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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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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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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 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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In-Home Diabetic Care Services Relieve Elders In Burbank

The festive holiday season is over– phew!– but are you feeling the cost of all those edible indulgences yet?

At A-1 Home Care in Burbank, diabetic seniors don’t have to feel lasting shame after recounting all their poor diabetic decisions over the past couple months, as our helpful caregivers provide exceptional diabetic care solutions that are always affordable, daily diverse, and eternally exceptional.

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Our round-the-clock elderly care in Los Angeles and Orange County provides lasting assistance to elders from all walks of life, including Jewish, Asian, Middle Eastern, and European.

Take a look below at some of the 24 hour home care options provided at A-1 Home Care:

  • assistance with household duties including dusting, vacuuming, dish-washing, laundry, mopping, taking out the trash, and bed-making
  • assistance with yard work and gardening tasks including watering plants, mowing the lawn, and raking leaves
  • assistance with personal services including bathing, grooming, dressing, and toileting
  • wake-up and tuck-in services
  • transportation to and from medical appointments and other existing engagements
  • delicious and nutritious meal preparation that’s low in sugar
  • running errands like grocery shopping and picking up clothes from the cleaners
  • medication reminders and insulin assistance
  • enjoyable conversation and companionship
  • special needs care

A-1 Home Care also provides caregiving services such as cancer care, special needs care, at home care for hospice patients, and much more. It’s this continued dedication to providing only the best care at home for elderly that has kept A-1 Home Care at the pinnacle of home care provision in Los Angeles and Orange County for decades and counting already.

If you would like to know more about the exceptional elderly home care services available at Home Care, then dial (310) 657-8780 or (562) 929-8400 today. A-1 Home Care reaches out to neighboring communities in places like Hollywood, Encino, Century CityStudio City, and Glendale.