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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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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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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Diamond Bar Hospice Care Options for Advanced Heart Failure

24 hour care in diamond bar a1 home careIf your elderly loved one has advanced heart failure, shared decision-making becomes an important step in determining treatment options for the remainder of your loved one’s life.  Advanced heart failure is determined when heart disease reaches a stage beyond curable treatment and management strategies.  In the United States, about 570,000 seniors have advanced heart failure.  Shared decision-making involves discussions about end-of-life options.  Does your loved one want to be resuscitated in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest?  How long would your loved one want to be on life support?  Hospice care, or palliative care, is always included as part of one’s end-of-life care planning.  Many seniors request not to be hooked onto a life support machine; they rather just enjoy the rest of their remaining days in peace and comfort as much as possible.  A-1 Home Care offers 24-hour hospice care for seniors and their families in Diamond Bar and surrounding cities.
Professional Hospice Caregiver Acts as Liaison

 

Planning your loved one’s end-of-life care evokes much grief during the process, but A-1 Home Care in Diamond Bar will be here to help you every step of the way from answering any questions you may have about your elderly loved one’s wishes to providing in-home care assistance such as meal preparation, chores, bathing, and personal care.  Our seasoned and highly skilled hospice caregivers will serve as a liaison between your loved one’s medical team, you and your elderly loved one.  Hospice care in the familiarity of your own home provides additional peace for your loved one as opposed to receiving hospice care at a nursing home or hospital.  According to the Hospice Foundation of America, individuals prefer to die in comfortable surroundings than clinical, institutional settings.  Among many other benefits of in-home palliative care, giving your elderly loved one a sense of dignity in his final days is quintessential.

 

About A-1 Home Care

 

Established in 1991, A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured agency providing all types of in-home care services, such as hospice care, cancer care, Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care, Arthritis Care, Parkinson’s Care, Lou Gehrig’s Care and more.  We offer high quality in-home care at the most competitive rates in Diamond Bar, which sets A-1 Home Care apart as the most preferred home care agency in Southern California.  Our caregiver recruitment process is meticulous; we thoroughly screen every caregiver and certified nurse assistant while inviting you to be part of the selection process.  A-1 Home Care offers personable service at its best, starting with a 24-hour hotline that will always connect you to a live operator on the other end rather than automated answering system.  You can finance superior elder care with our reasonable rates or go through long-term care insurance and/or 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 hospice care in Diamond Bar, Arcadia, Pomona, Chino, Covina, San Dimas, and other cities in Los Angeles County.

 

 

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Leading After Surgery Care Services Relieve Hospital Bound Elders In Diamond Bar

Being stuck in a hospital bed for any extended period can be difficult, to say the least.

But at A-1 Home Care in Diamond Bar, we offer gentle hospital sitters who have help in the hands and gold in the heart for all elders who could use some companion services in the hospital for a period of time. Our after surgery care solutions are daily diverse, always affordable, and equally exceptional, reaching out with arms extended wide to seniors throughout the greater Los Angeles and Orange County areas.

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A-1 Home Care provides a variety of caregiving services to elders in need such as:

  • assistance with personal services like bathing, grooming, dressing, and toileting
  • wake-up and tuck-in services
  • running errands like grocery shopping and picking up clothes from the cleaners
  • maintenance inside the home including vacuuming, dusting, dishwashing, laundry, and trash
  • assistance with mobility
  • maintenance outside the home including yard work and gardening tasks
  • transportation of items you need from the home during your hospital stay
  • special needs care
  • child care
  • pet care

A-1 Home Care provides care to people from all walks of life, including Jewish, Asian, Middle Eastern, and European, with the most affordable caregiving options offered anywhere in Southern California. Each caregiver on staff provides numerous elder care solutions that additionally include in-home care like kidney disease care for those with renal dialysis, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, and even postpartum care. Our diverse caregiving options ensure that none of our beloved seniors get left behind on the journey back to better home health!

