Understanding Lou Gehrig’s disease

What is Lou Gehrig’s disease?

ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.  Derived from the Greek language, amyotrophic when translated basically refers to “No muscle nourishment”.  Without nourishment, muscles are known to atrophy or waste away.  “Lateral” refers to parts of the spinal cord where portions of the nerve cells that communicate with and operate muscles are located.  As the condition progresses, this area suffers deterioration and scarring (“sclerosis”).

Am I at risk for ALS?

There are established risks for Lou Gehrig’s disease or ALS.  They include

  • Genetics- Between five and 10 percent of those with ALS inherited the condition from their parents (familial ALS). Most individuals with familial ALS have a 50 percent chance of their children developing the condition.
  • Age- ALS is most commonly seen in individuals between the ages of 40 and 60 years old.
  • Gender- Individuals under the age of 65 are more often male than female. After the age of 70, we see no difference in the numbers of those with condition.

Environmental factors that affect the risk of ALS include

  • Smoking- Cigarette use can nearly double an individual’s risk of ALS. The more years with cigarette use the higher the risk.  Quitting smoking has been shown to lower risk of Lou Gherig’s disease.
  • Lead exposure- Studies have seen a correlation between exposure to lead and the development of ALS.

How can I protect myself from ALS?

Genetic disposition aside, ALS is largely considered a preventable disease.  Stress management in our daily lives can go a long way to maintaining overall nerve health.  Making daily effort to not harbor stress internally can result in positive benefits seen throughout the body.  The practice of working through issues instead of internalizing them and resolving conflicts in a healthy manner are effective strategies to keep away the disease.

Overworking the body and caffeine abuse are also linked to ALS.  Being a workaholic refers off the bat to an imbalance in one’s life.  Escapism through work can do more harm for your body and your nervous system than addressing what you’re fleeing from.  Overmedicating with stimulants like energy drinks and coffee can compound matters worse when your body is telling you it needs time to recharge.  Make rest a priority and seek to maintain balance in your work life and your personal life.

The foods we consume play a large factor in how our body runs and feels.  High volumes of processed food, meats with unnatural additives, artificial flavorings and colors, factory farmed goods and produce exposed to toxic pesticides are not the recipe for health.  Sodas and other chemically rich beverages should always be kept to a minimum.  ALS prevention can begin with a healthy diet, fresher foods and organic options when available.  Overall wellness should be the goal and developing good habits earlier than later and will go a long way to preventing Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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A-1 Home Care understands that ALS can really interfere with many areas of daily living and make once normal everyday tasks into stressors.  From getting up and out of chairs, walking, dressing, bathing, cooking, nerve damage can begin to wreak havoc.  We are proud to offer compassionate and experienced home care services on a 24 Hour Live-in basis or Hourly Care option.  We deliver companionship and peace of mind as well as emotional support.  A personalized care plan will be developed to make sure the needs of your loved on are met.  Whether you are looking for short-term solutions or long term care, A-1 Home Care is the home care provider of choice for all of Culver City, Glendora, Long Beach and surrounding communities.  Contact us today at (310) 657-8780 or (562) 929-8400 for a free quote.

After Surgery Care Available Now in Hermosa Beach

Dedicated CaregiversWhether it’s a hip replacement or cosmetic surgery, it’s important that the one who has surgery receives assistance for a speedy recovery. If you or a loved one recently had surgery or have an appointment for surgery coming up, there’s no need to worry because after surgery care is available now in Hermosa Beach and in the neighboring cities of Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Gardena, Carson, Hawthorne, Rancho Palos Verdes, and throughout the Los Angeles County.

Sometimes surgery can be a little nerve-racking. You don’t have to feel alone with after surgery care from A-1 Home Care. A-1 Home Care after surgery care is easy, affordable, and reliable. Let A-1 Home Care put your mind at ease with a home caregiver who can give you a ride to your surgery, pick you up, and provide in-home care for as long as you need. Just think: you’ll have a stress-free experience before and after surgery. Caregivers know that you need plenty of rest after surgery but if you are preoccupied with errands to run it can prolong your recovery. A-1 Home Care caregivers not only can assist with running errands but also with personal care and assistance with activities of daily living. They are experienced and compassionate.

