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Exhausted with Shoe-Searching for Extra Swollen Diabetic Feet? Tips to Find the Right Fit

a-1 domestic arthritisShopping for shoes can be an excruciating ordeal for people with Diabetes due to their abnormally swollen feet.  You may have an elderly loved one who still hangs on to her favorite pair of old shoes that she’s had for over ten years because nothing else will fit and you can’t find anything cute and comfortable.  You’ve exhausted your online search and referrals to different brand name catalogs to find the perfect shoe, and the search still continues to be futile.  What do you do now?  A-1 Home Care in Altadena doesn’t promise any miracles, but we will offer these tips that will help:

  1. Look for high performance shoes that have Velcro for easy adjustment and comfort.
  2. For specialized fitting, consult an orthotics office where a certified prosthetist and/or orthotist will produce a custom-size shoe that will fit your feet perfectly.
  3. If your elderly loved one’s shoes have fallen apart completely and the only thing she has left is open-toe sandals, find a live-in companion caregiver in the meantime to assist her with what she needs. Just make sure your loved one does not get up and walk around on her own!

It’s tempting to walk around on your own if no one is home to help you with chores.  The danger in wearing open-toe sandals for the elderly with diabetes is that the nerve endings in their feet are so damaged that they will not be able to notice if their feet are scraped or cut.  The open wound can lead to disastrous results such as health complications and even amputation if the infection is not treated properly or on time.

About A-1 Home Care

A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured agency based in Southern California.  Established in 1991, A-1 Home Care has delivered exceptional Diabetes Care and other types of in-home care services to seniors and their families all over Altadena, Pasadena, Glendale, Glendora, Azusa, Arcadia, Burbank, Hollywood, and other surrounding cities.  Affordable yet high in quality, our home care assistance programs have enhanced the quality of life for the elderly while protecting them from predators, scam artists, fraud and theft.  Our 24 hour care and live-out caregiving services are covered by long-term care insurance and veteran benefits.  We also offer easy financing options with reasonable rates for anyone paying out of pocket.

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 your area.

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Altadena Arthritis Care: Round-the-Clock In-Home Care with Compassion

a-1 home care whittier elder careArthritis is an inflammatory disease that affects joints, thereby causing pain during movement such as walking, writing or other tasks that require fine motor skills.  There are different types of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, fibromyalgia, and psoriatic arthritis.  In this article, A-1 Home Care in Altadena distinguishes between two of the most common types – osteoarthritis vs. rheumatoid arthritis.  If you or an elderly loved one needs affordable and high quality in-home care support, A-1 Home Care is the perfect solution for you.

Osteoarthritis (OA) vs. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

Osteoarthritis is the type that we usually associate with aging.  Unlike rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis develops gradually over time whereas the former can begin at any age and rapidly progress in a matter of weeks or months.  The swelling, pain and stiffness in the joints are symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis; with the other type, the joints are tender but there is little or no swelling at all.  At the onset, RA affects both sides of the body but in OA, the symptoms start on one side and then spread to the other side.  Morning stiffness lasts longer for RA than OA.  Regardless of which type of arthritis you or an elderly loved one may have, A-1 Home Care in Altadena provides the perfect in-home support such as assistance with meal preparation, light housekeeping, bathing, grooming and more.  Round-the-clock senior care takes care of all the basic stuff, giving you some physical relief.

You Have Our 100% Commitment at A-1 Home Care

A-1 Home Care has been taking care of Altadena’s seniors and their families for over two decades!  When it comes to selecting someone to take care of your elderly loved ones, we take talent recruitment very seriously.  A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured agency that thoroughly prescreens every single caregiver, certified nurse aide, home health aide and licensed vocational nurse for your safety and security.  You have our round-the-clock support from a 24-hour hotline to live-in caregiver services for 365 days a year.  You can finance high quality senior care at the most competitive prices in LA County and Orange County!  A-1 Home Care also accepts Veteran Benefits and long-term care insurance.

For quality Arthritis Care, call A-1 Home Care today (626) 287-0250 or visit our website www.altadenainhomecare.com for details.  In addition to Altadena, A-1 Home Care also serves Pasadena, La Canada Flintridge, Sierra Madre, Glendale, Glendora, and surrounding communities.

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Nurse Assistants Experienced in Heart Attack and Elder Care near Altadena

As people age they begin to develop several health risks. A few common issues that seniors experience are heart conditions such as hypertension, vascular disease, high blood pressure and heart attacks.

Heart attacks can be dangerous and scary especially for elders who live alone at home because there is no one available to assist them. Therefore, it is advised for elders to live with a Companion or someone that will look after them such as a Caregiver. A-1 Home has been in service for over 20 years and specializes in live in Elder care services. A-1 Home care has nurse assistants available to assist elders in Senior Care for Short term or long terms services. Caregivers can assist seniors in personal care such as bathing, feeding, cooking, dressing and many other services.

