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After You’ve Exhausted All Your Options with Incontinence Care, Try This

Your dear elderly mother recently had to move in with you and your family.  You get along great, and despite her recent fall and broken hip, your loved one has managed to maintain an incredibly positive attitude about life in general.  Even in her 90’s, she is sharp as a tack and does not struggle with Alzheimer’s or Dementia, which is rare for most of the aging population.  Yet there is still one thing that bugs you, that makes you feel like an awful daughter and every day you feel guilty about it – it’s your growing impatience with her hourly need for incontinence care every hour of the night.  Prior to moving her in with you, you had no idea how many times she was getting up at night to use the restroom, but now with her injured hip, she depends on you for constant assistance.  You’ve tried everything:

  • Not giving your elderly loved one liquids in the early afternoon
  • Melatonin or other sleep aids
  • Different types of bedding
  • Exercising more
  • Staying up later
  • Going to bed earlier

Even though she uses Depends or other adult diapers, she does not want to stay in bed when she needs to use the restroom (understandably so).  If you’ve tried all options, including ones that are not listed here, try 24-hour incontinence care from A-1 Home Care.

Reliable, Round-the-Clock Incontinence and Overnight Care at Your Disposal

Sleep deprivation should not be taken lightly.  According to Harvard Medical School, even just one night of sleep deprivation elevates blood pressure throughout the whole day the following day, and it leads to a weakened immune system, cognitive impairment, diabetes, and heart disease.  Getting adequate sleep is crucial, not only for your own well-being but also for your whole family.  A-1 Home Care’s incontinence care services include the following:

  • Assistance with cooking, cleaning, and laundry from a live-in caregiver
  • Bathing, grooming and dressing
  • Compassionate companion care
  • Vigilant overnight care
  • Cleaning up after leaks and accidents
  • Bed linen changes
  • Assistance with pelvic muscle exercises
  • Shopping for recommended undergarments and collection devices

About A-1 Home Care  

A-1 Home Care is one of the few state-licensed agencies in California.  For over two decades, we have been serving seniors and their families all over Calabasas and surrounding areas, such Woodland Hills, Thousand Oaks, Sherman Oaks, Malibu, Santa Monica, La Canada Flintridge and Burbank, delivering the highest quality of in-home care in Southern California.  Because we are licensed, bonded and insured, your elderly loved ones are protected from fraud, scams, and predators.  Every single caregiver from A-1 Home Care is thoroughly screened for their criminal background, DMV record and sex offender check.  Our incontinence care services are covered by long-term care insurance and veteran benefits.  Paying out of pocket?  We have something special in store for you too; talk to our care managers about a high quality elder care plan that fits your budget!

To hire a caregiver in your area, call A-1 Home Care today (562) 929-8400.

How to Minimize Stress Levels for High Burden Caregivers

A “high burden caregiver” is someone who cares for an elderly loved one under complex circumstances that render them vulnerable to higher stress and strain.  Included in this group of vulnerable caregivers are high-hour caregivers, older caregivers, and caregivers who were “forced” into this role.  Caregivers who receive virtually no support or relief are likely to suffer from burnout or exhaustion, with symptoms ranging from depression to social isolation, self-harm or harm toward the elderly loved one, weight loss, appetite loss, breakdown of immune system, and insomnia.

Respite Care Relief for Caregivers

Temporary or long-term 24 hour relief is available for high burden caregivers like you.  If you know someone who is caring for a loved one and just needs a break, one of the best gifts you can give them is a vacation from their duties.  While it’s great to practice relaxation techniques, who’s going to take care of your loved one while you’re trying to take a break?

That’s what A-1 Home Care is here for.  Our respite and live-out caregivers can come to you a few hours a day or a few days a week, depending on your stress levels, needs, and availability.  If you want two weeks off, we’re here for you!  If all you need is a 4-day vacation every week, our caregivers will take care of business!  Respite care includes assistance with meal preparations, light housekeeping, errands, prescription pick-ups, social visits to friends and family, bathing, grooming, personal care, companion care and transportation to appointments around Calabasas.

