What to Do When Your Parents Show Signs of Caregiver Burnout

????????????????????????????????????????Bless your dear mother’s heart for wanting to take care of her elderly mother in her golden days.  All seems well until you start noticing signs of burnout: lack of frustration with your grandmother, lashing out of emotions, living in denial that she [your mom] needs help with caregiving, and lack of patience.  You watch with concern as your mother slowly deteriorates from taking care of your grandmother 24 hours a day, yet when you offer to help, she refuses it because she feels guilty for stepping away for even a moment.  She remembers her promise from long ago that she would take care of your grandmother when she needs her, and now she is fulfilling her filial duties, although it’s taking a toll on her mental, physical and emotional health.  What do you do when your dedicated parents are at their wits’ end and refuse your help?

Introduce a “Friend” from A-1 Home Care

You’ve done all you can, and you’re not sure what to do next.  If you haven’t called A-1 Home Care, you haven’t done everything just yet! We can help you figure out ways around the situation so that you’ll be doing everyone a favor, including yourself.  Our experienced care managers will hear you out, listen to your particular scenario and understand your situation before they prescribe the perfect solution to end your parents’ caregiver burnout.  Nobody needs to feel guilty, and you’ll be glad you came to us for help.

A-1 Home Care offers various types of in-home care services, such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care, Arthritis Care, Diabetes Care, Kidney Care and more.  Our 24 hour senior care services include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assistance with cooking, cleaning, bathing, grooming and dressing
  • 24 hour companion care
  • Transportation to medical, dental and optical appointments anywhere in Downey
  • Patient lifting/transferring
  • Assistance with using the hoyer lift
  • Medication reminders
  • Assistance with insulin administration
  • Overnight care
  • Toileting care
  • Incontinence care

Why A-1 Home Care?

Your satisfaction is our #1 priority.  A-1 Home Care not only guarantees 100% satisfaction, we also protect your elderly loved ones from predators, scam artists, theft and fraud.  As one of the few licensed, bonded and insured agencies in California, A-1 Home Care recruits and screens the best caregiver talent that Southern California has to offer.  You can enjoy a wide range of in-home care services, from live-out care to live-in care, hospital sitting, 24 hour personalized care in the comfort of your own home or at an assisted living facility.  We are flexible with our scheduling; we understanding the changing nature of senior health, and we are here to offer you 24 hour support, whether that’s by phone or by providing excellent caregiving services.

Find a quality in-home caregiver today! Call A-1 Home Care (562) 929-8400 or visit us at www.downeyinhomecare.com for services in Downey, Whittier, Pico Rivera, Cerritos and other surrounding cities.

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Is the Baker Act Appropriate for Seniors Who Act Out in Paranoia?

yorba linda cancer careIn case you’re wondering, the Baker Act is known as “5150” in California, a section of the California Welfare and Institutions Code that authorizes involuntary detainment of an individual when he appears to be a physical danger to himself or others.  The person is detained for 72 hours maximum during which time the person is evaluated for his psychiatric condition.  The act of “fifty-one-fiftying” your elderly loved ones can wreak havoc on them.  All too often, seniors are traumatized and harassed after the evaluation.

A Much Less Threatening Evaluation for the Elderly

If your elderly loved one is acting out in delirium or paranoia, chances are that they are experiencing symptoms of Alzheimer’s, a form of dementia that is extremely common among seniors.  Symptoms include the following:

  • Aggressive behavior and personality changes
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Memory loss
  • Inability to remember important dates, places and names
  • Swiftly changing mood swings
  • Wandering at night
  • Excessive repetition of words, questions, sentences and phrases
  • Inability to recognize familiar faces
  • Confusion
  • Delusions

A-1 Home Care in Downey will send out a care manager to conduct a free assessment so you can spare your loved one from harsh treatment in a mental institution.

Affordable 24-Hour Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care

If your elderly loved one needs Alzheimer’s Care, A-1 Home Care offers 24-hour dementia care all year round.  Live-in home care assistance includes cooking, cleaning, bathing, grooming, prescription pick-ups, errands, grocery shopping, patient transferring and positioning, excellent companion care, transportation to appointments in Downey and more.  As one of the few state-licensed agencies in California, A-1 Home Care has been delivering exceptional in-home care services for over two decades.  Licensed, bonded and insured, A-1 Home Care serves to promote wellness and protect your loved ones from scam artists, fraud and theft.

Find a quality Alzheimer’s caregiver today! Call A-1 Home Care (562) 929-8400 or visit us at www.downeyinhomecare.com for services in Downey, Pico Rivera, Whittier, Cerritos, Long Beach, Torrance and other parts of LA County.

