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Home Care In Baker, LA

Home Care Baker, LA

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Baker Block Museum gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Baker, LA is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.

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“Roshare Sylvester Is the best over here!! She’s been here for years,so helpful always so sweet/understanding❤️she’s very respectful.‼️‼️”

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“My name is James and I'm a client of Best Care always best care. I have been inclined for a good while and since I've been a client I have received the best of care. My caregiver is Courtney and he is a blessing and has been a blessing to me. I am very satisfied with the service that he has rendered and I wouldn't trade him for nothing. I think Best Care for the courtesy and attention they have rendered to me and I'll continue to keep them in my prayers and for them to continue to render a good service to those of us who need it. I thank God for all of you and for Courtney keep up the good work God bless you.”

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“Our caregiver Chayne Waller is great with my husband. Thank you so much.”

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“The team at Always Best Care provides quality care and took the time to ensure that my mother has a caregiver that best suits her needs. Ms. Linda is punctual, exhibits professionalism, and takes initiative to ensure my mother is well taken care of. She has unique and effective ideas that make Mama's life easier. I hear her and Mama laughing and talking and it makes my heart swell. Ms. Linda and Always Best Care are a blessing!”

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“HELLO…I AM NICHOLAS J TALBERT A DIS-ABLE VETERAN … THE CANCERS I HAVE BEEN GOING TO WAR WITH CAME EXTREMELY MORE MANAGEABLE ONCE I RECEIVED CARE FROM MZ FLETCHER I CANT BEGIN TO TEL ANYONE HOW BEST CARES TOP CAREGIVERS REALLY CARE …. THAT STATEMENT ALONE SPPEAKS VOLUMES …. THEY ACTUALLY DO ALL ALL ALL OF THERE DUTIES … LISTEN PROVIDE ASSISTANCE IN THE WAYS TO LET ONE KNOW ITS NOT JUST A JOB …. SOLDIERS IF ANY OF YOU ARE READY THIS …. BIG RED ONE ..(combat proven) 3RD HEARD FT RILEY KS. …. I SPEAK TRUTH MY CAREGIVERS FROM ALWAYS BEST CARE IS TOP NOTCH …. THE IMMEDIATE AND STAFF … THEY ACTUALLY RESPOND BACK IMMEDIATELY IM SIMPLY SAYING I DID NOT GO WRONG IN ALLOWING MZ FLETCHER AT ALWAYS BEST CARE UNDER MZ PAULA TO TAKE CARE OF THIS SOLDIER!!! BIG RED ONE SCOUTS OUT FA”

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“Always Best Care has worked very hard with our family to provide what was needed to keep my mom at my home. Our Case Manager Paula checks in with us routinely to make sure our needs are being met. She found a special Angel named Paula Batiste to help me on Tuesday & Thursday. My husband & I look forward to her smile when she enters the door. Mom loves her. She is hard working & patient. I am confident when I run errands that mom is well taken care of. I don’t know what we would do without her. She is a member of our family now. ❤️❤️❤️”

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“I am a veteran of the Vietnam War and I have service’s with Always Best Care. My caregiver is Karli. She is very professional, kind, respectful and has sweet personality. She does an excellent job and takes great care of me. B. Berniard”

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“I have been with always best care for a couple of years now the office staff is doing amazing job keep up the good work you guys ????????????”

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“I really enjoy working for Always, I have two great patients wouldn’t change them for no one, Staff r very friendly n knowledgeable.”

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“I’ve been at ABC since November 2022. When I first walked in I was greeted very politely by Dee… upon interviewing with Tay she asked so many knowledgeable questions about my experience in healthcare. Ro and Jade in scheduling are the boom. They work with you in getting the schedule to fit your needs. So far working with the staff at ABC has been a breeze. I would recommend them. I can offer so many suggestions but it will go over their heads. I love my ABC co workers would trade them for some more money tho????.”

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“I love working here. The front office has been so helpful when ever I can't find a clients house or when I just need to ask a question.”

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“I am a current client of this provider Always Best Care of Metro Baton Rouge was very responsive. They had trouble getting weekend help. Somebody was supposed to come last Saturday and didn't. They didn't come the previous Saturday. So we've only had help on Sundays with them. In fact, I got to call today and see if they're lined up for this weekend. You just remind them. Mom and Dad had been happy. I know they go through an extensive screening process. They help get Mom to the bathroom, get her dressed, take care of her, and are very attentive to her. They mop the floors on their own. They're trying to stay busy.”

