With our valued baby boomer population moving into its senior years and the demands of the economy on a dual income family showing no signs of letting up, providing the right care for loved ones oftentimes falls into the hands of qualified caregivers. A very popular alternative to the tried and true nursing home is home based health care. It’s common knowledge that one of the most stressful situations in life is moving away from familiar surroundings and into a new home. And with the average American moving at least eleven times in their lifetime, home based healthcare can reduce that amount by one more.

(Photo Courtesy of Patrick Philbrick)

(Photo Courtesy of Patrick Philbrick)

Patrick Philbrick is the director and CEO of Harmony Home Care based in El Dorado Hills, which serves much of the Sacramento area. As the director of Harmony Home care, Philbrick overseas the work of his licensed senior home care agency and ensures that all his clients are meeting or exceeding a quality of life they deserve.

What does your job entail?

“I am the director of a Nurse-supervised, senior home care agency. We are licensed, bonded and insured. Our agency and staff are certified in Alzheimer’s and dementia care.”

What do you enjoy most about your job?

“I find helping families cope with the pain and stress of dealing with an aging family member that is declining physically and/or mentally worthwhile.”

What was your education like?

“My college education is in liberal arts from UCLA. I also have years of volunteering along with that education through my church helping those in need.”

Has your education helped you in your profession?

“Most definitely! A liberal arts education teaches people about humanity, and the pain, suffering, joy and ecstasy that is the human experience. Learning about these common experiences helps people be more empathetic in their careers.”

Any advice for someone seeking a similar career?

“You have to have a heart for seniors to do this. If you feel the pain of the elderly and would find it rewarding to help seniors lead healthier, happier lives at home, then this is a good career path.”

Paulo Acoba is a California native raised in the Bay Area and living in the Central Valley. He enjoys distance running, cycling and grassroots motorsports. He holds a degree in management from the University of California Merced. Paulo has been writing for Examiner.com since 2012 and covering the Fresno area.