The Risks of Quitting Your Job for Senior Care

parkinson care rolling hills a-1 home careYour elderly loved ones expressed that they want you, not some stranger, to take care of them as their needs increase and they become more dependent on you, physically, emotionally and mentally. At first, it’s manageable. You check in weekly to see if they’re ok, and occasionally you and your spouse take turns running to the pharmacy on their behalf. After your mother’s first accidental fall, however, you are considering moving your parents to an assisted facility because your father is too physically weak to help her with mobility.  You want to hire a caregiver, but they want you. What do you do?

The Risks of Workforce Re-Entry for Women

Females are more likely to cut back on hours or quit entirely from their jobs, but the promise of a job on the other side of 24 hour caregiving is slim.  It’s much harder for women than for men to re-enter the workforce.  Factors such as your age, gap of employment, level of education and work experience play a factor.  If you still have many years before retirement, can you afford to quit your job now?

Weighing Your Options

After weighing your pros and cons, remember that you are the one who has to live with the consequences of your decisions. Just as your parents used to make decisions in your best interests (whether you liked it or not), you now have to make decisions in the best interests of all parties involved.  If hiring a professional in-home caregiver is your final decision, A-1 Home Care will be right here waiting.

Why A-1 Home Care?

We are very meticulous in the caregiver selection process. To ensure your happiness, wellness, safety and security, we screen all live-in and live-out caregivers for their criminal background, DMV records and professional references. A-1 Home Care is one of the few licensed, bonded and insured home care agencies in California that delivers top-notch quality care at competitive rates.

For a free consultation, call A-1 Home Care today (626) 287-0250 or visit www.diamondbarinhomecare.com for elder care services in Diamond Bar, Covina, Glendora, Azusa, City of Industry, Whittier, Pico Rivera  and surrounding cities.

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What to Do When You Feel Like Your Life’s in a Rut

parkinson care san marino caregiver a1Your mom is being transferred from one nursing home to another.  Her state of mental health has severely declined due to other comorbid conditions, and the skilled nursing facilities don’t seem to help.  Your elderly aunt has moved in with you and she wants you to take her to visit her sister every single day.  There is no other family member who lives nearby, so you are your aunt’s only mode of transportation.  Understandably, you and your aunt love your mom, but it seems like these days that’s all you do – your aunt has taken over your social life and she expects you to do everything for her.  Pretty soon, you are worried about what will happen when your aunt gets older and you’ll have to look after both of your loved ones.  In the meantime, you feel like you’ve lost your own sense of identity and your life, and you wish there was a way out.

Affordable Companion Care 24 Hours a Day

A-1 Home Care in Diamond Bar offers a variety of affordable in-home care services, such as Alzheimer’s Care, Diabetes Care, Arthritis Care, hospice care and more.  When you need to get away, 24 hour companion care will help you restore balance in your life so you can feel like yourself again.  Here’s how live-in companion care will help you and your family:

  1. Assistance with transportation. Do you want someone else to take your aunt or uncle to visit your mom for a change?  A live-in caregiver can drive your relative anywhere in Diamond Bar and other cities in LA County to visit an elderly loved one at a skilled nursing facility.
  1. Assistance with meal preparation and light housekeeping. When you come home after a long day at work, you can relax because you know that a reliable home helper is preparing a delicious meal for you and your household just the way you like it.
  1. Assistance with companion care. Everyone needs a friend to talk to, and if you feel like your aunt or uncle relies on you too much for comfort, you can count on A-1 Home Care’s compassionate caregivers to lend a listening ear.  It’s hard enough for you to see your mom or dad in a nursing home; how can you give to others when you need emotional support yourself?  Let us be there to give you all the support you need.
  1. Assistance with in-home care. Did you know you can bring your mom home so she can receive quality elder care in the comfort of her own home?  Depending on the distance of the nursing facility from your home, maybe it’s time to move her back in with you so you don’t have to drive so far all the time.  She can still receive the same quality of care plus the advantage of being surrounded by her loved ones and familiar surroundings.

About A-1 Home Care

Established in 1991, A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency that’s committed to providing quality senior care.  For over two decades, we have served thousands of families in Diamond Bar, Glendale, Glendora, Covina, Whittier, Cerritos, Burbank, Santa Monica and other cities throughout LA County.  As one of the few state-licensed agencies in California, A-1 Home Care protects your elderly loved ones from predators and scam artists.  You and your family can enjoy safe and superior quality live-in care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

For a free quote, call A-1 Home Care today (626) 287-0250 or visit www.diamondbarinhomecare.com for services in your area.

