How to Care for Your Elderly Loved One without Going Mad

SuccessYou love your mom dearly.  But after her stroke, she’s been calling you non-stop, multiple times a day, because her mind has gone delirious and she’s not making any sense at all.  For example, you got her a 24-hour caregiver to tend to her every need while you’re at work, but somehow that’s still not enough.  She wants you to cancel the caregiver for one reason or another.  Delirium after an acute stroke is very common among the elderly.  A stark change in mental status, especially with regard to concentration and attention, signals confusion and should be documented for your loved one’s doctor.  Whatever you do, do not cancel the caregiver but take the following steps to guard your own sanity:

  • Set boundaries – turn off your phone for blocks of time so you can have some peace
  • Don’t try to reason with someone who won’t listen
  • Find a community group in your area where you can vent (not just an online community group but an actual group that meets near you)
  • Find opportunities to socialize with your friends as much as possible
  • Strive to maintain normalcy in your own life
  • Have the live-in caregiver document symptoms so that your elderly one can receive proper treatment after a stroke

If your mom’s delirium is driving you crazy, it’s best to rely on professional 24-hour care so you can have both of your needs met.  A-1 Home Care’s professionals are experts at assuaging seniors who seem “needy” or irrational.  Our First Aid/CPR-certified caregivers have years of experience helping seniors and their families; we treat your loved ones as though they’re our own.

Affordable and Reliable Senior Care

You and your loved one can enjoy high quality senior care at the most competitive rates in Southern California.  Established in 1991, A-1 Home Care has been serving seniors and their families in Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, Glendora, Hollywood, and other parts of LA County.  As one of the few state-licensed agencies in California, A-1 Home Care aims to protect your loved ones from predators and scam artists.

For elder care you can trust, call A-1 Home Care (626) 287-0250 or visit us online for more details.

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Changing Up Your Cooking Habits Could Reduce Diabetes Risk

It’s not so much what you eat as to how you prepare it.  According to a new study, changing your cooking ways will reduce the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.  Instead of frying, grilling or baking your food (also known as “dry-heat cooking”), try to boil, steam or poach it.  Dry-heat cooking is known to produce advanced glycation end products (AGEs), of which high levels are associated with insulin resistance.  Examples of substitute foods include boiled eggs, poached chicken and beef stew.  A-1 Home Care has a talented team of caregivers who also happen to be great cooks.  If you suspect that your elderly loved one is at risk for Diabetes, call on A-1 Home Care for help!

Your Personal 24 Hour Chef & Caregiver

Live-in care can get fun and creative when you learn to cook differently side by side with a talented caregiver and chef.  A-1 Home Care’s diverse team of caregivers have years of experience caring for seniors with Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Lou Gehrig’s disease and other conditions.  They have mastered the culinary skill of preparing delicious meals based on doctor’s recommendations.  One bite of a meal prepared by one of our seasoned caregivers will make you wonder why you didn’t change your cooking habits sooner.  It’s not as hard as we think, and the sooner we change our habits, the less restrictive our diets will seem.

About A-1 Home Care

A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency in Pasadena.  We have been privileged to serve seniors and their families for over 20 years, establishing strong relationships with existing and future clientele with high quality in-home care services and a strong, diverse team of caregivers of the highest caliber.  A-1 Home Care offers the best in-home care services possible without compromising quality, integrity, and values.  Our 24 hour care and live-out in-home care services are covered by long term care insurance and veteran benefits.  For those paying out of pocket, we have elder care services that fit every budget under the sun.

To hire a caregiver today, call A-1 Home Care (626) 287-0250 or visit us online for more details. Caregiver services are offered in Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Altadena, La Canada, Glendale, Burbank, and other surrounding cities.

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Cancer Prevention and Awareness for the Elderly

SuccessAccording to the United States Cancer Statistics,  the top cancers for 2013 were as follows:

  • Female breast cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Lymphoma cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Thyroid cancer

Across the board, cancer statistics are scary, but there are plenty of ways you could prevent cancer if you practice a healthy lifestyle.  As researchers learn more about different diseases and come with various medical resolutions, you can help an elderly loved one partake in making healthy choices in daily living.  A-1 Home Care helps seniors in Pasadena and surrounding areas to make those choices while you are away at work, so that nothing falls through the cracks.

How In-Home Care Can Help

If you are concerned that a loved one might develop cancer, a 24-hour caregiver will ensure that your elderly loved one is taking the steps to a healthier lifestyle.  Our caregivers will monitor your loved ones’ daily habits; they can alert you to areas of concern, such as use of tobacco, excessive consumption of alcohol, overeating or lack of physical activity.   Round-the-clock in-home care can still be helpful if your loved one has cancer; regardless of the stage, your loved one may feel too fatigued to do chores around the house.  Live-in care entails assistance with chores, cooking, cleaning, bathing, grooming and personal care.

