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

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In-Home Care Assistance for Today’s Higher Hour Caregivers

parkinson care burbank a-1 home careToday’s higher hour caregiver is the person (usually female) who provides unpaid care for an elderly loved one at home for at least 21 hours a week.  Many family members make adjustments at work, either by cutting back on their work hours or transitioning into telecommuting in order to meet the needs of elderly loved ones.  According to statistics from National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, about 82% of higher hour caregivers live with their aging loved ones; 60% are female and 40% are male, and a high percentage of family caregivers report severe emotional stress.  If you find yourself in this difficult predicament, consider using the money you’re saving to hire a professional live-in or live-out caregiver.  In the long run, you will have preserved your physical and emotional health, while A-1 Home Care in Burbank helps you absorb much of that stress.

The costs of elder care are rising, but A-1 Home Care keeps the cost of high quality senior care low.  Thanks to our wonderful team of seasoned and skilled caregivers, A-1 Home Care continues to provide affordable live-in care for over 20 years all over Burbank, with services ranging from Alzheimer’s Care to Arthritis Care, Stroke Care, Heart Attack Care, Parkinson’s Care and more.  Don’t risk running yourself to the ground when you can have quality in-home care in the comfort of your own home.  Your elderly loved ones will enjoy being around family and you can resume normalcy as much as possible.  Our 24 hour care services include assistance with meal preparations, light housekeeping, bathing, grooming, personal care, transportation, and other non-medical assistance.

A-1 Home Care in Burbank is a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency that was established in 1991.  We are dedicated to serving you with two hands and a golden heart, and we make sure that our caregivers, certified home health aides, certified nurse assistants, licensed vocational nurses and home helpers are thoroughly screened before they are allowed to enter your sanctuary.  Your elderly loved ones are protected from predators and shady characters.  We include you in the interviewing process, and you won’t have to hire anyone until you meet the right candidate that we select for you.  Our phone lines are open 24 hours a day, so whenever you call, you’ll always be connected to a live operator instead of an automated answering system.

For quality in-home care, call A-1 Home Care today (818) 980-0094 or visit us at www.burbankinhomecare.com for more details. Elder care services are also available in surrounding cities like Pasadena, Glendale, Sherman Oaks, Hollywood, La Canada, Arcadia, El Monte, and Altadena.

 

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Burbank In-Home Care: What Causes Dementia?

???????????????????????????????????????It’s hard to pinpoint one cause of dementia, as there are many causes and various types of dementia.  The most common form is Alzheimer’s, which is present in 50-80% of dementia cases, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.  In honor of Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month (of June), A-1 Home Care in Burbank will examine the main cause of Alzheimer’s (ALZ) and present a solution for your elderly loved ones.

Build-Up of Plaque in the Brain

Who knew that plaque could build up in your brain as well as your teeth?  Of course, we’re not talking about the same type of plaque.  Researchers have found that the build-up of amyloid plaques, which are clumps of protein in the brain, is the most common denominator among patients with Alzheimer’s.  When the brain fails to filter out amyloid plaques normally, the proteins start to stick together and form clumps, leading to Alzheimer’s and Type 2 Diabetes.  It’s very interesting to note the link between stress, amyloid plaques, and Alzheimer’s.  When you are under stress or pressure, your brain tends to release more amyloid plaques (also known as beta-amyloid). If you’re older, your brain may not filter out as much amyloid proteins as it should, so stress speeds up the onset of Alzheimer’s disease in older adults and seniors.

Home Care Solution for Seniors with Alzheimer’s

For families in Burbank, A-1 Home Care provides excellent Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care for their elderly loved ones.  No matter what stage of dementia your loved one has, A-1 Home Care has an affordable solution for you.  Live-in and live-out care services include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Meal preparation
  • Light housekeeping
  • Errands
  • Prescription pick-ups
  • Assistance with paying bills
  • Companion Care
  • Personal Care
  • Bathing
  • Grooming
  • Transportation

Whether you are new to A-1 Home Care or are already an existing client, our live operators are on stand-by 24 hours a day to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have.  You never have to worry about getting an answering machine!  Our care managers will walk you through the process and establish an in-home care plan that’s right for your elderly loved ones.

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

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Burbank Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) Care for Children

???????????????????????????????????????Arthritis is an inflammatory disease that affects the joints and is typically associated with older adults over age 65.  However, there is another type of arthritis that affects about 300,000 children in the United States, and it’s called juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA).  Caused by what researchers believe to be an autoimmune attack, JRA causes joint pain, recurrent fever, limping, swollen joints, and reduced range of motion, among other symptoms.  The duration of JRA varies from child to child.  Some have it for a few months, a few years, and sometimes a whole lifetime.  A-1 Home Care in Burbank offers live-in and live-out care for families who have children with JRA.  Our certified nurse aides can help your child improve in school and perform other tasks to reduce or prevent joint damage.

24-Hour Hour Arthritis Care for Children

It’s important for your child to get routine check-ups if you detect early signs of arthritic symptoms.  Early detection improves the chance of remission, but if it’s left untreated until the advanced stages, remission may be slim to impossible.  Advanced symptoms of JRA include joint destruction, uneven limbs, swelling around the heart, and stunted growth.  If you or your spouse cannot take time off from work, a certified home health aide can take your child to the doctor’s for regular check-ups to ensure good health.  Our caregivers are trustworthy, knowledgeable and reliable; A-1 Home Care in Burbank thoroughly screens each live-in and live-out caregiver and investigates their criminal background, sex offender check, and DMV records.

