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When Winter comes through in full-force, it can make life much harder for everyone – especially senior citizens. The cold weather and slippery ground can lead to slippage or other serious injuries.

At A-1 Home Care Agency, our caregivers understand the detrimental effects of leaving the elderly in a position where they can potentially fall and severely injure themselves. Our seasoned team of caregivers provide an assortment of Elderly Home Care & Non-Medical Home Health Care for those that require extra assistance

Keep your loved ones Winter-ready and safe with these easy-to-follow tips:

Stay Away from Slippery Areas

This might sound like a no-brainer but for the sake of your loved one, keep them away from icy, snowy roads and sidewalks. As you are already likely aware, falls are a common occurrence for senior citizens during the Winter season. The injuries sustained can range anywhere from hip and wrist fractures to major lacerations.

All seniors must wear shoes that have good traction and non-skid soles if they are planning to go out for a walk. Another emphasis should be placed on the cane tip. Replacing a worn tip will provide them with a trustworthy option to lean on without having to worry about any slippage.

Staying Warm

Needless to say, low temperatures can lead to severe conditions like frostbite and hypothermia. You can counter this by keeping indoor temperatures within a comfortable range for the individual. Note that your body temperature should never dip below 95 degrees – if you do happen to notice this, seek medical assistance immediately.

Avoid Isolating Your Loved One

Winter can be a relatively lonely season as many seniors will have less contact with others due to the difficulty and danger of getting around. This doesn’t just lead to a sense of isolation, but it can also exacerbate depression within the elderly.

To avoid these issues, check in on your loved one as often as possible; even a small chat on the phone could mean the world to him/her. Additionally, you can opt for 24 Hour Home Care, that we at A-1 Home Care Agency, offer to provide round the clock services for families that are unable to care for their loved ones for extended periods of time.

Feel free to contact us at our Santa Fe Springs Office (562) 929-8400 or at our Newport Beach Office (949) 650-3800 to inquire about any of our premium services that we offer.

A-1 Home Care Agency is proudly licensed, bonded, and insured.

 

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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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Does you or a loved one suffer from Multiple Sclerosis, and would benefit from MS care from the comfort of the home?

At A-1 Home Care in Los Angeles, elders who suffer from MS can receive lasting care that’s both affordable and soothing, improving the outlook of future home health. A-1 Home Care has compassionate senior care specialists who are as diverse as they are outstanding, reaching out with helping hands and a golden heart to seniors from all walks of life in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.

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Some of the exceptional caregiving services that A-1 Home Care provides from the comfort of the home include:

  • assistance with household chores like dusting, vacuuming, dish-washing, laundry, mopping, taking out the trash, and bed-making
  • assistance with yard work and gardening tasks like watering plants, mowing the lawn, and raking leaves
  • assistance with personal services like bathing, grooming, dressing, and toileting
  • transportation to and from medical appointments and other existing engagements
  • delicious and nutritious meal preparation
  • wake-up and tuck-in services
  • 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 is the non-medical home care agency of choice in Southern California, and has continued to be since its inception more than 20 years ago because of its caregivers’ continued adherence to excellence in all that they do. A-1 Home Care additionally provides caregiver services that include Lou Gehrig’s disease care, kidney disease care, arthritis care, and more.

For more information about the caregiver solutions that are at your disposal when you choose A-1 Home Care, call a friendly caregiver today by dialing (310) 657-8780 or (562) 929-8400. A-1 Home Care is proud to serve neighboring communities in cities like Hollywood, Encino, Calabasas, Sherman Oaks, and Beverly Hills.

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The more your loved one keeps trying to deny it, the harder it becomes for him/her to face it: it’s time for personal care in the comfort of the home.

At A-1 Home Care in Malibu, our caregivers come out to the comfort of the home with a pair of helping hands and a golden heart to serve each and every senior we have the pleasure of working with. Our personal care options include relaxing and comforting assistance in activities like toileting, bathing, grooming, dressing, and even wake-up and tuck-in services. We are never too intrusive, and provide affordable care that won’t break the bank in the process.

A doctor holding/ shaking an old womans hand.

A doctor holding/ shaking an old womans hand.

The senior care specialists at A-1 Home Care also provide caregiving services including:

  • assistance with household responsibilities such as dusting, vacuuming, dish-washing, laundry, mopping, bed-making, and taking out the trash
  • assistance with yard work and gardening tasks such as watering plants, mowing the lawn, and raking leaves
  • assistance with mobility
  • transportation to and from medical appointments as well as 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 has helped to improve the quality of life for struggling elders for 20-plus years and counting, serving as a continual testament to why A-1 Home Care is the caregiving agency of choice in Southern California. We even offer heart attack care, brain injury care, and companion services so that no senior is left behind on the journey toward better home health.

If you want to know more about the home care solutions available right here in Malibu, then call a helpful caregiver today by dialing (310) 657-8780 or (562) 929-8400. A-1 Home Care serves seniors of every walk of life throughout LA, including in cities like Calabasas, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, Hollywood, and Marina Del Rey.

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