Elderly Safety: Reducing Falls and Slippage in Bathrooms

Bathrooms have been widely regarded as one of the most dangerous places in a household for the elderly. Unsupervised, they face the risk of tripping over misplaced objects, slipping on water puddles, and ultimately placing themselves in dangerous and precarious positions.

At A-1 Home Care Agency, our professional caregivers implement the finest safety measures to ensure that each and every patient is carefully looked after. By opting to hire an affordable senior caregiver, your loved one will be under close supervision each and every time he or she visits the bathroom or does anything around the house. Here are some tips that we recommend to maximize the safety of your bathroom.

Install Skid-Proof Surfaces

There are numerous types of skid-proof surfaces available for your bathtub, shower, and bathroom floor. Remember, individual pieces won’t suffice as they only cover a limited amount of space. Rather, consider looking into a mat for the entire floor surface or a rubber-backed rug.

Keep Your Bathroom Lit

Elderly individuals know that a good night’s rest is dependent on the number of times they have to get up to go to the bathroom during the night. Make sure that you implement different light fixtures – preferably those that run via motion sensor – to minimize accidental falls. Ideally, you’ll want to set them up at locations such as the entrance to the bathroom, by the toilet, and by a hand rail that’s used to prop them up.

Assisted Care Services

Remember, the elderly, especially those that are partaking in in-home care services, are in a vulnerable state once they get up in the middle of the night. For one, their vision isn’t what it used to be, which puts them in a disoriented state, bumping into objects on the way to their destination. This can lead to an assortment of injuries that can be unforgiving – especially at this stage in their lives.

With 24 hour caregiver services and a variety of other elderly home care options available at an affordable rate, let our team at A-1 Home Care protect your loved ones and provide them with the assistance that they deserve. Feel free to call us at our Santa Fe Springs Office at (562) 929-8400 or at our Newport Beach Office at (949) 650-3800.

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A-1 Home Care Agency is proud to be an official vendor of Lanterman Regional Center, MSSP St. Jude Caregiver Resource, and MSSP-PICF. We are also American Board of Home Care Certified, a National Readmission Prevention Certified Member, State Licensed in Home Care, and a CAHSAH Member.

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Santa Fe Springs, CA. 90670
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When it’s Time to Take a Mental Health Day

Our caregivers at A-1 Home Care are some of the most hardworking people, putting someone else’s needs before their own. But, like our own senior patients, sometimes our caregivers need a break too. Working around the clock, being on-call for twenty-four hours a day, can certainly take a toll on one’s body. It is why we strive for our caregivers to be in tip top shape too, both physically and mentally.

Taking a mental health day is a must in order to prevent from burning out completely, which can often lead to illnesses if one starts to experience physical side effects such as sleep deprivation or exhaustion. People who take a “step back” or a “day off” may find different activities to mentally and physically recharge. Some common ones are sleeping in and catching up on those zzz’s that one has been cutting back on; watching TV from their favorite shows to movies all day; lounging which can consist of binge watching Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu; or getting outside to work out or visit the neighborhood.

Most importantly, taking a mental health day is a great way to reduce stress and studies have shown that doing so will make one get a lot more done when they return to their work and daily routine (The Huffington Post, 2016).

Give A-1 Home Care a call today at (310) 657-8780 or (562) 929-870. Also, be sure to visit our website www.lainhomecareservice.com to locate our services in the Inland Empire, Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Bernardino county.

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Local Los Angeles Tourist Sites to Check Out

La la land. The city of angels. The city where dreams come true. Our caregivers from our Los Angeles office understand the meaning of what it takes to maintain a healthy diet and, overall, lifestyle. Our seniors come first and what is best for both their physical and mental health. With A-1 Home Care, you do not have to worry anymore because we not only come to you and assist with anything from cooking, cleaning, driving, laundry, and personal hygiene; but also strive for our seniors to have a balance of daily fun activities incorporated into their schedules.

For our Los Angeles patients, we recommend to check out this list of some local events to attend with our caregivers, if assistance is needed and with doctor’s approval:

  • Olvera Street
  • LACMA
  • La Brea Tar Pits
  • Hollywood & Highland – Dolby Theater; Grauman’s Theatre; and El Capitan Theatre
  • Griffith Observatory

 

For further details of our caregiving services here at A-1 Home Care, be sure to give us a call at our Los Angeles office 310-657-8780 or at our main corporate branch in Santa Fe Springs 562-929-8400. You can also visit us on our website www.a-1homecare.com.

 

In-home Companion Service in Los Angeles

A-1 Home Care, an agency that looks after seniors who need some additional help around their home, makes certain that our seniors are satisfied with the tasks that our caregivers help assist with such as cooking, cleaning, and providing transportation needs to any appointments or the store. It is why our caretakers specialize in maintaining a lifelong relationship with their patients. We want to help as much as possible in regards to the safety and wellness of our senior patients.

