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Home Care In Arlington, MA

Home Care Arlington, MA

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 Foot of the Rocks 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 Arlington, MA 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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“Finding a place that will take care of your family members can be overwhelming, so I was relieved to find Always. They are flexible and personable and focus on what’s most important when caring for your loved one. Beth and Kathy were always there when I needed something. Rishi, my father’s main caregiver, knew exactly how to handle the challenges of caring for a man who was reluctant about having care in the home. I am so thankful for their support!”

Misha F.
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“Dave and his staff at Always Best Care truly helped us when my mom was returning home with her hip replacement. Dave came to my mom's home to assess it and gave us recommendations on how to make her home safer. He made me feel so much better about having a caregiver staying with my mom. We also had a discussion on what type of caregiver my mom needed. My mom wanted to meet her caregiver ahead of time and ABC made it happen. It was a great experience, especially knowing my mom was never alone and she had companionship. Thank you for all your help!!”

Maria C.
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“We were referred to Always Best Care by the social workers at MT Auburn Hospital. We were worried because we had heard of the senior caregiver shortage. There are no words for how much peace of mind the two amazing caregivers provide our family in caring for our elderly father. They are both completely warm, dependable, professional, kind and caring. I have heard from friends that it doesn't always go like that, so we are most grateful! In six months, both of my dad's caregivers have come to know my father as a person and genuinely care for his wellbeing. The support they provide is immeasurable.”

C D.
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“We were referred to Always Best Care by the social workers at MT Auburn Hospital. We were worried because we had heard of the senior caregiver shortage. There are no words for how much peace of mind the two amazing caregivers provide our family in caring for our elderly father. They are both completely warm, dependable, professional, kind and caring. I have heard from friends that it doesn't always go like that, so we are most grateful! In six months, both of my dad's caregivers have come to know my father as a person and genuinely care for his wellbeing. The support they provide is immeasurable.”

InGratitude
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“It has been about 6 months since Toni and Angel became caregivers for our father Matthew D. We wanted to let you know how incredible they both have been and how important they are to our family. Both Toni and Angel are so dependable, capable, professional and caring. We have heard from friends that it doesn't always go like that, so we know we lucked out not with one but both women. Additionally, we have heard the numerous news reports of the healthcare shortage and are so grateful that your agency could place caregivers with us so quickly when we first contacted you last summer. There are no words for the peace of mind these two amazing women provide for us, and we give daily thanks you matched them with our dad. Thank you and Happy Holidays to you.”

Charlotte A.
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“David was recommended to me by two different social workers as someone to help us find the right assisted living facility for my mom. He walked me and my sister and partner through the process of narrowing down the choices and selecting the best place. He set up some tours for us and accompanied us on others, putting us in contact with the Executive Directors rather than just the marketers. His advice was unfailingly on target. The placed I wanted to see that he didn't recommend were absolutely wrong for my mom, and the one he suggested as the best fit absolutely was the right one. She ended up there for a respite stay and loves it, but has decided she wants to give in-home care a try before committing to the assisted living option. Luckily, David also has an in-home care business that can help us out with that, too! I feel so lucky to have found a trustworthy person to help me navigate the dizzying options for senior care for my mom.”

Alex B.
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“I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the wonderful service you provided, and the very caring people who were here to help me through the early part of this recovery. I am so grateful.”

Isabelle W.
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“Rishi worked so hard and my dad loved him. Francis is an outstanding aid too - he’s a hero after what he did last night. You and Kathy helped make this process so much less overwhelming with your support and great communication.”

Marylee R.
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“David was recommended to me by two different social workers as someone to help us find the right assisted living facility for my mom. He walked me and my sister and partner through the process of narrowing down the choices and selecting the best place. He set up some tours for us and accompanied us on others, putting us in contact with the Executive Directors rather than just the marketers. His advice was unfailingly on target. The placed I wanted to see that he didn't recommend were absolutely wrong for my mom, and the one he suggested as the best fit absolutely was the right one. She ended up there for a respite stay and loves it, but has decided she wants to give in-home care a try before committing to the assisted living option. Luckily, David also has an in-home care business that can help us out with that, too! I feel so lucky to have found a trustworthy person to help me navigate the dizzying options for senior care for my mom. One more thing--he always gets back to me right away.”

doglovingdaughter
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“David Robinson and his team at Always Best Care are such a caring and genuine group! I've known David since he started his business and he is trust-worthy, honest and genuine in all that he does. David treats all of his clients like family and wants to ensure they get the best care and treatment possible. I can't say enough great things about them!”

melissa L.
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“To Kathy and David and all the staff, thanks for your wonderful care of my mother in so many ways for 5 years.”

Justin L.
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“I wanted to thank you for everything that you and your organization did for me and my family over the last few months. You made everything so easy for me. Glenda and Marie are the best and please relay my deepest thanks to them for what they did for my mom. It was not an easy transition having help in the house and then with the loss of my dad, it was even harder. Thanks again”

Gary S.
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“Thank you for your compassionate care and support through the toughest time. I'm very grateful for your presence and expertise.”

Jason L.
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“The team who provided round-the-clock services combined a high level of professionalism with caring personal connection. Marie Jean, Sophie Kayinza, Catherine Nakyobe, Joan Nampijja, Husna Wright, Nadine Wumba, and for a while Resty Namaalwa were all kind, attentive, and directive with my mother, keeping her safe, well-groomed, comfortable, and engaged, while encouraging her to eat and drink. I appreciated reading their care notes and receiving in-person and phone updates on my mother's condition. I also enjoyed speaking with them and learning about their life stories. These women are impressive examples of immigration, dedication, and hard work. Sophie is to be commended for her care during my mother's last hours and her kindness to me when I arrived on the scene.”

Melinda M.
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“Thank you for your compassionate care and support through the toughest time. I'm very grateful for your presence and expertise.”

Kristine C.
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“The team who provided round-the-clock services combined a high level of professionalism with caring personal connection. Marie Jean, Sophie Kayinza, Catherine Nakyobe, Joan Nampijja, Husna Wright, Nadine Wumba, and for a while Resty Namaalwa were all kind, attentive, and directive with my mother, keeping her safe, well-groomed, comfortable, and engaged, while encouraging her to eat and drink. I appreciated reading their care notes and receiving in-person and phone updates on my mother's condition. I also enjoyed speaking with them and learning about their life stories. These women are impressive examples of immigration, dedication, and hard work. Sophie is to be commended for her care during my mother's last hours and her kindness to me when I arrived on the scene.”