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“Jacqueline Tomlinson takes care of my dad he's a vet she's always there with a smile we all love her she always gives him the best care his name is Jimmy Guidroz”

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“I feel so at ease leaving my house and army veteran husband with Jacqueline Tomlinson, she takes the task upon herself. She feels like she’s part of the family. Very satisfied and appreciate her from the bottom of my heart.”

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“Jacqueline Tomlinson is absolutely the best we feel so comfortable with her her. She takes care of my army veteran grandfather he’s gets the upmost best care with her, she so helpful for him around the house.”

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“They are a terrific home care agency and they've got the best caregivers in BR. I would highly recommend them.”

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“I love the staff and the services provided. I would like to thank Ms. Jayde, Ms.Roshare for their compassionate manner which they extend to my family and solutions they offer are amazing. Rochelle is the caregiver in my home and we all love her. Rochelle has the most positive energy and attitude! Paula is a joy to speak with & helpful making sure my family member needs are being attended.”

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“My husband who has Alzheimer’s, has been a client through the VA with ABC for several years. Yvette has been his caregiver for over a year and a half and she has been a lifesaver. Yvette is not only very capable and reliable, she is compassionate and empathetic. I am very grateful to have Yvette helping me and my husband through a very difficult journey. Saying thank you does not fully express how truly grateful I am.”

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“I’m a 54 yr old Marine Veteran with Stage 4 Renal Cell Carcinoma Cancer. I’ve been using the services of Always Best Care for almost Two years. They were able to secure permanent aids for me after another company failed to do so. They have been a great company to work with. A year ago, one particular aid started working with me and that’s Alana. Wow, if only all employees everywhere could follow her example, her dependability, her work ethics, and her kindness. She has become part of the family and the rest of my family would love the opportunity to steal her away in a minute! She’s made quite an impression. If only I could return my gratefulness somewhat by expressing how valuable she is to the company and me. Now, another lady, Sherry, has come along to help on my Thursdays. Another hard worker, sweet personality, and so far, dependable as well. Thank you Always Best Care for all you do! Thank you Mrs Paula, Alana, and Sherry for making my life more comfortable week by week.”

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“Overall experience has been exceptional. The staff works over and beyond to address my needs. I would like to point out that Ms. Paula is great with staying on top of administrative is with regards to the VA. In addition, Ms. Brooks who is my current CNA is very personal as well as professional. She has a positive frame of mind when she walks in my home. Her attitude helps me to get through the rest of the day.”

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“Been an employee here has been great. The staff is wonderful, helpful, understanding and supportive to their cate givers care”

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“Very nice company to work for. They take pride in their clients.”

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“Always Best Care provides excellent service for my elderly parents! Highly recommend ABC to everyone looking for assistance for their family members. With their services my parents are able to live happily in their home rather than an assisted living facility. Thank you!!”

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“My attendance Ms. Karli has been a God sent to for me. I'm VERY SATISFIED with the service I receive. Ms. Karli Is a very CONSCIENCE PERSON. If you all have more employees as her I feel everyone would get this type of review. She ???? and know what to do with me not having to tell her. She would make a great supervisor for your company. Please give her a raise. Sincerely Your, Arthur J. Ford Sr.”

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What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Baker, LA?

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Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.

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When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

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The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.

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At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Types of Elderly Care in Baker, LA

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Baker Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local Callihans Restaurant or visit Capitol Park Museum, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in Baker, LA

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?

A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in Baker, LA, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like a nursing home. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your LA's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
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Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Baker, LA understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.


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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • River Oaks Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, LLC
  • Provisions Residential Care
  • River Oaks Estate
  • Baker Wellness Center
  • Heavenly Hands Personal Care
  • Promise Pride Adult Day Health Care (Senior Care Center)
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way

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A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive

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Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider

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Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Baker, LA 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Rams fans can thank Baker Mayfield for last season and maybe this season too

Baker Mayfield and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers helped the Los Angeles Rams immensely as ...

