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What You Should Know before You Diagnose Your Elderly Loved One’s Disruptive Behavior

a-1 home care The resistance you encounter when assisting your elderly loved one may be indicative of his or her paranoia, which is very common among seniors who are in advanced stages of dementia.  For example, your elderly father exclaims “Ouch!” every time you transfer him from his bed to the toilet or vice versa.  Even a gesture as gentle as applying lotion to your loved one’s skin evokes a knee-jerk reaction.  There could be a number of underlying factors behind your loved one’s resistive behaviors, but before you diagnose his or her behavior as simply part of the progressive stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia, try to rule out the following:

  • Medical history of fragile bones (e.g., osteoporosis)
  • Recent knee/hip replacement surgery
  • Undetected injuries
  • Ear infections
  • Spinal fractures

A thorough medical examination by your loved one’s doctor will do the trick.  If, after a physical examination, you still cannot figure out the cause of your loved one’s fear of being moved, you can get help from a professional, certified 24-hour caregiver to assist with lifting, transferring, mobility, incontinence care, personal care, and more.  The presence of a seasoned, professional live-in caregiver helps preserve healthy boundaries between you and your parent(s), as late-life paranoid symptoms can also take a toll on your emotional and mental health as well.

Affordable 24-Hour Elder Care

A-1 Home Care in Garden Grove offers a variety of in-home care services such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care, Brain Injury Care, Hospice Care, Parkinson’s Care, Multiple Sclerosis Care and more.  We have been serving seniors and families since 1991, creating a safe haven for the elderly as we shield them from predators, scam artists, fraud and theft.  As one of the few state-licensed agencies in California, A-1 Home Care extensively screens all caregivers for their criminal background check, sex offender check, and DMV records.  All professional references are verified.

For 24-hour Alzheimer’s Care in your area, call (949) 650-3800 or visit our website for services in Garden Grove and surrounding areas such as Fullerton, Costa Mesa, Tustin, Irvine, Anaheim, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach.

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When Your Elderly Loved One Makes You Look Bad: How to Keep It Objective & Save Your Sanity

A-1 Home Care Elder CareYou took in your elderly loved one who, for the most part, is mobile and capable of doing things on his own, but he cannot be left alone for long.  The big thanks you get are his complaints about you to any family member who will listen.  You already have strained relationships with your siblings and your immediate family is spread apart all over the United States.  As months go by, your loved one’s health declines slowly but steadily, and his personality only gets more annoying and demanding.  You’re at your wits’ end but you don’t want to give your dad the boot because that will only make you look worse.  What do you do?

Tips to Save Your Sanity

A-1 Home Care in Garden Grove sympathizes with your situation, and be assured that you are not alone!  To keep things objective without pointing fingers, try these tips:

  1. Don’t hesitate to ask for more support from your siblings. If they can’t be there physically, they can still pitch in for a live-in caregiver who will serve as a companion and personal care aide to assist with basic chores like cooking, cleaning, laundry and transportation.
  1. Confide in your friends and other community members, especially common interest groups like Alzheimer’s support groups. You and your spouse can attend these meetings to find relief from other people who share similar experiences with their elderly loved ones.  Instead of allowing your repressed anger to spill out on social media and making yourself look bad, these support groups are healthy outlets for your frustration and anxiety.
  1. Make amends while you still can. If you have unresolved tension with different family members whose support you could really use, try to make amends while you still can.  It will be easier to ask for help after you resolve your differences.
  1. Know what to expect. Understand that certain illnesses like Alzheimer’s and Dementia turn even the most personable seniors into difficult people to live with.  If your parents were difficult before the onset of dementia, then the illness will only heighten the bad side of their personalities.  Sorry for the bad news, but knowing what to expect will hopefully lessen your frustration and increase your empathy.
  1. If siblings don’t pitch in, consider 24-hour in-home care for your own sanity. You asked for help, but no one is responding.  You don’t feel good about putting your loved one in a residential facility so you feel stuck.  Save your sanity by calling on A-1 Home Care!  Our 24-hour caregivers will wait on your loved one hand and foot so your stress levels will go down.  We have high quality, low-cost senior care services that will fit anyone’s budget.

About A-1 Home Care in Garden Grove

Established in 1991, A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured agency serving seniors and their families in Garden Grove, Anaheim, Orange, Fullerton, Yorba Linda, Newport Beach and other parts of Orange County.   As one of the few state-licensed agencies in California, A-1 Home Care protects your elderly loved ones from scam artists, predators, theft and fraud.  Our caregivers are thoroughly screened for your safety, and customer satisfaction is 100% guaranteed!