Carla H.
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“To Kathy and David and all the staff, thanks for your wonderful care of my mother in so many ways for 5 years.”

Jayne M.
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“Always Best Care is one of the best companies I have ever worked for! Truly, it's been such a breath of fresh air. The way that David, my co-workers, and everyone involved is so dedicated to the well-being of our clients and caregivers is like nothing I have seen. But also the way we are cared for as employees...everyone genuinely cares and wants to see the best for their co-workers, and for our clients as well! David sets an amazing example for the team by going above and beyond for our clients and caregivers, making it only natural to follow in his footsteps and do our very best as well. We've got a rock solid team of people who are well equipped in each area they serve our clients in, and it's really cool to see everyone working with such passion and compassion. This business is all about relationships and cultivating them well, and I can truly say I'm proud to be part of a team that does this so well. It's a healthy and well-run company with great communication and flexibility. It's hands down one of the best places I have every worked! I heard a phrase once that "people may not remember what you've done for them, but they will always remember how you made them feel." Always Best Care does both--acts of kind service, and leaving a lasting impression on everyone we get to interact with. I would recommend Always Best Care a thousand times over!!”

denine W.
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“I wanted to thank you for everything that you and your organization did for me and my family over the last few months. You made everything so easy for me. Glenda and Marie are the best and please relay my deepest thanks to them for what they did for my mom. It was not an easy transition having help in the house and then with the loss of my dad, it was even harder. I'm not sure what lies ahead for my mom but your assistance definitely helped us get to this point. Thanks again!”

Niklas M.
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“Thank you ABC/David for the great overnight care you provided for my mom while she was in assisted living! I appreciated Kathy's (the case manager) weekly feedback on my mom's condition and how the evenings went with her providers. I've tried other companion care service providers and yours is the best! I'm extremely thankful and would highly recommend your service to anyone looking for great, conscientious care for their loved ones.”

Andrew O.
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“Despite residing in a well-respected retirement community my parents still needed a little assistance in making it a home. The professionals from Always Best Care were like an All-Star team of senior care help, they stepped in and assessed everything from my parents' major concerns down to the subtle little differences that we probably would never have noticed, making what had been a stressful situation immediately more manageable. My family sleeps easier knowing that my parents have settled in, and without the assistance of Always Best Care that was simply not the case. Their experience is only surpassed by their attentiveness and kindness to the needs of the people they are working with.”

Nick C.
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“Thank you and David and your staff and caregivers for all of your hard work and personal care and attention to Norma. You have been wonderful to work with over the past couple of years and throughout all of the transitioning with Norma’s health. We could not have done our portion of the work without your attentive dedicated assistance. I cannot say enough about how good you have been in managing Norma’s care to help us. Thank you very much!”

Carlynne C.
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“I have worked for Always Best Care Senior Services for 5 years, mostly as an in-home health care provider for elderly and disabled clients. As an employee of ABC, I have also cared for clients on a one- on- one basis who are in Assisted Living Facilities and Skilled Nursing Facilities. I enjoy my work and my clients. The culture of ABC is that every client is treated as an individual with personal needs and feelings rather than as a case number or diagnosis. ABC’s approach to clients is mirrored in how they treat caregivers. Consideration of the caregiver’s persona is matched with those of the client. The needs of the client are outlined to ensure the caregiver services provided are a comfortable match. I always feel respected, appreciated, and valued in my role and I equally feel the same consideration is provided to my clients. It is a professional, diverse and overall warm working environment. There is an open-door policy for both client and caregiver where open and constant dialogue and feedback is welcome and responded to in real-time. I would recommend working at Always Best Care to anyone in this profession or anyone considering this profession. Annette Vincent”

Annette V.
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“Thank you all for your thoughtful card and for the excellent you all gave my mother. My sister Elizabeth and I greatly appreciate your kind efforts and hard work. I am sure our mother did as well.”

Emily F.
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“I want to say how pleased my mom and I are with Sheila who has now been coming for several weekends. This past weekend I had to ask her to stay longer due to my afib. She was willing and did a wonderful job. Mom likes her very much. David you were correct in saying, when we first met, you try to connect the right person with your clients.”

Etta B.
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“Four years ago, when I needed a knee replacement, I was looking online for in-home caregivers and came across this agency in Belmont. David Robinson, the owner, came out right away to assess my needs--up to the point of picking me up at the hospital after surgery with the caregiver. I just had my second knee done and there were some complications this time, but the team at Always Best Care was on it, sending two alternating caregivers and taking me to follow up appointments. I can't say enough about their compassion, expertise, and cheerfulness. Highly recommend them!”

Theresa L.
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“I needed transportation back and fourth from the Hospital. I am a senior and Veteran have one leg and lung cancer. I use a walker and need help navigating my ramp. These people are reliable, friendly, courteous and professional. Always on time and very helpful. They deserve 6 stars!”

Alan B.
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“David, the owner of Always Best in Belmont, asked me to write a review, and I'm glad to do so. He has organized at-home for my mother for half a year now and he and his office staff handled all challenges with grace and patience. I particularly appreciate their willingness to take up small extra tasks and requests.”

Andrew G.
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“I can't express how pleased I am with ABC's Service to my mother in law. At the age of 93, she requires transportation to see her ophthalmologist regularly. During the pandemic we turned to ABC to provide that service and they have done an exceptional job, providing safe, caring and compassionate care, to a person with an extremely challenging personality. I would highly recommended them for any type of care required by seniors.”

Mark M.
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“I am a senior who needed help for my children who live far from me. They have learning disabilities, and needed in-home care in an anxious time before, during and after surgery. David and his staff anticipated every issue that arose with such kindness and wisdom. EB”

edith B.
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“Always Best Care really lived up to its name. Whether you are looking for senior care or in-home care, this is the company to go to. It is run by kind, compassionate people who truly always give the best care possible. This is a much better alternative to assisted living. Worth every penny.”

