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Sepsis (Septicemia) is one of the most common reasons individuals are readmitted to the hospital after a procedure or treatment for another condition, but many people do not know what it is. In addition to health concerns, this can also cause unnecessary emotional stress and financial burden. If your loved one recently visited the hospital, these answers to common questions may help you reduce the likelihood of a return trip to the hospital as a result of this serious condition. What is Sepsis? Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection that can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death.1 Sometimes, sepsis can occur as a result of contaminated blood sources during a procedure, but more commonly it happens as a result of another less-serious infection. For example, for someone whose immune system is compromised, a simple urinary tract infection (UTI) left untreated can spread to the individual’s blood and cause sepsis. Who is Most Likely to Get Sepsis? Sepsis is triggered by an infection, which can affect people of all ages. However, some people are more likely to develop sepsis than others. The elderly and those who are extremely frail are most susceptible as their bodies are weaker and less able to fight infections that may lead to sepsis. Individuals who have multiple illnesses, people with autoimmune disorders or those undergoing chemotherapy or other drug regimens are also considered high-risk because of their weakened immune systems. Other conditions that may be more likely to develop sepsis include diabetes, heart failure, and pneumonia. What are the Signs and Symptoms of Sepsis? Sepsis symptoms include: High fever or shivering Extreme pain or discomfort A drop in blood pressure and/or a high heart rate Lack of urination Cognition changes, including confusion, lethargy, weakness or fatigue Shortness of breath Dizziness and/or fainting It is important to note that these symptoms also may indicate general changes in... Read Original Article

BrightStar Care of Conejo Valley has received the Best of Home Care Provider of Choice Award from Home Care PulseProvider of Choice_2017

BrightStar Care of Conejo Valley/Thousand Oaks is ranked as a select home care agency for our ability to provide outstanding care.

The Provider of Choice Award is granted only to the top ranking home care providers, based on client satisfaction scores gathered by Home Care Pulse. BrightStar Care of Conejo Valley is now ranked among a select few home care providers across the country who have proven their ability to provide outstanding care.

Best of Home Care Provider of Choice award-winning providers have contracted with Home Care Pulse to gather feedback from their clients by conducting live phone interviews with their clients each month. Because Home Care Pulse is an independent third-party company, it is able to collect honest and unbiased feedback. These award-winning providers have received the highest satisfaction scores from their clients in areas such as professionalism, services provided, compassion of caregivers and overall quality of care.

“[Insert quote here from your company discussing the importance of this award and how it demonstrates your dedication to providing excellent in-home care],” says [name and job title of person being quoted].

“Our goal at Home Care Pulse is to empower home care businesses to deliver the best home care possible,” says Aaron Marcum. “We are happy to recognize BrightStar Care of Conejo Valley as a Best of Home Care Provider of Choice and to celebrate their accomplishments as a trusted home care provider.”

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We are thrilled to announce that we’ve received both the Best of Home Care Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice Awards from Home Care Pulse. Only the nation’s top-ranking home care providers earn this distinction based on client and caregiver satisfaction scores gathered by Home Care Pulse — a national third-party quality and satisfaction research firm. “We want to congratulate BrightStar Care of Conejo Valley on receiving both the Best of Home Care – Provider of Choice Award and the Best of Home Care – Employer of Choice Award,” says Aaron Marcum, CEO and founder of Home Care Pulse. “Since these awards are based on real, unfiltered feedback from clients and caregivers, it demonstrates their team’s dedication to providing a great work environment and solid training to employees, while maintaining their focus on client satisfaction. We are pleased to recognize their dedication to quality, professionalism, and expertise in home care.” BrightStar Care contracted with Home Care Pulse to gather feedback from their clients and caregivers via live phone interviews each month. Because Home Care Pulse is an independent third-party company, it can collect honest and unbiased feedback. These award-winning providers have received the highest satisfaction scores in areas such as professionalism, compassion of caregivers, training, and client/caregiver compatibility. “ Our goal at Home Care Pulse is to empower home care businesses to deliver the best home care possible,” says Aaron Marcum, CEO and founder of Home Care Pulse. “We are happy to recognize BrightStar Care of Conejo Valley as a Best of Home Care award-winning provider and celebrate their accomplishments in building a team of happy, qualified caregivers who provide outstanding care for their clients.” To find out more about BrightStar Care of Conejo Valley’s commitment to excellence, please call 805.233.3800 or request a call from our team contact us. Read Original Article
February is American Heart Month, making it the perfect time to commit to living a healthier lifestyle. Family history is one major risk factor for heart disease, but an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, smoking, and being overweight can also elevate your risk. To get yourself and those you love back on the right track, start by heading to your general practitioner for a full check-up. This should be done yearly. To make sure you’re staying healthy year-round, try following these daily tips. Heart-Healthy Tip #1: Eat Right Eating right isn’t just a great idea, it’s a necessity. By putting the right food into your body, you’ll receive the proper nutrients it needs to fight off everyday germs, and helps you stay energized and strong. Try these easy tips for eating right: Prep meals ahead of time. Spend some time one day a week putting together nutritious meals for yourself and your family members to grab and heat up. Never go shopping on an empty stomach. This will help you avoid buying treats that aren’t on your shopping list. Take a walk. After a meal, take your family on a walk together to resist the urge to overeat and to grab a sweet treat. The best dessert will be spending more time together. Avoid alcohol and sugary drinks. When choosing something to drink, steer clear of alcohol, sodas, and sports drinks. Remember, water is your friend as it takes up 70% of your body. Keep fully hydrated, and replace any water you may lose from sweat. Heart-Healthy Tip #2: Exercise Regularly Exercise helps keep the body strong and helps keep the weight off and the heart healthy. Try these small ways to make healthy decisions every day. When you go shopping, park farther away from the door, walking is good for your body. Instead of taking the escalator or elevator, take the stairs. If you’re at a wedding or even in your own living room, dance to the tunes that are playing. You’ll be surprised how many calories you can burn from busting a move. Love to watch TV? Walk or... Read Original Article

