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Heart Health in Pasadena

Myocardinal Infarctions or “Heart Attacks” as they are more commonly known are brought on by impaired blood flow to the heart brought on by a blood clot when plaque build-up in wall of a coronary artery ruptures.  There are a number of factors that can play into a heart attack such as smoking, high blood pressure, Diabetes, obesity and cholesterol.

Stroke or heart attack is a life altering occurrence and must be dealt with seriously.  Those who experience a heart attack are especially at risk as the heart is permanently weaker due scarring of the heart muscle.  It is important to learn to recognize the symptoms of heart disease especially if there is a history of the condition in the family.  The most common symptom of the condition is chest pain or angina.  Often mistaken for heartburn, angina can be described as a pressure or heaviness in the chest.  It may also be felt in the arms, neck, back and jaw.  Other symptoms include:

  • Irregular heart beats
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath

While an actual heart attack on the other hand may include all of the above to a stronger degree in addition to weakness and anxiety-IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO SEEK EMERGECNY MEDICAL ATTENTION IF YOU THINK YOU ARE HAVING A HEART ATTACK.  Immediate action can lessen the damage to the heart muscle.

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At A-1 Home Care in Pasadena, we specialize in expert Heart Attack Careon a 24 Hour Live-In schedule or Hourly.  Our skilled and compassionate staff of expert Heart Attack Caregivers will make sure your loved one is safe and comfortable as well assist with help around the home, preparation of healthy meals, supervision of medication, companion care and much more.

We offer affordable rates on the highest level of Personal Care and always go the extra mile for our clients.  Whether it’s tending to the needs of the family cat or making sure doctor’s visits are met on time, you can rest assured that their needs will be met.  Contact us today to learn more and receive a free quote at (626) 287-0250 or (562) 929-8400.  We are proud to be the Home Care agency of choice for all of Century CityGlendaleSanta Monica and Sierra Madre.

Pasadena In-Home Care: A Small Case Study Presents Positive Effects of Dementia

A very small study examining 48 adults with mild cognitive impairment presented seniors with the Silver Lining Questionnaire (SLQ).  The research subjects for the University of Kentucky’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging were asked what they believed about their illness’s impact on various areas of their lives.  The findings, which were presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference last week, reveal that the subjects had a much more positive view of dementia than expected.  The participants reported increased appreciation and acceptance of life, less concern about failure, higher tolerance of others, strengthened relationships and anticipation of new opportunities to meet people.  While this study represents a small sample of the aging population, it only recognizes the attitudes of participants in their early stages of dementia.

Regardless of which stage of dementia your elderly loved one may be in, A-1 Home Care in Pasadena provides the in-home care staffing and tools necessary to make your loved one’s life the best it can be.  Our diverse pool of licensed vocational nurses, certified home health aides and nurse assistants will take care of your loved ones as thought they were their own parents.  Seniors immensely enjoy the company of our personable caregivers while receiving assistance with meal preparation, light housekeeping, transportation, medication reminders, personal care and more.

Since its inception in 1991, A-1 Home Care has been delivering exceptional senior care to communities all over Pasadena, Duarte, Sierra MadreLa Canada Flintridge, Monrovia, Azusa, GlendaleBurbank, and other surrounding cities in LA County.  We are licensed, bonded and insured so your elderly loved ones will be protected from predators and fraud.  Every caregiver who walks through our door is extensively screened through a national criminal background check, DMV check and professional reference verification.  You can finance dementia care with our reasonable rates and terms or go through long-term care insurance and veteran benefits.

To hire a caregiver today, call A-1 Home Care (626) 287-0250 or visit us online www.pasadenainhomecare.com for more details.

Cancer Prevention and Awareness for the Elderly

According to the United States Cancer Statistics,  the top cancers for 2013 were as follows:

  • Female breast cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Lymphoma cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Thyroid cancer

Across the board, cancer statistics are scary, but there are plenty of ways you could prevent cancer if you practice a healthy lifestyle.  As researchers learn more about different diseases and come with various medical resolutions, you can help an elderly loved one partake in making healthy choices in daily living.  A-1 Home Care helps seniors in Pasadena and surrounding areas to make those choices while you are away at work, so that nothing falls through the cracks.

How In-Home Care Can Help

If you are concerned that a loved one might develop cancer, a 24-hour caregiver will ensure that your elderly loved one is taking the steps to a healthier lifestyle.  Our caregivers will monitor your loved ones’ daily habits; they can alert you to areas of concern, such as use of tobacco, excessive consumption of alcohol, overeating or lack of physical activity.   Round-the-clock in-home care can still be helpful if your loved one has cancer; regardless of the stage, your loved one may feel too fatigued to do chores around the house.  Live-in care entails assistance with chores, cooking, cleaning, bathing, grooming and personal care.