Justin K.
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“Always Best Care was a godsend for my myself (siblings) and my mother. David Robinson and his staff handled our senior care situation with great skill and sensitivity. David was able to help my mom with in-home care (wonderful compassionate caregiver), and subsequently helped us with an assisted living placement when that became the appropriate solution.”

Jay F.
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“Always Best Care provided 24 hour hospice care for my elderly neighbor. Each day during my visits, he would introduce me to the caregiver who he called his Sweetheart and tell me what a great job they were doing to keep him comfortable. Dwight thanks you for the service you provided that allowed him to die with dignity in his own home.”

Edmund T.
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“I appreciate you for making it possible for my beloved mom to live out her life in the comfort of her own home. I have no idea how I could have gotten through the past 4 years without your care and the support of your fabulous caregiving team.”

Janice P.
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“I wanted to write a quick note to say how great it is to work with Always Best Care. They were an incredible resource in helping us organize and plan what we needed for a family member in regards to senior care. The staff was extremely professional and compassionate during the whole process.”

Jennifer F.
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“Always Best Care is the premier Homecare agency in the Cambridge area. David and his team are top notch. Their responsiveness is tremendous and caregiver matchmaking is unparalleled. I highly recommend them if you or your loved one is in need of non medical home care!”

James D.
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“My family has been extremely pleased with the home care services provided by Always Best Care. The caregiver's sensitivity, positive attitude and hard work have helped us tremendously. I would recommend ABC's senior services whole-heartedly.”

Todd M.
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“A million and thanks! Thank you so much for all of your help screening assisted living sites in the Boston area. Nancy and I appreciate all of your time and efforts and we look forward to choosing one of the communities for me.”

Nancy H.
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“David, The care that I received from Always Best Care was nothing short of phenomenal. They were able to obtain help quickly and everyone showed up on time. Kathy was a wiz at scheduling Sabina and Mirela. Both ladies were sweet, kind, caring, understanding, and exceptionally helpful. Each of them went above and beyond, playing a role in my recovery. Should the need arise again, I would absolutely reach out to your agency. Thank you, Alex Michaels”

A. M.
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“David: A million and thanks! Thank you so much for all of your help screening assisted living sites in the Boston area. Nancy and I appreciate all of your time and efforts and we look forward to choosing one of the communities for me.”

Barbara A.
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“Hi David- Just a note to say hello and to follow up with you. Thank you so much for helping my folks and me get set up with your company. This week is the second week that my folks have been working with Sarah (who splits the week with our pre-existing aide), and they love working with her! I am truly grateful for your help. Thank you!”

Chaitan N.
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“I just wanted to send a word of thanks for the care that was given to my uncle, Dwight. In the three days I was able to be at his house, I had no complaints and was very impressed with the care and compassion from each of the caregivers. A difficult time was made better through your service.”

Scott B.
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“Just wanted to thank you for sending me your caregiver Kyona. She has an amazing work ethic, is smart, and overall a standout performer. I am so pleased with her and everyone on the team at Always Best Care.”

Edward
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“ABC was totally helpful, responsive and knowledgeable about the availability of resources for an aging relative with emerging dementia. I recommend them without reservation.”

Bill F.
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“This company has been a Blessing!! awesome People that care! they are great communicators, know how to bill insurance companies,,, and oh ya,, the Caregivers that have are 2nd to none,,, Thank you for working with our family!”

Brian J.
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“Hi David, Just a short, belated note of appreciation for your help in placing Virginia at the Residence of Watertown Square. She is really doing much, much better and it's a good fit, I am surprised and delighted to say. She is far, far happier than she's been in a long time, and you played a critical role in that.”

Bill F.
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“We choose Always Best care in Belmont for in-home care after my landlady came back home after a battle with covid. David and his team of professionals, both, caregivers and scheduling people were nothing more than prompt and professional resolving a minor issue. We cannot thank enough David and his team for making us feel apace after Mary settled back at home. Always best care in Belmont was highly recommended for senior care to us by a friend in Cambridge. We definitely feel like we made the right choice. Mary's care givers not only arrive on time and are extremely friendly, but also trained for the job. Five stars, all around.”

jphall
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“Always best care in Belmont MA was nothing but the best when my landlady Mary needed in-home care after a long battle with covid. David and his team of nurses were nothing but quick and professional resolving a minor issue that came up while setting off Mary's situation. A friend of mine recommended ALWAYS BEST CARE in Belmont, MA for senior care support. Happy to say we made the right choice choosing David and his team. Five stars all over.”

JP H.
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“Thank you to you and your entire team. The care you provided for my mom was excellent. I don’t how my family could have gotten through this time without Always Best Care’s support.”

Kristen M.
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“Dear Kathy: I am writing to express my deepest appreciation to everyone at Always Best Care who cared for my mother, Noriko Scheuer, during her final months. She had been diagnosed with lung cancer in late 2018, started on hospice care in mid-June 2019, and began with your caregivers in late August. She dies on November 21 at the age of 95-1/2, peacefully and pain-free thanks to the excellent care she received. The team who provided round-the-clock services combined a high level of professionalism with caring personal connection. Marie Jean, Sophie Kayinza, Catherine Nakyobe, Claire Nalwoga, Joan Nampijja, Husa Wright, Nadine Wumba, and for a while Resty Namaalwa were all kind, attentive, and directive with my mother's condition. I also enjoyed speaking with them and learning about their life stories. There women are impressive examples of immigration, dedication and hard work. Sophie is to be commended for her care during my mother's last hours and her kindness to me when I arrived on the scene. A huge thanks to you as well for "being on the casE" in such a responsive and caring manner. I recall that when I first called tou in late August after my mother fell, you were able to visit Boylston Place that same day to make an assessment so that care could being the folliwing day/ And on several other occasions you were very resourceful in responding to last-minute cancellations and changes in care protocols. I believe that under the care of this wonderful team, and their coordination with the Boylston Place and hospice teams, my mother was able to spend her final months comfortably and peacefully, accepting with grace her imminent passing.”

Carla H.
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“Always the Best Staff, just want to say a very big thank you for everything you did to help my dad. Your service is great and you should be proud. I wish you all the best of luck. Stay safe and be well.”

