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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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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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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.

Distance

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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24 Hour Non-Medical Caregiver Support Services for the Elderly

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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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Altadena In-Home Heart Care: Underactive Thyroid & the Heart

a-1 home care home care whittierHypothyroidism is very prevalent among seniors and more common among women than men, and the frequency increases with age.  As the term suggests, hypothyroidism is a condition of the thyroid in which the gland produces insufficient levels of thyroid hormones (T3 and T4).  These hormones are known to relax your blood vessels and facilitate blood flow to the heart.  Low levels of thyroid hormones lead to high levels of bad cholesterol, which ultimately results in poor cardiac health.  For some, hypothyroidism is congenital, and for others, it’s a by-product of taking medications for other health conditions.  You can minimize the effects of hypothyroidism with regular medical check-ups, and if your elderly loved one does not have any reliable means of transportation, A-1 Home Care in Altadena is here to help.

24 Hour Heart Disease Care for the Elderly

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death for the elderly, and if hypothyroidism is one of the factors leading to cardiovascular disease, it’s important to get blood work done on a regular basis, at least once every six (6) months.  We often hear about high cholesterol levels, unhealthy eating habits and lack of exercise contributing to heart disease, but hypothyroidism is not advertised as much, though it is still very much part of the equation.  Symptoms of hypothyroidism are easily overlooked because they can be mistaken for symptoms of other conditions.  Common signs of low thyroid levels include the following:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Hypersensitivity to cold
  • Dry skin
  • Weight gain
  • Puffy face
  • Pain and stiffness in joints
  • Depression
  • Impaired memory

At a glance, don’t some of these symptoms coincide with dementia, arthritis or other conditions?  Hyperthyroidism is usually diagnosed with a blood test in addition to a patient’s report of his symptoms.  A-1 Home Care’s in-home caregiver will serve as a liaison between you, your loved one and the doctor, be it in the form of caregiver reports and/or transportation around Altadena.

About A-1 Home Care

Since its inception in 1991, A-1 Home Care has been delivering exceptional in-home care to seniors all over Altadena.  We handpick our caregivers from the cream of the crop, and we screen each and every caregiver who walks through our doors.  Because we are licensed, bonded and insured, you can rest assured that your caregiver has a clean criminal background and great DMV record.  When you call our phone lines, you never have to deal with an automated answering system because our live operators are always ready to answer your questions 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Round-the-clock care is available through long-term care insurance, veteran benefits and A-1 Home Care’s easy financing options.

For quality Heart Disease 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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Exceptional After Surgery Care Services Relieve Elders In Altadena

Being stuck in the hospital following a medical procedure or extended recovery can be very difficult, especially when your existing family members and close friends are unable to spend time with you the way you’re used to.

At A-1 Home Care in Altadena, our friendly caregivers provide leading after surgery care options that keep seniors upbeat and well-mannered during their hospital stay. Each caregiver service is always affordable and equally exceptional, as each caregiving expert realizes the importance of providing top-quality care at lower-than-the-rest prices.

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A-1 Home Care’s enjoyable hospital sitters extend care to elders in need of companionship with services that include:

  • assistance with personal services like bathing, grooming, dressing, and toileting
  • wake-up and tuck-in services
  • running errands like grocery shopping and picking up clothes from the cleaners
  • maintenance inside the home including vacuuming, dusting, dishwashing, laundry, and trash
  • assistance with mobility
  • maintenance outside the home including yard work and gardening tasks
  • transportation of items you need from the home during your hospital stay
  • special needs care
  • child care
  • pet care

A-1 Home Care provides care to people from all walks of life, including Jewish, Asian, Middle Eastern, and European, with the most affordable caregiving options offered anywhere in Los Angeles and Orange County. Each caregiver offers numerous senior care solutions that even include Alzheimer’s and dementia care for people with increasing cognitive decline. After all, A-1 Home Care is dedicated to always and only bringing the best– while leaving behind all the rest!

To learn more about the exceptional after surgery care options available across Southern California, contact a helpful caregiver today at (626) 287-0250 or (562) 929-8400. A-1 Home Care is happy to care for people in nearby elder communities like Pasadena, La Canada, San Marino, Sierra Madre, and Monrovia.

Bipolar Caregiving Professionals Relieve Elders In Altadena Homes

Let’s face it: bipolar disorder and seasonal depression can alienate patients from their loved ones in the home, especially if the proper care is not used.

At A-1 Home Care in Altadena, we bring the leading caregiver services in all of Los Angeles and Orange County right to the front door– and beyond. Our diverse caregivers are exceptional in providing in-home assistance to people from all cultures, including Jewish, Middle Eastern, Asian, and European, making sure that every elder who calls on the name of A-1 gets the lasting chance for a continued smile.

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Take a look below at some of the exceptional caregiving services that A-1 Home Care provides elders in the home:

  • assistance with household tasks like dusting, vacuuming, dish-washing, laundry, mopping, taking out the trash, and bed-making
  • assistance with yard work and gardening duties like watering plants, mowing the lawn, and raking leaves
  • assistance with personal services like bathing, grooming, dressing, and toileting
  • wake-up and tuck-in services
  • transportation to and from medical appointments and other existing engagements
  • delicious and nutritious meal preparation
  • running errands like grocery shopping and picking up clothes from the cleaners
  • medication reminders and administration assistance
  • enjoyable conversation and companionship
  • child care
  • pet care

A-1 Home Care additionally provides home care options that include Alzheimer’s and dementia care for cognitively declining patients, kidney disease care for those with renal dialysis, and autism care for patients with severe social disorders in the home. It’s this dedication to providing only and always the best– and leaving behind the rest!– senior caregiver services in Southern California that has kept A-1 Home Care at the pinnacle of in-home care provision since its 1991 inception.

For more information on A-1 Home Care, call a gentle caregiver today at (626) 287-0250 or (562) 929-8400. A-1 Home Care is proud to serve adjacent communities in Pasadena, San Marino, Sierra Madre, La Canada, and Burbank.