The Best Books to Read this Spring

With Spring finally here, it is common that most of our senior patients want to get out of the house and go outside with our caregivers and/or with family and friends. This is something that A-1 Home Care prefers as well–for our seniors to get some relaxation and sun, if okay with their doctor, for the day. If our seniors are not in the mood to go for a walk or hike, we often encourage reading.

Reading has been said to be one of the best relaxing hobby, allowing an individual to go at their own pace and, yes, escape reality for a bit. We highly encourage our Costa Mesa seniors to grab a book on their way, especially if they are going to the beach. Catching the waves and reading a book is actually much needed sometimes in life.

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Some books that are said to be on your to-do list are (BookBub Blog, 2017):

Our twenty-four hour caregivers can also assist with reading, whether that is reading a loud to our senior patients or reading in silence together. For further details on what more that our agency can offer, then be sure to give us a ring at our Costa Mesa office (949) 650-3800 or you can visit our website at www.a-1homecare.com to locate your closest branch in neighboring cities.

Fun Activities to do for the Senior & Elderly Costa Mesa Residents

 

A-1 Home Care is an in-home care agency that provides top notch services to those who we are looking after. It is important that our caregivers  go beyond for you. However, we also understand that you might want  a break every now and then from staying indoors. And we support that as well!

With your doctor’s approval and any medication that is needed, seniors and elderly have a variety of options when it comes to the beautiful beach vibe city, Costa Mesa. Be sure to check out this list of some fun activities in your area, along with your loved one:

  • Parks (and there are options from TeWinkle; Talbert Regional; Wakeham; City of Lions; Shiffer; Brentwood; Tanager; Talbert Nature; and Coast Recreation)

Or, if you are in the mood for something  festive and do not mind some walking, then go wander:

  • The Camp – a green room for health fanatics
  • LAB Mall
  • South Coast Plaza Mall

To learn more about our caregivers and the 24-hour service that A-1 Home Care provides, you can speak to one of our Costa Mesa representatives at (949) 650-3800 or you can visit our website at www.costamesainhomecare.com for further information.

24 Hour Agency Offers Private in Home Health Services for Residents of Costa Mesa

Senior Couple In GardenPrivate in home care is becoming increasingly accessible in Orange County and surrounding cities. With such competitive agencies in the area, it is necessary to find quality when searching for an agency that provides certified home health aides.

Fantastic Health Aids are a Phone Call Away!

A-1 Home Care in Costa Mesa strives to select the best caregivers in the area. Our focus is to ensure caregivers that will provide a quality of care that will far surpass your expectations. We understand the difficulty of finding a professional nurse aide that will connect with you and your family. Therefore, we take the proper steps to find a companion that will establish a relationship with those they care for. We provide certified health aides that work with a variety of ailments. This includes but it not limited to Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, dementia, heart disease, memory loss, muscular dystrophy and osteoporosis.

The Best Part of Private In Home Care…

A-1 Home Care in Costa Mesa provides you with options. We work with you to determine the type of home assistance your family needs. Once determined, we work with your schedule by providing part time assistance or 24 hour live in caregivers. This is not limited the elderly but instead is provided to anyone who needs assistance from a certified health aid:

  • Care for the disabled and handicap
  • Companions for cancer patients or the terminally ill
  • Assistance for mothers who are recovering post-partum
  • Post-surgery care from certified nurse assistants

To learn more about how A-1 Home Care in Costa Mesa call us at (949) 650-3800 or visit our website at www.costamesainhomecare.com for more information. We serve in Costa Mesa, Irvine, Tustin, Huntington Beach, Fullerton, Anaheim Hills, Laguna Beach, Villa Park, Fountain Valley and other cities throughout Orange County. A-1 provides hospital sitters in Orange County for surrounding hospitals including UC Irvine Medical Center, Huntington Memorial Hospital, and Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center.

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 www.costamesainhomecare.com 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 www.costamesainhomecare.com 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 www.costamesainhomecare.com 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.

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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.