Let’s Lower the Risk of Cancer Together

Most people have been touched by cancer in some way or another.  There are a number of outside factors that can lead to the development of Cancer in an individual.  There are also a number of ways to lower our risks of the disease.  Let’s take a look at some steps we can make in our lives to live healthier.

  • STOP SMOKING-Smoking cigarettes leads to exposure to hundreds of chemical, many are known to cause cancer. This unhealthy habit not only puts us in danger to cancer of the lungs, but also stomach, bladder, kidney, mouth and throat.  There are many methods for kicking the habit available.
  • NUTRIENTS AND FIBER-Fruits and vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale and watercress are rich in antioxidants and can protect our bodies from DNA damage. Berries rich in color are also helpful.
  • MAINTAIN A HEALTHY BODY WEIGHT-Being overweight can raise the risk of the development of cancer in our bodies. Scientists have found a release from fat cells that will promote the growth of cancerous cells.
  • MODERATION IN ALCOHOL-Overindulgence in most anything can be problematic. So true it is with booze.  Certain types of cancer (such as cancer of the breast and liver) are associated with alcohol.  The more we consume, the higher risk.  Drink responsibly.
  • MODERATION IN PROCESSED FOOD-Processed meats which can include sausage, hot dogs and bacon contain chemicals known as nitrates and these have been shown to linked to cancer. Healthier alternatives can include chicken or fish.

A cancer diagnosis can be life changing, not just for the patient but their family members and loved ones as well.  Having a trained professional familiar with the effects of cancer treatment and symptoms can really make a difference in the fight.  No one should have to go through cancer alone.  Our highly trained and caring Home Care Professionals are available on an hourly or live-in schedule.  Call us today at 562-929-8400 or 949-650-3800 today for a free quote and to learn more about how we can help your familyh

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The Hidden Cause behind Your Elderly Loved One’s Mood Swings

????????????????????????????????????????Your loved one’s mood swings are common among people with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes, especially if the mood swings are accompanied by changes in sleep patterns, appetite, lethargy, low self-esteem, and depression.  Rapid changes in blood sugar levels cause temporary mood swings which go away when glucose levels return to the target range.  Changes in one’s mood may also be attributed to other factors, such as stress related to managing diabetes.  If your loved one has depression, managing diabetes will become that much more difficult for him or her, and it snowballs into health complications and overall poorer outcomes.

Need help with Diabetes Management?

A-1 Home Care enhances your quality of life with experienced caregivers who can assist with insulin administration.  When you or a loved one is too tired to do anything, our live-in caregivers will help with the following:

  • Meal preparation
  • Light housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Prescription pick-ups
  • Grocery shopping
  • Errands
  • Companion care
  • Close glucose monitoring
  • Serve as a liaison between your loved one’s physician and the rest of the family
  • Transportation for routine medical check-ups

To avoid further diabetes complications, A-1 Home Care’s certified nurse aides will communicate regularly with your physician and adhere to the treatment plan as prescribed by the doctor.

Why A-1 Home Care?

Ranked as LA County’s #1 preferred agency in senior care, A-1 Home Care has been faithfully serving the elderly and their families for over two decades.  Our high quality in-home care services are available to you at the lowest rates possible in California and as one of the few state-licensed agencies in California, A-1 Home Care guarantees senior safety and satisfaction.

For quality Diabetes Care, contact us today at (562) 929-8400 or (949) 650-3800 or visit our website www.a-1domestic.com for services in Culver City, Santa Monica, Hollywood, Burbnk, Pasadena and surrounding cities.

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How Do You Tell Your Elderly Loved One with Alzheimer’s That Your Mom or Dad Passed Away?

a-1 home care cancer care pico riveraYour parents are one-of-a-kind.  In an age when divorce is rampant, your parents remained together and have been as lovey-dovey as they were when they first met.  After many years of being married, they had to be separated because of their health issues; one went to a memory care home while the other stayed home with you and received 24-hour in-home care.  Still, every week, you and your companion caregiver accompany your mom to visit your father, and although your mom has Alzheimer’s, she still has lucid moments when she remembers certain important dates and events.  You recently received the unfortunate news about your father’s passing, but you haven’t broken the news to your mother yet.  The family has been making funeral arrangements, but you cannot put off the news much longer because your mom still asks about seeing your dad.  Should you tell her?

What might happen if you break the news?

Seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia most likely will not remember the news.  They will experience intense heartbreak for a while, but when they wake up again tomorrow, will they remember? Will they keep asking?

