Pieces of Advice for Your Elderly Loved One’s First Day with a 24-Hour Caregiver

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a-1 home careYour parent has lived alone for decades.  Now that you have decided to hire a 24-hour caregiver to stay with your mom or dad, you are eagerly and anxiously anticipating the day when the certified nurse aide will arrive at the door of your elderly loved one’s home for the very first time.  This will be quite an adjustment for your mom or dad, since they have been taking care of themselves for so many years, and now they have to accept help from a stranger.  What are everyone’s expectations?  Here are a few tips for the first day:

  1. Be prepared for your parent’s response. Every senior is different; some may like the idea of having a round-the-clock caregiver to be there, while others may be resistant to having a complete stranger in their home.
  1. Ask the caregiver if she wants you there on the first night; otherwise, you can give her some space and let her settle in and get acquainted with your elderly loved one. She can call you if there’s an emergency or crisis.
  1. Be flexible in case the caregiver or your loved one calls and requests your presence. Always have a duffle bag ready with your clothes and toiletries in case you need to spend the night.
  1. Stay calm and positive. If you’re not panicking, your elderly loved one will see that and your attitude will be contagious.
  1. Communicate with the agency if you’ll need a live-in caregiver to stay up all night. This will help the care managers arrange for 24 hour care that includes vigilance throughout the night.

Living with a new “roommate” who will look after you, take care of you, and cook for you is an adjustment for sure.  Take heart!  A-1 Home Care has been delivering exceptional companion care to seniors for over two decades, and our care managers are experts at matching the perfect live-in caregiver with your mom or dad.  We strive to create harmony in the home, and as a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency, we send you only the best and most trustworthy caregivers you can find in LA and Orange County!

Call A-1 Home Care today (562) 929-8400 or visit our website www.a-1homecare.com for services in Newport Beach, Whittier, Manhattan Beach, Laguna Beach, Fullerton, Pasadena, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and other cities throughout LA and Orange County. 

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Getting an Elderly Loved One to Bathe When You Get No Support from Siblings

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Medication SupervisionLet’s say in a few months, you are getting ready to move in with an elderly loved one who refuses to bathe, and you are dreading it because every time you visit, you have to endure the gut-wrenching stench that makes you want to vomit immediately upon stepping inside the house.  It’s always drama when you initiate a discussion with your loved one about bathing, since he thinks he doesn’t need it.

Not only that, your siblings aren’t helping the situation either.  They make excuses for his behavior or blame it on the dog for the smell.  To add insult to injury, they label you as the “the bad guy” for being too pushy!  Of course, you don’t have to move into a situation that makes you uncomfortable, but we know that you are most likely moving in because of your heartfelt concern for your elderly loved one.

Here are some suggestions to diffuse the situation:

  1. Have a sit-down conversation with your elderly loved one.  Understand that seniors with Alzheimer’s are out of touch with their sense of smell and the days blend into a blur.  They may not bathe because they think they already took a shower that day, and they allow weeks to go by without cleaning themselves.  Try talking to your loved one to see if he can be empathetic with you.
  1. If that doesn’t work, try initiating a conversation between your elderly loved one and his physician. Oftentimes the elderly will be more receptive to advice from a professional than from a family member.  Talk to the physician about getting a 24-hour companion caregiver to assist with bathing.
  1. Try “no-rinse” bathing products. Maybe your parent is too afraid to slip and fall in the shower and has become afraid of water.
  1. Find out other possible sources of the smell. You may find signs of incontinence, such as dried puddles of urine, around the house.  If your elderly loved one has not received treatment for incontinence, this may be a good warning sign.

What’s the worst that can happen?

The pervasive smell can permeate your clothing and distract your coworkers from concentrating on their work.  Your employer reserves the right to terminate you if you don’t resolve the issue within a reasonable amount of time.  In fact, if your boss made you sign an “at-will termination agreement” upon employment, they can let you go with no explanation.  It has happened in the past and it can happen to you.

