Sensitive Ways to Show Cancer Care Support without Appearing Intrusive

cancer careYour elderly loved one is keenly aware that his time on earth is limited.  The holidays are near, and your loved one (perhaps your parent or your in-law) has never been easy to get along with in the first place, yet your heart is filled with compassion because of his situation.  As you make arrangements for hospice care, you also want to show sensitivity to your loved ones during this difficult time, but no one is really opening up and talking about their feelings.  The elephant in the room seems to grow bigger by the hour.  The individual with cancer becomes more hostile as the days pass, making it even more difficult for you and your spouse to show love and support.  How do you break the barriers between you and your elderly loved one?

Oftentimes a third party is required to break the ice.  A-1 Home Care provides professional, high quality hospice care through compassionate caregivers who are experienced with bereavement and grief support.  Here’s what you can expect from our hospice caregivers:

  • Emotional support – knowing when to listen, how to ask the right questions, how to draw out your elderly loved ones, breaking down the walls they’ve built, talk about memories, pictures, albums, etc.
  • Ameliorate fears and concerns
  • Emotional support for the whole family
  • Spiritual support – readings from scriptures or the loved one’s favorite books and magazines; praying with your loved one; matching our caregivers’faith with your loved one’s faith
  • Daily assistance with basic chores such as meal preparation, light housekeeping, personal care, oral hygiene, dressing and bathing
  • Patient positioning
  • Applying Grief Recovery principles for your loved ones and the whole family

When we provide comfort for the dying, we sometimes forget ourselves in the process but we, too, need comfort, because we are losing a loved one and the mourning process won’t be easy.  Unless you are a certified Grief Recovery specialist, an experienced grief volunteer or bereavement professional, having to educate yourself by reading pamphlets and books about palliative care will not really provide you comfort.  Having an expert from A-1 Home Care will go a long way for you, and it will be one of the best decisions you’ve made for your family.

About A-1 Home Care

A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency based in Southern California.  Since its inception in 1991, A-1 Home Care has delivered exceptional in-home care services to seniors and their families all over Anaheim Hills.  Because we are licensed, bonded and insured, your loved ones are in good hands.  Our caregivers are thoroughly screened for their criminal backgrounds, DMV records and sex offender checks.  All professional references are verified.  As one of the few home care agencies that have successfully received licensure from the State of California, we offer you the best and highest quality of senior care available.

For high quality hospice care, call A-1 Home Care (949) 650-3800 or visit our website www.anaheimhillsinhomecare.com for services in Anaheim, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Tustin and other cities throughout Orange County.

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How to Provide In-Home Care without Bruising Your Elderly Loved One’s Ego

A-1 Home Care Mike’s grandmother is 95 years old who takes fierce pride in her independence and great physical health.  With no trace of Alzheimer’s or physical weakness, she continues to do yard work long after her spouse passed away.  Her strong hands yank the weeds from the soil and she works her way around the garden.  At lunch time she fixes herself a hearty, healthy meal and proceeds to manage her property that she has in another state.  With such a competent elderly loved one like that, how would you see her need for senior care?

There are always loopholes, areas of weakness that a mentally acute senior would want to hide because she is still protecting her sense of independence.  Have you looked at her medical records lately?  If you know that your loved one had major surgery in the last few years, do you know if anyone has checked her medical records to make sure she’s all right?  Do not be deceived by her great physical appearance.  How do you bring up the subject of senior care without bruising her ego?

For now, there is only so much you can do, with the permission of your elderly loved one.  However, the day will come when the role of caregiving is suddenly thrust upon you, whether it’s in the form of an ER visit or an unexpected fall.  Too many family members find themselves becoming a caregiver overnight, with no preparation whatsoever.

A-1 Home Care provides short-term and long-term companion care, which is simply friendship.  Seniors often reject a complete stranger to take care of them, but if there’s already a friendship and a level of trust there, the transition to elder care will be that much smoother if your loved one needs a live-in caregiver one day.