About A-1 Home Care

Established in 1991, A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured agency delivering high quality in-home care services to families in Calabasas, Woodland Hills, Thousand Oaks, Sherman OaksMalibuSanta Monica, La Canada Flintridge and BurbankAs one of the few home care agencies that have successfully received state licensure from the State of California, A-1 Home Care ensures senior safety and wellness by screening every caregiver, every certified nurse aide, certified home health aide, and licensed vocational nurse for their criminal background.  All professional references are verified.  Our top-notch senior care services have rendered A-1 Home Care to be the preferred home care in Southern California.

To find a caregiver in your area, call A-1 Home Care today (562) 929-8400.

Taking Care of a Difficult Aging Parent: How Much Longer Will You Carry the Guilt?

If you can relate, then you know what I’m talking about.  The parent who has never been there for you now expects you to take care of her; you’ve already spent thousands of dollars on therapy trying to heal from the past, but the time has now come when she needs your help.  As a good son or daughter, you take on the role of a live-in caregiver despite what’s happened in the past, but instead of getting sweeter, your parent’s personality gets worse, and she constantly gives you guilt trips no matter how hard you try to take care of her.

Two Birds in One Stone: The In-Home Care Solution

Fulfilling your filial obligation makes you the good son/daughter that you are, and you can accomplish this while preserving boundaries around your mental health.  A-1 Home Care in Calabasas provides 24-hour care for seniors in the comfort of their own homes, which means that if you want to move out or move your parents into a place of their own, you can still manage to take care of their needs from a distance.  Live-in care entails the following:

  • Assistance with cooking, cleaning and laundry
  • Transportation anywhere in Calabasas or beyond for medical, dental and optical appointments
  • 24 hour companion care

Our trusted caregivers have won the hearts of the elderly and their families for many years, which make us the preferred home care agency in LA County.  Even the most difficult personality will melt in the presence of unconditional sweetness.  More often than not, family members are more cordial with outsiders than their own relatives.  There is no relationship history or trigger buttons to push, and nothing fazes our seasoned caregivers, who have years of experience under their belts.

About A-1 Home Care in Calabasas

At A-1 Home Care in Calabasas, the entire family’s welfare is our concern, not just the person receiving care.  Your mental, emotional and physical well-being are just as important as your elderly loved ones’ state of being. We want you to feel comfortable with the level of care that’s provided by our exceptionally talented live-in caregivers.  Your loved ones are in safe hands with our caregiving team; each certified nurse aide, licensed vocational nurse and certified home health aide has been thoroughly screened and investigated.  As one of the few licensed, bonded and insured home care agencies in California, A-1 Home Care guarantees 100% customer satisfaction and senior safety.

For low-cost 24 hour elder care, call A-1 Home Care today (562) 929-8400 or visit our website for services in Calabasas and surrounding areas, such Woodland Hills, Thousand Oaks, Sherman Oaks, MalibuSanta MonicaLa Canada Flintridge and Burbank.

Is Dementia the same as Alzheimer’s?

In short, the answer is NO.  Dementia is a more general way of describe symptoms hindering memory or learning new things.  Alzheimer’s, on the other hand, is a type of dementia.  The most common type to be exact.  Other sorts of dementia are vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, and Parkinson’s disease.  Common causes are drug and alcohol abuse, head injury and depression.  Addressing the aforementioned conditions can be effective against symptoms.

Is there a cure?

Unfortunately, at this time there is no effective cure or treatment for Alzheimer’s.  There is hope in a particular antioxidant, resveratrol, which can be found in red grapes.  According to studies, sustaining a diet rich in fruit, veggies, fish and nuts can offer cognitive progression as we get older.  While the actual cause of Alzheimer’s is yet to be determined, the main risk factor is age.

Is Alzheimer’s hereditary?

In a word, NO.  It is a very small number of Alzheimer’s cases that are associated with blood line.  Genetics do play a part but there are measures that can be taken to lower risk.  These would be maintaining healthy body weight, adhering to a balanced and nutritious diet, regular exercise and practicing good heart health.  Being social and engaging with friends and family is another way to lower the risk, as well as furthering one’s own education.

