Home for the Holidays

Part of the holidays is traveling and spending time with loved ones, something that we at A-1 Home Care would always want for our seniors. Regardless of our seniors‘ health condition(s), our twenty-four in-home care caregivers will go above and beyond to make sure that they are not alone and are surrounded by loved ones. This includes Easter as well.

Our certified and highly skilled caretakers have a well-known knowledge of different diseases, aware and alert of the safety and patience it does take to keep our seniors well and safe. The holidays can be stressful as well, especially with studies showing an increase in many people’s stress level due to many things such as meal and gift preparation and even health concerns.

So, what can be done in order to keep our seniors safe, healthy, and even happy on the holidays?

We simply ask our seniors what they want and depending on their answer, and after consulting with their doctor if it involves any physical matter, we do what we can. If your loved one is in need of additional assistance, please contact us at our Culver City office 310-657-870 or at our main branch in Santa Fe Springs 562-929-8400.

Early Signs of Alzheimer’s disease

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What is Alzheimer’s disease?

It is a disease that takes over one’s memory loss, decreasing it as well as other mental functions too. It usually develops from Dementia. Often, we see this with those in their sixties and above; however, studies have indicated that more than two-hundred thousand people under the age of sixty-five have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

We have seen it in the movies and books, such as Still Alice, where a woman in her late forties starts experiencing memory loss and additional signs that, ultimately, results to early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Although this is seen in a form of media, such as the book and movie, both do indict early signs that commonly go undiagnosed in real life. Doctors have said that it is common for many to overlook these signs due to menopause, which can have similar symptoms.

That is why it is important for everyone in general to go their routine checkups, especially if someone in your family has Alzheimer’s disease. Some early signs of Alzheimer’s disease are:

  • MEMORY LOSS THAT DISRUPTS DAILY LIFE
  • CHALLENGES IN PLANNING OR SOLVING PROBLEMS
  • DIFFICULTY COMPLETING FAMILIAR TASKS AT HOME, AT WORK OR AT LEISURE
  • CONFUSION WITH TIME OR PLACE
  • TROUBLE UNDERSTANDING VISUAL IMAGES AND SPATIAL RELATIONSHIPS
  • NEW PROBLEMS WITH WORDS IN SPEAKING OR WRITING
  • MISPLACING THINGS AND LOSING THE ABILITY TO RETRACE STEPS
  • DECREASED OR POOR JUDGMENT
  • WITHDRAWAL FROM WORK OR SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
  • CHANGES IN MOOD AND PERSONALITY

A-1 Home Care specializes in Alzheimer’s disease as well as other diseases that affect millions worldwide. Our in-home caregivers work around the clock to help families whose loved one is progressing with Alzheimer’s. If you are a Culver City resident and your loved one is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, please do call us at 310-657-8780 or visit our website http://www.a-1homecare.com/ for additional branch listings in the Inland Empire Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Bernardino County.

Nurse Aides Provide Post Surgery Patients with Non-Medical Care in Culver City

dreamstime_4442730It is widely known that Los Angeles hospitals provide the utmost care to their patients. It can be stressful leaving the hospital after a major surgery. Despite knowing the post surgery procedures, one may be hesitant to venture into their home without feeling fully recovered. Entering your home and realizing that you are not capable of doing simple tasks such as cooking, cleaning, feeding your pets and bathing can be frustrating. Luckily, A-1 Home Care in Culver City provides caregivers that can assist you with any of your post-surgery needs.

Post-Surgery Assistance Will Facilitate Recovery

Home care professionals can be hired through A-1 Home Care and will assist you with any of your needs. Whether it be tending to your recovery wounds or doing simple household chores, our nurse aides are here to help you with any of your non-medical care. Our certified nurse assistants benefit you by:

  • Having flexible hours-24 hour live in assistance or part-time
  • Assisting you or your loved one before and after surgery
  • Transporting you to the hospital or to your home
  • Assisting you with household chores such as cooking, cleaning, wound care, etc.

Furthermore, our home health assistants are CPR-certified, First-Aid trained, Malpractice Liability insured and are constantly educated on homecare practices. Our non-medical homecare nurses are available full time, part time, live in, or around the clock – 24 hours a day. The hospitals A-1 Home Care service include but are not limited to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, USC University Hospital, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and St. Mary Medical Center.

A-1 Home Care services clients in Culver City, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, Studio City, Hollywood and other surrounding cities in Los Angeles County. For more information, please call (310) 657-8780 or visit our website at http://www.culvercityinhomecare.com.