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We offer great services in the cities of Altadena, Sierra Madre, Temple City, San Marino, Pasadena, Arcadia, La Canada, Burbank, Glendale, Studio City, and other surrounding communities in Los Angeles and Orange County. For more information on affordable in home care services call A-1 Home Care at (626) 287-0250

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Cancer Caregivers Help Patients Fight Fatigue

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CRF also known as Cancer Related Fatigue, can commonly be mistaken for simple tiredness. However, Cancer Related Fatigue is far more severe in the sense that the whole body is excessively tired, debilitating you from daily routines. Suddenly simple tasks such as cleaning, grocery shopping, or even driving can become cumbersome and physically taxing tasks. While no amount of sleep can fully relieve it, CRF can occur sporadically and suddenly. There is no known reason for exactly why CRF occurs, but it is linked to a plethora of cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or hormone therapy. Even after cancer, CRF can persist. Unfortunately, due to the numerous medical causes, finding a cure can be quite difficult.

At A-1 Home Care in Altadena, we provide skilled and certified caregivers that can make day-to-day tasks manageable again. Our specialized care extends beyond cancer care such as Parkinson’s care, diabetic care, dementia care, and after surgery care. We are also proudly serving in areas of Pasadena, Santa Monica, and Tarzana. Opened 24 hours, 7 days a week, we strive to guarantee caregiver-customer compatibility.

For a free in-home assessment or more information, please call (626) 287-0250 or visit www.altadenainhomecare.com Also, don’t forget to like us on Facebook!

Find A Hobby That Can Help Strengthen Cognitive Skills this Year

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Some associate mental stimulation to some oversimplified computer programs where seniors click around, but improving mental agility does not have to be something that seniors might not enjoy.  Everyday activities can also achieve the goal of strengthening your cognitive skills.  For example, drawing, painting, and knitting may seem like calm and relaxing hobbies, but they can keep the brain of seniors active and alert .  Your traditional games like chess, scrabble, or jigsaw puzzles are also great to keep seniors having fun while stimulating their cognitive skills.  Not only can these activities keep them from boredom, but the can also help with maintaining a healthy brain and preventing Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Whether it is Alzheimer’s Care, Dementia Care, or other in home care services such as Diabetic Care, Post Surgical Care, Brain Injury Care, Incontinence Care, Kidney Disease Care, Multiple Sclerosis Care, and other in home care needs, A-1 Home Care in Altadena is the experienced and trusted source to find a compatible caregiver.  With expert care providers, you can have a peace of mind when you are away from your loved ones.  We cover the areas of Altadena, Sierra Madre, Temple City, San Marino, Pasadena, Arcadia, La Canada, Burbank, Glendale, Studio City, and other surrounding communities in Los Angeles and Orange County.

For service inquiries, please call 626-287-0250, or find more info on our website Alta Dena In Home Care.

Don’t Be S.A.D. during the Holidays

Senior man enjoying glass of juiceThe University of Georgia reports that Vitamin D deficiency not only harms your physical health, but it could also have a negative impact on your mental health as well.  A team of researchers found a link between Vitamin D deficiency and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which affects about 10% of the world’s population, depending on where they live.  The biggest source of Vitamin D is the sun, and if you live in a geographical area where it doesn’t get much sunlight, you are more likely to get SAD during certain seasons of the year when less sunlight is available.  If you have an elderly loved one who is indoors all the time due to mobility issues, A-1 Home Care in Altadena can help prepare meals that are rich in Vitamin D.

Sources of Vitamin D 

Living in Southern California has its perks.  Despite the horrendous traffic everywhere you go, you have to admit that the weather in Los Angeles and Orange County is beautiful 99% of the year.  However, for the poor folks who are unable to enjoy the sunny weather outside, you can still bring Vitamin D into the sanctuary of your home where your loved one can enjoy a home-cooked meal.  A-1 Home Care’s caregivers, companions, certified nurse aides and home health aides will follow the care plan of your loved one’s dietician and ensure that your parent or in-law will receive maximum daily dose of nutrients.  Add tuna, salmon or mackerel to your meals every day.  Orange juice, fortified milk and mushrooms are also good sources of Vitamin D.

About A-1 Home Care

A-1 Home Care is a non-medical home care agency established in 1991.  For 23 years, we have provided superior elder care services for families 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including major holidays like Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Getting home care support over the weekend or during the holidays is really important, especially immediately after a hospital discharge, yet most agencies are closed during business holidays.  At A-1 Home Care, our doors are always open and our phone lines will always connect you to a live operator no matter what time you call.

For live-in or live-out services, call A-1 Home Care today (626) 287-0250 or visit us online www.altadenainhomecare.com for services in Altadena, Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Pasadena, Sierra Madre, La Canada, and other cities in surrounding areas. 

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Relieve Stress with Caregivers

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Stress can be very bad for your health, and since it raises the heart rate and blood pressure of the person, it can be especially dangerous for seniors.  Positive thinking not only help with stress management, but it can lead to better overall health of the person because of it.  We often talk to ourselves, whether looking in the mirror or just in the mind.  But when there self talks are geared toward tackling issues in more positive and productive way instead of the other way around, then the individual is less stressed overall.

