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!

A Way to Give Back to the Elderly – Caregiving

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The older generations, they are are parents, grandparents, and their peers, have all worked very hard to build this world for the rest of us to live a better life.  As they age and begin to slow down with all the ailments and medical condition, and a good way to give back is through caregiving.  In this hectic world, many of the adult children are full of responsibilities from their work career to taking care of their kids just to name two. As a result, the demand for professional caregivers continue to be on the rise.  In this job market, one can go months without finding a new job.  So why not caregiving? If you have previous experience taking care of another client, explore the opportunity to work as a caregiver, home helper, and senior companion for A-1 Home Care.  We have served thousands of clients around Los Angeles and Orange County for over 20 years, and we can provide you with the peace of mind that you look for when hiring a caregiver for your elderly loved ones.  Here is a few of our exceptional caregivers that has been awarded caergivers of the month: Andrew HanFly, Delaila Pilapil, Tina Gowdy, Roehl Esquillo.

Call 562-929-8400 today and ask about our caregiving opportunities, or visit www.a-1jobs.com to learn more about working for A-1 Home Care.

Managing Elderly Insomnia for Caregivers

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When you are a caregiver that provides round the clock care, one of the issues you may have to deal with include helping an Elderly individual deal with Insomnia and sleep related issues.  Insomnia can be caused by a variety of factors included medication, anxiety/depression, chronic pain, and sedentary lifestyles that lack sufficient exercise.  So what have you done under circumstances where someone you are providing care for wakes up feeling agitated in the middle of the night?

After you’re sure that it wasn’t just a one night issue and that it is legitimately a problem that keeps happening, you need to find out what may be causing it.  If the issue is medication, perhaps a doctor visit and an alternative type of medication can alleviate the problem.  Lifestyle changes such as encouraging your loved one to read before bed instead of watching television, restricting caffeine, food, and drink consumption at hours close to bed time, and daily exercise may be effective solutions.  Check this article titled Insomnia: The Caregiver’s Role for more advice.  According to the article, sleep aids such as sleeping pills should be avoided because the body can eventually become resistant to them.

A-1 Home Care Jobs is always looking to hire compassionate and experienced caregivers, nurse aides, companions, and home helpers in Los Angeles County and Orange County.  We have employment opportunities for individuals who have experience with Elder Care services such as After Surgery Care, Arthritis Care, Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care, Parkinson’s Care, Diabetic Care, Cancer Care, Hospice Care, Post Stroke Care, and Incontinence Care.  We are also hiring babysitters, nannies, and mother’s helpers who have experience with Child Care, Postpartum Care, or Special Needs Care.

A-1 Home Care is dedicated to providing compassionate in-home care services in the communities of Los Angeles, Brentwood, Hollywood, Studio City, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Palos Verdes, Marina Del Rey, San Marino, Tarzana, Sherman Oaks, Pasadena, Burbank, Glendora, Covina, Diamond Bar, San Dimas, Fullerton, Anaheim Hills, Yorba Linda, La Mirada, Irvine, Garden Grove, Seal Beach, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Corona Del Mar, Laguna Beach, and others in Los Angeles County and Orange County.

All of our caregivers must have prior at home caregiving experience, verifiable professional references, a National Background Check/DMV Check, Tuberculosis testing, Malpractice/Liability insurance, First Aid/CPR training, and a personal interview with our office staff.

If you feel that you have the experience and compassion necessary to provide in-home care on a 24 hour Live-In Care or Hourly Care basis, we’d love to hear from you.  Check out these tips for employment.

For more information or to apply for a caregiver position, CALL us at 562-929-8400 and come into our Santa Fe Springs office with all your available documents and scrubs as we will be taking your photo for an Identification Badge.

A-1 Home Care is a Licensed Bonded and Insured non-medical homecare agency that has been in business since 1991 with an A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau, Shield Accreditation, and thousands of caregiver testimonials. 

Seeking Near Perfect Caregivers in L.A. and O.C. Counties

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And by “near perfect” we mean pretty darn good.  Of course, nobody is perfect, but there are those who have a natural knack for providing incredible at home caregiving service.  A-1 Home Care Jobs is always hiring compassionate, experienced, and qualified caregivers, nurse aides, companions, home helpers, babysitters, mother’s helpers, and nannies who love what they do.  At A-1 Home Care, we provide non-medical homecare services in Los Angeles County and Orange County.  We strive to hire the best caregivers, hiring those who have a good track record of caregiving experience.  When we interview caregivers, we can tell when an individual really takes pride in providing home care services based off of their general personality and the way in which they answer scenario-based questions of various care situations.  If you love providing in-home care for Elderly individuals or children and have the appropriate experience, we’d love to hear from you.

