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????????????????????????????????????????Arthritis is an inflammatory joint disease caused by an infection or injury, particularly in the joint areas where cartilage tissue is worn down to almost nothing.  The breakdown of the tissue could be from normal wear and tear (aging) or it can be caused by an autoimmune attack, as in the case of rheumatoid arthritis.  Doctors often prescribe pain medication to relieve arthritis symptoms such as joint swelling, stiffness, morning flares, and back pain.  Arthritis is common in the hands, fingers, knees and elbows.  What do you do, though, when pain medication no longer seems to work?

Some suggestions may go against logic. For example, why exercise if movement only aggravates the pain?  However, here are some long-term solutions to consider:

  • Avoid alcohol at all costs. Even if your elderly loved one thinks that his choice of drink will relieve the pain, alcohol actually triggers and exacerbates the problem.
  • If you can, try to move your arms and legs. The more you move, the more you increase the flexibility of your joints, which reduces the pain.
  • Other foods to avoid: fried/processed food, candy, soda, dairy products
  • Use a heating pad, especially in the morning if that’s when your loved one’s symptoms are most severe

If you can’t be home to assist your elderly loved one who has arthritis, you can get 24 hour care from A-1 Home Care.  Our live-in arthritis care services include meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundry, bathing, grooming, oral hygiene, personal care, transportation and more.

About A-1 Home Care

A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency based in Corona del Mar.  Established in 1991, we have been serving seniors and their families for over two decades, offering a variety in-home care services such as Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care, Lou Gehrig’s Care, Arthritis Care, Parkinson’s Care, Kidney Care, Cancer Care, Hospice Care and more.  As one of the few home care agencies that have successfully received licensure from the State of California, A-1 Home Care ensures client safety and guarantees 100% customer satisfaction.  We screen every caregiver for their criminal background and all professional references are verified.  Our 24 hour care and live-out care services are covered by long term care insurance and veteran benefits.  We also offer high quality in-home care at unbeatably low rates!

For quality Arthritis Care, call A-1 Home Care (949) 650-3800 or visit us at www.coronadelmarinhomecare.com for services in Corona del Mar, Tustin, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Fullerton, Orange, Irvine, Huntington Beach and Garden Grove.

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hospice care san marino a-1 home careUnderstanding why your elderly loved one refuses to bathe when she has always been the clean freak may decrease your levels of frustration when you try to get your aging parents into the bath tub or shower.  A common excuse that the elderly use is, “I’m not doing any yard work or errands that are getting my hands dirty.  Therefore I don’t need a shower.”  Maybe there’s an underlying fear of falling or slipping in the shower, or perhaps the act of bathing or showering is very exhausting for your spouse or parent.  In this article, we at A-1 Home Care will list some of the reasons for seniors’ reluctance as well as solutions to those reasons.

Control

Consider recent events that have happened.  Has your elderly loved one recently lost driving privileges due to poor vision or aging?  Did his physician recommend that your father move in with you for senior safety and monitoring?  Does his physical condition render him dependent on another human being for basic needs such as mobility?  Your father’s resistance to bathing might be one area that he still has control over, and he is not ready to relinquish that yet.  Knowing your elderly loved one’s personality well enough to motivate him to shower is tricky.  Depending on your relationship history with your parents, it might not be so easy to “trick” your parents into bathing; sometimes a perfect stranger like a professional in-home care aide will be sufficient to coax your elderly loved ones.

Depression

If memory isn’t an issue for your elderly loved one, take a closer look at other possible reasons.  Does your loved one seem sadder than usual lately?  Has she lost interest in activities and hobbies she once enjoyed?  It may be very possible that she has also lost interest in taking care of her personal hygiene as well, which is indicative of depression.  Encourage her to see a doctor, or have a live-in caregiver accompany her if you are not able to go with her for a check-up.

Decreased Sense of Smell

Physical health conditions and medication’s side effects could hamper your loved one’s sense of smell.  Your parents may not be aware that they smell a little, nor would they notice it on their spouse.  All they probably need is a gentle reminder to take a shower.

Memory

Last but not least, memory loss is one of the most obvious reasons why a senior would not shower for days.  The days and weeks blend together and the elderly lose track of time.  If your parents are strong enough to take showers by themselves, remind them gently; otherwise, if they are physically frail and for some reason you cannot be there due to distance, your own physical condition or work schedule, you can count on a caregiver from A-1 Home Care to assist with bathing, grooming and dressing.

About A-1 Home Care

Established in 1991, A-1 Home Care has been delivering exceptional in-home care services to seniors and their families all over Corona del Mar.  We are licensed, bonded and insured, which means that every caregiver you meet is thoroughly screened for their criminal background and DMV records.  As one of the few agencies that have successfully received state licensure from the State of California, A-1 Home Care remains the preferred home care agency for seniors in Corona del Mar, Tustin, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Fullerton, Orange, Irvine, Huntington Beach, Garden Grove and all throughout Orange County.

