Dealing with Difficult Behaviors from Seniors

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As caregivers, you may face a senior who is grateful for all the hard work and dedication that you put in to assist them, or it might be complete opposite where they act up (most likely caused by their health conditions) and make it even more difficult to do your job.  If that’s the scenario, here are some things to keep in mind as caregivers.

  • Don’t take it personally – seniors often get grumpy because their health is affecting them. Imagine the time you were sick, you might have wanted to curl up in bed and be left alone. So if a senior seem annoyed at times, it’s not because of you or your service.
  • Talk to the senior – If their behavior is to a point where it’s abusive, whether verbally or physically, talk to them about it and let them know how you feel.
  • Understand the problem – Some seniors refuse to shower or simply ignore their personal hygiene. Ask them questions about why they are not showering.  Maybe they are afraid of falling in the shower, then you can offer your assistance and assurance as a caregiver to eliminate the worries of falling.

Demand for in home caregivers continue to rise in recent years due to the rapid growth of the elderly population. As a result,  A-1 Home Care is always looking for quality caregivers with 2 or more years of experience, CPR certification, TB tested, and clean criminal backgrounds.  We are receiving clients daily, and we want to accommodate them with the highest quality of home health aides and caregivers available around Los Angeles and Orange County. We have both 24 hour live in care and hourly senior care positions available, and we make our best effort to fit everyone’s commute and schedule for their work.

For more info on becoming a caregiver, please call us at 562-929-8400 today, or visit www.a-1jobs.com to learn more.

 

Become a More Efficient Caregiver

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Being a caregiver for someone in need is a very admirable job, and often times the caregivers give their 110% effort into caring for the senior that they ignore their own personal well-being.  If this trend persist, these caregivers will eventually get stressed and burned out, ultimately affecting their quality of care altogether.  It is important to realize if you push yourself too hard, it might do more harm than good for the care recipient who is depending on your care at moments noticed.  As a result, there are a few things that caregivers can do to put some focus back on themselves.

  1. Be organized by setting schedules – Schedule a relaxing day out. Schedule that doctor’s appointment that you’ve been postponing. Make the time to spend with your family. The main point is to have a plan for the “me” time.
  2. Say “no” sometimes – There always seems to be that guilty feeling when saying no to additional request for care because the senior is the one who is under difficult circumstances.  Understand that it is okay to say “no” and don’t feel obligated to the the rest when you truly need it.
  3. Streamline inefficiencies – Cook meals in bigger portions, use gadgets to simply your job and set reminders, help seniors to pay their bills online, these are just some things that you can do to act as mini relief during your job, and make you a more efficient caregiver

Home care is rapidly growing in popularity, and more and more caregiving jobs are opening up due to the demand.  A-1 Home Care is looking for caregivers with 2 or more years of experience, CPR certification, TB tested, and clean criminal backgrounds.  We are receiving clients daily, and we want to accommodate them with the highest quality of home health aides and caregivers available around Los Angeles and Orange County. We have both 24 hour live in care and hourly senior care positions available, and we make our best effort to fit everyone’s commute and schedule for their work.

For more info on becoming a caregiver, please call us at 562-929-8400 today, or visit www.a-1jobs.com to learn more.

Taking Care of Your Caregiver Stress

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Being able to help someone is the ultimate satisfaction for many people.  That’s is why so many people enjoy being a caregiver to help out seniors in need.  However, just because it is a satisfying job does not mean it is not a stressful one.  In fact, far too many caregivers are experiencing stress but ignoring the importance to deal with these stress.  If left untreated, these stress can lead to burnouts, and it will affect both your health as well as the quality of caregiving provided.  If you are a caregiver, and you are often feeling tired, overwhelmed, irritable, and have irregular sleep pattern, these might be signs of caregiver stress.  The main goal to prevent burnout is to realize that you are stressed out.  Once you do, seek help and relief from others.  Whether it is finding respite caregiving help from another caregiver, finding ways to relax during off times, changing to a healthier lifestyle, or even professional help,  don’t be afraid to ask for help because it is ultimately in the best interest of the stressed out caregiver and the person they are supporting.