You can find out more about the exceptional after surgery care options available in select areas of LA and OC when you contact a friendly caregiver at (626) 287-0250 or (562) 929-8400 today. A-1 Home Care is proud to service adjacent communities like Anaheim Hills, Villa Park, Yorba Linda, San Dimas, and Fullerton.

Exceptional Kidney Disease Care Options Abound In Diamond Bar

Have your loved one’s kidneys rendered life in the home a daily difficulty? Whether because of sharp pains,  excessive sweating, or inflammation, a tough home life caused by kidney issues can put a strain on the whole family.

At A-1 Home Care in Diamond Bar, we bring diverse elder care solutions right to the comfort and convenience of the home that prioritize senior smiles above all else! Our specialized kidney disease care professionals extend helping hands and a golden heart to people from all walks of life, including Jewish, European, Middle Eastern, and Asian.

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Each A-1 Home Care senior care specialist offers leading home health services for people in need, some of which include:

  • assistance with household tasks like dusting, vacuuming, dish-washing, laundry, mopping, taking out the trash, and bed-making
  • assistance with yard work and gardening duties like watering plants, mowing the lawn, and raking leaves
  • assistance with personal services like bathing, grooming, dressing, and toileting
  • wake-up and tuck-in services
  • transportation to and from medical appointments, renal dialysis treatments, and other existing engagements
  • delicious and nutritious meal preparation that’s always kidney-friendly
  • running errands like grocery shopping and picking up clothes from the cleaners
  • medication reminders and administration assistance
  • enjoyable conversation and companionship
  • special needs care

A-1 Home Care services people from all walks of life, including Asian, Middle Eastern, Jewish, and European, with effective hourly in-home care solutions that include hospice care for the terminally-ill and short-term care for temporary rehab assistance.  A-1 Home Care is fully Licensed, Bonded, and Insured, and has served as the caregiver agency trusted most in Southern California since its inception a quarter century ago.

If you want to learn more about A-1 Home Care and its leading in-home care options throughout the Los Angeles and Orange County areas, then call a compassionate caregiver by dialing (626) 287-0250 or (562) 929-8400 today. A-1 Home Care proudly serves surrounding communities in Covina, Yorba Linda, Fullerton, San Dimas, and Glendora.

Leading Caregiving Services Include Personal Care In Diamond Bar

Is your loved one struggling to maintain his/her bowels and/or bladder throughout the day?

At A-1 Home Care in Diamond Bar, we provide daily diverse, always affordable, and equally exceptional caregiving solutions that extend throughout existing communities in Los Angeles and Orange County. Each friendly caregiver comes fully equipped with helping hands, a golden heart, and years of experience in hourly in-home care provision long before given the opportunity of stepping foot in the home.

A-1 Home Care’s personal service options relieve seniors who require assistance in sensitive every day duties including using the toilet, taking a bath/shower, brushing teeth and hair, and even putting on clothes.

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Take a look below at a few of the specific caregiver services that A-1 Home Care provides elders in need in the home:

  • assistance with household chores like dusting, vacuuming, dish-washing, laundry, mopping, taking out the trash, and bed-making
  • assistance with yard work and gardening tasks like watering plants, mowing the lawn, and raking leaves
  • assistance with personal services like bathing, grooming, dressing, and toileting
  • transportation to and from medical appointments and other existing engagements
  • delicious and nutritious meal preparation
  • running errands like grocery shopping and picking up clothes from the cleaners
  • medication reminders and administration assistance
  • “brain games” and other cognition improving activities
  • enjoyable conversation and companionship
  • special needs care
  • child care
  • pet care

 

A-1 Home Care also provides kidney disease care for elders with renal dialysis, Parkinson’s disease care for patients with the disease, cancer care for people in chemotherapy and radiation, and much more. A-1 Home Care remains the caregiver agency trusted most in Southern California because of this dedication to excellence that has never left its side!

If you want to find out more about the affordable caregiver options available at A-1 Home Care, then call a friendly caregiver today at (626) 287-0250 or (562) 929-8400. A-1 Home Care also serves surrounding communities in Yorba Linda, Anaheim Hills, San Dimas, Glendora, and Villa Park.