If you are moving in with your elderly loved one, you are the one who has to deal with the smell day in and day out.  Regardless of what your siblings are saying about you, their words carry no weight because they don’t have to live with it.

A-1 Home Care has the perfect solution for situations like this.  Our highly skilled, seasoned caregivers have years of experience helping seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia.  They know all the tricks to coaxing seniors into bathing, and they will help your elderly loved one every step of the way.  From stand-by assistance to full hands-on assistance, our live-in caregivers will take a load off your shoulders and help eliminate the stench from your home.

For high quality 24 hour Alzheimer’s Care, call A-1 Home Care today (562) 929-8400 or visit our website www.a-1homecare.com for more information.  Veteran Care is available in all of Los Angeles County, from Malibu, Burbank and Pasadena to Whittier and Cerritos. 

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5 Signs Your Aging Parent May Need In-Home Care Assistance

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a-1 home care san marino elder careIf it’s been a while since your last visit to Mom and Dad, you may notice a few noticeable changes when you see them again.  You may be surprised to see that in a span of a few weeks or months, your parents are more visibly frail than usual, and you wonder if it’s time to start shopping for reliable in-home caregivers to give a helping hand around the house.  Being in tune with small but significant details will prevent potentially large problems in the future if you know what to look for.  It may be time to search for affordable companion care if any of the following signs tip you off:

  • Disheveled physical appearance
  • House and yard need maintenance
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Forgetting important events like one’s own birthday
  • Confusion with basic tasks like writing a check or following a recipe

Consigning your elderly loved ones to a residential care facility or nursing home in the future is probably the last thing your parents would want you to do.  Instead, why not hire a live-in caregiver who can perform all the same tasks as a residential care nurse?  Your elderly loved ones can get the best of both worlds – assistance with daily tasks in the comfort of one’s own home.  Live-in care is voted the #1 choice of elder care by most seniors across the board.

Seniors get undivided attention from professional, seasoned and certified nurse assistants while enjoying the companionship of friends and family.  Staying at home with familiar surroundings adds to the comfort of 24 hour in-home care, and you get to monitor the daily progress of your elderly loved ones while managing your own affairs.

About A-1 Home Care

A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency serving seniors and families all over Southern California.  Established in 1991, A-1 Home Care is committed to delivering the highest quality of senior care and other types of in-home care, such as postpartum care, after-surgery care, disabilities care for adults and children, cancer care and more.  We are one of the few home care agencies in California to successfully receive state licensure; our phone lines are open 24 hours a day and you will always be connected to a live operator.  Services are available in Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Fullerton, Yorba Linda, Villa Park, Tustin, Anaheim, and other parts of Orange County.  Our services are covered by long term care insurance and veteran benefits.  Paying out of pocket?  We have viable financing options that fit every budget under the sun!

For a free quote, call A-1 Home Care today (949) 650-3800 or visit www.a-1homecare.com for more details.

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Breeding Grounds for Scam Bacteria: Senior Online Dating

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a-1 home care elder care yorba lindaEven if an elderly person were not suffering from mild cognitive decline, he could still be susceptible to online predators that prowl around searching for vulnerable seniors, especially those who were just diagnosed with terminal illness or cancer.  It’s easy for predators to hide behind the anonymity of the computer screen.  Many dating sites do not require a criminal background check, and anyone can pretend to be someone else, as in the case of Joseph Bryon Martin, who found himself incarcerated on international soil after developing an online relationship with a “woman” he met overseas.  Do you have an elderly loved one who was recently diagnosed with terminal illness or suffers from dementia, arthritis, limited mobility and loneliness?  A live-in companion from a licensed, bonded and insured agency like A-1 Home Care will lessen your loved one’s chances of being scammed.

24 Hour Companion Care, an Antidote for Loneliness

Companionship is a healthy buffer for loneliness.  However, unless you have a family member who is unemployed and not in school, your elderly loved one is likely to spend hours alone and bored to death.  Staying busy with chores can only go so far to keep one’s mind off loneliness.  We are social creatures and we are created to interact with other people.  Too much alienation may heighten your elderly loved one’s sense of loneliness and she may mistake that for lack of romantic companionship.  To avoid the pitfalls of social isolation, consider a 24-hour companion from A-1 Home Care.  Friendship and companionship with a certified home health aide from a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency will set your mind at ease.