To find high quality elder care in your area, call (949) 650-3800 or visit our website for services in your area. 

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How to Stay Hopeful Even When the Doctors Deliver Bad News

a-1 home care As your elderly loved one awaits a discharge from the hospital, you are wondering what kind of news the doctors will deliver when they finally talk to you about end-of-life planning.  It’s been a few years since the doctors first announced your loved one’s terminal illness; you have been by your loved one’s side every step of the way.  In the last month or so, the prognosis hasn’t looked very good, but that’s no reason you shouldn’t hold on to hope.  Here are a few ways to show that you care:

Serve your elderly loved one.  If it’s a friend or neighbor, stop by their house and drop off an inspirational gift.  Write the words she needs to hear so that she knows you care.  If she can’t muster enough energy to read it, say the words out loud and place the card by her bedside so it can be a reminder of your love when you leave the house.  You can also send a 24 hour companion to assist your loved one with grocery shopping, errands, and prescription pick-ups.

Offer a ride somewhere.  Does your elderly loved one get out much?  Perhaps you’re afraid to take him out because he might be too tired.  You never know until you ask.  Offer a ride to a park or a beach where your elderly loved one will enjoy the outdoors.  Nature has healing power.  If a neighbor’s son or daughter is away at work, offer to take your friend to a medical appointment for a check-up or follow-up treatment.  Don’t wait until the person has to ask.

Be their voice.  Patients with cancer or terminal illness often do not have the energy to communicate with other people.  Maybe they don’t have the energy to type or write anymore, but connection with other humans is one of the most important keys to beating cancer.  Volunteer yourself to be the messenger for your loved one.  What does he or she want to communicate to friends, family and community members?

Keep the love coming!  If you live close by or just a few hours away, make it a point to visit your loved one as often as you can.  If you live in another state, send flowers and cards as much as possible, and encourage others to do the same!  The constant flow of encouragement will fill your loved one’s heart with hope and faith because they know that they are not forgotten.  When they know they’re loved, they have the courage to fight on and hang on to their will to live.

About A-1 Home Care in Garden Grove  

A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency that provides high quality hospice care, palliative care, cancer care, long-term care, senior care and other types of in-home care.  As one of the few state-licensed agencies in California, we ensure client safety and satisfaction for your peace of mind.

To find high quality elder care in your area, call (949) 650-3800 or visit our website for services in Garden Grove and surrounding areas such as Fullerton, Costa Mesa, Tustin, Irvine, Anaheim, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach.

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Is Elder Care Hampering Your Marriage?

ggWhat happens when an elderly loved one starts to depend on you or your spouse for every little thing after the passing of a loved one?  It’s not uncommon for aging parents to suddenly appear “needy” – calling on you for help with finances, rides to appointments, help with yard work, assistance with reading labels, repairing electrical appliances, changing a light bulb, transportation to the nearest dialysis center, etc.  Having once lived such an independent life, your parent or in-laws have now become a somewhat intrusive presence in your life.  What began as a reasonable request for help every now and then has become a daily nuisance.  Now, you or your spouse feels like a single parent managing a household of kids while the other partner is tending to the elderly loved one’s every need.  What do you do now?

Save Your Marriage and Your Sanity with Affordable In-Home Care

At A-1 Home Care, we know that family is important to you.  That’s why you have taken the time to find solutions for your elderly loved ones rather than ignore their problems.  They are not yet at the stage of needing help with basic needs like bathing and oral hygiene, yet their daily pestering has taken a toll on your marriage as well as your mental health.  You love your parents; your spouse has a good relationship with his or her in-laws and you don’t want anything to ruin that, yet you’re not quite sure how to tell your elderly loved one to take a step back.  A-1 Home Care offers affordable 24 hour care and live-out companion services in Garden Grove and other parts of Orange County. Whether your loved one wants help a few days a week or 24 hours a day, our caregivers are there to serve you on any occasion.

About A-1 Home Care

Established in 1991, A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency dedicated to delivering exceptional in-home care services to families in Orange County.  As one of the few agencies in California to successfully receive state licensure, A-1 Home Care provides affordable senior care services without compromising on quality, integrity, and compassion.  A variety of in-home care services is available to persons of all ages: seniors, adults and children, and we serve individuals with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Kidney Disease, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Diabetes, dementia, and other conditions.  Our live-in and live-out caregiving services are covered by long term care insurance as well as veteran benefits, but if you’re paying out of pocket, you can talk to one of our care managers about a viable financing option that fits your budget.