About A-1 Home Care in Pasadena

A-1 Home Care is one of the few state-licensed home care agencies in California.  Established in 1991, we have tirelessly served seniors and their families in the communities of PasadenaGlendaleGlendoraBurbankSierra Madre, and other surrounding cities.  As a licensed, bonded and insured agency, we extensively screen each of our caregivers for their criminal background checks, DMV records and professional reference verification.  We aim to protect your elderly loved ones from predators and fraudulent scams!

To hire a caregiver today, call A-1 Home Care (626) 287-0250 or visit us online www.pasadenainhomecare.com for more details.

Changing Up Your Cooking Habits Could Reduce Diabetes Risk

It’s not so much what you eat as to how you prepare it.  According to a new study, changing your cooking ways will reduce the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.  Instead of frying, grilling or baking your food (also known as “dry-heat cooking”), try to boil, steam or poach it.  Dry-heat cooking is known to produce advanced glycation end products (AGEs), of which high levels are associated with insulin resistance.  Examples of substitute foods include boiled eggs, poached chicken and beef stew.  A-1 Home Care has a talented team of caregivers who also happen to be great cooks.  If you suspect that your elderly loved one is at risk for Diabetes, call on A-1 Home Care for help!

Your Personal 24 Hour Chef & Caregiver

Live-in care can get fun and creative when you learn to cook differently side by side with a talented caregiver and chef.  A-1 Home Care’s diverse team of caregivers have years of experience caring for seniors with Alzheimer’sMultiple SclerosisHeart DiseaseDiabetesLou Gehrig’s disease and other conditions.  They have mastered the culinary skill of preparing delicious meals based on doctor’s recommendations.  One bite of a meal prepared by one of our seasoned caregivers will make you wonder why you didn’t change your cooking habits sooner.  It’s not as hard as we think, and the sooner we change our habits, the less restrictive our diets will seem.

About A-1 Home Care

A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency in Pasadena.  We have been privileged to serve seniors and their families for over 20 years, establishing strong relationships with existing and future clientele with high quality in-home care services and a strong, diverse team of caregivers of the highest caliber.  A-1 Home Care offers the best in-home care services possible without compromising quality, integrity, and values.  Our 24 hour care and live-out in-home care services are covered by long term care insurance and veteran benefits.  For those paying out of pocket, we have elder care services that fit every budget under the sun.

To hire a caregiver today, call A-1 Home Care (626) 287-0250 or visit us online www.pasadenainhomecare.com for more details. Caregiver services are offered in Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Altadena, La Canada, Glendale, Burbank, and other surrounding cities.

How to Care for Your Elderly Loved One without Going Mad

You love your mom dearly.  But after her stroke, she’s been calling you non-stop, multiple times a day, because her mind has gone delirious and she’s not making any sense at all.  For example, you got her a 24-hour caregiver to tend to her every need while you’re at work, but somehow that’s still not enough.  She wants you to cancel the caregiver for one reason or another.  Delirium after an acute stroke is very common among the elderly.  A stark change in mental status, especially with regard to concentration and attention, signals confusion and should be documented for your loved one’s doctor.  Whatever you do, do not cancel the caregiver but take the following steps to guard your own sanity:

  • Set boundaries – turn off your phone for blocks of time so you can have some peace
  • Don’t try to reason with someone who won’t listen
  • Find a community group in your area where you can vent (not just an online community group but an actual group that meets near you)
  • Find opportunities to socialize with your friends as much as possible
  • Strive to maintain normalcy in your own life
  • Have the live-in caregiver document symptoms so that your elderly one can receive proper treatment after a stroke

If your mom’s delirium is driving you crazy, it’s best to rely on professional 24-hour care so you can have both of your needs met.  A-1 Home Care’sprofessionals are experts at assuaging seniors who seem “needy” or irrational.  Our First Aid/CPR-certified caregivers have years of experience helping seniors and their families; we treat your loved ones as though they’re our own.

Affordable and Reliable Senior Care

You and your loved one can enjoy high quality senior care at the most competitive rates in Southern California.  Established in 1991, A-1 Home Care has been serving seniors and their families in PasadenaGlendale,Burbank, GlendoraHollywood, and other parts of LA County.  As one of the few state-licensed agencies in California, A-1 Home Care aims to protect your loved ones from predators and scam artists.

For elder care you can trust, call A-1 Home Care (626) 287-0250 or visit us online www.pasadenainhomecare.com for more details.

