Arranging Respite Care to Avoid Burnout

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Caregiver burnout and stress not only affects the caregiver, but also the quality of care they provide.  It can also potentially be a danger to the seniors they are looking after because their concentration might not be at its fullest.  As a result, it is important to arrange respite care to allow you to take a break and avoid burnout.

There are a few ways a caregiver can arrange respite care to help them stay an effective caregiver.  You can put the senior in a day care, assisted living respite care facility, or other residential care options. If you are a family caregiver at home, then you can ask around your friends and family to possible handle the role in relief, and more likely than not understand the situation on your needs and the senior’s needs. As a professional caregiver, agencies like A-1 Home Care can help you find an respite caregiver in relief until to provide you with a much needed break.  These respite caregivers range from companion care, personal care assistance, available for both live-in and live-out scenarios.  Furthermore, you will know that the person provide the respite care is a professional caregiver who is reliable in the type of skills and experience needed for the job.

No matter long term or short term, A-1 Home Care has a wide variety of clients who need the service of a professional caregiver. A career as a caregiver can be extremely rewarding because you are positively impacting another person’s life, and we take pride in the dedicated work our caregivers have done for seniors around Los Angeles and Orange County.  Our clients appreciate the wonderful work our caregivers do in  Alzheimer’s Care,  Brain Injury Care, Heart Attack Care, Cancer Care, Diabetic Care, Parkinson’s Care, After Surgery Care, Incontinence Care, Kidney Disease Care, Multiple Sclerosis Care, and other in home care needs. A-1 Home Care realizes the importance of their unmatched professionalism.  In Home Care is a growing industry,  and many families are calling A-1 Home Care to find the right caregiver to offer assistance to their loved ones.  If you have 2 years of caregiving experience, and is CPR/First Aid certified, then don’t hesitate to contact us about employment as a caregvier!

Call us at 562-929-8400 today to learn more about becoming a caregiver with A-1 Home Care, or you can visit www.a-1jobs.com for details.  Check us out on Facebook!

Medication Mistakes To Avoid For Seniors

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One important duties as caregiver is to provide medication reminders for seniors who might often forget to take their prescribed drugs.  However, simple reminders might not be enough to ensure the health and safety of seniors.  There are medication mistakes that can be dangerous for seniors and adults alike.

Some common mistakes include:

  1. Confusing medications with similar names
  2. Having two drugs that could magnify potential side effects
  3. Combining two drugs with similar properties
  4. Taking the wrong dosage of the medication
  5. Mixing prescription drugs with over the counter drugs

Avoiding these potentially dangerous drug interactions require careful attention to warning labels, consultation with the doctors and pharmacist, and organization.  As a result, caregivers providing medication reminders should also be in tune with the types of medication the care recipient is taking in order to ensure their good health and safety.

A-1 Home Care is always looking for more responsible caregivers to join our team in helping seniors around Los Angeles and Orange County. Some of our caregivers have been working for us for over a decade.  As long as you are dedicated to your responsibilities, A-1 Home Care will always reward you with continuous employment with different clients. Our company has been in business since 1991, our experience and longevity speaks for itself.  If you are looking to become an in home caregiver, then look no further than A-1 Home Care to find you a job!  Moreover, we offer both 24 hour live-in and hourly live-out clients, allowing us to best fit your needs and scheduling.

Call us at 562-929-8400 today to learn more about employment requirements, or you can visit www.a-1jobs.com for details.  Check us out on Facebook!

Why Seniors Won’t Eat

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Good nutrition to maintain our health.  From calcium to maintain bone health to omega-3 fatty acid for a good, healthy heart, food is an important part of our lives, and it can be troubling when a senior’s eating habit is changing.  There are many reasons why elderly people might be shying away from eating according to Aging Care.

  1. Aging has reduced their sense of smell and taste – Normal salt and pepper seasonings might not generate enough flavor for seniors, try adding different herbs and spices to possibly add more flavor to the dishes
  2. Side effects from prescription medications – Making a person less hungry is a plausible side effect of medications.  It could also cause food to taste different, making seniors shy away from eating
  3. Chewing problems – Does the senior wear dentures?  They might not speak out, but the dentures could cause discomfort when chewing.  Visit the dentist for adjustment, or substitute with softer foods
  4. Social isolation – If seniors are eating alone, they might not look forward or enjoy the meal, leading them to eat less. Plan on having someone to share a meal with them each day, whether it is a family member, a friend, or even a live-in caregiver who can provide companionship as well as the meal preparation.
  5. Unwilling to cook – Cooking is the easy part.  Grocery shopping, preparing the food, and even washing the dishes afterward can discourage seniors to cook.  There are meal programs where they deliver frozen meals for seniors to reheat it and enjoy.  Another option is a in home caregiver, where they can provide services from meal preparation to medication supervision.

Understanding the root of the problem can dramatically improve your chances of ensuring seniors have the proper nutritional intake and maintain good health.

Do you have experience with caregiving and providing meal preparation, medication supervision, and other in home care services for seniors? Then you should consider becoming a caregiver with A-1 Home Care! Our company has been in the industry since 1991, and we are extremely proud of the positive impacts our caregivers have done in Los Angeles and Orange County communities.  A-1 Home Care understands the importance of our caregivers, so we work diligently to find caregiving jobs for them that best fit their commute and schedules. The need for in home care is rising from the aging baby boomer population, and many family members are looking for help from professional home care to assist their loved ones. Many of them turn to A-1 Home Care based on our history, excellence, and recommendation from others to find a quality caregiver.  We have jobs in both live-in and live-out options.

