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Genetic Disorders Find Soothing Remedy At A-1 Home Care In Los Angeles

June 18, 2018

Does your loved one suffer from a genetic disorder that necessitates certain specific accommodations so that he/she can relish a happy life going forward?

At A-1 Home Care in Los Angeles and Orange County, genetic disorders like Prader-Willi Syndrome, Hunter Syndrome, and Angelman Syndrome are treated gently and with affectionate caution at all times– because A-1 Home Care understands the lasting results that the perfect caregiving can bring.

Genetic disorders can cause life to be difficult for people at any age when they don’t receive meaningful and purposeful care, making it very important for family caregivers to be patient while investing in the leading home care options available in all of Southern California.

A-1 Home Care offers certified and compassionate caregiver professionals so that elders with genetic disorders can receive the care they need from the helpful hands of professional caregivers they always trust to have their best interest. These always affordable and equally exceptional caregiving solutions extend to patients from all walks of life, including Jewish, Middle Eastern, Asian, and European, so that every elder can experience the reality of having better home health.

A-1 Home Care also provides caregiving services such as hospice care for the terminally ill, respite care for overworked and burnt out family caregivers, and even postpartum care for recent mothers needing assistance in the home. It’s this dedication to providing the best– and leaving behind the rest!– that has kept A-1 Home Care at the pinnacle of in-home care provision since its inception in 1991.

A-1 Home Care is the caregiving agency of choice in all of Southern California, and can be reached when you dial (562) 929-8400 or (949) 650-8400 today.

5 Things You Should Know about Multiple Sclerosis

June 11, 2018

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease of the nervous system that currently has no cure. The destruction of the myelin sheath, a protective layer that surrounds the nerve cells, obstructs communication between the brain and the rest of the body. This results in symptoms such as muscle weakness, trouble with coordination and balance, numbness on one side of the body at a time, slurred speech, double vision or partial/complete loss of vision, tremors, dizziness and bladder/bowel malfunction. A-1 Home Care highlights some facts about MS:

  • Women are 2.5 times more likely to get MS than men
  • MS is not contagious or hereditary
  • Symptoms vary widely from one individual to another
  • Research suggests that MS is more common in colder regions of the United States, Canada and Europe. Warmer, tropical climates are associated with low risk for MS
  • Common triggers for MS attacks include sun exposure, fever, stress and hot baths

A-1 Home Care offers the perfect in-home care solution for individuals experiencing symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. Our affordable 24 hour care includes assistance with meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundry, prescription pick-ups, personal care, bathing, grooming, oral hygiene, transportation to appointments and more. You can also arrange for live-out care services a few times a week, every day of the week, or Monday through Friday. We are very flexible with your loved one’s ever-changing needs with this unpredictable disease.

Established in 1991, A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency dedicated to delivering exceptional in-home care services for seniors, adults and children. We cater to all families of all financial backgrounds. Our top-notch caregiving services are available to you at the most competitive rates in LA County and Orange County. As one of the few state-licensed home care agencies in California, you can rest assured that your loved ones are protected from fraud, theft, scams and predators. Each live-in caregiver we recruit is required to pass an extensive criminal background check, and all professional references are verified.

For more information about 24 hour Multiple Sclerosis care, call A-1 Home Care today (562) 929-8400 for caregiving services in LA County or (949) 650-3800 for services in Orange County. A-1 Home Care covers a large geographical expanse, ranging from Malibu, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Hollywood to Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Fountain Valley and Anaheim.

Techniques in Dealing with Offensive Language in an Elderly Loved One

June 4, 2018

Are you having trouble with your elderly loved one’s aggressive behavior? Does he refuse to stop using foul language even though you’ve had many conversations with him about it? The use of offensive language among the elderly is more common than you know; it’s very normal for seniors to have this problem if they have a urinary tract infection (UTI), Tourette Syndrome, or especially Alzheimer’s and/or dementia.