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Reduce Sodium Intake with Delicious Meals Prepared by Caregivers

a-1 home care homecare downeyHeart disease, in many ways, could be prevented by simply reducing the level of sodium we consume with the foods we eat.  Even if we did sprinkle less salt in our lunch or dinner, much of the sodium is already in the processed foods prepared by manufacturers and restaurants.  We like our food fast, easy and tasty but healthy, nutritious (and delicious) meals require time and effort.  If you don’t have the time to make meals from scratch and you have an elderly loved one at home who is on a strict diet, A-1 Home Care will find a caregiver with a culinary background for your loved one so you and the whole family can enjoy gourmet-style meals low in sodium!

Affordable, Preventive Cardiac Care 24 Hours a Day

While you’re at work, why not have a live-in companion stay with your elderly loved one?  Our professional, certified caregivers will establish an exercise routine and check vital signs every day to make sure that blood pressure levels are within range.  Not only will our seasoned caregivers prepare delicious meals based on doctor’s recommendations, but 24-hour care also includes grocery shopping, running errands, light housekeeping, bathing, grooming, overnight care, and personal care.

About A-1 Home Care in Downey

A-1 Home Care is a non-medical home care agency that was established in 1991 to deliver only the highest quality of senior care for the elderly and their families in Downey and surrounding cities.  As one of the few state-licensed agencies in California, A-1 Home Care is committed to protecting your loved ones from fraud, theft, shady and questionable characters while providing quality care at affordable prices.  Our 24 hour care, live-in care, live-out care, overnight care and other types of in-home care services are covered by long term care insurance and veteran benefits, but if you are paying out-of-pocket, we have viable financing options that are easy on your budget.

For quality and affordable cardiac in-home care, call A-1 Home Care (562) 929-8400 or visit us at www.downeyinhomecare.com for services in Downey, Whittier, Santa Monica, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Pico Rivera, and other cities throughout Los Angeles County.

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Downey In-Home Care: Groundbreaking Research on Parkinson’s Disease

a-1 home care eldercare temple cityParkinson’s Disease is a disorder of the central nervous system that affects muscle movement.  In the beginning stages, the development is gradual, manifesting signs such as a barely noticeable tremor in one hand, but in advanced stages of Parkinson’s, it greatly reduces movement and causes pain and stiffness.  In the latest development on Parkinson’s Disease, a team of researchers from the University of Montreal and the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (MNI) at McGill University found two key genes that provide insight into this autoimmune disease.

The two genes, known as PINK1 and Parkin, are required to prevent attacks by the immune system.  When these genes are dysfunctional, a presence of small proteins known as antigens forms, and antigens activate autoimmune attacks in Parkinson’s patients.  These findings, found in the June 2016 issue of the journal Cell, are further supported by another study in a mouse model of Parkinson’s disease where the two genes are absent.  Elderly patients in advanced stages of Parkinson’s disease will require increased functional in-home assistance with daily living activities over time.

A-1 Home Care has been delivering exceptional in-home care assistance over the last 20 years to alleviate the pressures of home care for high burden caregivers.  “High burden” caregivers are those who are employed full-time and have additional responsibilities of their own, such as taking care of their children and spouses.  Live-in and live-out senior caregiving services are available at the most competitive rates in LA County; you can finance it through our affordable payment options or go through your long-term insurance provider or veteran benefits.

Find the right Parkinson’s caregiver today! Call A-1 Home Care (562) 929-8400 or visit us at www.downeyinhomecare.com for services in Downey, Whittier, Pico Rivera, Cerritos, Long Beach, Santa Monica, Hollywood, and other cities throughout LA County.

 

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Elders With Social Media Questions Find Answers In Downey

Do you have an elder in the home who has had minimal experience on the computer– but the limited experience that he/she has had online led to him/her being victimized?

At A-1 Home Care in Downey, we offer specialized caregiving professionals who are well-versed in the online world, providing expert assistance and advice for people in the home who are just beginning to get their feet wet, so to speak, on a desktop or PC.

A-1 Home Care’s 24 hour care options make it easy for you to be at peace knowing that you can call us at a moment’s notice– and we’ll have a compassionate caregiver at your doorstep in no time. Each caregiver on staff offers helping hands and a heart of gold for people of all ages and from all walks of life, bringing the most diverse in-home assistance available in the greater Los Angeles and Orange County areas.

