24 Hour In-Home Care: When Living with Mom Just Won’t Work

a-1 domestic elder care cailforniaSooner or later, many adults have to come face-to-face with the inevitable fact that their elderly parents will need some kind of care, but this poses as a special challenge for those who have difficult parents to deal with.  Perhaps you tried your best by adding an addition to your home so that your parent can live with you, but in a room that’s entirely separated from the rest of the house.  But your parent insists that she move in with you, meaning that she wants to stay in the same living quarters with you, share the same kitchen, bathroom and other common areas with the rest of the family.  If you are faced with this predicament, what can you do?  How do you cope with your own emotions and protect the welfare of your family?  In this article, A-1 Home Care in Century City will throw out some suggestions that may work for you.

Establish Your Boundaries

A-1 Home Care acknowledges that you love your parents dearly, otherwise you wouldn’t be struggling with this conflict like you are right now.  It’s hard to find the right middle ground where you are balancing self-care with elder care without a trace of guilt.  Wouldn’t it be so much easier if your elderly parent were loveable and easy to get along with?  There’s no use in fighting what you can’t control, so what can you control?  If it’s hard enough as it is right now to establish boundaries with your parents while they are living in their own home, imagine how hard that will be if they move in with you.  The least you can do for yourself is hire a 24 hour caregiver for your elderly parents so that you are killing two birds with one stone – your parents’ daily needs are met and your own emotional health is preserved.  A-1 Home Care will be here when you are ready to take that bold step.

Reliable In-Home Care, 24 Hours a Day

Although your Mom or Dad insists on living with you, you know in your heart of hearts that it just won’t work.  A-1 Home Care knows that staying with a live-in caregiver is probably not your elderly loved ones’ first choice, but wouldn’t that be better than consigning them to a nursing or convalescent home?  Life isn’t fair.  You don’t always get what you want, but you can try your best to make sure that every single person’s needs are taken care of, including your own.  A-1 Home Care offers affordable 24 hour senior care, and for over two decades, our loveable, highly skilled companion care aides have won the hearts of seniors and their families all over LA County.  They become a part of your family as they care for seniors with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Heart Disease, Kidney Care, and other conditions.  Your elderly loved ones still get to live in the familiarity of their surroundings while receiving top-notch in-home care assistance with cooking, cleaning, personal care, medication reminders, transportation to appointments in Century City and more.

About A-1 Home Care

Since its inception in 1991, A-1 Home Care has been delivering exceptional senior care services to communities all over Century City.  As one of the few state-licensed agencies in California, A-1 Home Care ensures senior safety and wellness by thoroughly screening every caregiver for their criminal background check, DMV records and sex offender checks.  All professional references are verified.  The advantage of hiring a live-in caregiver from an agency is that we do all the legwork for you, and even if you tried to do it on your own, the Department of Justice would not send someone’s criminal background report to private families.  They only send it to qualifying agencies like licensed, bonded and insured home care companies, schools and other government agencies.  Our 24 hour care services and live-out caregiver services are covered by most long term insurance carriers and veteran benefits.

For quality senior care, call A-1 Home Care (310) 657-8780 or visit www.centurycityhomecare.com for services in Century City, Culver City, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Malibu, Manhattan Beach and surrounding areas. 

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A Multiple Sclerosis Misdiagnosis Leads to Harmful Prescriptions

Grandparent and daughterDo you have a loved one who has Multiple Sclerosis?  How do you know for sure if your loved ones have MS?  According to new research published in the journal Neurology, a study reveals a shocking number of patients who were misdiagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a disease of the nervous system that causes paralysis, vision loss, fatigue, numbness, involuntary movements, dizziness, poor balance, slurred speech and other symptoms.  As a result of the misdiagnosis, many patients receive harmful medication and even suffer from “unnecessary morbidity” (morbid thoughts of death), according to a news article.  Many physicians feel pressured to make a quick diagnosis without giving full attention to the whole picture.  If your loved one was diagnosed with MS, it’s always better to get a second or third opinion.

