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Stand Up For Your Health: Why Too Much Sitting Can Wreck It

As we age, many of us have the propensity to want to sit down more often. But did you know that sitting down could be taking you down?

That’s because research has found that too much sitting can lead to a greater risk for health problems like too much visceral belly fat (deeper-layered belly fat that surrounds your internal organs), heart disease, obesity, and even cancer. Even worse, all of these health issues come with a perilous warning that your chances of living a long life after they’ve wreaked havoc on your health are slim.

At A-1 Home Care, seniors don’t have to worry about whether they’re sitting too much and potentially increasing their risk for such health problems, because our expert in-home caregivers provide lasting solutions that motivate and stimulate the elderly.

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Plus, we can also provide help around the house to make life easier for all of our senior patients, including:

  • transportation to and from doctor’s appointments and other engagements
  • cleaning and tidying
  • laundry
  • preparation of healthy meals
  • light housekeeping
  • gardening/yardwork services
  • personal care like grooming and bathing
  • and much more

Also, because proper hydration– namely, a lack thereof– is one of the leading reasons for wanting to be on our butts more than we should be, A-1 Home Care’s helpful caregivers will remind their clients to drink lots of fluids for proper metabolic processing and so that they’ll feel less like sitting down and more like staying on their feet.

 

Typically, a two-minute walk every hour is good enough for seniors to abstain from the harrowing health side effects of too much sitting, but our understanding caregivers can help set up specialized treatment plans for all their patients if those two minutes are especially difficult.

A-1 Home Care offers services across the Los Angeles and Orange County areas, including cities like Anaheim Hills, Laguna Beach, Corona Del Mar, and Pasadena. For more information about our in-home care services, dial (626) 287- 0250 and speak with an A-1 Home Care professional today!

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Life’s Up’s and Down’s: Caring for Bipolar Disorder

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Up’s and down’s are a part of life. For those dealing with Bipolar Disorder, these times can be especially hard. According to WebMD, Bipolar Disorder is defined as a “mood disorder” characterized by dramatic, sometimes uncontrollable mood swings. Suffers switch between debilitating depression and manic episodes that can cause insomnia, hallucinations, psychosis, grandiose delusions, and/or paranoid rage.

Diagnosis is the First Step

Many people who’ve recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder struggle with the stigma of having an illness. Oftentimes they reject the diagnosis and refuse treatment and medications. Accepting the disease and knowing that help is available is a life-changing first step toward breaking free from the cycle of constant up’s and down’s.

Caring for Bipolar

Caring for a loved one with bipolar disorder is no walk in the park. Finding the perfect balance between being supportive and sympathetic takes tremendous patience and proper knowledge of the disease. Knowing the signs and symptoms can help you recognize emotional changes and make a big difference in your overall quality of life.

In-home care can be invaluable to your overall health and well-being while dealing with bipolar disorder. Our trained non-medical care-providers tailor their services to your specialized needs, which adds a personal touch.

Living a full, happy life is possible.

Support services are available for those in need of a helping hand. A-1 Home Care in Altadena, we provide understanding caregivers who are available 24/7 for your specialized requirements. Our services are also available in the OC communities of Anaheim Hills, Santa Ana, Tustin, Irvine, Garden Grove, Villa Park, Brea, Fullerton, Yorba Linda, Diamond Bar, La Habra, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, and others in Orange County.

Contact us at (626) 287-0250 for more information

Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

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Parkinson’s disease is a chronic and progressive nervous system disease. The early the detection, the more control the patient can have. Although there is no cure, there are treatments available for Parkinson patients. These treatments can control the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. If you are experiencing tremor, movement problems, sleep troubles, constipation, and a sudden change in handwriting, they may be signs of Parkinson’s disease. Please keep in mind, if you are only presenting a single symptom, it is normal. However, if you have more than one of these symptoms, consult your doctor for further testing. National Parkinson Foundation has “10 Early Warning Signs of Parkinson’s Disease” for detailed warning signs of Parkinson’s.

A-1 Home Care in Altadena  provides Parkinson Care along with general in home senior and elderly care services. Parkinson care is also available in Pasadena, Alhambra, Arcadia, La Crescenta, Sierra Madre, Rosemead, San Marino, or other cities in Los Angeles County or San Gabriel Valley.

