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Anyone Who Feels Unsuccessful Convincing Their Elderly Loved Ones to Accept In-Home Care Should Read This

a-1 home care altadena elder careIf we don’t initiate a conversation about senior care with our parents before they “need” it, it may be too late to convince them once they really do need in-home care.

Sure, your parents are thriving, successful professional right now, or maybe they have taken really good care of their physical health so you’re not worried about elder care…yet.  They are five to ten years away from retirement, and it can feel kind of early to start planning for senior care today.  But when seniors get to the point that their mental faculties start shutting down, it gets harder to convince them that in-home care is the best option out of all the other types of senior living options out there.  Strong, independent adults don’t want help.  They are the ones who want to help others!  Getting headstrong seniors to admit they need help feels like a slap in the face.  Now, you see what they don’t see: they have become visibly frail, but they are still living in denial about their condition.  What do you do?

Get the County to evaluate your elderly loved one

Contact the County where your parent lives.  If your elderly loved one lives alone, Adult Protective Services or another non-profit and/or governmental agency can send someone to see if your loved one is able to take care of herself.  Due to the HIPAA law, some government agencies may not tell you your loved one’s condition even though you were the one who requested the evaluation.  However, A-1 Home Care in Calabasas can help you find a loophole if you think that your loved one could be a danger to herself, especially if she is experiencing mild, moderate or severe symptoms of Alzheimer’s and/or dementia.  A-1 Home Care will conduct a complimentary assessment of your elderly loved one and identify possible environmental hazards (if applicable.)

Talk to an Elder Care Advocate

A-1 Home Care has a list of resources that you can contact regarding elder care law and advocacy.  Don’t just talk to one expert.  Talk to a variety of experts from multiple agencies and see what you can find.  Oftentimes it is more helpful to reach a nonprofit than a governmental agency because they put you on hold forever.  When you call A-1 Home Care, you will always be connected to a live operator who is happy to help.  Our phone lines are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so you can get the help you need no matter what time it is.  Never have to deal with an automated answering system again!

Evidence as Proof for Power of Attorney

If you find an official to assist on your behalf and to alert you to the true physical and mental condition of your elderly loved one, you can file for Power of Attorney (POA).  The problem with dementia is that sometimes your elderly loved one will have long moments of lucidity, especially in the early stages of the disease.  If an evaluator finds that your loved one is “fine” and the place looks “decent,” you may not get enough evidence to prove that your loved one will need help, but you don’t want to wait until an emergency arises.

Call It “Companion Care”

You’ve done your research, and evidence suggests that your elderly loved one is still lucid enough to handle her own, yet other evidence that the evaluator did not catch still lurks in your memory bank and you just know that your elderly loved one will need help very soon.  Call on A-1 Home Care for 24 hour companion care.  Don’t call it “senior care.”  Use of language is so important, especially in this situation.  People can respond positively or react negatively to in-home care, depending on how you speak about it.  If you introduce a caregiver as a “new friend” you want your loved one to meet, your elderly loved one will be more receptive.  As mentioned earlier in this article, it becomes harder for seniors to accept help when their mental faculties are shutting down.  If your loved one establishes a trusting relationship with a caregiver she knows, the transition from independence to dependence upon others will be smoother.

About A-1 Home Care in Calabasas

A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency that delivers exceptional in-home care to seniors and their families all over Calabasas, Sherman Oaks, Thousand Oaks, Hollywood, Glendale, Burbank, and other parts of LA County.  As one of the few state-licensed agencies in California, we offer insured and bonded care that protects your elderly loved ones from scam artists, fraud and predators.  When seniors bond with their awesome, compassionate and highly skilled caregivers from A-1 Home Care, the last thing you have to worry about is if your parent is bonding with the wrong kind of caregiver.

For more info about elder law and advocacy, call A-1 Home Care today (818) 980-0094 or visit our website www.calabasasinhomecare.com for services in your area.