In-Home Care for Multiple Sclerosis or Other Symptoms

Multiple Sclerosis shares many symptoms in common with other conditions such as fibromyalgia.  Nonetheless, symptoms are symptoms, and they are very unpleasant to deal with when you are on the wrong medication.  Are you concerned about your elderly loved one’s health care?  Do you struggle with not finding the time to take your loved ones to multiple appointments to get second opinions about your loved one’s condition?  A-1 Home Care will take the load off your shoulders by providing transportation to medical appointments around Century City or anywhere beyond, whatever it takes for your loved one to get the medical attention she needs.  Round-the-clock care also entails assistance with meal preparation, light housekeeping, personal care and companion care.

About A-1 Home Care

A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency in Southern California.  Since its inception in 1991, A-1 Home Care has served thousands of families in Century City. Upholding its mission to provide the best quality of senior care possible, A-1 Home Care serves to protect seniors from fraud, scams, and predators.  Being licensed, bonded and insured means that your loved ones will receive quality care from caregivers who have gone through an extensive criminal background screening process.  If you are paying out of pocket for senior care, you can count on A-1 Home Care for affordable care without compromising quality!

For quality Multiple Sclerosis Care, call A-1 Home Care (310) 657-8780 or visit www.centurycityhomecare.com for services in Century City, Culver City, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Malibu, Manhattan Beach and surrounding areas. 

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In-Home Care Alert: Lack of Sleep Linked to Stroke Risk

Home Health - Patient ComfortResearch studies have found that habitual sleep deprivation leads to increased risk of stroke, not to mention raising the risk of auto accidents and workplace injuries.  Yet according to a National Alliance for Caregiving study, about 82% of family caregivers reported sleep deprivation because caring for their loved ones took precedence over their nocturnal needs.  As the need for elder care rises, more and more family members are stepping up to the plate to care for their elderly loved ones, but if that means taking a toll on their health, then family caregiving will need to be replaced by professional in-home care so that family members can continue to work and provide for their loved ones.

Affordable Overnight and 24 Hour In-Home Care

Non-medical home care assistance is for seniors and adults who need basic assistance with daily tasks, such as meal preparation, light housekeeping, chores, errands, runs to the grocery store and prescription pick-ups, transportation to appointments and more.  You do not need a doctor’s order to have senior care in the comfort of your own home.  If your elderly loved one lives with you or lives by himself, you can hire professional, affordable in-home care without breaking the bank.  A-1 Home Care in Century City offers affordable overnight and 24 hour in-home care services for all types of elder care situations.

Safe and Secure with Licensed, Bonded and Insured Home Care

As you might have heard, the home care industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for home health aides will increase by 48% between 2012 and 2022.  For affordable home care services, many families turn to low-trained or untrained home helpers for elder care that require real-life experience.  Criminals prey upon families’ needs for senior care, so it’s important to find a reputable agency like A-1 Home Care in Century City for your elderly loved ones.  As one of the few state-licensed home care agencies in California, A-1 Home Care has been delivering exceptional senior care services for 25 years, always meeting and exceeding the expectations of their clients.  You can expect outstanding and affordable, safe senior care services from A-1 Home Care because we are licensed, bonded and insured.

For quality Stroke Care, Call A-1 Home Care (310) 657-8780 or visit www.centurycityhomecare.com for services in Century City, Culver City, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Malibu, Manhattan Beach and surrounding areas. 

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Proteins and Alzheimer’s Disease: Breakthrough in Alzheimer’s Research

????????????????????????????????????????Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a form of dementia that affects about 5.3 million seniors a year in the United States.  The hallmark of dementia is decreased cognitive function and memory loss, and in Alzheimer’s patients, the disease could cause the elderly to forget basic facts such as the names of their loved ones and their own address.  The development of Alzheimer’s evolves over a long period of time, which probably explains why it is most prominent among the aging population.  According to a study in the Nature Physics publication, researchers have discovered a possible theory why Alzheimer’s evolves at such a rapid rate in seniors.

