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The Benefits of Social Media for Seniors & Elderly in Garden Grove

Ah, the power social media. We see it and some of us partake in it due to multiple reasons from business-related posts, as we see with many up-and-coming filmmakers, actors, and other business start-ups to staying in touch with family and friends. Many studies have shown that the latter is the main reason why a majority of social media users decide to not get rid–deactivate–their account or accounts. Pictures are worth a thousand words and studies have shown that, sometimes, seeing the faces of our loved ones will immediately reduce stress and depression, as well as anxiety.

Our A-1 Home Care agency is flexible with showing our seniors how to use and, overall adapt to the technology age. With continuous releases and updates with cell phones, apps, and more, our caregivers are also patient with assisting their senior patient(s) on how to use it to its benefit. Some might argue that technology nowadays is too difficult or not worth it, but returning to “staying in touch with loved ones,” the same applies to our seniors and their family and friends; especially since A-1 Home Care works with many seniors who are disabled or unable to move around as much.

These technology benefits may vary, but the popular ones of staying in touch with your children and grandchildren are:

  • Texting
  • Calling
  • Online-chat
  • Posting or viewing pictures on different social media apps
  • FaceTiming and Skype — live phone calls

If your loved one is housebound and needs further assistance to help them get through their day-to-day routine, then do not hesitate! Please, do give us a call at our Garden Grove office (949) 650-3800 or our Santa Fe Springs headquarters  562-929-8400 and one of our representatives will be more than happy to assist you and your loved one’s needs and place you with the best qualified, and certified, caregiver.

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Hospice Care in Garden Grove

Truth be told, it never gets easy when your loved one must receive hospice. It can be one of the worst feelings in the world. Emotions are high up. Loved ones are in distress.

This is something that our A-1 Home Care caregivers specialize in, both assisting seniors and their family with finding the best hospice service for the ill. Our agency is to be present, always by their side, especially in a time of need. Life is certainly unpredictable and it is always in the best interest for, both, the ill and their loved ones to stay alert and prepared and have other options. And this is where our A-1 Home Care staff can help further by our 24-hour available staff. Someone will come to you no matter what time it sis.

There are some other local hospices in Garden Grove such as Pec Hospice, Brookdale, and Brookdale Valley View.

If you or might know someone who needs help in finding hospice, please call us at our Garden Grove office (949) 650-3800 or visit our website www.a-1homecare.com/ to find the closest branch to you. We are located throughout the Inland Empire, Orange County, Los Angeles County, and San Bernardino County.

Certified Caregivers Provide Companion Care to the Terminally Ill in Garden Grove

a-1 domestic arthritis.jpgDeveloping a plan to provide hospice care for a loved one can be a debilitating task. No one is every truly at ease when planning for the passing of someone they unconditionally care for. Hospice care can help ease the tension created when someone is approaching the final chapter of their life. Certain home care agencies in Garden Grove are working hard to assign certified nurse assistants to families they are compatible with. Certified health aids are not typically the primary caregiver, however, they will step in and take full responsibility if need be. Caregivers assist family members when making difficult decisions and personalize a plan for their clients to keep them healthy and happy.

Caregivers Alleviate the Burdens of Preparation

Typically, the head of the household will make final decisions when it comes to their terminally ill family member. Many times, there is an overload of work that needs to get done and not enough man power to handle it. Home assistance at this point is a great alleviation of stress. A-1 Home Care in Garden Grove provides home caregivers that are available 24-hours a day. Striving to make client feel comfortable and safe, A-1 Home Care provides caregivers that have provided care for clients in hospitals such as Kaiser Permanente in Anaheim, Kaiser Permanente in Bellflower, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Mission Hospital. Our caregivers facilitate your life by assisting with hygiene and grooming, transportation, transfer assistance and constant reports to family members.

More Information About A-1 Home Care Hospice Care

A-1 Home Care provides service various communities in Orange County such as Garden Grove, Wesminster, Santa Ana, and Anaheim Hills. For more information please give us a call at (949) 650-3800 or visit our website at http://www.gardengroveinhomecare.com.

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 www.gardengroveinhomecare.com 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 www.gardengroveinhomecare.com 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 www.gardengroveinhomecare.com 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 www.gardengroveinhomecare.com 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 www.gardengroveinhomecare.com 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 www.gardengroveinhomecare.com 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 www.gardengroveinhomecare.com 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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