Call us at 562-929-8400 today to learn more about becoming a caregiver with A-1 Home Care, or you can visit www.a-1jobs.com for details.  Check us out on Facebook!

Caregivers Should Never Ignore Self Care

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As a caregiver, you have worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life among seniors.  However, it is important to realize that your own health is the tool to quality caregiving, and without it, the quality of care suffers along with it.

Probably one of the most important aspects of self care is exercise because the benefits gained from it is immense.  From positive effects on all systems on your body to improved strength to stress relief, simply finding the time to exercise regularly can help bring you the necessary energy to handle the daunting tasks of caregiving.  If you are lacking in motivation, try to find a friend to exercise with. Moreover, to avoid boredom, find at least 2 to 3 enjoyable activities that you can rotate to keep you interested in the routines.  Finally, be sure to pair your exercise with good nutrition at home to compliment your hard work!

Working as an in home caregiver is greatly satisfying because you are making a difference in someone else’s life.  A-1 Home Care has been providing opportunities for caregivers since 1991, and we are extremely fortunate to have such a dedicated group of caregivers assistance seniors around Los Angeles and Orange County.  Our company truly treasure our caregivers, because we understand what amazing work they have done to help others.  The demand for in home care is steadily growing, and many family members are too busy to act as caregivers for their loved ones, so they seek us to find a dependable caregiver to assist their loved ones around the home.  We offer flexible scheduling, with both live-in and live-out options, and clients in cities nearby your residence.

Find your caregiver today, call us at 562-929-8400 to learn more about caregiving opportunities, or you can visit www.a-1jobs.com for details.  Check us out on Facebook!

 

Consideration When Dealing With Eating Issues in Seniors

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A number of factors can cause seniors to have issues with eating.  Their production of saliva may have decreased, tooth loss or other dental problems could affect how they tour, or the seniors might be less sensitive to taste as they aged.  These can be very complicated matter, as nutrition is vital to a senior’s health.  For caregivers providing support to these seniors, do pay attention to any changes in their eating habits.

If they are slowing down or not eating at all, it is more than likely an indication of a problem.  Try to prepare meals that are smaller in portions more frequently rather than three large meals.  If possible, try to feed them with more tasty options that have equal of similar nutrition values to encourage them to eat.  Finally, the medications they are taking can cause them to lose appetite or even change the way food tastes.  Moreover, some medication have side effects that may cause nausea, further alienating the desire to eat.  If caregivers are able to monitor and adjust to how the seniors are reacting to food, then they will have a better chance in overcoming the eating issues with seniors.

Being a caregiver can both fulfilling and rewarding.  A-1 Home Care has been hiring many caregivers since 1991, and we are very proud of the work they have done for seniors aroundLos Angeles and Orange County.  We have heard the difference our caregivers make from our clients, and we understand the importance of they are to our company.  There is a rise in demand for in home caregivers, and many families are turning to professional help such as A-1 Home Care to find a compassionate and dedicated caregiver to assist around the home.  We offer flexible scheduling, with both live-in and live-out options.  Moreover, we will work hard to find a job that best fit your commute as well.

So don’t wait, call us at 562-929-8400 today to learn more about employment requirements, or you can visit www.a-1jobs.com for details.  Check us out on Facebook!

Communicating With Hearing Impaired Seniors

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Hearing diminishes over time, some more than others, and some seniors require hearing aids just to hear.  As caregivers, this offers an extra layer of challenge in communication.  Here are a few things you can incorporate into your caregiving routine.  For instance, make sure the hearing impaired individual can see you approaching them, and try to only speak when you are directly facing them when possible.  Furthermore, try to eliminate as much distraction as possible.  Hand gestures, televisions, bright lights, can all be distracting them when you talk to them.  Finally, try to speak slowly and use simple sentences to make sure they are understandable.

Whatever the limitation or illness, A-1 Home Care is ready to provide seniors with in home caregivers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Our company is always looking for more experienced home caregivers, certified nurse aides, and elderly companions to join our team to extend our services to the growing segments who are looking for in home care assistance.  In business since 1991, we are the premiere home care agency around Southern California, and have served in many communities such as Santa Monica, Century City, Hollywood, Torrance, Whittier, Glendale, Pasadena, San Marino, Cerritos, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, and much more.

If you are interested in a career in being a caregiver, please contact us at 562-929-8400 today for more info, or you may visit www.a-1jobs.com to learn more.

 

Cool and Calm Makes A Good Caregiver

Winnie OcampoOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen facing different home care challenges or emergencies, one should never panic. The cool and calm demeanor that both Winnie Ocampo and Ginger Gardner have is why they excel as caregivers with A-1 Home Care.  Our clients really enjoy their presence, and their personality is infectious to those around them.  Furthermore, the remarkable ability for them to approach any home care scenarios with confidence is why we can put our full trust in serving our clients.  They deserved the Caregivers of the Month award back in July, and we wish to recognize their excellent work with 2013 ending soon.  Finally, we wish both Winnie and Ginger a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!