Taking Healthy Steps in Laguna

As our loved ones progress into the twilight of their years, it can be easy to wonder if they are giving their personal health the attention it deserves.  With the busy schedule of life and our daily responsibilities, making time for everything can seem like a daunting task.  At A-1 Home Care in Laguna Beach, we are here to tell you that you do not have to go this alone.  Whether your loved one is in need of After-Surgery assistance, Diabetic Care or perhaps would benefit from a Live-In Caregiver-we have the staffing and schedule flexibility to fill your needs!  Our friendly and knowledgeable team will make sure that you have nothing to worry about when it comes to their health and well-being.

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If your loved one has not been getting as much outdoors time as they would like or maybe would benefit from some walking about and physical activity, our In Home Care Givers can give them the freedom to resume such activity safely and securely.  Even in smaller increments, exercise is a big part of being healthier individuals at any age.

Meal preparation is something we can take for granted until limitations or health issues can impose complications with this task.  Our Elder Care specialists can ensure that a diet is in place and healthy meals are available so your loved one is happy and fed proper nutrients.  Incorporating fish or chicken or red meat has shown proven benefits as well eating more at home (allowing control over ingredients and the amount of salt being consumed).

Proper rest is also instrumental to healthy living.  If your family member is a fall risk or needs overnight care, we can schedule the In Home Services needed so they can get the rest they need and be safe in the nighttime hours.

We are open 7 days a week and provide Senior Care Services across all of Los Angeles and Orange County!  Give us a call today at 562-929-8400 or visit one of our locations in Pasadena, Santa Fe Springs or Newport Beach to learn more.

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5 Feeding Tricks around Your Elderly Loved One’s Nausea

Nausea and vomiting are the two most common side effects of cancer treatment.  Other causes for nausea include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, electrolyte imbalance, anxiety, constipation, bowel obstruction, constipation, brain cancer, inner ear problems, anxiety, other diseases, and anticipation of vomiting in association with odors or mealtimes.  If you have a loved one who is currently undergoing cancer treatment, A-1 Home Care in Laguna Beach lists some ways to combat nausea:

  • Minimize the odor of foods in the environment. If you are cooking, have her stay somewhere, maybe upstairs or the farthest room down the hall where she cannot smell the aroma that might trigger her vomiting.
  • Let her eat what she wants. Many cancer patients prefer light foods like fruit, vegetables and a light sandwich – anything that doesn’t stir up an aroma during preparation.
  • For beverages, give your elderly loved one some hot tea or hot water. Ginger by itself or added to the tea/hot water may also help reduce nausea.
  • Feed her when she’s hungry. This sounds like common sense, but oftentimes if she doesn’t want to eat, you cannot force her, so you have to be attentive to any open window that will allow you to feed her when she wants to eat.
  • Give her some Orgain products, like nutritional protein shakes or meal powder. This line of products was designed by the founder who is a trained medical doctor and cancer survivor.

Quality Cancer Care That Nurtures You Back to Health

While we don’t promise you any miracles, we do believe that with the right kind of company, love, and care, it is possible for your loved one to survive cancer.  That’s why A-1 Home Care is so picky when it comes to recruiting live-in and live-out caregivers to join our team.  Every certified nurse aide, home health aide and licensed vocational nurse has years of experience helping cancer patients through chemo and treatment.  We’ve witnessed miracle after miracle, and much of that can be attributed to the quality of care given by our exceptional team of 24 hour caregivers.

About A-1 Home Care

Founded in 1991, A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency dedicated to superior senior care services in Laguna Beach.  When you sign up for 24 hour cancer care or hourly senior care, you are receiving the best quality of in-home care available in Southern California.  Your elderly loved ones will receive top-notch live-in care services while being protected from scam artists and predators.  Our senior care services are covered by long-term care insurance as well as veteran benefits.  If you are paying out of pocket, talk to our care managers about an elder care plan that fits your budget!

For a free quote, call A-1 Home Care (949) 650-3800 or visit our website www.lagunabeachinhomecare.com for more information about services around Laguna Beach, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Villa Park, and surrounding cities.

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Adjusting to the Changing Appetites of a Fussy Elderly Loved One with Dementia

a-1 home care dementiaThey say that as we get older, we regress into a childlike state and become like fussy older toddlers who play with their food and refuse to eat the broccoli on the plate.  If you have an elderly loved one who has Alzheimer’s or dementia, you’ll notice that they will crave more sugary foods and sweets like ice cream and brownies.  This is due to diminished taste buds resulting from aging.  Older adults don’t experience flavor like they used to, so they want heavy foods to enhance their meal experience.  Although your parents’ dietary habits are taking an unhealthy turn, you can still pack in nutrition and medication with a few techniques.

