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.
During the holidays, we especially enjoy hearing about Good Samaritan stories. Just recently, A-1 Home Care heard a story on the news about Don Holder and Dorothy Shepard. Don Holder was an off duty cop in Texas who would often come across 77 year old widow Dorothy Shepard in his neighborhood. Suffering from many health issues, she was left on her own to recover from surgery. left on her own When he went to visit her while she was in the hospital, he gave her his cell phone number in case she ever needed his help. After that, he would be seen around town helping Dorothy with errands such as grocery shopping. And what’s most admirable of all is that the officer didn’t seek to gain fame or attention through his acts. In fact, he hadn’t intended that this story be heard, but it wasn’t until this photo was captured by a bystander at a grocery story that his act of kindness became known.
This story shows us what it means to be selfless, caring and how to show kindness. It’s amazing that even amidst the disgusting show of violence that we see from police brutality, there are still those who will go out of their way to do something kind for another. We believe that these are important qualities that should be in every individual , but especially in caregivers. A-1 Home Care in Huntington Beach ensures that its 24 Hour and live in caregivers are up to date with the latest knowledge on in home health support. Trained with 2 years or more of previous caregiver experience, our caregivers are expert and professional.
It’s unfortunate when our time becomes so constrained when we spend long days at work, have to take care of our children, and deal with other matters as adults. It’s a sure thing that our Elderly parents miss us and wish us to visit more, especially if we live far away. When an Elderly individual is socially isolated, lives alone, or is coping with a medical illness such as chronic pain, Cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, or Diabetes, there is a high risk of depression. Depression is oftentimes confused with the symptoms of medical conditions and thought to be normal, but if left untreated, it can increase the risk of cardiac diseases and accelerate the effects of medical conditions. Thankfully however, treatment options are effective.
One non-medical option that could benefit your Elderly loved one would be hiring an in-home companion to provide companionship and serve as an activity partner for your loved one. A-1 Home Care provides compassionate and qualified caregivers, nurse aides, and companions forCompanion Services on a 24 hour live-in basis orhourly part-time basis. According to PubMed Health, surrounding yourself with caring, positive people and fun activities is one of many preliminary steps to treatment.
If you’re unfamiliar with home care, this article titled Care At Home may be of some assistance in finding the perfect caregiver for your loved one.
All of our caregivers must have prior experience, verifiable professional references, a National Background Check/DMV Check, Tuberculosis screening, First Aid/CPR training, Malpractice/Liability insurance, and a personal interview with our office staff.
To hire a compassionate caregiver in your area today, call us at 949 650 3800 for a free in-home assessment.
Finding out that you’re about to lose someone you love can be one of the most difficult and painful feelings a human can experience. There are a roller coaster of emotions you may feel when going through the grieving process including shock, disbelief, sadness, guilt, anger, and fear. These are all normal feelings, but the most important thing you need to do is know how to cope appropriately with the support of friends, family, and outside help if needed.
A-1 Home Care is Licensed Bonded and Insured, has an A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau, Shield Accreditation, and has been in business since 1991. If your loved one has long term insurance, we accept Penn Treaty, CALPERS, John Hancock, MetLife Insurance, Veteran Administration, and Bankers’ Life & Casualty.
To hire a compatible caregiver in your area today, call us at 949 650 3800 for a free in-home assessment.
Did you know that there are many different forms of cancer, which range from Bladder Cancer to Lung Cancer to Melanoma? These diseases are all unique in their own symptoms, but what they share in common, especially for malignant cancer, is the pain that can come from living with cancer. Not only is there risk of harm from the disease itself, but also from the methods used to treat cancer. Chemotherapy is often used to combat cancer, but the radiation from chemo therapy often leaves their patients in pain and without hair. It’s a very painful procedure, both physically and emotionally.
But while it requires a lot of strength and bravery to fight off cancer, there is no need to be suffering alone. A-1 Home Care understands the trials and tears that can come with enduring cancer and that’s why we’d like to offer our services in support. With our Cancer caregivers, your life or that of your loved one can have its burdened lifted, as whatever task is necessary in the house or at a facility can be handled by our in home and live in home helpers. Along with cancer care, they are also trained to administer Companion Care, Senior Care for the elderly, and Special Needs Care for the developmentally disabled.
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.
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.