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Should Caregivers Marry Their Care Recipients? Banton vs. Banton: A Case in Point

The most vulnerable seniorsprone to predators are those who are lonely, depressed, isolated, physically ill and cognitively impaired.  In the case of Banton vs. Banton, an elderly man who was resentful toward his children for placing him in a home fell in love with a woman who was 50 years younger than him.  They met at a residential care facility where the woman was working as a waitress, and she managed to get him to marry her despite his children’s protests.  Do you have an elderly loved one who lives alone?  Has your elderly loved one recently hired a sketchy caregiver who has moved in to take care of your mother?  Does your parent have a new significant other who seems to be much younger than your father?  In this article, A-1 Home Care in Los Angeles will delineate some of the warning signs of a questionable character in your loved one’s home.

Look for Signs of Financial Predators

Is your elderly loved one’s “new friend” simply a Good Samaritan who lives next door, or does he seem to encroach upon your parent’s life which doesn’t seem quite right?  Pay attention to some of these signs:

  • The new friend tries to limit your parent’s contact with friends and family
  • The new caregiver seems belittling and verbally abusive
  • The new significant other shows signs of jealousy, forbidding your parent to talk to other men or women
  • The caregiver prevents your elderly loved one from having access to his own financial information
  • The new person tries to persuade or force your loved one to sign papers or change a Last Will and Testament

Licensed, Bonded & Insured Live-In Care: Safe for the Whole Family

If you ask any senior, you will get a 99.9% chance of getting a response like, “I prefer to live with my children or grandchildren when and if I become dependent on others for self-care.”  Unless your elderly loved one lives in another state or a few hours away from you, you may want to consider an affordable caregiving option with A-1 Home Care to move your parents in with you so they can feel loved, nurtured and appreciated.  A-1 Home Care is one of the few state-licensed home care agencies in California, offering the state’s highest quality of senior care.  Because we are licensed, bonded and insured, all our caregivers have passed an extensive criminal background check, DMV record check, professional reference verification check and character assessment.  Whether you need to provide senior care in your own home or for your elderly loved ones far away, you can be sure that your loved ones will not end up as a statistic for predators and scams!

For safe, secure and affordable in-home care, call A-1 Home Care (310) 657-8780 or visit for services in HollywoodGlendale, Santa MonicaPasadena, Malibu, Beverly Hills and surrounding cities in LA County.

5 Tips You Should Know if You Want to Be a Better Caregiver

Numerous family members are thrust into the role of caregiving in the face of sudden crisis, such as an elderly loved one having an unexpected fall or an unforeseen visit to the ER because a loved one had a heart attack.  When the hospital is getting ready to discharge a patient, they often won’t release the patient unless they know that someone is going to be home 24 hours a day to ensure that the patient receives adequate attention and assistance.

Without much former training in the medical field, many family members enter the role of caregiving blindly.  According to Dr. Barry J. Jacobs, licensed psychologist and author of The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers, blindly accepting the role of caregiving “is akin to the misguided runner in crocs and jeans with no clue about how far they have to travel.”

Regardless of how long you’ve been caring for your elderly loved one, whether you started today or you’ve been a caregiver for over five years, A-1 Home Care lists some helpful tips for you:

  1.  Be good to yourself.  Acknowledge the contributions you have made toward your elderly loved one’s well-being and recognize yourself as the outstanding citizen and responsible, loving son or daughter that you are.

2  Make time for activities you enjoy.  Whether it’s 30 minutes a day watching a sitcom on your smart phone or listening to relaxing music for 15 minutes a day, do something that will lighten up your day.

3.  Find a respite caregiver.  Can’t find the time to get away?  Find some respite care relief from A-1 Home Care.  We will provide 24 hour care for your loved one while you take a few days off just for yourself.

4. Open yourself up to a supportive relative or friend.  Surround yourself with people who will also acknowledge your efforts and reinforce the positive difference you are making in your elderly loved one’s life.  Let them into your life, your mind and your heart so they can divide the burden with you, even if it’s just emotional burden.

