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!

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November’s Caregivers of The Month Award – Teresita Aragon & Elvira Bernard

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A-1 Home Care would not have lasted for over two decades without our amazing caregivers.  They are constantly facing different home care scenarios, yet they have the poise and mindset to overcome the difficult challenges.  During this holiday season, we want to recognize some of our best and brightest caregivers in Teresita Aragon & Elvira Bernard as our 2013 Caregiver of the month this past November.  They have been with our agency for several years, and put their full effort each and every day into  caring for each senior they come across, putting a positive impact on .  A-1 Home Care wants to Thank Teresita and Elvira for their tireless services, and we hope to continue to help them find great caregiving positions for years to come!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The Demand for More Caregivers is Rising

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Our population is expanding, and it also means more people are aging.  Inevitably, many of these will have various type of ailments and health conditions that require caregiver help.  The demand is definitely rising, and more caregivers are needed for the foreseeable future.  Alzheimer’s cases are rising at an alarming rate, and without caregivers, loved ones of these patients might not be able to provide help because of their existing responsibilities.  In addition, many do not have the skills and experience to provide the standard of caregiving required to assure a good quality of life for the seniors.

As a result, A-1 Home Care is constantly looking to hire experienced and skilled caregivers to help ease the demand for an In Home Caregiver around Los Angeles and Orange County.  With a team of dedicated caregivers like Kirk Javier, Jordann Juarez, Josephine Bryant, RJ Ligot, and Thalia Alonso, we strive to provide the best quality in home care you can look for and a peace of mind for the loved ones.

Inquire about our caregiver opportunities by calling 562-929-8400, or visit www.a-1jobs.com for more information.

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.

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.

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.