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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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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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