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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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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Diamond Bar Parkinson’s Care for the Elderly

a-1 home care los angeles elder careHave you noticed any major changes in your health recently?  You may be at risk for Parkinson’s disease if you experience any of the following symptoms that are usually clustered together: difficulty using hands, loss of balance, trouble with walking, and tremors or stiffness on one side of the body.  Parkinson’s disease is a progressive movement disorder which worsens over time.  Family caregivers may be able to take care of their elderly loved ones at first, when the symptoms are mild and manageable for the untrained eyes and hands.  However, in the more advanced stages of Parkinson’s, doctors recommend professional in-home care help to maximize care for the patient.  This is where A-1 Home Care in Diamond Bar comes in.

How A-1 Home Care Can Help

Severe symptoms of Parkinson’s, such as dementia, hallucinations and severe depression, can be tough for family members to handle, especially when they have to be away at work and are not home to provide any support for their loved ones.  Dealing with the emotional and physical aspects of Parkinson’s can be overwhelming for many families; A-1 Home Care in Diamond Bar provides top-notch 24-hour care for seniors who are at any stage of Parkinson’s.  Our live-in and live-out caregivers will be great professional resources upon which families can draw their strength and support.  Round-the-clock care includes assistance with meal preparation, light housekeeping, prescription pick-ups, transportation, and personal care.  We can also help rearrange your furniture to ensure safety in the home.

Why A-1 Home Care in Diamond Bar?

A-1 Home Care is one of Los Angeles County’s leading home care agencies providing excellence in senior care for families in Diamond Bar, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Pasadena, and other cities throughout Los Angeles County.  Our compassionate, highly skilled caregivers work with multidisciplinary medical professionals to foster connection between families and their elderly loved ones’ health care team.  The exceptional in-home care that seniors receive continually wins the hearts of families who in turn refer their relatives and friends to A-1 Home Care.  You can finance affordable Parkinson’s Care at competitive rates or go through veteran benefits or long-term care insurance.

For a free consultation, call A-1 Home Care today (626) 287-0250 or visit www.diamondbarinhomecare.com for superior and affordable Parkinson’s Care.

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Diamond Bar Senior Care: Reduce Hospital Re-Admissions with Quality In-Home Care

parkinson care san marino caregiver a1Research shows that quality in-home senior care dramatically reduces the chance for hospital readmissions after discharge.  “Re-hospitalization” is defined as readmission within 60 days after discharge; the social factors in one’s home environment make a big difference, whether one lives alone, with family members or a 24-hour caregiver.  The less your elderly loved one is able to take care of himself, the greater the chance of hospital readmission.  Frequency and type of in-home care as well as the senior’s ability to function independently are all factors in whether or not the elderly patient returns to the hospital within 20-60 days.  A-1 Home Care in Diamond Bar is Los Angeles County’s leading elder care agency in terms of quality, commitment and integrity.

Quality over Quantity in Elder Care

You may think that frequent in-home care assistance will reduce the chances of re-hospitalization, but statistics show the contrary.  Frequency is not the only determining factor; if elderly patients are not receiving instrumental support they need from 24 hour caregivers, they’re still at risk for readmission as their counterparts who live alone.  The quality of in-home support is just as important, if not more, for seniors.  That’s why, for 25 years, A-1 Home Care has continually provided stellar round-the-clock caregiving services in Diamond Bar, Rowland Heights, Hacienda Heights, Azusa, Covina, Arcadia, San Dimas, and other neighboring cities in the area.  Our certified, pre-screened caregivers deliver service with compassion, tenderness and skill, which goes a long way in preventing hospital readmission.

About A-1 Home Care in Diamond Bar

A-1 Home Care is a non-medical home care agency serving children, adults and seniors of all ages around Diamond Bar.  Although we focus primarily on senior care, you can also benefit from other types of round-the-clock home care services such as postpartum care, post-surgery care, domestic services, Alzheimer’s Care, hospice care, Parkinson’s Care, Lou Gehrig’s Care, and more.  Our loyal clients constantly refer their friends and relatives to us, thanks to the supreme service they receive from our wonderful team of live-in caregivers, certified nurse aides, certified home health aides, and licensed vocational nurses.  We make 24 hour senior care within reach for everyone through our easy financing options, 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 high quality, affordable in-home care.