You can start now with companion care a few times a week, or if you’re not ready yet, you can call on us for same-day service in case of emergencies.  Companion care entails assistance with the following:

  • Meal preparation
  • Light housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Transportation to appointments
  • Medication reminders
  • Taking vital signs
  • Bathing and grooming
  • Personal care

A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency established in 1991.  As one of the few state-licensed agencies in California, A-1 Home Care provides safe, high quality elder care to Anaheim Hills, Costa Mesa, Tustin, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Fullerton, Yorba Linda, and other cities throughout Orange County.  All of our round-the-clock in-home care services are covered by most long term care insurance providers and veteran benefits.

Consult a care manager today by calling (949) 650-3800 or visit our website www.anaheimhillsinhomecare.com for more information. 

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Anaheim Hills In-Home Care: Warning Signs of Parkinson’s Disease

a-1 home care breast cancer early detectionThe absence of dopamine is the hallmark of Parkinson’s disease.  It’s a neurotransmitter responsible for smooth, coordinated muscle movements, but when the brain produces dopamine in decreasing measures, the person loses voluntary control over his muscles and starts to manifest symptoms like tremors, twitching, slow and rigid movements, and difficulty with swallowing.  According to a theory called Braak’s hypothesis, there are other signs of Parkinson’s before motor symptoms come to the surface.  These warning signs include sleep disorders, constipation, and loss of ability to smell.  Since Parkinson’s develops so gradually, it’s important to stay up-to-date wtih doctor visits and pay attention to small changes in the body so that early treatment can greatly enhance your quality of life.

In-Home Care for Parkinson’s Disease

The gradual loss of one’s ability to do anything for oneself is emotionally and psychologically debilitating.  A-1 Home Care in Anaheim Hills has talented caregivers who have years of experience caring for seniors with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Arthritis, Stroke, and other conditions.  They know how to relate and show compassion and understanding when an elderly loved one is struggling.  You don’t have to worry about taking time off from work or completely losing your sense of self when it comes to elder care.  You and your elderly loved ones will benefit from 24 hour care or live-out care, depending on your loved one’s needs.  In-home care entails assistance with meal preparation, light housekeeping, transportation, toileting care, bathing, and grooming.

Trusted Name in Elder Care Since 1991

As one of the few state-licensed home care agencies in California, A-1 Home Care offers the highest quality of elder care available in Anaheim Hills, Fullerton, Villa Park, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and other parts of Orange County.  Being licensed, bonded and insured means that your elderly loved ones will receive quality care from highly skilled, experienced and compassionate caregivers who have been extensively and thoroughly screened.  Every caregiver is required to pass a national criminal background check, and all professional references are verified.  Our live-in and live-out home care services are covered by long term insurance and veteran benefits; if you are paying out of pocket, you can also choose from one of our viable financing options that fit your budget.

                         

For high quality Parkinson’s Care, call A-1 Home Care today (949) 650-3800 or visit our website www.anaheimhillsinhomecare.com for more details.

 

 

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Post-Heart Attack Care for Seniors in Anaheim Hills

cancer careDid you know that one in five heart attacks is silent?  The most common cause of heart attacks is coronary artery disease (CAD), which occurs when arteries can no longer transport enough blood to the heart due to narrowed and hardened blood vessels.  Because heart attacks can be silent, it’s important to know the true condition of your cardiovascular health so you may be aware of the signs if you are having a heart attack.  Otherwise, if you wait too long, you may be doing irreparable damage to your heart muscles.  Many families find it helpful to have a trained live-in caregiver around to look for signs of a heart attack in their elderly loved onesA-1 Home Care in Anaheim Hills will step right in for you while you’re away at work.

Affordable 24 Hour Cardiac Care for You

You can count on A-1 Home Care’s highly skilled caregivers to provide quality cardiac care for your elderly loved ones.  As aging in place becomes a more popular trend among seniors, more and more families see to it that their loved ones have advanced care planning in place, especially if their elderly loved ones have multiple chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.  A-1 Home Care aims to promote health and cardiac wellness by delivering exceptional non-medical assistance with meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders, pain relief, bathing, grooming, personal care, incontinence care, and transportation to appointments in Anaheim Hills and beyond.