Lori
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“Thank you to you and your entire team. The care you provided for my mom was excellent. I don’t how my family could have gotten through this time without Always Best Care’s support.”

Kristen M.
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“Dear Staff of Always Best Care, thank you for your generous donation in memory of Nancy, our sister and aunt. Nancy's passion for education and the Armenian church will be carried on through your gift. We especially appreciate the wonderful and compassionate care shown to Nancy through the end of her life by the caregivers, Josephine and Patience.”

The F.
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“David and his staff are absolutely amazing and ever so helpful- going above and beyond several times for me. I lived in California and needed help with my aunt who lived in Cambridge. When asked, they provided Dr. Visit companionship, transfer assistance and simply caregiving. They would meet with my aunt and report back to me how she was doing, etc. So comforting to know professional eyes were on her for me while she was in assisted living and then the nursing home. I highly recommend this fabulous agency.”

Lynda H.
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“This agency has been a great help to my family. They have provided wonderful in home assistance and the care givers are caring, compassionate and have become like family. They have helped by giving me the help I have needed to better care fir my mom. I can’t say enough of how wonderful this agency is and I would highly recommend they to my family and friends.”

Donna B.
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“This agency has been a great help to my family. They have provided wonderful in home assistance and the care givers are caring, compassionate and have become like family. They have helped by giving me the help I have needed to better care fir my mom. I can’t say enough of how wonderful this agency is and I would highly recommend they to my family and friends.”

donnabarr
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“Always Best Care Staff, Just want to say a very big thank you for everything you did to help my dad. Your service is great and should be proud. I wish you all the best of luck. Stay safe and well.”

Anonymous
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“For the best in home care Always Best Care is the Agency to call. David and his team are great! He's got a great therapy dog also. 1”

Patrick O.
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“I can't say enough positive things about Always Best Care, the owner David, the RN Beth and the wonderful home health aides who have been helping my grandparents over the last number of weeks. My grandmother came home from rehab after surviving COVID and was still very weak and on oxygen. David was phenomenally responsive to my initial email (at 9:00 at night!) and arranged to come to the house on a weekend to meet my parents and get them started. The nurse, Beth, accompanied both home health aides on their first day to make sure they were on-boarded with exactly what we needed. She listened to us, she remembered every thing we told her, and she volunteered to pick up meds for us at the pharmacy. The aides (Susan and Josephine) have been lovely - attentive, thoughtful, gentle, observant, and have helped with everything from bathing to laundry to lunches and dishes to sorting endless piles of paper for filing. I'm so grateful to all of them for easing my mom's transition home and taking the burden off my grandfather (who's 86). We may not need them much longer, but they have been outstanding.”

Ryan T.
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“David and his team took care of my grandparents and were outstanding. They always went above and beyond to ensure their well being. Highly recommend.”

Matt C.
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“ABC has provided exceptional quality care for my mom for the last several years. Her quality of life was greatly enhanced through our collaboration with ABC. Several wonderful people made this experience positive and it brought me tremendous peace of mind to know she was always in the care of the very special caring individual they provided to her. In addition, the support staff in the office was always available to answer questions, provide the heavy lifting on paperwork and organization, and did so professionally and with a personal touch. They are really wonderful people and I am grateful we met, even if under the unfortunate circumstances of my mom's illness. Thank you to the entire ABC team.”

Nova S.
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“Always Best Care completely lived up their name. The care, compassion and support they provided for both of my parents was superb. I highly recommend them for anyone seeking high quality in home care in The Greater Boston area.”

Cheryl D.
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“I can't begin to tell you how pleased I am with Always Best Care. Not only have they placed the perfect caregiver with my grandmother, they also take care of all the billing. If I need to reach someone at odd, after-work hours, they are always responsive. They are customer focused!”

Joe H.
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“Outstanding care for my mom. You made all of our lives so much easier and my mom happy. Would gladly recommend your agency for the quality of your services.”

Rob D.
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“Always Best Care Senior Services went out of their way to find the best 24/7 care givers for our Mom during the last two months of her life. Kathy and Dave stay in touch with the ongoing patient progress and make adjustments as needed. They are well worth your consideration...It allowed our Mom to remain in her on home until the end of life.”

Dick P.
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“Always Best Care provided responsive and professional care for my father in his time of need. Their aides were punctual, skilled and always a great match. I highly recommend them for anyone seeking elder care in the Boston area.”

James M.
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“Best Healthcare Company I have worked for. Great clients and Staff. Your loved one will always be in Safe and in Loving hands. I'm glad I joined this company very respectful, and caring.”

Britney N.
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“I may be over 70 years old, but I still like to go out and about and I consider myself independent. Several years before I retired, I made a conscious decision to stop driving my car and to rely on public transportation, whether by the subway and bus system or by taking cabs. I didn’t plan on changing my life. And then, COVID-19 made its lethal appearance around the world. After a couple months of quarantine everywhere, I realized I no longer felt comfortable using public transportation. “When was the last time ‘they’ wiped down the handholds on this bus?” And “Who sat in this cab before me?” I asked myself. I continued to worry. I even read through my stash of professional business cards, hoping for inspiration. I found a card for David Robinson who, in the past, had provided me with specialized transportation. I gave him a call and he introduced me to his company, Always Best Care. With the assistance of Always Best Care associates, I’ve been able to keep appointments and selectively shop. I have maintained a large degree of independence in this viral climate. All the Best Care companions I’ve met are cheerful, prompt, and pleasant. They are, at the same time, both professional and friendly. I would recommend Always Best Care to anyone needing care, companionship, or accompanied transportation in the greater Boston area.”

Hillyer T.
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“I want to say how pleased my mom and I are with Sheila who has now been coming for several weekends. This past weekend I had to ask her to stay longer due to my afib. She was willing and did a wonderful job. Mom likes her very much. David you were correct in saying, when we first met, you try to connect the right person with your clients.”

