Heart Attack Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore

a-1 domestic elder care cailforniaMyocardial infarction, also known as “heart attack,” describes the cessation of blood flow to the heart, which damages the heart muscle.  The number one cause of death in the United States, heart disease claims about 40% of lives, according to Silverstein, Alvin et al. (2006).  Although we associate heart disease with seniors, heart attacks can strike anyone at any age, as in the case of the late Quentin Groves, former NFL player who passed away at the young age of 32.  If you have a family history of heart disease, high blood pressure or cholesterol, it’s especially important to know signs of a heart attack.  Here are some red flags you shouldn’t ignore:

  • Combination of jaw, chest and/or back pain
  • Excessive sweating
  • Lethargy
  • Pain felt in one part of the body other than the actual part, also known as “referred pain”
  • Migraines accompanied with blind spots or tingling in hand and face
  • When something doesn’t feel right
  • Being unusually short of breath

24 Hour Cardiac Care in Century City

Taking preventive measures is the best way to avoid a heart attack.  Regular doctor appointments around Century City, taking consistent vital signs, watching what you eat, and exercising regularly are great ways to maintain a healthy, heart-happy lifestyle.  What if you can’t take time off to help your elderly loved one do all those things?  A-1 Home Care can send you a live-in caregiver to ensure that your parents are receiving the individual attention they deserve!

About A-1 Home Care  

All year round, A-1 Home Care provides Century City’s best in-home care services in LA County.  For over two decades, seniors and their families have enjoyed superior in-home care assistance with meal preparations, light housekeeping, personal care and companion care at affordable, competitive rates.  Our easy financing payment plans make it possible for any family to have high quality senior care for their loved ones, and customer satisfaction is guaranteed!

For high quality Heart Disease 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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Silverstein, Alvin, et. al. Heart Disease: Twenty-First Century Medical Library. Breckenridge, CO: Twenty-First Century Books, 2006.



Century City In-Home Care for Seniors with Arthritis

a-1 home care san marino elder careArthritis is an inflammatory disease that affects one or more joints in the body, usually the elbows, knees, fingers, and hands.  Of the 100+ types of arthritis, the most common forms in the elderly are rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA).  This inflammatory disease of the joints could be the result of obesity, normal wear and tear of the joints, infection, family history or other causes.  Common symptoms include stiffness, swelling around the joints, limited range of motion, redness of the skin around the affected joint, and heightened pain in the morning for certain types of arthritis.

Round-the-Clock Arthritis Care You Can Count On

As symptoms of arthritis worsen over time, it becomes increasingly difficult to perform simple tasks such as holding a glass of water or brush one’s teeth.  That’s why home care agencies like A-1 Home Care are there to help seniors not only to survive but to thrive in their golden years.  Non-medical assistance from competent and compassionate caregivers go a long way; A-1 Home Care provides 24 hour care through highly skilled caregivers.  Live-in care entails assistance with meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders, transportation to appointments in and around Century City and so much more.

About A-1 Home Care in Century City   

As one of the very few home care agencies that have received state licensing. A-1 Home Care is an established licensed, bonded and insured home care agency serving seniors and their families all over LA County, covering a vast geographic region from Malibu to Pasadena, Santa Monica, Glendale, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Pico Rivera, Torrance, and Long Beach.  Since its inception in 1991, A-1 Home Care has become LA County’s preferred senior care agency, thanks to our wonderful diverse team of certified nurse aides, licensed vocational nurses and certified home health aides.

For quality Arthritis Care, call A-1 Home Care (310) 657-8780 or visit www.centurycityhomecare.com for more information about other services we offer.

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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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In-Home Help for Elders with Oral Cancer Care

Grandparent and daughterOral cancer is more common among ethnic minorities in developed countries, and it is the eighth most common cancer overall.  Usually diagnosed in middle-aged to older adults, this type of cancer comes in various forms such as cancer of the lips, gums, cheeks, palate, sinuses, tongue and throat.  Lifestyle habits are the usual cause for oral cancer.  Chewing tobacco, consuming excessive alcohol, smoking cigars, cigarettes or pipes, and HPV infection are major risk factors for oral cancer.  If your elderly loved one has unhealthy habits and does not drive, it helps to have a live-in caregiver take him to regular doctor appointments to avoid oral cancer or metastasis of cancer.

Symptoms of Oral Cancer

Oftentimes, oral cancer is not diagnosed until it spreads to the lymph nodes, so early screening is important.  Are you starting to wonder if you have oral cancer or just regular dental problems?  The following symptoms might be signs that you have a condition that’s more serious than just bad oral health: a sore on the lip or mouth that does not heal; pain with swallowing; bleeding from the mouth; lump in the neck and an earache that won’t subside.  Advanced oral cancer will require reconstructive surgery which involves dental implants or grafts.  Do you have an elderly loved one who recently had reconstructive surgeryA-1 Home Care in Century City has 24-hour after-surgery and long-term care for seniors with oral cancer.