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How to Minimize Stress Levels for High Burden Caregivers

a-1 home care cancer care long beachA “high burden caregiver” is someone who cares for an elderly loved one under complex circumstances that render them vulnerable to higher stress and strain.  Included in this group of vulnerable caregivers are high-hour caregivers, older caregivers, and caregivers who were “forced” into this role.  Caregivers who receive virtually no support or relief are likely to suffer from burnout or exhaustion, with symptoms ranging from depression to social isolation, self-harm or harm toward the elderly loved one, weight loss, appetite loss, breakdown of immune system, and insomnia.

Respite Care Relief for Caregivers

Temporary or long-term 24 hour relief is available for high burden caregivers like you.  If you know someone who is caring for a loved one and just needs a break, one of the best gifts you can give them is a vacation from their duties.  While it’s great to practice relaxation techniques, who’s going to take care of your loved one while you’re trying to take a break?

That’s what A-1 Home Care is here for.  Our respite and live-out caregivers can come to you a few hours a day or a few days a week, depending on your stress levels, needs, and availability.  If you want two weeks off, we’re here for you!  If all you need is a 4-day vacation every week, our caregivers will take care of business!  Respite care includes assistance with meal preparations, light housekeeping, errands, prescription pick-ups, social visits to friends and family, bathing, grooming, personal care, companion care and transportation to appointments around Calabasas.

About A-1 Home Care

Established in 1991, A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured agency delivering high quality in-home care services to families in Calabasas, Woodland Hills, Thousand Oaks, Sherman Oaks, Malibu, Santa Monica, La Canada Flintridge and Burbank. As one of the few home care agencies that have successfully received state licensure from the State of California, A-1 Home Care ensures senior safety and wellness by screening every caregiver, every certified nurse aide, certified home health aide, and licensed vocational nurse for their criminal background.  All professional references are verified.  Our top-notch senior care services have rendered A-1 Home Care to be the preferred home care in Southern California.

To find a caregiver in your area, call A-1 Home Care today (818) 980-0094 or visit our website www.calabasasinhomecare.com for respite care services.

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Alzheimer’s Care for the Elderly in Calabasas

????????????????????????????????????????Ranked as the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that causes memory loss, cognitive decline, concentration, dementia, personality and behavioral changes.  It’s possible to have two types of dementia concurrently, such as having Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia at the same time.  In advanced stages of dementia, the elderly need to depend on others for assistance with basic tasks such as bathing, grooming, dressing and feeding.  Many families turn to A-1 Home Care in Calabasas for affordable 24 hour Alzheimer’s Care to meet their elderly loved ones’ needs.

Round-the-Clock In-Home Care at Your Disposal

Working full-time and trying to lead a balanced life between family, personal and elder care obligations can be a challenge for many.  The goal of professional in-home care is to make your life easier.  That means a live-in caregiver can come take care of your elderly parent while you’re away at work.  For 24 hours a day, you can have a certified nurse aide assisting with meal preparation, bathing, therapeutic massage, toileting care, sort mail, light housekeeping and more.  There’s no need to stress about cutting back on hours at work or losing sleep over elder care, because A-1 Home Care in Calabasas will take care of everything for you.

A-1 Home Care: A Name You Can Trust

A-1 Home Care was established in 1991 as a licensed, bonded and insured senior care agency, serving families all over Calabasas, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Burbank, Hollywood, Los Angeles and surrounding cities.  As one of the few home care agencies that have successfully received state licensure in California, A-1 Home Care remains as Southern California’s most preferred home care agency, thanks to our wonderful team of care managers and talented team of certified nurse aides, certified home health aides, licensed vocational nurses and home helpers.  Being licensed, bonded and insured means that your elderly loved ones and property are protected from shady characters.  Each caregiver is thoroughly screened for their criminal background, DMV records and sex offender checks.  All professional references are verified.  With A-1 Home Care, your elderly loved ones are in good and safe hands.

For Alzheimer’s Care you can count on, call A-1 Home Care (818) 980-0094 or visit our website www.calabasasinhomecare.com for more information.


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What does education have to do with Alzheimer’s?

????????????????????????????????????????Education has more to do with Alzheimer’s disease than you may realize.  According to Alzheimer’s Association (2015), experts say that having more years of education “builds a cognitive reserve” that enables the brain to compensate for changes that might result in Alzheimer’s.  Conversely, lower levels of formal education are associated with higher risk for Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.  Higher education and professional occupations that constantly stimulate the mind are key factors in deterring the onset of the neurodegenerative disease.