Baker Mayfield and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers helped the Los Angeles Rams immensely as Mayfield put up a historic performance in Lambeu Field over the Green Bay Packers. I think plenty of Rams fans should have a soft spot for Baker. He really breathed life into Sean McVay and the Rams in what was basically a lost season last year.

Last year was last year though, and this is now. Mayfield’s most recent victory allows the Rams to secure a playoff spot with at least three games to go. That loss places the Packers on the outside looking in. This can all change vastly over the final three weeks, but for right now LA basically had the perfect weekend in terms of their playoff chances.

The Rams have more work to do and a potential playoff spot does not mean anything compared to a real playoff spot. At the same time, this team should be proud. They are fighting, they are in contention and the future looks promising. That’s great news for McVay and Les Snead, but what the team wants even more than a promising future is a promising present. A playoff spot really would be the best of both worlds. Win or lose, a number of players should benefit from playing in what could potentially be their first playoff game.

LA will take on the New Orleans Saints this week and that game could very well decide whether the Rams can maintain steam to play past Week 18 or not. Next week, Week 17, Mayfield and the Buccaneers will take on the Saints. This all to say that Mayfield can help LA again in a couple weeks as the Saints and Rams are both fighting to make the playoffs.

Of course LA should focus on their own games, but it’s nice to see Mayfield having success. If his success can hep the Rams too, that’s even better for LA’s playoff hopes.

New ‘bar with fun food’ Baker’s to open in former La Moule space

The alluring Southeast Portland space previously home to La Moule — and before that, Savoy Tavern — will reopen early next month as Baker’s, a new “bar with fun food” from former Xico and Xica Cantina chef Kelly Towner, The Oregonian has learned.The new bar, or “neighborhood clubhouse,” as Towner thinks of it, will open from noon to midnight daily with nachos, tavern burgers, spicy fried chicken sandwiches, housemade sausage hoagies and Ruffles with onion dip.” Minors will be allowed unt...

The alluring Southeast Portland space previously home to La Moule — and before that, Savoy Tavern — will reopen early next month as Baker’s, a new “bar with fun food” from former Xico and Xica Cantina chef Kelly Towner, The Oregonian has learned.

The new bar, or “neighborhood clubhouse,” as Towner thinks of it, will open from noon to midnight daily with nachos, tavern burgers, spicy fried chicken sandwiches, housemade sausage hoagies and Ruffles with onion dip.” Minors will be allowed until 8 p.m.

“It’s just going to be fun, classic bar fare,” Towner says. “I come from a fine-dining background, but I wanted to create a menu that is super approachable and really fun.”

Drinks will maintain the classic theme, with Manhattans, Old Fashioneds, salty gin martinis and piña coladas alongside Tia Mias, Milk Maids and other modern additions to the cocktail canon. Baker’s will pour four natural wines by the glass and feature 12 beers on tap, including two handles reserved for Modelo and Budweiser and 10 for “local stuff we like,” plus a large selection of bottles and cans.

Though the menu includes a sourdough flatbread, the Baker’s name is actually a nod to Towner’s wife, Jamie, who has supported her dream of opening a bar for years. Towner, who worked at restaurants and butcher shops in San Francisco and New York, then pivoted to bartending before moving to Portland six years ago. Once here, Towner “got a little waylaid working on other people’s projects,” taking over the kitchen at Southeast Portland’s Xico then opening sister restaurant Xica Cantina in Northwest.

When the pandemic hit, Towner refocused her attention on the bar project, holding Baker’s pop-ups at Fried Egg I’m in Love and The Automatic.

In July, La Moule, the alluring moules frites bar from chef Aaron Barnett (St. Jack) and Tommy Klus (Scotch Lodge), closed after eight years in the old Savoy Tavern storefront. (Barnett was reluctant to talk about the last days of La Moule, only saying that between food costs, labor and ticket averages “the model…just didn’t pencil out anymore.”)

Towner toured the space — situated on the same car-free parklet as the original Broder, Dots, Magna Kusina, Clinton Street Pub, Lucky Horseshoe Lounge and the Clinton Street Theater — and had keys to in hand by August.

Baker’s bar hopes to open from noon to midnight daily starting Nov. 3 at 2500 S.E. Clinton St. Take a look at the menu and other details at bakerspdx.com.

