3 Important Words that Set Your Home Care Agency Apart

Happy newsSearching for a reputable home care agency in Downey can be tedious and tiring, especially when the clock is ticking and you don’t have much time to dilly-dally around.  Your elderly loved ones may be in a hospital waiting for a discharge, but the doctors won’t release until they know that someone will be home to take care of them.  Maybe you can’t move them in with you right now, so you have to find a way to welcome them home with trustworthy, reliable caregivers who won’t take advantage of your vulnerable loved ones’ state of being.  Do you find an independent caregiver and hire someone through a private ad, or do you find someone based on a friend’s recommendation?  What kind of home care agency do you look for?  What are some key characteristics that every home care agency should have?

Licensed. Bonded. Insured.

If you find an agency that is licensed, bonded and insured, you have found a winner.  Note that home health agencies are different from home care agencies.  Home health agencies are regulated by the Department of Health Services whereas home care agencies are private companies that do not have any governmental overseer at this time.  The home care agency scams you hear about are most likely involving those that hire questionable characters without requiring much experience or education.  As one of the few home care agencies in California that have successfully received state licensure, A-1 Home Care in Downey is licensed, bonded and insured, and we set the bar for recruiting only the cream-of-the-crop 24 hour caregivers with years of experience, training and education.  Being licensed, bonded and insured means that your elderly loved ones will be protected from predators, fraud, theft and other criminal activity while receiving care.

Senior Safety and Comfort – Our #1 Priority

A-1 Home Care promotes senior safety and comfort while the elderly receive assistance for Arthritis Care, Multiple Sclerosis Care, Heart Disease Care, Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care, and other types of 24 hour care.  Our care managers, caregivers and staff are available to you 24 hours a day.  That means that when you call, you will never get an answering machine.  Instead, you will hear a lively, friendly voice on the other end from a representative who’s ready to answer your questions and address your needs.  All caregivers are required to pass an extensive criminal background screening.  We check their DMV records and verify all professional references.  For over two decades, A-1 Home Care has been faithfully delivering high quality senior care to families all over Downey, Pico Rivera, Lakewood, Cerritos, Long Beach, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Malibu, and other parts of LA County, and we will gladly do the same for you.

Find a quality in-home caregiver today! Call A-1 Home Care (562) 929-8400 or visit us at www.downeyinhomecare.com for more details. 

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Caregiver Can Help Seniors Improve Both Body and Mind

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Research has shown that there is growth in brain neurons after a few days or weeks of regular physical activity.  So does this mean exercise can help improve a person’s cognitive functions?  In a study, the fittest individuals scored the highest in coordination, scheduling, planning, and memory.  Furthermore, there is a 35% lower occurrence of dementia for those who walk at least three times a week. While these are not definitive proof that physical exercise leads to benefits in cognitive functions among seniors and elderly,  it is still making a strong case for such theories.  Whether or not it helps improve your cognitive function, regular exercise should still be in everyone’s routine to live a long a healthy life!

We here at A-1 Home Care in Downey understand the limitations some seniors have when they want to exercise, and our caregivers have the experience and knowledge to assist and teach them the more senior-friendly ways to exercise.  Our quality caregivers are experts in Arthritis Care, After Surgery Care, Cancer Care, Diabetic Care, Post Stroke Care, Incontinence Care, Hospice Care, Heart Attack Care, Kidney Disease Care and more.  We are proud to have been in business and helping seniors and the elderly for over 20 years, and look forward to providing assistance to more people in Downey, Whittier, Pico Rivera, Norwalk, Cerritos, Long Beach, Torrance, Santa Monica, Burbank, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Pasadena, Covina, Monrovia, and surrounding areas in Los Angeles and Orange County.

Call 562 929 8400 to inquire about our services. Visit Downey In Home Care for more information.

Bring Some Mardi Gras Fun to Seniors at Southland Care Center

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We all belong in a community.  They support us, and they are where we are most comfortable.  As a result, A-1 Home Care wants to give back to the communities we serve in and bring some joy to the seniors, so we approached Jovy, the event coordinator of the Southland Care Center, to plan a fun Mardi Gras Arts and Craft event for seniors residents at the facility.