At A-1 Home Care, we specialize in expert, compassionate Alzheimer’s and Dementia care.  Our Caregivers are well versed in dealing with memory loss, confusion, mood swings and other troublesome symptoms associated with the disease.  Serving the Calabasas and surrounding areas for over 20 years, we are the Home Care Agency of choice for doctors, social workers, case managers and discharge planners across southern California.  Call us today for a free quote at 562-929-8400 or 626-219-6440.

Ways to Take Care of Your Loved One While Maintaining a Personal Life

Taking care of a loved one who has a high level of needs can take a serious toll on your physical, emotional and mental health.  Among the highest level of needs requiring nursing tasks, cancer, diabetes, lung disease and surgery wounds rank at the top, according to a report on Caregiving in the US (2015).  All too often, caregivers must sacrifice their social lives and personal needs to care for a chronically ill spouse, sibling or parent.  Family 24 hour caregivers lose a sense of identity and over time, they withdraw from social circles and experience depression.  Many of them do not want to place loved ones in an assisted facility out of feelings of guilt, so they take on the burden entirely upon themselves.

24-Hour In-Home Care to the Rescue

Caring for a loved one does not have to be taxing or expensive.  A-1 Home Care in LA County provides affordable, high quality 24-hour care for all types of conditions, such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, Arthritis, Parkinson’s, Lou Gehrig’s, and Kidney Disease.  With a live-in caregiver, you can kick back and relax.  There’s no need to feel guilty because your loved one will not have to be consigned to a residential care facility; you get all the perks of non-medical assistance in the comfort of your own home!  Round-the-clock caregiver assistance includes the following:

-Cooking
-Cleaning
-Laundry
-Bathing
-Grooming
-Personal care
-Transportation
-Patient lifting and transferring
-Medication reminders
-Prescription pick-ups
-Errands
-Grocery shopping
-Social visits to friends, family and local senior centers
-Companion care
-100% Trustworthy Elder Care That’s Licensed, Bonded and Insured

If you want to take a vacation, you can rest assured that your elderly loved ones are in good hands!  A-1 Home Care is one of the few licensed, bonded and insured agencies in California, meaning your loved ones are protected from scam artists, predators, theft and fraud.  For over two decades, we have provided excellent senior care services and home care services for adults with disabilities.  We thoroughly investigate all professional references and conduct extensive criminal background checks for your safety and peace of mind.

Looking for high quality in-home care?  Call A-1 Home Care (310) 657-8780 or visit www.lainhomecareservice.com for services in Hollywood, Glendale, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Malibu, Beverly Hills and surrounding cities in LA County.

Companion in Calabasas

Today in America, nearly one in four adults is providing unpaid care for an older adult in lieu of opting for a professional service.  Compounded with balancing the obligations of running errands, staying on top of concerns with wellness and at the same time maintaining a household, the double workload can become overwhelming for some.  What may prove even more stressful is grappling with the notion of hours of alone time your loved one may be looking at in the absence of yourself or other family members.  Things like “fall-risk” come to mind or not being able to manage medications without supervision.  This is where A-1 Home Care really shines-we deliver elder companion care, in home companion, live-in companion and other companionship services with a caring, compassionate touch to ensure the safety and well-being of your loved ones

A-1 Home Care Agency is proud to provide companionship services to relieve some of the stresses that come from taking up the role of primary caregiver.  Our loving and expertly trained team will make sure no one has to exist in fear of ever being alone in a time of need or having to go without day to day support for activities of daily living.  Companion care can actually refer to a wide range of duties such as handling household tasks, assisting with physical activity as well as nurturing much needed personal interaction which may see a decline in senior years.

Each and every senior companion professional is ethnically diverse, always affordable and dedicated to care and compassion.  Our mission is to not only remove any uncertainty with leaving older loved ones alone, but to nurture and encourage the overall wellness of the patient.  Social interaction can do so much for not only retaining but also regaining fuller cognitive function.

To inquire about our top level Companion Care services, give us a call today at (310) 657-8780 or (562) 929-8400.  Our live intake coordinators are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  A-1 Home Care is proud to serve all areas of Santa Monica, Torrance, Studio City and more!