About A-1 Home Care in Anaheim Hills

A-1 Home Care is a reputable and well-established home care agency based in Southern California.  As one of the few state-licensed, bonded and insured home care agencies in California, A-1 Home Care delivers exceptional senior care services to families all over Orange County, including cities like Anaheim Hills, Villa Park, Tustin, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Fullerton, Placentia, and Laguna Beach.  A-1 Home Care accepts long-term care insurance and veteran benefits, but if you are planning to pay out of pocket, we also offer affordable live-in and live-out services based on your budget, availability and level of care that your loved one needs.

Consult a care manager today by calling (949) 650-3800 or visit our website www.anaheimhillsinhomecare.com for more information. 

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Anaheim Hills In-Home Care for Seniors with Kidney Disease

a-1 home care downey in home caregiverThe ninth leading cause of death in the United States, chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects about 10% of adults, according to statistics from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).  Chronic kidney disease is characterized by swelling in the legs and feet, reduced urine output, persistent nausea, excessive drowsiness, pain or pressure in the chest area, and in extreme cases, seizures and comatose.  CKD comes in five different forms: acute intrinsic kidney failure, chronic prerenal kidney failure, chronic intrinsic kidney failure, and chronic post-renal kidney failure.  Here’s the good news:  High quality, affordable 24 hour kidney care is available for seniors in the comfort of their own home!

What do seniors with CKD need?

Many seniors who have been diagnosed with CKD need a kidney transplant to avoid further health dangers.  As they wait for a kidney donor, they need help with dialysis, which is a mechanic filtering system that helps their bodies filter waste.  Your elderly loved one’s doctor may prescribe dialysis treatment using a large machine or a portable catheter bag.  Dialysis treatment at a center could take hours; having an affable caregiver around would be a pleasant distraction for your loved one.  A-1 Home Care’s kidney in-home care services include assistance with meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders, bathing, grooming, dressing, and transportation to dialysis centers around Anaheim or Anaheim Hills.

About A-1 Home Care

A-1 Home Care offers affordable renal care with cream-of-the-crop caregivers from around Southern California.  There are caregivers in every city in Orange County, from Anaheim to Fullerton, Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach and Newport Beach.  Distance and scheduling are not issues since you can find in-home care assistance practically in every city.  Choose from part-time respite care to 24-hour live-in care according to your needs.  A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured agency, which means your elderly loved ones are protected from senior predators.  We conduct all the criminal background investigations, professional reference verifications and DMV checks so you can have a peace of mind.

Consult a care manager today by calling (949) 650-3800 or visit our website www.anaheimhillsinhomecare.com for more information. 

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Surround Your Elderly Loved Ones with Quality Dementia Care

????????????????????????????????????????Distance should never be an issue when providing quality dementia care for your elderly loved ones.  Whether you live one city over or across the country, you can count on A-1 Home Care to provide Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care in the hometown of Anaheim where your loved one resides.  We are open 24 hours a day to provide you support over the phone so you can stay in touch with the 24 hour caregiver who’s looking after your loved one.  According to statistics, an estimated 5.3 million seniors will be in nursing homes by the year 2030.  This poses as a problem for overpopulated, understaffed nursing homes.  In view of this growing problem, it’s better to plan ahead for in-home care to avoid negligence.

24 Hour Dementia Care in the Comfort of Your Home

Are you looking for a sensitive, highly skilled live-in caregiver for your elderly loved one?  Look no further than A-1 Home Care in Anaheim!  Our team of certified nurse aides and licensed vocational nurses have years of experience with dementia care.  They know how to manage aggressive moods and behaviors; they will stay up all night to make sure your loved one doesn’t wander away from home or have any accidents at home.  Live-in care entails assistance with cooking, cleaning, light housekeeping, medication reminders, bathing, grooming, toileting care, transportation and more.

About A-1 Home Care in Anaheim

Reduce the emotional and physical tolls that elder care takes on your health.  Have a live-in caregiver from A-1 Home Care to provide individualized dementia care for your loved ones around AnaheimSeniors get to receive quality 24 hour dementia care services from highly skilled, seasoned and certified nurse assistants in the comfort of their own home.  In-home care is the #1 choice for seniors because they get to be surrounded by friends and families rather than be isolated in a care facility surrounded by others who are in physical and emotional pain.  A-1 Home Care is licensed, bonded and insured, which means that your elderly loved ones are protected in case an accident happens, and there is a very high degree of accountability.  Since its inception in 1991, A-1 Home Care has become the most reputable and reliable 24 hour elder care agency in Orange County.