About A-1 Home Care in Pasadena

A-1 Home Care is one of the few state-licensed home care agencies in California.  Established in 1991, we have tirelessly served seniors and their families in the communities of Pasadena, Glendale, Glendora, Burbank, Sierra Madre, and other surrounding cities.  As a licensed, bonded and insured agency, we extensively screen each of our caregivers for their criminal background checks, DMV records and professional reference verification.  We aim to protect your elderly loved ones from predators and fraudulent scams!

To hire a caregiver today, call A-1 Home Care (626) 287-0250 or visit us online for more details.

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Pasadena In-Home Care: A Small Case Study Presents Positive Effects of Dementia

Dedicated Caregivers 2A very small study examining 48 adults with mild cognitive impairment presented seniors with the Silver Lining Questionnaire (SLQ).  The research subjects for the University of Kentucky’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging were asked what they believed about their illness’s impact on various areas of their lives.  The findings, which were presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference last week, reveal that the subjects had a much more positive view of dementia than expected.  The participants reported increased appreciation and acceptance of life, less concern about failure, higher tolerance of others, strengthened relationships and anticipation of new opportunities to meet people.  While this study represents a small sample of the aging population, it only recognizes the attitudes of participants in their early stages of dementia.

Regardless of which stage of dementia your elderly loved one may be in, A-1 Home Care in Pasadena provides the in-home care staffing and tools necessary to make your loved one’s life the best it can be.  Our diverse pool of licensed vocational nurses, certified home health aides and nurse assistants will take care of your loved ones as thought they were their own parents.  Seniors immensely enjoy the company of our personable caregivers while receiving assistance with meal preparation, light housekeeping, transportation, medication reminders, personal care and more.

Since its inception in 1991, A-1 Home Care has been delivering exceptional senior care to communities all over Pasadena, Duarte, Sierra Madre, La Canada Flintridge, Monrovia, Azusa, Glendale, Burbank, and other surrounding cities in LA County.  We are licensed, bonded and insured so your elderly loved ones will be protected from predators and fraud.  Every caregiver who walks through our door is extensively screened through a national criminal background check, DMV check and professional reference verification.  You can finance dementia care with our reasonable rates and terms or go through long-term care insurance and veteran benefits.

To hire a caregiver today, call A-1 Home Care (626) 287-0250 or visit us online for more details.

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Heart Health in Pasadena

Myocardinal Infarctions or “Heart Attacks” as they are more commonly known are brought on by impaired blood flow to the heart brought on by a blood clot when plaque build-up in wall of a coronary artery ruptures.  There are a number of factors that can play into a heart attack such as smoking, high blood pressure, Diabetes, obesity and cholesterol.

A Stroke or heart attack is a life altering occurrence and must be dealt with seriously.  Those who experience a heart attack are especially at risk as the heart is permanently weaker due scarring of the heart muscle.  It is important to learn to recognize the symptoms of heart disease especially if there is a history of the condition in the family.  The most common symptom of the condition is chest pain or angina.  Often mistaken for heartburn, angina can be described as a pressure or heaviness in the chest.  It may also be felt in the arms, neck, back and jaw.  Other symptoms include:

  • Irregular heart beats
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath

While an actual heart attack on the other hand may include all of the above to a stronger degree in addition to weakness and anxiety-IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO SEEK EMERGECNY MEDICAL ATTENTION IF YOU THINK YOU ARE HAVING A HEART ATTACK.  Immediate action can lessen the damage to the heart muscle.

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At A-1 Home Care in Pasadena, we specialize in expert Heart Attack Care on a 24 Hour Live-In schedule or Hourly.  Our skilled and compassionate staff of expert Heart Attack Caregivers will make sure your loved one is safe and comfortable as well assist with help around the home, preparation of healthy meals, supervision of medication, companion care and much more.

We offer affordable rates on the highest level of Personal Care and always go the extra mile for our clients.  Whether it’s tending to the needs of the family cat or making sure doctor’s visits are met on time, you can rest assured that their needs will be met.  Contact us today to learn more and receive a free quote at (626) 287-0250 or (562) 929-8400.  We are proud to be the Home Care agency of choice for all of Century City, Glendale, Santa Monica and Sierra Madre.

