Kids don’t try this at home – aging is not for the faint of heart

Posted on February 15, 2013


BrightStar in Houston offers in-home care for the elderly with compassionate senior care services that enable your loved ones to live independently in the comfort of their own home.

Aging is not for the faint of heart.  My elderly grandfather used to say, “Rick, don’t grow old, it isn’t any fun, but I guess it is better than the alternative.”  The older I get the more I agree with him.  I now know that the wisdom that comes with age has a price.

Sometimes frailty, chronic illness, or forgetfulness can make living alone difficult.  The good news is there is an alternative to assisted living or other facilities. Home care allows seniors to age at home with full-service or part-time in home care assistance.  BrightStar helps older adults live life on their own terms – which for most includes a desire to age at home and not move into a facility.

We can also monitor your loved one while they are in the hospital so that you can get some rest.  Our elderly sitter services are available 24 hours a day.  We work with families to provide the best in care for the elderly at home, in nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities and hospitals.  Our caregivers can move from home to facility and back again, providing the continuity of care.

The Most Common Health Issues of Aging

  • Pneumonia
  • Flu
  • Stroke
  • Heart conditions (hypertension, vascular disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure and coronary artery disease)
  • Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease
  • Depression
  • Incontinence (urine and stool)
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Diabetes
  • Breathing problems
  • Frequent falls, which can lead to fractures
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Cancer
  • Eye problems (cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration)

BrightStar staff are available around the clock, 24/7 to support your needs. You can have the peace of mind that comes with knowing our caregivers and nursing staff are available to respond to your every need. Our Director of Nursing conducts regular assessments and quality assurance visits to ensure 100% client satisfaction.

Our caregivers help with non-medical activities such as showering, bathing and dressing, meal preparation, transportation, medication reminders, fall prevention, light housekeeping and more.  Our Licensed and Registered Nurses also provide skilled medical care to those that need it. Our services are flexible and we match clients with caregivers and give you a guarantee of compatibility.  We want you to have a caregiver who shares similar interests and has a personality that will fit in your home.

Need help paying for care?  Give BrightStar in Houston a call at 832-730-1255  for ideas you may not have thought of and resources to consider.  Get more ideas on caregiving on Caregiver Junction.

If one of the care recipients is a veteran or the spouse of a veteran check out our series on Veterans Benefits for those over 65:

Monetary assistance with in-home care for veterans

VA benefits for veterans over 65: Basic Pension

VA benefits for veterans over the age of 65: Housebound Pension and Aid and Attendance Pension

BrightStar In Home Care Benefits

We provide quality non-medical and medical care that enables seniors to live happier and healthier lives at home. Our elder care services are distinguished by the caliber of our in home caregivers, our dedicated staff.  We can provide care for an hour or you can leverage our expertise in live-In care. We understand the evolving needs of older adults and focus have a broad range of services to accommodate any client needs.

  • Many agencies shy away from the demands of around the clock care to help seniors live well at home.  We can provide non-medical or medical care around the clock.
  • We are available 24/7:  Care managers are on call for clients and their families, even during nights and weekends.
  • High quality caregivers:  We hire only 1 in 10 applicants and provide ongoing training and supervision.  We do background checks and drug tests on every candidate.
  • We understand the broad range of needs that come with an aging body.  We work to promote a healthy mind, body and spirit.
  • No Long Term Contracts.  You only use us as long as you are satisfied with our services.
  • You will be happy.  Our independent survey firm says that over 9 out of 10 of our clients would refer us to friends and family.