Check out this article titled Is There Such a Thing as a “Caregiving Instinct?” which talks about some qualities that excellent caregivers have.  “They’re mellow and good-humored, they always see the person behind the illness, they’re motivated by yesterday and today, not tomorrow, they’re patient, and they’re seemingly unflappable.”

A-1 Home Care specializes in Elder Care services such as After Surgery Care, Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care, Arthritis Care, Parkinson’s Care, Diabetic Care, Cancer Care, Hospice Care, Incontinence Care, and Post Stroke Care.  We also offer parenting services such as Child Care, Special Needs Care, and Postpartum Care.

All of our caregivers must have prior caregiving experience, verifiable professional references, a National Background Check/DMV Check, Tuberculosis testing, Malpractice/Liability insurance, First Aid/CPR training, and a personal interview with our office staff.

We serve the communities of Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Seal Beach, Garden Grove, Cerritos, La Mirada, Fullerton, Anaheim Hills, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, Tarzana, Burbank, Pasadena, Glendora, San Dimas, and others in Los Angeles County and Orange County.

A-1 Home Care is a non-medical homecare agency that has been in business since 1991.  We have an A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau, Shield Accreditation, and many positive caregiver testimonials.  If you’re looking for employment opportunities and a long term job, call us and come into our Santa Fe Springs office for an interview.

For more information, CALL us at 562-929-8400 to schedule an in-person interview with our office staff. 

Helping with Elderly Holiday Blues

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The holiday season is almost over!  We just have New Year’s left, but if things went smoothly during Thanksgiving and Christmas time, congratulations.  The holiday season can be a very difficult time for Elderly individuals who have limited contact with family members.  The loneliness heightens especially if the Elder individual has lost a significant other or close friends in recent times.  They may spend too much time dwelling upon nostalgic memories of joyous Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas gatherings, and welcoming the New Year in good company.

As caregivers, it’s our duty during this time to understand what these Elderly people are going through and be able to prevent, recognize, and manage depression during the holidays.  This article titled Holiday Blues and the Elderly provides some background on why this time of the year is so difficult for some, provides some signs to look out for that may indicate your loved one is depressed, and ways to help them cope.  Try to get into contact with the nearest relatives and alert them of the situation.  If they live far, suggest a phone call to the Elderly individual to try and get them excited for participation in holiday activities.  This provides reassurance that they are loved and not forgotten.  While it’s just you and the Elderly individual, think of holiday activities that you can participate in such as shopping, window shopping, playing holiday games, watching holiday programs, etc.

A-1 Home Care Jobs always has employment opportunities for caregivers, nurse aides, and companions with prior experience in Orange County and Los Angeles County cities such as Los Angeles, Hollywood, Palos Verdes, Monrovia, Burbank, Tarzana, Covina, Diamond Bar, Anaheim Hills, Villa Park, Garden Grove, and Newport Beach.  Our caregivers must have prior experience, verifiable professional references, a National Background Check and DMV Check, Tuberculosis testing, Malpractice/Liability insurance, First Aid/CPR training, and a personal interview with our office staff.

A-1 Home Care is a Licensed Bonded and Insured non-medical homecare agency that has been in business since 1991 with an A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau, Shield Accreditation, and memberships with the National Care Planning Council and Chamber of Commerce of Newport Beach, Pasadena, Santa Fe Springs, and Torrance.  If you’re compassionate, experienced, reliable, and dedicated, we may have a job for you.  We specialize in all types of Elder Care services such as Alzheimer’s Care, Parkinson’s Care, Hospice Care, Cancer Care, Diabetic Care, Post Stroke Care, Arthritis Care, and Incontinence Care.

Come in to our Santa Fe Springs office location and apply today or CALL 562-929-8400. 

For more information, visit us at A-1 Home Care Jobs.

Caring for the Elderly During the Holidays

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For some Elderly individuals, the holiday season that includes Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s might not be as joyous a time as it is for others.  Especially for those who have limited contact with relatives or who have lost a friend or spouse, the holidays can be a time where feelings of sadness and depression are heightened.