Health benefits from positive thinking are long too.  For example, many practicing positive thinking see an increased life span, greater resistance to common cold, reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease, and have a better time coping with hardships and stress.  While there is no concrete answer to the reasons or causes behind these benefits, but statistics are showing that they are indeed happening.

For seniors living with chronic pain or other senior ailments, it can put stress on them, as well as their loved ones on how to best provide support to their elderly loved ones.  A-1 Home Care in Altadena is here to be your solution for any in home care needs.  We have quality caregivers who have at least 2 years of professional caregiving experience, CPR and first aid trained, and the personality to offer great companionship to your loved ones.  Our caregivers have expertise in Alzheimer’s Care, Diabetic Care, Post Surgical Care, Brain Injury Care, Incontinence Care, Kidney Disease Care, Multiple Sclerosis Care, and other in home care needs, and are flexible enough to adapt to the different challenges presented by different clients.

We proudly cover the areas of Altadena, Sierra Madre, Pasadena, Arcadia, Temple City, San Marino, San Marino, Burbank, Glendale, Studio City, and other surrounding communities.

Please direct all service inquires to 626 287 0250 or 562 929 8400. Visit Altadena In Home Care for more information.

Caregivers Relieve Pain for Seniors

It’s reasonable to assume that pain is a natural part of aging, but sometimes this assumption can lead to preventable illnesses and deaths in seniors. A big fear that some people in Southern California have is shrugging off “simple joint pain” of their elderly loved ones and later finding out that this pain is something much more serious. But how can one tell the difference between simple pain that will go away and pain that should be given medical attention?

One of the best things to have for this kind of scenario is an in home caregiver. A-1 Home Care”s elderly home helpers are professionally trained and have two years or more experience in the caregiver field. With their help, you can rest easy knowing that an expert in senior health is available to watch over them. From Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care to 24 Hour Senior Care, A-1 Home Care can provide all categories of care for the elderly and senior residents of Altadena. As an elderly care agency, we make it our mission to do what’s best for you!

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For more information on our senior caregivers, call us now at 626 287 0250 or at 562 929 8400. Visit us at Altadena In Home Care.

Use Different Activities to Keep the Mind Engaged

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When you get to a certain age, our minds slow down a bit, and we don’t actively seek as many mind-engaging activities to do.  However, a study suggests that it doesn’t matter which type of activities seniors are doing, the fact that they are doing different types of activity can encourage them to use their brains more.

These activities do not have to be solving rocket science to challenge the brain, but rather engaging with different parts of the brain with activities such as crossword puzzles, painting, card games, recollecting life stories, etc.  Furthermore, dancing is a fun and sociable activity has shown great for be beneficial for the mind.

So if you or your elderly loved ones are looking for ways to spend your time, just try as many new activities as possible to keep your mind active!

A-1 Home Care has worked hard to earn the trust of Altadena and nearby communities such as Pasadena, Sierra Madre, San Marino, Arcadia, and more.  We carefully craft our home care services and select the right caregiver for each assignment, that is why we can confidently guarantee the highest quality of our service.  On top of that, our caregivers have the versatility in diabetic care, after surgery care ,Alzheimer’s care, and many other home care scenarios to assist with any needs and requirements of the seniors, terminally ill, and disabled. We take pride in the home health aides and caregivers we place, because we strive to provide a peace of mind for every family out there with a senior who needs some assistance.

Inquire about service at 626-287-0250. Learn more on www.altadenainhomecare.com, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates!

National Lightning Safety Awareness Week

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It may seem silly to raise awareness about lightning safety, especially in Southern California. Because of the limited occurrence, it is even more important to make sure our community understand the safety information when a thunderstorm does occur.

Many of us know that if we can hear the sound of thunder, then a lightning is close enough to strike any of us.  However, did you know that the lightning can still strike 30 minutes after the sound of that thunder.  Furthermore, even if you have taken shelter, it does not mean you are entirely safe. It is best to avoid corded phones, computers, or other electrical equipment as well since you are in direct contact with electricity.  Lastly, don’t get near concrete walls or floors as they are also dangerous during a lightning strike.

While it is rare to have a thunderstorm around the Los Angeles and Orange County community, it is still best to prepare for your’s and your loved one’s safety, just as you would for earthquakes.

Mobility can be a hinderence for seniors in the event of a thunderstorm, but our caregivers here at A-1 Home Care in Altadena can help. We understand that it is a stressful circumstances when your elderly loved ones cannot care for themselves, and we are prepared to provide you with experienced caregivers for their assistance.  We specialize in different services such as Arthritis Care, Post Surgical Care, Brain Injury Care, Diabetic Care, Kidney Disease Care, Multiple Sclerosis Care, and other in home care needs.  Best of all, we have a wide service coverage in Southern California, including the cities of  Sierra Madre, Temple City, San Marino, Pasadena, Arcadia, La Canada, Burbank, Glendale, Studio City, and other surrounding communities in Los Angeles and Orange County.

Please call 626-287-0250 for service inquiries 24/7, or learn more our website www.altadenainhomecare.com.  You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates!