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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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Caregiver Scams: Just a Phone Call or Something More?

a-1 home care home care whittierWhen you hire a caregiver for live-in care or live-out care, you expect her to work – prepare nutritious (and delicious) meals, wash the dishes, clean the house, assist with bathing and grooming, perform personal care tasks and other duties as assigned.  You also expect a pleasant personality to go with a high level of competence and professionalism.  If a caregiver takes a personal call or two, you may tolerate it, but what if the caregiver takes an unusual volume of incoming calls?  Is she being lazy or is there something more to it?

Listen to Your Gut and Take Action

A caregiver’s excessive phone use may signify there is some sort of conspiracy going on if it seems like the personal care aide cares more about her external network of relationships than being attentive to your elderly loved one’s needs.  Who knows if the “caregiver” is receiving orders from an outsider who’s calling the shots?  If you hire a caregiver from A-1 Home Care in Altadena, you will have no such problem.  A-1 Home Care is serious about in-home care and making sure your elderly loved ones are 100% satisfied without an inkling of suspicion.  We have very strict guidelines for our caregivers, and you can always ask our care managers what our guidelines are so that you can report any suspicious behavior to our agency if anyone is violating our agency’s rules.

About A-1 Home Care in Altadena

A-1 Home Care in Altadena is one of the few home care agencies in California that have successfully received state licensure.  Established in 1991, A-1 Home Care has been delivering exceptional senior care services to thousands of families all over LA and Orange County.  We have a culturally diverse pool of caregivers; you can pick and choose any caregiver you want if you have a specific preference for culture and language.  Being “licensed, bonded and insured” means that every caregiver we recruit is required to pass an extensive criminal background check, professional reference verification and DMV record check.  Your trust and satisfaction are our priority – and customer satisfaction is 100% guaranteed!  We’re open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including major holidays like Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

For home care you can trust, 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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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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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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