A home is more than just the house in which you reside in. More than just a shelter for yourself and your belongings, a home is the place in which you can come back from the stress of daily life and societal restrictions and simply relax. It’s the place where you can let loose and forget about entertaining any notions of small talk or other social norms. In simpler terms, home is a place to be yourself. So naturally, this may pose a problem for those who, due to injury or illness, may be in need of assistance around the home. While the thought of having just any person, who isn’t a friend or family, enter your personal space can have potential for some discomfort, it may be necessary in order to improve your situation. This, however, does not have to equate to a stressful experience.
As a home care agency, A-1 Home Care in Huntington Beach specializes in providing quality caregivers to tend to their client’s needs, whether it surrounds In Home Care, Cancer Care, Companion Care, Hospital Sitting, 24 Hour Care and Dementia Care, but we place special significance toward ensuring that our caregivers first respect your needs for comfort and privacy. We do this by offering opportunities to meet and interview with various caregivers until you meet the ones who you believe to be most suitable to care for your needs around the house. Only until you are satisfied with your choice, are we satisfied with the caregiver.
It’s not uncommon for Elderly individuals to be very pessimistic with a negative outlook on life. Many Elders are going through heavy emotional battles, trying to cope with their deteriorating health, the loss of loved friends or a life partner, loneliness, and there may be many more things bothering them. Still, being able to communicate effectively with a loved one is very important. One of the common ways an Elder person avoids talking about a topic is by talking about something else. When this happens, tell your loved one, “I’d like to talk about that also but separately. First, let’s figure out what we want to do about this issue.”
Arthritis is an inflammatory disease of the joints that affects 50 million Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Symptoms include stiff joints, pain in movement, loss of flexibility, and some tenderness when pressure is applied to the affected joint. Research shows that arthritis can actually be prevented by regular oral hygiene. There is a link between bacteria that produces an enzyme which leads to an autoimmune attack, and studies show that patients with rheumatoid arthritis have had gum disease at least twice in their lifetime.
When treating arthritis, doctors recommend rest, physical therapy, exercise and medication to relieve pain. Sometimes, when a loved one experiences overwhelming arthritic pain, he needs assistance with daily routines such as brushing his teeth, flossing, walking, and eating. Family members may not always be available, especially if there is only one other family member living with the arthritis patient. That’s where A-1 Home Care comes in. Whether your loved one lives in another state or city, A-1 Home Care has qualified, experienced caregivers who are knowledgeable about Arthritis and can provide the kind of help your loved one needs. Caregivers and companions will accompany your loved one to doctor’s appointments, run errands for you, prepare meals and assist with personal hygiene and grooming.
Oftentimes, we find ourselves munching on the same types of food in an alternating pattern. We tend to stick to our favorites, whether it’s spaghetti, salmon, or Chinese food for dinner. For Elderly and Senior individuals, trying to convince them to stick to a completely new diet can be difficult. It’s important to stress the health benefits that come with paying attention to what foods your loved one eats and that eating healthy doesn’t just benefit them, but their loved ones as well who care deeply for their well-being.
One diet that not many may know about is the Mediterranean diet, which has been known for its heart-health benefits. The diet includes the use of olive oil as the main fat and consumption of fruits, nuts, vegetables, fish, and seafood. A study conducted by researchers from the University of Navarra in Spain tested 522 men and women between the ages of 55 and 80 who were assigned to either the Mediterranean diet or a low-fat diet for 6.5 years. The significance in the study lies in the fact that although both are heart-healthy diets, the Mediterranean diet was found to improve cognitive function and those on the diet were less likely to develop mild cognitive impairment or dementia.
At A-1 Home Care, our 24 Hour Caregivers focus on providing healthy and nutritious meals to Elderly, Senior, and Terminally Ill individuals, whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner. A well-balanced diet, daily exercise, and companionship are essential to a happy and healthy lifestyle at home. No matter what your loved one’s care situation may be, we can find you an experienced and compatible caregiver for 24 Hour Live-In Care or Hourly Care.
As Elderly individuals age, they tend to worry more about the quality of food they are eating. Oftentimes, concerned individuals or families will seek guidance from a nutritional expert in terms of setting up weekly meal plans, learning about healthy foods, how to read Nutrition Facts labels, etc. If you’re not one of those people who have seen a nutritional expert, this article titled Weekly Food Schedule & Menu for Elderly People provides some advice and suggestions for creating a weekly meal schedule. It provides a list of essential nutrients vital to your health, suggestions for breakfast, lunch, and dinner items, advice on how to create a general menu and then creating a food schedule and grocery list from the menu.
A-1 Home Care is a Licensed Bonded and Insured non-medical homecare agency that has been a care provider in Orange County since 1991 with an A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau and Shield Accreditation.
The importance of exercise for Elderly and Senior individuals on a daily basis can never be overemphasized, because it’s that important for your loved one’s overall health. Even if your loved one is bogged down by a chronic illness such as Arthritis or Diabetes, stationary exercises are alternatives to walking long distances. Exercise is beneficial for bettering self-esteem, easing depression, and relieving stress or anxiety. When you don’t have time to help your loved one exercise, one of the caregivers from A-1 Home Care can help.
The world has changed tremendously since your Elderly or Senior loved one was growing up. They didn’t have smart phones, iPads, and other gadgets that satiate our need for immediate information and anti-boredom. If your loved one is old-fashioned and hasn’t been caught up to date with all the new technology, they are missing out on a lot. A lack of activities in an Elderly individual’s home life can lead to stress, depression, and a lack of purpose in life.
If your loved one knows how to use a computer and the Internet, the possibilities for interaction and information are endless. Of course, you don’t want your loved one to get addicted – you should set aside a few hours each day for web browsing. Balance leisurely activities with exercise, social interaction, and participation in other activities. You don’t want them to be cooped up in a room on the computer all day. Your loved one should check out this article that has a Top 100 Senior & Boomer Blogs & Websites list, with categories that include, health, humor, online gaming, romance, and more.
At A-1 Home Care, we offer experienced and compassionate caregivers, nurse aides, and companions who can provide your Elderly or Senior loved one with companionship and can help them participate in fun activities that will pass the time. If your loved one would like to learn more about computers and the Internet, our caregivers can show them how to find sites that interest them. We offer Elder Care services on a 24 hour live-in basis or hourly part-time basis and find you a caregiver to match your specific needs. We offer After Surgery Care, Arthritis Care, Alzheimer’s Care, Parkinson’s Care, Hospice Care, and more.
To schedule an interview with a compatible caregiver today, CALL one of our case managers at (949) 650-3800.
We’re always hiring experienced caregivers in the Orange County area. If you or someone you know might be interested in employment opportunities with our home care agency, visit us at A-1 Jobs for more information.