A-1 Home Care Bingo Event for senior participants at Buena Park Senior Center

 

March 8, 2015
11:00 AM
Buena Park Senior Center
8150 Knott Ave.
Buena Park, CA. 90620

A-1 Home Care Booth Display Event for senior participants at Los Alamitos Recreation/ Senior Center

February 11, 2015
11:00 AM
Los Alamitos Recreation/ Senior Center
10911 Oak St.
Los Alamitos, CA. 90720

On February 11, 2016, A-1 Home Care held a Booth Display event at Los Alamitos Recreation/Senior Center, Los Alamitos, Ca. Marisol Trejo was there with the brochures, postcards, business cards, lunch coolers and bottled water. I set up one table in the lounge room across from the auditorium where the seniors were having their event. Twenty+ seniors, men and women, walked over to the lounge room for information, postcards, lunch coolers and water bottles.

The seniors loved our presence and giveaways. Terri, the senior representative allowed me several minutes on the microphone to introduce myself and A-1. Very friendly event, lots of questions and answering. Many seniors mentioned knowing someone, friend, family member, or neighbor they know may be interested and they would pass on our information to them.

A-1 Home Care believes in giving back to the community and holding these programs is a way to show seniors and elderly our support and compassion.  Our Caregivers, Home Health Aides, Nurse Aides and Senior Companions provide excellent in homecare services because they genuinely care about the seniors, elderly, disabled and ill adult clients of A-1 Home Care.  For over 20 years, our caregiver agency has earned a great reputation for high quality care at an affordable rate in Orange County and Los Angeles County.

A-1 Home Care Arts & Crafts Event for senior participants at Buena Park Senior Center

January 26, 2015
11:00 AM
Buena Park Senior Center
8150 Knott Ave
Buena Park, CA. 90620

On January 26, 2016, A-1 Home Care held a Bingo event at Buena Park Senior Center, Buena Park, Ca. Marisol Trejo was there with the material information, lunch coolers, and pens to give for prizes. I set up one table in the back of the room for seniors to approach. 30 seniors attended, all in very good health, I asked them to take a flyer home for friends of family in need to refer.
The seniors loved our pens and coolers. We are invited to return, next time bring tissue paper or napkins to add to the prize table. Seniors did approach me and I got to speak in the microphone to announce our services and my presence in the back.
A-1 Home Care believes in giving back to the community and holding these programs is a way to show seniors and elderly our support and compassion. Our Caregivers, Home Health Aides, Nurse Aides and Senior Companions provide excellent in homecare services because they genuinely care about the seniors, elderly, disabled and ill adult clients of A-1 Home Care. For over 20 years, our caregiver agency has earned a great reputation for high quality care at an affordable rate in Orange County and Los Angeles County.

A-1 Home Care Arts & Crafts Event for senior residents at Broadway by the Sea

December 14, 2015
11:00 AM
Broadway by the Sea
2725 E. Broadway,
Long Beach, CA 90803

On December 14, 2015, A-1 Home Care held an Arts & Crafts event at Broadway by the Sea in Long Beach, CA. Marisol Trejo was there with the supplies, Velvits coloring pages, washable markers, glitter pens and shatter-free Christmas ornaments. We set up 3 tables together in which 10 seniors attended, along with one staff member, Armelia.

Most of the seniors enjoyed decorating ornaments and coloring. It was a success! Seniors were very actively with their hands and awake. Staff was pleased. I sat with the elders and helped them color. I met Betty who is from Hawaii and other seniors who visited the dining area where we were holding the event grabbed a brochures from the table.

A-1 Home Care believes in giving back to the community and holding these programs is a way to show seniors and elderly our support and compassion.  Our Caregivers, Home Health Aides, Nurse Aides and Senior Companions provide excellent in homecare services because they genuinely care about the seniors, elderly, disabled and ill adult clients of A-1 Home Care.  For over 20 years, our caregiver agency has earned a great reputation for high quality care at an affordable rate in Orange County and Los  Angeles County.