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Raising Awareness during National Women’s Health Week

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Treating each other equally is important for the betterment of our society, but we also need to embrace the difference that we all have as individuals.  In terms of health, there are big differences biologically between men and women, and since we are in the middle of National Women’s Health Week, we want to highlight some of the key points from Office of Women’s Health to help women focus on their health as priority.

  1. Get regular check ups and preventive screenings from your health care professional
  2. Be active and exercise regularly
  3. Beware of what you eat.  Eating healthy should be a lifestyle and not a diet.
  4. In addition to physical health, don’t ignore your mental health needs by getting enough sleep and managing your stress.
  5. Avoid unhealthy habits such as smoking or drinking excessively

Helping seniors improve their quality of life is our main goal here at A-1 Home Care in Altadena. We understand that it is a stressful circumstances when your elderly loved one needs help, and we are prepared to provide with professional and skilled 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!

It is American Diabetes Alert Day!

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Today marks the 26th annual American Diabetes Alert Day.  This serves as a “wake up call” for the general public to understand their own risk of diabetes, which is a disease that affects around 26 million people around the country.  Not only are those overweight who are at risk, but those who are under active are also at risk of developing diabetes.  Most important thing to note on this alert day is that the disease is often preventable through smart lifestyle choices, and understanding your risks can propel you to take the steps toward preventing the disease.  So raise awareness about the risks of diabetes with your loved ones, and together we can limit the people affected by this disease in the future!

A-1 Home Care is a preferred home care agency for residents of Altadena and nearby communities such as Pasadena, Sierra Madre, San Marino, Arcadia, and more.  We carefully screen and select the caregivers, so they are guaranteed to be the highest quality.  Their versatility in diabetic care, after surgery care, Alzheimer’s care, and other home care scenarios, when combined with a passion for caregiving is one reason why clients continue to recommend our senior care services.  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!

Raising Awareness About Age-Relaged Macular Degeneration

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It is not as prominent among discussion of our health, but our vision plays an important role in our daily living.  Cataracts and glaucoma are common topics related to senior vision problems, but age-related macular degeneration, or AMD,  is actually the leading cause of vision loss among people age 65 and over.

Two types of AMD:

  • Wet AMD – More serious form of the disease, blood vessels under retina leak, causing the loss of vision
  • Dry AMD – The more common type of AMD, and also a slower progressing type of the disease

As long as seniors are able to visit the eye doctor regularly, avoid smoking and staying healthy, then AMD should not be too serious of a problem for seniors to a point where there is a loss of sight.

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 has the experienced and compatible caregivers to assist with any needs.  Our caregivers are dedicated, compassionate, and genuinely care about the well being of the seniors they are helping, so we are confident to bring a peace of mind to your family even 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 www.altadenainhomecare.com.  You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates!

When Should You Consider A Legal Guardianship?

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Having an elderly love one who is mentally incapacitated is difficult to handle  because they cannot manage their own life.  But that is also why Guardianship exists to protect these individuals, allowing others to make the decisions for their best interests.

Guardianship offers protection for seniors against exploitation from scams or sweepstakes.  If the incapacitated person is targeted, then a guardianship might be necessary to help remove rights to any contracts from scammers.

While estate planning an help avoid conflicts within the family if a senior become incapacitated, but without it, then no one is authorized to manage to any of the financial assets.  If that’s the case, then a guardianship might be needed to decide who the manager of the estate.

Finally, a senior who is incapacitated can forget to eat, forget to take their medications, or even cause fire hazard because they left the stove on.  Furthermore, they are refuse any care offered to them. In such cases, then a guardian might need to step in and routinely check on the senior, or set up appropriate course of care, whether it is an in home care or at a facility.

If you are a guardian, or an elder law attorney assisting your client in setting up  senior care help for an incapacitated person, then A-1 Home Care in Altadena should be your choice of your needs.  Our excellent caregivers are are able to provide basic home services in meal preparation, personal care, housecleaning, transportation, and other needs.  Also they specialize in Alzheimer Care, Parkinson CareArthritis CareDiabetic Care, Incontinence Care, Hospice Care, Special Needs Care, and more Senior Care Services.  We cover all the major cities around Altadena, including  Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Arcadia, San Marino, Temple City, Rosemead and other surrounding areas.

