In-Home Care Assistance for the Tightrope Carer

a-1 home careWe’ve often heard of the term “sandwich generation,” which describes a generation of adults sandwiched between caring for their elderly parents and their own children.  There is a relatively new term called “tightrope carer,” which describes adults who have no children but are caring for their elderly loved ones.  As these tightrope carers finance elder care for their parents, they become inevitably aware of the issues that will arise in their own future.  Aging is an unpopular but necessary topic to think about, but A-1 Home Care makes conversation about elder care more comforting and reassuring.  When you see the quality of care given by our wonderful caregivers, you can rest assured that A-1 Home Care in Costa Mesa will also take care of you when you need the help.

What does A-1 Home Care offer?

Depending on your needs and level of care, you can choose from a wide variety of in-home care services, such as Arthritis Care, Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care, Parkinson’s Care, Lou Gehrig’s Care, After-Surgery Care, Long Term Care, Short Term Care, respite care, live-in care, live-out care, and more.  Our 24 hour care services and part-time services include assistance with the following:

  • Meal preparation according to your wishes or based on the doctor’s recommendations
  • Help with chores
  • Light housekeeping
  • Lifting/transferring from wheelchair to bed to bathtub, etc.
  • Assistance with mobility (i.e., using a walker or other device)
  • Transportation for medical appointments or social visits
  • Establishing an exercise routine and healthy lifestyle
  • Excellent companionship
  • Help with managing the bills
  • Other types of assistance per your request

A-1 Home Care is Costa Mesa’s preferred agency for a reason

A-1 Home Care has been around for over 20 years, taking care of seniors and their families for generations in and around Costa Mesa.  Licensed, bonded and insured, A-1 Home Care ensures the safety and quality of senior care your elderly loved ones will receive, and you can always look forward to chatting with a bright and cheerful customer care representative on the other end when you call our 24 hour hotline.  Are you unfamiliar with advanced directives, long term care planning and other processes?  Our care managers will help you navigate the complicated system so you can have a peace of mind.

Call today for immediate relief (949) 650-3800 or visit our website for services in Costa Mesa and surrounding cities such as Yorba Linda, Fullerton, Anaheim, Irvine, Tustin, Orange, Garden Grove and Newport Beach. 

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Costa Mesa In-Home Care: Examining the Causes of Parkinson’s Disease

a-1 home care whittier caregiver agencyThe cause of Parkinson’s disease, a debilitating disease of the central nervous system, remains unknown, but according to new research conducted by scientists at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, researchers may have found some clues.  The traditional belief that loss of dopamine leads to Parkinson’s is being challenged by new evidence that stress on the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is the key event (Cell Death and Disease, 2016).  Researchers are not negating the validity of the traditional argument; rather, they are adding to the argument by saying that they discovered the reason why the brain stops producing dopamine and are developing something that could prevent stress on the ER.

What does this mean for you?

While researchers are developing a remedy or cure for Parkinson’s, there are ways to boost your dopamine levels naturally.  But what is dopamine, you ask?  It is a neurotransmitter that controls the brain’s reward and pleasure centers (Psychology Today, 2016).  The more energy you pour into your favorite activities, hobbies and people, the more you increase your dopamine levels.  Although no one exactly knows why the brain starts producing less dopamine (and researchers at best have come up with only theories), the least you could do is to do things that make you happy.  Positive thinking plays a big role as well as diet; certain foods like avocado and chocolate can really give you a good dopamine boost.

I already have Parkinson’s.  Is there any hope for me?

There’s always hope for anyone who has Parkinson’s regardless of the stage of disease they’re in.   You or your elderly loved one can benefit from A-1 Home Care’s 24-hour Parkinson’s Care which enables people to live life to the fullest.  Our live-in caregivers help seniors cope with symptoms of Parkinson’s, such as stiffness, slow movement, tremors, inability to stand upright, mood disorders, vision loss and difficulty with swallowing.  The need for live-in care becomes increasingly important as Parkinson’s progresses, but our companion caregivers can motivate your elderly loved ones to participate in favorite hobbies that they otherwise would not do if a caregiver were not around.

Call today for immediate relief (949) 650-3800 or visit our website for services in Costa Mesa, Tustin, Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, Newport Beach, Orange, Yorba Linda and other surrounding cities.

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Journal References

Mitofusin-mediated ER stress triggers neurodegeneration in pink1/parkin models of Parkinson’s disease, I. Celardo et al., Cell Death and Disease, doi:10.1038/cddis.2016.173, published online 23 June 2016.

