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Don’t Be S.A.D. during the Holidays

Senior man enjoying glass of juiceThe University of Georgia reports that Vitamin D deficiency not only harms your physical health, but it could also have a negative impact on your mental health as well.  A team of researchers found a link between Vitamin D deficiency and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which affects about 10% of the world’s population, depending on where they live.  The biggest source of Vitamin D is the sun, and if you live in a geographical area where it doesn’t get much sunlight, you are more likely to get SAD during certain seasons of the year when less sunlight is available.  If you have an elderly loved one who is indoors all the time due to mobility issues, A-1 Home Care in Altadena can help prepare meals that are rich in Vitamin D.

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Living in Southern California has its perks.  Despite the horrendous traffic everywhere you go, you have to admit that the weather in Los Angeles and Orange County is beautiful 99% of the year.  However, for the poor folks who are unable to enjoy the sunny weather outside, you can still bring Vitamin D into the sanctuary of your home where your loved one can enjoy a home-cooked meal.  A-1 Home Care’s caregivers, companions, certified nurse aides and home health aides will follow the care plan of your loved one’s dietician and ensure that your parent or in-law will receive maximum daily dose of nutrients.  Add tuna, salmon or mackerel to your meals every day.  Orange juice, fortified milk and mushrooms are also good sources of Vitamin D.

About A-1 Home Care

A-1 Home Care is a non-medical home care agency established in 1991.  For 23 years, we have provided superior elder care services for families 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including major holidays like Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Getting home care support over the weekend or during the holidays is really important, especially immediately after a hospital discharge, yet most agencies are closed during business holidays.  At A-1 Home Care, our doors are always open and our phone lines will always connect you to a live operator no matter what time you call.

For live-in or live-out services, call A-1 Home Care today (626) 287-0250 or visit us online www.altadenainhomecare.com for services in Altadena, Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Pasadena, Sierra Madre, La Canada, and other cities in surrounding areas. 

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Caregivers Help Strengthen Cognitive Skills

 

????????????????????????????????????????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 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 according to Love To Know. 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.

Relieve Stress with Caregivers

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Stress can be very bad for your health, and since it raises the heart rate and blood pressure of the person, it can be especially dangerous for seniors.  Positive thinking not only help with stress management, but it can lead to better overall health of the person because of it.  We often talk to ourselves, whether looking in the mirror or just in the mind.  But when there self talks are geared toward tackling issues in more positive and productive way instead of the other way around, then the individual is less stressed overall.

Health benefits from positive thinking are long too.  For example, many practicing positive thinking see an increased life span, greater resistance to common cold, reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease, and have a better time coping with hardships and stress.  While there is no concrete answer to the reasons or causes behind these benefits, but statistics are showing that they are indeed happening.

For seniors living with chronic pain or other senior ailments, it can put stress on them, as well as their loved ones on how to best provide support to their elderly loved ones.  A-1 Home Care in Altadena is here to be your solution for any in home care needs.  We have quality caregivers who have at least 2 years of professional caregiving experience, CPR and first aid trained, and the personality to offer great companionship to your loved ones.  Our caregivers have expertise in Alzheimer’s Care, Diabetic Care, Post Surgical Care, Brain Injury Care, Incontinence Care, Kidney Disease Care, Multiple Sclerosis Care, and other in home care needs, and are flexible enough to adapt to the different challenges presented by different clients.

We proudly cover the areas of Altadena, Sierra Madre, Pasadena, Arcadia, Temple City, San Marino, San Marino, Burbank, Glendale, Studio City, and other surrounding communities.

Please direct all service inquires to 626 287 0250 or 562 929 8400. Visit Altadena In Home Care for more information.

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.

Labor Day Special: Elders React to Home Care

This Labor Day is a perfect opportunity to take your elderly relatives out for some quality bonding time. But with the way that seniors are portrayed in the media, it’s no wonder that most popular thoughts and opinions about the elderly are based off of false claims that they are dull and listless. Think of Abraham Simpson or “Grandpa” from The Simpsons. Often there is a running joke throughout the series, which would portray Grandpa Simpson as going off some tale of his younger day’s right before falling asleep mid-sentence, or else as being in need of attention from his hesitant family. It can be very comedic at times, but overall highly inaccurate. As a provider for care at home for the elderly, we often like to spread accurate knowledge or impressions of seniors, which is why we would like to share the Elder’s React web series from YouTube, showing elderly seniors’ reactions to a variety of things, including modern and old fashioned forms of entertainment.

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See how they react to a video of Elvis? That’s the true face of the elderly and it is the one we, at A-1 Home Care, like to see. It’s one that we ask our elder caregivers to bring out and they’ve been doing it successfully since 1991. No matter the condition of the patient, be it one who requires Parkinson’s Care or Diabetic Care, our in home helpers are able to administer all facets of homecare, from care for the terminally ill to cancer care. 

For more information on our 24 Hour caregiver services, call us at 626 287 0250 or check us out at Alta Dena In Home Care!

 

Baby Boomers Prefer In-Home Care

a-1 home care homecare altadenaThanks to advances in technology, seniors are living longer lives, but sometimes the quality of life for the elderly is compromised.  Even though health professionals are doing everything they can to improve living conditions in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, nothing beats living with or near children and grandchildren.  The definition of “quality” depends on the individual, but if you look at the growing trend in the home care industry, it is obvious that more and more elders are turning to in-home caregivers to sustain and improve their quality of life.

Home care agencies like A-1 Home Care allow seniors to sustain a feeling of independence and to give space to their adult children.  If adult children suspect that their parents may need care in the near future, they can hire a caregiver companion to accompany their parents for fun activities, especially if they have a parent who is widowed or divorced.  Although in-home care is usually associated with Alzheimer’s Care, Parkinson’s Care, Arthritis Care, and the like, it doesn’t always have to be so serious.  Companion care is built on great memories, like trips to the museum, the beach, cafes, and social gatherings.  It will contribute to your elderly loved one’s emotional well-being, which in turn will lessen depression and ultimately improve their physical health.

Call A-1 Home Care today (626) 287-0250 or visit our website http://www.altadenainhomecare.com for more information.  We serve the communities of Altadena, Sierre Madre, Pasadena, San Marino, Arcadia, and surrounding areas.

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Use Different Activities to Keep the Mind Engaged

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When you get to a certain age, our minds slow down a bit, and we don’t actively seek as many mind-engaging activities to do.  However, a study suggests that it doesn’t matter which type of activities seniors are doing, the fact that they are doing different types of activity can encourage them to use their brains more.

These activities do not have to be solving rocket science to challenge the brain, but rather engaging with different parts of the brain with activities such as crossword puzzles, painting, card games, recollecting life stories, etc.  Furthermore, dancing is a fun and sociable activity has shown great for be beneficial for the mind.

So if you or your elderly loved ones are looking for ways to spend your time, just try as many new activities as possible to keep your mind active!

A-1 Home Care has worked hard to earn the trust of Altadena and nearby communities such as Pasadena, Sierra Madre, San Marino, Arcadia, and more.  We carefully craft our home care services and select the right caregiver for each assignment, that is why we can confidently guarantee the highest quality of our service.  On top of that, our caregivers have the versatility in diabetic care, after surgery care ,Alzheimer’s care, and many other home care scenarios to assist with any needs and requirements of the seniors, terminally ill, and disabled. 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!