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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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Make a Dash for the DASH Diet to Prevent Kidney Failure

Senior man enjoying glass of juiceAccording to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), about 10% of the American population has some form of chronic kidney disease, which also happens to be the ninth leading cause of death in the United States, based on a report from Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  Symptoms of renal failure include the following:

  • Reduced urine
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling in the legs, ankle and feet
  • Pain and/or pressure in the chest area
  • Seizures
  • Nausea
  • Chronic fatigue or drowsiness
  • Cognitive confusion

Studies show that following a DASH diet will help prevent or delay the onset of kidney failure.  The acronym stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension; although this was originally for adults with high blood pressure, researchers found that this dietary plan is just as effective in preventing kidney disease.

Too Tired for the DASH Diet?

At A-1 Home Care in Altadena, we understand that if you’re already struggling with chronic fatigue and other unsettling symptoms, you may fall by the wayside in your attempt to change your diet.  It takes time and concentrated effort to read instructions on a recipe or to go grocery shopping.  Let us do the hard work for you while you rest at home.  You can reserve your energy for more important things like spending quality time with friends and family.  Enjoy the excellent in-home care service provided by one of our live-in caregivers as they prepare a delicious meal based on DASH recipes.  A-1 Home Care offers 24 hour care as well as live-out care; we are flexible when it comes to scheduling around your needs.

About A-1 Home Care in Altadena

A-1 Home Care is a non-medical home care agency that provides the highest quality of senior care in Altadena. We are licensed, bonded and insured, which serves to promote safety and security for our clients and their families without compromising quality, integrity, and superior service that we promise to you.  For over 20 years, we have met and exceeded the expectations of families, which is why our clients continually refer their friends and family to A-1 Home Care.  We partner with local hospitals and clinics in your area to form strong collaborative relationships in order to provide your loved ones the best quality of in-home care you can receive in Southern California.ive

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 In-Home Care Relief from Chronic Pain

a-1 home care breast cancer early detectionChronic pain is pain that persists long after the injury or disease is gone.  Mostly due to an oversensitive nervous system, chronic pain is often treated with pain killers (in the form of opiates) which have received lots of media attention due to their addictive qualities.  Many patients who take pain killers are unaware that they’re addicted simply because the medicine is prescribed.  Those who are aware of opiates’ addictive nature may decline to take the prescription pain killers, but this may also mean interference with daily functions such as cooking, writing, and driving.  A-1 Home Care offers 24-hour assistance so that your elderly loved one can rest from doing the mundane things that trigger the pain.

Affordable 24-Hour Care When You Need It

Diseases that are associated with chronic pain include arthritis, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy, and fibromyalgia.  In addition to the physical pain your elderly loved one might experience, he may also experience anxiety and depression.  For some, their chronic pain is such that it affects their job performance because they are distracted and lose focus.  If they don’t feel well, they are less apt to cook or make nutritious meals, so their weight drops and their health gets worse.  It’s a trickle effect that eventually plummets quickly, but you can step in and help with 24-hour care from A-1 Home Care.  A live-in caregiver can help with non-medical tasks like preparing nutritious and delicious meals, clean the house, take out the garbage, and make sure that everything is in order so that your loved one will feel better.

About A-1 Home Care

You will not find better in-home care anywhere in Los Angeles County than with A-1 Home Care.  Established in 1991, A-1 Home Care has been delivering exceptional senior care services, in-home care, Alzheimer’s Care, Parkinson’s Care, Multiple Sclerosis Care, Arthritis Care, Kidney Care, Brain Injury Care and other types of specialized care for over two decades.  We match each senior with the perfect caregiver based on your elderly loved one’s level of care and personality.  All our caregivers are screened and verified by an extensive national criminal background check.  If you are worried about cost, you will find relief with our easy financing options and reasonable rates.  A-1 Home Care also accepts Veteran Benefits and long-term care insurance.

