Arcadia Senior Safety: Companion Care for Seniors at Risk

senior paintStories of elderly abuse in the form of financial and emotional abuse abound.  They take place in facilities and in the private homes of seniors.  Unfortunately, seniors who live alone or those who don’t seem to get support from family members are at highest risk.  If predators view you as isolated, lonely, and physically weak without much social support, they will view you as an easy target.  Seniors who are widowed, divorced or separated seek companionship, and with the advent of technology, online dating websites make it that much easier to connect with strangers who pose as elderly candidates for companionship or romance.

If you have an elderly loved one who lives far away or lives alone, or if you’re worried about the emotional state of your parent who has gone through a recent divorce or death of a spouse, try to reach out to your loved one more often.  Make it a habit of calling them at least once a day to check up on them.  If you know your elderly loved one’s medical history and risks, ask them how they are faring on their own.

Without someone around the house, an elderly person’s needs may go unnoticed.  With a certified, pre-screened companion, you can help safeguard against the following risks:

  • Social isolation
  • Poor medication management
  • Malnutrition
  • Lapse of doctor and dental visits
  • Poor eyesight
  • Involvement with questionable characters

A-1 Home Care will do everything to ensure that your elderly loved one is safe and protected from physical, emotional and financial harm.  Companion care services include meal preparation, daily light housekeeping, laundry, transportation to medical and dental appointments, social excursions, great conversation, and medication monitoring.  A thorough investigation of every caregiver’s criminal background and references is completed before someone is sent into your home.

Call A-1 Home Care today (626) 287-0250 or visit us online www.arcadiainhomecare.com to learn more about companion home care services.  We cover Arcadia, Sierra Madre, Pasadena, Monterey Park and Monrovia

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Arcadia Arthritis Care

Arthritis is a debilitating disease that affects the joints.  With over 100 different types of arthritis, the most common ones we hear about are a-1 home care rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Symptoms of arthritis include stiffness in joints, pain during movement, fatigue, depression, muscle strains, and inflammation.  This painful disease intrusively interferes with an individual’s daily activities, and the pain is so agonizing that it becomes impossible to walk, kneel, eat, or write.  Simple tasks like holding a pen become a gruesome ordeal.

As time passes, patients with arthritis become more reclusive, as they abstain from social activities like going to church or going out to dinner with friends, because walking becomes unbearable.  The depression associated with arthritis steepens with social isolation.

While it is hurtful for family members to witness their loved one’s health decline, they can still turn to home care agencies like A-1 Home Care to provide loving support at home.  Caregivers, certified nurse assistants, and home health aides are trained to assist arthritis patients with daily activities like meal preparations, light housecleaning, laundry, and uplifting companionship.  Your loved one will greatly benefit from the presence of someone who understands arthritis and knows how to take care of his or her specific needs.

Call (626) 287-0250 today or visit our website www.arcadiainhomecare.com to learn more.  We serve Arcadia, San Marino, Monrovia, Monterey Park, Sierra Madre, Duarte, Pasadena, and other surrounding cities. 

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Arcadia Heart Attack Care

A-1 Home CareIf you’re a fan of cheeseburgers, fried chicken and fries, then you are headed for heart trouble. Foods high in cholesterol will clog your arteries and shorten your lifespan, increasing the chances of stroke and heart attack. A heart attack occurs when there is a build-up of fatty acids, protein and calcium within an artery. These form plaques, and when the plaques harden, they crack, allowing blood to come and form clots in the area. If the clot gets big enough, it blocks the flow of blood, robbing the heart of its supply of oxygen. The death of heart muscles due to lack of oxygen results in discomfort, pain in chest, indigestion, nausea, irregular or rapid heartbeats, and feeling of heartburn. These symptoms last longer than half an hour. People with diabetes are more prone to having heart attacks than others.

Life after Heart Attack

To assist with cardiac rehabilitation, home care agencies offer outpatient assistance with exercise programs, medication reminders, daily chores and transportation. A-1 Home Care’s certified nurse aides will work with your doctors, nurses and medical care team to ensure that your loved one will follow the prescribed recovery plan to prevent repeat heart attacks and future hospitalization. Having emotional support by your side goes a long way when you have to change lifestyle habits. It’s easy to return to old habits without accountability and encouragement.

Call for a free assessment today (626) 287-0250 or visit http://www.arcadiainhomecare.com to view our comprehensive list of services. For over 20 years, A-1 Home Care has delivered exceptional in-home care to Arcadia, Alta Dena, San Gabriel, San Marino, Pasadena and other cities throughout Los Angeles County.

