Posted by: encinoinhomecare | August 17, 2016

Peace of Mind for Families with Personal Care at Home in Encino

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When a family member or loved one requires personal care such as hygiene management, grooming, getting dressed, and bathing, it puts a lot of strain on the family especially the one responsible for carrying out those duties. They may have to quit their job and put their social life on hold. Care for their loved one becomes there number one priority and may require a very demanding and challenging 24 hour schedule to ensure the health and safety of their loved one. If your loved one or family member is a fall risk or diagnosed with a medical condition that limits their physical ability, it’s imperative that someone with compassion, patience, and understanding cares for them, but it can be very tiring and burdensome on you. Fortunately, personal care at home is now available in and around Encino, CA from A-1 Home Care.

A-1 Home Care provides non-medical care for elderly, seniors, disabled, and terminally ill patients in and around the Los Angeles and Orange County region. A-1 Home Care also provides after surgery care, Dementia care, Parkinson’s care, diabetic care, companionship, nannies, babysitters, and much more from experienced and compassionate personal care assistants, home health aides, and certified nurse assistants. When you hire a personal care assistant from A-1 Home Care, you and your family will have peace of mind because all of our care providers are state approved, CPR certified, TB tested, and Live Scan certified.

Senior care services from A-1 Home Care is just a phone call away. Call us today for your free quote on hourly care, 24 hour live-in, and round the clock care at 562-929-8400

 

Posted by: encinoinhomecare | August 10, 2016

What to ask when hiring a Care Provider?

For many of us, when the time comes to reach to outside assistance in caring for our elderly loved ones it is because we have exhausted our in home resources and truly need help at this point.  This conclusion is not often reached easily as many times we will try and spread ourselves thin, managing our daily obligations as well as becoming a care provider.  The fact of the matter is when we look to in-home care, we are looking at the reality of not only inviting but also trusting a stranger in the home.  In an age where fast-food, online care providers are available with a simple point and click, who can you trust?  What qualifications do they have?  Even with going with an established business, here are some questions that are worth asking for peace of mind.

  • What are the requirements of their applicants?

Do the care providers have any prior experience?  Are they registered with the state of California?  What sort of certification/training do they have?

  • What sort of screening process is used?

Is there a background check involved? Criminal? DMV? Does the care provider have any sort of PROFESSIONAL references?

  • Does the agency know their care provider’s capabilities?

Have they used a Hoyer lift?  Do they have knowledge of medical equipment such a tube feeding/oxygen/catheter?

  • Does the care provider have any certification?

Have they received any sort of first-aid training?  Are they CPR certified?  Do they have an understanding of any elderly health conditions?

  • If you are not happy with a particular care provider, will the agency provide someone else?

Am I stuck with this care provider who I am dissatisfied with?  What are my options if I have already paid for a week, two weeks of service?

It will always be in your favor to seek out an established agency that has been in business for a while because this establishes consistent compliance with ever-changing laws and legislature in the industry.  Businesses that stand the test of time are reputable and achieve such status by proper practices.  Invest the time in ensuring the safety and quality of any care provider and their agency.  The answers to these questions can offer a sense of security and peace of mind money cannot buy.

A-1 Home Care is proud to be State Licensed, Bonded and Insured.  All of our home care professionals come with 2 years professional experience and are First-Aid trained and CPR certified.  They have livescan fingerprint background checks as well as through the DMV.  They are individually interviewed by office staff before placement and carry a current TB test.  Our experienced home care providers have verifiable professional references and Malpractice/Liability insurance for your peace of mind.  Call us today at (562) 929-8400 or (949) 650-3800 to learn more.

Posted by: encinoinhomecare | June 18, 2016

The pros and cons of self-awareness after a traumatic brain injury

a-1 home care elder care calabasasA research study published in the February 2014 issue of Brain Injury reports that patients with more self-awareness also have corresponding higher degrees of depression and lower quality of life.  After a traumatic brain injury event, a patient may lose some self-awareness, but if the patient’s self-awareness is still completely intact, he may report decreased satisfaction with life (Goverover & Chiaravalloti, 2014).  It’s not surprising that survivors of traumatic brain injury would suffer deeper depression than their counterparts who have lost some self-awareness.  These TBI survivors may be painfully aware that they may no longer be able to restore their full physical function.  The mourning over the loss of physical function and looking ahead to a life of physical disability and utter dependence upon others is emotionally debilitating.  If you or a loved one has recently suffered a brain injury, A-1 Home Care in Encino is here to uphold, at the very least, a good quality of life for your loved ones.