— Michael Russell; [email protected]

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Baker’s, an Upcoming Bar, Will Open in the Former La Moule Space

Starting in early November, a new bar called Baker’s will serve pub food in the space formerly home to La Moule, the Oregonian’s Michael Russell reports. La Moule closed in July after eight years in business. The new bar comes from a chef familiar to the nei...

Starting in early November, a new bar called Baker’s will serve pub food in the space formerly home to La Moule, the Oregonian’s Michael Russell reports. La Moule closed in July after eight years in business. The new bar comes from a chef familiar to the neighborhood; former Xico and Xica Cantina chef Kelly Towner.

Baker’s food menu will consist of classic bar fare like nachos, tavern burgers, spicy fried chicken sandwiches, house-made sausage hoagies, and Ruffles with onion dip. To drink, the cocktail menu will mirror the food menu in terms of offering standards, cocktails like Manhattans, Old Fashioneds, and gin martinis, plus modern classics such as the Tia Mia and Milk Maid. The bar will also pour 12 beers on tap and natural wine by the glass. Baker’s has a tentative opening date of November 3 and will be located at 2500 SE Clinton Street.

In celebration of Eater’s first cookbook, Eater: 100 Essential Restaurant Recipes from the Authority on Where to Eat and Why It Matters, author and Eater restaurant editor Hillary Dixler Canavan will appear at two Portland events. On Saturday, October 21 at 3 p.m., Canavan will appear at Powell’s City of Books, joined by Eater Portland editor Brooke Jackson-Glidden, Nong’s Khao Man Gai owner and chef Nong Poonsukwattana, and Kachka co-owner and chef Bonnie Morales. Culinary bookstore Vivienne will host a book signing on Monday, October 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. Featured chefs who contributed recipes to the cookbook will be in attendance, and the event will feature a menu inspired by the book. RSVPs are suggested.

More than 20 Portland restaurants and carts — including Chilango PDX, Kate’s Ice Cream, Mis Tacones, Obon Shokudo, and Tiny Moreso — will participate in World Vegan Month Portland, which will run November 1 through November 30. Vegan community group Veganizer PDX is presenting the event, during which participating restaurants will serve food and drink specials that will benefit a nonprofit of their choice.

Disclaimer: Veganizer PDX founder Waz Wu is a contributor at Eater Portland.

Why Budda Baker Makes Sense For The LA Chargers

You could say the LA Chargers are entering a make-or-break season, but that’s not quite accurate. It’s actually a make-or-break season for Brandon Staley.Staley’s called the “defensive genius” by some. However, Staley hasn’t consistently demonstrated that his defensive play calling is good enough to uplift a team. The question arises: is the middling performance from the Staley defense a personnel issue or...

You could say the LA Chargers are entering a make-or-break season, but that’s not quite accurate. It’s actually a make-or-break season for Brandon Staley.

Staley’s called the “defensive genius” by some. However, Staley hasn’t consistently demonstrated that his defensive play calling is good enough to uplift a team. The question arises: is the middling performance from the Staley defense a personnel issue or a coaching issue?

This isn’t a chicken or the egg kind of thing. The answer lies in a “real” upgrade at free safety. And that upgrade could come in the form of Budda Baker. But before we delve into why Baker is a good fit, let’s explore the other available options.

At the start of the season, Nasir Adderley was the Chargers’ free safety, alongside Derwin James. Unfortunately, Adderley struggled immensely. He’s always been an instinctive player, but he was mismatched in Staley’s system, which demands a combination of athleticism and tactical know-how. In simple terms, Staley’s known for match coverage, which requires third-level defenders to read plays correctly and make choices between covering a zone or a receiver.

In the second half of last season, Alohi Gilman stepped into the free safety role and performed better than expected. He demonstrated the ability to handle the intricacies of the defense, making notable contributions in critical moments – like his batted pass in the Dolphins game. However, Gilman is still limited athletically. Moreover, his PFF grade for the 2022 season was a disappointing 53.7, so he’s not necessarily bringing much to the table intangibles-wise. Clearly, the Chargers could benefit from an upgrade at the position.

