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a-1 home care elder care sierra madreExercising is more than a lifestyle; it’s a mindset.  Everyone knows that physical exercise is beneficial and necessary to stay healthy, but does that mean that everyone is doing it?  Of course not.  You either believe in it or you don’t.  For the gym rats who have been exercising for most of their lives prior to dialysis, getting diagnosed with kidney disease is one of the most disheartening events in life, and there may not be too much support in the community where you live.  In addition to symptoms like nausea, shortness of breath, and chronic fatigue, you might experience side effects like neuralgia from taking medication.  A-1 Home Care in Corona del Mar provides full Kidney Care support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Staying Motivated to Exercise with Companion Care

If exercising was not your part of your lifestyle prior to the diagnosis, it’s never too late to begin a routine or program.  Bring a live-in caregiver with you to the doctor’s before you partake in vigorous activities.  In addition to increased energy levels, you’ll also experience the following benefits of exercise:

  • Decreased level of cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Better weight management
  • Improved muscle strength
  • Better sleep

Doctors usually recommend that you exercise in 30-minute increments or less, depending on your strength and energy levels.  If you start feeling chest pain, dizzy, or other symptoms that make it difficult to exercise, you should stop right away and not over-exert your body.

During the times when you feel too exhausted to do anything, you can rely on a helpful 24-hour caregiver to assist you with meal preparations, light housekeeping, errands and transportation anywhere in Corona del Mar and beyond.  Round-the-clock caregivers are especially instrumental when you need help going to the doctor’s and it’s too unsafe for you to drive on your own.

About A-1 Home Care

A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency in Southern California, delivering exceptional in-home care services in Corona del Mar, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Fullerton, Anaheim and other parts of Orange County.  As one of the few state-licensed agencies in California, A-1 Home Care protects you and your loved ones from predators and scam artists so you can rest assured that your loved ones are in good hands.  Our caregiving services are covered by long term care insurance and veteran benefits; you can also finance Kidney Care with our affordable payment plan options!

For affordable, high quality Kidney 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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hIf you have not taken any steps toward self-care, it’s time to start now.  A-1 Home Care applauds you for your efforts in caring for your elderly loved one.  As many families can attest, providing assistance with daily tasks such as meal preparation, overnight care, and toileting care can take a toll on your physical health, especially if your loved one’s condition is such that you have to stay awake all night to ensure your loved one’s safety.  Over a period of time, when your body’s stress response system is stimulated day after day, night after night, you will experience some of these long-term effects:

All of the aforementioned diseases have been linked to high levels of interleukin 6 (IL-6), an immune system protein that’s activated in response to trauma, stress, cancer and infection.  One study showed that family caregivers had a 63% higher death rate than their counterparts, and about 70% of the caregiver participants passed away before the study was over.

How A-1 Home Care Can Help

If you are looking for affordable 24 hour care, look no further than A-1 Home Care!  We provide high quality senior care at the most competitive rates in LA County.  You can take a full break for a few days to a few weeks with 24 hour respite care, or you can sign up for long-term round-the-clock care for as long as you need it.  Live-in and live-out care services entail assistance with meal preparation, laundry, personal care, transportation, companion care and more.

About A-1 Home Care

A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency that provides exceptional in-home care to seniors and their families all over Corona del Mar, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Tustin, Fullerton, Anaheim, and other parts of Orange County.  As one of the few state-licensed agencies in California, we promote senior wellness and safety.  Every caregiver, certified nurse aide, certified home health aide, licensed vocational nurse and home helper is thoroughly screened for their criminal background.  All professional references are verified.  Our caregiver services are covered by long term care insurance and veteran benefits.  We also offer quality care at affordable rates.  Talk to one of our care managers today about an elder care plan that fits your budget!

Avoid caregiver burnout by calling A-1 Home Care (949) 650-3800 or visit us at www.coronadelmarinhomecare.com for services in your area. 

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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.