Round-the-Clock Companion Care Makes the Difference

Who said that life stops when you have had a traumatic brain injury?  If you or a loved one still has full self-awareness, you are lucky in comparison to the less fortunate.  Make the best of what life has to offer with the assistance of 24-hour companion care from A-1 Home Care in Encino.  Our trained, certified live-in caregivers will assist you with chores like light housekeeping, errands, prescription pick-ups, and cooking.  You can still go to work or work from home if you have an understanding employer.  A-1 Home Care screens every certified nurse aide’s criminal background and DMV checks before they can serve you and your family.  Don’t let TBI stop you from engaging in social events with your friends outside of your home, either.  A live-in caregiver will drive you to wherever you want to go and even be a great travel companion if you want to fly somewhere.  Our live-in and live-out care services are a great way to complement your life and defeat physical disability.

About A-1 Home Care

Since its inception in 1991, A-1 Home Care has been delivering outstanding in-home care services all over Los Angeles County, including cities like Encino, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Tarzana, Thousand Oaks, Sherman Oaks, Arcadia, Duarte, Sierra Madre, and surrounding cities.  We are committed to giving you personable services, which means that you will always be connected with a friendly live operator on the other line when you call us.  In other words, you will never get an automated answering machine with a senseless never-ending menu of options!  You or your loved ones will receive undivided attention from our compassionate certified home health aides (CNNAs) and home helpers.  We make in-home care within reach by giving you easy financing options based on your budget and needs.

 

For a free consultation, call A-1 Home Care (310) 657-8780 or visit our website www.encinoinhomecare.com for information.

 

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dreamstime_6077590Arthritis is a debilitating disease that inflames the joints and makes it virtually impossible for seniors to perform normal day-to-day functions, such as writing, cooking, or turning a door knob.  There are many types of arthritis such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and fibromyalgia.  Swelling, joint pain, limited range of motion and a decreased appetite are associated with arthritis.  Surgeries like hip and knee replacements are very common among the elderly.  Whether your loved ones need surgery or not, as Arthritis progresses to more advanced stages, everyday life becomes almost unmanageable without the assistance of a live-in caregiver.  Give the gift of affordable, high quality 24-hour care from A-1 Home Care in Encino.

Companionship of a professional live-in arthritis caregiver helps reduce depression in seniors and gives relief to seniors and their families.  When you’re away at work, a 24-hour caregiver from A-1 Home Care will assist your elderly loved one with range-of-motion exercises to improve joint function.  You won’t have to worry about meal preparations or taking time off from work to take your loved ones to medical appointments.  Count on our certified nurse aides to help with transportation in Encino and all over LA County.  We are dedicated to helping you change your elderly loved ones’ lifestyles that will ameliorate the symptoms of arthritis.

A-1 Home Care helps seniors to stay socially engaged while managing daily symptoms of arthritis at home.  Our superior in-home care services are unrivaled in Southern California, and A-1 Home Care is committed to delivering 100% customer satisfaction 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Since its inception in 1991, A-1 Home Care has been serving families in Encino, Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and other cities throughout LA County.  You can expect excellent in-home care at affordable rates; A-1 Home Care also accepts Veteran Benefits and long-term care insurance.

For a free consultation, call A-1 Home Care (310) 657-8780 or visit our website www.encinoinhomecare.com for more information!

 

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Posted by: encinoinhomecare | April 23, 2016

Encino In-Home Support for Amnesia, a.k.a. “Amnestic Syndrome”

a-1 home care altadena elder careIn movies and television, you’ve probably seen many scenes in which a hospital patient wakes up from a temporary stupor, forgetting who he is, where he is or how he got there.  To the chagrin of his loved ones, he doesn’t remember their names either, but in due time he regains his memory and is able to resume a normal life.  Contrary to popular thought, amnesia, also known as “amnestic syndrome,” does not cause loss of self-identity.  Patients with amnesia are quite lucid with regard to their own identity, but they suffer memory loss regard to retaining new information and forming new memories.  Unlike transient global amnesia, amnestic syndrome is permanent, and if it’s severe enough, it requires 24-hour supervision and assistance with daily activities.  A-1 Home Care in Encino provides short-term and long-term in-home care for individuals with varying degrees of cognitive impairment.