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Despite Mardi Gras occured two weeks ago, seniors at the Southland Care Center were still in the spirit of of the celebration.  We provide blank masks for them to paint on, and let the creative minds run wild.  We shared laughs, stories, and a great time with the seniors, and their artwork on the masks really impressed everyone.  Because of the success, we are glad to announce that Jovy has invited us back for events in the future, and we cannot be more excited to bring more smile to the seniors at the rehabilitation center next time!

A-1 Home Care is the preferred home care agency for seniors around Downey. We have expert senior care services in Kidney Disease Care, After Surgery Care, Arthritis Care, Alzheimer’s Care,Parkinson’s Care,  Multiple Sclerosis Care, and elderly care needs.  Our home health aides are experienced, CPR certified, and have the right personality and approach to provide a quality home care experience despite the different challenges they face. You or your loved ones can enjoy our companions, caregivers, nurse aides, and other professional care providers in the cities of  DowneyWhittier, Pico Rivera, Norwalk, Cerritos, Long Beach, Torrance, and neighboring communities around the area!

Inquire about our affordable senior care services today by calling 562-929-8400. Find us on www.downeyinhomecare.com or Facebook for udpates!

Healthy Diets for Seniors and Elderly in Downey, CA

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, affects about 1 in 3 American adults with the risk becoming higher for Elderly and Senior individuals.  It can lead to heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, and blindness if not controlled.  A healthy diet is one way to control Hypertension.  The DASH Diet designed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute is rated the best overall diet by the U.S. News & World Report.  It emphasizes cutting back on sodium and eating lots of fruits and vegetables to get key nutrients such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, protein, and fiber.  You can find all the information you need to know about DASH here, including information about the research behind the diet as well as how to follow the diet.

Following a nutritious diet may not be the easiest feat to accomplish for Elderly and Senior individuals.  Especially for those who live alone, it can be hard to find motivation to cook food at home when they’re only cooking for themselves.  Some Elders and Seniors have chronic illnesses that make grocery shopping and cooking infeasible.  At A-1 Home Care, we can provide experienced caregivers who can prepare heart-healthy meals for your loved one – whether they’re in good health or have a chronic illness.  Even if your loved one is in good health, it’s imperative to maintain healthiness to protect against chronic illness and stay fully functional for years to come.

A-1 Home Care provides caregivers for 24 Hour Live-In Care or Hourly In Home Care to assist with activities of daily living in all areas – from personal care, to healthy meal preparation and daily exercise, to handling daily errands and light housekeeping.

Some of our care services include Arthritis Care, After Surgery Care, Cancer Care, Diabetic Care, Post Stroke Care, Heart Attack Care, and Kidney Disease & Tumor Care.

We serve the LA communities of Downey, Whittier, Cerritos, Long Beach, Torrance, Santa Monica, Burbank, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Pasadena, Covina, Monrovia, Sherman Oaks, and others in Los Angeles County.

To interview and hire a compassionate caregiver in your area today, CALL us at 562-929-8400 for a FREE in-home assessment. 

24 Hour Caregivers in Downey

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When you get the O.K. from a physical therapist to provide a cane for your Elderly loved one, it’s important that you get one that is the right size and that your loved one knows how to properly use it.  Physical therapists can provide everything you need to know, as well as training for how to get around with a cane.  One of the most difficult aspects about using a cane may be ascending and descending stair cases.  This article titled Using a Cane provides basic information about how to find the right cane size and how to walk with it so that you can help out if your loved one is having trouble using it.  Fall risk is just as high with a cane if your loved one doesn’t know how to use it effectively.

At A-1 Home Care, we provide 24 hour caregivers who can assist your Elder or Senior loved one with mobility issues and supervision as they get around the home or outside.  The safety of your loved one is our top priority.  We specialize in Elder Care services ranging from basic Companion Services to more specialized care such as Arthritis Care, After Surgery Care, Parkinson’s Care, Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care, Diabetic Care, Cancer Care, Hospice Care, Incontinence Care, and Post Stroke Care on a 24 hour Live-In Care or Hourly Care basis.

Our 24 hour caregivers serve the communities of Downey, Norwalk, Lakewood, Whittier, La Mirada, Cerritos, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs, Covina, Diamond Bar, San Dimas, La Habra, Yorba Linda, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Pico Rivera, and others in Los Angeles County and Orange County.