To find high quality senior care in your area, call (949) 650-3800 or visit our website for services in Garden Grove and surrounding areas such as Fullerton, Costa Mesa, Tustin, Irvine, Anaheim, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach.

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Is your elderly loved one complaining about heart flutters?

a-1 home care orange county senior caregiverA heart flutter is another word for heart palpitations, which are abnormal sensations in the chest such as rapid heartbeat, irregular heartbeat, skipped beats, and hard beats, all of which could be continuous or intermittent.  Heart palpitations could be a symptom of a variety of health conditions, including atrial fibrillation, heart block, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS, or premature ventricular contractions (PVCs).  Heart flutters may be associated with other symptoms like dizziness, chest pain, tunnel vision, and headaches.  Is your elderly loved one due for a medical check-up?  A-1 Home Care offers affordable senior care services around Garden Grove to ensure that your elderly loved ones get the undivided attention they need.

Caregiving Services Include Transportation and Other Assistance

Seniors are less likely to see a doctor if the following scenarios apply to them: (1) their driving privileges have recently been revoked; (2) their health conditions make it unsafe for them to be on the road alone; (3) they don’t have a car; (4) they live in remote areas where public transportation is scant, and (5) senior transportation services like Dial-A-Ride are not available.  If you are the only one in your household besides your elderly loved one, it would be hard to take time off from work just to take your parent or grandparent to a doctor’s office.  A-1 Home Care makes it easy for you by providing 24 hour or part-time caregiving services so you can still handle your business while your loved ones’ needs are being met.  In-home care also includes assistance with meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders, and vital sign checks.

About A-1 Home Care in Garden Grove

A-1 Home Care is a state-licensed, non-medical home care agency that was established in 1991.  Since its inception, A-1 Home Care has been delivering exceptional, consumer-protective home care services to communities in Garden Grove, Anaheim, Fullerton, Placentia, Villa Park, Fountain Valley, Tustin, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and other cities throughout Orange County. Being licensed, bonded and insured means you won’t have to worry about predators and scam artists worming their way into your homes.  Every caregiver you meet from A-1 Home Care has a criminal background clearance and all professional references are verified.

For quality in-home care, call A-1 Home Care (949) 650-3800 or visit our website for more details!

High Quality, Affordable Arthritis Care for the Elderly

1According to a National Health Interview Survey, statistics from 2010-2012 show that 52.5 million adults reported to have arthritis, and 22.7 million adults reported to have limitations attributed to arthritis, the most common cause of disability among seniors in the United States.  Regardless of the form of arthritis, whether it’s osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, this inflammatory joint disease impacts seniors’ daily function and mobility, which renders them dependent upon others to do simple tasks like grasp an object or write a memo.  If you have an elderly loved one at home who suffers from arthritis, call on A-1 Home Care for part-time or 24 hour Arthritis Care in Garden Grove and beyond.

24 Hour Arthritis Care Means Aging without Limits

Growing older should be a time when you enjoy retirement and more free time with your loved ones, especially your grandchildren.  Your activities should not have to be minimized by bothersome health conditions like arthritis, yet this is a reality for over 50 million seniors every day, and the numbers are projected to increase to 67 million by the year 2030.  A-1 Home Care in Garden Grove helps seniors to live well and manage their arthritis symptoms by providing 24 hour assistance with cooking, cleaning, bathing, grooming, medication reminders, transportation to appointments and more.  Our live-in caregivers assist the elderly in establishing an exercise routine to minimize the impact of arthritis on every-day life.

About A-1 Home Care in Garden Grove

A-1 Home Care, one of the few state-licensed home care agencies in Garden Grove and all of California, was established in 1991 to serve the elderly and their families.  We aim to provide top-notch quality in-home care services of every type, from Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care to Arthritis Care to Lou Gehrig’s Care.  Our live-in and live-out care services can be adjusted to fit your scheduling needs and budget.  Being licensed, bonded and insured means that every caregiver who works for A-1 Home Care is required to pass an extensive criminal background check, DMV record check, and professional reference verification.  You can finance high quality in-home care with our easy financing options or go through your long term care insurance provider.

For more details, call A-1 Home Care today (949) 650-3800 or visit our website for services in Garden Grove and surrounding areas such as Fullerton, Costa Mesa, Tustin, Irvine, Anaheim, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach.

