Giving Your Elderly Loved One the Extra Push to Do What’s Necessary

????????????????????????????????????????Sometimes, all it takes for your elderly loved one to eat well or exercise regularly is to get a companion caregiver, but not just ANY caregiver.  It has to be the right fit.  For example, if your father is divorced or widowed, he may be a little more motivated to take showers or go out for walks if you get him an attractive female companion caregiver as opposed to an average-looking male caregiver.  If your parents live together, you can hire a tall, muscular male caregiver with a deep, commanding voice to establish some presence of authority in the home.  If adult children have trouble convincing their parents to do the basics, getting a professional certified caregiver usually does the trick.

Benefits of 24-Hour Companion Care

Your elderly parents may not need a caregiver now, but having a companion care aide around adds a lot to the ambiance.  For one, they can help out with chores so your parents can use their energy toward activities they actually enjoy.  A-1 Home Care’s 24-hour home care services include the following:

  • Meal preparations
  • Light housekeeping
  • Laundry for the senior and/or the whole family
  • Transportation to appointments anywhere in Burbank
  • Medication reminders
  • Social visits
  • Traveling assistance

If your mom or dad establishes a trusting relationship now while they need minimal help around the house, the transition from independence to dependence will be that much easier.  Plus, wouldn’t it be nice to have someone else wait on you hand and foot so you don’t have to do the chores?

Affordable In-Home Care at Competitive Rates

As one of the few state-licensed home care agencies in California, A-1 Home Care offers the best in-home care services at the most competitive rates in Burbank. You can finance live-in, live-out, and respite care services through our easy payment options, or you can go through veteran benefits and long-term care insurance.

For superb and affordable companion care, call A-1 Home Care today (818) 980-0094 or visit us at for services in Burbank, Glendale, Glendora, Hollywood, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and other cities in LA County.

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How to Deal with Soiling Accidents and Preserve Your Loved One’s Dignity and Privacy

????????????????????????????????????????Lately, you noticed that your elderly loved one has been soiling his undergarments here and there, but he has not brought it up in conversation with you.  You see traces of incontinence on the toilet seat, on the bathroom floor, along the hallway, and on a dining room chair.  When you finally do bring it up in conversation, your loved ones claim that they don’t know when it’s actually happening.  You may wonder, “How does my dad not know that he is going on himself at the dining table?”  Before you initiate a talk with your elderly loved one, it’s important to understand the six types of incontinence:

  • Reflex incontinence – when feces or urine exits a person’s body through an abnormal opening or leak
  • Stress incontinence – results from damaged pelvic muscles which cause the bladder to leak during movement
  • Urge incontinence – produced by sudden bladder contraction that cannot be controlled or inhibited
  • Mixed incontinence – combination of urge and stress incontinence
  • Overflow incontinence – when urine exceeds bladder holding capacity
  • Incontinence from surgery – post-operative incontinence induced by procedures such as hysterectomies and rectal surgery

24-Hour Incontinence Care

Live-in care is one of the most popular senior care options for incontinence because it kills two birds with one stone:  for one, you as the daughter or son do not have to deal with awkwardness in cleaning up after your elderly loved one; and two, professional 24-hour incontinence care preserves your loved one’s dignity and privacy.

About A-1 Home Care

Established in 1991, A-1 Home Care has been delivering high quality in-home care services of all types: Alzheimer’s Care, Heart Disease Care, Traumatic Brain Injury Care, After-Surgery Care, Parkinson’s Care, Lou Gehrig’s Care, Multiple Sclerosis Care, 24 hour care, live-out care and more.  Licensed, bonded and insured, A-1 Home Care not only aims to provide exceptional senior care but also serves to protect the aging community from scam artists, predators, theft and fraud.  Each caregiver is carefully and meticulously screened through a national criminal background check.  All references are verified, and your safety and satisfaction are 100% guaranteed!