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Suggestions to Consider When Caring for an Elderly Loved One with Alzheimer’s and Narcissism

hospice care diamond bar a-1 home careAlzheimer’s disease is already a difficult one to deal with when caring for an elderly loved one.  Even the most pleasant people can become aggressive and verbally abusive due to changes in the brain structure.  Add narcissism to the mix, and you’ve got yourself one heck of a situation.  Knowing your parent’s disposition, you probably have been dreading elder care for some time, but senior care is inevitable if your elderly loved one’s physical health has been steadily declining in recent years.

The Risks of Senior Care on Your Own

When caring for your parent, the last thing you want is false, unfair accusation of you taking advantage of your elderly loved one.  With narcissism, this is precisely what happens to responsible adult sons or daughters who take on elder care on their own.  Rumors circulate viciously among neighbors, cops show up at your house for suspicion of elder abuse, and your parent continues to be highly demanding and impossible to live with.  You’ve hired 24-hour caregivers from private ads around Diamond Bar and they have all quit on you because they can’t deal with your parent’s sociopathic behavior.

A-1 Home Care’s 24 Hour Alzheimer’s Care  

A-1 Home Care has been taking care of seniors and their families all over Diamond Bar, Walnut, Chino, Covina, Pomona, Pasadena, Burbank, Glendora, Azusa, Rowland Heights, City of Industry, and other cities in LA County since 1991.  Our team of live-in caregivers has years of experience caring for seniors in all stages of Alzheimer’s.  With tough skin and a heart of gold, our certified nurse assistants will stand by your elderly loved ones through thick and thin, and you will be able to have a better sense of boundaries with your parents.  If your loved one hasn’t moved in with you yet, you can get a caregiver to stay with her round-the-clockAs one of the few state-licensed agencies in California, A-1 Home Care aims to protect your elderly loved ones from fraud, theft,

For a free consultation, call A-1 Home Care today (626) 287-0250 or visit www.diamondbarinhomecare.com for elder care services in your area.

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A Big “Boo-Boo” in the World of Kidney Care: One Mistake You DON’T Want to Make

a-1 home care cancer care diamond barNo one is exempt from making mistakes.  But we’re human, and we make them every single day, and we can often recover from them easily if it was just a one-time deal.  When it comes to choosing the right doctor for your physical health, however, that is one mistake you don’t want to make, as did one patient when a surgeon removed a kidney from the wrong patient!  Oooops…. According to an online news article, a physician who was not connected to St. Vincent Hospital somehow was able to schedule an operation last month for a patient who didn’t need it.  The case is currently under investigation.

How a surgeon was able to operate on a patient in a hospital that he was not connected to – that is a mystery that reeks of a rat the size of an elephant.  Was it an administrative mistake?  In a statement, the hospital reports: “This is a deeply unfortunate situation involving patient misidentification that took place outside of our hospital and did not involve our employees.”  Hmmmmm, sounds like someone’s pointing fingers.  How would you feel if your elderly loved one was caught up in this mess of administrative bloopers and blunders?

The importance of one-on-one senior care could not be emphasized more here.  We know that doctors get tired and nurses are overworked at hospitals.  If the paperwork gets mixed up and in the wrong hands, someone is going to get hurt…badly.  Family members are probably not very well versed in reading the fine print in all the documents they have to sign at the hospital.  With an experienced caregiver who’s familiar with hospital protocols, your elderly loved one will get the undivided attention and care he deserves.

A-1 Home Care partners with local hospitals and health professionals in your area to provide you the best in kidney care.  Our live-in caregivers, hospital sitters, licensed vocational nurses, certified home health aides and certified nurse assistants will never leave your side.  We provide 24 hour care, whether it’s in the comfort of your own home or at a hospital.  Our experienced caregiving staff will review every document, every contract, every piece of paper you have to sign, and we will explain the steps so that if your elderly loved one needs a kidney transplant or other surgery, you and your family will not be left in the dark.

