Posted on Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
Are you a senior in Southern California who’s struggling with pain and would benefit from the most affordable home care options available anywhere?
At A-1 Home Care, seniors experience comfort at its finest, as our dynamic home care experts come to the privacy of clients’ homes and help them find relief. After all, having to take on the everyday responsibilities in your home can really begin to take its toll on your health, particularly when there is no help available to lighten the load.
A-1 Home Care provides elder care options for a variety of different pain symptoms and health conditions, including Parkinson’s disease care, cancer care, and diabetes care. There’s even care options like special needs care for adult children in the home who are likely to outlive their parents, and postpartum care for mothers who would benefit from additional assistance in the home immediately following the birth of a new family member.
Some of the specific home care services provided by A-1 Home Care include:
• help with housecleaning duties like dusting, laundry, dish washing, bed-making, and vacuuming
• help with yard work and gardening tasks like mowing the lawn, raking leaves, and watering plants
• running errands like grocery shopping and picking up clothes from the cleaners
• healthy meal preparation that has kidney-careful ingredients
• good companionship and conversation
• medication reminders
• transportation to and from medical appointments, kidney treatments, and other existing engagements
• personal care like bathing and dressing
A-1 Home Care’s senior care solutions are also extremely affordable, because you deserve top-notch care that won’t break the bank in the process.
If you’d like to find out more about the lasting home care solutions in Orange County and surrounding areas, then call one of the helpful caregivers at A-1 Home Care today by dialing (310) 657-8780, (949) 650-3800, or (562) 929-8400. A-1 Home Care has been serving throughout Orange County and Los Angeles for more than 20 years already, including in cities like Corona Del Mar, Pasadena, Newport Beach, Diamond Bar, and Encino.
Posted on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015
Having a child is a beautiful thing, regardless of his/her gifts and abilities. In the case of having a special needs child in the house, parents oftentimes must seek outside the home to find the best child care services to go along inside it.
At A-1 Home Care, you’ll find the perfect special needs care provider for your child, as each one has years of specialized experience for helping manage an assortment of child disabilities, including those of both the physical and mental varieties.
Some of the specific special needs they tailor to include Down syndrome, autism, epilepsy, asthma, juvenile diabetes, cerebral palsy, childhood cancer, blindness, deafness, Rett syndrome, and muscular dystrophy. They also provide exceptional care services for young ones with behavioral problems or learning deficiencies, including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, Sundowners, Tourette’s syndrome, Central Auditory Processing Disorder, Reye’s Syndrome, Asperger’s (which is on the autism spectrum), Childhood Disintegration Disorder, and just about anything else.
If you’re looking for an opportunity to start your career as a certified special-needs child care provider, then it’s time you checked out A-1 Home Care by dialing (562) 929-8400 today. After all, A-1 Home Care has plenty of opportunities for growth and just as many opportunities to apply the skills and knowledge you gain from our expert resources out in the nearby Los Angeles and Orange County communities, you’ll find that your compassion and helpful attitude has the potential to help take special-needs children to the next level!
Plus, doing so will help relieve the oftentimes-anxious parents of those children who have struggled to understand the best way(s) to manage them.
Posted on Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
When it comes to caring for an elderly loved one, family members and close friends are often the first to provide their energy and resources to ensure that he/she is properly taken care of. But just how realistic can it be for working adults who probably have a job and a family of their own to also take care of someone who may need continual supervision?
A-1 Home Care Agency is the leading senior services agency in the Orange County and Los Angeles regions, providing long-term care options for older loved ones who might otherwise unintentionally be spreading their family caretakers thin. In fact, clinical observational studies along with empirical research has uncovered evidence that caregiving offered to seniors by unprofessional hands– no matter how genuine the caretaker’s intentions are– can cause more harm than good for both parties.
The reason for this is that such caregiving services, especially when it’s around-the-clock home care, are indicative of a “chronic stress experience” for non-professionals because they manifest physical and psychological strain for the person(s) responsible of care. Also, such untrained elder care accommodations are frequently met head on with varying levels of unpredictability and uncontrollability from the patient, particularly if he/she is suffering from a progressive mental disease like dementia. This can eventually lead to instances of secondary stress in multiple life domains for both the patient and the caregiver, as the caregiver in question is not ready for the high level of constant vigilant supervision and hands-on care that is necessary for providing successful senior services to their loved one over time.