Why It Happens and What to Do about It

Dementia is a common disease among the elderly that causes memory loss, breakdown of inhibition, personality changes, and speech problems. As dementia progresses to advanced stages, the elderly person eventually loses his ability to speak at all, but in the interim, his ability to control himself and refrain from using curse words is lost due to changes in his brain structure. The key is not to take it personally. The next time your elderly loved one starts spouting off curse words, try the following techniques:

Remain calm. Maintaining your composure will calm down your loved one when he sees that you are not getting upset by his behavior or words.

Use a firm tone of voice. In the early stages of dementia, it’s still possible to set boundaries with your loved one. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but if it doesn’t, remain calm and understand that his actions and words are most likely involuntary.

Go with the flow. Preserve your energy, enjoy the day and let his words roll off your back.

Redirect his attention. Change the subject of the conversation. Bring up happy memories from the past. Turn on his favorite TV show if you’re at home.

When in public, don’t enable her by offering up excuses for her behavior. Don’t say she’s having a “bad day” when Alzheimer’s is the real issue. If you feel compelled to explain her behavior to others, just say she has dementia. Most likely others will understand if they’ve been in your shoes; don’t worry too much about other people’s opinions about your loved one.

About A-1 Home Care

A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured agency that provides high quality Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care to seniors all over LA County. Established in 1991, A-1 Home Care has provided exceptional in-home care services that not only meet the needs of the elderly but also protect them from scam artists, predators, theft and fraud. All our caregivers are required to pass an extensive criminal background check, and we verify every professional reference. You can enjoy affordable 24 hour Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

For quality Dementia Care, contact us today at (562) 929-8400 or (949) 650-3800 or visit our website www.a-1domestic.com for services in Santa Monica, Hollywood, Pasadena, Burbank, Culver City, and other cities throughout Los Angeles County.

How Do You Tell Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s That Your Mom or Dad Passed Away?

May 28, 2018

Your parents are one-of-a-kind. In an age when divorce is rampant, your parents remained together and have been as lovey-dovey as they were when they first met. After many years of being married, they had to be separated because of their health issues; one went to a memory care home while the other stayed home with you and received 24-hour in-home care. Still, every week, you and your companion caregiver accompany your mom to visit your father, and although your mom has Alzheimer’s, she still has lucid moments when she remembers certain important dates and events. You recently received the unfortunate news about your father’s passing, but you haven’t broken the news to your mother yet. The family has been making funeral arrangements, but you cannot put off the news much longer because your mom still asks about seeing your dad. Should you tell her?

What might happen if you break the news?

Seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia most likely will not remember the news. They will experience intense heartbreak for a while, but when they wake up again tomorrow, will they remember? Will they keep asking?

If you tell her, you may have to repeat the bad news again. You don’t know how long it will take for her to quit asking; ask yourself first if you are taking measures to process your own grief before you spill the beans to your loved one.

If you want to tell her now, you can say that your dad is in a better place. If she asks what that means, you can tell her that he passed on and let her grieve. Observe your own reaction to her grief; how often will you be able to handle watching her reaction if she keeps asking?

Attend a Grief Recovery group in your community. There may be other members there who are or have been in a similar situation as yours. They can provide great advice on how to grieve properly for your late parent so you make yourself emotionally available for your mom without burning out.

If you say your dad is temporarily unavailable, your mom may become more insistent about visiting him. It’s better to find euphemistic words to hint at your dad’s death, like “Dad is happier and is in a better place in heaven; don’t worry about him.”

Everyone is different. It’s tough when an elderly loved one with Alzheimer’s because they may keep asking in years to come, but if you have a live-in companion care aide, that can help buffer the pain a little bit because you don’t always have to be the one to break the news to her every time she forgets. Your Alzheimer’s caregiver can find ways to soothe your mother’s pain and distract her with other things.

About A-1 Home Care

A-1 Home Care was established in 1991 to provide high quality senior care at the most competitive rates in LA County. As one of the few licensed, bonded and insured home care agencies in California, A-1 Home Care not only provides exceptional 24-hour in-home care services but they also protect your elderly loved ones from scam artists, predators, fraud and theft. We offer a variety of services such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care, Multiple Sclerosis Care, Diabetes Care, Kidney Care, Cardiovascular Care, Incontinence Care and more. Our live-in and live-out home care services are covered by long-term care insurance and veteran benefits. If you are paying out-of-pocket, talk to one of our care managers about our easy financing options.