About A-1 Home Care

A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency providing exceptional kidney care and other in-home care services all over Diamond Bar.  Since its inception in 1991, A-1 Home Care has won the hearts of seniors and their families, garnering trust and respect from the elderly who are in our care.  As one of the few state-licensed agencies in California, we protect your elderly loved ones from predators, scam artists, fraud and theft.  Every 24 hour caregiver is pre-screened for their criminal backgrounds, and all professional references are verified.

For quality Kidney Care, call A-1 Home Care today (626) 287-0250 or visit www.diamondbarinhomecare.com for elder care services in Diamond Bar and other surrounding cities such as Azusa, Covina, Pomona, City of Industry, Chino, Brea, Glendora, La Verne, and Claremont. 

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Warning Signs to Watch for in a Caregiver

a-1 home care altadena elder careAccording to the Administration on Aging, elder abuse is “a term referring to any knowing, intentional or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult.” The National Council on Aging (NCOA) reports that as many as 5 million seniors experience some form of elder abuse each year. Scams that involve caregivers are usually associated with theft, financial exploitation and/or other criminal acts. In this article, A-1 Home Care identifies some warning signs to watch for:

1. Unusual closeness to your elderly loved ones

If your elderly loved one recently made a “new friend” with a neighbor or found a caregiver without your knowledge, pay close attention to their emotional bond. Does this new person seem to bond too well, too soon? Is this person getting too close for comfort, in your opinion?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, trust your gut.

2. Verbal abuse

Does the live-in caregiver get snappy with your loved one?  Does your elderly loved one seem to spend excessive time alone with the caregiver, who happens to also severely limit social visits by family and friends?  This may be a sign that the caregiver is trying to hide emotional abuse and/or negligence.

3. Physical marks

Have you found any inexplicable marks on your loved one’s body, such as bruises, burns and abrasions?  If the caregiver’s or your loved one’s explanations don’t sound right or something feels off, don’t ignore the signs, especially if you notice broken bones, sudden hair or tooth loss.

4. Too much access to funds

Many caregivers assist seniors with managing funds, but has your elderly loved one or his caregiver recently asked you to sign some papers?  It might be possible that the caregiver has coaxed your elderly loved one to sign over his life savings to her if the caregiver is also romantically involved with your parent.

Prevent These Scenarios with Licensed, Bonded and Insured Home Care

Your elderly loved one does not have to become a statistic.  Look for reputable licensed, bonded and insured home care agencies like A-1 Home Care, which happens to be one of the few agencies that have successfully received licensure from the State of California.  Being licensed, bonded and insured means that your elderly loved ones are protected from fraud, theft, elder abuse, and scams.

A-1 Home Care in Diamond Bar is committed to senior safety and wellness by only recruiting caregivers with pristine backgrounds.  Each caregiver is required to pass an extensive criminal background, sex offender and DMV record check.  All professional references are verified.  A-1 Home Care guarantees client safety and customer satisfaction, and we are grateful to say that our clientele continually refer their friends and family to us because of the exceptional senior care they have received for their loved ones.

To hire a caregiver, call A-1 Home Care today (909) 861-7700 or visit us at www.diamondbarinhomecare.com to learn more about hospice care in Diamond Bar, Arcadia, Pomona, Chino, Covina, San Dimas, and other cities in Los Angeles County.

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A Rising Epidemic: Cancer in Our Youth

a-1 home care diamond bar sick child careCancer used to be a terminal illness for middle-aged adults and the elderly, but not so anymore.  As we enjoy advancements of technology, our children are also suffering the by-products of the Industrial Revolution: air pollution, radiation from cell phones and tablets, radiation from x-rays and CT scans, disruptions of the internal clock from too much bright light at night, and so forth.  Statistics of cancer in youngsters have risen 40% in the past 16 years due to these factors; according to Children with Cancer UK, statistics show that there are 13,000 more cancer cases per year compared with 1998.

The Good & Bad News of Chemotherapy for Children

The good news is that 8 out of 10 children survive at least five years after receiving cancer treatment, and most children are cured from cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.  However, the aftermath of chemotherapy raises concerns in parents.   Symptoms during chemo include hair loss, blood clotting, and fatigue.  A-1 Home Care offers in-home cancer support for children and their parents.  When parents are away at work, there is a compassionate, experienced caregiver at home, helping the child with activities that will build mental and physical strength during recovery.  Live-in care includes assistance with meal preparations, house cleaning, and transportation around Diamond Bar.

