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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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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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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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Burbank Home Care: When the Family Caregiver Becomes Ill

???????????????????????????????????????A-1 Home Care in Burbank applauds those who take time off from work to care for a loved one, whether that’s a spouse, parent or grandparent.  It’s a huge sacrifice for the family caregiver if she’s been working full-time all her life.  Depending on the support system that’s available around her, the family caregiver takes on the difficult responsibilities of day-to-day living caring for an elderly loved one who can no longer take care of himself.  Duties may include lifting and transferring, tending to one’s emotional needs, adjusting to one’s changing personality and moods, and toileting.  Caregiver burnout is extremely common and may trigger the family caregiver’s own health issues if she does not care for herself properly.  What happens when the family member can no longer tend to the care recipient?  It’s important to weave respite care into your daily routine to break the arduous monotony heavily laden on a single individual.  A-1 Home Care provides part-time caregiver services to provide relief for families everywhere in Burbank and surrounding cities.

Stepping Up for the Family Caregiver

Accidents happen.  The family caregiver may suffer a sudden fall coming down the stairs, or God forbid, a car accident renders the adult son or daughter helpless for a while, needing to depend on someone else for a while.  You can count on A-1 Home Care 24 hours a day to come in for short-term or long-term care.  If your relatives live far away, we have professional, seasoned caregivers who are just a hop, skip and a jump away from your Burbank home.  There is no need to feel helpless or useless, for our respite caregivers will see to it that you recover as quickly as possible.  Many of our return clients and their friends continue receiving in-home care services from A-1 Home Care long after their elderly loved ones’ critical needs are met, because they enjoy the companionship and an extra pair of hands around the house.  One of the many great benefits of having a caregiver in the home is that this person can be the liaison between you (the family caregiver), your elderly loved one, and your relatives far away so that the caregiver can keep everyone in the loop should you need in-home help for a while.  You will never have to feel isolated because A-1 Home Care is just one phone call away.

Always Available 24 Hours a Day

Wherever you are, whenever you need us, A-1 Home Care’s phone lines will connect you to a live operator 24 hours a day to respond to your needs.  Need same-day service?  No problem!  Round-the-clock, live-in, and live-out care services are available based on your budget, level of needs, and schedule.  The convenience of having seasoned, highly skilled caregivers live in Burbank and neighboring cities brings relief to everyone.  A-1 Home Care is all about giving you a sense of security, safety and solace.  It’s no wonder that A-1 Home Care is still going strong 25 years after its inception.

Inquire about respite care by calling A-1 Home Care (818) 980-0094 or visit our website www.burbankinhomecare.com for services in Burbank, Pasadena, Glendale, Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, La Canada, El Monte, Altadena, Arcadia and surrounding cities.

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Burbank Parkinson’s Care: That Gut Feeling You Shouldn’t Ignore

arthritis symptoms burbankTo date, the cause of Parkinson’s Disease, a neurodegenerative disease that afflicts one in 1,000 individuals, has been unknown, but one hypothesis was tested in a study sponsored by the Danish Parkinson’s Disease Association.  Researchers theorized that Parkinson’s starts in the gastrointestinal tract and spreads through the body and upward towards the brain, specifically through the vagus nerve.  This theory is supported by a study done on approximately 15,000 patients whose vagus nerve was entirely severed.  Those whose vagus nerve was partially severed still developed Parkinson’s, whereas others whose vagus nerve was entirely removed did not develop the disease at all.  Individuals who carry Parkinson’s display symptoms such as physical tremors, difficulty with gait and posture, loss of olfactory senses, inability to speak, and poor balance, among other symptoms. A-1 Home Care in Burbank offers home care solutions to enhance the lives of individuals with Parkinson’s.

The Best Parkinson’s Care in Burbank

One of the worst things that can happen to anyone is when they start to lose their independence and are forced to rely on others for simple tasks like brushing their teeth or getting dressed.  They don’t want to be a burden to their family or friends, but living each day trying to be independent while Parkinson’s progresses gets difficult.  A-1 Home Care in Burbank relieves family caregivers of their duties and allows the care recipient to do things without always asking a family member or roommate.  Assistance with daily living activities like cooking, cleaning and personal hygiene enhances the quality of life for everyone in the household.

Affordable Home Care at Competitive Rates

A-1 Home Care in Burbank makes home care accessible with easy financing and reasonable payment plans.  You won’t find any rates more competitive anywhere else in Los Angeles CountyEstablished in 1991, A-1 Home Care has provided supreme 24-hour Parkinson’s Care, overnight care, personal care, live-in and live-out care, specializing in Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Kidney Disease, Cancer, Hospice and other types of elder care.  Whether you pay out-of-pocket, use Veteran Benefits or go through long-term care insurance, A-1 Home Care has you covered.  Open 24 hours a day, 365 days  a year, we always make ourselves available to you.

For more on Parkinson’s, 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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