Learn More About Hepatitis C

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World Hepatitis Day is just a few weeks away, and we want to take this time to provide an overview on this infectious group of viruses.

Considering the devastation the HIV virus have caused, Hepatitis C is 10 times more infections than the HIV virus according to the American Liver Foundation. Hepatitis can also be caused by other factors such as drugs, alcohol, toxins, as well as other diseases, but all direct back to the inflammation of the liver.  While Hepatitis A and B has vaccines available, Hepatitis C does not.  Moreover, 3 out of 4 people infected with Hepatitis C does not know that they are infected.  As a result, the only way is to get tested and receive treatment if the virus exists in the body.  80% of those infected with Hepatitis C will develop chronic infection. If left untreated for a period of time, nearly 70% will develop chronic liver disease, and a portion of those individuals will die of liver cancer developed from Hepatitis C.  As a result, those at high risk need should get tested immediately because there are no  early signs or symptoms as the virus affect your liver silently.

A-1 Home Care in Downey is the most trusted home care agency for seniors around Southern California because of our history in finding the best caregivers to provide exceptional home care support.  Regardless of your conditions, we personalize the service based on different needs in Arthritis Care, Alzheimer’s Care, Kidney Disease Care, After Surgery Care, Parkinson’s Care,  Multiple Sclerosis Care, and elderly care needs.  We emphasize on caregiver’s experience, CPR certification, and having the right personality and approach to provide the highest quality home care experience under any home care scenarios. Find A-1 Home Care in the cities of  DowneyWhittier, Pico Rivera, Norwalk, Cerritos, Long Beach, Torrance, and nearby cities 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!

History of Memorial Day

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A year after the Civil War ended back in 1866, Waterloo, N.Y. was the birthplace of Memorial day where local ceremonies were first held to honor veterans, and local businesses closed and people flew flags at half-staff. Two years later, Major General John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day was established so the nation can “decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers” on  May 30th.  It was not until a century later that the Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act to put Memorial on the last Monday in May as we know it today.  Although a majority of the newer generations do not commemorate Memorial Day traditionally, it is still important to keep that tradition going for future generations due to the importance and the magnitude of Memorial day.

Veterans and seniors have a special place in A-1 Home Care’s heart because of what their generations have done to shape our world.  As a result, our mission is to give back to them with what we know best, which is our home care service. Caregivers from A-1 Home Care in Downey are professional, compassionate, and reliable.  Each of them have at least 2 years of experience, CPR certification, and a clean criminal background.  They also have the flexibility to work in Arthritis Care, Cancer Care,  After Surgery Care, Incontinence Care Diabetic Care, Post Stroke Care, Hospice Care, Heart Attack CareKidney Disease Care and more.  We cover all areas in Los Angeles and Orange County, including DowneyWhittier, Pico Rivera, Norwalk, Cerritos, Long Beach, Torrance,BurbankPasadena, Covina, Monrovia, and more.

Please call 562-929-8400 to inquire about our home care services.  Visit www.downeyinhomecare.com or our Facebook page to find out more about our company.

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. 

Caregiving for Stroke Victims in Downey

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Cholesterol is something that many Elderly and Senior individuals, and people in general, may not be too informed about.  Having high cholesterol has long term health consequences by because since it can stuck on the walls of your blood vessels and lead to heart disease or stroke.  For individuals who have had a stroke and high cholesterol was the cause, this article titled Lowering Your Cholesterol for a Healthy Heart provides useful information on how to modify your lifestyle to avoid high cholesterol in your blood.  The article talks about how to interpret blood test screening results, what foods you should avoid, and why exercise is KEY.

“Choosing leaner cuts of meat, removing skin from chicken, turkey, and other poultry before eating, choosing low-fat or fat-free versions of milk, cheeses, and other snacks, and choosing baked rather than fried breads and desserts are healthier options.”

A-1 Home Care wants to help your Elderly or Senior loved one pursue a healthier lifestyle when they’re back at home from receiving medical care and rehabilitation from a stroke.  We provide in-home Post Stroke Care on a 24 hour Live-In Care or Hourly Care basis and can assist with activities of daily living, personal care, healthy meal preparation, exercise, and any recommendations from doctors, therapists, or dieticians.

All of our Post Stroke caregivers, 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.

We serve the LA communities of Downey, Whittier, Norwalk, La Mirada, Cerritos, Lakewood, Seal Beach, San Marino, Long Beach, Malibu, Glendora, Covina, and others in Los Angeles County.

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

For more information, visit us at Downey In Home Care

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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