5.  Be willing to accept help.  If a friend, neighbor or relative offers to help, say “yes” and don’t be ashamed to accept help.  It could be something as small as running an errand or picking up a prescription.

About A-1 Home Care

A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency providing high quality senior care and other types of in-home care services, such as Arthritis Care, Multiple Sclerosis Care, Kidney Care, Diabetes Care, Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care, overnight care, short term and long term care, cancer care and hospice care.  As one of the few state-licensed home care agencies in California, you can rest assured that your loved ones are protected from fraud, theft, scams and predators.  Each 24 hour caregiver we recruit is required to pass an extensive criminal background check, and all professional references are verified.  Our live-in and live-out caregiver services are covered by long term insurance providers like John Hancock, MetLife Insurance and CALPERS.  Ask our care managers about an affordable elder care plan if you are paying out of pocket.

For quality in-home care, call A-1 Home Care today (310) 657-8780 or visit for more details.  Post-Surgery Care, Kidney Care, Diabetes Care, and other types of specialized care are available all over Los Angeles County, including Malibu, Pasadena, Burbank, Santa Monica, Culver City, Hollywood, and Manhattan Beach.

Why Music Therapy Works for Seniors with Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Can music therapy be a healthy substitute for medication when treating Alzheimer’s?  Research suggests that it serves as an effective remedy for reducing depression, diminishing agitation, increasing sociability, improving cognitive ability, and decreasing problem behaviors, according to the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function.  One certified music therapist, Concetta Tomaino, DA, tested music therapy on one of her clients.  She sang an old Yiddish song to an elderly gentleman and said, “You could tell by his face that he was watching.  Whenever I got a chance, I played a song this song to him and sang to him.  Within a month of doing this, he was making an attempt to speak, and he eventually started singing the song himself.  He also started talking again.  He continued talking and lived for many years after that.”

Why Music Therapy Works

Though scientists are still grasping to understand the connection between the brain and music, there is no doubt that music therapy abounds in positive effects on seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia.  Here’s why it works:

  • Music is processed in almost every part of the brain
  • Music carries a strong connection to personal significance or historical events
  • Scientists discovered a strong link between the auditory cortex and limbic system where emotions are processed
  • The limbic system triggers long-term memories associated with the song
  • Emotions evoke desire to sing along. The more effort the senior puts into singing, the better he gets at regaining his speech
  • Dancing with your elderly loved one allows you to connect with the person you once knew before Alzheimer’s took over

Music Therapy in the Comfort of Your Home

Consistency is the key to restoring your elderly loved one’s cognitive abilities to 100% capacity.  A-1 Home Care in LA County will help you by providing high quality 24-hour Alzheimer’s Care for seven days a week, 365 days a year.  Our traveling companions can accompany your loved ones on trips for the holidays or simply stay at home and apply evidence-based practices to assist your elderly loved ones.  Our live-in caregivers will sing for and dance with your loved ones, enhancing the quality of their lives while diminishing symptoms of Alzheimer’s!  As one of the few state-licensed agencies in California, A-1 Home Care will protect your loved ones from scam artists, fraud, theft and predators.

For high quality and affordable Alzheimer’s Care, call A-1 Home Care (310) 657-8780 or visit for services in HollywoodGlendale, Santa MonicaPasadena, Malibu, Beverly Hills and surrounding cities in LA County.

The Benefits of Learning a Second Language

Learning a second language can be difficult. In fact, most people will associate it with it being too “difficult” for adults to grasp a hold of, let alone seniors.

It is all a myth, however, because studies have shown that picking up another language is good for seniors. Although the website, Our Parents, says that children are able to adapt quicker to a second language due to fewer distractions such as not working or having bills to pay, adults have a stronger sense of grammar, syntax, and pronunciation. In addition, learning a second language as a senior is said to be a “better” idea because as we get older, our cognitive ability decreases. But studies have shown that learning a second language will help decrease the chances, or at least the brain thinking quickly and making decisions.