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Diamond Bar In-Home Care for Post-Operative Cognitive Decline (POCD)

24 hour care in diamond bar a1 home careContrary to what most people think, general anesthesia does not directly cause cognitive impairment in surgical patients.  Researchers found no association between “exposure to anesthesia for surgery and the development of mild cognitive impairment in these patients,” according to David O. Warner, M.D., a Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist.  The research findings are published in the medical journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings (2016).  However, the study was conducted on patients age 40 and over, and they do not rule out possible association between exposure to anesthesia and elderly patients over age 60.  If you have an elderly loved one who recently underwent surgery, you should consider at least some part-time in-home care assistance should any signs of increased cognitive impairment appear.  Affordable after-surgery in-home care is available for families in Diamond Bar and surrounding areas.

The first three months following an operation are critical to patients.  “Patients should write down everything or have a second pair of ears with them after surgery.  For high-risk groups, physicians need to…help manage the impact on recovery and overall health,” says Professor Beverley Orser of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine.  A-1 Home Care in Diamond Bar provides certified nurse assistants who will help closely monitor and watch for insomnia, behavior changes, a weakened immune system, and loss of balance.  Live-in care is especially helpful when the adult children have to work full-time.

Post-operative cognitive decline (POCD) could be temporary or permanent.  If you need short-term and long-term care, you have come to the right place.  A-1 Home Care in Diamond Bar meets all your non-medical needs and our team of caregivers and care managers work closely with your elderly loved one’s medical team to give you the best possible care in the comfort of your own home.  Live-in and live-out caregiver services can be financed through reasonable payment plans; A-1 Home Care also accepts Veteran Benefits and long-term care insurance.


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 and other surrounding cities such as Azusa, Covina, Pomona, City of Industry, Chino, Brea, Glendora, La Verne, and Claremont. 

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In-Home Knee Replacement Care Provided At Affordable Costs In Diamond Bar

Having a new knee in your older age isn’t always easy– in fact, without the right support group, it can be downright difficult!

But getting around the home and remaining on top of daily responsibilities with a new knee has never been easier at A-1 Home Care in Diamond Bar. That’s because A-1 Home Care provides affordable caregiving services right in the comfort and convenience of the home with caregivers who are always certified and equally compassionate about the solutions they bring.

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Our senior care specialists provide at-home caregiver services to elders with new knees living throughout the Los Angeles and Orange County areas, including:

  • 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 mobility and gentle knee care
  • assistance with personal services like bathing, grooming, dressing, and toileting
  • wake-up and tuck-in services
  • 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
  • enjoyable conversation and companionship
  • special needs care
  • child care
  • pet care

A-1 Home Care also provides after surgery carenewborn care, live-in care, and more so that no one has a reason NOT to be experiencing greater home health! It’s this continued dedication to excellence that has allowed A-1 Home Care to remain at the pinnacle of home care provision for the past quarter century and counting already.

Find out more about the exceptional caregiving options available at A-1 Home Care today by calling a compassionate caregiver at (626) 287-0250 or (562) 929-8400. A-1 Home Care is glad to serve surrounding communities in Anaheim Hills, Yorba Linda, Fullerton, Villa Park, and San Dimas.


Diamond Bar At-Home Care Options Soothe Seniors With Alzheimer’s

Do you have a loved one in the home who would benefit from leading senior care services, either because of a need for dementia or Alzheimer’s care options?

At A-1 Home Care in Diamond Bar, compassionate caregivers come out to the comfort of the home to provide helpful assistance that improves the lives of patients with a variety of mental deficiencies. That’s because each caregiver on staff is exceptional in providing the utmost attention to detail in his/her caregiving duties, whether it be assisting elders with walking in the home or administering a very specific dose of medication to in-home patients. Elders from all walks of life, including Jewish, Middle Eastern, Asian, and European, can receive the leading senior care services in all of Southern California, making it so that no senior feels left out in the fight against cognitive degeneration.


The caregivers at A-1 Home Care bring live-in care solutions that include:

  • help with chores around the home
  • help with yard work and gardening duties
  • help with dressing, grooming, bathing, and other personal services
  • preparation of delicious and nutritious meals
  • assistance with mobility and walking
  • enjoyable conversation, companionship, and activities like “brain games” to boost mental stamina and function
  • medication reminders and administration
  • running errands like grocery shopping and picking up clothes from the cleaners
  • transportation to and from medical appointments and other engagements

A-1 Home Care’s hourly caregivers additionally help seniors in need of cancer care, special needs care, child care, and more.

You can find out more about what makes A-1 Home Care the non-medical elder care agency of choice in Los Angeles and Orange County by contacting a compassionate caregiver at (909) 861-7700 today. A-1 Home Care is proud to serve neighboring communities of Diamond Bar that include Yorba Linda, Whittier, Covina, La Mirada, and San Dimas.