 

Amnesia’s Effect on Daily Living

If your loved one’s amnesia is severe enough, it will take a toll on multiple facets of his life, such as problems at work, school, or social settings.  In extreme cases, some families have admitted their loved ones to extended care facilities if they pose as a danger to themselves.  A-1 Home Care in Encino makes it possible for your loved one to stay at home with you while coping with the effects of amnestic syndrome.  Our 24-hour caregivers will assist with memory training techniques, such as retraining your family member to use a smart phone or tablet to remember events, medication intake, and more.  If your parent, sibling, child, or spouse enjoys board games, playing chess will improve your loved one’s memory exponentially.  There’s extensive research on the mental benefits of playing chess, from preventing Alzheimer’s to raising IQ scores in school children.  We will match our live-in caregivers with your loved one’s personality and level of need to optimize the outcome of 24-hour in-home care.

About A-1 Home Care in Encino

For 25 years, A-1 Home Care’s unwavering efforts to improve the lives of seniors and their families have borne fruits of steadfast loyalty in their hearts.  Thanks to our cream-of-the-crop caregivers in Encino and surrounding towns, seniors get to enhance their lives with meaningful, compassionate and skilled in-home care.  A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency providing non-medical 24-hour services.  In a joint effort with local hospitals and clinics in your area, we work hard to provide you the best elder care possible in Southern California.  You can finance in-home care with our reasonable rates and terms; A-1 Home Care also accepts Veteran Benefits and long-term care insurance.

 

For a free quote, call A-1 Home Care (310) 657-8780 or visit our website www.encinoinhomecare.com for more information!  Caregiving services are also available in Sherman Oaks, Thousand Oaks, Glendale, Pasadena, Altadena, Sierra Madre, Van Nuys, Tarzana, Northridge, Reseda and other neighboring communities. 

 

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Posted by: encinoinhomecare | March 10, 2016

Preserve Your Dental & Mental Health with Encino Alzheimer’s Care

a-1 home care encino elderly careGum disease and cognitive decline go hand in hand simply because an elderly person’s ability to care for his teeth declines as his dementia worsens over time.  Dr. Mark Ide, first author from the Dental Institute at King’s College London, says, “Gum disease is widespread in the UK and US, and in older age groups is thought to be a major cause of tooth loss” (Periodontitis and Cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s Disease, 2016).  When a senior’s gums become infected, his body’s inflammatory response to Periodontitis diminishes the person’s mental faculties.  This association between cognitive decline and gum disease has been confirmed by numerous research studies; the good news is that if you treat gum disease, you are also deterring or preventing the onset of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.  In Encino, concerned families have turned to A-1 Home Care for 25 years to ensure that their elderly loved ones receive the attention they need for regular oral hygiene.

 

Caring for your senior’s dental health at home can be tricky.  If you have never been certified as a nurse assistant or home health aide, and you have zero elder care experience, you might find it awkward to brush your loved one’s teeth, especially if she is bedridden or has some tooth loss.  Leave it to A-1 Home Care’s personal care aides to do that for you!  They are experienced in-home experts who know how to maneuver around delicate situations.  Administering gentle care, they can perform tooth-brushing for seniors who have all natural teeth, some tooth loss or no natural teeth at all.  Our care managers can arrange for a caregiver for a few hours in the morning and at night, or you can ask for 24 hour care to meet all your loved one’s basic needs: meal preparation, bathing, light housekeeping, laundry, prescription pick-ups, and transportation to appointments or social visits anywhere in Encino or neighboring areas.