Some other perks of learning a second language are not only boosting the brain power, but making one being able to multi-task; improved memory; stalled dementia and Alzheimer’s; and improving the first spoken language (Examined Existence, 2015).

A-1 Home Care is flexible when it comes to the care of our senior patients. With our twenty-four service, our caregivers can also assist their patients with hobbies such as reading or studying another language. Our agency is all about support and building a lifelong trust and bond with our senior patients. If you would like to hear more about our services, then be sure to call at (310) 657-8780 or (562) 929-8400.

How You As a Caregiver Can Impact Patients With Parkinson’s Disease


Being a caregiver is no easy task. Your overall health and state of mind both play a role in providing proper care for those that you love. Remember, you need to take care of yourself at the same time, as they will become more dependent on you throughout the course of the disease.

We at A-1 Home Care Agency understand the reality of Parkinson’s Disease. It isn’t enough that you have to witness a loved one endure the overwhelming nature of the disease, but you’ll also need to provide both care and support day-in and day-out.

With a diverse cast of seasoned multi-lingual caregivers at your disposal, A-1 Home Care Agency has built up its reputation as one of the leading home care providers due to their affordability, versatility, and overall service quality.

Building a Relationship

As a caregiver, you’ll undoubtedly run into moments where frustration can boil over. On the other hand, you’ll also feel sad, angry, and overwhelmed. It’s important that you do not become discouraged as most caregivers are feeling a similar range of emotions. Furthermore, these feelings are normal and are nothing to be ashamed of. Not only are you providing care, but you’re also a part of a relationship that requires patience, understanding, and empathy

Knowledge is Power

Bettering yourself as a caregiver requires you to stay organized. Keeping records of your patient’s doctor visits, medications, symptoms, and upcoming appointments will allow you to be more flexible and confident in your caregiving ability – which in turn makes the experience more beneficial and efficient.

Understand Parkinson’s Disease

Prior to taking on patient that suffers from Parkinson’s Disease, it’s crucial that you gather as much information that you can so you can serve your patient and help him or her plan for the future. Additionally, with enough information on hand, you’ll be able to observe and share any symptoms such as mood/anxiety concerns, motor function concerns or speech issues that the family has not noticed or may not have mentioned.

Nothing beats open and honest communication. It can make a substantial difference in anyone’s lives; and in the case of those living with Parkinson’s Disease, it could mean the world to him them.

Do you have a loved one suffering from Parkinson’s Disease? Contact A-1 Home Care Agency at our Santa Fe Springs Office (562) 929-8400 or our Newport Beach Office (949) 650-3800.

Ten Senior Advantages You Don’t Want to Miss

“I’m getting old.”  You hear women say this even when they’re barely 24 years old.  In the age of selfies and technology, we are wrapped up in vanity and age preservation because no one looks forward to sagging skin and health complications.  We dread end-of-life care talks, procrastinate on senior living options like home care, and deny that we are approaching our golden years because we don’t want to admit that we are getting older.  The elderly fight for every last shred of independence and dignity they have left, but growing older does not mean you have to act old.

Here are 10 ways to milk your golden years:

  1. You can yell at people and won’t get in any real trouble for it.
  2. Get away with wearing ridiculous clothing that doesn’t match.
  3. Get senior discounts everywhere you go.
  4. Sleeping in instead of waking up at ungodly hours to go to work.
  5. Gross people out with your idiosyncratic habits.
  6. Enjoy the company of children without the responsibilities of child-rearing.
  7. No need to pretend you like anything.
  8. Use your free time to do what you always wanted.
  9. Pretend to fall asleep so you can hear what people are saying.
  10. Show others with your life that growing old is the best thing anyone can do!

If you have a bucket list of wishes that you’ve been wanting to live out, this is the best time to do it.  Travel with a companion, go golfing or sailing, dine in fancy restaurants, and just enjoy life because life is too short to be unhappy.