Consult a care manager today by calling (949) 650-3800 or visit our website www.anaheimhillsinhomecare.com for services in Anaheim, Fullerton, Yorba Linda, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Seal Beach, La Habra and other cities throughout Orange County.

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Diabetes In-Home Care: Live Longer with Less Disabilities

a-1 home careIn observation of aging trends, researchers warn against obesity and other lifestyle choices that put seniors at risk for Diabetes, which is becoming increasingly common in the United States.  Currently there are over 21 million seniors with diabetes, and the number of new cases for Type 2 Diabetes has more than doubled over the last two decades, based on statistics from a national report.  Since Type 2 Diabetes is largely affected by lifestyle choices and is very preventable, it would bode well for families to invest in 24-hour in-home care for their elderly loved ones if family members think their loved ones need a little extra push.  A-1 Home Care offers affordable live-in diabetes care in Anaheim with flexible scheduling, and it includes assistance with meal preparation, cleaning, chores, errands, toileting care, companion care, and more.

About A-1 Home Care

A-1 Home Care was established in 1991 as a licensed, bonded and insured senior care agency.  Each seasoned caregiver is highly skilled and certified in CPR/First-Aid.  Live-in 24 hour care and part-time respite care services are also available in Anaheim through easy financing options, Veteran Benefits and long-term care insurance.  A-1 Home Care is open 365 days a year, including major holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  We guarantee 100% customer satisfaction with our customized live-in care, live-out care, overnight care, 24-hour care and respite care.

Consult a care manager today by calling (949) 650-3800 or visit our website www.anaheimhillsinhomecare.com for services in Anaheim, Fullerton, Yorba Linda, Placentia, Santa Ana, Tustin, Costa Mesa and other cities throughout Orange County.

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Smokers, 45% Higher Risk than Non-Smokers for Alzheimer’s Disease

Happy-at-100-Karsten-Thormaehlen-5Family history, genetics, hypertension, head trauma, age and gender are natural risk factors for Alzheimer’s and dementia, but smokers have a 45% higher chance of developing Alzheimer’s than their non-smoking counterparts, according to a report published by the World Health Organization (WHO).  Smoking hardens your arteries and robs your brain cells of oxygen and vital nutrients, not to mention increasing the risk for stroke, coronary artery disease, cerebrovascular disease and other types of dementia.  The good news is that you can probably reverse or stop the effects of smoking if you kick the habit before age 40.  When it comes to caring for an elderly loved one with Alzheimer’s at home, A-1 Home Care offers customized, high quality 24-hour care for seniors and their families in Anaheim and other parts of Orange County.

24-Hour Alzheimer’s Care Tailored Just for You

Regardless of the stage that your elderly loved one is in, care managers at A-1 Home Care in Anaheim will discuss your loved one’s needs and develop an elder care plan based on your budget, level of care, and availability.  In the early stages of Alzheimer’s, family members can pitch in and help with errands like grocery shopping, prescription pick-ups and transportation, but as the disease progresses, they will need help from professional in-home caregivers to assist with bathing, dressing, toileting care, lifting and transferring their loved ones in and out of bed.  To reduce the risk of your elderly loved one wandering out of the house while you’re asleep, A-1 Home Care provides 8-hour and 12-hour overnight care so you can sleep peacefully.

A-1 Home Care, the Trusted Name in Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care

A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured agency that has been delivering exceptional senior care services since 1991.  We go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to meeting the needs of seniors in our communities.  Families are pleased with our caregivers’ outstanding service, which is why they continually refer friends and relatives to A-1 Home Care in Anaheim.  You will always find a friendly live operator on the other end when you call our 24-hour hotline.  We believe in personable customer care, which means direct connection to a live human being from the beginning to end.  Our elder care and in-home care services are available to you at affordable rates.  Cost should not be an issue when it comes to taking care of your loved ones!