As caregivers, we must understand this.  If you’re caring for an Elderly, Senior, or Terminally Ill individual this holiday season, you must be on the lookout for signs of depression.  This article titled Holiday Blues and the Elderly provides an insight into the root of Elderly depression during the holidays and some ways to alleviate it.  Be sure to stay in contact with family members.  The depression can be so serious, that you may have to contact the Elderly individual’s doctor to see what can be done.  It can be so minor that you just need to keep them occupied.  Participate in holiday activities with them, keep them up to date with family activities, encourage family members and children to visit more often, get out of the house more often and take the Elderly individuals to places where holiday spirits are high, and be sure to take of yourself as well!

At A-1 Home Care Jobs, we want to wish you a happy holiday season.  We are always hiring compassionate and experienced caregivers, nurse aides, and companions for in-home care in Orange County and Los Angeles County.  We are a non-medical homecare agency that has been in business since 1991.  We provide our clients with 24 hour live-in care or hourly part-time care services such as Alzheimer’s Care, After Surgery Care, Parkinson’s Care, Arthritis Care, Diabetic Care, Cancer Care, Incontinence Care, Hospice Care, and Post Stroke Care.

All of our caregivers must have prior experience, verifiable professional references, a National Background Check and DMV Check, Tuberculosis testing, Malpractice/Liability insurance, First Aid/CPR training, and a personal interview with our office staff.

To apply today, come into our office in Santa Fe Springs or CALL 562-929-8400.

For more information, visit us at A-1 Home Care Jobs.

Hiring Dedicated and Experienced Caregivers in Orange County and Los Angeles County

At A-1 Home Care Jobs, we want our caregivers to be fully aware and responsible during their time caring for any one of our Elderly clients.  It’s important to know that when dealing with Elderly individuals, falls are a great risk that must be prevented at all costs.

This article highlights how important it is for Elderly and Senior individuals to stay active, with a colorful anecdote about a woman whose mother suffered a fall, but was OK.  The article signifies the importance of always being aware of what the Elderly person is doing, because falls can happen at the most unexpected times.  Assistive devices such as canes and walkers are helpful if they have balance problems, as well as handrails and grab bars in the home.

As a caregiver, it’s important to think up activities that can help an Elderly individual stay active and healthy or find out what they like to do and provide encouragement and support.  We are hiring experienced and compassionate caregivers who have a pro-active attitude towards the well-being and healthy lifestyle an Elderly individual should live.  A-1 Home Care Jobs will always have Employment Opportunities for those who love helping Elderly individuals achieve a better emotional, physical, and mental state on a day to day basis.

We have been in business since 1991, are Licensed Bonded and Insured, have an A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau, and Shield Accreditation.  We are hiring experienced caregivers, nurse aides, and companions for After Surgery Care, Arthritis Care, Parkinson’s Care, Alzheimer’s Care, Diabetic Care, Cancer Care, Post Stroke Care, Incontinence Care, Respite Care, Child Care, Special Needs Care, and Postpartum Care in Orange County or Los Angeles County.

All of our caregivers must have prior experience, verifiable professional references, a National Background Check and DMV Check, Tuberculosis testing, Malpractice/Liability Insurance, First Aid/CPR training, and a personal interview with our office staff.

To schedule an interview or request more information, CALL us at 562-929-8400.

Employment Opportunities for Part-Time and Full-Time Caregivers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It can be very nerve-racking when you begin work for a new client for the first time.  You may have questions such as “Will they like me?” or “Am I going to get along with this new person?” swirling around your mind.  It’s always a good idea to plan daily routines and activities.  You could give your client the impression and reassurance that you know what you are doing.  For example, your client will appreciate if you have meal times and snack times set.  It’s good to have options for different activities you can engage your client with in case they don’t already have activities that they like to do.  This page from Caregiving Cafe has a list of tips to better manage your daily routine preparation.  The site also has an abundance of additional information and resources for caregivers as well as a forum that you can join.

A-1 Home Care Jobs is a non-medical caregiver placement agency that is always hiring caregivers, nurse aides, companions, and babysitters.  We specialize in care for Elderly, Senior, and Terminally Ill individuals and have been in business since 1991 with an A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau.  We have memberships with the National Care Planning Council, Torrance Chamber of Commerce, Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, and Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce.

If you’re looking for part-time live-out or full-time live-in work, apply with us today.  Our employment requirements include having prior caregiving experience, verifiable professional references, a National Background Check and DMV Check, Tuberculosis screening, First Aid/CPR training, Malpractice/Liability insurance, and a personal interview with our office staff.