Other Enhancing Preventative Factors against Alzheimer’s

If your elderly loved ones are still the life of the party at social events, they stand a good chance of delaying Alzheimer’s.  Research studies show that like higher education, an active social life also builds cognitive reserves in the brain so that it will adjust better in later years when aging changes the structure of the brain.  However, if your elderly loved ones tend to be reclusive, you may want to consider 24 hour companion care.  Everyone has different personalities; some are obviously extroverts while others are introverts, and they become increasingly reclusive as they get older.  Having a live-in companion around will make a big difference, even if it means that your loved one is just interacting with one or two caregivers on a consistent basis.

About A-1 Home Care in Calabasas

Established in 1991, A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured home care agencies providing exceptional senior care to communities in Calabasas, Pasadena, Malibu, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and other cities throughout LA County.  A-1 Home Care is one of the few home care agencies in California that have received state licensing, and that is due to the high standards we set for our caregivers when they come work for us.  We want to assure you that the elder care we provide is safe, trustworthy, high quality and reliable.  Every caregiver is screened for their criminal background, DMV record and professional reference verification.  When you sign up for Alzheimer’s Care from A-1 Home Care, you know your elderly loved ones are in good hands!

To hire a caregiver in your area, call A-1 Home Care today (818) 980-0094 or visit our website www.calabasasinhomecare.com for more information.

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Increasing Rate of Fall Accidents among Seniors Raises Need for In-Home Care

Grandmother with WalkerTraumatic brain injury (TBI) in the elderly has become increasingly common as the world’s aging population lives longer and longer.  The major reason for the increased prevalence of TBIs is the rising rate of fall accidents, especially at home.  In the worst case scenario, your elderly loved one might sustain an acute subdural hematoma, which often calls for surgical treatment that most surgeons hesitate to perform, due to the age of the patient.  As Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  Why not prevent fall accidents by having a 24-hour caregiver around?

 

Is your elderly loved one at risk for falling?

The easiest risk factors to eliminate are the environmental risks that you can control.  When you visit your parents’ home, look around for possible hazards:

  • Loose rugs
  • Clutter on the floor or stairs
  • Your elderly loved one’s tendency to carry heavy objects up and down the stairs
  • Absence of grab bars in the bathroom
  • Absence of stair railings

Other risk factors are not so easy to resolve.  How much do you know about your elderly loved one’s health condition?  Do you know who their doctors are?  Are you sure they’re getting the regular medical check-ups they need?  Are they the type that avoids medical visits at all costs?  Underlying risk factors include muscle weakness in the legs, impaired balance and coordination when walking, sharp drop in blood pressure when getting up from a chair, dizziness when rising, painful feet, slower reflexes, and so on.  If you noticed that your elderly loved one is more prone to fall, it is definitely time to think about 24 hour in-home care, even if it starts off as companion care.

About A-1 Home Care in Calabasas

A-1 Home Care in Calabasas is a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency that was established in 1991.  We are dedicated to serving you with two hands and a golden heart, and we make sure that our caregivers, certified home health aides, certified nurse assistants and home helpers are thoroughly screened before they are allowed to enter your sanctuary.  Your elderly loved ones are protected from predators and shady characters.  We include you in the interviewing process, and you won’t have to hire anyone until you meet the right candidate that we select for you.  Our phone lines are open 24 hours a day, so whenever you call, you’ll always be connected to a live operator instead of an automated answering system.

 

For high quality, low-cost elder care, call A-1 Home Care today (818) 980-0094 or visit our website www.calabasasinhomecare.com for services in Calabasas and surrounding areas, such Woodland Hills, Thousand Oaks, Sherman Oaks, Malibu, Santa Monica, La Canada Flintridge and Burbank.

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In-Home Care for Seniors with Lupus

a-1 home care eldercare temple cityWhat is Lupus?

