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    Children with complex medical needs: The Importance of self-care for parents

    May 9, 2024

    Parents who are the main caregivers for kids with special needs can be at risk for burnout, especially if they don't have enough support themselves. Symptoms of burnout include anxiety, depression, feeling tired and feeling cut off from other people.

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    Comparing Homecare Agencies vs. Direct Hiring: Understanding Risks and Benefits

    February 19, 2024

    Choosing between a licensed homecare agency and hiring caregivers directly involves weighing various factors, including cost, convenience, quality of care, and potential risks. In this comprehensive blog post, we delve into the pros and cons of each option to help consumers make informed decisions about personal care services for their loved ones. While homecare agencies offer professional oversight, back-up care services and employee training, direct hiring provides lower cost, more control and flexibility. The shift in responsibilities and liability from an agency to the client results in a lower cost and higher risk of hiring directly.  By understanding the risks and benefits of both approaches, individuals can determine the best fit for their unique needs, preferences, and circumstances.

  • A Comprehensive Guide to Compare and Select a Trusted Home Care Agency

    A Comprehensive Guide to Compare and Select a Trusted Home Care Agency

    January 9, 2024

    As the demand for home care services continues to grow in California, finding the right home care agency for your loved ones requires careful consideration. This comprehensive guide aims to empower you with the knowledge needed to navigate the many options and make an informed decision. From understanding the specific needs for you or your love one to evaluating caregiver qualifications, we'll explore the essential factors that will guide you through the process of comparing and selecting a home care agency.  Click here for more information.

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    Paying for Elderly Homecare Services – Financial Strategies and Resources

    December 20, 2023

    Providing homecare for the elderly is a crucial aspect of ensuring their well-being, but understanding the financial avenues to cover these services can be complex. In this blog, we explore a range of options available to pay for homecare services for the elderly, including government programs, insurance plans, and private financing. By delving into Medicare, Medi-Cal, long-term care insurance, veterans’ benefits, and other local resources in the Sacramento area, we aim to empower families with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions about financing the care their loved ones deserve.

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    Navigating Homecare Needs During Holiday Visits with Aging Parents

    December 19, 2023

    Visiting aging parents during the holidays is an opportunity to reconnect, but it's also a crucial time to identify and address their homecare needs. In this blog we explore key aspects of recognizing the needs to ensuring a safe and comfortable environment for elderly parents.  As we discover gaps in care needs, this is an opportunity to consider and discuss the option of ageing in place with the support of homecare services from BrightStar Care.

  • Medication Management and Compliance Issues for the Elderly: How Home Care and Home Health Agencies Can Help

    Medication Management and Compliance Issues for the Elderly: How Home Care and Home Health Agencies Can Help

    November 29, 2023

    Medication management and compliance are significant challenges faced by the elderly population. The complex nature of medication regimens, cognitive decline, physical limitations, and the lack of proper support contribute to medication-related issues. Frequently, seniors require the assistance from family or services to manage with the burden of medication management.  This article explores the common problems encountered by older adults regarding medication management and compliance. Additionally, it highlights the crucial role that home care agencies can play in addressing these challenges and ensuring the well-being of elderly individuals as well as restrictions imposed by state regulations that significantly limit what home care agencies can do.  Home health agencies have substantial latitude to assist with medication management under the orders of a prescribing physician.

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    The Challenges Faced by Adult Children in Managing Homecare Services for Aging Parents

    November 22, 2023

    Managing homecare services for aging parents can be a complex and demanding task for adult children. When Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis or stroke hit home, big changes are ahead.  Challenges include finding reliable homecare agencies, coordinating communication, ensuring continuity of care, and balancing financial considerations. Thorough research, seeking recommendations, and conducting interviews are essential in selecting reliable homecare providers. With all this being new, it is difficult to know what questions to ask.  Effective communication channels and technology can aid in coordinating care and managing schedules. Creating contingency plans and sharing detailed care plans with the homecare agency can help ensure continuity. Financial planning, exploring insurance coverage and assistance programs, and seeking professional advice are crucial for managing the financial aspects. With careful planning and coordination, adult children can provide the environment for quality homecare for their aging parents.

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    Homecare Excellence – Assisting a Fallen Client Safely Off the Floor

    November 21, 2023

    At BrightStar Care of Sacramento, Carmichael and Roseville we pride ourselves of ongoing, in-person training for our homecare caregivers.  While all caregivers are hired with at least one year of experience or Certified Nurse Assistance training, ongoing training is important to refresh their minds, especially in the case of specific clients that have fallen or are at high risk of falling.   We assist clients with activities of daily living, which includes ambulation support.  Many of our clients are at risk of falling.  We prepare our caregivers for those incidents.

    Helping a client get up safely off the floor after a fall is a critical skill for home care aides and all caregivers. While the concepts of training can be obtained on the internet and by watching videos, there is no substitute for in-person training and live practice of these homecare skills.

    Herein we provide detailed instructions on how to best assist a client if a falls occurs.

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    Expanded role of caregivers (home care aides) – medication management support

    November 14, 2023

    Homecare caregivers, or Home Care Aides (HCAs) as they are called in California, are authorized to provide a range of essential services to support individuals in their homes, particularly those who require assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). These services are governed by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and the Home Care Services Bureau (HCSB).   The list of activities includes Personal Care Assistance, Meal Preparation and Nutrition, Medication Reminders, Mobility Assistance, among others described herein.  Some activities are expressly not allowed including Diabetic insulin shots, Catheter care, Bedsore treatment, Physical therapy and Glucose readings (blood sugar) among others which require services from a licensed healthcare professional.

  • When Parents Age – The Emotional Resilience of Letting Go

    When Parents Age – The Emotional Resilience of Letting Go

    November 13, 2023

    At BrightStar we pride ourselves of providing homecare for elderly individuals in the comfort of their own home. We do this with love and compassion as if it were our own parent.  But for adult children of the elderly, this can be a very conflictive time. Caring for aging parents presents adult tests emotional resilience and patience. Witnessing the physical and cognitive decline of once-vibrant individuals can be emotionally taxing. The role reversal, where children become the caregivers, is a profound shift that a huge adaptive effort.   Additionally, bridging the generational gap becomes a delicate task, requiring empathy and understanding. The emotional toll of witnessing a decline in health, coupled with the anticipation of inevitable loss, can lead to feelings of grief and helplessness.  Moreover, the demands of caregiving often coincide with the adult children's own family and professional responsibilities, creating a juggling act that induces stress. Navigating this intricate web requires support networks, open dialogue, and self-care strategies.