For a free quote, 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 Care: Avoid Mishaps and the “Blame Game” for Elderly Falls

a1 hospice care altadenaA lot can be said about “accidental falls” that happen frequently in residential facilities that no one wants to be accountable for.  According to an online news source, Marjorie Herron, 97, passed away six days after her fall when she slipped out of her bathing chair and hit her head on the floor.  Was anyone there to monitor her mobility or assist her with bathing?  Nobody knows.  Although the facility chalks it up to an accident, Herron’s daughter, Gwen Law, believes the fall was preventable.  “We have made many changes to staff training and bath procedures to reduce the likelihood of accidents like this happening again,” said Anna Maria D’Angelo, senior media relations officer of the facility.  It’s the family’s word versus the staff management, media experts and attorneys representing the facility.  This story that leaked out into the media is a microcosm of the bigger problem that’s occurring in residential facilities across the United States.  Can you avoid lack of accountability and increase safety for your elderly loved one?  Absolutely.  Hiring a live-in caregiver who can look after your elderly loved one 24 hours a day will dramatically minimize the chances of a fall.  A-1 Home Care in Altadena has a wonderful team of trained, certified in-home caregivers who have years of experience caring for seniors.

Nobody loves your parents or grandparents like you do.  However, can you trust that someone else can take care of your elderly loved ones like you would?  If you have an aging mother or father staying at a facility where senior residents far outnumber the staff, how can you be completely sure that your loved one is safe from making deadly mistakes?  And if an accident does happen – God forbid – will any facility staff member be brave enough to own up to the negligence?  There’s an article on AgingCare.com titled, “Dementia Training Should Be Mandatory,” which brings to light the egregious problem of inadequate staff training in care facilities.

Reduce the chances of hazardous mistakes by having a live-in caregiver from A-1Home Care in Altadena to provide individualized elder care for your loved ones.  Seniors get to receive quality 24 hour in-home care services from highly skilled, seasoned and certified nurse assistants in the comfort of their own home.  In-home care is the #1 choice for seniors because they get to be surrounded by friends and families rather than be isolated in a care facility surrounded by others who are in physical and emotional pain.  A-1 Home Care is licensed, bonded and insured, which means that your elderly loved ones are protected in case an accident happens, and there is a very high degree of accountability.  Since its inception in 1991, A-1 Home Care has become the most reputable and reliable 24 hour elder care agency in Los Angeles County.

For a free quote, 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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Restore Balance to Your Life with Altadena Companion Care

a-1 home care home care whittierWhen caring for your elderly parent starts to interfere with your social life, emotional health and sleeping patterns, it’s time to look for in-home help.  Many adult children genuinely care for their aging parents and they do their best to help them age gracefully, but the son or daughter still have an independent life apart from the senior.  What if your mom or dad only clings to you and won’t bond with anyone else?  Have social visits become social “work,” when your friends invite you to a barbeque or party where you’re still wearing your caregiving hat?  Don’t fret!  You can count on A-1 Home Care in Altadena, a reliable source of live-out or live-in companion care that will restore your personal/elder care balance to your life.


Reclaim Your Life without Guilt

You owe it to yourself to get some time away from everyone, including your elderly loved ones.  Go to a spa, gym or nature spot where you can meditate and relax.  Go out to dinner with your friends or do something you enjoy at least once a week while you leave it to A-1 Home Care in Altadena to provide quality companion care for your parent or grandparent.  Hiring respite care for your loved ones does not mean you’re abandoning them.  It means that you are caring for yourself so you can be a better daughter, son or grandchild with a renewed sense of self.  A highly skilled, prescreened caregiver will come to your home, and for a few hours a day or 24 hours a day, she will be a delightful companion by listening to your loved one tell stories or doing activities your loved one might like, such as arts & crafts or watching a movie.  A-1 Home Care guarantees that you will love our competent and compassionate caregivers who have years of experience caring for seniors.


The Right Home Care Package for You

A-1 Home Care offers a vast array of elder care services, from general companion care to overnight care, hospice care, Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care, Arthritis Care, live-out and live-in care, hospital sitting, Cancer Care, Stroke Care, Heart Attack Care and more.  A-1 Home Care in Altadena does not limit in-home care for seniors; you can also choose from postpartum care and post-surgery care as well.  Licensed, bonded and insured, A-1 Home Care protects your seniors from predators, fraud, and elder abuse.  Each caregiver applicant must pass an extensive screening process before they can join our winning team.  Because we ensure quality, integrity and compassion, our clients know that we are committed to delivering the best senior care services that Los Angeles County has to offer!  Companion care comes at an affordable price, too!  You can finance elder care based on your budget or use Veteran Benefits and long-term care insurance for 24-hour in-home care.


For a free quote, 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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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.