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Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's 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. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.
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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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.
In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, 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, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Blanco, TX, 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 an assisted living community. 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 to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be 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 in Blanco, TX 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.
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:
Aid and Attendance 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.
During your Care Plan consultation with Always Best Care, your Care Coordinator will speak with you about in-home care costs and what options there may be to help meet your budget needs.
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 Blanco,TX 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.
The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced 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:
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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.
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.
My love affair with Blanco began 15 years ago, when my husband took me to swim at Blanco State Park for my birthday. Never mind that I witnessed something slither out of the brush just as I was about to take a flying leap into the green-blue water. I just moved down the river bank a bit and tried again—and wound up swimming a mile, then floating on my back while dragonflies landed on my nose. Amongst the many ...
My love affair with Blanco began 15 years ago, when my husband took me to swim at Blanco State Park for my birthday. Never mind that I witnessed something slither out of the brush just as I was about to take a flying leap into the green-blue water. I just moved down the river bank a bit and tried again—and wound up swimming a mile, then floating on my back while dragonflies landed on my nose. Amongst the many Texas state parks, Blanco State Park now ranks as one of my favorite places for what I call “wild swimming:" swimming in a natural body of water. But the park isn’t all that I love about Blanco, Texas. You can visit a lavender farm, hang out in a beer garden, play German-style nine-pin bowling, or tour the old courthouse.
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The seat of Blanco County moved from Blanco to Johnson City in 1890, but you can still admire the restored Old Blanco County Courthouse, which now serves as a visitors center and museum. Streets surrounding the limestone structure on the downtown square are lined with boutiques, antique shops, and art galleries. And on the third Saturday of each month (except January and February), vendors set up booths and sell crafts for Market Days.
Still, the real focal point is the river. At 104 acres, Blanco State Park is one of the smallest state parks in Texas, but it packs a big punch. With a mile of riverfront and a series of dams built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, it lures in swimmers like me. A dammed-in pool makes a safe spot for kids, but you can also take long laps between the bridge and the spillway dam. When you’re done, sit at below the spillway and let the water splash over you when the water is up. If you prefer swimming pools to rivers, grab a day pass and jump in the cement pond or brave the splash pad at the Terraqueous RV Resort, 3 miles southeast of downtown.
In Central Texas, Blanco is synonymous with lavender farming. Robb Kendrick and Jeannie Ralston opened the first commercial lavender farm a few miles from downtown in 1999. Kendrick had photographed the mounding plants while on assignment for National Geographic in France, then decided to plant a sprig back home. That sparked a mini boom in lavender farming here in the early 2000s. A cluster of farms popped up and the city launched an annual lavender festival. Cold snaps and droughts in recent years have taken their toll, and just one farm remains: Hill Country Lavender Farm. The festival still takes place each June, with lectures, a market, music, and tours of the farm, which grows 11 types of lavender, each with a slightly different look, color, and fragrance.
Weeknights, locals gather at the Blanco Bowling Club & Café, one of 18 German-style, nine-pin bowling alleys still operating in Central Texas, for league play. The six-lane alley opened in 1948. Pins are set in a diamond formation, and junior high and high school students manually set the pins. Unlike traditional 10-pin bowling, this is a team sport.
“I grew up in Blanco, so it was part of the social fabric,” says Zane Smith, president of the club. “Parents did it; grandparents did it too.” The public can bowl at the club on weekends by special arrangement, and the adjoining café is open during league play. Just don’t expect regular bowling skills to transfer. “You might be great at 10 pin, and you get to nine pin and you’re like, ‘What the heck am I doing wrong?’" says Evann Ramsey, the club’s vice president.
At the nearby Buggy Barn Museum, check out the collection of historic buggies, carriages and wagons that date to the 1800s, some of which have been used in movies. The Pine Moore Old West Studio out back is available for filming projects or special events.