But A-1 Home Care’s professional home helpers and nurse aids are licensed and fully trained to be ready for any of the obstacles a struggling senior might face in day-to-day life. This allows the patient to feel confident that he/she is receiving the best care while close friends and relatives experience freedom from having to go through those stressful caregiving responsibilities, all at a minimal cost.
For more information about why professional at-home caregivers like those at A-1 Home Care are the best solution to providing consistent care for your senior loved one, call 562-929-8400 today and ask about the potential caregiving opportunities that might be available to you. With offices in Beverly Hills, Irvine, Anaheim Hills, Seal Beach, and Fullerton, A-1 Home Care reaches out to communities across the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.
Posted on Thursday, December 11th, 2014
Who better to ask than your elderly loved one’s caregiver for tips on gifts? If you are wondering what to buy for your parent, grandparent, in-law, or distant relative, asking the person who is around your family member all day every day is the smartest thing you can do. After all, if the caregiver provides live-in services most days of the week, he or she will know what your elderly loved one needs and wants. Their caregiver will give you great insight into what kinds of gadgets will enhance the quality of living for both care partner and care recipient.
Here are a few ideas from A-1 Home Care that you may consider when giving gifts for your loved ones:
A-1 Home Care wishes everyone “Happy Holidays” and a Happy New Year! Start the year off right with the right home care assistance and technology gadgets that will make your life easier. If you are a family caregiver looking for an extra pair of hands and feet to take the load off your shoulders, A-1 Home Care provides round-the-clock live-in care and hourly care for you and your entire family. If you have experienced the joys of caregiving and would like to join A-1 Home Care’s winning team, contact us today!
Call A-1 Home Care for home care or caregiver referral career opportunities in Los Angeles County (562) 929-8400 or Orange County (949) 650-3800!
Posted on Thursday, December 4th, 2014
The holiday season rolls around once a year, and for many families, this is the only time when family reunions are possible. For married or dating couples, they take turns visiting each other’s side of the families for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Perhaps your siblings chose you to be the host for this year’s holiday preparations but you also have extra responsibilities of caring for your elderly loved ones. Give yourself a break this holiday season and let A-1 Home Care’s certified nurse aides, home health aides, companions, and caregivers do the work for you or at least assist with elder care duties so you can have more time (and energy) to enjoy the holidays with your family.
By definition, respite care is temporary, short-term caregiver relief for the family caregiver. It can last anywhere from two weeks to two months or longer. A-1 Home Care offers respite care for a few hours a day to 24-hour care on a short-term basis. Once you’ve experienced short-term relief from our wonderful compassionate caregivers, you will want to extend it to long-term care because of the physical and emotional relief you feel when you get time to yourself! A-1 Home Care’s superior companions become part of the family because they take care of you as if you were their own. The elderly and the entire family get to benefit from professional, highly skilled assistance around the house, and who wouldn’t that all year round?
Helping Hands for the Holidays
A-1 Home Care offers assistance with daily living activities, such as meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundry, toileting care, errands, shopping, companion care, and transportation to local destinations. During the holidays, we can assist you with meal preparation if your elderly loved ones require a special diet separately from the rest of the family, and we will ensure that your parents or in-laws will receive the undivided attention they deserve. Nothing will fall by the wayside, so don’t you worry about getting sidetracked or distracted when visitors come to town.
A Reward for Your Hard Work
Give yourself a pat on the back and reward yourself for taking on the noble task of caring for your elderly loved one! You deserve to enjoy the holidays without the stress and frustration that comes from lack of rest and energy. Self-care is the best gift you can give yourself if you haven’t done so already. You will be pleasantly surprised how well home care assistance works out for everyone. Getting a good night’s sleep without interruptions, staying home without having to drive all over town for errands, and being present in the moment with your loved one is a gift your parents will treasure, more than you know.
To learn more respite care services or to become a caregiver for A-1 Home Care, call our office today (562) 929-8400 for services in Los Angeles County or (949) 650-3800 for services in Orange County.