Our care services include Alzheimer’s Care, Parkinson’s Care, After Surgery Care, Arthritis Care, Hospice Care, Diabetic Care, Child Care, Special Needs Care, Postpartum Care, and more.  We serve all cities in Orange County and Los Angeles County.

Constantly Hiring Caregivers in Los Angeles and Orange County

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A-1  Home Care Jobs is always hiring compassionate and experienced caregivers, nurse aides, companions, babysitters, and mother’s helpers for in-home care in Los Angeles and Orange County.  Now that summer’s almost over and the holiday season is coming in, our non-medical caregiver agency is going to be needing more help than ever!

With every blog post, we like to find information online that is either helpful or motivational to our caregivers.  This short article titled Foiling Falls: What Works and What Doesn’t, provides caregivers with advice on how to decrease an Elderly or Senior accident in the home.  According to the article, falls are the leading cause of injury related death in seniors and most frequent cause of hospital admission.  To decrease their risk of falling in the home, Elderly individuals should exercise, avoid certain medications, get immediate attention for physical problems, and have an occupational therapist inspect their home.

A-1 Home Care Jobs is hiring caregivers for 24 hour live-in care or hourly part-time care.   Our caregivers are diverse and have broad experiences with a variety of in-home care services.  We offer our clients caregivers who have experience with Alzheimer’s Care, Parkinson’s Care, After Surgery Care, Arthritis Care, Diabetic Care, Cancer Care, Incontinence Care, Hospice Care, Respite Care, Child Care, Postpartum Care, and Special Needs Care.

If you’re seeking long-term ongoing employment with a stable company, A-1 Home Care Jobs is a Licensed Bonded and Insured home care placement agency that has been in business since 1991.  We have an A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau, Shield Accreditation, and memberships with the National Care Planning Council, Torrance Chamber of Commerce, Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce, and Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.

All of our caregivers must have prior experience, verifiable professional references, Malpractice/Liability insurance, a National Background Check and DMV Check, First Aid/CPR training, Tuberculosis testing, and a personal interview with our office staff in Santa Fe Springs.

To apply today, CALL us at 562-929-8400 or come in to our Santa Fe Springs location.

Caregiver Employment Opportunities in Los Angeles County

There’s no such thing as a perfect caregiver.  That’s just the simple fact of it – we’re all humans and sometimes make mistakes.  Caregiving can sometimes be very difficult, especially if the person you’re providing care for has a disease such as Alzheimer’s or dementia.  Providing care for these individuals is probably one of the most challenging, since the disease affects the person’s ability to communicate with us and forgetfulness can be quite frustrating for the caregiver.

Family Caregiver Alliance has a helpful article called Ten Real-Life Strategies for Dementia Caregiving, which goes in depth about the different probelems that may arise when caring for someone with Alzheimer’s and offers suggestions on how to better handle each situation.  “Unfortunately, dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias is counter-intuitive; often the right thing to do is exactly opposite that which seems like the right thing to do.”

Another article on the Huffington Post by Kathryn Halanger titled New Strategies for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Help Family Caregivers, Too talks about how studies have shown that “…providing simple comforts to those with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia such as encouaging patients to carry a doll, eating chocolate when it makes sense to them or creating familiar daily rituals like stocking and restocking a tackle box, engages and calms patients, and improves their erratic behavior,” Halanger says.  So finding out what the individual’s interests are by the questions they ask you and other interactions can help you create daily activities that may have some sort of connection to their past.

At A-1 Home Care, we’re always hiring experienced and compassionate Alzheimer’s Caregivers, nurse aides, and companions as well as caregivers who have experienced with other types of care including After Surgery Care, Arthritis Care, Parkinson Care, Diabetic Care, Cancer Care, Incontinence Care, and Hospice Care.  We have employment opportunities for caregivers who are available for 24 hour live-in care or hourly part-time care.  Our non-medical caregiver agency provides service all over Los Angeles County in cities such as Alhambra, Downey, Burbank, Glendora, Diamond Bar, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Pasadena, Torrance, Culver City, Brentwood, and others.

All of our caregivers must have prior experience, verifiable professional references, Tuberculosis testing, a National Background Check and DMV Check, Malpractice/Liability Insurance, First Aid/CPR training, and a personal interview with our office staff.  We have been in business since 1991, have an A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau, Shield Accreditation, and are members of the National Care Planning Council.

For more information, visit us at A-1 Jobs or CALL us today to set up an interview at 562-929-8400.