About A-1 Home Care in Diamond Bar

A-1 Home Care is an established and reputable home care agency in Diamond Bar.  As one of the few home care agencies that have successfully received state licensure, we promote senior safety and wellness through highly skilled caregivers from diverse backgrounds.  A-1 Home Care is licensed, bonded and insured, which means that every caregiver you meet from our agency has passed an extensive and thorough criminal background screening, and all professional references are verified.  Our commitment to high quality in-home care at the most competitive rates in LA County has set us apart as the most preferred home care agency in Southern California.

To hire a caregiver, call A-1 Home Care today (909) 861-7700 or visit us at www.diamondbarinhomecare.com to learn more about Cancer Care in Diamond Bar, Arcadia, Pomona, Chino, Covina, San Dimas, and other cities in Los Angeles County.

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Diamond Bar Live-In Arthritis Care for Seniors

parkinson care san marino caregiver a1Arthritis comes in many forms, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis. It’s an inflammatory joint disease that affects mostly adults over age 65, but the onset can be earlier if other health conditions exist such as obesity.  Symptoms of arthritis can greatly interfere with daily living, but thanks to A-1 Home Care in Diamond Bar, your daily troubles can be minimized.

Affordable Arthritis Care for All Ages

The tasks we take for granted, such as opening a jar or turning a door knob, become excruciatingly painful as arthritis progresses. If you have an elderly loved one who is having trouble getting dressed or preparing a meal, you can count on A-1 Home Care’s reliable 24 hour caregivers for help all around Diamond Bar. Live-in and live-out caregiving services include assistance with cooking, cleaning, bathing, grooming, personal care and more.

About A-1 Home Care

As one of the few state-licensed home care agencies in California, A-1 Home Care serves communities in Diamond Bar and other cities throughout LA County. Since its inception in 1991, A-1 Home Care has delivered the highest quality of senior care you can find anywhere in Southern California. We have a culturally diverse pool of caregivers to choose from, which makes it easier for seniors to adjust to in-home care. Our in-home care services are covered by long term care insurance and veteran benefits; for those who are paying out of pocket, A-1 Home Care has easy financing options.

For quality Arthritis Care, call A-1 Home Care today (909) 861-7700 or visit us at www.diamondbarinhomecare.com to learn more about Arthritis Care in Diamond Bar, Arcadia, Pomona, Chino, Covina, San Dimas, and other cities in Los Angeles County.

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The Future of Alzheimer’s Care for the Baby Boomer Generation

????????????????????????????????????????Thanks to advances in medical technology, seniors are living well into their 80’s, 90’s and beyond.  Social and environmental conditions in the United States are improving, and the elderly are living large and well.  By the year 2030, the senior population numbers are projected to increase to 72 million, which will account for 20% of the United States’ population.  Although we are happy to report that more and more children will be able to meet their great-grandparents, this also means that the risk for Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia also increases.  This also means that home care will continue to be in great demand for the years to come because seniors would rather receive high quality care in the comfort of their own home than in a residential facility, and this is where A-1 Home Care in Diamond Bar comes in.

24 Hour Alzheimer’s Care at Your Disposal

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a live-in caregiver who will wait on your elderly loved one hand and foot?  After all, your parents and grandparents deserve to be treated like royalty after all they’ve done for you.  You also owe it to yourself to get a break every now and then so you can regroup and maintain your sense of well-being.  A-1 Home Care in Diamond Bar offers all types of in-home care services, from 24 hour care to part-time live-out care a few times a week.  Our elder care plans are flexible; we can adjust to your loved one’s ever-changing needs.  Round-the-clock care entails assistance with cooking, cleaning, bathing, grooming, transportation, and more.

Affordable Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care All Year Round

A-1 Home Care has been around for over two decades, serving families in Diamond Bar, Azusa, Covina, Sierra Madre, Pasadena, Malibu, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and other cities throughout Los Angeles County.  Our culturally diverse pool of caregivers reflects the demographics of the cosmopolitan Greater Los Angeles area.  As one of the few home care agencies that have received state licensing in California, A-1 Home Care has quickly gained a reputation for reliable and highly skilled caregiving services.  Our loyal clients continually refer friends and families to us, thanks to our dedicated team of certified nurse assistants and licensed vocational nurses.

To hire a caregiver, call A-1 Home Care today (909) 861-7700 or visit us at www.diamondbarinhomecare.com to learn more about high quality, affordable in-home care.