For quality incontinence care, call A-1 Home Care today (818) 980-0094 or visit us at for services in Burbank, Glendale, Glendora, Hollywood, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and other cities in LA County.

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How to Make Every Day Feel Meaningful for Your Elderly Loved One

???????????????????????????????????????Do you have an elderly loved one at home who looks bored every time you come home from a long day at work?  When seniors retire from a successful career where they’ve spent three-quarters of their lives, they can feel a real sense of loss, such as losing their purpose.  All their children are grown and leading their own lives, and the retirees don’t have to get up at a certain hour to work anymore.  Maybe your loved ones were asked to retire before they were ready, because their employer wanted to make room for younger talents who have more energy.  So here you are, feeling bad for your parents, yet you’re too exhausted to give much attention to them at all.

A-1 Home Care will find plenty of recreational activities for your elderly loved one around Burbank.  If your parents had to relocate far from their home, they are likely to miss their friends but yet they don’t feel up to making new social circles at their age.  You can have a companion care aide during the day or night to accompany your loved ones on activities such as these:

  • Garden care
  • Visits to the museums, parks or beach
  • Short day trips to destinations that your parents have always longed to visit
  • Traveling companions on farther trips to another state or country
  • Social visits to old friends (it always helps to have a traveling companion during a long trip)
  • Volunteer opportunities at a nearby shelter
  • Arts & crafts activities at a nearby senior center
  • Attending classes at a community center to learn new skills
  • Exploring different restaurants in town

Round-the-clock companion care will take a load off your shoulders, and you won’t have to worry anymore if your loved one needs help with anything.  Companion care will greatly decrease depression and therefore improve physical health.  As one of the few state-licensed agencies in California, A-1 Home Care in Burbank also serves to protect your elderly loved ones from harm, predators, scam artists, theft and fraud.

For quality companion care, call A-1 Home Care today (818) 980-0094 or visit us at for services in Burbank, Glendale, Glendora, Hollywood, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and other cities in LA County.

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Avoid These Mistakes in Your Search for In-Home Care

???????????????????????????????????????When searching for home care assistance for your elderly loved ones, you only want the best for them, right?

Finding a high quality, suitable live-in caregiver for your parents is comparable to finding the right employee or significant other. You want the right person who will put up with your quirks, who will take care of you when you’re down and out, especially if you have a serious health condition like Alzheimer’s or Heart Disease, and you want someone who actually cares, not someone who’s there “just because it’s their job.”

Many families make common mistakes that end up costing them much more than just paying wages for an in-home caregiver. How can you learn from others and avoid committing the same blunders?

Don’t hire based solely on recommendation.

There is no doubt that your friends and family are recommending someone based on your best interests. No one would intentionally set you up with a shady, questionable character, but too many families are afraid to question the caregivers’ employment history and dig into their past. There is sufficient evidence that hiring someone based solely on a trusted friend or relative’s “good word” can result in disastrous consequences.

Avoid private advertisements posted by individuals.

Are you hiring someone on your own? Private advertisements on Craigslist and other platforms are teeming with questionable characters! It is much less secure than hiring someone by association.

Don’t hire someone from an online senior dating site.

Senior dating sites are breeding grounds for predators. They prey upon the elderly’s needs for companionship and love. Vulnerable seniors tend to open up about their financial affairs pretty early in a relationship because they are so starved for emotional connection. Alzheimer’s disease may cause a senior to falsely believe that his family doesn’t care about him, and predators will use that against your elderly loved ones.  As concerned family members, you and your siblings would object to a “fishy” relationship but your loved one may insist on it against his own better judgment.

Don’t hire someone from just any home care agency.

Hiring someone from an agency does not guarantee protection from fraud. Many home care scams have made the headlines due to negligent senior care, greedy business men, and lack of thorough background investigation of the caregiving staff. Home health care agencies are regulated by the government but home care agencies are not. Not all home care agencies are questionable; just make sure you look for the ones that are licensed, bonded and insured.  Insurance companies would not bond an agency if they even had one caregiver or employee with a tainted criminal record.  Finding a reputable, licensed, bonded and insured home care company is your best bet in protecting your loved ones against fraud.