Safe & Secure with Licensed, Bonded and Insured In-Home Care

A-1 Home Care has been in business for over two decades, serving seniors and their families in Malibu, Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Beverly Hills, Pasadena, Torrance and other parts of LA and Orange County.  As one of the few home care agencies that successfully received state licensure, A-1 Home Care offers the highest quality of senior care in California.  Because we are licensed, bonded and insured, our caregivers must pass an extensive criminal background check, DMV check and professional reference verification.  Your elderly loved ones are in good and safe hands with A-1 Home Care.

For more information, call A-1 Home Care today (949) 650-3800 or visit www.a-1homecare.com for more details.

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Seniors with Arthritis and Prior Trauma More Likely to Attempt Suicide

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????????????????????????????????????????According to a recent study from the University of Toronto, one in 26 men with arthritis have attempted suicide, compared to one in 50 men who don’t have arthritis.  Statistics for women also show that there was a higher prevalence among women with arthritis for suicide attempts.  “When we focused on adults with arthritis, we found that those who had experienced chronic parental domestic violence or sexual abuse during their childhood had more than three times the odds of suicide attempts compared to adults with arthritis who had not experienced these childhood adversities,” said Esme Fuller-Thomson, lead author of the study that was published in Rheumatology International.  If you have an elderly loved one who suffers from arthritis and has come from a tumultuous home environment, keep a close eye on him or her.  Your elderly loved one will also enjoy 24-hour Arthritis Care from A-1 Home Care, LA County’s preferred home care agency.

24 Hour In-Home Care Diminishes the Pain of Arthritis Every Day

Arthritis can severely limit your mobility and thus worsen symptoms of depression.  The inflammatory pain in the joints, such as hips, knees, ankles and feet, make it almost impossible to work and perform daily tasks like cooking, cleaning, bathing and grooming.  Having once been independent and now having to depend on others to do simple tasks, it’s no wonder why your elderly loved one would feel extremely depressed.  However, arthritis can have fatal effects if you don’t watch your loved one carefully.  A-1 Home Care’s experienced and highly skilled in-home caregivers will keep an eye out for your loved ones, making sure they get undivided attention without stripping away their dignity.

About A-1 Home Care

A-1 Home Care was established in 1991, serving communities in Beverly Hills, Culver City, Santa Monica, Malibu, Los Angeles, Century City, Hollywood, Pasadena, and other cities throughout LA County.  Because we are licensed, bonded and insured, you can be sure that each caregiver must pass a criminal background check, DMV check and professional reference verification.  When selecting in-home caregivers for your elderly loved ones, we involve the whole family in the interview process so you can have a say in who you’ll allow into your sanctuary. With A-1 Home Care’s operators on stand-by 24 hours a day, you’ll never have to get an answering machine.

For a free quote, call A-1 Home Care today (949) 650-3800 or visit www.a-1homecare.com for more details.

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Breast Cancer Gene BRCA1 connected to Uterine Cancer

Causes of Cancer are largely considered environmental.  DNA damage may be sustained by exposure to a number of harmful elements such as tobacco smoke, harmful radiation waves, asbestos and wood dust.  However, scientists have discovered a link between a mutation in a woman’s BRCA genes and a higher risk of a deadly type of uterine cancer.

The genes known as BRCA1 and BRCA2 have earned the nickname of “breast cancer genes” due to findings showing mutation in either or both genes revealing a higher risk to the development of not only breast cancer but ovarian cancer as well.  In addition, studies have shown women who do have mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes are also at a higher risk of developing a very aggressive form of cancer known as uterine serous carcinoma.

