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 for services in Downey, Pico Rivera, Whittier, Cerritos, Long Beach, Torrance and other parts of LA County.

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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 for more details. 

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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 for services in Downey, Whittier, Pico Rivera, Cerritos, Long Beach, Santa Monica, Hollywood, and other cities throughout LA County.


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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.

Caregivers Keep us Seniors Safe and Happy this Fall Season

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It’s starting to get cold now that we’ve reached November. If the home is not properly insulated, then not only does heat escape, but it also drives the heating costs up to stay warm. Some areas, even in sunny California, can form icy roads during the colder days and pose danger to all drivers, especially to the older drivers.  Staying active is important during the winter months. It helps to keep seniors fit, get their blood flowing, keep warm and stay healthy.  If it is too cold to exercise outdoor, try arranging some space at home to exercise at home.

Caregivers from A-1 Home Care in Downey will make sure your elderly loved ones are safe when they are on the job.  We make sure to be selective when hiring our care providers, requiring at least 2 years of experience, CPR certification, and clean criminal background.  They are experts in Arthritis CareDiabetic Care, Post Stroke Care, After Surgery Care, Cancer Care,  Incontinence Care, Hospice Care, Heart Attack Care, Kidney Disease Care and more.  Clients in Downey, Whittier, Pico Rivera, Norwalk, Cerritos, Long Beach, Torrance, Santa Monica, Burbank,Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Pasadena, Covina, Monrovia, and surrounding areas inLos Angeles and Orange County have all enjoyed our services since 1991, so you will surely have a peace of mind when using one of our services.

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


Reduce Hospital Readmissions with Home Care Services

????????????????????????????????????????Too many seniors are being left on their own to deal with recovery after surgery.  Hospital staff are notorious for communicating inadequate information to their patients and their families regarding post-acute care, and families are ill-equipped to deal with patient care that may require special training, such as changing a colostomy bag for a loved one who suffers from bowel cancer.  In this article, A-1 Home Care lists some of the reasons why hospital readmission is on the rise:

Insufficient information for care providersCaregivers receive inadequate information about their care recipients after the elderly are discharged from the hospital.  Gaps of important patient information leaves the caregiver in the dark about the patient’s specific after-care needs, resulting in failure to assist the patient in full recovery.

Lack of support for the elderly after hospital dischargeIn a poll of 200 surgeons, only 25% believe that vulnerable patients receive adequate support when they come home.  Due to lack of support, statistics show a 27% rise in hospital readmission just one month after discharge.

Inadequate planning processes provided by health care professionals.  Only 26% of surgeons who participated in a poll said that patients received thorough planning processes to ensure appropriate post-surgery care.

Limited access to help.  Even if the elderly received a long list of phone numbers they could call if they had any questions, they would not be able to reach many live operators if seniors are discharged on a weekend.


Until patient discharge practices improve, you are on your own to research post-surgery options for your loved one.  It is important not only to find a home care agency, but to find the right kind of home care agency that is licensed, bonded and insured, so that you will not receive home care services from questionable characters.  A-1 Home Care provides 24 hour post-surgery care and assistance with activities of daily living such as meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundry, bathing, grooming, transportation to appointments, and so much more.


Please call (562) 929-8400 or visit us online to hire a caregiver, certified nurse assistant (C.N.A.), certified home health aide, or companion.  A-1 Home Care serves Downey, Pico Rivera, Whittier, Cerritos, La Habra, La Mirada, Lakewood, Long Beach, and surrounding areas. 

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Multiple Sclerosis Care Available for Seniors in Downey

Most people have heard of Multiple Sclerosis (or MS) but not many people actually know what it is, how it is caused, or what the symptoms entail? So to educate our audiences, potential clients and caregiver alike, we at A-1 Home Care of Downey would like to give you a small crash course on what having MS means to those diagnosed.

By definition, MS is an immune-mediated process in which an abnormal response of the body’s immune system is directed against the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. What than means is that, an antigen (of which is currently unknown) triggers the immune system to work against the nervous system. 

The effects can include damage to the myelin coating around the nerve fibers in the central nervous system (CNS) and to the nerve fibers themselves interferes with the transmission of nerve signals between the brain, spinal cord and the rest of the body. Disrupted nerve signals cause the symptoms of MS, which vary from one person to another and over time for any given individual, depending on where the damage occurs.

So what can be done if you or a loved on is diagnosed with MS? Since MS diagnosed patients often find themselves feeling weak, numb, stuff, unable to see properly, they may find that a caregiver is needed to assist them at home. Which is why A-1 Home Care would like to invite you to explore your options with us. As a home care agency, we strive to provide care for the elderly, terminally ill, and disabled. We find that delivering 24 Hour caregivers to your home is one of the best approaches to getting your independent life back.

Receiving care at a hospital can be lonesome, and frightening, thus hurting chances of a quick recovery.  With our in home helpers and nurse aides, you or your loved ones will have your burdens eased as our caregivers can tend to you  with Multiple Sclerosis Care. In addition to this, they are also trained to administer Senior Care for the elderly, Special Needs Care for the terminally ill and Live In Care for those all others. No matter the case, you can trust in our caregivers to get the job done with compassion and professionalism!

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Call us now at 562 929 8400 for more information on our elderly services or check us out at Downey In Home Care.


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