Caregivers of the Month for June

Caregiver Award June

Congratulations to Eric Duran, Bertha Ojeda, and Mary Surwillo for being our Caregivers of the Month for June!A-1 Home Care cannot be the leading home care agency in Southern California without the hard work and dedication that these three caregivers have shown over the past month. They exemplify the type of services we provide for our clients, and we cannot be more grateful than we are about their continued service with our company!

Apply to become a caregiver with us today! Call 562-929-8400 for more information.

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 to learn more.

Our Committed Caregivers at A-1 Home Care


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Filled with a can do attitude, Steve Cutler and Taanisha Bonds are among the caregivers with the brightest personalities here at A-1 Home Care.  Both have devoted themselves to the clients they serve, and only have the best of intentions in their heart.  They bring a stable environment around our clients, and seniors know they can rely on them for any in home care needs without hesitation.

We are near the end of 2013, and A-1 Home Care wants to highlight both Steve’s and Taanisha’s Caregivers of the Month Award back in July for their outstanding work for our clients and our company. A-1 Home Care is proud to have both Steve, Tannisha, and other excellent caregivers on our team, so that we can provide a consistent and quality in home care service to every senior in need around Los Angeles and Orange County.

The Wonderful Caregivers of A-1 Home Care

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATwo people who are genuinely kind, compassionate, and truly endearing.  Whether they are providing their expertise as the main caregiver or in relief of others, they earn the admiration and trust from our clients to handle any home care challenges.  Because of such positive responses, we decided to award Marina Gomez and Hernani Clama the Caregiver of the Month award back in August.  We are very fortunate to have these two wonderful individuals on our team, and we hope to continue having their service for years to come.

A-1 Home Care wishes Maria and Hernani a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

A-1 Home Care Is Proud To Have Great Caregivers

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABoth veteran caregivers, Enrico Caedo and Rosalia Garcia are standout caregivers with A-1 Home Care Agency.  They both have a sincere personality that spreads kindness whomever they’ve come across.  Our clients not only love their exceptional service, but also their devotion to improving the quality of life among seniors.

Seniors certainly love them, and their loved ones have also embraced them as part of the family.  It is the type of special relationship that can only be created with great people such as these two.  That is what A-1 Home Care’s service is all about.  Therefore, we’ve awarded the two with a Caregiver of the Month Award in September, and want to revisit their brilliance in their performance during this holiday season because we cannot be more thankful for their hard work!

From Referrals To Caregivers of the Month

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABoth Santi Hughes and Danielle Johnson were both looking work, and each was referred to A-1 Home Care by friends and sisters respectively.  Once they have arrived at our agency, it is amazing how easily approachable each of them is, and the work ethic each display is unparalleled.  All the clients they have worked with praised them for the superior care they provide.  Every day, they put in 110% of their effort in helping to make sure the seniors have comfortable, and receive the assistance they need.  For these reasons alone, we awarded Santi and Danielle the Caregiver of the Month honor back in October. During this season of appreciation, we would like to feature them and say how proud we are of their work and dedication since they have joined our team.

Merry Christmas Danielle and Santi!

Keeping Emotions In Check as a Caregiver

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Sometimes we forget that caregivers are human as well.  They sacrifice themselves to provide better quality of life for seniors, elderly, and the terminally ill.  Although caregiving can be a satisfying and rewarding experience, but like other jobs, it can have its up’s and down’s.  There are some common feelings that are felt by caregivers.  For example, one may feel guilty over their own ability to enjoy life compare to the care recipients.  Maybe there is an overwhelming feeling on the circumstances that the care recipient is under.  If the person is in pain, the caregiver might be feeling helpless because it is simply out of their control to curb the suffering.

There are perfectly normal, and potentially emotionally harmful feelings for caregivers.  More and more caregivers are suffering from stress and burnouts because many are putting their emotions on hold to provide the best care possible.  However, sacrificing their own well being that leads to caregiver burnouts can only lead to the decrease in quality of care.  Consequently, caregivers should keep their their emotions in check, and seek support as soon as possible when you feel overwhelmed by your job as a caregiver.

At A-1 Home Care, our caregivers knows that if there is any questions or concerns, the company is there to support them.  We value our caregivers as much as we do our clients, because without the quality caregivers, we cannot provide quality services to our clients.  Working for A-1 Home Care means that we provide a schedule for you to limit the chances of caregiver burnout with adequate rests.  In addition, since we cover both Los Angeles and Orange County, we are able to find a job that is closer to home with less traveling.  From Arthritis Care to Dementia Care to Parkinson Care, we fit your skills to match the job we offer, so both our caregivers and clients can co-exist and bond with each other.

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Avoiding Caregiver Burnout


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Not just anyone can be a Caregiver, only special individuals have the patience and caring nature that allows them to put other people’s needs in front of their own.  Unlike typical 9 to 5 jobs, Caregivers are never really off the clock and don’t get steady breaks during their work days.  Only someone who has provided care to a senior, elderly or ill relative or client can understand just how challenging and demanding being a Care Provider is.

As a Caregiver, you deal with senior and elderly people who are not at their best.  They are usually ill, in pain, frustrated and feeling vulnerable.  The unfortunate part of being a Caregiver is that you are a handy target when they need to vent their anger and discomfort.  Having the person you’re caring for become verbally abusive is an upsetting experience and can lead to Caregiver Burnout.

The best way to avoid Caregiver Burnout is to remember several things:

  1. Don’t take it personally
    • If your patient becomes verbally abusive, curses or insults you, don’t take it personally.  Try to figure out what is making them so angry.  Are they in pain? Afraid? Has something stressed them out?  If you can understand the cause, you can fix it.  If they’re hurting or uncomfortable, repositioning, massaging or administering pain medication may be the solution.  If they are afraid or stressed, try to soothe or distract them from the source of their anxiety.

    2.  Don’t argue

  • Arguing or yelling at your client will not resolve anything and will most likely get you fired.

3.  Take a moment and breathe

  • Sometimes you need to take a moment and let everyone calm down.  Step into another room for a moment, take a breath and let the emotions settle.  When you feel calmer, go back to the patient and try again.  Remember, you are the professional CARE GIVER.  Your job is to make the patient’s life easier, not more stressful.

4.  Talk to the patient’s doctor

  • If you’re noticing a change in behavior, increased aggression or mood swings, there can be a medical reason.  These can be signs of Alzheimer’s or dementia or could be caused by medications.

5.  Take care of yourself

  • Taking care of yourself is one of the best gifts you can give to your patient.  By getting enough rest, enjoying time with your family and friends and recharging you’ll have the energy and patience needed to continue caring for your client.  It’s important to eat right, stay physically fit and remember to find joy in life.  How can you help the client stay healthy and well if you’re not in good shape yourself?

6.  You can’t control everything

  • You’re not superhuman and can’t control or fix everything.  Trying to be all-knowing and perfect is a horrible burden to place on yourself and won’t benefit your client.  Be warm, humble, cheerful, professional and caring.  Be willing to forgive and forget instead of holding grudges for bad days.

7.  Join a support group

  • The only people who will really understand what a Caregiver deals with on the job are other caregivers.  Join a caregiver support group and build healthy connections so you have a safe place to vent and get constructive advice for those difficult moments.

A-1 Home Care Agency has provided in home care services to Los Angeles County, San Fernando Valley, Orange County and the South Bay area since 1991.  With over 20 years’ experience in the home care industry, we place caregivers into steady jobs throughout Southern California.

Call 562-929-8400 for employment opportunities today!