Gail P.
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“Dear Friend, I'm sharing this reference in hopes that it provides comfort to other families who seek caring, attentive, loving and flexible care for their aging loved ones. My mother/family has been one of your clients for a number of years and I know ABC's values and capabilities extremely well. For families who are navigating the journey of elder care, who are facing uncertainty and who are looking for a trusted, reliable team who will care for clients like family (if not better), there is no better team than the wonderful folks at ABC. We've been working with David, Kathy and the team for several years and they have exceeded our hopes. Sure, they are on time, professional, safe and courteous. Even more, they are thoughtful, kind and caring. True problem solvers, they provide comfort knowing that my mom is in terrific hands. Even more, they anticipate challenges and solve problems before they are needed. I'm sharing this info because I know how daunting and, indeed, paralyzing, searching for an agency can be. From the first call, ABC did it right. They listened rather than sold. They personalized it, so we found the right care for my mother. They did nothing less than treat my mom the way they would want their own mother's to be treated. I've learned a lot during the process and one of the most important things I learned is: trust ABC. Best wishes, Zack”

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“I’m calling and making sure all was staying well. If you were a part in Sheila’s selection, thank you. I am so happy that Lisa at Beach Hill Village saved me your agency’s name. Your staff has given me peace of mind. May you both enjoy the holidays. David you will be in Hawaii, so no question! May 2021 bring no masks and better times!”

Gail P.
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“When I reached out to Always Best Care as a client with an elder dad to care for, I didn't always exactly know the type or duration of services needed. Someone was always available to talk to and work with me toward an appropriate, balanced solution. They consistently delivered their services with respect and honesty, whether routine or when assisting with challenging situations. Kathy and Beth participated in a collaborative effort with me for the best possible outcome. I enjoyed working with them and their excellent staff of caregivers, and my dad benefitted from the positive dynamic beyond expectations. Thank you to all at ABC.”

Johnny O.
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“Dear Friend, I'm sharing this reference in hopes that it provides comfort to other families who seek caring, attentive, loving and flexible care for their aging loved ones. My mother/family has been one of your clients for a number of years and I know ABC's values and capabilities extremely well. For families who are navigating the journey of elder care, who are facing uncertainty and who are looking for a trusted, reliable team who will care for clients like family (if not better), there is no better team than the wonderful folks at ABC. We've been working with David, Kathy and the team for several years and they have exceeded our hopes. Sure, they are on time, professional, safe and courteous. Even more, they are thoughtful, kind and caring. True problem solvers, they provide comfort knowing that my mom is in terrific hands. Even more, they anticipate challenges and solve problems before they are needed. I'm sharing this info because I know how daunting and, indeed, paralyzing, searching for an agency can be. From the first call, ABC did it right. They listened rather than sold. They personalized it, so we found the right care for my mother. They did nothing less than treat my mom the way they would want their own mother's to be treated. Please feel free to give my information to any other families who are navigating elder care. I've learned a lot during the process and one of the most important things I learned is: trust ABC. Best wishes,”

Zack R.
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“I can't say enough positive things about Always Best Care, the owner David, the RN Beth and the wonderful home health aides who have been helping my parents over the last number of weeks. My mom came home from rehab after surviving COVID and was still very weak and on oxygen. David was phenomenally responsive to my initial email (at 9:00 at night!) and arranged to come to the house on a weekend to meet my parents and get them started. The nurse, Beth, accompanied both home health aides on their first day to make sure they were on-boarded with exactly what we needed. She listened to us, she remembered every thing we told her, and she volunteered to pick up meds for us at the pharmacy. The aides (Susan and Josephine) have been lovely - attentive, thoughtful, gentle, observant, and have helped with everything from bathing to laundry to lunches and dishes to sorting endless piles of paper for filing. I'm so grateful to all of them for easing my mom's transition home and taking the burden off my dad (who's 86). We may not need them much longer, but they were lifesavers.”

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“David and Kathy: I sincerely wish to thank you for your excellent care that was given to my father. Mike was fabulous! He was compassionate, always professional, patient, caring and took pride in his work. He is definitely missed. Thank you! Warmest Regards,”

Heidi W.
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“Thank you all for your thoughtful card and for the excellent you all gave my mother. My sister Elizabeth and I greatly appreciate your kind efforts and hard work. I am sure our mother did as well.”

Tom O.
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“Compassionate and high quality care.”

Nancy H.
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“Thank you David, Kathy and your amazing team of caregivers. The reliable and compassionate care my mother received in her final days is so appreciated.”

Kristine C.
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“Thank you and David and your staff and caregivers for all of your hard work and personal care and attention to Norma. You have been wonderful to work with over the past couple of years and throughout all of the transitioning with Norma’s health. We could not have done our portion of the work without your attentive dedicated assistance. I cannot say enough about how good you have been in managing Norma’s care to help us. Thank you very much!”

Christine
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“Great staff, excellent service”

Rashin K.
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“Thank you all for your care, support, and kindness these past few years in helping to take care of my mom. Your expertise was so comforting as I attempted to coordinate things from Maryland. You always provided the help needed at the time and I will be forever grateful.”

Laura A.
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“David Robinson president of Always Best Care of Greater Boston is a consummate professional in senior care. He knows the ins and outs of the field in all aspects. He cares so much about his clients he becomes friends with them and their families. I highly recommend Always Best Care Senior Services of Greater Boston!”

Mary F.
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“THE BEST PLACE TO WORK PEOPLE THAT CARES FOR THERE EMPLOYEES AND THEIR CLIENTS David, Monica, Kathy, Stacey, and behold always best care crew Thank you”

Falon P.
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“I wanted to thank you all for the years of care you gave to both my mom and my dad. I’m sure there were some difficult moments, but we had confidence and trust that in you to give my parents, especially my dad, the compassion and care that was required. My dad enjoyed the company on his caregivers and it allowed all of us to be secure in knowing he was well taken care of. We felt relief and comfort when we had to leave, knowing that he was in good hands. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart – thank you. Thank you for always being there, and still being there to help whenever you can. Thank you on behalf of our family for everything you have done for us.”

Felix C.
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“I just wanted to send you a note to let you know that I am extremely satisfied with the services your agency has provided to our family. Always Best Care was very helpful and patient in assisting me through the whole elder-care process. More importantly, they sent us Diana as a caregiver who, I must say, was truly amazing in the level of care she provided my father. He improved dramatically under her care and she greatly eased the strain we all felt trying to take care of him ourselves. She went above and beyond the call of duty in taking care of my father and she did it all with a pleasant disposition which is such a positive when dealing with psychologically difficult circumstances.”

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“I’m beyond grateful for the help and expertise Melanie Carvalho provided over the past year, which was hands down the most challenging of the 15 years I’ve cared for Mom. From her skilled and patient direct care… to her very perceptive and objective take on many aspects of my mom’s situation, including our family’s complex dynamics… to spot-on referrals for additional support and services… I couldn’t have come through without her. Melanie’s warm, outgoing style informed all her efforts and immediately put everyone at ease, most importantly my mother. She became a strong advocate and backbone for both me and Mom, and a skilled negotiator when it came to dealing with conflicting family influences. Her direct, no-nonsense approach was perfectly balanced by sensitivity and diplomacy. In many respects, I consider Melanie an integral part of the family who shared my goal of providing nothing but optimal care and support for Mom. I highly recommend her and Always Best Care, without hesitation.”

Denice C.
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“Just wanted to send a quick note to say THANK YOU for all your help and support through this very difficult time for "Uncle Joe". We know you worked "overtime" to get the help for us as quickly as we needed it. From our perspective, everything worked out PERFECTLY !”

Kevin G.
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“It Is imperative that you know that your service, your staff, the kindness and compassion shown to us for a little more than two years, was a gift that we will always remember and appreciate. Your care giver made our lives easier, knowing that our parents were safe and well taken care of. We will always recommend Always Best Care, and we will always remember the kindness and compassion you and your staff have shown us, even through the most difficult times of our lives. With heartfelt gratitude…”

Eddie N.
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“Knowing there are people who care so much and do so as individuals as well as part of their jobs has been a gift. Thank you to you and your team for helping us through this difficult time. I don’t think we could have done it without Always Best Care.”

James R.
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“Regarding my husband, the CNA that worked with us was comforting, supportive and kind. She was very experienced and shared a great deal of knowledge about his condition. The RN who checked him on a regular basis offered the same qualities. Every phone call was friendly and helpful. I could not have asked for more professional or better service. I’m a grateful client. My husband had excellent, reliable care in our own home. Thank you for all your kindness and support. The Always Best Care staff has been the best thing that has happened to me in a long time. I so grateful and managing quite well. Thanks to each of you.”

Ernestine M.
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“Just a quick note to tell you how happy our mom is. The most important thing is that thanks to The Always Best Care team, she is cared for, safe and at home. Thank you!”

James F.
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“I wanted to thank you all for the years of care you gave to both my mom and my dad. I’m sure there were some difficult moments, but we had confidence and trust that in you to give my parents, especially my dad, the compassion and care that was required. My dad enjoyed the company on his caregivers and it allowed all of us to be secure in knowing he was well taken care of. We felt relief and comfort when we had to leave, knowing that he was in good hands. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart – thank you. Thank you for always being there, and still being there to help whenever you can. Thank you on behalf of our family for everything you have done for us.”

Helena M.
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“It Is imperative that you know that your service, your staff, the kindness and compassion shown to us for a little more than two years, was a gift that we will always remember and appreciate. Your care giver made our lives easier, knowing that our parents were safe and well taken care of. We will always recommend Always Best Care, and we will always remember the kindness and compassion you and your staff have shown us, even through the most difficult times of our lives. With heartfelt gratitude…”

Tamara W.
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“Just wanted to send a quick note to say THANK YOU for all your help and support through this very difficult time for "Uncle Joe". We know you worked "overtime" to get the help for us as quickly as we needed it. From our perspective, everything worked out PERFECTLY.”

Kevin G.
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“Knowing there are people who care so much and do so as individuals as well as part of their jobs has been a gift. Thank you to you and your team for helping us through this difficult time. I don’t think we could have done it without Always Best Care.”

Helene D.
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“We have been using the services of Always Best Care for about two years now. The two persons who came every morning and thrice a week at night were very good. Their personality were caring, warm and they brought the best out from my husband. The one man that came two nights a week was alright but his personality was not that good. He does what he needed to do but he did not bring out the best of my husband. However, the rate is expensive nowadays, I wish they would lower it.”

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“We wish to express special thanks to Always Best Care Senior Services of Belmont and their loving caretakers Diane and Helene. The sensitive care provided by you for Ann was truly outstanding.”

Tom F.

What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Arlington, MA?

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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 Arlington, MA

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 Menotomy Rocks 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

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 Scutra or visit Old Schwamb Mill, 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 Arlington, MA

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 Arlington, MA, 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 MA'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 Arlington, MA 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:

  • Brightview Arlington
  • Sunrise of Arlington
  • Park Avenue Health Center
  • New Horizons At Choate
  • Atria Longmeadow Place
  • Arlington Court
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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 Arlington, MA 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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Latest News in Arlington, MA

Arlington walkers, joggers not told popular trail flooding was actually sewage

ARLINGTON - Imagine taking a stroll down a rainy bike path and having no idea you are stepping in sewage. Neighbors in Arlington say it happens all too often, and they are sick of it.Last Tuesday, the Alewife Greenway bike path flooded with water from the nearby Alewife Brook. Neighbors say the waterway is a sewage dump for a few different sewer systems. These dumps are called combined sewer overflows, or CSOs. When heavy rains hit, sewer water gets pumped into the brook to release stress on the system.Last week, a CSO dump coi...

ARLINGTON - Imagine taking a stroll down a rainy bike path and having no idea you are stepping in sewage. Neighbors in Arlington say it happens all too often, and they are sick of it.

Last Tuesday, the Alewife Greenway bike path flooded with water from the nearby Alewife Brook. Neighbors say the waterway is a sewage dump for a few different sewer systems. These dumps are called combined sewer overflows, or CSOs. When heavy rains hit, sewer water gets pumped into the brook to release stress on the system.

Last week, a CSO dump coincided with the heavy flooding of the bike path. People were seen walking, biking and pushing children in strollers through the sewage water. Neighbors say those people had no idea despite the smell.

"Anybody going through it would have been wading through sewage," said David Stoff, a neighbor and member of an advocacy group called Save The Alewife Brook.