For quality Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care, call A-1 Home Care (949) 650-3800 or visit us at www.coronadelmarinhomecare.com for services in your area.

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Therapy & AffectionArthritis is an inflammatory joint disease which comes in many forms, such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia.  Most people experience arthritis after age 65, but some can have it as early as in their 40’s, depending on the type of arthritis they have.  Perhaps you have heard over and over again that rheumatoid arthritis symptoms are swelling, stiffness and pain in the joints, but did you know the other side effects of RA?  A-1 Home Care lists some of the complications of RA here:

  • Eye damage/pain
  • Numbness
  • Fever (caused by some medications for RA)
  • Persistent cough
  • Bone loss
  • Dry mouth and eyes
  • Hearing loss
  • Chess pain

Arthritis In-Home Care for Seniors

It’s very difficult for individuals with arthritis to move around, but with help from a compassionate, highly skilled caregiver, your elderly loved one can live a life that’s as close to normal as possible.  Simple tasks like cooking, cleaning and getting dressed are excruciating; A-1 Home Care offers affordable arthritis care all year round, which entails assistance with meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders, companion care, and transportation to medical appointments in Corona del Mar and surrounding cities.

Safe and Secure Elder Care, Starting with A-1 Home Care

Your elderly loved ones are in safe, highly skilled hands with A-1 Home Care. As one of the few state-licensed agencies in California, A-1 Home Care has been serving seniors since 1991, delivering exceptional elder care in communities all over Orange County.  You can enjoy quality in-home care in Corona del Mar, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa and Tustin while you take care of your own obligations at work or home.  Live-in care affords you the opportunity to take a break whenever you want, wherever you want.

For a free consultation, call A-1 Home Care today (949) 650-3800 or visit our website www.coronadelmarinhomecare.com for more details.

parkinson care downey a-1 home careAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) account for approximately 2.5 million visits to the Emergency Room (ER).  TBIs are treated either as an isolated injury or in conjunction with other injuries, and they are commonly found in athletes and veterans.  A formal definition of a TBI is “an injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain.  It can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or a penetrative head injury.” (Marr and Coronado, 2004)  In Corona del Mar and other cities throughout Orange County, A-1 Home Care offers 24 hour assistance for individuals suffering from temporary or permanent head injuries.

Affordable Live-In Care for TBI Survivors

As you or a loved one adjusts to limitations after a head injury, A-1 Home Care in Corona del Mar will enhance your quality of life every day with high quality 24 hour care, which includes assistance with meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders, bathing, grooming, personal care, companion care and transportation to appointments anywhere in Corona del Mar and beyond.  Highly skilled live-in caregivers are trained to respond to neurological disorders such as mood disorders and post-traumatic epilepsy, which could be hard on family members who have never received formal medical training.

 

Nothing Like a Licensed, Bonded and Insured Home Care Agency

 

Are you wary of hiring a live-in caregiver for your loved one because of all the scary stories you’ve heard in the media?  We at A-1 Home Care understand your reservations.  That’s why we take every precaution to make sure your elderly loved one is safe and sound in the hands of our caregivers.  As one of the few successfully state-licensed agencies in Corona del Mar and California, A-1 Home Care is insured to protect your loved ones from predators who are constantly prowling for vulnerable seniors and individuals in your community.  When you sign up for 24 hour services or live-out services from A-1 Home Care, you can rest assured that each of our caregivers is extensively screened for their criminal background, DMV record and professional references.

For safe, high quality brain injury care, call A-1 Home Care (949) 650-3800 or visit us at www.coronadelmarinhomecare.com for services in Corona del Mar, Tustin, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Fullerton, Orange, Irvine, Huntington Beach and Garden Grove.

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24 hour care in orange county 2 a1 home careCurrently, there are approximately 5 million seniors in the United States who have some form of dementia, and those numbers are expected to triple by 2050.  In the June 2016 publication of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, research suggests that seniors as many as 2.5 million Americans have undiagnosed dementia, which means that the elderly engage in potentially unsafe activities like driving, cooking, and taking wrong doses of medication without realizing it.  The responsibility becomes incumbent upon family members to recognize signs of dementia in their elderly loved ones so they can get the proper care at home.  A-1 Home Care provides such in-home care at low cost in Corona del Mar and other parts of Orange County.

Do you know the signs of dementia?

Aside from the obvious signs of forgetfulness, how can you tell if your elderly loved one is being absent-minded or really developing dementia?  Here are some telltale signs that should signal medical attention:

  • Trouble with self-expression
  • Disorganized thinking
  • Impaired balance
  • Hallucinations
  • Personality changes (e.g., increased aggression or reclusion)
  • Difficulty with movement
  • Sleep disturbance

A-1 Home Care in Corona del Mar offers flexible scheduling with live-in and live-out care.  As your elderly loved one’s needs change over time, we can adjust our caregiving services to extend or decrease hours of in-home care as you need them.  Round-the-clock senior care entails assistance with meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders, companion care, transportation, personal care and more.