In-Home Hospice Care Available at your own home in Culver City

dreamstime_3562691If your family member or loved one is under Hospice Care, it’s important they receive the care that allows them to live a quality and comfortable life. Simple things such as bathing, meal prep, house chores, and running errands can become overwhelming for you and or your loved one. It may be time to consider receiving in-home care from a professional personal care assistant. A personal care assistant can provide care for your elderly loved one or family member giving you peace of mind while maintaining their independence.

A-1 Home Care Agency specializes in Hospice In Home Care, Elderly Care, Alzheimer Care, Dementia Care and Senior Services and has provided non-medical in home care to residents of Culver City, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Hollywood and other cities of Los Angeles County since 1991. We have experienced and compassionate personal care assistants, Home health aides, and certified nurse assistants who can help ease the stress your family may be under during this time. Our care providers will give your loved one the most caring and highest level of in home hospice care. Additionally, each of our care providers are state licensed, CPR certified, TB tested, and highly recommended by their previous clients.

Our diverse in-home care giving staff allows us to specifically match our Home Care Providers based on personality, age, background and the needs of your loved one to ensure the most harmonious relationship between care provider and client. We work around your schedule and are available for care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for same-day and next-day care service. Regardless of the time frame or immediate need, you can be sure that A-1 Home Care will be there for you and your loved one.

We are here to serve you. You and your family member’s quality of life doesn’t have to suffer. Call us today at 310-657-8780 or 562-929-8400 for your free quote!

Are your everyday meds putting you at risk of dementia?

A recent study has revealed a possible link between cognitive impairment (and dementia) and a laundry list of common pharmaceuticals used to treat the cold, blood pressure, depression and other conditions.  These drugs are classified as ANTICHOLINERGICS.  Their function includes prohibiting a chemical known as ACETYLCHOLINE from functioning correctly in our nervous system which can relieve bothersome symptoms of the respiratory, urinary and gastrointestinal variety.  Unfortunately, many drugs such as Dimetapp, Benadryl and Paxil make this list.  A new analysis took a look at 451 individuals, average age 73, 60 of which had been administering themselves anticholinergic drugs for at least 30 days.  Across the board, there was indication of reduced brain volume in areas connected to cognitive function as well as lower levels of glucose in part of the brain in participants who used anticholinergics.  While the study did not conclusively prove these medications were the cause of the findings, evidence is building to support the connection between these drugs and cognitive issues later in life.  Patients are encouraged to speak with their doctor regarding the risks of anticholinergic meds and any health concerns they may have.

What is dementia?

The trademark signs of dementia are recognized by the following criteria:

  • Diminished cognitive function
  • Memory loss

This condition can result in the loss of normal every day information such as names of family members, and the individual’s own home address.  Behavioral tell-tale signs also include:

  • Getting lost in familiar areas
  • Losing track of date or time
  • Repeating questions
  • Delusional behavior
  • Aggressive behavior

This disease is slow and progressive and can develop over a long period of time-this is evident in its stronger presence in seniors and the elderlyIf your loved one is beginning to show signs of this condition or you feel symptoms have already begun to set in, speak with their medical practitioner about what the appropriate course of action is.  All Alzheimer’s disease patients are different and no 2 sets of circumstances shall be the same.  Enlisting the assistance and guidance of a trained and experienced Alzheimer’s & Dementia care provider can make this transition much smoother.  Dealing with the changes in our loved ones as they begin to deal with this condition can be difficult-you do not need to go on this journey alone.  If only for a day or a few hours weekly, Short-Term Care or Respite Care can go a long way to easing stresses of these situations.

A-1 Home Care takes great pride in exceeding our client’s expectations by delivering personalized care and service with compassion and dedication. We are proud to be serving all of Los Angeles and Orange County.  Established in 1991, we are the home care agency of choice for doctors, social workers, case managers and discharge planners across Southern California.  State Licensed, bonded and insured; we also offer easy financing with affordable payment plans and terms.  Contact us today at (310) 657-8780 or (562) 929-8400 to learn more!