Posted on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
A-1 Home Care salutes all family caregivers for taking care of their elderly loved ones while still trying to juggle between professional, personal and family life. Many times, caregiving falls on the laps of unsuspecting adults when their parents or grandparents have a sudden heart attack or stroke. The course of their lives turns around and they find themselves having to make last-minute changes to accommodate for their elderly loved ones returning home after a hospital discharge. If you turned into a family caregiver overnight or in a matter of weeks, you may experience many hours of heavy lifting, transferring, and awkward body positions when trying to provide toileting care, bathing, or mobility assistance. You may be lucky enough to have family members in your own home or relatives nearby who will take turns caring for your parent. Eventually, however, everyone will have to go back to work, and taking additional time off from work may not be an option for you. Will you be in a good physical shape by the time you return to the work force? Studies show high rates of back injuries and other physical health problems of caregivers who care for elderly loved ones with limited or no assistance.
An Extra Pair of Hands May Save Your Life
Don’t wear yourself out by taking care of your elderly loved one. If your physical and emotional health are compromised, who will take care of you? A-1 Home Care provides highly skilled caregivers, companions, certified nurse aides and home health aides to lend you a helping hand when you need it the most. From meal preparation to toileting care to companion care, we do all the hard work for you so you can get rest and enjoy life. Our team of professional home are aides are there to divide your load so you can spend quality time with family rather than worry about the hustle and bustle of elder care. According to many research studies, caregivers suffer from caregiver burnout, which entails emotional and mental exhaustion, physical pain and chronic fatigue. More women than men have a hard time re-entering the work force after a leave of absence.
Caregiving: The Fastest-Growing Occupation
After taking care of an elderly loved one, many have fallen in love with caregiving, simply because it is a deeply meaningful career in which you get to bond with an elderly person. It is not just “another job,” but rather a career that fosters emotional and personal development in both the caregiver and the care recipient. A-1 Home Care offers full-time and part-time referral positions for experienced caregivers, certified nurse assistants, and certified home health aides in Los Angeles and Orange County. Interested in rewarding career? Join A-1 Home Care today!
Call A-1 Home Care (562) 929-8400 for Los Angeles County or (949) 650-3800 for Orange County and ask a representative about our application process.
Posted on Thursday, November 20th, 2014
According to the LA Times, about 39% of adults help a loved one with a disease or disability. Most caregivers have had to sacrifice their social life in order to take care of family responsibilities. By the time they come home from work and are done caring for their elderly loved ones, they have no energy left to spend time with friends or enjoy leisurely activities. If you are the primary caregiver in your family, don’t be afraid to ask for support from your siblings, cousins or other family members. If you are the secondary caregiver providing financial support or other types of non-direct support from a distance, you can offer to help the primary caregiver in various ways:
If you have friends and family who are caring for their loved ones, your assistance physically or financially will make a tremendous difference in their lives. Even if they are too tired to acknowledge your help, one day they will appreciate what you do for them. A-1 Home Care provides live-in and live-out home care assistance all over Los Angeles and Orange County.
Interested in joining the A-1 Home Care team of caregivers, certified nurse assistants, home health aides, and companions? You are not alone! Many have joined A-1 Home Care/A-1 Domestic Professional Services for one reason: they love to help the elderly.
If you have two helping hands and a golden heart to serve others, call A-1 Home Care today (562) 929-8400 or (949) 650-3800 and ask about our application process!
Posted on Friday, November 14th, 2014
One of the most difficult challenges in a rewarding position such as home care is dealing with an elderly individual’s personality. Paranoia, delusions, hallucinations and irritability are symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, but these moods or distorted thinking patterns could also be symptomatic of other factors, like depression, repressed anger, or other mood disorder. In order to make your own life easier and enhance your performance on the job, A-1 Home Care offers the following tips to improve quality of life both for you and your elderly client or loved one:
Redirect the conversation or activity.
If you sense that the conversation is going in a negative direction, change the subject to something lighter. However, if the person is expressing concern or pain, do not ignore them but see if you can fix the problem. Validating an elderly person’s pain and grievance is one of the most valuable things you can do. After you address the problem, introduce a more positive subject, like suggesting a walk around the block or watching the senior’s favorite TV show.
Keep your reactions in check.
If you are caring for an elderly family member, elder care can be challenging if you have had a rough history with this family member. Get outside help if necessary from understanding individuals who can help you sort out your emotions. Talk to family members, friends, or mental health professionals so you can sustain your own sanity in caring for a loved one. Elder care may be more palatable if you hire a professional caregiver from a licensed, bonded and home care agency because that person can set aside her emotions and focus on the task. The less history baggage with the care recipient, the better. While on the job, take breaks when necessary so you can get some breathing room and de-stress.