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A-1 Home Care offers a variety of other caregiver services in the home, too, some of which include:

  • assistance with household chores like dusting, vacuuming, dish-washing, laundry, mopping, taking out the trash, and bed-making
  • assistance with yard work and gardening tasks like watering plants, mowing the lawn, and raking leaves
  • assistance with personal services like bathing, grooming, dressing, and toileting
  • transportation to and from medical appointments and other existing engagements
  • delicious and nutritious meal preparation
  • wake-up and tuck-in services
  • errand running like grocery shopping and picking up clothes from the cleaners
  • medication reminders and administration assistance
  • “brain games” and other cognition improving activities
  • enjoyable conversation and companionship
  • special needs care for physical handicaps and other disabilities
  • child care
  • pet care

Every elder care expert on staff knows the importance of safeguarding internet users in the home from money fraud and identity theft, among other common concerns that might go unnoticed by the new user– but will come back to bite them big time if the proper safety measures are not employed online.

Learn more about the hourly in-home care options at A-1 Home Care by dialing (626) 287-0250 or (562) 929-8400 today. A-1 Home Care also serves neighboring communities in Whittier, La Mirada, Covina, LA, and Fullerton.

 

Elders In Downey Receive Constant Care From Careful Caregivers In The Home

Do you have a loved one in the home who is struggling to keep up with everyday life, and would benefit from an increase in home caregiving services moving forward?

At A-1 Home Care in Downey, we believe that no elder should stay feeling down– and this belief is evidenced by the 24 hour care experts on staff who come to wherever your loved one happens to be while holding helping hands and a golden heart that simply wants to serve. Our affordable and diverse caregiving solutions provide lasting in-home assistance for elders from all walks of life, including Asian, Middle Eastern, Jewish, and European, so that no senior feels left alone on the journey to better home health.

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A-1 Home Care provides a multitude of in-home care services for elders in need, some of which include:

  • assistance with household chores like dusting, vacuuming, dish-washing, laundry, mopping, taking out the trash, and bed-making
  • assistance with yard work and gardening tasks like watering plants, mowing the lawn, and raking leaves
  • assistance with personal services like bathing, grooming, dressing, and toileting
  • transportation to and from medical appointments and other existing engagements
  • delicious and nutritious meal preparation
  • wake-up and tuck-in services
  • running errands like grocery shopping and picking up clothes from the cleaners
  • medication reminders and administration assistance
  • “brain games” and other cognition improving activities
  • enjoyable conversation and companionship
  • special needs care for physical handicaps and other disabilities
  • child care
  • pet care

A-1 Home Care also provides caregiving services like hospice care for people in their end-of-life, short-term care for those in rehab, and even amputee and physical handicap care throughout Los Angeles and Orange County.

You can discover more about A-1 Home Care and its leading care options in the home by dialing (626) 287-0250 or (562) 929-8400 today. A-1 Home Care is happy to serve neighboring communities in Whittier, Pico Rivera, La Mirada, LA, and Long Beach.

Brain Injury Care Solutions Improve Elder Health In Downey

As people get older, the risk for suffering severe head injuries increases, oftentimes leading to brain injuries that render individuals incapable of caring for themselves in the home. But the leading brain injury care solutions in all of Southern California are located conveniently right here in Downey!

At A-1 Home Care, we provide exceptional caregiver relief from the comfort of the home at the hands of compassionate caregivers whose hearts are dedicated to serving others.

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Our diverse caregivers extend in-home caregiving assistance to people from different economic groups and ethnic backgrounds, including Asian, Middle Eastern, Jewish, and European, providing the most affordable 24 hour care solutions in Los Angeles and Orange County.

Check out some of the leading elder care services provided by A-1 Home Care:

  • assistance with household chores like dusting, vacuuming, dish-washing, laundry, mopping, taking out the trash, and bed-making
  • assistance with yard work and gardening tasks like watering plants, mowing the lawn, and raking leaves
  • assistance with personal services like bathing, grooming, dressing, and toileting
  • transportation to and from medical appointments and other existing engagements
  • delicious and nutritious meal preparation
  • running errands like grocery shopping and picking up clothes from the cleaners
  • medication reminders and administration assistance
  • “brain games” and other cognition improving activities
  • enjoyable conversation and companionship
  • special needs care
  • child care
  • pet care

A-1 Home Care also provides in-home senior services like hospice care for the terminally ill and even after surgery care for elders who have been temporarily displaced in a hospital setting following a recent surgery, among others. This dedication to providing the leading home health scenarios for seniors has allowed A-1 Home Care to remain as the caregiving agency trusted most for the past 25 years and counting!

To find out more about the leading brain injury care options available near you at A-1 Home Care, speak with a helpful caregiver by dialing (626) 287-0250 or (562) 929-8400 today. A-1 Home Care additionally serves nearby communities in Pico Rivera, Whittier, Cerritos, La Mirada, and LA.

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