Competitive and Affordable Rates for Dementia Care in Burbank

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What is Dementia Care?

Dementia is defined as a group of thinking and social symptoms that interferes with daily functioning. There are more than 3 million cases of Dementia in the United States per year. Some symptoms include memory loss, mental decline, confusion, disorientation, anxiety, loneliness, mood swings, depression, hallucination, sleeping disorders, and unsteady walking. Dementia can effect one’s ability to carry out activities of daily living, such as bathing, grooming, getting dressed, meal prep, laundry, light house cleaning, running errands, and doing chores. Dementia care is assisting with such things so a dementia patient can continue living a healthy and full life.

Competitive and Affordable Rates with A-1 Home Care

A-1 Home Care has been in business since 1991 providing compassionate personal care assistants, who are experienced with caring for dementia patients throughout Los Angeles and Orange County. In the city of Burbank, we have diverse and experienced care assistants at competitive and affordable rates. If you have a family member or loved one in need, don’t hesitate. Call us today at 562-929-8400

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Living with Arthritis in Burbank

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There are an estimated 27 million people that live with arthritis.  For many, the diagnosis can mean major life style changes as the pain associated with the condition can be severe.  Back, knees, hips, feet are all susceptible to arthritis.

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is inflammation of one or multiple joints.  The primary tell-tale signs of the condition are joint pain and stiffness and can worsen over time.  The most common forms of the condition are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.  The main difference being the latter breaks down cartilage and the R.A. targets the lining of joints.

As anyone dealing with Arthritis can tell you, normal daily activities can become difficult and even exhausting.  Having someone who is trained in the condition and there to help you through it can really be of great assistance.  They can even help with physical therapy routines in the home to help deal and even lessen the pain.

Arthritis aquatics in warmed pools can work wonders for some patients with arthritis.  Basic movements such as walking and marching in places, stretching and squatting etc can help shed pounds and combat the effects of the condition.

If you have a family member or loved one who is being impacted by arthritis, it sounds like it is time to call A-1 Home Care.  From shopping trips, running errands, preparing meals to cleaning up around the house and visits friends or family, a Caregiver can lessen the load made heavier by the disease.  Call us today to learn more about how we can help at 310-657-8780

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 www.burbankinhomecare.com 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 www.burbankinhomecare.com 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 www.burbankinhomecare.com 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 www.burbankinhomecare.com 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 www.burbankinhomecare.com for more services in Burbank, Pasadena, Glendora, Glendale, Sierra Madre and other surrounding cities.

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