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Companion in Calabasas

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Today in America, nearly one in four adults is providing unpaid care for an older adult in lieu of opting for a professional service.  Compounded with balancing the obligations of running errands, staying on top of concerns with wellness and at the same time maintaining a household, the double workload can become overwhelming for some.  What may prove even more stressful is grappling with the notion of hours of alone time your loved one may be looking at in the absence of yourself or other family members.  Things like “fall-risk” come to mind or not being able to manage medications without supervision.  This is where A-1 Home Care really shines-we deliver elder companion care, in home companion, live-in companion and other companionship services with a caring, compassionate touch to ensure the safety and well-being of your loved ones

A-1 Home Care Agency is proud to provide companionship services to relieve some of the stresses that come from taking up the role of primary caregiver.  Our loving and expertly trained team will make sure no one has to exist in fear of ever being alone in a time of need or having to go without day to day support for activities of daily living.  Companion care can actually refer to a wide range of duties such as handling household tasks, assisting with physical activity as well as nurturing much needed personal interaction which may see a decline in senior years.

Each and every senior companion professional is ethnically diverse, always affordable and dedicated to care and compassion.  Our mission is to not only remove any uncertainty with leaving older loved ones alone, but to nurture and encourage the overall wellness of the patient.  Social interaction can do so much for not only retaining but also regaining fuller cognitive function.

To inquire about our top level Companion Care services, give us a call today at (310) 657-8780 or (562) 929-8400.  Our live intake coordinators are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  A-1 Home Care is proud to serve all areas of Santa Monica, Torrance, Studio City and more!


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Is Dementia the same as Alzheimer’s


In short, the answer is NO.  Dementia is a more general way of describe symptoms hindering memory or learning new things.  Alzheimer’s, on the other hand, is a type of dementia.  The most common type to be exact.  Other sorts of dementia are vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, and Parkinson’s disease.  Common causes are drug and alcohol abuse, head injury and depression.  Addressing the aforementioned conditions can be effective against symptoms.

Is there a cure?

Unfortunately, at this time there is no effective cure or treatment for Alzheimer’s.  There is hope in a particular antioxidant, resveratrol, which can be found in red grapes.  According to studies, sustaining a diet rich in fruit, veggies, fish and nuts can offer cognitive progression as we get older.  While the actual cause of Alzheimer’s is yet to be determined, the main risk factor is age.

Is Alzheimer’s hereditary?

In a word, NO.  It is a very small number of Alzheimer’s cases that are associated with blood line.  Genetics do play a part but there are measures that can be taken to lower risk.  These would be maintaining healthy body weight, adhering to a balanced and nutritious diet, regular exercise and practicing good heart health.  Being social and engaging with friends and family is another way to lower the risk, as well as furthering one’s own education.

At A-1 Home Care, we specialize in expert, compassionate Alzheimer’s and Dementia care.  Our Caregivers are well versed in dealing with memory loss, confusion, mood swings and other troublesome symptoms associated with the disease.  Serving the Calabasas and surrounding areas for over 20 years, we are the Home Care Agency of choice for doctors, social workers, case managers and discharge planners across southern California.  Call us today for a free quote at 818-980-0094

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Taking Care of a Difficult Aging Parent: How Much Longer Will You Carry the Guilt?

arthritis exercise calabasasIf you can relate, then you know what I’m talking about.  The parent who has never been there for you now expects you to take care of her; you’ve already spent thousands of dollars on therapy trying to heal from the past, but the time has now come when she needs your help.  As a good son or daughter, you take on the role of a live-in caregiver despite what’s happened in the past, but instead of getting sweeter, your parent’s personality gets worse, and she constantly gives you guilt trips no matter how hard you try to take care of her.

Two Birds in One Stone: The In-Home Care Solution

Fulfilling your filial obligation makes you the good son/daughter that you are, and you can accomplish this while preserving boundaries around your mental health.  A-1 Home Care in Calabasas provides 24-hour care for seniors in the comfort of their own homes, which means that if you want to move out or move your parents into a place of their own, you can still manage to take care of their needs from a distance.  Live-in care entails the following:

  • Assistance with cooking, cleaning and laundry
  • Transportation anywhere in Calabasas or beyond for medical, dental and optical appointments
  • 24 hour companion care

Our trusted caregivers have won the hearts of the elderly and their families for many years, which make us the preferred home care agency in LA County.  Even the most difficult personality will melt in the presence of unconditional sweetness.  More often than not, family members are more cordial with outsiders than their own relatives.  There is no relationship history or trigger buttons to push, and nothing fazes our seasoned caregivers, who have years of experience under their belts.

About A-1 Home Care in Calabasas

At A-1 Home Care in Calabasas, the entire family’s welfare is our concern, not just the person receiving care.  Your mental, emotional and physical well-being are just as important as your elderly loved ones’ state of being. We want you to feel comfortable with the level of care that’s provided by our exceptionally talented live-in caregivers.  Your loved ones are in safe hands with our caregiving team; each certified nurse aide, licensed vocational nurse and certified home health aide has been thoroughly screened and investigated.  As one of the few licensed, bonded and insured home care agencies in California, A-1 Home Care guarantees 100% customer satisfaction and senior safety.

For low-cost 24 hour elder care, call A-1 Home Care today (818) 980-0094 or visit our website 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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How Not to Take Things Personally When Your Elderly Spouse Gets Verbally Abusive

hospice care seal beach a-1 home careAlzheimer’s and dementia are comparable to mental illness – you cannot reason with someone who does not have any concept of rationalization.  They are completely out of touch with reality and the world around them; seniors are not in tune with other people’s emotions, and their own emotional hardwiring has been severely compromised by the changes in their brain structures caused by dementia.  Verbal abuse, unfortunately, is one of the most common symptoms of Alzheimer’s.  If you don’t change your perspective about this neurological disease, you are opening yourself up to unnecessary emotional pain.