  • If you tell her, you may have to repeat the bad news again. You don’t know how long it will take for her to quit asking; ask yourself first if you are taking measures to process your own grief before you spill the beans to your loved one.
  • If you want to tell her now, you can say that your dad is in a better place. If she asks what that means, you can tell her that he passed on and let her grieve.  Observe your own reaction to her grief; how often will you be able to handle watching her reaction if she keeps asking?
  • Attend a Grief Recovery group in your community. There may be other members there who are or have been in a similar situation as yours.  They can provide great advice on how to grieve properly for your late parent so you make yourself emotionally available for your mom without burning out.
  • If you say your dad is temporarily unavailable, your mom may become more insistent about visiting him. It’s better to find euphemistic words to hint at your dad’s death, like “Dad is happier and is in a better place in heaven; don’t worry about him.”

Everyone is different.  It’s tough when an elderly loved one with Alzheimer’s because they may keep asking in years to come, but if you have a live-in companion care aide, that can help buffer the pain a little bit because you don’t always have to be the one to break the news to her every time she forgets.  Your Alzheimer’s caregiver can find ways to soothe your mother’s pain and distract her with other things.

About A-1 Home Care

A-1 Home Care was established in 1991 to provide high quality senior care at the most competitive rates in LA County.  As one of the few licensed, bonded and insured home care agencies in California, A-1 Home Care not only provides exceptional 24-hour in-home care services but they also protect your elderly loved ones from scam artists, predators, fraud and theft.  We offer a variety of services such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care, Multiple Sclerosis Care, Diabetes Care, Kidney Care, Cardiovascular Care, Incontinence Care and more.  Our live-in and live-out home care services are covered by long-term care insurance and veteran benefits.  If you are paying out-of-pocket, talk to one of our care managers about our easy financing options.

For quality 24-hour care, call A-1 Home Care at (562) 929-8400 or (949) 650-3800 or visit our website www.a-1domestic.com for services in Santa Monica, Hollywood, Pasadena, Burbank, Culver City, and other cities throughout Los Angeles County.

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Techniques in Dealing with Offensive Language in an Elderly Loved One

????????????????????????????????????????Are you having trouble with your elderly loved one’s aggressive behavior?  Does he refuse to stop using foul language even though you’ve had many conversations with him about it?  The use of offensive language among the elderly is more common than you know; it’s very normal for seniors to have this problem if they have a urinary tract infection (UTI), Tourette Syndrome, or especially Alzheimer’s and/or dementia.

Why It Happens and What to Do about It

Dementia is a common disease among the elderly that causes memory loss, breakdown of inhibition, personality changes, and speech problems.  As dementia progresses to advanced stages, the elderly person eventually loses his ability to speak at all, but in the interim, his ability to control himself and refrain from using curse words is lost due to changes in his brain structure.  The key is not to take it personally.  The next time your elderly loved one starts spouting off curse words, try the following techniques:

  • Remain calm. Maintaining your composure will calm down your loved one when he sees that you are not getting upset by his behavior or words.
  • Use a firm tone of voice. In the early stages of dementia, it’s still possible to set boundaries with your loved one.  Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but if it doesn’t, remain calm and understand that his actions and words are most likely involuntary.
  • Go with the flow. Preserve your energy, enjoy the day and let his words roll off your back.
  • Redirect his attention. Change the subject of the conversation.  Bring up happy memories from the past. Turn on his favorite TV show if you’re at home.
  • When in public, don’t enable her by offering up excuses for her behavior. Don’t say she’s having a “bad day” when Alzheimer’s is the real issue.  If you feel compelled to explain her behavior to others, just say she has dementia.  Most likely others will understand if they’ve been in your shoes; don’t worry too much about other people’s opinions about your loved one.

About A-1 Home Care

A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured agency that provides high quality Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care to seniors all over LA County.  Established in 1991, A-1 Home Care has provided exceptional in-home care services that not only meet the needs of the elderly but also protect them from scam artists, predators, theft and fraud.  All our caregivers are required to pass an extensive criminal background check, and we verify every professional reference.  You can enjoy affordable 24 hour Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

For quality Dementia Care, contact us today at (562) 929-8400 or (949) 650-3800 or visit our website www.a-1domestic.com for services in Santa Monica, Hollywood, Pasadena, Burbank, Culver City, and other cities throughout Los Angeles County.