Be cautious about accusations.
Anyone who has taken care of a senior with Alzheimer’s or dementia knows full well the capability of an elderly person to accuse a caregiver of stealing. If your elderly loved one is accusing your sibling or a caregiver from an agency about some questionable activity, take into consideration your loved one’s memory issues or paranoid inclinations. Investigate every claim that your loved one makes so that you do not burn any bridges with the accused caregiver.
Senior safety, caregiver safety, and professionalism are values that A-1 Home Care upholds. If you are interested in becoming a caregiver for A-1 Home Care, call (562) 929-8400 or (949) 650-3800 to speak to a representative about career opportunities.
Posted on Thursday, November 6th, 2014
Caregivers need to keep themselves hydrated just as much as their elderly clients. One of the leading causes of dehydration is strenuous labor, which is often part of elder care. Lifting and transferring patients, even when done by two caregivers, can place extra stress on the spine, putting caregivers at high risk for back injuries. Do any of these issues sound familiar to you?
How do we lose water every day?
Caregivers lose water through sweat, breathing, and using the restroom and in order to keep up the energy levels to care for another person, caregivers and companions should replenish their water supply so they can feel less exhausted.
Enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables with your elderly loved one or client
Fruits and veggies account for 20% of your water intake, so why not enjoy some of your favorite fruits with your client or loved one? For good cardio care and lower blood pressure, pop in a few strawberries topped with whipped cream. Eight strawberries supplies you with more Vitamin C than an orange. If you feel low on energy or feeling the “blues,” peel a banana! Bananas contain tryptophan, which the body converts to serotonin, which is commonly known as the “happy hormone.”
Drink extra water before and during strenuous activity
If you anticipate some heavy duty elder care activities at certain hours during your shift, drink extra fluids before and during the task. If you tend to sweat a lot, that’s all the more reason to drink water to replace lost fluids. Keep yourself hydrated with a bottle of water handy at work, at home, or in your car (stored safely away from heat and the sun).
A-1 Home Care is all about taking care of their direct care workers as well as their elderly clients. For caregiver referral career opportunities with A-1 Home Care, please call (562) 929-8400 and ask about the application process.
Posted on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
The job market for caregivers, certified nurse aides and home health aides is projected to grow exponentially faster than other occupations, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. In a 2008 National Population Projections report, seniors over age 65 will represent 20% of America’s population in 2030. The increasing needs of the elderly for caregivers, along with adults’ needs for flexible job hours, are creating a new kind of job market that spawns the explosion of home care agencies across the United States.
Irregular Hours for Part-Time Work
Are you currently working full-time or part-time but would like supplemental income? This type of work is very popular among women who already perform similar duties at home, like taking care of an elderly loved one at home or caring for a child with special needs. The typical 9-5 office job may not accommodate for adults who have to take care of family at home, but these individuals still need income. A-1 Home Care offers hourly and overnight job opportunities for those who have irregular work schedules.
Steady Full-Time Work
Many former counselors, teachers, and nurses fall in love with caregiving and have chosen home care services to be their full-time career. A-1 Home Care offers all types of live-in and live-out job referral opportunities for experienced, trained, and certified nurse aides, home health aides, companion care providers, and custodial service providers.
Caregiver Referral Opportunities with A-1 Home Care
Our doors are always open to interested parties who want to serve the elderly and other parts of the population. In addition to elder care, we also provide postpartum care, child care, post-surgery care, care for adults and children with special needs, and specialized care, such as Cancer Care, Parkinson’s Care, and Lou Gehrig’s Care. In order to work for A-1 Home Care/A-1 Domestic Professional Services, all applicants must be trained with a minimum of two years of experience, have verifiable references in the United States, and pass character/personality assessments.
Established in 1991, A-1 Home Care has won the trust of clients and their families for 23 years. We perform extensive criminal background checks, thoroughly verify all references, and ensure compatibility between our caregivers and clients so that seniors receive the best care possible.
If you meet the requirements and would like to be part of our winning team, call A-1 Home Care today (562) 929-8400 and ask about our application process.