When It’s Time for Professional In-Home Care Services

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a-1 home careAre you a family caregiver for an elderly loved one?  Perhaps you found yourself unprepared to perform medical tasks because the role of caregiving was suddenly thrust upon you.  According to a caregiver report (2015), about 62% of family members face elder care without any sort of formal training whatsoever.  Family caregivers who are at highest risk for health decline are the unpaid caregivers who perform elder care tasks for long periods of time, those who live with their elderly loved ones and those who have to perform nursing tasks.  Here are some signs that you may need professional in-home care services:

  • Social withdrawal
  • Loss of interest in favorite hobbies
  • Suicidal tendencies
  • Abnormal eating patterns
  • Sleep disruption or insomnia
  • Weakened immune system

When was the last time you took a break from taking care of your elderly loved one?  A-1 Home Care in Culver City offers affordable live-in and live-out respite care so you can restore balance to your life.  Go out and enjoy a nice dinner with your friends and family.  Take up a new hobby or resume an old hobby that makes you happy.  Treat yourself to a massage and facial at your favorite day spa.  Plan a short trip for a vacation.  There’s a myriad of things to do while our highly skilled caregivers look after your loved ones for a few hours a day or a few days a week.

A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency dedicated to providing quality senior care for families in LA County.  We offer a variety of in-home care services, such as Alzheimer’s Care, Arthritis Care, Stroke Care, Parkinson’s Care and more.  Since its inception in 1991, A-1 Home Care has become the preferred in-home care agency for its high quality, low cost live-in care.  We make elder care within reach for families with any income bracket with our easy finance options.  Our 24 hour services and respite care services are also covered by long-term care insurance and veteran benefits.

For high quality in-home care, call (310) 657-8780 or visit our website www.culvercityinhomecare.com for services in Malibu,  Culver City, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Redondo Beach, and other cities throughout Los Angeles County.

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Culver City Arthritis Care: How Cartilage Begins to Wear Out

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Helping HandsBy now, you’ve probably often heard that osteoarthritis (OA) is caused by normal wear and tear of the joints and that this degenerative joint disease is associated with seniors over age 65.  How, exactly, does cartilage wear out over time, and who is at risk?  In this article, A-1 Home Care will discuss the process, risks, and preventive ways to diminish OA progression in the event that your elderly loved one develops symptoms.

The Process

Osteoarthritis is defined as a degenerative disorder resulting from a biochemical breakdown of articular (hyaline) cartilage in the synovial joints, and a more modern view holds that OA involves the entire joint organ (Medscape, 2015).  Another online source describes OA as a disease caused by damage to the cartilage, which could mean three things:  a direct blow (from a heavy external force), prolonged periods of stress on the bones (very common in overweight individuals), and physical inactivity.

Who’s at Risk?

As you may have guessed from the previous paragraph, people who are at risk for osteoarthritis are those involved in high impact sports, who are overweight, and those who do not exercise regularly.  Other causes of OA include auto accidents or bad injuries resulting from a fall.  Generally speaking, the risk of OA grows with age, and about 70% of individuals with this disease are over age 70, while a smaller percentage (4%) in young populations (age 20 and over) have this inflammatory joint disorder.  It is more common in women than in men.

Ways to Prevent Osteoarthritis

Exercise, take care of your body, stretch before you do anything physically intense, drink lots of water and eat well.  These tips sound so basic, yet each year about 20 million new cases of OA are diagnosed, so this means that people don’t take their lifestyle seriously or they don’t think it could happen to them.  Ignoring signs and symptoms could lead to chronic disability, costing you millions of dollars in health care, not to mention daily pain, discomfort and distress.  Without companion caregivers around, seniors are less likely to exercise on their own due to the intense pain and inflammation in their joints.  Contrary to popular belief, exercise will strengthen the muscles around the joints and thus place less pressure on the affected joints when walking.  If you want to give your elderly loved one a gentle push, hiring a 24-hour caregiver will be the best gift you can give your loved one.

Financing Live-In Care Has Never Been Easier

A-1 Home Care has viable financial options for you to choose from.  We are LA County’s preferred home care agency because of the excellence we deliver in our live-in and live-out senior care services.  Since its inception in 1991, A-1 Home Care has been serving seniors and their families with skill and compassion, and all our culturally diverse caregivers are prescreened, professional and highly skilled.  We are open 24 hours a day to serve you, and if you have a question or a need, you can call us and never worry about getting an answering machine.  Our live operators are on stand-by 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to address your concerns.  A-1 Home Care also accepts long-term care insurance and veteran benefits.

To hire an Alzheimer’s caregiver today, call (310) 657-8780 or visit our website www.culvercityinhomecare.com for services in Malibu, Culver City, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Redondo Beach, and other cities throughout Los Angeles County.