Uterine serous carcinomas make up but only ten percent of all uterine cancers but due to their aggressive nature account for half of all uterine cancer related deaths.  Looking deeper into the studies, protein problems involving coding into cells by the BRCA1 gene are quite common in cases of uterine serous carcinoma.  There are preventative surgeries utilized in patients at risk which involve the removal of the fallopian tubes and the ovaries, but doctors are advised to discuss the possibility of uterus removal as well.  Further study is necessary to determine the benefit for women with BRCA mutation to consider a hysterectomy as well.

Team Up in The Fight Against Cancer

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A cancer diagnosis of any sort can be a life changing event for not only the patient but their family and loved ones as well.  The main means of cancer treatment involve surgery to afflicted area, radiation treatment as well as Chemotherapy.  Unregulated cell growth in the body can spread if unchecked and multiply in the lymph nodes and other areas of the body.  At A-1 Home Care, we specialize in Cancer Care and provide service on a 24 Hour Live-In Care or Hourly Care basis. Doctors may recommend certain physical activity, changes in lifestyle and dietary restrictions as well in recovery.

There are many side effects to cancer treatments some of which may be lasting over time.  Dealing with issues like nausea, fatigue, aches and pains and muscle/nerve issues can be made easier with a little help.  All of our experienced and skilled Cancer Caregivers bring at least 2 years of professional experience to the table and can offer support during these trying times.  Call us today at (562) 929-8400 or (949) 650-3800 to learn more about how we can assist with recovery in the comfort of the patient’s own home!

Leading After Surgery Care Services Relieve In-Patient Elders In Orange County

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Does it look like your loved one will be spending time in the hospital following a medical setback or lengthy surgical recovery?

For elders in such situations living in the Orange County area, A-1 Home Care provides after surgery care services that keep seniors upbeat and well-mannered during their hospital stay. Each caregiver service is affordable as well, as each of our caregiving professionals understand the importance of providing top-quality care at lower-than-the-rest prices.

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A-1 Home Care offers exceptional short-term care options to elders in the hospital that include:

  • assistance with personal services like bathing, grooming, dressing, and toileting
  • wake-up and tuck-in services
  • running errands like grocery shopping and picking up clothes from the cleaners
  • maintenance inside the home including vacuuming, dusting, dishwashing, laundry, and trash
  • assistance with mobility
  • maintenance outside the home including yard work and gardening tasks
  • transportation of items you need from the home during your hospital stay
  • special needs care
  • child care
  • pet care

A-1 Home Care provides in-home assistance as well to people from all walks of life, including Jewish, Asian, Middle Eastern, and European, so that no elder gets left behind on the road to restoration in the home. Each caregiver provides numerous senior care solutions that help remind seniors throughout Southern California why A-1 Home Care is the leader in home caregiving today!

You can find out more about the exceptional 24 hour care options available throughout OC and Los Angeles when you contact a friendly caregiver at (949) 650-3800 or (562) 929-8400. A-1 Home Care is happy to provide care to neighboring communities like Irvine, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Corona Del Mar, and Costa Mesa.

Exceptional Kidney Disease Services Relieve Elders In Orange County Areas

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For elders with kidney failure, living alone in the home is a dire circumstance to be flirting with.

At A-1 Home Care in Orange County and Los Angeles, we send our certified caregiving professionals right to the front doorstep– and beyond. Each kidney disease care expert on staff reaches out with helping hands and a golden heart to each senior they have the pleasure of working with, offering lasting in-home care solutions to all troubles kidneys.

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A-1 Home Care brings a variety of home health services to people in need, such as:

  • assistance with household tasks like dusting, vacuuming, dish-washing, laundry, mopping, taking out the trash, and bed-making
  • assistance with yard work and gardening duties like watering plants, mowing the lawn, and raking leaves
  • assistance with personal services like bathing, grooming, dressing, and toileting
  • wake-up and tuck-in services
  • transportation to and from medical appointments, renal dialysis treatments, and other existing engagements
  • delicious and nutritious meal preparation that’s always kidney-friendly
  • running errands like grocery shopping and picking up clothes from the cleaners
  • medication reminders and administration assistance
  • enjoyable conversation and companionship
  • special needs care

A-1 Home Care is happy to service people from all walks of life, including Asian, Middle Eastern, Jewish, and European, with specific in-home care services that target the preservation and improved health of their kidneys for all of their days.  Fully Licensed, Bonded, and Insured, A-1 Home Care is the caregiver agency trusted most in Southern California– because being second best has never been an option.