Consult a care manager today by calling (949) 650-3800 or visit our website www.anaheimhillsinhomecare.com for services in Anaheim, Fullerton, Villa Park, Santa Ana, Tustin, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and other cities throughout Orange County.

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Exceptional After Surgery Care Options Abound In Anaheim Hills

Did you know that even during your stay in a hospital following a surgical procedure, you can enjoy round-the-clock hospital sitters at the most affordable prices available anywhere?

At A-1 Home Care in Anaheim Hills, our friendly caregivers provide after surgery care options that keep seniors relaxed and relieved during the entirety of their hospital stay. Each caregiver on staff comes with helping hands and a golden heart to serve people from all walks of life, including Jewish, Middle Eastern, Asian, and European.

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A-1 Home Care provides long-lasting after surgery care services to the home that include:

  • assistance with personal services like bathing, grooming, dressing, and toileting
  • wake-up and tuck-in services
  • running errands like grocery shopping and picking up clothes from the cleaners
  • maintenance inside the home including vacuuming, dusting, dishwashing, laundry, and trash
  • assistance with mobility
  • maintenance outside the home including yard work and gardening tasks
  • transportation of items you need from the home during your hospital stay
  • special needs care
  • child care
  • pet care

A-1 Home Care provides care to communities throughout Los Angeles and Orange County and has done so for the past quarter century and counting. Each caregiver provides numerous senior care solutions like arthritis care for people with brittle bones and sore joints, Alzheimer’s and dementia care for people with cognitive decline, and even general companionship for those needing a friend in the home. After all, we are dedicated to making sure that no seniors gets left behind along the road to better home health!

To discover more about the exceptional after surgery care options available in Southern California today, contact a friendly caregiver at (949) 650-3800 or (562) 929-8400. A-1 Home Care also serves neighboring senior communities in Villa Park, Yorba Linda, Diamond Bar, Orange, and Fullerton.

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Anaheim Hills Arthritis Care: Minimize Joint Pain with Assistance from Caregivers

Asian NurseJoint inflammation occurs when two or more joints swell with excessive fluid at the point where they connect.  Symptoms such as pain, stiffness, or a joint that appears larger than normal are signs that your joints may be inflamed.  Many diseases and health conditions share this symptom in common – osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, infectious (septic) arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus.  Among the elderly, osteoporosis is the leading cause of chronic disability for older adults over age 70, according to an online source.  Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) affects people of all ages, though women are three times more likely to get RA than men.  A-1 Home Care in Anaheim Hills helps seniors manage their arthritic symptoms with various therapy techniques in the comfort of their own home.

Day-to-Day Functions with Ease

Because moving one’s inflamed joints is so painful, arthritis makes day-to-day living very difficult for seniors.  They could hardly write or use a utensil to eat.  When they walk, they have to bend over to minimize the joint pain which may cause limping.  Mobility is severely limited; oftentimes rainy weather or certain activities like standing up from a seated position would aggravate the pain.  A-1 Home Care’s certified home health aides are trained in energy-conservation education, joint-protection education, and hot and cold therapies among other formal training.  In addition to helping your elderly loved ones alleviate joint pain, our round-the-clock caregivers will cook, clean, bathe, groom, and provide personal care for your loved ones 24 hours a day.  They will take your parents or grandparents anywhere in Anaheim Hills or beyond for medical appointments, dental appointments and prescription pick-ups.

24-Hour Arthritis Care You Can Count On

A-1 Home Care, a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency, has been taking care of seniors in Anaheim Hills, Garden Grove, Fountain Valley, Irvine, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Fullerton and other areas in Orange County for 25 years!  We meticulously pick our caregivers, certified home health aides, certified nurse aides and licensed vocational nurses to give you the best elder care at the most competitive prices in Southern California.  Because we are licensed, bonded and insured, you will not have to worry about any shady characters trying to cheat them for their own personal gain.  We are dedicated to 100% customer satisfaction 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Our care managers will work with your budget, needs and scheduling availability.

Consult a care manager today by calling (949) 650-3800 or visit our website www.anaheimhillsinhomecare.com for more information. 

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