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Cancer Care in Arcadia

a-1 home careBy simple definition, cancer refers to an unregulated growth of a group of cells, called tumors. The cause of cancer is unknown, and it can be categorized into two groups: benign and malignant. A benign tumor is cell growth that stays in one area, and a malignant tumor spreads throughout the whole body, infecting other organs. Common types of cancer we hear about on the radio or TV include breast cancer, prostate cancer, and lung cancer.

If given the option, most cancer patients would opt for in-home care after surgery or hospitalization. Caregivers and home health aides provide assistance with meal preparation, medication, personal care and lifting/transferring. There’s no need to stress when your loved one is in good hands! A-1 Home Care is a licensed and bonded in-home care agency that provides experienced and reliable certified nurse assistants, caregivers and companions to meet your needs.

For a free assessment, please call (626) 287-0250 or visit http://www.arcadiainhomecare.com to learn more about our wide range of cancer care services. A-1 Home Care serves families in Arcadia, Sierra Madre, San Gabriel, San Marino, Pasadena and other cities throughout San Gabriel Valley.

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Kidney Care in Arcadia

Cooking with Grandma.The basic function of a kidney is to filter wastes through the blood, regulate blood pressure and maintain a balance of salt and minerals. When kidneys fail to function, the following symptoms take effect: nausea, swelling in ankles, insomnia, shortness of breath, and build-up of wastes in the blood. What causes kidneys to fail in the first place? Drugs, traumatic blows to your lower back, and pregnancy complications are just three of many ways that stop kidneys from functioning properly.

When you feel physically weak and have a hard time breathing, it’s hard to maintain an upbeat attitude every single day when it seems like you are losing your ability to do simple tasks like meal preparations and household chores. The emotional support you need may come much later in the day when family or friends come home from work. But during the day is when you need help the most. That is where caregivers come in. With their companionship, energy and skills, they provide you the assistance you need to get the job done – whether it’s taking you to the clinic for dialysis treatments, dispensing the correct medication and preparing meals in accordance with the doctor’s orders, caregivers and home health aides are there to help!

Call A-1 Home Care today to ask about Kidney Care (626) 287-0250 or visit our website http://www.arcadiainhomecare.com to see a list of other services we provide in Arcadia, Pasadena,Altadena, El Monte, Monrovia, San Marino, and surrounding cities.

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Skilled ALS Home Care in Arcadia

a-1 home careLou Gehrig’s Disease, also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), affects about 5,000 Americans every year. It is a fatal disease that destroys the motor neurons controlling voluntary muscle movement.  The first areas affected by ALS are the extremities, such as legs and armsEarly symptoms of Lou Gehrig’s Disease include weakness in arms, awkwardness in walking, more frequent stumbling or tripping.  Other small signs may be difficulty in performing small tasks such as turning a key in the lock or buttoning a shirt.

In-home health care becomes increasingly important as ALS progresses.  It is a debilitating disease that weighs heavily not only on the suffering individual but also family members as well.  A-1 Home Care’s experienced home health aides, certified nurse assistants, caregivers and companions are there to meet your needs or your loved one’s needs by providing the following services:  tracheotomy care, medication reminders, meal preparations, assistance with personal hygiene and mobility, light housekeeping, running errands, transportation, and uplifting companionship.  

To meet with a caregiver, please call (626) 287-0250 or visit our website http://www.arcadiainhomecare.com to find out more about ALS Care in your city.   A-1 Home Care provides exceptional in-home care in Arcadia, Sierra Madre, El Monte, San Marino, Temple City and surrounding areas. 

 

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Arcadia Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care

alz 1The words “Dementia and “Alzheimer’s” are used interchangeably but in reality, they are not synonymous with each other.  Dementia refers to a group of symptoms related to cognitive impairment and is not necessarily connected with age.  Alzheimer’s, on the other hand, generally sets in during the golden years and is commonly associated with memory loss.  You may have heard about elderly ladies wandering out of the house in the middle of the night or Grandpa forgetting how to brush his teeth.  These are symptoms of Alzheimer’s; although seemingly innocent and funny at times, symptoms of Alzheimer’s can lead to disastrous results if not monitored properly.

If you or a loved one is experiencing early symptoms of Alzheimer’s, it is best to get treated by a doctor before symptoms get worse.  Though there is no known cure, treatment for Alzheimer’s is available.  Doctors strongly recommend the presence of a caregiver in the home, especially as in-home health care has become the widespread trend across America.  A-1 Home Care provides excellent Alzheimer’s Care round-the-clock to provide relief for working family members and to give comfort to elderly loved ones who prefer to stay in the comfort of familiar surroundings.

Call A-1 Home Care today (626) 287-0250 or visit our website http://www.arcadiainhomecare.com to get a free estimate for live-in or live-out care!  We provide Alzheimer’s Care in Arcadia, Monrovia, Sierra Madre, Burbank, Covina and surrounding cities. 

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