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Garden Grove Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care for Seniors

a-1 home careAlzheimer’s disease (AD) is a form of dementia that currently has no known cure.  Researchers theorize that seniors develop Alzheimer’s when their brains accumulate a build-up of proteins called amyloid plaques in the hippocampus, a region of the brain that encodes memories.  In addition to affecting memory, Alzheimer’s disease also shuts down other parts of the brain that control decision-making and mental acuity, which affects daily living.  As AD progresses over time, the elderly lose the ability to cook for themselves, get dressed, or go anywhere without getting lost.  In Garden Grove and other parts of Orange County, A-1 Home Care empowers seniors to live life as independently as possible with the assistance of professional live-in caregivers.

Providing in-home care assistance for your elderly loved ones can be conundrum if you already work full-time and have a family of your own.  Will this mean cutting back on hours as your loved one’s needs become increasingly demanding?  Do you have help from siblings who check in from time to time or do you live too far away from everybody to get some real in-home support for your parent(s)?  You can get affordable live-in care for 24 hours a day without having to cut back on your work hours.  Round-the-clock senior care entails assistance with cooking, cleaning, transportation, taking vital signs, bathing, grooming and other tasks while you work or rest.

Even if your parent doesn’t need help right this instant, it won’t hurt to look into future senior care options so you can be financially and emotionally prepared in case your parent moves in with you.  Perhaps your parent stated that she does not want to move in with you because she doesn’t want to impose; she will need a 24-hour caregiver all the more, because seniors who live alone are at highest risk for accidents in the home.  Talk to a care manager at A-1 Home Care today about the viable live-in or live-out options that are available in Garden Grove and surrounding cities.

To find high quality Alzheimer’s Care in your area, call (949) 650-3800 or visit our website for services in Garden Grove and surrounding areas such as Fullerton, Costa Mesa, Tustin, Irvine, Anaheim, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach.

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Quality In-Home Care for Elder Orphans in the 21st Century

a-1 home care If you are in your late 50’s or early 60’s with no children or relatives nearby, you are among 43 million seniors in the United States who are in the same predicament.  The costs of putting off elder care planning is high; the last thing you want to do is spend the latter part of your life drowning in health care costs, physical pain due to lack of medical care or attention, and lack of companionship.  It’s human nature to delay advanced care planning; no one likes to face old age, and without kids or loved ones around, it is more tempting to plan one’s own senior care with hardly any moral support.  Luckily for the Baby Boomer generation, A-1 Home Care in Garden Grove will take care of you as part of our family.  Our live operators are on stand-by 24 hours a day to answer your questions and address your needs.

24 Hour Companion Care with Genuine Care and Concern

A-1 Home Care’s mission is to serve seniors in Garden Grove with “two helping hands and a golden heart.”  At the core of our live-in and live-out senior care services, we have your best interests at heart.  Our compassionate caregivers bond with seniors and care for them as though they were their own parents.  We recruit only the cream of the crop – caregivers who have received formal training in senior care and have dedicated their lives to serving and helping others.  When you turn to A-1 Home Care for your own future, you are placing yourself in good hands.  Our round-the-clock services include the following:  assistance with meal preparation, chores, bathing, grooming, personal care, transportation, companion care and more.  Your investment in yourself will not be wasted.  You owe it to yourself to enjoy retirement with minimal worry and anxiety, so leave it to us to help you with face potential challenges with courage, compassion and comfort.

About A-1 Home Care in Garden Grove

A-1 Home Care provides all types of senior care services from Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care to Arthritis Care, Lou Gehrig’s (ALS) Care, Multiple Sclerosis Care, Kidney Care, Brain Injury Care, Parkinson’s Care, live-in care, live-out care, respite care, short-term and long-term care, overnight care, and after-surgery care.  Choose from one of our viable financial options based on your level of care, budget and needs.  You can change your senior care plan any time to adjust to your changing needs; we understand the ever-changing nature of elder care and health!  We are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to help you with anything you need.

To find high quality elder care in your area, call (949) 650-3800 or visit our website for services in Garden Grove and surrounding areas such as Fullerton, Costa Mesa, Tustin, Irvine, Anaheim, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach.