In a nutshell, this pervasive memory neurodegenerative disease is caused by a build-up of certain proteins called amyloid-beta, and researchers from the University of Cambridge have identified a way to control the growth of these proteins within the brain.  When amyloids replicate at an exponential rate, the resulting symptoms follow:

  • Inability to remember one’s own name and phone number
  • Confusion about time, date and year
  • Wandering and getting lost
  • Asks the same questions repetitively
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Loss of emotional inhibition
  • Delusions (believing that caregivers and family members are stealing from him)
  • Loss of basic abilities to perform activities of daily living

 

How A-1 Home Care Can Help

If you’re seeking an established home care agency, look no further than A-1 Home Care!  With 24-hour live-in and live-out caregiver services all over LA County, you are bound to find affordable in-home care services for your elderly loved ones, no matter what stage of Alzheimer’s disease they may be in.  A-1 Home Care has served seniors for over two decades, earning the respect and admiration of the elderly in communities such as Century City, Culver City, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Hollywood, Pasadena, Malibu and other cities throughout Los Angeles County.  Our phone lines will connect you to a live operator 24 hours a day so you never have to deal with an automated answering system; Alzheimer’s Care can be financed through our easy payment plans, long-term care insurance and veteran benefits.

To hire a caregiver today, call (310) 657-8780 or visit www.centurycityhomecare.com for more information!

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High Blood Pressure in Seniors, a Main Factor in Kidney Disease

a-1 home care home care torranceKidney disease, or renal failure, is usually the result of some other pre-existing health condition, such as liver failure, heart disease or heart attack, dehydration, severe allergic reaction, anti-inflammatory medications and high blood pressure (Healthline, 2016).  When an elderly person allows his blood pressure to escalate to uncontrollable levels, the pressure weakens, hardens and narrows the arteries so that there’s insufficient blood flow to the kidney tissues.  The resulting damage causes renal failure, which affects the way the body filters wastes through the bloodstream.  According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), about 10% of Americans have some form of chronic kidney disease (CKD).  To provide support for patients with CKD, A-1 Home Care offers high quality, low-cost in-home care services to families in Century City.

What You Can Expect from 24-Hour Kidney Care

Round-the-clock in-home care gives relief to family members who are the primary caregivers for their elderly loved ones.  You can hire part-time live-out caregivers or completely hand over the responsibilities of kidney care to a professional live-in caregiver so you can get some rest.  A-1 Home Care’s certified nurse aides offer assistance with the following:

  • Meal preparation based on the doctor’s recommendations
  • Light housekeeping
  • Bathing
  • Grooming
  • Establishing and maintaining an exercise routine
  • Personal care/toileting care
  • Companion care
  • Transportation to appointments
  • Transportation for social visits
  • Transfer assistance (e.g., from bed to wheelchair, etc.)

Why A-1 Home Care?

A-1 Home Care was established in 1991 with one goal in mind: to provide the best home care services at the lowest possible rates.  We accomplish this by recruiting the most talented caregivers in Century City and making sure that each certified nurse aide is thoroughly screened for their criminal, DMV and professional backgrounds.  We make ourselves available to you 24/7 by connecting you to a liver operator when you call our headquarters.  Our friendly representatives are on stand-by 24 hours a day to listen to your concerns and address any problems you may have.  A-1 Home Care is open 365 days a year to serve you and your loved ones.

For kidney care you can count on, call A-1 Home Care (310) 657-8780 or visit www.centurycityhomecare.com for services in Century City, Culver City, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Malibu, Manhattan Beach and surrounding areas. 

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24-Hour In-Home Care for Seniors with Cirrhosis

a-1 home care caregivers temple cityA disease of the liver, cirrhosis is the 12th leading cause of death in the United States, usually caused by hepatitis C infection or chronic alcoholism.  It occurs during the most advanced stages of liver disease and is characterized by severe scarring of the liver.  Symptoms include abdominal swelling, cognitive impairment, nose bleeds, jaundice, anorexia, weight loss, and itchy skin, just to name a few.  If your elderly loved one has reached the stage of decompensated cirrhosis, with symptoms such as internal bleeding and fluid in the belly, he is at risk for life-threatening complications and will need a liver transplant.  A-1 Home Care in Century City will help you or your elderly loved one adjust to changes in lifestyle and diet while you stick to the doctor’s treatment plan.

