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The holidays are not always a time of cheer and joy. Often, the holidays are the days in which most people will avoid due to the absence of a loved one or ones.

Our in-home care agency, A-1 Home Care, has worked with many senior patients who have a hard time getting through the holidays. It is our duty to make sure that our seniors are comfortable when it comes to the holidays, both physically and mentally. Often, our seniors’ loved ones come down to their home to spend some quality time.

Your loved one should not dread the holidays, or the holiday itself when it finally arrives. Here are some tips to cope with the holidays, coping with depression and stress, something that you can go through with your loved one as well if further assistance is needed (Mayo Clinic, 2014):

    1. Make plans ahead of time – understand that putting something off will only delay time. Make plans for the holidays. Your loved one deserves to be around loved ones.
    2. Acknowledge your feelings – it is okay to be sad or angry.
    3. Reach out – send a text, call, or ask someone to keep you company. Talk it out.
    4. Bake.
    5. Color.
    6. Say “no,” if something seems too overwhelming.
    7. Take a deep breath.

If you would like to hear further of our in-home and twenty-four hour services, including companion care, then do not hesitate to give our Malibu branch 310-657-8780 or our Santa Fe Springs headquarters 562-929-8400 a call.




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Every October, we see this hanging around on almost every board, door, fence, wall, and more–

Breast Cancer is one of the top cancers that affects millions of women, and even men too, each year. Although, it is treatable with radiation and chemotherapy, a majority of people are rediagnosed with it a second or multiple times, until it hits Stage Four Cancer.

Women over the age of forty are encouraged by their doctors to get a breast examination (mammogram) each year to detect any potential signs of breast cancer, which anyone can get, including many women in their twenties.

A-1 Home Care continues to work with many seniors who have battled, or currently are, breast cancer. Our caregivers treat this cancer very cautiously, understanding the side effects that many diagnosed individuals have faced. Although, most doctors recommend a self-examination of the breasts, primarily for women, you can take extra precaution by paying attention to these details (2017, American Cancer Society):

  • Discomfort
  • Inverted nipple
  • Lumps
  • Nipple discharge
  • Redness or swollen lymph nodes

A-1 Home Care is an agency who strive to go above and beyond for our senior patients. If you would like a representative to further assist you, please be sure to contact our Malibu branch 310-657-8780 or our Santa Fe Springs headquarters 562-929-8400.

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????????????????????????????????????????Undetectable in lab tests and x-rays, fibromyalgia does not lend itself to concrete diagnoses, but the physical symptoms such as a constant dull ache in the muscles, heightened pain and sensitivity to touch, nerve pain and tingling sensations are very palpable to the sufferer.  An estimated 8% of the American population is afflicted by this disease of the nervous system, most of whom are women.  The myth that fibromyalgia is “just a disease that doctors make up when they can’t figure out your diagnosis” is rooted in the fact that it cannot be supported by lab test results, but in 1990, the American College of Rheumatology came up with guidelines on identifying fibromyalgia based on patients’ reports.  If you or a loved one is suffering from fibromyalgia, count on A-1 Home Care in Malibu to help you in your time of need.

Are you caring for a spouse who has fibromyalgia?  Living with an elderly loved one with this health condition can take a toll on your relationship, especially as the disease worsens over time and she loses the ability to work and do basic things for herself.  Her depression, pain, and impaired cognitive function may make your life difficult but an attentive caregiver from A-1 Home Care in Malibu will know exactly what to do so you can rest.  In-home care entails cooking, cleaning, transportation to medical appointments and more.  Even respite care will teach you how to be more in tune with your loved one’s needs.  There’s nothing like having a personal assistant around with years of experience.

A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured agency that was established in 1991.  For a quarter of a century, A-1 Home Care has been providing services all over Los Angeles County, including cities like Malibu, Agoura Hills, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Culver City, and Century City.  Our highly skilled caregivers have won the hearts of families all over Southern California.  We take great pride in our caregivers, certified nurse assistants, certified home health aides, and hospice care workers because they have an uncanny ability to connect with the elderly.


For quality elder care, call A-1 Home Care today (310) 657-8780 or visit www.malibuinhomecare.com for more details.

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a-1 home care caregiver burbankIt’s no secret that the elderly get lonely around the holidays, especially if their family members are either geographically distant or are no longer around.  For kind, unsuspecting seniors like Donald Hodgins, an 84-year-old widower, the holidays can be excruciatingly gruesome when predators seek out vulnerable older adults in the least expected places.  Hodgins met his senior predator, a 24-year-old waitress, at a restaurant where they began an ongoing rapport.  The young lady eventually took advantage of Hodgins’ kindness and scammed over $100,000 out of him.  If you need a trustworthy caregiver for an elderly loved one, don’t hire an in-home caregiver without doing an extensive criminal background check.  A-1 Home Care in Malibu is a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency that conducts thorough background checks, including verifying professional references and DMV records.


24-Hour Companion Care with Senior Safety in Mind

Inviting a complete stranger into your home and having her perform menial tasks in your personal space require trust.  But trust takes time, and those who need live-in or live-out caregivers don’t have a lot of time to build trust with potential caregivers who might be able to look after your elderly loved one in some distant future.  This is why numerous families turn to A-1 Home Care in Malibu, a reputable company that’s been around for 24 years and is still going strong, thanks to its reliable and seasoned caregivers.  Sometimes the need for in-home care is immediate due to the unforeseen event of your loved one falling.  Other times you see it in the near future, when you notice that your parent is unusually forgetful lately.  A-1 Home Care does all the hard work for you so you can be reassured about the competence and character of your caregiver.