A-1 Home Care offers after surgery care available 24/7 on an hourly or live-in basis. Additionally, caregivers can provide elderly care, disable care, and care for terminally-ill patients. Don’t let surgery get you down. Call A-1 Home Care for a caregiver today at 562-929-8400

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Affordable Home Care in Hermosa Beach

What is Home Care? Home care is care provided in the home which allows for the patient to stay right in the comfort of their own home. Such service makes a positive impact on the lives of those who are getting older in age, may be chronically ill, recovering from surgery, or disabled. Home care services includes personal care, such as help with bathing, washing your hair, or getting dressed and activities of daily living such as meal prep, laundry, light house cleaning, and running errands. Home care eases the burden of daily tasks for patients and their loved ones, and it’s never been easier to get affordable home care service because A-1 Home Care Agency services Hermosa Beach and it’s neighboring cities such as Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Torrance, Palos Verdes, Lawndale, Gardena, Hawthorne, Carson, and throughout the Los Angeles area. A-1 Home Care Agency offers hourly, live-in, and overnight home care services. We’re flexible and personalized to meet your needs and the needs of your loved ones.

A-1 Home Care has many diverse caregivers, CNAs, and CHHAs with experience in a variety of home care including but not limited to hospice care, dementia care, elderly care, disabled care, after surgery care, and companion care. We are always receiving positive reviews and feedback from our caregivers and clients. Our caregivers are not only experienced and professional but they are also compassionate and really care about our patients.

A-1 Home Care also works with most long term care insurances such as John Hancock, Banker’s Life and Casualty, Calpers, and more. So don’t wait. Call today for your free quote and promotional offers at 310-657-8780 or check out our website!

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Think you can’t afford home care? Think again!

hermosa beach caregiversThe definition of presenteeism is “the act of attending work while sick.”  In the context of caregiving, this could mean coming to work not fully rested and therefore unable to focus on the task at hand; taking personal days off to schedule medical appointments, picking up prescriptions, or missing work due to managing the elderly loved one’s affairs.  Being the best son or daughter comes with a cost.  According to a MetLife study, caregivers who suffer from “presenteeism” cost their employers a range of $2,110 to $2,441 per year, not to mention putting their own health at risk with caregiver burnout and exhaustion.  In the long run, refraining from hiring in-home elder care will cost you more than hiring respite help at home.  Luckily for families in Hermosa Beach, A-1 Home Care offers competent caregiver services at the most competitive rates in Los Angeles County.


With the rising population of seniors all over the world, employers are beginning to see a great need for offering employee flexibility and elder care as part of their benefits package.  The costs of hiring a caregiver may be covered by your company’s benefits and wellness program, if one exists.  A-1 Home Care in Hermosa Beach works around your schedule with live-in and live-out home care available.  Knowing that there is a First-Aid/CPR-trained certified nurse assistant at home taking care of your loved one while you’re at work immensely reduces your stress levels.  You won’t have to take time off from work, you will feel rested because you’ll actually get a full night’s uninterrupted sleep, and you’ll feel reassured that your elderly loved one is receiving the best elder care in Southern California!


A-1 Home Care was established in 1991 and has been serving the communities of Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Santa Monica, Malibu, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and other cities throughout Los Angeles County.  Thanks to the dedication and hard work of their caregivers, A-1 Home Care has won the loyalty of seniors and their families for generations.  Customer satisfaction is 100% guaranteed, and because A-1 Home Care is licensed, bonded and insured, seniors are safe from predators and scams.

For a free consultation, call A-1 Home Care today (310) 657-8780 or visit www.hermosabeachinhomecare.com for details. 

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Hospice Care in Hermosa Beach for Lou Gehrig’s Disease

24 hour care in pico rivera a1 home careAmyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a rare neuromuscular disease that affects less than 20,000 cases in the United States annually.  While it mostly affects adults over 40, younger people have also been afflicted with this degenerate disease for which there is no cure.  Individuals with ALS suffer from loss of voluntary control over muscle movement.  This affects their speech, food consumption, mobility and respiration.  Even simple tasks as picking up your phone or brushing your teeth become ordeals on a daily basis!  Fortunately, families in Hermosa Beach rely on resources like A-1 Home Care to provide live-in care for comfort and assistance.

