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…)

Home Care Preparation Kit

When a family member needs care, it can be daunting to try to figure out who can help. After all, inviting someone into your home to provide often very personal care services is not something that should be taken lightly. Our entire BrightStar team is committed to making the process as seamless as possible because we know that you and your family don’t need yet another thing to worry about. (more…)

Home Care and Caregiving Resources

When it comes to making important decisions when a loved one needs care, it seems that we’re already thrust into a situation where we are required to act fast. But it’s important to have information to be able to make informed decisions, especially given the fact that people don’t often plan for future care needs. That’s why we’ve pooled together this presentation containing some helpful resources to guide families during these times: (more…)

Mistie Whitney Deserving of Being a Caregiver of the Year Finalist

Misty Whitney-SE Region Caregiver of the Year 005Bianca Brown*, an only child, was looking for the right caregiver for her dad, Bob Bryce*, a World War II Marine veteran. Bob lived in a small town in Alabama for 66 years through March 2012, but the last 12 years were spent alone. At that time, after his driver’s license had been revoked and he could no longer live alone, Bianca and her husband moved Bob to an independent living facility two miles from their home in McKinney, Texas. When the demands of caregiving became too great for Bianca both physically and mentally, she turned to BrightStar Care of Plano/McKinney/North Dallas. (more…)

Caregiver of the Year Finalist Melissa Meyers’ Giving Heart

DSCN1084Any time, anything. When you need a helping hand, this Caregiver of the Year finalist is waiting with an open mind and a giving heart. Melanie Schmitt* and husband Brad* found that special someone willing to put herself second and their needs first. Caregiver Melissa Meyers of the BrightStar Care of Boise home care agency is all these things, and a little bit more. (more…)

Melinda Comeau, Caregiver of the Year Finalist, Demonstrates True Passion

photo 29Sometimes, caregiving isn’t only about the willingness to care with genuine sympathy. A solid caregiver must love what he or she does, yes, and do it with passion and care, true, but it doesn’t hurt to know a thing or two about the medical field. Enter BrightStar Caregiver of the Year finalist Melinda Comeau from the BrightStar Care of Hartford, CT home care agency. (more…)

Caregiver of the Year Finalist Janice McCann Makes a Difference

image[2]The Levers* had their hands full and needed help. Andy’s* severe brain injury caused memory loss and physical disability, and he needs to use a cane and a wheelchair when he’s not at home. His wife was his sole caregiver for years, but recently she has been a 24/7 caregiver. Andy’s wife was looking for some down time after getting burned out, and she turned to BrightStar Care of Overland Park/Johnson County 15 months ago. (more…)

BrightStar Prepares to Honor 2013 Caregiver of the Year Finalists

At BrightStar, our caregivers are everything to our clients – and to us. That’s why we created the Caregiver of the Year award program. The Caregiver of the Year Award honors the hard work, person-centered care, and dedication of a star caregiver within the BrightStar Care network that features 250 independently owned and operated locations that together employ 30,000 caregivers. Clients nominate their caregiver for going above and beyond to provide compassionate, dependable care. And this year, the local BrightStar Care offices kicked the excitement up a notch by throwing celebrations to share the great news that not only was one of their care professionals nominated, but that they were finalists. (more…)

Seniors and Fall Prevention

In honor of Falls Prevention Awareness Month, we’re taking a closer look at fall prevention statistics. There are some compelling facts and figures about falls and how they affect seniors so much from the Medical Clinics of North America. For example, did you know one out of every three people ages 65 or older falls each year. Here are some other statistics that will undoubtedly make you get on board with decreasing fall risk:
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