If you can't decide between an old-fashioned cake donut or a fluffy yeast-raised one at Main St. Donuts & Kolaches, get both. The verdict? If donuts were clouds, this one iss a puffy cumulus—summery, light as air, and yeasty, with a hint of vanilla and a perfect crust of glaze. For a hearty breakfast or home-cooked lunch, head to the Chess Club Cafe, where hungry buckaroos order the Cowboy Breakfast, complete with chicken fried steak, eggs, home fries and toast.
At the Redbud Café, you can check rainfall records dating since 1900, which are posted on the wall, as you down a burger or salad. And barbecue lovers can get sandwiches named for famous Texans like Willie Nelson or Farrah Fawcett at the Old 300 BBQ.
OroBianco Italian Creamery makes gelato using milk from a herd of grass-fed water buffalo living on a ranch in Floresville. The gelato they produce is rich and custardy, because water buffalo milk has more butterfat than cows’ milk. The citrus crema, with hints of lemon, orange, and peach (from nearby Fredericksburg), tastes like summer in a scoop.
Not only does Real Ale Brewing Co. brew dozens of types of beer, it hosts a bike ride through the surrounding countryside every October, which is how I discovered it a decade ago. The brewery started in the basement of an antique store. Today you can drop by for a free tour on Friday or try any of the 16 beers on tap in the taproom Thursday through Sunday. An outdoor beer garden is open Saturdays. Two beermakers who met while working at Real Ale later started their own distillery called Andalusia Whiskey Co. and Milam and Greene operates a whiskey tasting room just north of downtown. Esperanza Winery has a tasting room in Blanco, too.
At one point, the city only had around 24 hours of water left.BLANCO, Texas — The City of Blanco is under Stage 5 water conditions as it deals with issues with its water supply system from Canyon Lake.Residents were previously under Stage 6 restrictions and asked to stop all unnecessary water usage, including all outdoor usage except for giving drinking water to livestock. All industrial usage had been stopped.On Monday afternoon,...
At one point, the city only had around 24 hours of water left.
BLANCO, Texas — The City of Blanco is under Stage 5 water conditions as it deals with issues with its water supply system from Canyon Lake.
Residents were previously under Stage 6 restrictions and asked to stop all unnecessary water usage, including all outdoor usage except for giving drinking water to livestock. All industrial usage had been stopped.
On Monday afternoon, the City moved to Stage 5, with water consumption limited to indoor use only. Residential, commercial, wholesale and industrial customers are asked not to engage in landscape irrigation until further notice. Bulk water haulers are prohibited from pulling water from hydrants until further notice.
In an update on Friday, Mayor Mike Arnold said the company that delivers its water supply, Texas Water Company, had been struggling to meet demand for the area. On Friday, a small pipe break in its system caused the delivery of water to the City of Blanco to stop altogether.
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Without water, Arnold said the city’s holding tank supply began to rapidly decline. In preparation for the worst-case scenario, officials brought in several pallets of bottled water and installed a potable water holding tank. They also lined up a tanker for non-potable water for those who need to feed livestock.
At one point, the city only had around 24 hours of water left.
By Saturday morning, Arnold said the city’s tanks were full and flow was coming in from its supplier. Water levels “held steady” through the weekend, but as of Monday morning, the City remained at Stage 6 as it worked with industrial users to gradually come back online.
“Folks, this drought has hit everyone hard. The river and lake levels are very low. Our recent rains barely made an impact. While it is a hardship, please stop ALL outdoor water use. We are all in this together, and if we do this, we should be able to make it through this temporary situation without having to resort to more drastic measures,” the City of Blanco said on Monday evening.
A small Texas city west of Austin remains under tight water restrictions amid a significant drought. After days of being at the highest emergency level for water conservation, officials said Monday that those restrictions have only slightly been loosened, limiting water consumption to "indoor use only" until further notice.The city of Blanco's most recent water conservation problem has been ongoing since at least mid-June, when the mayor issued an update saying that the "city's water supply is ...
A small Texas city west of Austin remains under tight water restrictions amid a significant drought. After days of being at the highest emergency level for water conservation, officials said Monday that those restrictions have only slightly been loosened, limiting water consumption to "indoor use only" until further notice.