BrightStar of Conejo Valley Invites you to a Community Dinner in West Lake with Presentations on Baby Boomers and Aging Parents

Feb . 23 Dinner Event  at North Ranch Center from 6 t0 8pm

RSVP:  Email gina@mainstreetloans.com

 

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Every January 25th is National Infusion Nurse’s Day. Do you know what an infusion nurse does or the many ways they can help your loved one at home? What is an Infusion Nurse? Infusion Nurses are Registered Nurses who specialize in giving medicine and fluids to patients through injection or infusion. They require additional training and knowledge of the techniques to perform and monitor an infusion, including the equipment as well as the often highly specialized medications they are infusing. They monitor patients for their reaction to the medication being administered, manage their tubing and pumps, maintain arterial catheters, and stay aware of potential drug complications. Infusion Nurses can be found working in a multitude of locations, including places like hospitals, long-term care centers, clinics, and home health agencies. The aging of America, the advance of new medical technologies, and the focus in healthcare on reducing costs are fueling demand for infusion nurses. Demand for infusion nurse services is expected to rise 26 percent by 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Until recently, infusion nursing didn’t play a prominent role among the most sought-after nursing specialties. However, infusion nursing is expected to receive more focus as more Americans are living longer and living with chronic illnesses for which new treatment therapies are being designed and include newer medications that must be injected or infused by a specially trained professional. Conditions that require an Infusion Nurse Examples of conditions for which a medication may be injected or infused include certain autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, Chron’s disease, multiple sclerosis and other conditions like heart disease, liver disease, and gastrointestinal disorders. Celebrating Infusion Nurses BrightStar Care celebrates Infusion Nurses among our rank of specially trained Registered Nurses at our Joint Commission accredited home-care... Read Original Article
January can not only bring a lot of beautiful snow, but also slippery ice and freezing temperatures. Whether you live up north where it easily drops below zero, or down south where it can cool down into the 30’s and 40’s, you’ll want to take extra steps to ensure your loved one stays happy and healthy this winter. Here are 5 tips to be fully prepared for the winter months. Indoor Safety Many people will spend a majority of their time indoors during the season, going days without stepping outside. This is why it’s very important to have the home prepared for this amount of quality time at home. It’s easy for your loved one to become ill if the home is not kept warm enough. If using a fireplace or gas heater to warm up the house, make sure to have new batteries in both your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. A regular tune-up on the home’s furnace should be done routinely. In case the power in your loved ones home goes out during a storm, have the readily home stocked with non-perishable food, flashlights, battery-powered radios, and blankets. As the temperature of the home drops, have the appropriate garments ready to wear, i.e. several layers of warm clothes, hats, gloves, and scarves. To prepare for emergencies, a landline phone is useful in case cellular service is disrupted. If you venture out with your loved one, take both coats and boots off when entering the home to prevent water from collecting, causing the floors to become slippery and increasing the possibility of a fall. Eat right Staying inside can make it very easy to snack on the wrong foods and forget about regular meals. Keep up with a healthy diet and consume foods that are high in vitamin D. Generally we get vitamin D from the sun, so supplementing diets with vitamin D-rich food, such as seafood (tuna and salmon), grains, and milk, can help make up for what we aren’t getting in the winter. Clearing the sidewalks and driveway Trips to the doctor’s office or the grocery store can be a worrisome... Read Original Article
A new year means it’s time for a fresh start. It’s time to grab the reins on the things we’ve all been saying we are going to get around to doing but haven’t yet. When you have an aging loved one you are caring for, this means having to make New Year’s resolutions for not only yourself, but for them as well. Take a look at our New Year’s resolution lists of our top suggested goals for 2017. Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions to do with your Aging Loved One Fall proof the home of any hazards to help prevent future falls. Go through family photos and create an album showcasing the photo along with labeling who is in the photo, when it was taken, and a story behind the photo to help preserve memories for your ageing loved one and for future generations to enjoy. Make sure to keep your loved one active to not only stay strong, but healthy as well. This can be done through walks, water aerobics, and the like. Being healthy doesn’t only mean exercising daily, but also eating right. Make sure to have plenty of fruits and vegetables in the house, and less junk food. Make sure your loved one’s important documents, financial information, will, assets, etc. is in order. It’s not a fun task, but it’s a better feeling knowing it’s completed. Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions for Family Members of an Aging Loved One Become educated on the medical conditions your loved one is living with as it will help provide comfort to both parties. Start asking for help. BrightStar Care is here to help you with the daily caregiving responsibilities for your loved one. Seek financial advice from an expert to ensure your loved ones needs are covered and how to make the money last. Make sure to thank yourself for all you do every day. Your loved one might not be able to thank you out loud, but they are thinking it. Always remember to stay positive. You’re making a huge difference in your loved one’s everyday life. Read Original Article
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What makes the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce a good chamber?

There are many dynamic members from a variety of businesses and great attendance at the networking events makes for a compelling organization to join. I expect to participate fully and have my business flourish greatly as a result.

— Burt Williamson - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage