Get the Star Treatment with Affordable Home Helpers in Beverly Hills

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What is a Home Helper?

Beverly Hills is the home to many stars and celebrities, but you don’t have to be a celebrity to get the star treatment. A home helper is available at an affordable rate for you or a family member or loved one. A home helper is just what it sounds like: someone available to help you in and around the house with chores, light housecleaning, and tasks around the house. Additionally, they are able to even help with hygiene management such as bathing, grooming, and getting dressed.

What are the benefits of having a Home Helper?

Sometimes aging, illness, or even just a busy schedule can prevent one from taking care of one’s household duties. A home helper can help you stay organized and give you more time to do the things you love. If you don’t have time to go grocery shopping, no problem! A home helper can help run errands or transport you to appointments.

About A-1 Home Care

A-1 Home Care Agency has been providing exceptional home care service since 1991. They assist with elder care, hospice care, respite care, companionship, light house cleaning, incontinence care, and so much more. Our personal care assistants are experienced, compassionate, and hardworking; available throughout Orange County and Los Angeles County. Call us today for your free quote at 562-929-8400

So you’re thinking about In Home Care

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For many people, the term In Home Care can mean many different things.  Some may think this is a nurse or Doctor that visits to check on one’s health.  Others may confuse the word Caregiver for Housekeeper.  One of the main things that we here at A-1 Home Care have come to associate with the service is peace of mind.  What we provide is non-medical Caregiving Services for children and grown adults as well as the different sorts of conditions seniors deal with as they advance in age.

As elderly people begin to cope with changes in what they are capable for doing for themselves, this can result in forgetting to take medication, unintentionally skipping meals, leaving the stove on or worse.  Having a trained individual familiar with this stage of life can make sure that your loved one is eating meals tailored to their dietary needs and making sure appointments both social and medical are kept.  At a time when some older adults may have a hard time communicating what exactly their needs are, a certified and trained Caregiver can make a world of difference.

There are many times when our loved one who needs either Hourly Care or Live-In Care may not be a stone’s throw away from us.  Distance no matter how great or little can come between us in terms of how often we are able to see with our two eyes that everything is ok and that they are healthy, happy and safe.  In short, it is easy to worry about them when you know you are not in an immediate proximity to step in.  A Home Care Professional can deliver in depth custom care designed especially for the patient.  Having someone who knows what they are doing on site with your loved one is a peace of mind words cannot describe.

Call us today at 562-929-8400 for a free quote and to learn more about how we can bring peace of mind and accountability into lives of you and your loved ones!

How to Handle Sibling Theft from an Elderly Loved One

????????????????????????????????????????It’s never easy to address a conflict with anyone, especially when it involves money and inheritance.  Nonetheless, as it relates to your elderly loved one’s estate and financial affairs, you have every right to be concerned if you see your sibling come into money by way of Power-of-Attorney and using those funds that don’t benefit your elderly loved one at all.  You’ve observed your brother making major house renovations or your sister get cosmetic surgery in recent years.  Something doesn’t sit right with you but you’re unsure if you should speak up or give your sibling the benefit of a doubt.

To get rid of that ugly gut feeling that won’t go away, clear your conscience by taking the following steps:

  • Initiate a conversation with your sibling. Address your concerns and ask your sibling about the extra expenditures you noticed, and give your sibling a chance to defend himself or herself.
  • Assess your sibling’s spending habits and funding sources before she became the Power-of-Attorney (POA). What was her financial situation like before Mom or Dad appointed her as POA?  Was she able to afford expensive house renovations or cosmetic surgeries then as she is able to now?
  • Consult an elder law attorney. If your sibling refuses to be transparent, consult an elder law attorney.  You can let your sibling know about your intentions to consult a lawyer, but only you know if your sibling will run and hide or if he will step up to the plate and cooperate with you.
  • Act quickly. Can you confirm the balance of your elderly loved one’s financial accounts?  If the answer is no, contact a lawyer as soon as possible before your parents’ money runs out.

A-1 Home Care has experienced care managers in Beverly Hills who can assist you by answering any questions you may have about your situation.  We also have a list of resources on our website that you can contact regarding your doubts.  A-1 Home Care partners with local hospitals, nursing homes, residential care facilities, elder care law attorneys, clinics, medical supply companies, and pharmacies in Beverly Hills to provide you the best network of in-home care in LA County.  The consultation is free, and we can connect you to m parethe most reputable elder care attorneys in town.

About A-1 Home Care in Beverly Hills

A-1 Home Care was established in 1991 to provide stellar in-home care services to seniors in Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Culver City, Hollywood, Pasadena and other cities throughout LA County.  As one of the few licensed, bonded and insured agencies in California, A-1 Home Care aims to protect your elderly loved ones from harm, predators, scam artists, fraud and theft.  Our seasoned care managers are well plugged into the community, and we have the best referrals for professionals in town.  A-1 Home Care provides a variety of low-cost, high quality senior care services such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care, Arthritis Care, Multiple Sclerosis Care, Stroke Care, Diabetes Care, Heart Disease Care and more.

For a complimentary consultation, call A-1 Home Care today (310) 657-8780 or visit our website www.beverlyhillsinhomecare.com for more details! 

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The Best Way to Handle Sensitive Power-of-Attorney Issues with Seniors and Siblings

a-1 home care elder care burbankWhen an elderly loved one nears cognitive incapacitation, sibling tension commonly arises, and if there has been a history of sibling rivalry, handling senior care and power-of-attorney issues becomes a very sensitive matter.  It’s tough when you have been betrayed in the past by one or more of your siblings; trust issues while discussing your elderly loved one’s in-home care options can be major distraction.  Nonetheless, this is one of the most crucial times when the whole family needs to agree on something, and hopefully you can include your parents too if their mental acuity is still intact.

Who gets the Power-of-Attorney?

If everyone has vastly different opinions about who should be in charge, A-1 Home Care in Beverly Hills highly recommends an objective third party, such as elder care advocate, to sort out issues like estate planning, advanced directives and living trusts.  Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Does your elderly loved one have any documents in place already, such as a living trust or advanced directive?
  2. Has anyone been appointed Power of Attorney yet?
  3. Do you have a family attorney who can serve as a mediator and decide what’s best for the whole family?
  4. If your loved one has already signed a Power-of-Attorney document, when does it take effect (i.e., immediately or after incapacity)?
  5. If a living trust is in place, who was appointed as the Successor Trustee?

How A-1 Home Care Can Help

Getting an attorney can be pretty expensive, but you have the option of obtaining a free consultation with one of our experienced care managers who can objectively assist you and your siblings in sorting out matters.  Our professional in-home care managers have years of experience dealing with attorneys, long-term care insurance providers, legal documents, and elder care advocacy.  We partner with local hospitals and law firms to give you the best network of professional assistance with any problems that may come up.  On our website we also list a number of resources you can contact if you have any questions about elder care advocacy.  As one of the few licensed, bonded and insured agencies in California, A-1 Home Care is committed to providing the highest quality in senior care in Beverly Hills and LA County.

For a free consultation, call A-1 Home Care today (310) 657-8780 or visit our website www.beverlyhillsinhomecare.com for services in Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Burbank, Santa Monica, Pasadena and other cities throughout Southern California.

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From Hospital to In-Home Care: Making the Transition Work like Magic

a-1 home careIn the days leading up to the discharge to a week after the move back home, things can get pretty hectic with phones incessantly ringing and health care professionals constantly checking in.  Going from living independently for a number of years to now having to depend on a live-in caregiver after a stroke is quite a transition for the elderly loved one and the entire family.  In this article, A-1 Home Care in Beverly Hills lists some tips on making the transition work like magic for you and the whole family.

Discuss your expectations for the first week home.  Does your elderly loved one want you to be home 24/7 for the first week when she comes home from the hospital?  Will there be anyone to look after her if you have to work?  Who’s going to be home when the nurses and other health professionals call to check on her?  Should you stay home the first night when the live-in caregiver comes to meet your parent?  These things should be discussed before your loved one comes back home.  Know what you can do, and put your parent’s priorities above the caregiver’s priorities.

The First Introduction – After you decide if your elderly loved one needs part-time or 24 hour post-stroke care, introduce the caregiver to your parent before she moves back home, if that’s possible.  Start the transition before your parent is discharged; don’t wait until the first week to make all the new changes.  Introduce the caregiver to your loved one’s team of health care professionals so they can bring the caregiver up to speed on your parent’s progress before the hand-off actually occurs.

Detailed documentation – A-1 Home Care’s hospital sitters will ensure that your loved one’s medical records are well-documented in accurate detail.  Our team of seasoned certified nurse aides and licensed vocational nurses will serve as a liaison between you and the hospital staff.  This will prove especially helpful if you cannot take time off from work.  Our caregivers will be there for your loved one 24 hours a day.

24 Hour Post-Stroke Care

A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency that provides high quality post-stroke care for seniors in Beverly Hills, Pasadena, Malibu, Santa Monica and other parts of LA County.  Round-the-clock care entails assistance with meal preparation, feeding, range-of-motion exercises, mobility, toileting care, incontinence care, medication reminders and more.  As one of the few state-licensed home care agencies in California, we ensure senior safety and satisfaction!