Lupus is an autoimmune disease which attacks the skin, joints, heart, lungs, blood cells and brain.  Generally speaking, this disease attacks women of child-bearing age, but seniors can still develop elderly-onset lupus.  Symptoms are a little different in seniors than younger adults; the elderly may experience arthritis, lung disease, Raynaud’s syndrome and neuropsychiatric symptoms associated with Lupus.  This inflammatory disease affects approximately 10-20% of older adults ages 50 to 65.  Research shows that elderly women are eight times more likely to develop Lupus than elderly men.

Side Effects of Lupus in Seniors

Osteoporosis is a common side effect in the elderly, since there is a direct link between lupus and bone loss.  A condition which makes the bones brittle and fragile, osteoporosis often goes undetected until an elderly person fractures a bone through a fall.  The risk for falling rises if the senior has arthritis or other condition that makes mobility difficult.  You can help your elderly loved one minimize the risks of falling by having a live-in caregiver around to keep an eye on him or her.  A-1 Home Care offers affordable 24-hour care in Calabasas and surrounding areas, which entails assistance with cooking, cleaning, bathing, grooming, toileting care, transportation and more.  As Benjamin Franklin once said, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

About A-1 Home Care in Calabasas

A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured agency providing high quality, low-cost senior care services in Calabasas and other cities throughout Los Angeles County.  For over two decades, A-1 Home Care has consistently delivered non-medical in-home care services for families, and our top-notch caregivers never cease to impress them.  When it comes to quality care, we ensure we exceed your expectations because we care about your elderly loved ones.  Nothing pleases us more than to see your elderly loved ones enjoy their retirement years.  A-1 Home Care is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.   Our 24-hour hotline will always connect you to a live operator who is ready to answer your questions.

To hire a caregiver in your area, call A-1 Home Care today (818) 980-0094 or visit our website www.calabasasinhomecare.com for services in Calabasas and surrounding areas, such Woodland Hills, Thousand Oaks, Sherman Oaks, Malibu, Santa Monica, La Canada Flintridge and Burbank.

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Examining the Causes of Lou Gehrig’s Disease

????????????????????????????????????????Up to this point, the most recent findings about we have about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) come from a study conducted by Cedars-Sinai researchers.  This study, published in the journal Science (2016), reveals that genetic mutations in immune cells in the brain play a direct role in the development of ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.  Genetic causes, however, only account for 5-10% of ALS cases (Mayo Clinic, 2016).  Scientists suspect other causes, such as smoking, military service and exposure to lead.  Lou Gehrig’s disease remains an enigma to researchers, and though no cure exists, there are ways to help elderly loved ones live as normally as possible.  A-1 Home Care in Calabasas provides such care for seniors in the comfort of their own homes.

What Your Elderly Loved One Needs

Caring for an aging loved one is no easy task for family members who have not received formal training in home careIn-home care adds stress for the spouse and/or adult children, and even more so if the adult children come home tired from a long day at work and have other family duties to tend to, such as cooking for the whole family and being there for their kids.  A-1 Home Care provides skilled non-medical in-home support with cooking, cleaning, errands, light housekeeping, and companion care in Calabasas and surrounding cities.  Round-the-clock care isn’t just for the care recipient; you can enjoy in-home services for the whole family too if you don’t feel like cooking or doing laundry after a full day’s work.  Your elderly loved one will need constant, undivided attention from a 24-hour caregiver as Lou Gehrig’s disease progresses, and hiring live-in care will be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made with A-1 Home Care.

High Quality Lou Gehrig’s Care at a Fraction of the Cost

A-1 Home Care offers high quality Lou Gehrig’s Care at the most competitive prices you’ll find anywhere in Calabasas.  The reason we are the preferred in-home care agency is that we put your needs first.  You and your elderly loved ones are our top priority.  That means you get 24-hour access to a live operator whenever you have questions or need to address a concern.  You will NOT get an automated answering machine with us!  Because we are licensed, bonded and insured, you can have a peace of mind that the ALS Care your loved one receives will be safe and trustworthy.  We appreciate the loyal and continued patronage of our long-time clients.  Thanks to our wonderful team of caregivers, our return clients keep referring friends and family to A-1 Home Care for years!

To hire a caregiver in your area, call A-1 Home Care today (818) 980-0094 or visit our website www.calabasasinhomecare.com for services in Calabasas, Malibu, Santa Monica, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Culver City, and surrounding cities

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