Quality Elder Care at Unbeatable Rates

Let’s face it: A-1 Home Care offers the most competitive in-home care rates in Malibu and all of Los Angeles County!  You or your loved ones can enjoy senior care in the comfort of your own home 24 hours a day, seven days a week, without having to worry about the motives of your companion care aide.  Customer satisfaction is 100% guaranteed!  With a huge pool of caregivers to choose from, you have the freedom of ease to change caregivers if they don’t perform to your standards.  A-1 Home Care has an exceptional standard that all caregivers have to meet, but we understand that things change and personalities may clash over time; we work with you and for you to ensure your happiness.  Easy financing options are available, and A-1 Home Care accepts Veteran Benefits and long-term care insurance.


For senior care you can trust, call A-1 Home Care today (310) 657-8780 or visit our website www.malibuinhomecare.com for services in Malibu, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Agoura Hills, Culver City, Manhattan Beach, and other cities throughout Los Angeles County.

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Many elders today struggle with bladders that are unpredictable or bowels that can’t wait during the most inopportune times. Though frustrating, these symptoms can become very manageable with leading incontinence care services from the comfort of the home.

At A-1 Home Care in Malibu, seniors of every ethnicity and cultural background, including Jewish, Middle Eastern, Asian, and European, can receive exceptional incontinence care at the most affordable prices. That’s because each compassionate caregiver on staff comes with years of experience in providing effective caregiving solutions to every senior who calls on their name.

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Take a look below at some of the senior services A-1 Home Care provides elders throughout Los Angeles and Orange County:

  • assistance with maintenance duties around the home including dusting, mopping, dish-washing, and laundry
  • assistance with yard work and gardening tasks including watering plants and mowing the lawn
  • assistance with personal services that extend beyond toileting care, including grooming and bathing
  • assistance with running errands including grocery shopping and picking up clothes from the cleaners
  • assistance with mobility around the home
  • enjoyable conversation and companionship
  • medication reminders and administration
  • transportation to and from medical appointments and other existing engagements
  • special needs care

The caregiving experts at A-1 Home Care also offer arthritis care, cancer care, and 24 hour care, so that no senior gets left behind on the journey toward a full recovery. These diverse caregiving solutions at A-1 Home Care are made real with the expert caregivers on staff whose goal is to provide every senior with a living environment that is most conducive to an improved quality of life going forward.

If you’d like to find out more about A-1 Home Care’s leading caregiving solutions, then contact a friendly caregiver today by dialing (310) 657-8780 or (562) 929-8400. A-1 Home Care serves neighboring communities of Malibu that include Los Angeles, Brentwood, Beverly Hills, Redondo Beach, and Hermosa Beach.


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Do you have a loved one who would benefit from home care services in the Malibu area? Whether because of a recent physical injury or the steady mental decline often linked with advancing age, there’s hope for seniors in Southern California.

That’s because A-1 Home Care has expert caregivers who provide affordable in-home care options to seniors from across Los Angeles and Orange County. These affordable senior care services allow elders to get the care they need in the environment they prefer, rather than have to break the bank to get the care they need in an environment they aren’t comfortable in.


A-1 Home Care’s senior care specialists provide assistance in the home with:

  • household duties like laundry, dish washing, dusting, bed-making, and vacuuming
  • yard work and gardening chores like mowing the lawn, raking leaves, and watering plants
  • bathing, dressing, going to the restroom, and other personal services
  • running errands like grocery shopping and picking up clothes from the cleaners
  • preparation of healthy and delicious meals
  • good companionship and conversation
  • enjoyable activities that fit every senior’s activity level
  • medication reminders and administration
  • transportation to and from social engagements as well as medical appointments

A-1 Home Care additionally provides caregiving solutions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia care, special needs care, incontinence care, and child care. The diverse caregivers on staff help seniors of all ethnic groups, including Jewish, Middle Eastern, Asian, and European. Such diversity in the caregiving field has allowed A-1 Home Care to remain the best non-medical home care agency in Southern California since its inception more than 20 years ago.

If you’d like to find out more about the senior care options available in Malibu and surrounding areas, then contact a helpful caregiver at A-1 Home Care today by dialing (310) 657-8780 or (562) 929-8400. A-1 Home Care serves communities throughout Los Angeles, including cities like Pasadena, Burbank, Beverly Hills, Glendale, and San Dimas.


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One of the top reasons that people abuse drugs or alcohol is because of stress.  The individual may experience stress during the recovery, or after because the body and mind needs to adjust to all the changes.  It may be easy to revert back to drugs to cope with such stress, but there are ways to relieve the stress without the need of drugs.  The following are a few strategies for quick stress relief. Exercise is good for your body, but it is also good for managing stress as it releases endorphins within your body, which help promotes stress relief.  Next, your furry best friends are great for a relaxing time, so play with your cat or dog more.  Another way could be listening to calming music and listening to scented candle.  While this may be new to you, trying something new and different could mean a new outlook in how you can approach stress relief.  Other strategies include remember fond memories, soaking in a hot bath, and possibly drinking a cup of steamy hot tea.

There are many other ways to help cope with stress, and A-1 Home Care in Malibu has the experience to provide support for your drug treatments.  Our home health aides, in home caregivers, and companions are highly qualified and dedicated to offer their service in Short-Term Care, Companion Services, Home Helpers, Hourly Home Care, Live-In Care, Respite Care, Personal Services, and much more.  Our coverage areas include Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, Palos VerdesRedondo Beach, Hollywood, Culver City, and other cities around Los Angeles and Orange County, and we hope we can provide you the support on your road to sobriety!

For more information, contact us at 310-657-8780, or go online and visit our Facebook or our website www.malibuinhomecare.com today!


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