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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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Does your elderly loved one have Alzheimer’s?

24 hour care in altadena a1 home careAlzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that begins very slowly, long before clinical symptoms emerge.  It accounts for 60% to 80% of dementia cases, and your elderly loved one may be at risk if he or she manifests the following symptoms:  forgetting recent conversations, one’s own address, and recent events.  Everyone has some sort of temporary memory loss, such as forgetting where you parked or placed your keys.  However, if your loved one starts to forget important dates such as birthdays and holidays, their memory loss could disrupt their daily function in life.  A-1 Home Care in Altadena will be there for you whether you need a caregiver in the beginning, middle or advanced stages of Alzheimer’s for your loved ones.

Alzheimer’s Care Requires Professional Training

For the time being, you or your spouse and children may be able to help with chores or taking your parent to a doctor’s appointment.  However, as Alzheimer’s progresses, the level of care also increases, which requires formal medical training in elder care.  Taking care of your elderly loved one without the proper training may be detrimental not only to your parent or grandparent, but also to your own health as well.  A-1 Home Care in Altadena has a diverse pool of caregivers from which you can choose to suit your elderly loved one’s comfort levels.  Having a live-in caregiver helps a lot; it’s nice knowing that you have a highly seasoned and skilled certified nurse aide at home taking care of your elderly loved one while you are working to provide for your family.

About A-1 Home Care in Altadena

A-1 Home Care is one of the few home care agencies in California to receive state licensing for elder care.  This means that as a licensed, bonded and insured agency, we extensively screen every caregiver, certified home health aide, certified nurse aide, and licensed vocational aide before they are allowed to take care of your loved ones.  We take senior safety very seriously!  A-1 Home Care protects seniors from predators and fraudulent scams while providing the best possible senior care at the most competitive rates in Altadena and LA County.  Choose from live-in care, live-out care, 24 hour care, overnight care, Alzheimer’s Care, Multiple Sclerosis Care, Lou Gehrig’s Care, and various other types of in-home care at affordable rates.

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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Altadena In-Home Care for Adults with Huntington’s Disease & Alzheimer’s

los angeles arthritisImagine having Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s Disease all combined in one.  That’s what it’s like having Huntington’s Disease (HD), a fatal genetic disorder that affects adults during their prime working years.  The average onset of HD is between 30 and 50, and it progresses over time.  HD manifests symptoms such as personality changes, mood swings, unsteady gait, memory loss, slurred speech and difficulty in swallowing.  The most common causes of death for individuals with HD are pneumonia and cardiovascular disease.  If you have a spouse or adult son/daughter who is suffering from HD, in-home help is available from A-1 Home Care in Altadena.

24 Hour Dementia Care, Beneficial to Care Recipients and Family Members Alike

Coping with the relentless progression of Huntington’s Disease is difficult for everyone, but A-1 Home Care in Altadena has professional, highly skilled caregivers who are adept at taking care of people from all stages of life with various conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Arthritis, Stroke, Heart Disease, Renal Failure and more.  You can take comfort in the fact that your elderly loved ones are in good hands.  Enjoy quality time with your loved ones instead of frantically running around trying to meet their basic needs.  That’s what A-1 Home Care is here for – to help with tasks like cooking, cleaning, toileting care, bathing, grooming, lifting, transferring, transportation and more.

About A-1 Home Care in Altadena

A-1 Home Care is an established and reputable licensed, bonded and insured agency in Altadena. Since its inception in 1991, A-1 Home Care has served generations of families in various parts of Southern California, including Altadena, Pasadena, Malibu, Santa Monica, Hollywood, Burbank, Glendale, Beverly Hills and surrounding cities.  Thanks to our wonderful team of culturally diverse caregivers, our loyal clients continually refer their friends and family to A-1 Home Care for excellent 24-hour in-home care services.  We offer a wide array of services from part-time live-out caregiver services to round-the-clock care, and we are flexible according to your ever-changing needs.

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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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 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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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.

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.