All of our care givers, nurse aides, companions, and home helpers must have prior at home caregiving experience, verifiable professional references, a National Background Check/DMV Check, Tuberculosis testing, Malpractice/Liability insurance, First Aid/CPR training, and a personal interview with our office staff.

To interview and hire a compassionate caregiver in your area, CALL us at 562-929-8400 and visit us at Downey In Home Care.

A-1 Home Care has been a care provider in Los Angeles County and Orange County since 1991 with an A+ Rating from the BBB, Shield Accreditation, and a handful of positive client testimonials over the years. 

Depression & Companionship for Elderly & Seniors

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As an adult child who cares for your Elderly parent, it should be your responsibility to know three things about depression.

1) Elderly individuals may try to hide their sadness because they grew up in a time where depression was viewed as a weakness of character and not a medical illness.

2) If your loved one already has an illness such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, Diabetes, or Cancer, some symptoms such as fatigue, weight loss/gain, social withdrawal, insomnia, and slowed movement are also symptoms of depression.

3) If your loved one takes medication, some of the side effects of medication may cause your loved one to show the symptoms of depression.

Before determining that your loved one has depression, your loved one should get a full physical check-up to find out what the problem may be, and if it is depression, treatment options are highly effective – whether antidepressants or talk therapy.

At A-1 Home Care, we understand that social isolation and living alone may be one of the root causes of your loved one’s depression.  It’s painful when you live alone, don’t have any close social ties, and family is too busy to visit or lives too far away.  We provide compassionate and experienced caregivers, nurse aides, and companions for Companion Services on a 24 hour live-in basis or hourly part-time basis to give your loved one someone to talk to or participate in fun activities with.

A-1 Home Care is a Licensed Bonded and Insured non-medical homecare agency that has been in business since 1991 with an A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau and Shield Accreditation.  We specialize in Elder Care services such as Alzheimer’s Care, Arthritis Care, Parkinson’s Care, and Cancer Care in the communities of Downey, Whittier, Norwalk, La Mirada, Cerritos, Lakewood, Seal Beach, Yorba Linda, Garden Grove, Los Alamitos, and others in Los Angeles County and Orange County.

To hire a compatible caregiver in your area, CALL us at 562-929-8400 for a FREE in-home assessment. 

For more information, visit us at Downey In Home Care

For helpful advice on what to ask potential caregivers, read our Care At Home article. 

Downey Live-In Care for Elderly & Senior

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Performing the duties of a caregiver isn’t easy work and not everyone is cut out for it.  When you have an Elderly loved one who has lost some independence or all of it and needs living assistance, it’s common for family members to begin providing temporary care.  More often than not, the family member providing care will get burnt out because the duties of care were more time consuming and exhausting than expected.  Home care agencies strive to find caregivers who have the right set of qualities to provide compassionate care.  This article titled Characteristics of a Good Care Giver point out that a caregiver should be compassionate, understanding, reliable, dependable, patient, and flexible.  Keep those qualities in mind when you interview potential caregiver candidates.  When interviewing, be sure to look out for certain red flags that may hint at their inability to provide compassionate care.  For example, if your loved one is present and they act as if they’re not there or treat them like a child, you might want to keep looking.  If they have trouble answering your questions about experiences in the past, you might want to keep looking for a caregiver who has been able to successfully find effective solutions to problems.

A-1 Home Care is a Licensed Bonded and Insured non-medical homecare agency that has been in business since 1991 with an A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau and Shield Accreditation.  We provide Live-In caregivers, nurse aides, and companions for Elder Care services such as Alzheimer’s Care, Arthritis Care, Parkinson’s Care, Diabetic Care, Cancer Care, Hospice Care, Post Stroke Care, and Incontinence Care.

All of our caregivers must have prior work experience, verifiable professional references, a National Background/DMV Check, Tuberculosis testing, First Aid/CPR training, Malpractice/Liability insurance, and a personal interview with our office staff.  We serve the communities of Downey, Whittier, Norwalk, La Mirada, Cerritos, Lakewood, Yorba Linda, Fullerton, Anaheim Hills, Seal Beach, and others in Los Angeles County and Orange County.

To interview and hire a compassionate caregiver in your area, CALL us today at 562-929-8400.

For more information, visit us at Downey In Home Care

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