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Diamond Bar Diabetes Care: Not All Cells Are Created Equal

parkinson care san marino caregiver a1A recent groundbreaking research study reveals that beta cell “hubs” in the pancreas primarily serve as pacemakers for the production of insulin in the bloodstream.  “It has long been suspected that ‘not all cells are equal’ when it comes to insulin secretion,” said Dr. David Hodson from the University of Birmingham.  The findings, published in Cell Metabolism (July 2016), show that insulin secretion depends on the function of a privileged few rather than the behavior of all cells in individuals with Type 2 Diabetes.  According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 26 million Americans have DiabetesType 2 Diabetes is the result of insufficient secretion of insulin from the pancreas.

How A-1 Home Care Can Help

Affordable Diabetic Care is available for families in Diamond Bar, Arcadia, Azusa, Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, and surrounding cities.  A-1 Home Care offers the highest degree of in-home care for seniors and adults in the comfort of their own homes.  Round-the-clock care entails assistance with meal preparations, light housekeeping, chores, grocery shopping, transportation, insulin injections, and more.  Our gifted and seasoned caregivers will prepare delicious meals low in fat and calories.  Don’t want to bother counting calories?  No worries!  We will do all of that for you so you can live a carefree life.  Our job is to minimize your worries and increase your comfort as much as possible!

About A-1 Home Care in Diamond Bar

A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency dedicated to providing quality senior care for families in Diamond Bar and all over LA County.  We offer a variety of in-home care services, such as Alzheimer’s Care, Arthritis Care, Stroke Care, Parkinson’s Care and more.  Since its inception in 1991, A-1 Home Care has become the preferred in-home care agency for its high quality, low cost live-in care.  We make elder care within reach for families with any income bracket with our easy finance options.  Our 24 hour care services and respite care services are also covered by long-term care insurance and veteran benefits.

To hire a caregiver, call A-1 Home Care today (909) 861-7700 or visit us at www.diamondbarinhomecare.com to learn more about Arthritis Care in Diamond Bar, Arcadia, Pomona, Chino, Covina, San Dimas, and other cities in Los Angeles County.

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Get Creative with Elder Care Planning at A-1 Home Care

a-1 home care diamond bar at home hospice careOne of the greatest benefits of elder care planning is taking control of your elderly loved one’s or your own future rather than falling victim to the circumstances of a sudden cardiac event or other crisis.  Life is short; plan wisely.  According to a reporter from The Associated Press, most families do not plan for end-of-life care.  If you were counting on Medicare to cover costs for in-home care, think again.  Medicare will not cover less intensive care options, which means you or your elderly loved ones might end up in a nursing home that offers services you don’t need.  Most seniors only really need basic assistance with non-medical chores, such as meal preparation, light housekeeping, companion care, toileting care and other basic tasks.  A-1 Home Care offers affordable yet high quality 24-hour senior care services in Diamond Bar.

Superior In-Home Care All Year Round

A-1 Home Care offers a variety of caregiving services to respond to your elderly loved one’s changing needs.  Maybe your parent doesn’t need a caregiver right now, but she is divorced or widowed.  Having a companion around for good time’s sake will reduce depression and, consequently, improve her physical health.  As the pre-screened, certified caregiver builds long-lasting bonds with your parent, the transition from live-out companion care to long-term 24 hour care gets easier.  Many seniors do not respond well to a perfect stranger in their home when they really need a 24 hour caregiver, so it’s better to have a companion caregiver around that will gradually build into something permanent in the long haul.  You can increase or decrease the level of care as time goes by.

About A-1 Home Care

A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured non-medical home care agency.  We’ve been around for 25 years, serving the elderly in communities around you, including Diamond Bar and surrounding cities in Los Angeles County.  Our care managers and advisors have years of experience educating families on the options they have in elder care, and our certified home health aides, certified nurse assistants, licensed vocational nurses and companion caregivers have all been extensively screened through a national criminal background check, DMV check and professional reference verification.  Customer satisfaction is guaranteed!  Thanks to our wonderful team of caregivers, A-1 Home Care has become the preferred home care agency in senior care.

To learn more about elder care planning, call A-1 Home Care today (909) 861-7700 or visit us at www.diamondbarinhomecare.com for services in Diamond Bar, Azusa, Covina, Duarte, Sierra Madre, La Canada Flintridge and other surrounding areas. 

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