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 for elder care services in Diamond Bar, Covina, Glendora, Azusa, City of Industry, Whittier, Pico Rivera  and surrounding cities.

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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 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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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 for services in Diamond Bar, Azusa, Covina, Duarte, Sierra Madre, La Canada Flintridge and other surrounding areas. 

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