"You need to know whether what you are walking in is contaminated," Stoff told WBZ-TV. "There's a legal duty to notify the people using that street, and that duty has been avoided."

Stoff says there is an email system in place to warn people. However, neighbors say, visitors may not know it exists.

"There are six CSOs in the Alewife, and you have to subscribe to three systems in order to get notified," says Kristin Anderson, and fellow member of Save The Alewife Brook. "A lot of people think you subscribe to one, and you will know when sewage in the Alewife Brook. That's not true."

They want to see the EPA step in and increase notifications in real-time. They point to a lighting system seen on the Potomac River.

"You see a light go on, and that lets you know sewage discharge triggered the light," explains Stoff.

The neighbors have formed a group called Save the Alewife Brook. The group has started a growing petition to ask the EPA to make a change. In addition to the lighting system, they want to see a CSO treatment system for the sewer runoff water.

"Twenty years ago, they weren't telling anyone, and my neighbors and I were ... received flood waters in our home - it came right in through the back door - and we got sick."

"1910 or 1911, that was the end of maintenance for the Alewife Brook. Nothing has been done since then," adds Stoff. "When you get six to eight inches of rain, that water goes into the adjacent houses here."

WBZ contacted the EPA for comment, but have yet to receive a response.

Unofficial election results show passage of override, senior-citizen tax relief

UPDATED Nov. 10: Unofficial election results Wednesday, Nov. 8, show both special-election ballot questions as having passed Tuesday, Nov. 7.Question 1, the property-tax override, is listed, on a clickable tab on a page of the town of Arlington website: "YES 7950 NO 4964."Question 2, “Means Tested Senior Citizen Property Tax Exemption," tax relief for low-income senior citizens, is shown this way on the tab: "YES 10874 NO 1944"That specific ...

UPDATED Nov. 10: Unofficial election results Wednesday, Nov. 8, show both special-election ballot questions as having passed Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Question 1, the property-tax override, is listed, on a clickable tab on a page of the town of Arlington website: "YES 7950 NO 4964."

Question 2, “Means Tested Senior Citizen Property Tax Exemption," tax relief for low-income senior citizens, is shown this way on the tab: "YES 10874 NO 1944"

That specific website page can be viewed here>>

A town document that shows breakdown by precinct demonstrates that only two of the 21 precincts -- 13 and 18 -- had more "no" votes than "yes" votes on Question 1. Almost certainly, opponents were disappointed with the election's outcome. One of them, Mark Kaepplein, a Town Meeting member, had previously told YourArlington that he would vote no. Part of his reasoning, conveyed before Tuesday, was as follows: "Having an override approved prior to negotiations with unions puts the town in a weak bargaining position; they will ask for more. This seems precisely what proponents of the tax hike want. They want teachers to get a bigger, more generous contract next August."

Select Board Chair Eric Helmuth had this to say Wednesday: “I’m thrilled that the voters have once again expressed their strong support for preserving our current town and school services, and for making smart investments for the future. This vote will not only head off painful service cuts, but [it] will also enable the town to raise educator pay to be more competitive with [that of] similar districts, help vulnerable students who are falling behind and make additional investments in pedestrian infrastructure and trash collection."

He added, “I am also grateful that the voters overwhelmingly supported Question 2 to provide property tax relief to the seniors who need it most."

Finance Committee member Jennifer Susse earlier spent six years on the School Committee. She commented Wednesday, “One of the things that’s happened in the last few years is that we’ve gone to the voters before running out of money. That makes the stakes feel less high to people." Starting with the 2019 override, she said, there's been a commitment to funding the five-year plan for the schools, which continues with the successful passage of this override.

“On the Finance Committee, several people expressed that we’d never done this before -- never added to the budget [rather than just passed an operating override to maintain services]. That’s not quite true, but this was a significant vote," in her view, because it is intended mostly to raise salaries for teachers and staff, rather than add positions.

The cost to the average homeowner

If official results confirm preliminary ones, the property-tax increase, which town officials say will raise $7 million annually, will take effect as of July 1, 2024. The owner of the average single-family home, with an assessed value of $912,386, therefore would, starting that fiscal year, see an additional tax burden of $484 per year, or about $40 more per month, every year going forward.

Town officials said that voter turnout was about 40 percent of all of the town's registered voters, at 12,947 votes.

“Yes” votes were more thunderous four years ago, in 2019. In June of that year, 76 percent of voters approved a debt exclusion to fund the rebuilding of Arlington High School -- and 68 percent approved a $5.5 million operating override.

Polls were open Tuesday, Nov. 7, from 7 a.m. through 8 p.m.; some people chose to vote by mail and/or to drop off ballots at drop boxes at the three locations provided: Town Hall, 730 Mass. Ave; ACMi cable television studio, 85 Park Ave; Fox Library, 75 Mass. Ave.

Basic facts on both questions

Question 1 asked whether the town can assess an additional $7 million in real estate and personal property taxes beginning in fiscal 2025: July 1, 2024. This amounts to 53 cents for each $1,000 of assessed value. The town posted a tool showing the impact on the tax bill of the average condominium, single-family, two-family or three-family home. For instance, the average home with an assessed value of $912,386 would see an additional tax burden of $484 per year, or about $40 per month.

The original intention was for the override to take effect in fiscal 2024, starting July 1, 2023 – but, instead, July 1, 2024, was inadvertently listed as the effective date when the Select Board voted in June to put the override before voters. Overrides are not uncommon; since Proposition 2 ½ passed statewide in 1980, Massachusetts municipalities have been allowed to increase their total property tax revenues by no more than 2.5 percent each year; however, to get around that limitation, a successful override election is required.

A public override vote, on a date set by a given municipality's Select Board, allows local government to ask taxpayers for funds beyond this threshold. Arlington's last override, for $5.5 million, was in 2019. Arlington voted that year to fund the rebuilding of Arlington High School. Previous requests to raise taxes were in 2016 – a debt exclusion, to pay for renovating Thompson and Gibbs schools, and for an AHS rebuild feasibility study and Minuteman support. In June 2011, voters approved a $6.5 million tax override to support town and school operations by 860 votes.

Question 2 asked about means-tested tax relief for senior citizens whose homes are worth less than the median assessed value.A town web page has detail on who likely would qualify and for how much relief.

