Hiring a caregiver for your Elderly or Senior loved one can be very rewarding, as they’ll be able to keep their independence in the comfort of their home. The most difficult part of homecare is finding someone who is loyal, trustworthy, dedicated, compassionate, and experienced. The best way to find someone who is a quality caregiver is through a reputable home care agency, because we’ve already taken care of the screening process for you. This article titled 6 Checklist Tips for Hiring an In-Home Caregiver provides a basic run-down of everything you need to be aware of when seeking a caregiver. Place emphasis on ‘Clearly Define their Job Responsibilities,’ as you and your loved one need to set boundaries and keep the relationship strictly professional, as crossing the line into friendship can cause issues in the future.
A-1 Home Care is a Licensed Bonded and Insured non-medical homecare agency that has an A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau and Shield Accreditation. All of our caregivers must have prior experience, verifiable professional references, a National Background Check, DMV Check, Tuberculosis testing, Malpractice/Liability insurance, First Aid/CPR training, and a personal interview with our office staff.
To hire a compassionate Live-In Caregiver today, call us at 949-650-3800 for a free in-home assessment.
Having Diabetes shouldn’t stop you from leading an active lifestyle and especially not during Christmas. Just think, there are professional football players who have Type 1 Diabetes, and football is a very rigorous game. Diabetes occurs when your body can no longer maintain the proper blood sugar level due to the body’s inability to create insulin or the body’s immunity to insulin. Insulin is vital in distributing glucose from the blood stream to all the cells in the body.
A-1 Home Care in Huntington Beach provides Diabetic In-Home Care services for Elderly and Senior individuals. Our caregivers and nurse aides can help your loved one monitor their blood sugar levels and have the experience to help your loved one find the right balance of a healthy diet, medication, and exercise. This article on FamilyDoctor.org provides advice for Elderly and Senior individuals who have questions about exercising with Diabetes. It includes examples of some exercises you can do at home, with pictures that illustrate the exercises. Your local community center or fitness center may have a Diabetes exercise program as well.
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.”
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are ways to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia and lower the chances of developing it as well. Despite there being no known care yet, medical studies have made a lot of advances that could eventually lead up to finding one. One piece of important evidence that has been discovered is that regular mental stimulation can potentially lower the risk of seniors to develop such mental degenerative diseases.
What constitutes as mental stimulation? Anything that encourages thinking beyond the basic scope of intuitive or instinctive thoughts. So this could include puzzles and riddle solving games. A simple and fun game like Sudoku or solving a crossword puzzle would encourage thinking and problem solving. Basically it would give the brain some exercise, and any form of exercise, mental or physical, is a good thing. Just try this one on for size. How many horses are there in the picture?
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.
The most common types of strokes in Elderly and Senior individuals are Ischemic and Hemorrhagic. The former occurs when a blood clot prevents blood and oxygen from reaching your brain tissue, damaging or killing brain cells that are integral to some sort of functioning with your motor movements, speech/language, thinking and processing information, or memory. A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel bursts in or next to the brain, causing blood to compress and damage surrounding brain tissue. Strokes are scary and life changing events that can catch families by complete surprise. It affects the family as a whole as family members need to alter their normal routines to provide care for the stroke victim. This article titled Helping a Loved One After Stroke provides some helpful information that will help you understand more about post stroke care and what you can do to help. Topics such as managing emotions, modifying the home, exercise and rehab, changes in body function, nutrition, and medication/pain management are covered.
At A-1 Home Care, we provide dedicated Post Stroke Care services when your loved one is ready to come home from the hospital or rehab center. We provide caregivers for 24 hour Live-In Care or Hourly In Home Care and can assist with daily errands, personal care, meal preparation, housekeeping, and anything your doctor/therapist prescribes in terms of medication, lifestyle, and exercise.
All of our compassionate caregivers, nurse aides, companions, and home helpers must have prior at home caregiving experience, verifiable professional references, a National Background Check/DMV Check, Tuberculosis testing, Malpractice/Liability insurance, First Aid/CPR training, and a personal interview with our office staff.
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.
Cancer can occur in almost any part of the body and is caused by many things such as smoking, synthetic food, environmental toxins, and more. If detected early enough some people can get rid of cancer fully, however others are bound to be terminally ill. Cancer can cause a lot of physical pain and emotional distress. It’s important for the friends and family of a loved one with cancer to provide loving support. Unfortunately for Selena Esparza, her husband was always at work, so she went through the majority of her cancer experience alone. The good news is that she is now Cancer free.
In this video, Selena Esparza talks about her whole experience with cancer and how alone she felt in the hospital during the treatment. “For anyone who is going through cancer, be strong – and whatever it is that makes you happy, that comforts you, that is soothing for you, get it,” she says. Selena’s comfort were the dolls she had with her when she was in the hospital.
At A-1 Home Care, we want to provide your loved one with comfort and support. If your loved one has just undergone treatment for Cancer and is coming home, we provide in-home Cancer Care services. We know that your loved one will take time to recover and readjust into normal life. They can feel fatigue, pain, and nausea, which makes it hard to get things done around the house. Our caregivers can assist with daily household tasks and personal care for your loved one. We can assist with medication management, personal hygiene & grooming, healthy meal preparation, and much more.
Stroke is a terrible attack on the brain that affects the family just as much as the victim. When blood circulation is cut off from the brain due to a blood clot, the brain is deprived of oxygen and can result in minor to severe damage. Memory, movement, and speech/language can be affected, depending on the part of the brain that was damaged. The main causes of stroke are high blood pressure, smoking, obesity, lack of physical activity, high cholesterol, diabetes, stress, depression, and heart disorders. It’s important to lead a healthy lifestyle at all times.
This inspirational video tells the stroke survivor story of Cody Dietz, a teenager who could’ve died from stroke if he wasn’t treated immediately with brain surgery. The doctors said he wouldn’t be able to speak for a year, but it took him a month. The video also tells the difference between a heart attack and a stroke – though both vascular events, a heart attack gives chest pain, yet a stroke often isn’t painful. Kathy Morrison, RN of Penn State Hershey Stroke Center says to remember the word F-A-S-T, which stands for Facial Weakness, Arm Weakness, Speech Problems, Time to Call 911.
If your loved one has suffered a stroke and is ready to come home, let our non-medical homecare agency provide you with a compassionate and experienced caregiver, nurse aide, or companion who can tend to your loved one’s every need and ensure that they don’t fall – as many stroke survivors suffer from balance problems. We offer Post Stroke Care services on a 24 hour live-in basis or hourly part-time basis and can start providing in-home care immediately.