  • Make a delicious fruity smoothie and blend it with a flavorful mix of vegetables
  • Mash pills with your loved one’s favorite flavored ice cream
  • Eat your meals together
  • Puree the vegetables
  • Add spices and herbs without using sodium/salt to enhance the taste of steamed vegetables
  • Host social events by inviting your loved one’s friends once or twice a week and serve nutritious snacks

A live-in companion can help you identify other reasons why your elderly loved one is refusing to eat.  Constipation makes one feel unmotivated to eat because he feels nauseous; one may be too tired and lack energy to eat; one cannot communicate his food preferences so he needs to be given choices (like pictures of food) so he can point to what he wants; changes in medication or dosage may affect appetite, and your elderly loved one may experience toothache or problems with his or her dentures.

24-Hour Elder Care Support, 365 Days a Year

A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured agency that provides high quality senior care 365 days of the year, including major holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  If you ever need help, you can call our hotline and be connected to a live operator no matter what time of the day or night you call.  As one of the few state-licensed agencies in California, you can rest assured that your elderly loved ones are in good, safe hands.  All our caregivers are required to pass an extensive criminal background check.  Our care managers verify all professional references.  Talk to one of our care managers about our easy financing options; we also accept veteran benefits and long-term care insurance.

To hire a caregiver today, call (949) 650-3800 or visit our website www.lagunabeachinhomecare.com for more information about services around Laguna Beach, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Villa Park, and surrounding cities.

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7 Lies You Tell Yourself When Trying to Please a Difficult Elderly Loved One

depressedFirst and foremost, when an elderly loved one tells you she is “done” living and complains that you’re never around long enough for her to enjoy your company, it means that she wants to spend more time with you and your family because she gets so lonely at home or the residential care facility where she lives.  Studies show that seniors who reside in a nursing home have a high rate of depression, and other factors like chronic pain, physical disability, and loss of a spouse or loved one have a compound effect on one’s emotional and mental health.  Depression is common among seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, heart disease, cancer, and other medical conditions.

Sons or daughters often get caught up in guilt trips and believe the lies they hear from their parents or even themselves.  A-1 Home Care in Laguna Beach identifies these lies that you should recognize and dismiss from your belief system:

  1. Nothing you do is good enough.
  2. You’re not doing enough.
  3. You’re a bad son/daughter.
  4. You don’t love your parents.
  5. It’s your fault that your parents are miserable.
  6. You need to be around your elderly loved ones 24 hours a day to make them feel loved.
  7. You should make yourself available all the time, every time, because it is your filial duty.

If you don’t see yourself living with your elderly loved ones, you can still have a live-in caregiver move in with your parents so they can stay in the comfort of their own home.  Senior in-home care is by far the first choice that all seniors make when it comes to elder care.  Who wants to stay in a nursing home when they can get undivided attention at home?  While nursing home residents have to wait on nurses to make their rounds, your elderly loved ones will enjoy 24-hour companion care with a caregiver who is both compassionate and competent.

About A-1 Home Care

A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured agency offering a variety of in-home care services around Laguna Beach such as Alzheimer’s Care, Parkinson’s Care, Arthritis Care, Lou Gehrig’s Care, Incontinence Care, Companion Care, Traveling Companion Care, Cancer Care, Hospice Care and more.  As one of the few state-licensed agencies in California, A-1 Home Care protects your loved ones from theft, fraud, scam artists, and predators.

For 24-hour in-home care, call (949) 650-3800 or visit our website www.lagunabeachinhomecare.com for more information about services around Laguna Beach, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Villa Park, and surrounding cities.

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Strategies to Boost Your Elderly Loved One’s Proficiency with Smart Phones

smart-phoneAs you may have noticed at work or with your own family, older folks are reluctant to sign up for email addresses or get a smart phone because they would rather stick with what they know – the old-fashioned flip phone or a landline phone.  Although smart phones have made our lives easier, the elderly may feel differently about it.  Seniors may think that smart phones are targeted for younger consumers, but with patience, a 24 hour caregiver from A-1 Home Care will show your elderly loved one the benefits of using an iPhone or Samsung to connect with loved ones.

Show your elderly loved one how to stay connected on Facebook and Instagram.

While seniors may have different interests than their kids or grandkids (i.e., they’re not going to take snapshots of every meal platter they think is “pretty”), they will be very interested in staying connected if they see pictures of grandkids posted on popular social media platforms such as Facebook or Instagram.  When a caregiver accompanies your loved one on a night out on the town, she will show him how to “check in” and engage him enthusiastically in sharing joyful moments like sharing a meal with friends and family.

Teach elderly loved ones to use email and online services at home.

It is very important to know how to use an email account, because many places require online applications that ask for email addresses.  At the very basic level, emails are useful to communicate with family members who do not conveniently live close by.

Use Siri or other apps to your advantage.