A-1 Home Care offers hospice care to support families and their loved ones with ALS to maximize normalcy of life as much as possible.  Although hospice care and palliative care are mostly associated with end-of-life care, families should consider hospice care long before that time because palliative care is more about pain management, comfort, spiritual support and assistance with activities of daily life in face of serious illness.  Family caregivers enjoy temporary or round-the-clock relief from A-1 Home Care’s ALS caregivers who help out with cooking, cleaning, personal care, transportation to appointments, grocery shopping, and social visits around Hermosa Beach.  These may sound like mundane tasks, but it takes a load off the shoulders of family caregivers who are burned out at the end of the day from a long day at work.

Whether you have a loved one who has just been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s or you are looking for respite care so you can give yourself a break, you have come to the right place!  A-1 Home Care is an established home care agency that has been around for 24 years, faithfully serving communities in Hermosa and all of Los Angeles County. All of our experienced caregivers are thoroughly screened so you can have a peace of mind, knowing that your loved one is in good hands.

To hire a compassionate and competent caregiver today, call (310) 366-7964 or visit our website www.hermosabeachinhomecare.com to view a range of our services.  Hourly and live-in care services are also available in Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Malibu, Beverly Hills, Torrance, and other nearby cities.

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Diverse and Multi-Lingual Caregivers Provide Affordable Elder Care Service in Hermosa Beach

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Hermosa Beach not only attracts tourists but also diverse residents. Such a multi-cultural community requires service that is also diverse and flexible. A-1 Home Care Agency has diverse and multi-lingual caregivers with experience in elder care, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, care for special needs patients, and much more. They service in Hermosa Beach and the surrounding cities of Manhattan Beach, Long Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrence, Lawndale, Santa Monica, Hawthorne, Carson, Lomita, Compton, Gardena, and throughout Orange County and Los Angeles County.

A-1 Home Care Agency provides trained and reliable elder caregivers, personal care assistant, hospital sitter, nurse aide (nurse) or home health aides allowing your senior or elderly loved ones to stay in their own home to receive the professional care they need. Daily tasks such as running errands, laundry, and house keeping can become increasingly difficult with age, but with non-medical home care from A-1, seniors and elderly can maintain their independence and receive home help at an affordable rate. A-1 Home Care is on call, 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide you with the in home health care your family needs. We offer caregivers for full-time or part-time schedules, for long-term ongoing care or for short-term, temporary care needs.

A-1 Home Care Agency extensively screens all our Care Providers, Caregivers, Nurse Aides, Personal Care Assistants, Home Health Aides and Medical Assistants. Each Care Provider undergoes a Nationwide Criminal Background Check, DMV Check, Face-to-Face Interviews and reference verification. We hire only the most compassionate and best trained caregivers to ensure your trust and satisfaction. We require all Care Providers to have CPR training, First Aid training and Malpractice / Liability Insurance for your peace of mind. Care Providers can assist with personal hygiene, meal preparation, medication supervision, pain management, pet care, housecleaning, laundry, errands and transportation.

Call 310-366-7964 today to hire an expert In Home Care professional you can rely on. Like us on Facebook!

Assistance Available Around the Clock with Live-In Care in Hermosa Beach

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To ensure that your loved one receives the care that they need when they need it, consider 24 Hour Live-In care service provided by A-1 Home Care in Hermosa Beach and in it’s neighboring cities of Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Torrance, Lawndale, and Gardena. A-1 Home care has experienced caregivers who are ready to assist you by caring for your loved one.

A-1 offers Live-In Care, Hourly Care, Short-term, and Overnight Care every day of the week, 365 days a year. The help of a trained home health professional or nurse aide to help complete essential daily tasks and provide non-stop at home care will improve your loved one’s quality of life and give you peace of mind. Your loved one doesn’t have to leave their home in Hermosa Beach; they can receive the care they need in the comfort of their very own home from a caregiver you trust.

Typically if we at A-1 Home Care are providing in-home care seven days a week, a particular caregiver will provide care four to five days a week, with a secondary caregiver covering for the remainder of the week. This policy ensures the Caregiver is well rested and able to provide high quality care to the client all at an affordable price.

Don’t hesitate to receive a quote from us today. Call us at 310-366-7964 or check us out on Facebook!