A Holiday Gift-Giving Guide for Your Aging Loved Ones

When it comes to picking out a great gift for a senior in your life, there are some important things to consider. In the spirit of promoting health and wellness this time of year (and beyond) for our “Healthy for the Holidays” program, our BrightStar Care resident RN Sharon Roth Maguire recently joined the hosts of WCIU’s You and Me This Morning in Chicago to provide some helpful pointers for selecting thoughtful gifts for an elderly loved one in your life:

Click here to learn more about “Healthy for the Holidays.” Or, for more information on how BrightStar Care may be of service to you or a loved one, contact the local team near you.

Answering Your Questions About the Flu Shot

Flu season is here. With chilly temperatures and harmful viruses spreading, there’s no better time to get your annual flu shot. But did you know this year’s flu shot will offer protection against H1N1 virus, in addition to two other influenza viruses that are expected to be in circulation this flu season? According to Mayo Clinic, a vaccine that protects against four strains of the virus will also be available, as will a high-dose flu vaccine for adults age 65 and older. (more…)

How Will You Stay Healthy This Holiday Season?

It’s the time of year for family, friends and egg nog. That’s right, the holidays are only a few weeks away. But while a lot of people are looking forward to the festivities, there can be challenges. The holidays can be a stressful time for families – it can also be a time when seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and infections like influenza run rampant, and seniors are among the most vulnerable. How will you stay healthy this holiday season?

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4 Presentations to Help You and Your Loved Ones Stay Healthy this Holiday Season

It’s that time of the year already! Many of us have very positive associations with the holiday season, but there are some very real risks that can come along with winter. Flu Season is in full swing, cold weather is upon many states in the country, fall risk tends to increase during inclement weather and the “winter blues” can start to set in. So what can you and your loved ones do to promote health this holiday season? We’ve got a few ideas! (more…)

BrightStar Care® Recognized as “Champion for Quality” in Home Care Two Years in A Row

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Margherita C. Labson, RN, of The Joint Commission with BrightStar Care Co-Founders JD and Shelly Sun, Chief Clinical Quality Officer Sharon Roth Maguire and President Thom Gilday

For the second consecutive
 year, The Joint Commission has presented BrightStar Care® with the Enterprise Champion for Quality award. The award recognizes BrightStar Care for its efforts to promote the delivery of high-quality home health care to its franchisees through Joint Commission accreditation. (more…)

2014 Marks Fifth Year for BrightStar Care® Recognizing Caregiver Excellence

2014 Northeast Caregiver of the Year Angela

2014 Northeast Caregiver of the Year Angela. Click here to read Angela’s story.

It’s easy to get caught up in the rigors of daily life. It’s especially hard for those learning to adapt to challenges that may come along with aging or even coming to terms with a difficult diagnosis or new illness. In the aftermath of a debilitating accident or as a health condition progresses, people in these situations often turn to caregivers for support and, in special cases, get even more than they could have dreamed of. (more…)

Making Long-Distance Caregiving Work for Your Family

Caregiving from a distance is never easy. Making sure a loved one who needs help is getting the help they need, taking their medications and getting to appointments can be challenging enough, let alone trying to help coordinate these things from hundreds, even thousands of miles away. Here are some helpful tips to make your life a lot easier, according to AARP. (more…)

What Do You Know About Parkinson’s Disease?

It’s one of the most debilitating diseases and one that many of its victims don’t understand. Parkinson’s disease affects more than a million Americans, most over 60. A recent Harris Poll indicates many of these people don’t fee well-informed about treatments or the way the disease progresses. (more…)

Community Resources for Elder Care

For older adults who are looking to maintain independence, there are a growing number of private and public organizations that offer home and community-based services. Many of these services can help solve long-term care issues and ease the stress of the caregiver. According to AARP, these services, which include occasional household help to 24/7 in-home care, are provided by nurses, trained aides and volunteers. Here is some information to get you started, thanks to AARP: (more…)

Are You At Risk of Falling In Your Home?

A big fall risk is at a seemingly safe place: the home. Older adults can experience a fall for many reasons, including several environmental factors, according to our resident RN Sharon Roth Maguire. She says fall risks can come from the home environment, both the inside and the outside, along with the individual’s characteristics like physical well-being, strength and mobility and even medications. (more…)