In-Home Support and Follow-Up Rehabilitation

A-1 Home Care offers outstanding senior care services in Century City for all stages in life to promote wellness and recovery.  Since its inception in 1991, A-1 Home Care has been supporting seniors in the comfort of their own home with quality elder care services, such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care, Cancer Care, Arthritis Care, Lou Gehrig’s Care and more.  Our 24-hour caregivers and care managers will align our in-home care goals with your elderly loved one’s wellness goals.  A-1 Home Care works closely with local hospitals and their multidisciplinary staff so families can rest assured that their loved ones are receiving the best cancer care possible at the most competitive rates in LA County.

For cancer 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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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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Century City Companion Care: Understanding Your Parents’ Feelings about Aging

????????????????????????????????????????Do you have elderly parents who are still healthy and active?  Perhaps you have one parent who passed away, but the surviving parent is still very alert and independent.  Many families have elderly loved ones who have retired from successful careers but need a new sense of purpose for their lives.  Some seniors move in with their adult children, and though they have good intentions, they tend to take control over their children’s lives because they’re just trying to be “helpful.”  Occasionally, adult children would move their parents into a nursing home to be closer to their relatives who already reside there.  However, are convalescent homes appropriate for seniors who just need a friend?  A-1 Home Care in Century City provides part-time and full-time companion care for the elderly who just want to enjoy life and are not ready to have a “caregiver.”


To begin with, adult children probably would not think of moving their elderly parent into a nursing home unless there was something that made them fearful for their parent’s safety.  Perhaps their mother has been having too many accidents lately, such as tripping over a cord or losing her balance.  The adult children are worried sick about their parent’s safety at home, but other than that, their parents are perfectly fine and cognitively intact.  For non-critical situations that warrant some vigilance, A-1 Home Care in Century City has the perfect companion who will keep your parent entertained and safe.  A live-out caregiver will take your elderly mother or father to a nearby senior center to participate in volunteer activities, or they can do hobbies with your parents to help pass the time.


A-1 Home Care in Century City has the most competitive rates for companion care in Los Angeles County!  Don’t send your loved one to a nursing home or convalescent home.  That is the last place where any elderly person would want to be.  It’s a reminder that they are getting old, and if they’re still very healthy and cognizant, they would feel insulted if you move them into an “old folks’ home.”  Instead, give them a new purpose and meaning for their life by hiring a seasoned companion who can assist if they need help around the house or call for medical help if there’s an emergency.  Having a 24 hour CPR-certified companion care aide is having another set of eyes, ears and hands to care for your elderly loved one.


Find a companion care aide in your area today!  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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Century City Home Care: The Rx Drug Problem among the Elderly

Grandparent and daughterForgetfulness is the most common sign of aging, but when memory loss starts to interfere with your physical health, such as forgetting when to take your meds, it becomes a problem of life or death.  The Department of Health and Human Services reports that 55% of the elderly do not follow the doctor’s prescribed dosage, and research shows that 200,000 seniors end up in the hospital due to adverse drug reactions.  Are there other factors leading to the Rx problem for the elderly?  A-1 Home Care in Century City considers some of the other circumstances surrounding the drug dilemma:


Reading the Fine Print

Impaired vision comes naturally with aging, and for many elders, misreading instructions on a bottle label will lead to disastrous consequences.

 Addiction to Pain Killers

Certain drugs prescribed to relieve insomnia, anxiety, arthritis and other symptoms are extremely popular among seniors and therefore potentially dangerous if misused and abused.  Opiates, stimulants and central nervous system (CNS) depressants are among the most commonly abused drugs.


The death of a spouse or another loved one can trigger a person to turn to alcohol to cope with the emotional pain, perhaps three or four times more than his or her usual alcohol intake.  The effects of alcohol include impaired memory and emotional instability.  If your aging loved one already has some form of dementia or Alzheimer’s, the increased consumption of alcohol would only serve to worsen the symptoms.


When you travel home for the holidays to see your elderly loved ones, pay special attention to signs of prescription drug misuse or abuse.  Some signs may be more obvious than others, such as increased confusion, mood changes, and daytime sleepiness. A-1 Home Care in Culver City offers full-time or part-time respite care for seniors who may be at risk for prescription drug misuse.  Avoid potential disasters by getting a live-in or live-out caregiver to look after your loved one when you’re not at home if you suspect anything.

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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