The Most Trusted In-Home Care Agency in LA County

A-1 Home Care was established in 1991 as a licensed, bonded and insured agency dedicated to serving seniors and their families.  We have become Burbank’s preferred home care agency after years of establishing trust among families while delivering senior care with the highest level of quality.  Our team of caregivers is diverse, culturally and linguistically.  It reflects the demographics of cosmopolitan Los Angeles, ranging from Spanish to Korean, Chinese, Filipino, Middle Eastern, and other cultures.  Our screening process is thorough and extensive; we even involve you as part of the selection process when we match a caregiver with your loved one.  Senior care, arthritis care, in-home care, live-in and live-out care, child care and other types of care are at your disposal based on your budget, needs and availability.

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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Burbank In-Home Care: Caring for Seniors Suffering from Hemorrhage

A-1 Home CareA hemorrhage is a medical term for uncontrolled bleeding.  Most people associate it with bleeding in the brain, which would be intracranial hemorrhage, but there are also many other types that don’t occur in the brain, such as hemoptysis, hematemesis, hematuria, and venous hemorrhage.  Strictly defined, an intracerebral hemorrhage occurs when a blood vessel ruptures and the blood suddenly bursts into the brain tissue, interfering with the oxygen supply and thereby causing internal brain injury.  The type of hemorrhage linked to 8-13% of all strokes is the intracerebral hemorrhage, which is more likely to result in death or major disability than other types of bleeding.  A-1 Home Care in Burbank assists families who have elderly loved ones suffering from these types of brain injuries.

Post-Hemorrhage 24-Hour Brain Injury Care

After your elderly loved one’s physician stabilizes and releases your parent or grandparent from the hospital, you will notice major changes in your loved one’s ability to function.  You may experience a communication breakdown due to your loved one’s impaired language skills; seniors may also have a problem with swallowing, memory, impaired vision and seizures.  If you have never received formal medical training, your elderly loved one’s symptoms may seem daunting and overwhelming to you.  A-1 Home Care offers affordable 24-hour brain injury care for seniors and adults of all ages who suffered traumatic brain injury from natural or external forces.  You can expect excellent service from our in-home caregivers who will cook, clean, run errands, and give rides to your loved one’s appointments around Burbank and other neighboring cities.

High Quality TBI Care without Compromising Quality

You owe it to yourself to have high quality round-the-clock senior care without breaking the bank.  With easy financing options at the most competitive rates in LA County, you can’t go wrong with A-1 Home Care in Burbank!  For 25 years, we have delivered superior in-home care of all types, such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care, Parkinson’s Care, Lou Gehrig’s Care, Multiple Sclerosis Care, Postpartum Care, Bipolar Care, overnight care, live-in and live-out care.  When you call A-1 Home Care, you will always be connected to a live operator instead of an automated answering service because we want to listen to your concerns and help you in any way we can.

For top-notch brain injury care, call A-1 Home Care today (818) 980-0094 or visit us at www.burbankinhomecare.com for services in Burbank, Pasadena, Glendale, Sierra Madre, Duarte, Covina, and other cities in LA County.

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Burbank Cancer Care: What to Expect during Remission

hospice care burbank a-1 home careYears ago, when a doctor told a patient that he had cancer, it meant a death sentence.  The patient and his family then proceed to make end-of-life arrangements, including hospice care and advanced directives.  Nowadays, thanks to advancements in medical technology and more information about diseases in research journals, the patient still has hope of remission, especially if he got the diagnosis in the early stages of cancer.  Early screenings like mammograms can prevent cancer altogether, but it’s not too late if the tumor can be removed.  “Remission” is the word that every cancer patient hopes to hear, but it still requires consistent follow-up visits to ensure that the tumor stays away.  A-1 Home Care in Burbank improves senior health and wellness with 24-hour cancer care before, during and after the diagnosis.

Regular Visits Essential to Good Elder Care

Maintaining and improving the wellness of seniors in Burbank and surrounding communities is A-1 Home Care’s primary mission.  If you are a full-time working provider for your family, you can count on our live-out or live-in caregivers to help you take your elderly loved ones to their check-ups, whether they are medical, dental or optical visits.  Cancer check-ups usually involve an endoscopy, blood work, a physical examination and other lab tests.  Family members who are not trained in the medical field might not recognize important health changes in their elderly loved ones; that’s why it’s important to have a 24-hour seasoned caregiver around so she can give an accurate report to your elderly loved one’s physician.

Why A-1 Home Care?

For over two decades, A-1 Home Care has delivered superior in-home care to seniors and their families in Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, Glendora, Hollywood, Arcadia, Beverly Hills and other cities throughout Los Angeles County.  Our 24-hour in-home care and part-time elder care services are offered on a flexible schedule based on your needs, budget and availability.  A-1 Home Care partners with local hospitals in your area; together with multidisciplinary teams, our experienced and compassionate caregivers work to give you the best elder care possible at the most competitive rates in Southern California!

For affordable, high quality Cancer Care, call A-1 Home Care today (818) 980-0094 or visit us at www.burbankinhomecare.com for more details.

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