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Finding Affordable In-Home Care Assistance As You Adjust to Your New Role

a-1 home care home care whittierTurning into a caregiver overnight for an elderly loved one is no easy feat.  Overcoming the geographical challenge from your home to Altadena, adjusting to your parent’s home environment (especially if your dad smokes and you don’t) a few times a week, cutting back on work hours to take care of your loved one’s needs, trying to get along with your parent who is antisocial, losing precious sleep due to serious anxiety – it has only been a few weeks since you started caring for your loved one, and you don’t see how you’re going to last through another one.  Good news for you!   A-1 Home Care offers affordable respite and long-term care as you go through this difficult transition.

Affordable In-Home Care for All Scenarios

Whether you or an elderly loved one needs assistance at home, A-1 Home Care has it all: Alzheimer’s Care, Multiple Sclerosis Care, Parkinson’s Care, Lou Gehrig’s Care, Heart Attack Care, Arthritis Care, Diabetes Care, Postpartum Care, After-Surgery Care and more!  You can finance any type of in-home care service through our reasonable rates and terms you won’t find anywhere else.  Our senior care services are covered by long-term care insurance and veteran benefits as well.

Diversity, Compatibility and Flexibility

Regardless of the lifestyle your loved one chooses (e.g., smoking/non-smoking), we will find the right live-in caregiver for you.  Our care managers have years of experience with caregiver/care recipient compatibility.  From our large pool of culturally diverse and experienced caregivers, we will have no problem finding someone who’s the right fit for your family.  A-1 Home Care understands that your loved one’s health needs will change, and we will accommodate to your family needs accordingly if you need to switch from live-out care a few times a week to live-in care 24 hours a day.

About A-1 Home Care in Altadena

A-1 Home Care has provided superior elder care to seniors and their families in Altadena for over two decades and is still going strong!  Thanks to our highly skilled caregivers, certified home health aides, certified nurse aides, hospital sitters, licensed vocational nurses, and companion care workers, A-1 Home Care is one of the few licensed, bonded and insured agencies in California that protects your elderly loved ones from predators and fraud.

For low cost, high quality elder care, call A-1 Home Care (626) 287-0250 or visit our website www.altadenainhomecare.com for services in Altadena, Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, Glendale, Glendora, Burbank and other cities throughout LA County.

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5 Techniques That Will Help You Calm Your Elderly Loved One at Dinner Time

a-1 domestic arthritisSundowner’s Syndrome refers to a set of symptoms characterized by disorientation, depression, restlessness, anxiety, mood swings, paranoia, crying, pacing, violent behavior, and wandering, especially in the late afternoon or early evening (hence the name “Sundowner’s”).  This syndrome is associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia; the underlying root of this behavior is fear, and seniors try to come to terms with their surroundings by pacing back and forth because their state of mind is agitated.  As the sun begins to set and you’re preparing dinner, here are some ways to assuage your parent:

  • Keep them busy. Give them a task like washing lettuce or stirring the beans.
  • Turn on the lights to ensure adequate lighting
  • Make sure your elderly loved one is taking the right dosage of medication
  • Turn on the TV and let him watch his favorite show
  • Give him a pet like a little dog to bring some joy

A 24-hour companion adds a lot to the ambiance as well.  She can keep your mom company as they do arts and crafts activities or some other hobby that your elderly loved one enjoys doing.  A-1 Home Care’s 24 hour caregivers have years of experience helping seniors with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.  Live-in care includes assistance with cooking, cleaning, laundry, bathing, grooming, transportation to anywhere in Altadena.   With an extra set of hands and feet around the house, you can relax and enjoy quality time with your elderly loved one instead of focusing on the menial tasks.

About A-1 Home Care

A-1 Home Care was established in 1991 as a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency, delivering exceptional senior care to Altadena, Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, Glendale, Glendora, Burbank and other cities throughout LA County.  As one of the few state-licensed agencies in California, A-1 Home Care sends you 24 hour caregivers who are thoroughly screened for their criminal background clearance.  All professional references are verified.  We offer affordable senior care services that fit any budget under the sun at unbeatable rates you can’t find anywhere else!

For quality Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care, call (626) 287-0250 or visit our website www.altadenainhomecare.com for services in your area.

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Tricks to Make Senior Care Work for Everybody

a-1 home care home care whittierWhen considering senior care for your elderly loved ones, there are many factors and barriers to take into account.  If you recognize some obvious signs that your loved ones will need help soon, A-1 Home Care is here to help you alleviate your problems and address concerns that may be weighing on your mind.


Do your elderly loved ones live in another state or a city too far away from you?  Is their home remotely far from neighbors?  Call on A-1 Home Care to check in on your parents.   We have caregivers who live in Altadena and every part of LA County to ensure that your loved ones are getting the attention they need.

The Difficult Parent

The time has come when your parents need your help, but the last thing you want is to be around them, physically speaking.  You found a loophole, however.  Whenever there is a third party around, such as a friend or a stranger, your parent is much more pleasant to be around and that is probably the only time when you feel comfortable enough to be in the same vicinity as your parent.

You can still help them and keep your distance.  A-1 Home Care in Altadena can be your buffer.  We will see to it that your elderly loved ones’ needs are met and that your visits be as pleasant as possible.

The Busy Professional

You are married or you’re a single parent with a full schedule and a thriving career.  Before your parents moved in with you, you were already busy enough with work and being there for your kids’ soccer match or singing recitals.  Now, your parents live with you and you’re not sure how you’ll balance it all!  A-1 Home Care offers affordable 24 hour care services that will assist your elderly loved ones and even help with the kids (such as pick-ups and drop-offs).  We are your extended hand whenever you need us.