Consequently, the team needs to explore external options for help at free safety. The most obvious choice would be John Johnson III. After all, Johnson previously played under Staley when they were both with the LA Rams. Johnson’s impressive performance under the now-Chargers head coach earned him a lucrative free-agent contract.

However, Johnson may not be the best choice for the Chargers. How significant of an upgrade would he truly provide? Would they be much better off with an aging safety? Personally, I don’t think so. If the Chargers genuinely want to upgrade the position, they should set their sights on Budda Baker.

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In a vacuum, it’s undeniable that the Chargers could benefit from a free safety like Baker. Throughout his six-year career, he’s earned All-Pro honors twice and been selected for the Pro Bowl five times. Remarkably, he’s only 27, despite already being on his second contract. The issue here isn’t the money but the salary cap.

The Chargers face significant cap issues, especially with looming big paydays next year due to several restructures (Bosa, Mack, Williams, Allen, etc.). And let’s not forget about Justin Herbert‘s upcoming monster extension. So, why add more salary with Budda? Put simply, the juice is worth the elbow grease and then some.

Budda’s presence would greatly benefit the Staley defense. Whether it’s in palms or match coverage, having another playmaker at the third level alongside Derwin James would be ideal. It would free up Derwin James to embrace his true Joker role. Furthermore, Baker is no slouch when it comes to tackling, which is always a problem for Chargers fans. Additionally, James’ prowess in tight-end coverage mitigates Baker’s biggest flaw.

Also, another side benefit for Staley’s defense that Baker would add is versatility. Last season, Staley started deploying more Cover 1 play calls. It’s unclear if that will continue this year, but it would make sense. Many offenses have now adapted to Vic Fangio/Brandon Staley defenses that have proliferated around the league. Adding more players to the box (like Derwin James) would certainly help mitigate the offensive adjustments. Baker would be just that, seeing as his speed would make him more than capable of handling center field.

Of course, there is the matter of compensation. Budda is still under contract with the Cardinals and acquiring him would require the Chargers to part ways with an asset. However, considering that he plays safety, which isn’t the most coveted position in the sport, and he’s in the middle of his second contract, the price will likely be a day-three pick. Moreover, Budda Baker might require a contract extension upon arrival, but that can work in the Chargers’ favor. The team could negotiate a team-friendly restructured contract and Baker would have the motivation to do so, given the Chargers’ competitiveness.

Overall, the Chargers have a very strong roster. So strong, that adding a guy like John Johnson III or betting on a Gilman/Woods rotation seems odd. You threw all that money at the team to build a Super Bowl roster, why stop now? Why not take advantage of a team like the Arizona Cardinals rebuild and take one of their players and try to parlay that into a championship? It might seem a little outlandish, but that’s the sort of thing the team needs to do to get ahead of their division rivals: the Kansas City Chiefs.

Because, as we’ve seen, Staley’s defense hasn’t been good enough to do that up until now. Budda Baker gives them a better chance than whatever else they can scrounge up.

Q&A: How this Stanford freshman brought down the president of the university

Rumors of altered images in some of the research papers published by Stanford University President Marc Tessier-Lavigne had circulated since 2015. But the allegations involving the neuroscientist got little attention beyond the niche scientific forum where they first appeared — until Stanford freshman Theo Baker decided to take a closer look.Baker, a journalist for the Stanford Daily, published his ...

Rumors of altered images in some of the research papers published by Stanford University President Marc Tessier-Lavigne had circulated since 2015. But the allegations involving the neuroscientist got little attention beyond the niche scientific forum where they first appeared — until Stanford freshman Theo Baker decided to take a closer look.

Baker, a journalist for the Stanford Daily, published his first story on problems surrounding Tessier-Lavigne’s research in November. His dogged reporting kicked off a chain of events that culminated this week with the president’s announcement that he would step down from his post at the end of August.

Tessier-Lavigne acted Wednesday after an expert scientific panel convened by the university determined that he failed on multiple occasions to correct errors in his published research on Alzheimer’s disease and related topics, and that he managed labs that at times produced sloppy or even manipulated data.

Of course, Baker covered that too.

In February, the 18-year-old from the Washington, D.C., area became the youngest-ever recipient of journalism’s prestigious George Polk Award for his work on the investigation. Journalism runs in the family: Baker is the son of the New York Times’ chief White House correspondent, Peter Baker, and New Yorker columnist Susan B. Glasser.