Multiple Sclerosis Strikes Women in the Prime of Their Lives

A-1 Home Care Diverse NursesMultiple Sclerosis, an autoimmune, non-fatal disease, attacks the central nervous system which consists of the brain and spinal cord.  The good news is that those who are diagnosed with MS have about the same life expectancy as those who don’t have it, but the bad news is the havoc it wreaks on young women for the rest of their lives.  Currently there is no cure for MS, so the best that families can do for their loved ones is provide in-home care assistance to compensate for what women cannot do for themselves.  The National Multiple Sclerosis Society reports that 400,000 Americans are afflicted by MS.  If you are looking for quality in-home care for your loved one with MS, look no further than A-1 Home Care in Costa Mesa!

Affordable, Round-the-Clock In-Home Care for MS Patients

Symptoms vary from person to person, but in general you or your loved one may experience numbness, mobility issues, speech difficulty, and balance issues.  There may be periods of time when symptoms come and go, but the pattern is very unpredictable as it depends on which nerves are attacked at any given time.  Of all the symptoms people suffer from, mobility is the top complaint by most MS patients.  Difficulty with walking – or inability to walk altogether – affects the quality of daily life, and about two-thirds of patients with MS struggle with mobility.  Many women who want children feel they have to change their minds about it because of Multiple Sclerosis; oftentimes patients miss out on social events, which further deepens their depression.  With 24-hour in-home care assistance from A-1 Home Care in Costa Mesa, you can resume normalcy as much as possible without worrying about bugging family members with personal tasks.

Why A-1 Home Care?

If you need quality 24-hour MS care but are worried about the cost, look no further than A-1 Home Care!  For over two decades, A-1 Home Care has delivered exceptional in-home care services to families all over Costa Mesa.  We offer flexibility and 24-hour access to our operators who are stand-by to address your questions and concerns.  Round-the-clock senior care, live-out elder care, 24-hour Multiple Sclerosis Care, overnight care and any other type of in-home care should be personable, compassionate and tailored to your loved one’s specific needs.  There is a reason why A-1 Home Care is still going strong after all these years – we care and we show it through our affordable, high quality, unrivaled caregiver services.

Call today for immediate relief (949) 650-3800 or visit our website for services in Costa Mesa, Tustin, Corona, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Santa Ana, Garden Grove, and other cities in Orange County.

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Costa Mesa Caregiving Includes After Surgery Senior Specialists

It’s tough being alone in a hospital bed– especially when you realize your nice warm bed at home is awaiting you soon enough!

At A-1 Home Care in Costa Mesa, our friendly caregivers provide after surgery care services that keep seniors upbeat and well-mannered during the entirety of their hospital stay. Each caregiver is always affordable and daily diverse, too, because A-1 Home Care understands the importance of providing top-quality care at prices that never shoot through-the-roof.

A-1 Home Care provides a variety of caregiving services in the hospital that include:

  • assistance with personal services like bathing, grooming, dressing, and toileting
  • wake-up and tuck-in services
  • running errands like grocery shopping and picking up clothes from the cleaners
  • maintenance inside the home including vacuuming, dusting, dishwashing, laundry, and trash
  • assistance with mobility
  • maintenance outside the home including yard work and gardening tasks
  • transportation of items you need from the home during your hospital stay
  • special needs care
  • child care
  • pet care

A-1 Home Care has proudly served seniors from all walks of life, including Jewish, Asian, Middle Eastern, and European, with the most exceptional caregiving options offered anywhere in Los Angeles and Orange County for decades and counting already. Each caregiver offers additional in-home care options that include Alzheimer’s and dementia care for seniors suffering from cognitive decline, kidney disease care for patients with renal dialysis, and even cancer care for elders suffering from melanoma and other forms of cancer. It’s this dedication to providing only the best– and leaving behind the rest!– that has kept A-1 Home Care at the pinnacle of caregiving today.

Learn more about the exceptional after surgery care options available throughout Southern California when you contact a friendly caregiver by dialing (949) 650-3800 or (562) 929-8400. A-1 Home Care is happy to serve nearby adjacent communities in Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Irvine, Tustin, and Huntington Beach.

Minimize Effects of Cognitive Confusion with Brain Injury Care in Costa Mesa

A-1 Home Care Hospice CareIf you have a loved one who recently suffered a traumatic brain injury, you probably feel unprepared, alone and overwhelmed in assisting your loved one with day-to-day living.   The aftermath of brain injury varies with the severity of the trauma; the effects include, but are not limited to, the following: complications with communication, aggressive or impulsive behaviors, memory problems, paranoia, difficulty concentrating, impaired vision, and more.  Your loved one’s physical trauma may call for 24-hour in-home care if he is prone to fall or is not lucid at least half the time.  A-1 Home Care in Costa Mesa delivers excellent round-the-clock in-home care for all types of TBI symptoms.