 

At A-1 Home Care, we live by Benjamin Franklin’s wise words, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  Our live-in and live-out caregivers will do everything they can to enhance your elderly loved ones’ quality of life.  A non-medical agency, A-1 Home Care provides exceptional senior care for families in Encino, Tarzana, Sherman Oaks, Burbank, Beverly Hills, La Canada Flintridge, Pasadena, and surrounding cities.  Are you on a tight budget?  Do you need flexibility?  No problem!  Our care managers will develop an elder care schedule based on level of need, availability, and budget.  You can finance senior care through our reasonable payment plans or go through Veteran Benefits and long-term care insurance.  No matter what, we have your best interests at heart and we’ll do whatever it takes to help you and your family.

 

For a free consultation, call A-1 Home Care (310) 657-8780 or visit our website www.encinoinhomecare.com for more information!

 

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Posted by: encinoinhomecare | December 13, 2015

Encino Home Care: Pesticides & Parkinson’s Disease

dreamstime_6077590Got milk?  That’s not necessarily a good thing if you drank more than two cups of milk per day in the 1980s.  According to the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, a pesticide was found in milk during that period of time.  Researchers found that a group of participants who drank at least two cups a day had 40% less brain cells than the other participants who drank less.  The study does not show a causal link but an association between milk consumption and Parkinson’s Disease, a central nervous disease for which there is no known cure or cause.  A-1 Home Care in Encino offers round-the-clock care for seniors who cope with the debilitating symptoms of Parkinson’s on a daily basis.

 

24 Hour Parkinson’s Care

 

The degenerating symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) make life seemingly impossible to live.  Seniors who have PD experience resting tremors, rigid muscles, slow movement, and inability to stand upright.  Families turn to A-1 Home Care in Encino for live-in and live-out care to help their loved ones manage symptoms and assist with daily tasks, such as meal preparation, light housekeeping, transportation, bathing, hygiene and grooming. You can count on our highly skilled caregivers to take care of your elderly loved ones as though they were their own family members.

 

Affordable Home Care in Encino

 

A-1 Home Care offers top-notch in-home care for seniors who live in Encino and surrounding areas such as Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Burbank, Santa Monica, Calabasas and other cities in Los Angeles County.  If you need low-cost elder care, you can discuss the various financing options that are available to you.  A-1 Home Care also accepts Veteran Benefits and long-term care insurance from providers like John Hancock, Penn Treaty and MetLife Insurance.

 

 

To find a caregiver in your area, call A-1 Home Care (310) 657-8780 or visit our website www.encinoinhomecare.com for more information!

 

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Posted by: encinoinhomecare | August 1, 2015

Encino Home Care: Senior Safety of Utmost Importance

pic 1In light of the most recent event in Savannah, it is more important than ever to know whom you are hiring to take care of your elderly loved ones.  According to an online news source, Savannah Now, a 39-year-old caregiver exploited her position to steal over $20,000 from a vulnerable senior citizen.  Juliana Gwendolyn Carter was indicted for 251 counts of elder abuse and fraud.  The article, posted on July 30, 2015, mentions nothing of the nature how the unfortunate elderly lady met her caregiver, but given Carter’s past criminal record with other seniors, it is highly probable that the elderly victim or her family found Carter in a private advertisement.  Predators on the prowl are everywhere, not just in Savannah.  Do whatever it takes to protect your elderly loved one who lives in Encino or surrounding areas!

How does one find a trustworthy caregiver in Encino nowadays?  Even if you meet someone through a friend of a friend, you really are going by faith when you hire someone based on trust without a serious background check.  It might be cheaper if you hire someone directly from a private ad, but is saving a few dollars a month worth all the heartache, frustration, and financial loss if the caregiver turns out to be a predator?

A licensed, bonded and insured home care agency like A-1 Home Care is your safest bet!  Every caregiver, companion care worker, certified home health aide, certified nurse assistant, private duty nurse and hospice care worker must pass a thorough background check before they’re allowed to enter your home.  In addition to passing a DMV, sex offender and criminal background check, applicants have to meet face-to-face with the care managers so they can assess the applicants’ characters.  By the time a nurse assistant from A-1 Home Care enters your home, you’d have a peace of mind knowing that your elderly loved one is in good hands.

For quality long-term care you can count on, call us today (818) 980-0094 or visit us at www.encinoinhomecare.com for services in Encino, Tarzana, Van Nuys, Malibu, Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Beverly Hills, Sherman Oaks, and other cities in surrounding areas.