For quality 24-hour care, call A-1 Home Care at (562) 929-8400 or (949) 650-3800 or visit our website www.a-1domestic.com for services in Santa Monica, Hollywood, Pasadena, Burbank, Culver City, and other cities throughout Los Angeles County.

Let’s Lower the Risk of Cancer Together

May 23, 2018

Most people have been touched by cancer in some way or another. There are a number of outside factors that can lead to the development of Cancer in an individual. There are also a number of ways to lower our risks of the disease. Let’s take a look at some steps we can make in our lives to live healthier.

STOP SMOKING-Smoking cigarettes leads to exposure to hundreds of chemical, many are known to cause cancer. This unhealthy habit not only puts us in danger to cancer of the lungs, but also stomach, bladder, kidney, mouth and throat. There are many methods for kicking the habit available.

NUTRIENTS AND FIBER-Fruits and vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale and watercress are rich in antioxidants and can protect our bodies from DNA damage. Berries rich in color are also helpful.

MAINTAIN A HEALTHY BODY WEIGHT-Being overweight can raise the risk of the development of cancer in our bodies. Scientists have found a release from fat cells that will promote the growth of cancerous cells.

MODERATION IN ALCOHOL-Overindulgence in most anything can be problematic. So true it is with booze. Certain types of cancer (such as cancer of the breast and liver) are associated with alcohol. The more we consume, the higher risk. Drink responsibly.

MODERATION IN PROCESSED FOOD-Processed meats which can include sausage, hot dogs and bacon contain chemicals known as nitrates and these have been shown to linked to cancer. Healthier alternatives can include chicken or fish.

A cancer diagnosis can be life changing, not just for the patient but their family members and loved ones as well. Having a trained professional familiar with the effects of cancer treatment and symptoms can really make a difference in the fight. No one should have to go through cancer alone. Our highly trained and caring Home Care Professionals are available on an hourly or live-in schedule. Call us today at 562-929-8400 or 949-650-3800 today for a free quote and to learn more about how we can help your family.

The Hidden Cause behind Your Elderly Loved One’s Mood Swings

May 23, 2018

Your loved one’s mood swings are common among people with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes, especially if the mood swings are accompanied by changes in sleep patterns, appetite, lethargy, low self-esteem, and depression. Rapid changes in blood sugar levels cause temporary mood swings which go away when glucose levels return to the target range. Changes in one’s mood may also be attributed to other factors, such as stress related to managing diabetes. If your loved one has depression, managing diabetes will become that much more difficult for him or her, and it snowballs into health complications and overall poorer outcomes.

Need help with Diabetes Management?

A-1 Home Care enhances your quality of life with experienced caregivers who can assist with insulin administration. When you or a loved one is too tired to do anything, our live-in caregivers will help with the following:

  • Meal preparation
  • Light housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Prescription pick-ups
  • Grocery shopping
  • Errands
  • Companion care
  • Close glucose monitoring
  • Serve as a liaison between your loved one’s physician and the rest of the family
  • Transportation for routine medical check-ups
  • To avoid further diabetes complications, A-1 Home Care’s certified nurse aides will communicate regliarly with your physician and adhere to the treatment plan as prescribed by the doctor.

Why A-1 Home Care?

Ranked as LA County’s #1 preferred agency in senior care, A-1 Home Care has been faithfully serving the elderly and their families for over two decades. Our high quality in-home care services are available to you at the lowest rates possible in California and as one of the few state-licensed agencies in California, A-1 Home Care guarantees senior safety and satisfaction.

For quality Diabetes Care, contact us today at (562) 929-8400 or (949) 650-3800 or visit our website www.a-1domestic.com for services in Culver City, Santa Monica, Hollywood, Burbnk, Pasadena and surrounding cities.