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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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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