About A-1 Home Care

In 1991, A-1 Home Care was established as a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency.  Since then, A-1 Home Care has served thousands of seniors and their families all over Burbank for over two decades.  As one of the few state-licensed agencies in California, we are committed to delivering the highest quality of senior care available by recruiting only cream-of-the-crop caregivers with pristine criminal background clearances.  We thoroughly investigate all professional references, DMV checks and sex offender checks.  A-1 Home Care offers affordable 24 hour senior care services, live-out services, and specialized in-home care services such as Multiple Sclerosis Care, Lou Gehrig’s Care, Parkinson’s Care and more.

For quality in-home care, call A-1 Home Care today (818) 980-0094 or visit us at for services in Burbank, Glendale, Glendora, Hollywood, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and other cities in LA County.

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Parkinson’s In-Home Care: Get Yo’ Yoga On in the Comfort of Your Own Home

a-1 home care temple city home careAccording to a survey from the National Institutes of Health, yoga is recognized as one of the leading alternative therapies for Parkinson’s disease.  An online news article reports that the results from the University of Minnesota’s experiment with yoga’s effects on osteoarthritis were so promising that they are conducting the same experiment with Parkinson’s patients.  The participants of the osteoarthritis/yoga experiment improved in their mobility and their fear of falling decreased.  Researchers hope to achieve the same result with those suffering from Parkinson’s.  Studies show that yoga visibly reduces tremoring and increases steadiness in walking.  Good news for you: you don’t have to commute to a class for yoga practices; A-1 Home Care has a team of certified home health aides who have experience in physical therapy, and they can help your elderly loved ones practice yoga in the comfort of their own home!

High Quality 24 Hour Parkinson’s Care

Each year, about 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a neurological disorder that impairs muscle movement and causes loss of voluntary movement.  The onset of Parkinson’s is usually within the age range of 40-50.  Among its symptoms are depression, dementia, hand tremors, shuffling gait, and muscle stiffness.  A caregiver from A-1 Home Care will come to your home, either as a live-in or live-out caregiver, and assist your loved one with yoga exercises to improve breathing, flexibility and strength.  In addition to quality companionship, your loved one will benefit from daily assistance with cooking, cleaning, bathing, grooming, and transportation around Burbank and beyond.

About A-1 Home Care

Established in 1991, A-1 Home Care’s mission is to provide the highest quality of senior care available in Burbank.  As one of the few home care agencies to successfully receive state licensure from the State of California, A-1 Home Care promotes senior safety, protection, and quality in-home care services for any and all scenarios, including the following: Arthritis Care, Parkinson’s Care, Multiple Sclerosis Care, Lou Gehrig’s Care, hospice care, after-surgery care and more.  Our 24 hour care services and live-out services are covered by long term care insurance and veteran benefits.  If you are paying out-of-pocket, A-1 Home Care has the lowest rates in LA and Orange County!  Talk to a care manager today about an elder care plan that fits your budget.

For quality Parkinson’s Care, call A-1 Home Care today (818) 980-0094 or visit us at for more services in Burbank, Pasadena, Glendora, Glendale, Sierra Madre and other surrounding cities.

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Hiring Caregivers Independently vs. Using an Agency

a-1 home care temple city home careHave you recently seen an upcoming need for senior care for your elderly loved one?  Do you want to eliminate the middle man and hire a caregiver on your own?  Considering the number of senior predators and home care fraudulent scams out there, you may want to reconsider your options.  There is no doubt that Sally Mae, who was highly recommended by a family friend, would do a great job taking care of your aging mother or father.  However, good intentions don’t always result in good outcomes.  How well does your relative know Sally Mae?  Where have they met and how do you verify this person’s prior experience and training?  Oftentimes, families don’t want to be rude and pry “too much” into a recommended home care aide’s background.  They go by word of mouth and trust that their friends and relatives know what they’re talking about.  That is one of the biggest rookie mistakes you can make, and this scenario often ends up in unnecessary heartache.