Part of our agency’s mantra is to be more than a friend to our patients, but someone whom others can trust on no matter what. This is why our agency goes beyond than our caretakers just performing and fulfilling house tasks and running errands. Probably one of the most important job elements is spending time with the seniors. They bond, or hang out when there is downtime and sometimes not all of our patients can leave their home, both by choice and not by choice. This makes our agency also a companion service.

Some things that our caregiver and patients tend to bond over (some not listed) are:

  • Watching TV/Movie
  • Reading
  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Gardening
  • Board games/puzzles
  • Knitting
  • Sewing

If you would like to hear more about our services, then be sure to check out our website www.a-1homecare.com or give us a call at 310-657-8780 or 562-929-8400.

Caregivers Provide Fun Activities for Seniors in Los Angeles

Friendly Senior in ParkLos Angeles is a beautiful and vibrant city. With so much to do and see it’s impossible to remain indoors for too long. Assisted living facilities have entertainment, but let’s face it, a day out in town sounds a lot more appealing. Finding the local beauties in your community is a great way to spend your time and A-1 Home Care understands the need to get out and explore your city.

A-1 Home Care provides caregivers in an extended number of communities in Los Angeles and Orange County. As a consequence, our caregivers are incredibly familiar with the area they are servicing. When providing companionship, our caregivers love to have a personalized schedule for our clients, especially when providing entertainment. So, they next time you and your caregiver are looking for something to do, check out these cool museum:

The Broad
The Broad is a fairly new contemporary art museum in Downtown Los Angeles. Since it opened in September 2015, it has become a very popular attraction to people of all ages. Featuring its infamous Mirror Room, it is a highly appealing art museum. The best part? It free to enter! Although people are willing to wait an hour or two to enter the museum, we recommend having your caregiver reserve tickets in advance to reduce your wait time. There are various restaurants in the area, so stop by one of them to have a nice brunch or dinner!

The Japanese American National Museum
It is important to remember our history, the good and the bad. Take the time to take a stroll down Little Tokyo and stop by the Japanese American National Museum with your care giver. Seniors receive a 40% discount upon entry which is a fantastic deal for this gem! The museum provides an audio tour and upon arriving to the top of the steps you will be greeted by a display of vintage suitcases piled on top of each other with information of the Japanese immigrants that came to America for a better life. As you and your companion continue your walk through the museum you will encounter an emotional display of exhibitions that will keep your attention until the very end. After you’ve finished your tour, make your way to one of the fabulous sushi or ramen restaurants in the area for dinner!

Getty Villa
If you want something a little more upbeat, check out the Getty Villa. It is located on the Malibu coast in Pacific Palisades in the Los Angeles neighborhood. The Getty Villa is dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. The art collection has thousands of artifacts that will have you astonished. The Getty Villa had free admission and only a $15 fee for parking. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to a stroll through the gardens with your companion?

There is so much to do in Los Angeles. A-1 Home Care wants to make sure that they provide as much entertainment to the elderly as possible. We provide caretakers that are educated and are genuinely interested in making your loved ones life as fun as possible.

A-1 Home Care provides companion elderly services in the Los Angeles communities including Hollywood, Santa Monica, Studio City and Sherman Oaks. For more information please give our friendly representatives a call at (310) 657-8780 or (562) 929-8400 or visit our website at http://www.lainhomecareservice.com.

Veteran’s Benefits in Los Angeles

A-1 Home Care is proud to have such a great relationship with Veteran’s Administration.  Our friends have been so welcoming to us sharing our time with them and we are proud to have shared special occasions such as Memorial Day and the Fourth of July together.   But did you know that as an Elderly or Senior Veteran (or spouse thereof) there is financial assistance that actually help you with the cost of non-medical Home Care?  For vets who meet the financial requirements and have served a minimum 90 days active duty are able to be a part of Veterans’ Pension.

There is an additional program available for those who qualify which is called Aid and Attendance.  This benefit program is for Veterans who can demonstrate they need aid of someone else for activities of daily living (ADL’s).  These include but are not limited to bathing, grooming, eating etc.  This particular benefit can deliver assistance for the Veteran with supplemental funds to cover costs of medical expenses and Home Care.

At A-1 Home Care, we can actually assist during the multi-step process of application when they are ready to start.  Our friendly and helpful staff are familiar with gathering countable income and preparing net worth to maximize the amount of aid they are eligible for.

We are also proud to work alongside Long Term Care insurance providers such as Peen Treaty, John Hancock, CALPERS, MetLife Insurance, and Bankers’ Life & Casualty.  For assistance with VA benefits or to get more information about how we can help your loved ones, give us a call today at 562-929-8400 or 949-650-3800

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