Whose turn is it to take care of Mom?

a-1 home care whittier caregiver agencyThe time that everyone has been anticipating has come.  Mom is at that age when she can no longer live by herself, but you and your siblings live far from each other and all of you have families of your own.  Naturally speaking, the one who lives closest to Mom will be the one to take on most of the responsibilities of caregiving while the others chip in from a distance.  But what if Mom lives in another state altogether?  Who’s going to step up to the plate and take time off from work to provide unpaid elder care to your loved one?  Last year, about 40 million Americans faced a scenario similar to this, and the anticipation of elder care puts strain on sibling relationships and parent/child relationships.  It’s a delicate dynamic, but A-1 Home Care in Pasadena helps families mediate and resolve conflict so that everyone’s needs are met – including the adult children’s needs.

It’s a Win-Win Situation with 24-Hour In-Home Care

Almost everyone will agree that hiring professional in-home help is the best solution for elder care.  If you were going to take time off from work to care for your elderly loved one and not get paid for it like so many fellow Americans did last year, why not calculate the cost of going on personal leave and use those funds toward hiring a live-in caregiver who’s experienced, trained and knowledgeable in senior care?  It would probably cost less than taking a personal leave, too, if your siblings are willing to chip in for 24-hour elder care.  You do not have to shoulder the entire burden of home care costs if you work together in this.  In-home care takes a huge load off everyone’s shoulders, and you won’t have to deal with caregiver burden, which takes a toll on family caregivers’ emotional, physical and mental health.  A-1 Home Care offers affordable round-the-clock senior care services in Pasadena without compromising quality.

About A-1 Home Care in Pasadena

A-1 Home Care was established in 1991 as a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency that’s dedicated to delivering superior in-home care services all over Pasadena.  For over two decades, A-1 Home Care has exceeded the expectations of the populations we serve, thus winning the hearts of every senior and family member in Southern California.  Thanks to our wonderful team of caregivers, certified home health aides and nurse aides, we’ve been able to expand and grow, covering numerous geographic regions in Southern California.  Non-medical home care services include assistance with meal preparation, cleaning, light housekeeping, bathing, grooming, toileting care, companion care and more.  Talk to one of our care managers today about our flexible payment plans; A-1 Home Care also accepts veteran benefits and long-term care insurance.

To hire a caregiver today, call A-1 Home Care (626) 287-0250 or visit us online for more details. Caregiver services are offered in Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Altadena, La Canada, Glendale, Burbank, and other surrounding cities.

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Pasadena In-Home Care: Oral Health Essential to Overall Senior Health

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The risks for oral disease in older adults are greater when the elderly are afflicted with neurological diseases that cause pain in the facial area.  The level of pain is such that it severely debilitates the person from caring for himself, and thus the neglect of oral care compounds the effect of age-related ailments such as Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s and Dementia, and Huntington’s Disease.  In a recent study published in Scientific Reports (2016), researchers have found a link between certain kinds of stroke and the presence of oral bacteria (cnm-positive Streptococcus mutans).   About 26% of elderly patients who were admitted into a hospital for hemorrhagic stroke were reported to have this specific bacterium.  In Pasadena and other cities throughout Los Angeles County, many seniors turn to A-1 Home Care for help with oral care and other daily activities.


For the elderly and adults with developmental disabilities, having a 24-hour caregiver at home is vital to one’s physical, psychological and emotional health.  Since oral health is closely linked to all three, not just to having healthy gums and teeth, it’s important to have an in-home caregiver with extensive experience in elder care.  A live-in or live-out caregiver dramatically reduces the chance of dental disease by providing assistance with teeth cleaning and flossing.  A-1 Home Care’s highly skilled certified nurse assistants not only assist with oral care but they also assist with taking vital signs, performing house chores, assist with bathing and grooming, and provide transportation to and from medical appointments in Pasadena or surrounding cities.


Established in 1991, A-1 Home Care has been the leading elder care provider in Los Angeles County.  Thanks to our wonderful team of caregivers and care managers, A-1 Home Care is still going strong 25 years later, providing the county’s best in-home care support at the most competitive rates.  Licensed, bonded and insured, A-1 Home Care sets the bar when it comes to customer satisfaction and quality of care.  No one is allowed to enter the sanctuary of your home without your approval.  Each candidate is screened through two interviews, first with our experienced care managers and secondly with the client.  Our management team is devoted to delivering reliable, compassionate and excellent senior care to the elderly in Pasadena, Arcadia, Glendale, Burbank, Covina, Diamond Bar, and other cities throughout Los Angeles County.  A-1 Home Care accepts Veteran Benefits and long-term care insurance.  Senior care is also available to anyone with our easy financing options!

For a free quote, call A-1 Home Care (626) 287-0250 or visit our website for more details. 


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