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How does In-home Senior Care in Llano, TX work?

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.

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 ages, 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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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.

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:

Comfort
Comfort

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 Llano, 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.

Healthy Living
Healthy Living

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.

Independence
Independence

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.

Cost and Convenience
Cost and Convenience

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 Llano, 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.

Empowers Seniors

Affordable Care Plans

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:

Veteran's Benefits
Veteran's Benefits

Aid and Attendance benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance

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.

Private Insurance
Private Insurance

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.

Life Insurance
Life Insurance

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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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.

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 Llano,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.

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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 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:

An assessment of your senior loved one

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An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home

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Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs

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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.

Latest News in Llano, TX

Llano County's Moore Peak fire 100% contained, resident shares harrowing escape

Llano County resident captures video from inside his home of his shed on fire (Courtesy of John)LLANO COUNTY, Texas (KEYE) -- The fire that broke out on Thursday in Llano County is fully contained as of Sunday evening.The Texas A&M Forest Service says the Moore Peak blaze burned 707 acres and is 100% contained.The...

Llano County resident captures video from inside his home of his shed on fire (Courtesy of John)

LLANO COUNTY, Texas (KEYE) -- The fire that broke out on Thursday in Llano County is fully contained as of Sunday evening.

The Texas A&M Forest Service says the Moore Peak blaze burned 707 acres and is 100% contained.

The Texas A&M Forest Service said no one was evacuated from the area, but we spoke to one resident who came dangerously close to the flames.

John, a Llano County resident who does not want us to use his last name, said he was sleeping when he heard crackling and popping outside of his window as his shed became engulfed in flames.

He shared a video with CBS Austin moments before he was rescued from the fire, showing the shed being completely destroyed by the flames.

Aside from John’s shed, public information officer or the Texas A&M Forest Service Walter Flocke tells us no homes have been damaged or destroyed by the fire.

“Fourteen homes we have confirmed saved that were directly threatened earlier in the fire,” Flocke said.

Local fire departments were able to get us within pretty close, safe range to the fire, and all we could see was black from the brush that had burned and been put out.

While we went on the ride along toward the fire, we came across some hotspots, but the fire department told us they aren’t concerning and would be put out by hand later.

“The fire, as it sits right now, you know, we’re not seeing any active spread at [90]% containment but, of course, you know, anything can still happen,” said Flocke.

Early Saturday afternoon, Flocke said nothing had changed at all since Friday, and crews were still working.

Officials said overnight, the fire held steady but as soon as the sun hit, dried out grass became a concern.

“This weather pattern, you know, makes fires more resistant to control, we say, so that means that operationally we often have to stay at fires a lot longer because we don’t want to risk leaving that fire, putting it out and then something happening,” Flocke said.

When CBS Austin was onsite, a helicopter flew by to aid in the fire.

The Texas A&M Forest Service says state resources have been released and the fire has transitioned back to the local unit.

Legal costs in Texas book ban fight continue to rise

The cost of protecting a book ban ...

The cost of protecting a book ban continues to tick up in rural Llano County, northwest of Austin, per records obtained by Axios.

Catch up quick: A group of residents in Llano County sued county officials in April 2022 over what the residents described in legal briefs as a violation of First Amendment rights after the officials removed books from libraries.

Between the lines: Many of the books targeted were written by Latino or Black authors or have LGBTQ+ themes.

Flashback: The purging of books was sparked by conservative activists in November 2021 warning county commissioners of "pornographic filth" in the libraries, per emails obtained by Axios.

State of play: County officials aiming to overturn an Austin judge's order in March that Llano County officials return to public library shelves the books that they had removed defended the ban in a hearing before a 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel this month.

By the numbers: The county has now paid attorney Jonathan Mitchell $184,240.

Details: Mitchell's rate is $450 per hour, and the total fees paid to his firm include airline, hotel, meal and taxi expenses, per the documents obtained by Axios through a public information request.

Between the lines: A year ago, county commissioners budgeted $150,000 in legal fees for the library fight.

What we're watching: If the Llano County case makes its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Former oil executive withdraws application to build private dam on South Llano River

Sign up for The Brief, The Texas Tribune’s daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.After months of opposition by communities along the Llano River, the former CEO of Houston-based energy company Phillips 66 has withdrawn his permit application to build a private dam on his ranch in Edwa...

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After months of opposition by communities along the Llano River, the former CEO of Houston-based energy company Phillips 66 has withdrawn his permit application to build a private dam on his ranch in Edwards County, according to state environmental regulators.

Greg Garland's Waterstone Creek LLC had sought state permission to dam the South Llano River in an application filed five years ago. The permit, if approved, would have allowed the LLC to create a pond roughly equal to six olympic-sized swimming pools.

The dam would have been the first private dam built in the Llano River watershed since 1976 — and the first built for recreational purposes like swimming, boating and fishing. At a public meeting about the application that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality held in August, Garland said the pool’s purpose was to promote more wildlife and fish on his property.

The agency received a letter from Peter T. Gregg, a representative for Waterstone Creek LLC, with a formal request to withdraw Garland’s application on Oct. 18, a day after The Texas Tribune published a story on the dam controversy.

Gregg and Garland did not respond to requests for comment.

“The dam is dead, the dam is dead,” said Linda Fawcett, president of the Llano River Watershed Alliance and a resident of Junction who lives about 60 miles southwest of Gregg’s property.

Fawcett and others along the river had expressed concerns about the proposed construction of a private dam along the South Llano River. They said it would start a domino effect of property owners building more private dams, which could alter the river's natural flow and send less water into the Highland Lakes.

