Healthy Senior Snack Ideas

We’ve seen healthy foods to eat, from apples and nachos to brown rice. And while brown rice doesn’t sound very snack-like, all of these foods are perfect ways for seniors (and anybody really) to curb their appetite and avoid over-eating when it comes supper time. In fact, we’ve got even more senior snack ideas that are as delicious as they are nutritious. (more…)

7 Healthy Foods to Eat to Promote Senior Nutrition

Let’s face it, snacking throughout the day can be just as important for your health as eating the proper meals. According to a Redbook magazine article, dietician Rachel Beller said that grazing during the day has a big impact. If you get too hungry between meals, that can deplete your will power and make you consume more calories overall. The trick, Beller said, is to choose nutrient-rich foods and filling combos of protein and fiber. (more…)

The New York Times Highlights BrightStar Care’s Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission

We were recently thrilled to share that BrightStar Care® had received The Joint Commission’s Enterprise Champion for Quality award for 2013. The Joint Commission, a nationally recognized healthcare quality standards organization that also accredits hospitals and other health care systems, acknowledged BrightStar Care’s efforts to promote high quality health care services by its franchises through Joint Commission accreditation. Recently, the New York Times highlighted why a company would look to a third party to help measure its commitment to quality care. (more…)

6 Tips to Help Seniors Stay Active

Being active, avoiding inactivity, preventing disease and managing stress are four good ways to maximize your health, ward off infection and boost your mood. But we should take a little bit closer look at specific ways seniors can stay active. It’s easy to simply sit there and say to yourself, “I need to do something,” but for many, including seniors, people may not know exactly what will help, or more important, what they are capable of doing to make an impact. (more…)

Holiday Gifts for Seniors

For everyone from children to seniors, during the holiday season and beyond, few things can be a more valuable “gift” than being healthy and happy. But when it comes to holiday gifts for seniors, picking something tangible for an aging loved one that is as safe as it is meaningful can be difficult. BrightStar Care resident RN Sharon Roth Maguire recently shared some helpful senior gift-giving tips with AgingCare.com and we wanted to share a few of these with you. (more…)

Minimizing Senior Depression and Optimizing Health This Holiday Season

Much like their younger counterparts, seniors must adhere to basic principles such as a smart diet and physical exercise in order to stay in the best shape possible. While seniors are more susceptible to injuries and diseases, activity can keep seniors at their best. But this can be easier said than done if a senior is dealing with seasonal depression or the “winter blues.” (more…)

3 Ways to Safeguard Seniors in Flu Prevention

The holidays are here and, for many, that means family, food and fun. But it also signals the start of flu season. Hopefully, grandma, grandpa and any elderly aunts and uncles will be well enough to take part in the festivities. It’s also important that other family members do their part to ward off infection so as not to pass any illness along to elderly family members, who are more susceptible. (more…)

BrightStar Care® “Earned It” TV Campaign Kicks Off

We are thrilled to share that we’ve kicked off BrightStar’s first national TV campaign in the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana markets to showcase our mission of keeping parents and grandparents in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes. (more…)

Physical and Emotional Health for the Holidays

The holidays are a time of year when many families visit their aging loved ones, often seeing them face-to-face for the first time months, perhaps an entire year. That’s why experts advise families to carefully watch for signs of possible depression or medical issues in older adults during holiday visits, be prepared with an arsenal of spirit-lifting activities and develop a plan of action before heading home. (more…)

BrightStar Recognized for Exceptional Commitment to Home Care Quality Standards

Enterprise_Champion_for_QualityBrightStar Care® has received The Joint Commission’s Enterprise Champion for Quality award for 2013. The Joint Commission, a nationally recognized healthcare quality standards organization that also accredits hospitals and other health care systems, acknowledged BrightStar Care’s efforts to promote high quality health care services by its franchises through Joint Commission accreditation. (more…)