A-1 Home Care has a team of pre-screened and pre-qualified traveling companions who will accompany you on trips, grocery store errands, or rides to appointments.  We are a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency that takes care of seniors all over Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

Call us today at 562-929-8400 to start services!

The Hidden Danger of Hepatitis C

Did you know that baby boomers are 5 times more likely to have Hepatitis C?  That puts individuals that are entering their elderly years at a higher risk of the disease.  Therefore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends this demographic to get tested.  One of the main reasons the doctors are concerned about Hepatitis C is because people living with the virus do not know they are infected.  If it is left untreated, the Hepatitis C virus can infect the liver and cause chronic and possibly life-threatening disease such as liver damage and liver failure.

It is believed that many of the baby boomers living with the Hepatitis C virus became infected back in the 70’s and 80’s and have been living with the virus until now, and studies suggest that up to 75% of the people do not know they are infected with Hepatitis C.  Since the rate of liver related health issues are on the rise, we highly encourage you to raise awareness of the hidden danger of Hepatitis to your friends and family during this Hepatitis Awareness Month and beyond to make sure people can get life-saving care if they indeed were infected with Hepatitis virus.

Whether it is liver disease care, kidney disease care, Alzheimer care, diabetic care or other health conditions, A-1 Home Care in Los Angeles is capable in finding a dedicated caregiver to provide assistance to any home care needs.  Our company has been helping seniors of Los Angeles and surrounding communities for over two decades because we believe in improving the quality of living in all seniors.  Age-related ailments are inevitable, but seniors do not have to settle with a lower quality of life simply because their health is affecting their daily activities.  Senior services we provide include meal preparation, light housecleaning, laundry, hygiene management, incontinence care, medication reminder, transportation, grocery shopping, mail & bill organization, and much more.  Our in home care services allow seniors to stay independent at home without worrying about the increasingly difficult navigation of their own home.

Find a caregiver in Westwood, Burbank, Pasadena, Whittier, and areas around Los Angeles today by calling 310-657-8780. 

Examining the Causes of Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Up to this point, the most recent findings about we have about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) come from a study conducted by Cedars-Sinai researchers.  This study, published in the journal Science (2016), reveals that genetic mutations in immune cells in the brain play a direct role in the development of ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.  Genetic causes, however, only account for 5-10% of ALS cases (Mayo Clinic, 2016).  Scientists suspect other causes, such as smoking, military service and exposure to lead.  Lou Gehrig’s disease remains an enigma to researchers, and though no cure exists, there are ways to help elderly loved ones live as normally as possible.  A-1 Home Care in Calabasas provides such care for seniors in the comfort of their own homes.

What Your Elderly Loved One Needs

Caring for an aging loved one is no easy task for family members who have not received formal training in home care.  In-home care adds stress for the spouse and/or adult children, and even more so if the adult children come home tired from a long day at work and have other family duties to tend to, such as cooking for the whole family and being there for their kids.  A-1 Home Care provides skilled non-medical in-home support with cooking, cleaning, errands, light housekeeping, and companion care in Calabasas and surrounding cities.  Round-the-clock care isn’t just for the care recipient; you can enjoy in-home services for the whole family too if you don’t feel like cooking or doing laundry after a full day’s work.  Your elderly loved one will need constant, undivided attention from a 24-hour caregiver as Lou Gehrig’s disease progresses, and hiring live-in care will be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made with A-1 Home Care.

High Quality Lou Gehrig’s Care at a Fraction of the Cost

A-1 Home Care offers high quality Lou Gehrig’s Care at the most competitive prices you’ll find anywhere in Calabasas.  The reason we are the preferred in-home care agency is that we put your needs first.  You and your elderly loved ones are our top priority.  That means you get 24-hour access to a live operator whenever you have questions or need to address a concern.  You will NOT get an automated answering machine with us!  Because we are licensed, bonded and insured, you can have a peace of mind that the ALS Care your loved one receives will be safe and trustworthy.  We appreciate the loyal and continued patronage of our long-time clients.  Thanks to our wonderful team of caregivers, our return clients keep referring friends and family to A-1 Home Care for years!