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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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a-1 home care corona del mar cancer careImpairment is defined as “a significant deviation, loss, or loss of use of any body structure or body function in an individual with a health condition, disorder or disease,” according to the sixth edition of the Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment published by the American Medical Association.  Oftentimes the terms “disabilities” and “impairments” are used interchangeably, but the distinction between the two is this: an impairment creates the disability, whether that impairment is physical, mental or psychological.  Chronic health conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Lou Gehrig’s and Parkinson’s disease are often associated with physical disabilities.  A-1 Home Care provides high quality 24-hour disability assistance for adults and seniors around Corona del Mar.

Non-Medical In-Home Support Makes All Things Possible

If you’re looking for high quality in-home care, look no further than A-1 Home Care!  We provide round-the-clock non-medical in-home support for seniors and adults with neurological, cognitive and physical conditions.  Live-in and live-out support services entail assistance with meal preparation, light housekeeping, trips to the grocery store or pharmacy, excellent companion care, and transportation to the doctor’s for routine medical check-ups.  In-home disability care helps individuals maintain a balanced lifestyle while empowering them to do all that they want despite their disabilities.  A-1 Home Care in Corona del Mar offers long-term and short-term care for individuals, whether they have a short-term disability after surgery or a long-term congenital impairment.

About A-1 Home Care

In 1991, A-1 Home Care was established as a licensed, bonded and insured agency serving families all over Corona del Mar.  We exist to improve the lives of seniors, adults and children regardless of their disposition.  A-1 Home Care offers affordable in-home care services for all types of scenarios such as Alzheimer’s Care, after-surgery care, postpartum care, disability assistance, Parkinson’s Care, Lou Gehrig’s Care, Multiple Sclerosis Care and more.  We see to it that your elderly loved ones’ needs are met, and customer satisfaction is 100% guaranteed.  With A-1 Home Care, you will always be connected to a warm, caring customer representative on the other side of the line when you call, and our superior caregiving services remain unrivaled even after 25 years of service.

 

For a free quote, call A-1 Home Care today (949) 650-3800 or visit www.coronadelmarinhomecare.com for services in Corona del Mar, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, Costa Mesa, Tustin, Huntington Beach and surrounding cities.

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a-1 home care homecare corona del marEveryone has ups and downs in life, but those with bipolar disorder have manic and depressive episodes during which they feel extremely high or extremely low than the average Joe.  Mood swings are much more extreme and are accompanied by different sleep patterns and ability to think clearly.  Bipolar disorder is a mental illness because, if not managed properly, it can interfere with an individual’s ability to work and maintain long-term relationships, professionally and personally.  Are you at risk for bipolar disorder?  If you have a first-degree relative (such as a parent or sibling) who has bipolar disorder, or if you undergo high stress and abuse substances, you are at high risk for developing this mental illness.  Thankfully, A-1 Home Care in Corona del Mar offers quality Bipolar Care to anyone who can use some relief from day-to-day activities.

Got Problems?  Call A-1 Home Care for Help!

Suicidal tendencies are some of the most serious side effects of bipolar disorder.  A-1 Home Care has a talented team of certified nurse aides and home health aides who are professionally trained to look out for signs of possible suicidal tendencies, especially after a recent tragic event like the death of a loved one or loss of a career.  If you have a loved one with bipolar disorder who recently suffered a terrible event in life, get 24-hour help from A-1 Home Care in Corona del Mar.  Of course there are 24-hour suicide prevention hotlines that one could call, but what’s better than having a qualified professional living in your home to not only assist with chores but to be a great companion all day long?

About A-1 Home Care in Corona del Mar

A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency providing superior in-home care services of all types:  Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care, Parkinson’s Care, Bipolar Care, Lou Gehrig’s Care and more.  We recruit only the most talented and compassionate caregivers in Corona del Mar to provide you the best in-home care Orange County has to offer.  Customer satisfaction is always guaranteed, and our 24-hour phone lines will always connect you to a live operator instead of an automated answering system.  A-1 Home Care makes live-in and live-out in-home care affordable through easy financing options, veteran benefits and long-term care insurance.

For quality 24-hour Bipolar 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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