After being with your elderly spouse or partner for so many years, you find it hard to adjust to your elderly loved one’s cognitive and emotional decline, and understandably so.  A-1 Home Care in Calabasas is here to help you and support you in any way we can.  To create a safe buffer between yourself and your loved one, try the following tips:

  1. It’s not your spouse speaking, it’s dementia. If your partner is spewing out curse words and making threats to divorce you every time you have a conflict, don’t take it personally.  First and foremost, understand that your partner has already lost his ability to reason; he may have his lucid moments, but if he wasn’t like this in the past, you can be sure that it’s the illness speaking.
  1. Create a network of social support. If you have friends, other family members or community members who will listen, support and give advice to you when you ask for it.  You will find incredible emotional relief when you attend a community group of members who can relate and empathize with your situation.  They can offer some great tips, perhaps even professional tips, on how to respond to your elderly loved one.
  1. Ask for help from your siblings or spouse’s siblings. Your immediate family members can help contribute emotionally, financially or physically, as in coming to visit your spouse, offering to cook, clean, and run errands for you.  If your relatives live far away, they can pitch in financially for a 24-hour Alzheimer’s caregiver seven days a week or a few days a week.
  1. Put up boundaries. Get some respite care relief, even if it’s for a few hours a day, so you can get away from the house and treat yourself to something nice, like a manicure or professional massage.  Having a live-in caregiver will allow you to walk away whenever you need to, instead of having to wait on a live-out caregiver to arrive on the scene.
  1. Relax and go with the flow. Conflicts will abound as the disease gets worse; learn to go with the flow and try not to make your elderly loved one agree to some mutual solution.  You can have a 24 hour caregiver with whom you can bounce off ideas and work toward a problem together, but if you insist on solving a problem with your elderly loved one, you may just drive yourself crazy.

According to a Caregiving in the US (2015) report, Alzheimer’s caregivers are “especially vulnerable to emotional distress and negative health impacts, and [they] need outreach and support focused on their especially demanding situation.”

Affordable Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care 24 Hours a Day  

A-1 Home Care offers affordable in-home care for seniors and their families all over Calabasas, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Malibu, Hollywood and other parts of LA County.  Established in 1991, A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured agency delivering high quality senior care at competitive rates, and as one of the few state-licensed agencies in California, we ensure that your elderly loved ones will be protected from predators, scam artists, theft and fraud.  We have a variety of in-home care services available to you, from Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care to Arthritis Care, Lou Gehrig’s Care, Parkinson’s Care and more.  Talk to one of our care managers about an elder care plan that fits your budget!

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

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After You’ve Exhausted All Your Options with Incontinence Care, Try This

????????????????????????????????????????Your dear elderly mother recently had to move in with you and your family.  You get along great, and despite her recent fall and broken hip, your loved one has managed to maintain an incredibly positive attitude about life in general.  Even in her 90’s, she is sharp as a tack and does not struggle with Alzheimer’s or dementia, which is rare for most of the aging population.  Yet there is still one thing that bugs you, that makes you feel like an awful daughter and every day you feel guilty about it – it’s your growing impatience with her hourly need for incontinence care every hour of the night.  Prior to moving her in with you, you had no idea how many times she was getting up at night to use the restroom, but now with her injured hip, she depends on you for constant assistance.  You’ve tried everything:

  • Not giving your elderly loved one liquids in the early afternoon
  • Melatonin or other sleep aids
  • Different types of bedding
  • Exercising more
  • Staying up later
  • Going to bed earlier

Even though she uses Depends or other adult diapers, she does not want to stay in bed when she needs to use the restroom (understandably so).  If you’ve tried all options, including ones that are not listed here, try 24-hour incontinence care from A-1 Home Care.

Reliable, Round-the-Clock Incontinence and Overnight Care at Your Disposal

Sleep deprivation should not be taken lightly.  According to Harvard Medical School, even just one night of sleep deprivation elevates blood pressure throughout the whole day the following day, and it leads to a weakened immune system, cognitive impairment, diabetes, and heart disease.  Getting adequate sleep is crucial, not only for your own well-being but also for your whole family.  A-1 Home Care’s incontinence care services include the following:

  • Assistance with cooking, cleaning, and laundry from a live-in caregiver
  • Bathing, grooming and dressing
  • Compassionate companion care
  • Vigilant overnight care
  • Cleaning up after leaks and accidents
  • Bed linen changes
  • Assistance with pelvic muscle exercises
  • Shopping for recommended undergarments and collection devices

About A-1 Home Care  

A-1 Home Care is one of the few state-licensed agencies in California.  For over two decades, we have been serving seniors and their families all over Calabasas and surrounding areas, such Woodland Hills, Thousand Oaks, Sherman Oaks, Malibu, Santa Monica, La Canada Flintridge and Burbank, delivering the highest quality of in-home care in Southern California.  Because we are licensed, bonded and insured, your elderly loved ones are protected from fraud, scams, and predators.  Every single caregiver from A-1 Home Care is thoroughly screened for their criminal background, DMV record and sex offender check.  Our incontinence care services are covered by long-term care insurance and veteran benefits.  Paying out of pocket?  We have something special in store for you too; talk to our care managers about a high quality elder care plan that fits your budget!

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

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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 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 for respite care services.

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