Call today for service inquiries, our number is 626-287-0250, or visit www.altadenainhomecare.com for more information. Check out our Facebook as well!

 

Thyroid Awareness Month – Grave’s Disease

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The thyroid does not get as much attention as our vital organs like hearts, lungs, or liver, but it is directly influencing the functions of these organs and has an impact on our overall well-being.

One of the most common thyroid conditions is Grave’s Disease.  Although it is easily treated, it can lead to serious complications if it is left untreated.  Sings and symptoms include irritability, fatigue, faster heart rate, sensitivity to heat, muscle weakness, trembling hands and weight loss.  However, don’t be alarmed, with proper treatment and care, this condition usually have no long term effects on your health.

A-1 Home Care in Altadena work with a wonderful team of caregivers for any senior care needs around the area.  The dedications our caregivers display during their job is unmatched, and they put the maximum effort to handle different challenges such as Alzheimer Care, Parkinson Care, Incontinence Care, Diabetic Care, Post Stroke Care, Cancer Care, and other Elderly Care services.  With quality services come satisfied clients, and we have received many positive testimonials spanning the two decades in the industry. Seniors can enjoy our services in the communities of Altadena, Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Arcadia, San Marino, and other surrounding areas in Los Angeles and Orange County.

Call today for service inquiries, our number is 626-287-0250, or visit www.altadenainhomecare.com for more information.

Benefits for the Mind, Body, and Spirit Through Arts and Crafts

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Art is the result of the one thing many other species on Earth do not have, the human imagination.  Viewing and creating art is also one of the most therapeutic experience anyone can have.  That’s why A-1 Home care set up a wonderful holiday arts & crafts event in Pasadena at the Two Palms  Convalescent Hospital, hoping to spread the holiday cheers for everyone involved.

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We prepared snacks, Christmas presentations, Christmas music, and most importantly, supplies for participants to personalize their own ornaments to put on the Christmas tree at the center.  Everyone  seems very energized about the event, some were very talkative, and all were getting into the holiday spirits with a smile on their faces.

We are so happy to hear that everyone at this Pasadena arts and crafts event enjoyed it, and A-1 Home Care definitely plans to come back to spread even more joy in the near future!  Meanwhile, if you or your loved ones are looking for an in-home caregiver, contact us for more information.

Our number is 626-287-0250, or you can visit us at www.pasadenainhomecare.com for more information online.

 

In-Home Care After Heart Attack

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Every 34 seconds. 

That’s how many heart attacks occur in the U.S. each day.

34 percent.

That’s the number of people who experience a heart attack and die from it. It’s a staggering number that results in more than a million deaths each year.

What Causes a Heart Attack?

Most heart attacks, or myocardial infarction, stem from coronary heart disease, a condition that clogs the coronary arteries with fatty plaques. Researchers have found that while these plaques are damaging, it’s typically the sudden formation on top of the plaque that causes the obstruction of blood flow in the already too-narrow artery.

Who’s At Risk?

Risk factors that could potentially lead to a heart attack are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity, and prolonged high-stress. Men who are over the age of 50, family history, and menopause for women can also increase the likelihood of a heart attack.

A cardiologist relies on various tests and scans to identify and diagnose a heart attack. Angiograms and radioisotopes scan specific areas of the heart for damage and blockage. This data provides crucial information that your doctor can utilize for prevention and proper treatment.

Heart Attack Prevention

Assessing your risk for a heart attack is the first step in prevention, and doctors advise starting as young as 20. It always comes back to living a healthy lifestyle and omitting the behaviors that can potentially trigger a latent family trait.

