think and may even detect disease? (more…)

Signs Your Elderly Loved One May Be Malnourished

Good nutrition and a balanced diet are so important for everybody, but especially as we age. But what happens when we aren’t getting the nourishment that we need? What would that look like? Check out this helpful presentation for signs of malnourishment.

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Video: 2013 Caregiver of the Year Finalist Mistie Whitney

At BrightStar, our caregivers are everything to our clients – and to us. Each year, we reach out to the people whose lives have been touched by our compassionate care professionals nationwide to share their experiences with us. Hundreds of nominations pour in from our clients and their loved ones for review and a team of judges read each and every one through a difficult finalist selection process. The nominations are tender, poignant and loving, and echo the many reasons why our clients continue to choose BrightStar – our caregivers are making our clients’ lives better, and truly making more possible for them every chance they can. Every Caregiver of the Year story is special and personal, making it difficult to pick just one winner, but 2013 Caregiver of the Year finalist Mistie Whitney’s story was so touching that it came as no surprise that she was selected as this year’s winner. (more…)

9 Things to Toss During Spring Cleaning

The weather is starting to turn and it’s time to indulge in the annual spring cleaning ritual. Clean out your garage, tidy up your place and prepare your living area for the season ahead. But spring cleaning doesn’t just have to be about cleaning, it can also be a great opportunity to purge your home of things that may pose health and safety risks as well. (more…)