 

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5 Things You Should Know about Multiple Sclerosis

Recovery After SurgeryMultiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease of the nervous system that currently has no cure.  The destruction of the myelin sheath, a protective layer that surrounds the nerve cells, obstructs communication between the brain and the rest of the body.  This results in symptoms such as muscle weakness, trouble with coordination and balance, numbness on one side of the body at a time, slurred speech, double vision or partial/complete loss of vision, tremors, dizziness and bladder/bowel malfunction.  A-1 Home Care highlights some facts about MS:

  • Women are 2.5 times more likely to get MS than men
  • MS is not contagious or hereditary
  • Symptoms vary widely from one individual to another
  • Research suggests that MS is more common in colder regions of the United States, Canada and Europe. Warmer, tropical climates are associated with low risk for MS
  • Common triggers for MS attacks include sun exposure, fever, stress and hot baths

A-1 Home Care offers the perfect in-home care solution for individuals experiencing symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis.  Our affordable 24 hour care includes assistance with meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundry, prescription pick-ups, personal care, bathing, grooming, oral hygiene, transportation to appointments and more.  You can also arrange for live-out care services a few times a week, every day of the week, or Monday through Friday.  We are very flexible with your loved one’s ever-changing needs with this unpredictable disease.

Established in 1991, A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency dedicated to delivering exceptional in-home care services for seniors, adults and children.  We cater to all families of all financial backgrounds.  Our top-notch caregiving services are available to you at the most competitive rates in LA County and Orange County.  As one of the few state-licensed home care agencies in California, you can rest assured that your loved ones are protected from fraud, theft, scams and predators.  Each live-in caregiver we recruit is required to pass an extensive criminal background check, and all professional references are verified.

For more information about 24 hour Multiple Sclerosis care, call A-1 Home Care today (562) 929-8400 for caregiving services in LA County or (949) 650-3800 for services in Orange County.  A-1 Home Care covers a large geographical expanse, ranging from Malibu, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Hollywood to Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Fountain Valley and Anaheim. 

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Driving & Strokes: A Deadly Combination

senior driverEarlier this year, a man who suffered a stroke while driving made headlines when his 16-year-old son immediately acted upon recognizing signs and symptoms. The man could only eke out a few words because of the stroke but his son dialed 911 immediately and saved his dad’s life.

The article made no mention of the man’s medical history but he appeared to be fairly young in the photo — mid-40’s or early 50’s max. It’s scary to think that such a man who is nowhere close to being a senior would suffer a stroke; how much more likely would a senior with a history of high cholesterol and heart disease have a stroke while driving? Yet we see many seniors on the road every day, oftentimes without a passenger.

If your elderly loved one has had a history of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, it’s best to take precautions by hiring a 24 hour companion. Even if your loved does not need “help,” per se, having a lively companion around makes life more enjoyable and the days go by faster. As one of the few state-licensed home care agencies in California, A-1 Home Care offers superb live-in and live-out companion care for any occasion. You don’t always have to wait until you “have to” use in-home care. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

For more information about 24 hour companion care, call A-1 Home Care today (562) 929-8400 for caregiving services in LA County or (949) 650-3800 for services in Orange County.  A-1 Home Care covers a large geographical expanse, ranging from Malibu, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Hollywood to Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Fountain Valley and Anaheim. 

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New Research Developments for Alzheimer’s and Dementia in the Elderly

Young and elderly femaleDementia, including the most common form Alzheimer’s Disease, and related neurodegenerative conditions are dramatically rising in frequency as people live longer and our population ages,” says Robert Richards, Lead Professor of the Biological Sciences Department at the University of Adelaide.  Researchers at UA have developed a new theory for causes of dementia, involving an out-of-control immune system, according to a publication in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience.  The cognitive decline associated with dementia can be attributed to the body’s autoimmune inflammatory response, causing brain cells to die.  Symptoms of Alzheimer’s include wandering, repeating questions, forgetting one’s own name and names of family members, inability to groom oneself and carry out other basic tasks.  A-1 Home Care offers the highest quality of dementia care in LA County at the most competitive rates.

What does 24-hour Alzheimer’s Care entail?

A-1 Home Care has a diverse team of caregivers, certified nurse aides, certified home health aides and licensed vocational nurses ready to serve you 24 hours a day, 365 days a week.  Our professional and delightful round-the-clock care includes non-medical assistance with meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders, lifting/transferring, grooming, bathing, personal care, and transportation to appointments no matter how far they are from home.  Your elderly loved one will enjoy the quality of elder care from our highly skilled and experienced caregivers as they become part of the family.

About A-1 Home Care

Established in 1991, A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency serving seniors in Huntington BeachGarden GroveAnaheim HillsDowneyLos AngelesBrentwood and other cities throughout Southern California.  Each caregiver who comes on board with A-1 Home Care is required to pass an extensive criminal background check, DMV record check, and character assessments.  All professional references are verified.  Your satisfaction, security and protection are our priority, so we make it a point to deliver you the best Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care at the lowest rates possible.

For quality Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care, contact us today at (562) 929-8400 or (949) 650-3800. 

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