Here a few things you can do NOW, according to Healthline:

  • Find out your family’s medical history
  • Quit smoking
  • Exercise Regularly (10,000 steps-a-day)\
  • Eat more whole foods, like fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Reduce your salt intake
  • Manage your diabetes
  • Manage your blood pressure
  • Control blood cholesterol 
  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Reduce stress

Recovery After a Heart Attack 

As everyone knows, you can do everything right and sometimes things still happen–Murphy’s Law, as they call it. Although suffering from a heart attack is a frightening experience, surviving and being able to come home is life-changing.

Returning home after a heart attack can mean months of recuperation. You may feel tired or weak due to your damaged heart muscle and time in the hospital. In the first few weeks, you should take things slow and pace yourself. You’re not going to be able to do the same things with same vigor at first, but with time you will. You may experience such feelings like depression, anger or fear. Most of these feelings will go away with time and as you get back to your normal routine. Your physician will recommend a heart-healthy diet and exercise plan for you to follow–this is the time to follow it and stop making excuses.

If you or a loved has gone through the life-altering experience of a heart attack, we at A-1 Home Care can provide personal, in-home care after your surgery. Our caregivers can provide hospice care, short-term or long-term , live-in care while you recover.

Please visit us at Altadena A-1 Home Care to experience our one-of-a-kind compassionate care service. We are also located in the neighboring cities of Pasadena, Alhambra, Arcadia, La Crescenta-Montrose, Sierra Madre, Rosemead, and San Marino.

Contact us at (626) 287-0250 for more questions. Check-out our Facebook and Twitter websites for daily updates!

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

Connect With an Animal – Zoo Visit for Seniors and Elderly

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, animals can help lower blood pressure and increase happiness in people of all ages.  Pets can be very costly to own, and a visit to the zoo can do the trick.  In addition to the benefits mentioned above, a trip to the zoo can also help those seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease because it could trigger fond memories from their childhood.  To make the most of of the zoo trip, here is a few things you should plan for.  First, be sure to check the forecast and make sure it is not too warm for the seniors.  It is also a good idea to plan the route for the trip, visiting places that the senior enjoys more.  Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask for help and assistance if needed as the zoo usually have designated staff or volunteers to accommodate for seniors.

If family members do not have time to take their loved ones to the zoo, or any other outdoor activities, A-1 Home Care has caregivers who are able to help at home as well as any transportation needs.  Our caregivers specialize in Dementia Care, Arthritis Care, After Surgery Care, Brain Injury Care, Incontinence Care, Kidney Disease Care, Multiple Sclerosis Care, and other in home care needs.  We have operated, for over 20 years, in the cities of Altadena, Sierra Madre, Pasadena, San Marino, La Canada, San Marino, Burbank, Glendale, Studio City, and other surrounding communities.

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

The 5 Key Steps to Prepare Addiction Recovery

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One cannot possibly overcome drug addictions if he/she has not desire to do so.  So here are a few good steps presented by HelpGuide.org to prepare an individual to set their mind to the road of addiction recovery.  First and foremost, keep reminding yourself the reasons you want this change, which can provide the underlying motivations.  If there were previous attempts in quitting, use those experience and learn from them, and understand what type of methods are more effective than others.  Next, it is a good idea to set definitive goals, such as a quit date or limiting drug use.

There are also certain triggers and reminders in the surroundings, whether at home or at work, that can lead you to revert back to bad behaviors.  Lastly, open up a discussion with friends and family about your intention of quitting, and ask for support.  If you follow the steps above, then you can increase the success rate for your addiction recovery.

A-1 Home Care in Altadena offers in home care help for those going through drug treatment, including services in Respite Care, Live-In Care, Hourly Care, Companion Services, Hospital Sitters, Short-Term Care, Personal Services, and more.  We send our caregivers, certified nurse aides, hospital sitters, personal assistants, and other professionals to cities such as Altadena, Pasadena, Rosemead, La Canada, Sierra Madre, San Marino, Temple City, Arcadia, Monrovia,  Burbank, and many more communities in Los Angeles and Orange County.

To enjoy our services, please call us at 626-287-0250, or visit us online on our Facebook or our website www.altadenainhomecare.com.