To hire a caregiver in your area, call A-1 Home Care today (818) 980-0094.

Alzheimer’s Care for the Elderly in Calabasas

Ranked as the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that causes memory loss, cognitive decline, concentration, dementia, personality and behavioral changes.  It’s possible to have two types of dementia concurrently, such as having Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia at the same time.  In advanced stages of dementia, the elderly need to depend on others for assistance with basic tasks such as bathing, grooming, dressing and feeding.  Many families turn to A-1 Home Care in Calabasasfor affordable 24 hour Alzheimer’s Care to meet their elderly loved ones’ needs.

Round-the-Clock In-Home Care at Your Disposal

Working full-time and trying to lead a balanced life between family, personal and elder care obligations can be a challenge for many.  The goal of professional in-home care is to make your life easier.  That means a live-in caregiver can come take care of your elderly parent while you’re away at work.  For 24 hours a day, you can have a certified nurse aide assisting with meal preparation, bathing, therapeutic massage, toileting care, sort mail, light housekeeping and more.  There’s no need to stress about cutting back on hours at work or losing sleep over elder care, because A-1 Home Care in Calabasas will take care of everything for you.

A-1 Home Care: A Name You Can Trust

A-1 Home Care was established in 1991 as a licensed, bonded and insured senior care agency, serving families all over Calabasas, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Burbank, Hollywood, Los Angeles and surrounding cities.  As one of the few home care agencies that have successfully received state licensure in California, A-1 Home Care remains as Southern California’s most preferred home care agency, thanks to our wonderful team of care managers and talented team of certified nurse aides, certified home health aides, licensed vocational nurses and home helpers.  Being licensed, bonded and insured means that your elderly loved ones and property are protected from shady characters.  Each caregiver is thoroughly screened for their criminal background, DMV records and sex offender checks.  All professional references are verified.  With A-1 Home Care, your elderly loved ones are in good and safe hands.

For Alzheimer’s Care you can count on, call A-1 Home Care (562) 929-8400.

In-Home Care for Seniors with Lupus

What is Lupus?

Lupus is an autoimmune disease which attacks the skin, joints, heart, lungs, blood cells and brain.  Generally speaking, this disease attacks women of child-bearing age, but seniors can still develop elderly-onset lupus.  Symptoms are a little different in seniors than younger adults; the elderly may experience arthritis,lung disease, Raynaud’s syndrome and neuropsychiatric symptoms associated with Lupus.  This inflammatory disease affects approximately 10-20% of older adults ages 50 to 65.  Research shows that elderly women are eight times more likely to develop Lupus than elderly men.

Side Effects of Lupus in Seniors

Osteoporosis is a common side effect in the elderly, since there is a direct link between lupus and bone loss.  A condition which makes the bones brittle and fragile, osteoporosis often goes undetected until an elderly person fractures a bone through a fall.  The risk for falling rises if the senior has arthritis or other condition that makes mobility difficult.  You can help your elderly loved one minimize the risks of falling by having a live-in caregiver around to keep an eye on him or her.  A-1 Home Care offers affordable 24-hour care in Calabasas and surrounding areas, which entails assistance with cooking, cleaning, bathing, grooming, toileting care, transportation and more.  As Benjamin Franklin once said, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

About A-1 Home Care in Calabasas

A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured agency providing high quality, low-cost senior care services in Calabasas and other cities throughout Los Angeles County.  For over two decades, A-1 Home Care has consistently delivered non-medical in-home careservices for families, and our top-notch caregivers never cease to impress them.  When it comes to quality care, we ensure we exceed your expectations because we care about your elderly loved ones.  Nothing pleases us more than to see your elderly loved ones enjoy their retirement years.  A-1 Home Care is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.   Our 24-hour hotline will always connect you to a live operator who is ready to answer your questions.

To hire a caregiver in your area, call A-1 Home Care today (562) 929-8400 or (949) 650-3800.