About A-1 Home Care in Corona del Mar 

A-1 Home Care has been taking care of Corona del Mar’s seniors and their families for over two decades!  When it comes to selecting someone to take care of your elderly loved ones, we take talent recruitment very seriously.  A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured agency that thoroughly prescreens every single caregiver, certified nurse aide, home health aide and licensed vocational nurse for your safety and security.  You have our round-the-clock support from a 24-hour hotline to live-in caregiver services for 365 days a year.  You can finance high quality senior care at the most competitive prices in LA County and Orange County!  A-1 Home Care also accepts Veteran Benefits and long-term care insurance.

For quality Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care, call A-1 Home Care (949) 650-3800 or visit us at www.coronadelmarinhomecare.com for services in Corona del Mar, Tustin, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Fullerton, Orange, Irvine, Huntington Beach and Garden Grove.

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a-1 home care arthritis food corona del marWhether you choose to have children or not, if you do not have any kids, you are among the growing number of adults who are childless.  According to statistics from the AARP (2013), about 11.6% of women ages 80 to 84 did not have any children in 2010.  Researchers predict that by 2030, the percentage will reach 16%.  What does this mean for caregiver support?  Elders without kids are coined “elder orphans,” a term that describes seniors without friends or family.  It’s a sad situation, but if you are young enough to plan ahead for your future, it is highly recommended to start planning for your own elder care support with a reputable agency like A-1 Home Care in Corona del Mar.

24-Hour Support When You Need It

No matter what time of day it is, if you want to talk to a care manager from A-1 Home Care in Corona del Mar, you will always be connected to a live operator when you dial our phone line.  Our care managers will walk you step-by-step through advanced planning.  Our in-depth analysis will take into account some of the following factors in senior care:  your overall financial picture, projected health and care requirements, your desires and wishes for end-of-life care, an overview of financial options and possible assistance programs, long-term care insurance, veteran benefits, financial strategies for various health scenarios, and more.

About A-1 Home Care 

Established in 1991, A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured agency dedicated to serving seniors and their families all over Orange County.  We take great care in matching you with a highly skilled, seasoned caregiver whose personality is compatible with yours.  Customer service is 100% guaranteed.  Thanks to our wonderful team of caregivers, certified nurse aides, certified home health aides, home helpers and companion care works, A-1 Home Care has become Southern California’s most preferred home care agency, delivering exceptional senior care to communities in Corona del Mar.

For quality 24-hour care, call A-1 Home Care (949) 650-3800 or visit us at www.coronadelmarinhomecare.com for services in Corona del Mar, Tustin, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Fullerton, Orange, Irvine, Huntington Beach and Garden Grove.

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a-1 home care diamond bar elder careIn the United States, approximately 400,000 individuals have Multiple Sclerosis (MS), according to a report by National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  This debilitating disease is more common in women and is usually diagnosed when people are in their late 20’s and early 30’s.  At this time, researchers can only speculate what causes MS, a debilitating disease of the central nervous system.  Medical research reveals that MS occurs when the immune system attacks myelin, a protective layer around nerve fibers (Healthline, 2016).  The attack destroys communication between the brain and the rest of the body, causing symptoms such as difficulty with walking and debilitating fatigue that interferes with one’s ability to work and perform menial daily tasks.  Though no known cure exists, there are many treatments for Multiple Sclerosis as well as in-home care support offered by agencies such as A-1 Home Care in Corona del Mar.

How can I benefit from 24-hour in-home care?

One of the most common symptoms reported by individuals with Multiple Sclerosis is extreme, chronic, debilitating fatigue that stops them from working and doing the mundane but necessary things, like brushing one’s teeth, cooking, and cleaning around the house.  If you live alone, the benefits of having round-the-clock Multiple Sclerosis Care abound.  A live-in caregiver can help with meal preparations, light housekeeping, errands, grocery shopping, prescription pick-ups, transportation to appointments and more.  Our personable, affable caregivers are there to take care of you 24 hours a day or as long as you need them.  A-1 Home Care offers the best 24-hour MS Care in Corona del Mar at unbeatable rates.

Why A-1 Home Care?

Established in 1991, A-1 Home Care has become Corona del Mar’s most preferred home care agency for a variety of services, such as Multiple Sclerosis Care, senior care, Lou Gehrig’s Care, Arthritis Care, live-in care and live-out care.  We are licensed, bonded and insured, which means that every caregiver is meticulously screened for their criminal and driving records.  We consistently deliver high quality in-home care through our pool of culturally diverse caregivers.  When you call A-1 Home Care, you will always get a live human being on the other line instead of an automated answering service with endless menu options.  You can finance MS Care through veteran benefits, long-term care insurance or our reasonable payment terms.

For quality 24-hour Multiple Sclerosis Care, call A-1 Home Care (949) 650-3800 or visit us at www.coronadelmarinhomecare.com for services in Corona del Mar, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Costa Mesa, Tustin, Yorba Linda, Fullerton, Anaheim, and other surrounding cities.

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