The city of Blanco's most recent water conservation problem has been ongoing since at least mid-June, when the mayor issued an update saying that the "city's water supply is vulnerable." Blanco's water plant was not working at the time, officials said, but even if it were, a local river was "too low for us to take water out of it."
The city's water provider, the Texas Water Company, draws drinking water from the Canyon Lake Reservoir, according to the company.
Canyon Lake has been seeing declining water levels for months. As of Tuesday, it's just under 73% full, according to a map from the Texas Water Development Board, with its reservoir storage having dropped more than 23,300 acre-feet over the past six months.
"Canyon Lake is dropping, and the long pipeline is fragile," the mayor's office said last month. "We MUST find a better, sustainable source of water."
That situation came to a head on Friday, when officials said that the water company experienced a pipe break. The company had already been "barely" able to keep up with the area's demand, officials said, and the break "was enough for their delivery of water to the City of Blanco to stop altogether."
"Without water pumped in, the supply in our holding tank began to rapidly decline. Were this not quickly resolved, we would be on track for our City water system to run completely dry by midday tomorrow," Blanco Mayor Mike Arnold said.
The event spurred officials to implement "Stage 6" water restrictions — the highest emergency level — and prompted all industrial and recreational water use to end for the time being as the water company worked to repair the pipe.
By Saturday morning, all of the city tanks were full and the supplier once again started to provide some water, but out of an abundance of caution, the city maintained the restrictions.
The city held onto its highest-level restriction until Monday, when officials said that they have moved from Stage 6 to Stage 5 – banning resident water consumption outside of indoor use, as well as landscape irrigation "until further notice."
"Folks, this drought has hit everyone hard. The river and lake levels are very low. Our recent rains barely made an impact," officials said. "While it is a hardship, please stop ALL outdoor water use. We are all in this together, and if we do this, we should be able to make it through this temporary situation without having to resort to more drastic measures."
Every single person in Blanco County, which the U.S. Census Bureau says has an estimated population of 12,418, is affected by drought, according to the National Integrated Drought Information System. Blanco city has an estimated population of 1,883, according to the Census Bureau.
The government monitoring service says 60% of the county is in "extreme" drought, meaning major crop and pasture losses are possible along with widespread water shortages, while the rest of the county is in "severe" drought, meaning crop and pasture losses are likely with water shortages becoming more common. Essentially all of central Texas — and most of the state — is in some kind of drought condition.
And Blanco isn't the only Texas area experiencing a water shortage.
At least eight public water systems across the state, impacting about 1,650 people, could be out of water in 180 days or less, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Four systems impacting more than 20,280 people could be out of water in 45 days or less, as well, and five systems impacting more than 47,330 people currently have their water service interrupted.
The situation is only expected to worsen as global temperatures continue to increase.
In October, the EPA released an action plan to help Texas and other states adapt to the impacts of climate change. In it, the agency said that Texas is most vulnerable to the climate change impacts of sea level rise, more frequent and intense storms, droughts and more frequent and severe wildfires.
"Texas may be more vulnerable to naturally occurring droughts due to the increased demand for limited water supplies due to rapid population growth, especially in urban areas," the EPA says in its report. "Mean annual temperature has increased by approximately 1?F since the first half of the 20th century. Under a higher emissions pathway, historically unprecedented warming is projected by the end of the 21st century, with associated increases in extreme heat events."
And this week, cities like Blanco may not see a reprieve from such extreme conditions.
The extreme heat that has been taking over the West Coast is set to expand across the Southwest and Gulf Coast throughout the week, NOAA warned on Monday.
"Record breaking heat is expected each day through mid-week in the Four Corners states, from Texas to the Lower Mississippi Valley, and South Florida," the agency said. "Daytime highs will routinely reside in the triple digits in the Desert Southwest and deep in the heart of Texas."