Up and down the Llano River, local officials also had spoke out against the possible privatization of a section of a public river.

Kimble, Mason and Llano counties, which all rely on the river as their water source, passed resolutions in 2022 urging the TCEQ to deny the dam permit, citing the ongoing drought. A private dam “will seize the flow during sustained dry periods” and “have an adverse effect on the downstream flow of the river,” the resolutions said.

Fawcett said the collective effort of local politicians, activists and residents helped prevent the dam from happening.

“We love nature, we love the river and we want it in its natural state. I thank Mr. Garland for giving us a reason to unite,” Fawcett said.

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Llano County library will stay open, commissioners decide

LLANO COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Llano County will keep its library after Llano County commissioners voted to remove an item about its future from its agenda.In a special meeting Thursday, the Llano County Commissioners Court planned to discuss whether to “continue or cease operations of the current physical Llano County Library System,” according to the agenda.Some spoke in favor of keeping the libraries, while others talked about why the libraries should close.“The library will remain open. We will ...

LLANO COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Llano County will keep its library after Llano County commissioners voted to remove an item about its future from its agenda.

In a special meeting Thursday, the Llano County Commissioners Court planned to discuss whether to “continue or cease operations of the current physical Llano County Library System,” according to the agenda.

Some spoke in favor of keeping the libraries, while others talked about why the libraries should close.

“The library will remain open. We will try this in the courts, not through social media or through news media,” Llano County Judge Ron Cunningham said.

The decision came after hearing more than half an hour of public comment, in which those who wanted to keep and close the facility testified.

” I believe the large majority of Llano County wants to keep this library,” said Jeff Scoggins who spoke at the meeting.

”These materials cannot be in that library it has destroyed my family,” said a woman who was testifying for the libraries to close.

In a civil court case against Llano County, a federal court partially granted a preliminary injunction, ordering the return of books previously removed from the county’s library system in March.

According to court documents, the county must also update the library system’s searchable catalog to reflect that the books were available for checkout and keep them from removing any more books.

Suzette Baker, a former librarian for the Kingsland branch library, which is in the Llano County Library System, said she was fired after not removing certain books. She tells KXAN the library should be a place people can go and read whatever they like.

WARNING: The video below is from a live, public meeting. Profanity and/or sensitive subjects may be discussed. Listen at your own risk.

On Oct. 28, 2022, a lawsuit was brought by Llano County residents against their county government and library system in connection with “removed” books at the public libraries.

According to a past KXAN report, attorneys for the plaintiffs said the books were targeted for removal due to their content, while the defense argued that the books were removed due to other reasons.

”Personally I don’t really want the library system to be closed, but if that is the only way that we can keep smut and stuff out of our children’s hands then close the library,” said Ervin Light who was in attendance at Thursday’s meeting.

Light said he is concerned over books he said are inappropriate for kids, which are easily accessible at the libraries.

”When you have sexually explicit material where a 5 year old can get a hold of it that is wrong,” Light said.

The removals began in December 2021 after the Llano County Commissioners’ Court dissolved the library board and created a new advisory board.

The Office of the Llano County Judge released an official statement about the special meeting below:

Llano County ComCourt 4-13-23 Press ReleaseDownload

Austin joins fight against proposed private dam on South Llano River

Austin is joining the fight against a proposed private dam on the South Llano River that experts say could have an impact on the city’s water supply.City Council voted last week to approve a resolution directing the city manager...

Austin is joining the fight against a proposed private dam on the South Llano River that experts say could have an impact on the city’s water supply.

City Council voted last week to approve a resolution directing the city manager to seek a contested case hearing regarding an application by Waterstone Creek LLC to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to construct a dam on the South Llano River and to engage with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in opposing any permits for the project.

The city manager is also directed to explore additional options to work with the Lower Colorado River Authority in opposition to the dam and reservoir permit. The resolution, which was sponsored by Council Member Leslie Pool, directs the manager to complete these actions within 60 days and report the progress by memo to Council.

A group calling itself the Llano River Watershed Alliance is opposed to the application and started a petition that calls it a “dangerous precedent set for more private dams on the Llano Rivers anywhere in the watershed” that could potentially threaten “the entire in-stream ecosystem.”

The Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance is a nonprofit representing 58 member groups including the Alamo, Austin and Lone Star chapters of the Sierra Club; the Save Our Springs Alliance; and Environment Texas. The group sent a letter in support of the resolution to Council on Sept. 12.

“GEAA’s members have serious concerns regarding the permit application and the degradation and flow to the South Llano River that will likely occur with granting approval of this water use permit,” the letter reads. “The Upper Llano River, which includes the North and South Llano Rivers, supports several unique plant and animal communities and provides constant flows downstream to waterbodies such as Lake Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) and other Highland Lakes, which are especially critical during times of drought.”

The letter continues: “While the applicant is requesting to impound 12.02 [acre-feet] of water on the South Llano River, even small dam projects (similar to the ones found in this permit application) can have large impacts on water quality. Good water quality is essential for preserving macroinvertebrate habitat, sustaining environmental flows, and promoting properly functioning riparian areas.”

The Austin area recently went through a historic drought from 2008 to 2016, during which the region experienced the lowest annual inflows since the lakes were constructed in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Last year’s Lower Colorado River Basin inflows were the lowest on record, and, as the resolution notes, to date this year have not increased.

“The proliferation of these types of impoundments construe an existential threat to the water supply of Austin, Bastrop, and many downstream communities, and, to the ecosystems supported by flows in the Texas Colorado River,” the resolution reads.

The resolution passed on the consent agenda.

Photo by Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

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