The High Burden Caregiver

Taking care of your elderly loved ones has been great, but now it is beginning to take a serious toll on your physical, emotional and mental health.  You can’t remember the last time you had a break.  A-1 Home Care provides respite care for folks like you so you can take a mini vacation.  Working close to full-time and caring for loved ones is very taxing.  You owe it to yourself to get away, even if it’s for a week, to restore your sanity and relax.  We offer short-term and long-term care for seniors, and we will work with your scheduling needs.

The Inexperienced Family Caregiver

Your loved ones are at a hospital waiting to be discharged, and their physician just notified you today that they won’t release them unless they know that someone will be home 24 hours a day to take care of them.  You have absolutely no experience in caregiving and suddenly you feel like you have to do a crash course in CPR and First Aid plus learn about toileting care and other types of in-home care.  You feel absolutely overwhelmed!  A-1 Home Care has same-day service for families whose loved ones are waiting to be discharged.  Talk to a care manager today about elder care options that are available to you.

Regardless of the obstacle you face with senior care, A-1 Home Care has the perfect solution to ease your cares and worries.

About A-1 Home Care

Established in 1991, A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency dedicated to delivering superior in-home care services for seniors, adults and children.  As one of the few state-licensed agencies in California, A-1 Home Care upholds client safety and wellness by thoroughly screening every caregiver, certified home health aide, certified nurse aide, and licensed vocational nurse who walks through our doors.  Regardless of the type of care you need – Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson’s, Lou Gehrig’s, Kidney Care, Cancer Care, etc. – you will find that our affordable rates cannot be beaten.  For top-notch in-home care services at the most competitive rates in LA County, your satisfaction is guaranteed.

For more information, talk to one of our care managers at A-1 Home Care (626) 287-0250 or visit our website www.altadenainhomecare.com for services in Altadena, Pasadena, Glendale, Glendora, Azusa, Arcadia, Burbank, Hollywood, and other surrounding cities.

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Caregiver Scams: Just a Phone Call or Something More?

a-1 home care home care whittierWhen you hire a caregiver for live-in care or live-out care, you expect her to work – prepare nutritious (and delicious) meals, wash the dishes, clean the house, assist with bathing and grooming, perform personal care tasks and other duties as assigned.  You also expect a pleasant personality to go with a high level of competence and professionalism.  If a caregiver takes a personal call or two, you may tolerate it, but what if the caregiver takes an unusual volume of incoming calls?  Is she being lazy or is there something more to it?

Listen to Your Gut and Take Action

A caregiver’s excessive phone use may signify there is some sort of conspiracy going on if it seems like the personal care aide cares more about her external network of relationships than being attentive to your elderly loved one’s needs.  Who knows if the “caregiver” is receiving orders from an outsider who’s calling the shots?  If you hire a caregiver from A-1 Home Care in Altadena, you will have no such problem.  A-1 Home Care is serious about in-home care and making sure your elderly loved ones are 100% satisfied without an inkling of suspicion.  We have very strict guidelines for our caregivers, and you can always ask our care managers what our guidelines are so that you can report any suspicious behavior to our agency if anyone is violating our agency’s rules.

About A-1 Home Care in Altadena

A-1 Home Care in Altadena is one of the few home care agencies in California that have successfully received state licensure.  Established in 1991, A-1 Home Care has been delivering exceptional senior care services to thousands of families all over LA and Orange County.  We have a culturally diverse pool of caregivers; you can pick and choose any caregiver you want if you have a specific preference for culture and language.  Being “licensed, bonded and insured” means that every caregiver we recruit is required to pass an extensive criminal background check, professional reference verification and DMV record check.  Your trust and satisfaction are our priority – and customer satisfaction is 100% guaranteed!  We’re open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including major holidays like Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

For home care you can trust, call A-1 Home Care today!  (626) 287-0250 or visit our website www.altadenainhomecare.com for services in Altadena, Pasadena, Glendale, Glendora, Azusa, Arcadia, Burbank, Hollywood, and other surrounding cities.

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24 Hour Non-Medical Caregiver Support Services for the Elderly

a-1 home care breast cancer early detectionHome Care vs. Home Health Care

Non-medical home care services provide caregiving services for those who need basic assistance with household chores, such as cooking, cleaning, companion care, light housekeeping, medication reminders, and toileting care.

Home health care services are considered clinical whereas home care services are not.  By “clinical,” we mean that skilled nursing care is required as part of support services for the senior.  This may include rehabilitative therapy, IV therapy and injections, catheter care and tracheotomy care.  Home health care does not include assistance with daily living activities.

Financial Assistance for In-Home Care Services

Long-term care insurance does not cover home health care, but it does cover home care if it is covered in the policy.  Oftentimes, when Medicare benefits run out for low-income seniors, they have to resort to other forms of financial means to pay for 24 hour in-home care.  This is where long-term care insurance and veteran benefits come in, and if your employer’s benefits package included elder care as part of the pension plan, that will cover you too for a while.  As seniors are living longer, benefits are running out, and eventually families have to pay out of pocket.

About A-1 Home Care in Altadena

Luckily for communities around Altadena, A-1 Home Care offers the highest quality of senior care at the most competitive rates in LA County.  Since its inception in 1991, A-1 Home Care has been providing stellar 24 hour and live-out caregiving services to satisfied clients who continually refer friends and relatives to us.  We are licensed, bonded and insured, making sure that your elderly loved ones receive superior in-home care and are protected from fraud and predators.  Our phone lines will always connect you to a live operator 24 hours a day.  Never deal with an automated answering system again!

For more information, call A-1 Home Care today (626) 287-0250 or visit our website www.altadenainhomecare.com for services in Altadena, Pasadena, Glendale, Glendora, Azusa, Arcadia, Burbank, Hollywood, and other surrounding cities.

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