Tips and Tricks to Make Your Holiday a More Enjoyable One

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Holiday comes, and stress follows.  I have seen it happen in my family throughout my life, and it can turn anyone insane.  Here are some tips from the Huffington Post to keep your holidays more enjoyable.

  1. Learn how to say no to some things.  If you aren’t committed to as many tasks and events, then you naturally would have less to worry about.
  2. Take some shortcuts.  There is no need to prepare all your meals from scratch, use prepared options or even buy the whole thing!
  3. Get enough exercise and sleep.  Your body will feel more refreshed and energized to perform any necessary tasks.
  4. Be prepared and have a plan.  If you can avoid being overwhelmed, then things can go much more smoothly

Be sure to take some time for yourself and relax this holiday season, so you and your loved ones can all enjoy a better time with less stress!

A-1 Home Care  carefully select experienced and dedicated caregivers for all in home seniors needs such as After Surgery Care, Brain Injury Care, Kidney Disease Care, Hospice Care, Parkinson Care, Diabetic Care, Incontinence Care, Arthritis Care,  Cancer Care, Respite Care, and others Elderly Care options.  Being in business for since 1991, we have earned the trust of families from all over Los Angeles and Orange County, providing quality in home care services in the cities of Sierra Madre, Altadena, Pasadena, Arcadia, Alhambra, San Gabriel, and other.  As the caregiver for thousands of seniors over the years, you can trust us in providing the best quality caregiving service you can look for while having a peace of mind in the process.

For service inquiries, call at 626-287-0250 to speak with our representatives.

Sharing The Holiday Joy With Seniors


The staff and management here at A-1 Home Care cares about the communities that we do our business in.  Since sharing is caring, we have decided to share the holiday spirits with seniors at the Two Palms Convalescent Hospital in Pasadena back on Monday, December 9th.  It was a beautiful day outside, and we appreciated all the warm welcome from the senior participants.

To start it off, we set up a wonderful presentation on the mean of Christmas, then went on to watch classic Christmas movie scenes to bring back some nostalgia.  After some Christmas music, the participants seem to be warming up to the holiday spirits.  It was then time for the main event of the afternoon, which was a holiday arts and crafts where the the seniors would personalized their own ornaments to hang onto a Christmas tree at the Hospital.  Everyone was very creative with their designs, inspiring our staff members to join in and create their own as well!  At the end of the day, we all shared a smile on our faces, and that’s exactly what we had hoped for by setting up this event!

A-1 Home care in Pasadena would like to Thank the activity director Lerma for allowing us to share the holiday cheers with their senior residents, and we hope to come back another time!

Need a Goal for 2018? Try Volunteering

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Many retired seniors often suffer from some form of social isolation as they have a lot of free time while loved ones are busy.  One thing they can do this upcoming year is to find volunteering opportunities.  It can definitely help you connect with others in the community while working toward a common goal to help make it a better place.  Furthermore, volunteering can benefit both the body and the mind.  As a rewarding act, it help boost your self confidence and life satisfaction because of the good you do for others.  Moreover, being around others can build a support system to help combat depression, which is a common symptom from social isolation among seniors.  Most importantly, volunteering is fun, rewarding, and fulfilling.  On top of that, it help you get away from your daily routine, and help you refresh your life.

A-1 Home Care in Sierra Madre has over 20 years of experience in finding the right home helpers, senior companions, and certified nurse aides to provide in home care needs for your seniors and elderly loved ones.  All our caregivers have a minimum 2 years of work experience in caregiving, and are certified in CPR/First Aid and covered with liability insurance.  Specializing in a variety of Senior care services, including Parkinson Care, Diabetic Care, Kidney Disease Care, Arthritis Care, After Surgery Care, Hospice Care, Cancer Care, Respite Care, and others, A-1 Home Care has been proudly serving the areas of Sierra Madre, Altadena, Pasadena, San Marino, Temple City, Rosemead,  Arcadia, and other cities in Los Angeles and Orange County.

Common Surgeries Among Seniors

Surgeries are scary, even the minor ones. However, with medical advances in the 21st century, surgical prowess are advancing the ability for humans to overcome illness like never before.

Aging lead seniors to be more prone to illness because of their advanced age. Whether it is their immune system weakening, or that it is the naturally aging process that is causing issues physically, there are common surgeries that elderly people tend to need.

Common Surgery No. 1: Cataract Surgery

The clouding of the clear lens of your eye, that’s cataract in its simplest term according to the Mayo Clinic. It is essentially seeing things through a fogged up window. Imagine if you have to constantly live under such symptoms, it can make life very difficult, inconvenient, and even dangerous.