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Posted by: encinoinhomecare | June 18, 2015

Hospital Sitters in Encino from A-1 Home Care

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When you’re loved one is admitted at the hospital and is expected to have a long stay, the first thing you want to be sure about is that your loved one is not left alone, but it may not be possible to have a family member there to constantly keep watch over them or to keep them company. When you hire a hospital sitter from A-1 Home Care you and your family can have peace of mind and be assured that your Elderly, Senior, or Terminally Ill loved one is receiving the constant care they need at an affordable and competitive rate. A-1 Home care 24 hour caregivers want to ensure that your loved one’s hospital stay is as comfortable as possible. We understand how difficult it can be for you to know that your loved one is stuck in a bed in an unfamiliar environment.
Our live-in or live-out hospital sitters will ensure that your Elderly loved one is taken care of and kept alert through engaging conversations. If your loved one is terminally ill, our attentive hospital sitters will ensure that they stay safe and don’t try to pull their IV cords. We can alert nurses, doctors, and family immediately in case of any emergency.

Our hospital sitters can provide service in the communities of Encino, Tarzana, Sherman Oaks, Calabasas, Thousand Oaks, Studio City, Van Nuys, and others in Los Angeles County and San Fernando Valley. They are also ethnically diverse, multi-lingual, and multi-cultural. We receive many referrals to patients from Barlow Respiratory Hospital, Encino Hospital Medical Center, Van Nuys Community Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, St. Vincent Medical Center, Sherman Oaks Hospital, UCLA, and others.

Our non-medical homecare agency can provide hospital sitters for live-in or 24 hour care, hourly part-time or full-time, short-term or long-term. We have experience dealing with After Surgery Care, Postpartum Care and individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Arthritis, Diabetes, Cancer, Incontinence, and Stroke.

If your loved one received long term insurance coverage, we accept Penn Treaty, John Hancock, CALPERS, MetLife Insurance, Bankers’ Life & Casualty, and Veteran Administration.

Our private certified hospital caregiver is trained to live up to our philosophies regarding independence and compassion towards our clients and works for the well-being of the client at all times. We at A-1 Home Care Agency conform to your scheduling needs and offer care giving services for as long as you deem appropriate. Because there is no contract or pressure to keep a caregiver for a certain amount of time, your needs will be taken care of and your loved one will be cared for as long as you deem necessary. Our hospital caregivers are compassionate, trustworthy, attentive, and are matched with our clientele based on the needs of the family and client, as well as compatibility.

Call today for your free quote at 818-980-0094 or 562-929-8400 or visit us at our website or on Facebook!

Posted by: encinoinhomecare | April 21, 2015

Benefits of In-Home Care for Seniors in Encino

Home care for elderly has many benefits. Seniors can receive the level of care they need in the comfort of their own home from A-1 Home Care in Encino. With A-1 Home Care in Encino families are given the opportunity to provide their loving support and participation in the lives of their loved ones. A-1 Home Care for your loved one means peace of mind for you and comfort and confidence for your loved one.

Because they’re cared for in their own environment, seniors are not subjugated to rules and regulations of a facility when they are cared for in their own homes. When you provide in home care from A-1 Home Care for your loved one, they receive maximal freedom and control.

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Simple tasks such as housekeeping, meal preparation, running errands, shopping, or driving to appointments can become increasingly difficult for seniors. Non-medical home care includes these and much more. Our caregivers at A-1 Home Care can assist in day to day tasks and can also provide companionship for seniors.

A-1 Home Care is personalized to meet the needs of your loved one. You have the opportunity to choose who you want to care for your loved one, and service is available around the clock to match your schedule whether hourly or 24 hour, live in or live out care. At A-1 Home Care in Encino also provides care throughout Los Angeles County; we’re ready to provide the service your loved one deserves and needs. We specialize in Arthritis care, Alzheimer and Dementia, Brain Injury Care, Diabetic care, Hospice care, Parkinson care, and much more.

Find the right caregiver today by calling our office at 818-980-0094.  Visit us online at encinoinhomecare.com or on our Facebook!

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