Day-to-Day Living Made Easier

Live-in home care assistance is invaluable to families, especially for providers who have to juggle between professional, personal and family life.  As if life were not busy enough, the unanticipated traumatic brain injury made life more difficult to manage, and in-home care will do wonders in preserving your sanity while taking care of your loved one!  A certified home health aide from A-1 Home Care assists with all kinds of chores, such as meal preparation, light housekeeping, bathing, grooming, personal care, oral hygiene and transportation to appointments in Costa Mesa and other neighboring cities.

Why A-1 Home Care in Costa Mesa?

Since its inception in 1991, A-1 Home Care has become the leading in-home care agency in Orange County, providing non-medical assistance to families and their loved ones of all ages.  Round-the-clock and part-time caregiving services are available in Costa Mesa, Irvine, Tustin, Huntington Beach, Fullerton, Anaheim Hills, Laguna Beach, Villa Park, Fountain Valley and other cities throughout Orange County.  You can finance high quality, low-cost brain injury care through our reasonable rates and terms.  A-1 Home Care also accepts Veteran Benefits and long-term care insurance.

Call today for immediate relief (949) 650-3800 or visit our website for more information. 

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Affordable Home Care Includes Personal Services In Costa Mesa

Do you have an elder in the home who has difficulty maintaining his/her trousers during the day?


At A-1 Home Care in Costa Mesa, we offer the most convenient and exceptional care services from the comfort and convenience of the home, all of which are provided at the most affordable costs available in Los Angeles and Orange County. Each friendly caregiver on staff comes fully equipped with helping hands, a golden heart, and a smile to serve long before given the opportunity to step foot in the home.

A-1 Home Care’s personal services relieve seniors with messy bottoms and impatient bladders along with those who require assistance in other sensitive every day occurrences like taking a bath/shower, brushing teeth and hair, and even putting on clothes.


A-1 Home Care provides exceptional caregiver options in the home that further include:

  • assistance with household chores like dusting, vacuuming, dish-washing, laundry, mopping, taking out the trash, and bed-making
  • assistance with yard work and gardening tasks like watering plants, mowing the lawn, and raking leaves
  • assistance with personal services like bathing, grooming, dressing, and toileting
  • transportation to and from medical appointments and other existing engagements
  • delicious and nutritious meal preparation
  • running errands like grocery shopping and picking up clothes from the cleaners
  • medication reminders and administration assistance
  • “brain games” and other cognition improving activities
  • enjoyable conversation and companionship
  • special needs care

A-1 Home Care even provides caregiving techniques that serve infants with colic and other newborn-related illnesses, autism and Asperger’s care, postpartum care, and much more so that all who call on the name of A-1 Home Care can start to smile again.

For more information about A-1 Home Care and its leading 24 hour care solutions, contact a friendly caregiver today at (949) 650-3800 or (562) 929-8400. A-1 Home Care is happy to serve nearby communities in Garden Grove, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Irvine, and Newport Beach.

Costa Mesa Senior Care: Is Your Elderly Loved One at Risk for a Fatal Fall?

caregiverIf your elderly loved one suffers from Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease, Arthritis or other disease that weakens his ability to walk or maintain balance, he may be at risk for a deadly fall.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), accidental falls are the top cause of death, and in 2013, over 25,000 elderly adults died from fall-related injuries.  Traumatic brain injuries, the aftermath of a risky surgery, and pre-existing conditions prior to the fall are all risk factors for seniors.  A-1 Home Care in Costa Mesa wants to help you prevent falls in your home or in your elderly loved one’s home, if she or he does not live with you.


How Live-In Care Prevents Falls


Whether your elderly loved one lives alone or with a spouse who is close in age, having a live-in caregiver is a great safety net because you have a professional home helper who’s strong, alert, and experienced around the house.  An in-home caregiver from A-1 Home Care in Costa Mesa will reduce the chances of your loved one forgetting medication, overdosing or taking the wrong medicine that might impair her mental state of mind.  A certified nurse assistant can walk beside or behind your father as he uses a walker to ensure that he does not fall.  If your parent walks fine but suddenly suffers a fall, a live-in caregiver will rush to the rescue, and this kind of aid is especially helpful if your loved one lives alone.  All too often, serious injuries could be minimized or prevented if someone was around to call an ambulance right away.


About A-1 Home Care in Costa Mesa


A-1 Home Care was established in 1991, and for over 25 years, families in Costa Mesa, Tustin, Villa Park, Fountain Valley, Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach, Orange, and other cities throughout Orange County have turned to us for reliable, competent, and compassionate senior care.  Thanks to our team of dedicated caregivers, certified nurse assistants, certified home health aides, hospice care aides and hospital sitters, A-1 Home Care continues to be the leading home care provider in Southern California.  Highly skilled caregiving services are very affordable through our easy financing options; A-1 Home Care also accepts Veteran Benefits and long-term care insurance.


Call today for immediate relief (949) 650-3800 or visit our website for more information. 


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