Live-In Care Makes Recovery Comfortable

Whether your elderly loved one needs a liver transplant or not, making a lifestyle change will require a strong will and motivation.  With live-in care from A-1 Home Care in Century City, you won’t have to worry about your loved one being alone at home.  A professional caregiver will monitor your loved one’s dietary habits and implement the doctor’s orders for treatment.  Your loved one may be too drowsy to muster up energy to cook, clean and run errands.  He may suffer from insomnia or irritability.  Live-in care allows your loved one to recover in the comfort of her own home and be surrounded by family members and friends.  It reduces depression because your loved one would not be socially isolated, and they get 24-hour undivided attention from a caregiver who’s ready to wait on them hand and foot.

About A-1 Home Care in Century City

A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency serving families all over Century City.  Founded in 1991, we’ve grown as Southern California’s most preferred choice in the elder care industry, thanks to our wonderful team of compassionate, highly skilled caregivers.  Our mission is to provide the highest quality of in-home care at the most competitive rates you’ll find anywhere in LA County.  We support that mission by delivering personable care, starting with our first line of communication – the telephone.  When you call A-1 Home Care, you will never have to deal with an automated answering system with a senseless number of menu options.  Our live operators are on stand-by 24 hours a day to answer your questions and address your concerns.

To hire a caregiver today, call (310) 657-8780 or visit www.centurycityhomecare.com for services in Century City, Culver City, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Malibu, Manhattan Beach and surrounding areas. 

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Prevent Serious Diabetes Complications with 24-Hour In-Home Care in Century City

24 hour care in monrovia a1 home careThe pancreas is a gland that’s part of your digestive system, and it’s primarily responsible for producing hormones and enzymes that break down food.  Its critical function is to control blood sugar levels in your body, but if you have a family history of Type 1 Diabetes, you may be diagnosed with it in early childhood or your late 30s/early 40s.  Type I Diabetes is an autoimmune disease, a health condition in which your pancreas’ beta cells are destroyed, thereby reducing or eliminating the supply of insulin in your bloodstream which regulates the level of sugar.   If you need 24-hour home care services for your loved ones with Diabetes, A-1 Home Care offers the best in-home support services in Century City and all of LA County.

Round-the-Clock Diabetic Monitoring

Under the supervision of a registered nurse, A-1 Home Care’s certified nurse aides will assist your elderly loved ones in monitoring insulin levels and establishing exercise routines.  You can count on delicious meals at least three times a day per the doctor’s orders while enjoying the benefits of round-the-clock in-home assistance with chores like light housekeeping, chores, cleaning, bathing, grooming, personal care and transportation for social visits and medical appointments anywhere in Century City and beyond.  If glucose levels are not monitored and controlled, diabetes can develop other complications such as neuropathic complications, macrovascular disease, retinopathy, nephropathy, hypoglycemia and increased risk of infections.  Comorbid conditions like Alzheimer’s make it difficult for seniors to accurately gauge their own blood sugar levels, so it is best to have a live-in caregiver to help while you’re away at work.

About A-1 Home Care in Century City

A-1 Home Care has a longstanding reputation with seniors and their families everywhere in Los Angeles County, from Century City to Culver City, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Malibu, Manhattan Beach and surrounding areas.  Established in 1991, A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured elder care agency providing affordable 24-hour and live-out senior care services.  You can also benefit from a variety of other in-home care services such as traveling companion care, post-surgery care, overnight care, and more.  High quality live-in diabetic care can be financed through our easy financing options, and we also accept Veteran Benefits and long-term care insurance.

To hire a caregiver today, call (310) 657-8780 or visit www.centurycityhomecare.com for services in Century City,

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