For the visually impaired, Siri is a great resource for knowledge.  There are apps that will super-size fonts so that those with limited vision can still read.  Senior-friendly apps can be used to track blood pressure, access medical records, magnify fonts in a book, serve as a flashlight, and even remind you where you parked your car!  Smart phone technology aims to make life easier and caregivers can teach your elderly loved ones to effectively use smart phones for their own benefit.

Reliable Companion Care 24 Hours a Day

A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured agency that provides high quality senior care and other types of in-home care services.  Established in 1991, A-1 Home Care has been serving seniors and their families all over Laguna Beach, garnering trust and respect for over two decades.  As one of the few state-licensed agencies in California, A-1 Home Care ensures that your loved ones will be protected from fraud, scam artists, theft and predators.  We are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – no exceptions!

To hire a caregiver today, call (949) 650-3800 or visit our website www.lagunabeachinhomecare.com for more information about services around Laguna Beach, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Villa Park, and surrounding cities.

 

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Moving in with the In-Laws: Protecting Your Boundaries with Elder Care

a-1 home care  As nursing homes and residential care facilities are fading out, multi-generational households are on the rise.  According to an AARP report, the cost of living, the recession and the explosion of the aging population are forcing families to move in together.  In the last two years, the number of multi-generational households increased from 6.2 million to 7.1 million.  Home builder companies are developing “NexGen” homes to cater to this emerging market.  Before your elderly loved ones move in with you, it’s important to discuss some boundaries with your spouse and lay out your expectations so that you can minimize unpleasant surprises.

Prevent Potential Problems with 24 Hour In-Home Care

As you plan for elder care in the near or distant future, what are your expectations of your elderly loved ones?  Is Grandma still vitally healthy right now so she can help with the kids while you’re at work?  Will her health conditions affect you and the family, or will you have to cut back on work hours in order to care for your aging parents as well as the kids?  Will the home environment be peaceful or explosive?  Establish and communicate clear boundaries with your spouse, elderly loved ones and the kids (if they’re old enough to understand).  Who will take care of your parents as their health declines?  This question can be readily answered by A-1 Home Care, a reputable home care agency in Laguna Beach that offers affordable 24 hour care and live-out care services.

Reduce Stress, Save Money with A-1 Home Care

Since its inception in 1991, A-1 Home Care has been delivering outstanding in-home care services to seniors and their families for over two decades.  As one of the few state-licensed agencies in California, A-1 Home Care makes high quality senior care available at the most competitive rates in Laguna Beach.  Because we are licensed, bonded and insured, our caregivers are required to pass an extensive criminal background check and DMV check.  All professional references are verified.  Having a live-in caregiver in your home radically reduces stress levels for everyone.  You get to meet your elderly loved ones’ needs while maintaining a work-life balance in your personal life.  It’s a win-win situation!

To hire a caregiver today, call (949) 650-3800 or visit our website www.lagunabeachinhomecare.com for more information about services around Laguna Beach, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Villa Park, and surrounding cities.

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Limited Exposure to the Sun, Hypertension and the Elderly

a-1 home care elder care long beachIt is no mystery that seniors with Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease or other health conditions that limit mobility are not getting out enough.  As such, decreased activity outside the house also decreases exposure to the sun, which could help lower your elderly loved one’s blood pressure and ultimately, improve their cardiac health.  Are you concerned that your loved ones are not getting enough exercise because of pain in the joints?  A-1 Home Care has a wonderful team of certified in-home care professionals in Laguna Beach and surrounding areas who will help your loved ones manage their pain while maximizing their physical activity levels all around.

In-Home Physical Therapy & Exercise

A-1 Home Care will send a live-in or live-out caregiver to your home in Laguna Beach to assist with basic tasks such as cooking, cleaning, personal care, and errands.  You can focus on one area of concern, such as your elderly loved one’s lack of physical or social activity, and our certified nurse aides will target that one area until your loved ones improve.  Does your loved one need a medical check-up to measure their Vitamin D levels?  Does she need daily monitoring to make sure she’s taking the right dosage of medication?  Does your father experience too much pain when cooking or walking?  Are your parents susceptible to falls?  Our care managers can come to your home for a free assessment so we can figure out what’s best for your family members.

High Quality, Licensed Senior Care at Affordable Rates

Who said that high quality care can only be attained at costly rates?  With A-1 Home Care, you can have low-cost senior care with 5-star quality care at home.  Serving seniors since 1991, A-1 Home Care is one of the few state-licensed home care agencies in California.  Being licensed, bonded and insured means that every caregiver you meet has been extensively screened for their criminal backgrounds, DMV records and sex offender checks.  All professional references are verified.  We attract the most talented, skilled and personable caregivers you can find in Southern California.  That is why A-1 Home Care remains the preferred senior care agency in Laguna Beach and all over Orange County!

To hire a caregiver today, call (949) 650-3800 or visit our website www.lagunabeachinhomecare.com for more information about services around Laguna Beach, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Villa Park, and surrounding cities.

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