What’s wrong with hiring a caregiver from a private ad or recommendation?

For many folks, you want to be nice and not come across too demanding.  A lot of people trust a person based on the good word of one’s trusted friend or relative.  To interrogate a private caregiver can be synonymous to insulting the friend/family member who referred them to you (in some cultures).  Let’s say you are a Human Resource Manager and you’re used to interviewing candidates for the job, so interviewing the live-in caregiver is not a big deal to you.  However, you still have to face the expense of doing a background check and verifying professional references, which can be costly and time-consuming.  Meanwhile, time is ticking and you know your elderly loved one will need a caregiver – very soon. You just never know who you’ll end up with.

Let A-1 Home Care Do All the Work for You

A-1 Home Care in Burbank is one of the few state-licensed home care agencies in California.  Because we are licensed, bonded and insured, you can be 100% sure that any caregiver you pick from our culturally diverse pool of certified home health aides, certified nurse assistants, licensed vocational nurses and personal care aides will have gone through extensive screening for criminal backgrounds, DMV records and professional reference checks before they’re allowed to enter the sanctuary of your home.  A-1 Home Care has been in business for over two decades, delivering the highest quality of in-home care possible for seniors and their families.

For quality in-home care, call A-1 Home Care today (818) 980-0094 or visit us at for more details about services in surrounding areas like Glendale, Glendora, Pasadena, Sherman Oaks, Sierra Madre, Arcadia and Covina. 

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Burbank In-Home Care for Seniors with Heart Disease

Young and elderly femaleIn the United States, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women, according to Harvard Health Publications. Because women are less likely than men to seek medical attention for cardiac symptoms, they should be more attentive and knowledgeable of signs, such as dizziness, nausea, cold sweat, fatigue, and prolonged pain in the abdomen.  There are a number of risk factors that you might recognize.  Use of tobacco products, lack of physical exercise, consumption of foods high in cholesterol, family history of heart disease and obesity are all factors in a cardiac attack.  If you have an elderly loved one at home with a history of heart disease, it is best to have a live-in caregiver present while you’re away at work, so you can prevent permanent damage as much as possible in the event of a heart attack.

Live-In Companion Care Can Change Everything

When you’re always at work, it’s hard to monitor day-to-day changes in your elderly loved one’s health changes.  For one, you may not have received formal medical training if you have never worked in the health care field.  Secondly, you may be too tired to notice anything when you come home from work because you have other things occupying your mind.  A-1 Home Care will take a load off your shoulders by providing assistance with meal preparation, light housekeeping, bathing, grooming, medication reminders, and exercise.  Live-in and live-out in-home care services are available in Burbank and all over LA County.

About A-1 Home Care in Burbank

You will not find better in-home care anywhere in Burbank than with A-1 Home Care. Established in 1991, A-1 Home Care has been delivering exceptional senior care services, in-home care, Alzheimer’s Care, Parkinson’s Care, Multiple Sclerosis Care, Arthritis Care, Kidney Care, Brain Injury Care and other types of specialized care for over two decades.  We match each senior with the perfect caregiver based on your elderly loved one’s level of care and personality.  All our caregivers are screened and verified by an extensive national criminal background check.  If you are worried about cost, you will find relief with our easy financing options and reasonable rates.  A-1 Home Care also accepts Veteran Benefits and long-term care insurance.

For affordable, high quality Cancer Care, call A-1 Home Care today (818) 980-0094 or visit us at for more services in Burbank, Pasadena, Glendora, Glendale, Sierra Madre and other surrounding cities.

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