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!

Signs That You May Be Burned Out

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Being a caregiver is a highly rewarding job, but it can also be a stressful job if you cannot manage your emotions well.  If the stress is becoming prolonged, the caregiver can become burned out.  Symptoms of a burnout include constant exhaustion, feeling unappreciated, and thinking that every day is a bad day.  These negative thoughts are not only affecting the quality of your caregiving work, but can have negative effects on your personal life as well.

The most important thing to do is the “Three R”, which is Recognize, Reverse, and Resilience.  The only way to overcome a problem is to recognize that there is a problem, so keep in mind and look for signs of burnout if you are feeling overwhelmed.  “Reverse” is to undo damange, whether it is by taking times off to relax or seek professional support.  Finally, “resilience” is what you will need to become stronger both mentally and physical to deal with stress and burnout.

A-1 Home Care has a long history in the in home care industry, helping seniors around Los Angeles and Orange County for over 20 years.  At the same time, we have built up the relationship with our caregivers to understand what it takes to bring out the best quality service while avoiding too much stress and burnout.  As a result, we offer flexible schedule that works for your, and can provide you with relief help with proper notice.  Our agency is here to help the caregivers.  We have both 24 hours live-in and hourly live-out work, and our case managers try their best to fit everyone’s preference in schedule.  Of course, you will need experience to work in this field, so qualification include 2 years of prior caregiving experience, CPR/First Aid certification, criminal background check, and TB clearance.

For more details about being a caregiver, please call 562-929-8400 to speak with our representatives, or you can find more info on www.a-1jobs.com. If you have time, check out our Facebook Page and give us a like!

Plan Your Approach in Parkinson Care

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All caregiver positions are different.  From After Surgery Care to Parkinson’s Care, each requires a customized approached in order to provide the best quality service for the care recipients.  Because of the limits Parkinson’s has on many seniors, we want to provide some insight on how to formulate a care plan for those living under this condition.

First, it is important to understand the disease, so you can anticipate on the individual’s behavior or symptoms and provide the proper care according to the scenario.  In addition, it is important to take care of yourself as well.  If you are a caregiver and is exhausted, the quality of care will surely decrease.  Know when to ask for help and relief from care duties and give yourself time to recharge your body and mind.  Sometimes the caregiver would feel helpless, guilty, or even sad about the patient’s disability, this is where having a talk with friends, family, or a support group can really help let out some of your feelings.  Just remember, you are not alone in providing the care, whether you are a hired professional caregiver or a family caregiver.

Caregiving is no easy job, but it is definitely one of the more rewarding experiences for many.  Because of the growth in seniors and elderly over the past few years, A-1 Home Care is seeing more demands for in home caregivers, thus opening up plenty of job opportunities for experienced and quality caregivers.  We offer customized services such as Parkinson’s Care, After Surgery Care, Alzheimer’s Care, Brain Injury Care, Heart Attack Care, Cancer Care, and other home care scenarios.  We proudly serve all of Los Angeles and Orange County, and has been a fixture in the community for over 20 years, so you can trust our company for the service we provide.

Call us 562-929-8400 today and ask about employment requirements, or you can visit us online at www.a-1jobs.com to learn more about job opportunities.  In addition, you can follow us on our Facebook page!

Caregivers are in Constant Demand

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It is no secret, the population is growing older as the baby boomer generation is reaching elderly status.  It also means that there is a growing demand for in home care service.  Whether your loved ones are experience mild signs of aging like joint pains, vision impairments, or general mobility issues, or are having more serious health problems like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or Diabetes, living as home might not be as comfortable and effortless than it used to be.  Family caregivers can help for a minimal amount of time because of all their commitments both personally and professionally.  Above all, there is no place like the comfort of their own home, so putting your loved ones in a nursing home just does not seem right.

A-1 Home Care is the perfect place for both clients looking for help, as well as professional caregivers looking for work.  We have positions for Alzheimer Care, After Surgery Care, Brain Surgery Care, Arthritis Care, Cancer Care, Hospice Care, Kidney Disease Care, Incontinence Care, and other in home care needs for seniors and elderly.  Our business also cover the entire Los Angeles and Orange County, including the cities of Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Costa Mesa, Palos Verdes, Malibu, Studio City, Burbank, Pasadena, San Marino, and other communities, allowing flexibility to both client and caregivers.  If you want to join Josephine Bryant and Thalia Alonso and become part of our caregiving team, call us today!

Our number is 562-929-8400, or you can visit www.a-1jobs.com for employment requirement.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook!

Caregiving is Difficult and It Often Leads to Stress

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There is a wide range of skills needed depending on the health conditions of the seniors and elderly.  For some, simple help with household cleaning, laundry, and meal preparation are sufficient to help enable the freedom and independence that they need.  However, many aging loved ones are experience more complicated and chronic illness, which makes caregiving much more difficult. Arthritis and Parkinson’s disease can make mobility an issue for seniors, with an increases possibility of falls.  Alzheimer’s and other mental disease can be especially difficult to care for because the diminished communication skills and unpredictable nature of the patients. In such cases, care professionals are often recommended to help improve the quality of life of such patients.

A-1 Home Care has excellent in home caregivers who are experienced, skilled, and reliable.  For example, Andrew Hanfly displayed good interpersonal skills while put great effort into helping the needs of our clients, earning him the caregiver of the month honor for January 2013.  Ohter exceptional caregivers include Blanca, Evelyn, Susan and David, all receiving praise from our clients.  With patience, thoughtfulness, and professionalism, that is the type of in home caregiving service you can expect from A-1 Home Care. If you have loved ones needing caregiving help in Los Angeles and Orange County, avoid the stress by contacting us for free in home assessments.  Compatibility is guaranteed.

Call 562-929-8400 to become a caregiver today, or visit www.a-1jobs.com for more information.

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.