For more information about incontinence care in Beverly Hills, call A-1 Home Care today (310) 657-8780 or visit our website www.beverlyhillsinhomecare.com for services in your area.

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The Inner World of Brain Injury Victims

Doctor with young momAs the old adage goes, “Appearance is deceiving,” and this could not be truer for someone living with a brain injury.  They always get comments like, “[Your head injury] happened months ago!  You look fine…you’re still not over that?”  In reality, victims of traumatic brain injury (TBI) are among the world’s most isolated people, because other people don’t understand the significance or far-reaching effects of TBIs.  Those most at risk for TBIs are toddlers, athletes and the elderly.  Toddlers are easy to slip out of a parent’s eyes, wandering into dangerous parts of a playground or accidentally falling into a pool.  An athlete or physically active adult could suffer a brain injury from contact sports like football or horse-riding.  The elderly can easily trip and fall over a slightly upturned rug due to an unstable sense of balance.

What You Should Know…

If you have a loved one living with a brain injury, they are suffering symptoms that are not easily visible to the eye but are very palpable in their daily living experience.  Many of their symptoms do not permit them to perform tasks that we take for granted, such as driving, brushing our hair, managing finances, or even going to parties.  Some TBI symptoms include the following:

 

  • Hypersensitivity to loud environments
  • Personality changes/mood swings
  • Extreme chronic fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headaches, dizziness and blurry vision
  • Panic attacks
  • Dementia
  • Insomnia
  • Speech processing delay (it takes longer to process what other people are saying)

Head injury, unfortunately, is permanent.  The recovery rate is extremely slow, and it depends on the location and severity of the injury.  A-1 Home Care in Beverly Hills has trustworthy caregivers to help you or a loved one manage symptoms of head injury.  A live-in caregiver will assist with meal preparations, light housekeeping, medication reminders, prescription pick-ups, transportation and more.

Affordable 24 Hour Traumatic Brain Injury Care

A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency, serving families in Beverly Hills since 1991.  As one of the few home care agencies that have successfully received state licensure in California, A-1 Home Care is LA County’s preferred home care agency for its top-quality, low-cost in-home care services.  Being licensed, bonded and insured means that your loved ones are safe from predators, scammers and fraud.  When you receive 24 hour care or live-out care from us, you can trust that our caregivers are 100% trustworthy because they have passed an extensive criminal screening clearance.  All professional references are verified and every caregiver is CPR/First-Aid certified.

Call A-1 Home Care today for a free quote (310) 657-8780 or visit our website www.beverlyhillsinhomecare.com for more information about services in Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Culver City, Hollywood, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Torrance and other cities in LA County.

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Are you prepared to deal with caregiver theft if it happens to you?

a-1 home care caregivers temple cityCaregiver theft can happen more often than you think.  It happened to LivHome, one of the nation’s largest senior care providers, when one of their caregivers stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from one of the agency’s clients.  The news made headlines and, needless to say, the company’s reputation was flushed down the toilet.  If that can happen to a home care agency, how much more likely could it happen to you – a private family that’s just looking for a trustworthy caregiver with limited previous experience in senior care?  If this is your first time looking for in-home care for your elderly loved one, be extra careful.  It is vitally important to find a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency like A-1 Home Care in Beverly Hills.

Safe Companion Care 24 Hours a Day

If your elderly loved one has terminal illness, multiple chronic conditions, has limited mobility and suffers from mood disorders or depression, the last thing you want to worry about is if your caregiver is trustworthy.   Vulnerable seniors bond very easily with their caregivers, especially if the live-in caregiver has a charismatic personality that charms your elderly loved ones.  Though companion care should foster great bonds between the senior and the caregiver, it should not forge any unprofessional bonds raise suspicion.  Because A-1 Home Care in Beverly Hills is licensed, bonded and insured, you can be sure that all of our caregivers are extremely professional yet also compassionate and highly skilled.

About A-1 Home Care in Beverly Hills

A-1 Home Care in Beverly Hills is one of the few home care agencies in California that have successfully received state licensure.  Established in 1991, A-1 Home Care has delivered high quality senior care services to thousands of families all over Orange and LA County, from Malibu to Laguna Beach, Hollywood to Fullerton, Pasadena to Burbank and beyond.  All of our 24 hour and part-time caregiving services are covered by long term care insurance and veteran benefits.  If you are paying out-of-pocket, you or your elderly loved ones can enjoy affordable elder care at unbeatable rates.

For more information about incontinence care in Beverly Hills, call A-1 Home Care today (310) 657-8780 or visit our website www.beverlyhillsinhomecare.com for more details!

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