Call 626-287-0250 to start Parkinson care in Altadena

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When to Start Hospice Care

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When a loved one is suffering from a terminal illness it is tough. How do you decide when to start hospice care? The time to start hospice care is when treatment is no longer working and the main focus shifts to providing comfort for the patient. This is usually when the doctor announces the patient has less than six months. Hospice & Palliative Care Federation of Massachusetts suggests ” By contacting hospice early in the diagnosis  the patient and family reserve time to understand their options and choose the path that will have the most positive impact on quality of life.”Before making the decision to switch to hospice care, discuss this with families and doctors. 

A-1 Home Care in Altadena offers hospice care along with general in home senior and elderly care services. Hospice care is also available in Pasadena, Alhambra, Arcadia, La Crescenta, Sierra Madre, Rosemead, San Marino, or other cities in Los Angeles County or San Gabriel Valley.

Call 626-287-0250 to start hospice care in Altadena

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Arthritis Care – Food and Exercise

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Living with arthritis is painful. Arthritis can cause long term joint pains that can interfere with the patient’s life. Asides from pain killers, there are other pain reducing methods caregivers can provide for patients.

Caregivers should introduce healthy diets and regular exercises into the patient’s life. A healthy diet and regular exercises can help maintain a healthy weight and shed the excess pressure extra weight can put on the joint. It can also help lower the risk of diabetes and blood pressure. If the patient is having difficulty with exercises due to the pain, consult the doctor and introduce other therapeutic exercises such as water therapy which puts less pressure on the joints. Suggested by Joy Bauer, from Today, some foods can reduce inflammation in arthritis. Foods such as, Omgega 3 fatty acids, extra virgin olive oil, ginger, turmeric  and antioxidants such as Vitamin C, Selenium, Carotene, and Bioflavonoids are beneficial for arthritis patients. “Fight Arthritis With These Foods” has more detailed explanations on how each food and arthritis.

A-1 Home Care in Altadena offers arthritis care along with general in home senior and elderly care services. Arthritis care is also available in Pasadena, Alhambra, Arcadia, La Crescenta, Sierra Madre, Rosemead, San Marino, or other cities in Los Angeles County or San Gabriel Valley.

Call 626-287-0250 to start elder care in Altadena

visit http://www.altadenainhomecare.com for more home care information

Altadena Cancer Care & Caregiver Services

Breast cancer is a common cancer type among women. While they are common, they are definitely a serious illness that can be draining on a patient’s psyche and physicality. Understanding breast cancer is the first step in fight against cancer. It is also a great way of prevention as early detection can lead to more promising results. PDRhealth breaks down breast cancer into different stages and provides important information in their article, “Brest Cancer Diagnosis“. At A-1 Home Care in Altadena , we understand the challenges that comes with the fight against cancer and we are here to offer any assistance we can provide so you may focus your strengthen and attention on fighting cancer. A-1 Home Care in Altadena offers in home cancer care services so the patient can rest assure knowing meals are being prepared and the house is kept clean. Cancer care services also include transportation to doctor’s appointments and therapy appointments.

A-1 Home Care cancer care services is also available in Pasadena, Alhambra, Arcadia, La Crescenta, Sierra Madre, Rosemead, San Marino, or other cities in Los Angeles County or San Gabriel Valley.

Call 626-287-0250 to start elder care in Altadena

visit http://www.altadenainhomecare.com for more home care information

Elder Care Altadena CA

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Due to the lack of independence and loneliness, many elderly and seniors are hesitant when it comes to living in a retirement home or nursing home. Elder care in your home may be an option for aging elderly and seniors  in Altadena to living a better and healthier lifestyle. A-1 Home Care in Altadena offers in home elder care  services which enables an elderly to remain their own home while receiving personalized care tailored to their needs., Our responsible elder care caregivers can offer assistance to the elderly, whether it is for companionship or medication reminder.

A-1 Home Care elder care is also available in Pasadena, Alhambra, Arcadia, La Crescenta, Sierra Madre, Rosemead, San Marino, or other cities in Los Angeles County or San Gabriel Valley.

Call 626-287-0250 to start elder care in Altadena

visit http://www.altadenainhomecare.com for more home care information