One of the main causes of cataract is aging. Ultraviolet B rays may be a contributing factor to cataract, therefore cataracts tend to happen more among seniors. but there are also risk factors such as Diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, or even previous eye injuries or surgeries that can lead to increased risk of cataract.

Common among seniors, if cataract is affecting their quality of life, a cataract surgery is usually recommended by eye doctors. Although it may sound intimidating, cataract surgery does not require hospital stay, and is considered one of the safer surgeries. Certainly, with any surgery, it will come with some risks.

Common Surgery No. 2: Hip Replacement Surgery

As the leading cause of injuries for older adults, falls are a serious threat to seniors living at home alone even if they are healthy. According to the CDC, 25% of adults over 65 fall each year.

Slipping on a wet spot in the kitchen, slipping in the shower, or other causes, falls often lead to fracturing of the hips, and that can cause serious issues for the senior. As a result, hip repair is also one of the more common surgeries performed on seniors.

After a hip replacement surgery, it may take a while before the senior is strong enough to regain their mobility. If family members have a full time career, it maybe be difficult to find time and help their loved ones. Hiring an 24 hour live in caregiver can often be a wonderful option to help the seniors the moment they need help in the comfort of their own home while recovering from the surgery. They may need help getting water, getting up from bed, using the bathroom, and more for a period of time, so improving their quality can also help improve their morale.

Common Surgery No. 3: Knee Replacement Surgery

The human knees take a lot of beating over a lifetime, sometimes, it may not be able to withstand the entire lifespan of the person, especially if the person has been very active in their younger days.

Severe pain can be caused by osteoarthritis, and such pain can prevent seniors from walking. With the loss of mobility, seniors often choose to opt for knee replacement surgeries to ease their pain and regain their normal functions. Timeline of recover varies, but it often ranges from weeks to months. Like hip surgery, having an home health assistance from an experience home care professional can make recovery a much smoother process.

Find Home Health Care for Seniors

After a surgery, it is time for your loved ones to recover. With the seniors can find affordable senior caregivers with A-1 Home Care. We provide the best and most experienced in home health care 24 hr a day, 7 days a week. Each of our caregivers are handpicked by our staff, and

State licensed, bonded, and insured, A-1 Home Care is the trusted after surgery care provider  in the Los Angeles and Orange County since 1991. As the leading home health agency, our in-home care solutions include mobility assistance, meal preparation, and services that aid those with arthritis and other physical limitations.

Let your elderly loved ones recover with ease. Find after surgery caregivers in your neighborhood today! We serve all cities, including Pasadena, Altadena, Sierra Madre, La Canada, San Marino, Arcadia, Temple City, and surrounding cities, feel free to call us at (562) 929-8400 or (626)287-0250  today for service inquiries!


How To Prevent Colorectal Cancer

Diet and exercise is always one of the top priorities when it comes to disease prevention, and it is not different for colorectal cancer.  The National Cancer Institute recommends a low-fat, high-fiber diet toward colorectal cancer prevention.  Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables throughout the day, and limit meat, eggs, and dairy product consumption because they are a main source for fat for most people.  Meanwhile, you can find your source of fiber in your vegetables and other whole grain products.  You also need to do enough exercise in order for it to be effective.  Aim for 30 minutes a day, for 5 days out of the week for a standard, healthy exercise routine.

There are also studies that suggest taking aspirin can help reduce size of precancerous polyps in the colon, thus reducing the risk of colon cancer. Along with other benefits of aspirin, you might definitely want to consider taking an aspirin a day.  However, before beginning your regimen, you need to consult your doctor first.

Finally, screening and early detection is extremely important when it comes to preventing colorectal cancer because it is one of the more treatable forms of cancer.  Detecting precancerous polyps can essentially prevent the cancer from developing by removing the colon polyps.

A-1 Home Care in Sierra Madre has the trusted source to find home health aides, senior companions, and other professional caregivers for senior home care needs.  We only hire caregivers that have 2 years of caregiving experience, and are certified in CPR/First Aid and covered with liability insurance.  With a variety of specialization from our caregivers, clients have enjoyed the expert senior services  including Cancer Care,  Parkinson Care,  Diabetic Care, Kidney Disease Care,After Surgery Care, Hospice Care, Respite Care, and more.  A-1 Home Care covers all of  Los Angeles and Orange County, including  Sierra Madre, Altadena, Pasadena, San Marino, Temple City, Rosemead,  Arcadia, and surrounding cities.

For any service inquiries, please call 626-287-0250 562-929-8400.