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.

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Culver City Dementia Care: A Cup a Day Keeps Alzheimer’s Away

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a-1 home care arthritisHow you drink your coffee makes the difference in preventing the onset of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), a prodromal stage of Alzheimer’s Disease.  Compared to those who never drink coffee, regular coffee consumers who sustain a steady habit of one or two cups a day are less likely to develop MCI.  The emphasis is on consistency; if you consume one or two cups a day, do not increase your intake.  If you don’t drink coffee at all, it wouldn’t hurt to start the delicious habit.  Coffee consumption in moderation may be vital for prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia, according to the Italian Longitudinal Study on Aging. The findings of this study can be found in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Alzheimer’s Disease is a form of dementia that interferes with an elderly person’s memory, behavior and thinking.  You may recall an older adult who has trouble remembering newly learned information, or perhaps a story of someone’s grandmother wandering down the street late at night comes to mind.  In advanced stages of this dementia, it is not uncommon for someone to forget his address, the names of his children, or regular routines like brushing his teeth or taking a shower.  If you have an elderly loved one who has Alzheimer’s, it would be crucially important to find in-home care for him, especially if he lives alone.

A-1 Home Care in Culver City provides 24-hour Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care for seniors who live with their families or who live alone.  Hiring a round-the-clock live-in caregiver for your parent will give you a peace of mind.  How reassuring it is to know that someone is keeping a close watch to prevent devastating accidents!  Live-in caregivers assist with activities of daily living, such as meal preparation, cooking, cleaning, personal care, and transportation.  As awesome companions who enjoy swapping stories with seniors, A-1 Home Care’s in-home Alzheimer’s caregivers are compassionate, competent and experienced.

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

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Arthritis Care in Culver City from A-1 Home Care

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The aches and pains of arthritis prevent active seniors from participating in some of their favorite activities and can even effect their ability to perform day to day tasks such as cooking, cleaning, writing, or driving. However, caregivers from A-1 Home Care are lifting the burden off of seniors with arthritis and are even contributing to their greater quality of life.

Care providers from A-1 Home Care Agency service Culver City and the neighboring cities of Los Angeles, Glendale, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Century City, Studio City, Brentwood, Beverly Hills and other cities in the Los Angeles County area. They have experience in a variety of inhome care services such as Arhritic Care, Cancer care, Alzheimer Care, Companionship, Hospice Care, Parkinson Care, and Elder Care.

Your loved one can gain an independent lifestyle with assistance from A-1 Home Care through the work of our Activity Caregivers, who involve and engage our clients in specialized activities, aimed at making life with arthritis more manageable. Activities that are included in this lively approach to care include: Exercise: swimming, walking, Tai Chi, along with other low-impact, moderate physical activities that are recommended by the Arthritis Foundation® to help minimize and manage arthritis symptoms. Social interaction with others is also a helpful aspect in arthritis care, in order to take one’s mind off the pain and uplift the spirit. Additionally our caregivers can assist with household cleaning and chores, errands, and activities of daily living that may include medication reminders and transportation needs.

Call A-1 Home Care today for your free quote at 310-657-8780 or 562-929-8400 or check us out on Facebook!

Give Mom the Gift of Independence from A-1 Home Care in Culver City

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Mother’s Day is a special day when we can celebrate the ones who raised and nurtured us to be the caring and independent individuals we are today. Why not give back to mom this year with the care and service of a home help aid from A-1 Home Care? Independence can be difficult to maintain when daily tasks such as laundry, house keeping, pet care, grocery shopping, and running errands become more difficult with age. Our home helpers at A-1 Home Care eliminate the stress that interferes with living an independent and carefree lifestyle, one that your mother deserves! A-1 Home Care can provide mom with a home help aid you trust in Culver City, Santa Monica, Inglewood, Hawthorne, Beverly Hills, and throughout Los Angeles County.

The certified home care providers at A-1 Home Care deliver exemplary service to our clients, allowing them to remain in the comfort of their homes and keep up with their daily routines. With the help of our Home Helper Service, all the stresses that come along with performing mundane daily tasks will be lifted in order for your mom to lead the life she deserves to live. They can assist with house hold tasks, running errands, and activities outside of the home at an affordable cost.

Give us a call at 626-287-0250 or 562-929-8400 for a free in-home assessment today or check us out on Facebook!

Care for Individuals with Disabilities in Culver City

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a-1 home careAccording to the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, a disability is defined as a “physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more…major life activities.” If you have a loved one who developed a disability later on in life or was born with certain limitations, the good news is that there are plenty of resources available to families who need extra assistance. Although you may want to do the right thing by staying at home and attending to your loved one’s needs, you have your own needs too, and it may be a challenge trying to live a normal life while taking care of family responsibilities.

A-1 Home Care offers help for individuals with disabilities, which may include people who are mentally delayed, mentally ill, or physically and emotionally challenged. Do you need someone to stay at home while you work Monday through Friday? Assistance with meal preparation, personal care, and transportation is available. We have a wide range of caregivers and certified nurse aides specializing in services for the disabled.

To get a free assessment, call A-1 Home Care today (310) 657-8780! Our website http://www.culvercityinhomecare.com has a list of services that we offer for Culver City, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, Studio City, and surrounding areas.

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