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Quality Care in Culver City for Patients with Parkinson’s

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Parkinson’s Disease is a disorder that affects the central nervous system. It often begins with a tremor in one hand and can increase to slower movement, stiffness, and loss of balance. Some patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s experience cognitive symptoms such as amnesia, confusion, or dementia. Parkinson’s can make even simple daily activities such as running errands or even getting dressed a challenge. Meanwhile there are also potential protective factors such as maintaining a proper diet, exercise, and drinking tea.

If you have a family member or loved one who has been diagnosed or is at risk for Parkinson’s disease, it’s imperative that they receive the care that they need. With home care, your family member or loved one can still maintain a state of independence in there very own home while you in turn receive peace of mind. A-1 Home Care in Culver City has experienced and compassionate caregivers who are available to provide hourly care, live-in care, or round the clock care for your loved one. The care is personal, thorough, and affordable.

A-1 Home Care Culver City caregivers understand how important it is that your loved one receive the quality and personal attention that they need. They can provide personal care, manage the hygiene of the patient, and develop companionship. Additionally they can assist with meal prep, a diet and exercise regimen, incontinence care, and much more. It’s no wonder they have been in business since 1991. They also service the neighboring cities of Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, Inglewood, Hawthorne, and Huntington Park.

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Culver City In-Home Care: A Look at Neurodegenerative Disorders

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a-1 home careAlzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Prion Disease, motor neurone diseases, Spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA), spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and Huntington’s Disease all have one thing in common – they are grouped together under a category of neurodegenerative disorders.  The term neurodegenerative refers to the loss of structure or function of neurons, which are nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.  Once these cells are destroyed, they cannot be replaced.  Neurodegenerative diseases affect movement and cognitive functioning.  In Culver City and surrounding areas, A-1 Home Care provides quality in-home caregiving support in the comfort of your own home.

Take Advantage of 24-Hour In-Home Resources

Managing your elderly loved one’s emotional, mental, and financial state of affairs can be overwhelming.  At A-1 Home Care in Culver City, our care managers will help you develop a short-term or long-term plan by taking into consideration your loved one’s medical coverage, daily function, your availability and other responsibilities for work, family and personal life, and your own health among other factors.  A-1 Home Care collaborates with local hospitals and multidisciplinary teams to provide the best in-home care you could possible receive in all of Los Angeles County.  Our live-in, live-out and overnight 24 hour caregivers will assist you in maintaining detailed and accurate records for seniors’ doctor visits.  Having a consistent presence of a caregiver who’s at your disposal at any hour of the day provides stability for the elderly.  Assistance like picking up prescriptions or going grocery shopping goes a long way.

About A-1 Home Care in Culver City

Established in 1991, A-1 Home Care in Culver City is a licensed, bonded and insured in-home care agency that provides non-medical services for all ages, including children, new mothers, surgery patients, seniors, trauma injury patients, and individuals with disabilities.  Driven by dedication, hard work and integrity, our 24-hour caregivers will deliver 100% customer satisfaction with compassion.  We treat you like our own family and are very meticulous when recruiting certified home health aides, nurse aides, and licensed vocational nurses to join the A-1 team.

To hire an Alzheimer’s caregiver today, call (310) 657-8780 or visit our website www.culvercityinhomecare.com for services in Malibu,  Culver City, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Redondo Beach, and other cities throughout Los Angeles County.

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Home Hospice Care Available in Culver City

There are several benefits when considering home hospice care for your family member or loved one. Their home offers a familiar environment for them. The care and support is personalized. It also respects the patient’s wishes and a sense of dignity. Home Hospice Care lessens financial burdens; meanwhile you have the peace of mind that the care is being provided by competent professionals especially when you decide to work with A-1 Home Care Agency in Culver City.

A-1 Home Care Agency provides compassionate and professional home caregivers, CNAs, and CHHAs who have experience working with hospice patients. All of our caregivers are CPR certified and receive a Live Scan background check through the Department of Justice. We have caregivers ready and available to provide personalized service in the Culver City area and it’s neighboring regions such as Santa Monica, Inglewood, Marina Del Rey, Malibu, Studio City, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Manhattan Beach, Hawthorne, and throughout the remaining Los Angeles area.

When patients are placed under hospice, they may be bedridden, experience weight loss, and may be in need of personal care and help with daily tasks. Our caregivers can also assist with bathing, laundry, light housecleaning, running errands, and much more. They are also available to provide overnight care, live-in care, or hourly care as needed.

Call us today for your free quote at 310-657-8780 or go to our website!

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