You can find out more about why A-1 Home Care is the caregiver agency of choice in Southern California today when you dial (949) 650-3800 or (562) 929-8400. A-1 Home Care is more than happy to service nearby communities in Corona Del Mar, Fountain Valley, Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach, and Newport Beach.

In-Home Care Services Include Bipolar Care In OC

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Did you know that people suffering from bipolar disorder can receive lasting care in the home– and at the most affordable costs available in Southern California?

At A-1 Home Care in Orange County and Los Angeles, we provide round-the-clock 24 hour care services as well as short-term care ones. Our diverse caregivers serve people from all walks of life, including Jewish, Middle Eastern, Asian, and European, so that no senior gets left behind on the journey to better home health.

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A-1 Home Care provides affordable bipolar caregiver services from the comfort and convenience of the home that include:

  • assistance with household tasks like dusting, vacuuming, dish-washing, laundry, mopping, taking out the trash, and bed-making
  • assistance with yard work and gardening duties like watering plants, mowing the lawn, and raking leaves
  • assistance with personal services like bathing, grooming, dressing, and toileting
  • wake-up and tuck-in services
  • transportation to and from medical appointments and other existing engagements
  • delicious and nutritious meal preparation
  • running errands like grocery shopping and picking up clothes from the cleaners
  • medication reminders and administration assistance
  • enjoyable conversation and companionship
  • child care
  • pet care

A-1 Home Care additionally offers care in the home such as respite care for family caregivers who need a break, Alzheimer’s and dementia care for elders with cognitive decline, and hospice care for the terminally ill. It’s this dedication to the most diverse care provision in So Cal that has kept A-1 Home Care as the best in caregiving provision for the past quarter century and counting already!

For more information on the leading caregiver options at your disposal, call A-1 Home Care at (949) 650-3800 or (562) 929-8400 today. A-1 Home Care is glad to serve neighboring communities in Fountain Valley, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, and Corona Del Mar.

A-1 Home Care 24 Hour In-Home Incontinence Care for All Ages

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????????????????????????????????????????The problem of urinary incontinence is often left untreated because of the shame and embarrassment associated with it.  Approximately 30 million women in America suffer from involuntary incontinence, which is affected by age and genetic factors.  Incontinence doesn’t just happen to the elderly; it can happen to younger women too.  The chances for urinary incontinence increase after each childbirth, which limits the mother from activities like running, exercising, and playful tickling with the kids.  A-1 Home Care provides 24 hour assistance with managing symptoms for people of all ages, not just seniors.

How A-1 Home Care Helps

A-1 Home Care will send a knowledgeable, certified home health aide into your home to help you or your elderly loved one strengthen your muscles.  Thanks to new technology such as the electric impulse treatment and improved muscle therapy, individuals struggling with urinary incontinence can manage their symptoms and, with the assistance from a caregiver, they will resume regular routines like exercising or watching funny movies.  If you recently underwent an operation to resolve the incontinence issue, A-1 Home Care will provide short-term and long-term after-surgery care until you are fully recovered.  Round-the-clock and live-out in-home care entails meal preparation, light housekeeping, transportation, personal care, bathing, and grooming.

 

About A-1 Home Care

A-1 Home Care has been serving families in Villa Park, Newport Beach, Anaheim Hills, Fullerton, Irvine, Tustin, Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, and other cities throughout Orange County.  Delivering excellent brain injury care to veterans, A-1 Home Care offers the most competitive rates in Southern California for those who pay out-of-pocket.  Easy financing options are available with reasonable payment terms, and A-1 Home Care accepts Veteran Benefits as well as long-term insurance from providers like John Hancock, MetLife Insurance, Penn Treaty and CALPERS.

 

For a free quote, call A-1 Home Care today (949) 650-3800 or visit www.a-1homecare.com for more details.