June 6, 2023: $7 million operating override proposed for fall election

(Editor's note: Please see major addition made Oct. 28, 2023, at the end of that article.)

This news summary by YourArlington freelance writer Catherine Brewster was published Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023, and was updated that evening with comments from local officials. It was updated Nov. 9, 2023, to add a link to a town document that shows a precinct breakdown of the votes. It was updated Nov. 10, 2023, to include comments from override opponent Mark Kaepplein.

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Arlington Officials Unveil Completed Phase 2 Of High School Rebuild

Phase 2 is the largest and most complex of the building project's 4 phases. Find out what it includes. ARLINGTON, MA — The Arlington High School rebuilding project reached a milestone Wednesday with the opening of the new Humanities wing and library, which were part of Phase 2 of the project.The completed Phase 2 construction —the largest and most complex of the four phases —includes the 44-classroom Humanities wing, a 6oo-seat cafeteria, a two-story library, forum stairs, an exterior leaning courtyard, scho...

Phase 2 is the largest and most complex of the building project's 4 phases. Find out what it includes.

ARLINGTON, MA — The Arlington High School rebuilding project reached a milestone Wednesday with the opening of the new Humanities wing and library, which were part of Phase 2 of the project.

The completed Phase 2 construction —the largest and most complex of the four phases —includes the 44-classroom Humanities wing, a 6oo-seat cafeteria, a two-story library, forum stairs, an exterior leaning courtyard, school district offices and a School Committee Room.

The new wing also will include Menotomy Preschool, which is expected to open to students early next year.

"It's exciting to see this team effort coming together," said AHS Principal Matthew Janger. "We're excited for the opportunities this new space will provide for learning and collaboration for our students."

At a Wednesday ceremony, students packed the Massachusetts Avenue lobby as Janger pulled back a divider to reveal the entryway to the new wing. The AHS band then performed as students explored the new facilities.

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Arlington Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Homan and Arlington Town Manager Jim Feeney also attended Wednesday's event.

"With a project of this scope and complexity, I am pleased to report that the project remains on budget and has only experienced minor schedule delays" Feeney said. "As the project proceeds, our responsive and proactive project team continues to deliver a state-of-the-art, all-electric facility that will help Arlington meet its Net Zero goals."

The high school rebuilding project began in the spring of 2020. Phase 1 included the construction of the two wings in front of the existing building: the STEAM classroom wing and the Performing Arts wing, both of which opened in February of 2022. The auditorium opened later that spring.

According to officials, Phase 3 construction already is underway. That phase, which includes the athletic wing, black box theater and outdoor amphitheater, is expected to be finished in December 2024.

Phase 4 will include the construction of two additional multi-use, synthetic turf athletic fields, in addition to landscaping and a connection to the Minuteman Bikeway. The estimated completion date for that final phase is September 2025.

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Arlington Area Restaurants Open For Thanksgiving Day 2023

ARLINGTON, MA — For people who don’t want to spend hours or even days cooking and cleaning up from a big turkey dinner, several restaurants near Arlington are open Thanksgiving Day.Restaurants open for Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 23, offer a range of dining experiences, from fine dining to fast casual to fast food. In some cases, you’ll need to make a reservation, so plan as much as possible.As always, Patch encourages you to call any restaurant on this list in advance to double-check hours on Thanksgiving ...

ARLINGTON, MA — For people who don’t want to spend hours or even days cooking and cleaning up from a big turkey dinner, several restaurants near Arlington are open Thanksgiving Day.

Restaurants open for Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 23, offer a range of dining experiences, from fine dining to fast casual to fast food. In some cases, you’ll need to make a reservation, so plan as much as possible.

As always, Patch encourages you to call any restaurant on this list in advance to double-check hours on Thanksgiving Day, as many vary by location. Here are the local restaurants that plan to be open:

According to lists curated by The Pioneer Woman, delish and Good Housekeeping, national chains that will open Thanksgiving Day include the following in and around Arlington:

Options include:

Applebee’sBoston MarketBuffalo Wild WingsBurger KingCracker BarrelDel Frisco’s GrilleDenny’sDomino’s Eddie V’sFleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine BarFogo de Chão Golden CorralHardee’sIHOPKona Grill Maggiano’s Little ItalyMcCormick and Schmick’sMcDonald’s Popeye’sRed LobsterRuby TuesdaySeasons 52 SizzlerSubwayT.G.I. FridaysWendy’s

Hours and services may vary by location, so be sure to call ahead.

Arlington Asking Veterans, Their Families To Help With Honor Roll

The monument honoring those who served is getting an upgrade next year, and officials want to make sure the Honor Roll is accurate. Patch StaffARLINGTON, MA — The Town of Arlington is calling on local military veterans and their families to help with the redevelopment of the town's Honor Roll.The Honor Roll, which includes the names of several Arlington residents who have served in the military, is part of the Veterans Memorial Park, located next to the Central Fire Station.The park is scheduled to be rede...

The monument honoring those who served is getting an upgrade next year, and officials want to make sure the Honor Roll is accurate.

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ARLINGTON, MA — The Town of Arlington is calling on local military veterans and their families to help with the redevelopment of the town's Honor Roll.

The Honor Roll, which includes the names of several Arlington residents who have served in the military, is part of the Veterans Memorial Park, located next to the Central Fire Station.

The park is scheduled to be redeveloped soon, which will include the removal of the existing Honor Roll.

A new Honor Roll is expected to be installed beginning in July 2024. The new monument will be a granite structure featuring the engraved names of all Arlington veterans.

Officials said the new Honor Roll will feature the names of the veterans listed on the existing monument, in addition to over 12,000 new names.

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Before the new wall can be created, the Department of Veterans' Services is requesting that veterans and their family members review for accuracy the lists of veterans whose names are scheduled to appear on the new wall.

The names are grouped into four categories: World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Current (post-Vietnam) veterans.

If a veteran's name is spelled wrong, the veteran or their representative is asked to contact the Veterans' Services Director at [email protected].

If a veteran's name does not appear on a list, an application must be filled out and submitted to the Veterans' Services Director. The Veterans Council will review all applications for approval.

A list of criteria for inclusion on the Honor Roll is available online.

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