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Social isolation equally dangerous as anxiety and high stress careers

caregivers garden groveDid you know that loneliness and social isolation put your elderly loved ones at risk for coronary heart disease just as much as stress and anxiety do?  According to research published in the online journal Heart, about 30% of heart disease and stroke cases are linked to loneliness and heart disease (Valtorta, Kanaan, Gilbody, Ronzi & Hanratty, 2016).  In previous studies, loneliness has been connected to a compromised immune system, hypertension and premature death.  Researchers recommend that doctors take into account social factors of their elderly patients when determining health risk assessments and delivery of health services.  How well do you know your elderly loved ones?  Do you know who their close friends are?  A-1 Home Care in Garden Grove will help your loved ones stay engaged with their social community.  If they don’t live with you, it is all the more important to have a live-in caregiver who will look after them and promote as much social interaction as possible.

Fun and Affordable 24-Hour Companion Care

Several scenarios may describe your elderly loved one.  She probably lives alone, maybe 30 minutes to an hour away from you, and is trying to adjust to life after the passing of a spouse or partner.  She is in good health but could really use some great companionship from an affable, competent companion caregiver who will motivate her to carry on each day.  Maybe the mourning or depression makes her feel less motivated to get out and about, but with the companionship of a home helper, they can do things together and maybe create new hobbies like gardening or arts and crafts to stay positive.  In another scenario, your elderly loved one lives with you, and she is happy to be surrounded by family but she had to move in with you, which meant moving far away from her long-time friends.  Friendships that are made in one’s younger years are like family, so when circumstances such as health issues force one to move in with family hours away, it could put a damper in one’s overall emotional health.  A-1 Home Care offers affordable 24-hour companion care in Garden Grove as well as traveling companion care if your elderly loved one likes to travel.

About A-1 Home Care in Garden Grove

Established in 1991, A-1 Home Care delivers compassionate, high quality in-home care services for seniors in Garden Grove and all over Orange County.  Our top-ranking caregivers treat your elderly loved ones as their own family.  You can choose from a variety of culturally diverse caregivers and languages, ranging from Filipino to Middle Eastern to Spanish.  Our phone lines connect you directly with a friendly representative who will answer any questions you have about elder care.  Speak to our care managers today about coming up with an affordable senior care plan based on your budget, needs, and level of care.


To find high quality companion care in your area, call (949) 650-3800 or visit our website to learn more!  Caregiving services are also available in Fullerton, Villa Park, Anaheim Hills, Santa Ana, Irvine, Yorba Linda, and surrounding cities. 


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Left Untreated, Diabetes Can Cause Blindness

a-1 home care orange county senior caregiverDiabetes, also referred to as diabetes mellitus, is a group of diseases characterized by extremely high levels of sugar in the bloodstream.  Among the various types of diabetes include Type 1, Type 2, pre-diabetes and gestational diabetes.  One of the most serious consequences of Diabetes is blindness.  If your elderly loved one has Diabetes, he may be at risk for diabetic retinopathy if he has hypertension, family history of diabetic eye disease, high levels of cholesterol, and has an unhealthy habit of smoking.  Your loved one’s hypertension damages the retina, an optic nerve that sends signals to the brain.  For families in Garden Grove and surrounding communities in Orange County, A-1 Home Care offers reliable, high quality Diabetic Care 24 hours a day.

Affordable Long-Term Care for Seniors with Diabetes

Caring for an elderly loved one with complex health issues can be a real challenge, especially for family caregivers who have to take time off from work to meet their loved one’s medical needs or daily needs.  Some Diabetic Care may require a special set of skills not yet acquired by the senior’s closest kin; that’s where A-1 Home Care comes in.  Our team of certified nurse aides and home health aides have years of experience in 24-hour diabetic care for seniors.  They can assist monitoring your loved one’s sugar levels, prepare delicious (and nutritious) meals, provide personal care, and take them to the doctor’s anywhere in Garden Grove or beyond.  All the while you can rest and get some self-care so you can continue working and providing for your family.

About A-1 Home Care

A-1 Home Care was established in 1991 as a licensed, bonded and insured agency to serve seniors, children, and adults of all ages.  Although we specialize in senior care, we also provide all types of other in-home care services like Parkinson’s Care, Diabetic Care, Lou Gehrig’s Care, Multiple Sclerosis Care, Kidney Care, Brain Injury Care and more.  We have flexible in-home care plans based on your budget, needs and level of care.  Our care managers will walk you through step-by-step and then match your elderly loved one with an outstanding caregiver who has been thoroughly screened and verified.  Customer satisfaction is 100% guaranteed, and we take great pride in the compassionate and highly skilled in-home care we deliver.  Your comfort is our top priority.

To find Diabetic Care in your area, call (949) 650-3800 or visit our website to find services in Garden Grove, Fullerton, Anaheim, Yorba Linda, Villa Park, Fountain Valley and other cities throughout Orange County.

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