A-1 Home Care is always looking for dedicated caregivers to help provide in home care service for seniors around Los Angeles and Orange County. Typically, our caregivers will provide a variety of assistance for seniors, including meal preparation, medication supervision, hygiene management, incontinence care, and other senior services Our company has been in the senior care industry since 1991, and we are extremely proud of the positive impacts our caregivers have in our communities.  We work diligently to find the perfect match for our clients, and we are available 24/7 for any support we can provide.  Many families are turning to A-1 Home Care to provide them with a quality caregvier, that means job opportunities are opening up for caregviers also! We have both  live-in and hourly home care services ready to be filled immediately!

Call us at 562-929-8400 today to learn more employment opportunities with A-1 Home care. Visit www.a-1jobs.com for details, and connect with us Facebook!

How Caregiver Can Deal With Behavior Problems in Alzheimer’s patients

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There are many symptoms related to Alzheimer’s disease.  One of the more concerning issues for everyone involved is the sudden display of aggression.  The worse part is that these emotional outbursts tend to increase over time as the disease progress to a later stage.

In some instances, these problems are caused by frustration from having difficulty remember things they used to or have difficulties perform tasks that used to be routine.  However, caregivers can do a few things to help alleviate and limit these outbursts.  First and foremost, you have to be patient about the situation.  Whether it is provide extra time or the reassurance they need, caregivers should not get frustrated because they are frustrated and make the situation worse.  Next is always try to keep a routine schedule with people living with Alzheimer’s to limit irritability. And finally, caregivers could try to distract the senior with something they like, such as music, comfort objects, or even a snack.

With the ability to impact a senior’s quality of life, being an in home caregiver is extremely rewarding.  A-1 Home Care has helped many people realize a career in being a caregiver, and we take pride in the dedicated work they have done for seniors around Los Angeles and Orange County.  Clients constantly praise the wonderful work our caregivers do, and A-1 Home Care fully appreciate the importance of their unparalleled 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.  We offer flexible scheduling, with both live-in and live-out options available.

To become a caregiver with A-1 Home Care, please call us at 562-929-8400 today to learn more about job opprotunities, or you can visit www.a-1jobs.com for more details.  Be sure to check us out on Facebook!

Ways to Fight Caregiver Stress

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Being a caregiver for a sick & elderly loved one is physically demanding, and it also results in huge emotional drain.  For any home care scenarios, the caregivers should always put their own health and safety as top priority because it can ensure the best quality home care for seniors. A-1 Home Care wants to share a few tips with current and future senior helpers to hopefully avoid the risk of exhaustion, burnout, and other more complicated health problems.

Putting your life first means don’t completely ignore your personal life.  Find some time to connect with friends.  Humans are creatures that crave social interaction, and if you isolate yourself in a bubble of caregiving, then the negativity only builds up from there.  Many senior home care providers also find it difficult to ask for help and support.  Even if it is a few days of relief can help recuperate from stress and burnout.  Taking a break to relax, sort out your stress, and ultimately organize your priorities. Doing so not only help you avoid burnout, but it also improve you as a caregiver in the end to provide the highest-quality elderly care possible.

Do you have 2 or more years of caregiving experience? Considering joining A-1 Home Care and have a career in care at home services.  We have over two decades of experience in helping clients around Los Angeles and Orange County find compatible caregivers, helping our extraordinary caregivers land jobs that fits their schedule.   We have 24 hour live in care and hourly senior care positions available.  All we require is for you to have CPR & First Aid training, TB tested, a clean criminal background, and a can do attitude to keep up the well-being of our senior clients.

For more info on becoming a caregiver, please call us at 562-929-8400 today, or visit www.a-1jobs.com to learn more.

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!