Browsing All Posts published on »April, 2012«

Hardship Inspired Franchise – WSJ.com: Why we chose BrightStar and why you should too.

April 28, 2012

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Hardship Inspired Franchise – WSJ.com. I saw this in the Wall Street Journal and had to share it because it speaks to the quality of BrightStar the brand and the company.  When we were looking at companies to invest in BrightStar stood out because of the seed that was planted in the Sun’s search for […]

CareTogether – bonding families together in difficult times.

April 28, 2012

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One quarter of Americans act as a caregiver to a family member — and that number will only increase as the baby boomer population ages. So how does one balance the emotionally demanding job of caring for your loved one? Hopefully, you can have others help with tasks such as doctors appointments, picking-up prescriptions, getting groceries, doing laundry, […]

MindStart | Dementia Activities | Alzheimer Activities

April 27, 2012

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Those struggling with dementia need challenges just like the rest of us but they can’t function at the level they used to or at the level of a normal adult.  There are special puzzles and books that are designed to keep them engaged and challenged and there is a new web site that sells these types of […]

Drugs, Dementia and Nursing Homes – Forbes

April 27, 2012

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Why do we want to age well in our own homes or, if necessary in the homes of loved ones? Here is a good article in Forbes and, in addition, some information for us to consider from Texas. According to the State of Texas, based on quality indicators from 2001-2010, Texas nursing facilities worsened for […]

The Faces of Alzheimer’s – NYTimes.com

April 25, 2012

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Don’t miss this piece on Alzheimer’s.  So often we miss the beauty that resides in each of us and this wonderful piece captures it wonderfully. The Faces of Alzheimer’s – NYTimes.com. If you need help with a loved one please talk to us at BrightStar.  There are many resources available to you – don’t allow […]

Letting go of old goals and setting new ones can improve quality of life | Health, Medical, and Science Updates

April 24, 2012

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This is great advice for all of us but particularly those of us that are cancer survivors.  It is not easy to walk through the valley and keep motivated but it is good practice and now research bears it out.  Set new goals for yourself, don’t keep looking back but relish today.  I recently read […]

End of Life Care Discussions Among Patients | Careanswers – A Caregiver Resource Guide to Empower Caregivers

April 23, 2012

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Statistics show that more people are dying at home with family surrounding them, which is where most of us would prefer to spend our final moments.  We need to make the effort to ensure that we have let those around us know our last wishes.  Use this slide as a discussion starter, it’s free and […]

Home health care a growth engine for BrightStar Group – Focus – Crain’s Chicago Business

April 23, 2012

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BrightStar is featured in Crain’s Business this week. Home health care a growth engine for BrightStar Group – Focus – Crain’s Chicago Business. The stress of being a family caregiver can be immense so we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  We focus on improving quality of life for our customers. […]

BrightStar Houston, April Newsletter

April 22, 2012

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BrightStar Houston, April Newsletter. Lots of good information in this edition including: Caregiver support and pets. Seniors: Aging in place made possible by Occupational Therapy The anatomy of walking, why we should all be doing more of it. And, more information on CareTogether. A free application that can help all families involved in caregiving. Don’t […]

Long-Term Care: Your Hospitals New Priority

April 17, 2012

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From Hospitals and Health Networks comes a story we can only hope plays out in the long run.  With the new penalties on readmissions and the focus the Accountable Care Act has brought to  waste and inefficiency in the healthcare system we need a renewed focus on the long-term needs of the patient.  If someone is […]