The Los Angeles Times caught up with him to discuss his reporting and its consequences.

How did this story come to your attention?

There’s a pretty highly technical scientific forum called PubPeer where people analyze published works. People there suspected that certain images in things that Tessier-Lavigne had published over the years looked like they’d been Photoshopped.

I decided, well, if this is true, this is really interesting. I’m going to take this to an actual forensic image analyst who can take a look and say if there has been manipulation or Photoshopping.

Are you referring to Elisabeth Bik?

Yes. Elisabeth Bik is the foremost research misconduct investigator of this type in the entire world. She is eagle-eyed, she is professional, and she — unlike a lot of her colleagues — was willing to speak on the record from the start.

I talked to a number of image analysts and all of them had basically the same analysis as Elisabeth, but they would only be on background [meaning they were not willing to have their names published]. Elisabeth is a fearless champion of research integrity, and she was willing to work with us from the start. I am very grateful to her for that.

What pressures did you experience as a student journalist reporting on your own institution?

It’s a nerve-racking thing. We’re really lucky that the Stanford Daily is celebrating its 50th year of independence from the university. That was really important. This reporting I don’t think could have happened without that. Especially after we began receiving legal threats from Tessier-Lavigne, I certainly think the fact that we are independent made it possible for us to keep digging.

What kind of legal threats did you receive?

Stephen Neal, the chair emeritus of Cooley, one of the biggest law firms in the Silicon Valley area, represented Marc Tessier-Lavigne and sent a number of aggressive letters requesting retractions or seeking to block the publication of articles that detailed Tessier-Lavigne’s involvement in alleged incidents of fraud. Neal is also a former attorney for [disgraced former Theranos CEO] Elizabeth Holmes.

What was your reaction when the university commissioned an independent investigation into the issues your reporting raised?

It was not independent at first. They announced an investigation that was going to be led by a special committee of the Board of Trustees. Very quickly, that became another story for us to report on. I discovered that one member of the committee [fund manager Felix Baker] had an $18-million investment in Tessier-Lavigne’s biotechnology company — and this is a person who had been appointed to investigate Tessier-Lavigne.

After that, he stepped away and they hired the lawyer who then hired some other scientists.

That panel confirmed several problems you raised but said it could not verify the allegation that Tessier-Lavigne’s former employer Genentech found evidence of fraud in a 2009 paper.

This 2009 paper in Nature was huge, once thought to be Nobel-worthy. It proposed a totally new cause for the neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s patients.

The panel agrees that the paper was wrong and should be retracted or corrected substantially, which is something that even a few months ago Tessier-Lavigne was saying was an utterly inappropriate response. They found that it was riddled with substandard scientific practices. What they did not find was evidence of fabrication.

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That’s where our reporting goes a little bit further. We published a story in February which detailed the accounts of four very high-level executives and senior scientists at Genentech, recounting how there was an internal review in 2011 that ordered more research into the underlying experiments after finding out that they were having trouble replicating them.

After attempts to reproduce the research failed, the program was canceled and the postdoc [who did the experiments] left the company. These four senior executives concluded that it was because the underlying experiments had been fabricated. A fifth executive later told us the same thing.

After the report came out, you published a story that said several key witnesses refused to speak to the panel because they were not guaranteed anonymity.

Yes. Not only are these sources talking about a very powerful man, they’re also bound by nondisclosure agreements with Genentech. With these lack of guarantees of anonymity, there was an unwillingness to speak to the committee.

What was it like to balance reporting this story with your academic work?

I’ve been taking the maximum number of units because I am a moron. [laughs] I came to Stanford because I wanted to milk it for every opportunity that it had and I wasn’t going to let one story stop me from doing that.

I spent well over 1,000 hours on sourcing this investigation, and that has obviously taken a huge chunk of time away from things. And yet, I still have been able to do cyber policy research, election disinformation research. I’ve been able to take history and philosophy and computer science classes. I’m really trying to make sure that I maximize Stanford because I know just how lucky I am to be there.

This is all in your first year at college?

Yes. I was 17 when the first articles came out.

How are you spending your summer?

I can’t go into too much detail, but I’m in Europe reporting future investigations.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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