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In July, Blanco's city attorney sent a legal demand to Texas Water Company, accusing it of keeping water from Blanco by prioritizing delivery to other customers.BLANCO, Texas — The City of Blanco and The Texas Water Company have reached an agreement on delivery service following a legal battle.Back in late July, Blanco's city attorney sent a legal demand to the Texas Water ...
In July, Blanco's city attorney sent a legal demand to Texas Water Company, accusing it of keeping water from Blanco by prioritizing delivery to other customers.
Back in late July, Blanco's city attorney sent a legal demand to the Texas Water Company, accusing it of keeping water from Blanco by prioritizing delivery to other customers. The demand followed Blanco seeing tank levels drop to dangerous lows earlier in the month.
"Intentionally or not, the company’s initial communications about the cause of the issue were clearly misleading," the City said in its announcement about the legal demand. "During the midst of this emergency, including the day-of, the [Texas Water] Company made verbal and written demands to Mayor Mike Arnold to pay for replacement of the pipeline that serves Blanco and other nearby users. Over time the Company has made similar demands to previous Blanco mayors, even though these claims against the City have been refuted by previous attorneys for the City. In resolution of those claims, the Company also proposed yet again that the city sell its water rights and ownership stake in the jointly owned pipeline and holding tank."
The City said at the time that it believed Texas Water Company's actions were a violation of the law and a violation of a "long established memorandum of understanding" between the City and the company. The City was asking the company to keep at least 500,000 gallons, or 10 feet, of water in the Stallion Tank that supplies Blanco. It was also asking for formal mediation between itself and the company to permanently resolve the issues, with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) involved.
Now the issue has been resolved, according to the mayor. On Oct. 2, Mayor Mike Arnold sent the KVUE Defenders the following statement:
"The City of Blanco and The Texas Water Company concluded an amicable session of mediation related to ongoing water transportation and other matters on Tuesday, September 5, 2023. At the conclusion of the mediation, a short-term agreement was signed by the City and TWC. Both parties came away encouraged by the progress made, and the good faith efforts shown, towards improving communications and resolving technical issues to ensure ongoing, uninterrupted wholesale water delivery to the City, and they look forward to resolving any other pending matters in subsequent mediated negotiations."
The exact details of the agreement are unclear at this time.
AUSTIN (KXAN) — The City of Blanco said its water supplier is to blame for the city’s water shortage and emergency restrictions.The city said Blanco City Attorney Tim Tuggey sent a letter to Texas Water Company alleging the city’s water shortage is due to “the company’s decision to prioritize delivery to other customers, causing our water supply to drop dangerously low.” ...
AUSTIN (KXAN) — The City of Blanco said its water supplier is to blame for the city’s water shortage and emergency restrictions.
The city said Blanco City Attorney Tim Tuggey sent a letter to Texas Water Company alleging the city’s water shortage is due to “the company’s decision to prioritize delivery to other customers, causing our water supply to drop dangerously low.”
Texas Water Company told KXAN of the letter in part: “We understand the City of Blanco’s frustration. However, we dispute the statements in the open letter and look forward to formal mediation to find a mutually acceptable solution for The Texas Water Company and the City of Blanco.”
Texas Water Company has provided the city of Blanco with water for more than a year as its own water plant has been down for renovations. In the letter, Tuggey said the city “believes the actions of the company are a violation of the law, as well as a clear violation of a long-established memorandum of understanding between the city and the company.”
The city is asking for formal mediation between it and TWC with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality involved to “permanently resolve these issues.” It’s also demanding that TWC keep at least 500,000 gallons of water in the tank that supplies Blanco, and “never again force Blanco to a higher level of restrictions than other communities on the same system.”
At one point earlier in July, Mayor Mike Arnold said the city had 24 hours of water left when it went into stage six water restrictions. Those restrictions prohibit all outdoor watering and industrial water use. Real Ale Brewing Company and Milam and Greene Distillery were asked to cease operations while the city conserved water.
“I am grateful for our community and our leadership team rising to this challenge,” the letter said. “We have sent this company a strong, unified message, and I am confident we will not again experience another man-made emergency in our water supply.”