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Home Care In Erie, CO

Home Care Erie, CO

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 Erie Historical Society 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 Erie, CO 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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“We had just started and all of these hospitalizations happened. It would have had a really nice impact we just weren't able to use it for very long. They were great. Their service was wonderful and the communication was great. I was very happy with the kindness and care.”

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“They do a lot of the things we cannot do ourselves. Everyone we have had has been exceedingly pleasant and easy to get along with.”

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“I never had a problem with Always Best Care. My experience was positive because they were attuned to the time with everything I needed to do. If there was a paper I needed to be signed, they were helpful. I don't have any memory problems, but they were very friendly. We laughed and talked. They were just like a best friend who took me where I needed to go. I have always told people about Always Best Care and the people working there. I have referred people. Always Best Care is the best. I like how they were attentive when I called. Laura, she knew exactly what I needed. And the timing, they were perfect about the timing. Always Best Care was attuned to what I needed.”

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“They are really good with the clients. They are prompt and always on time. They are always on top of everything when we call.”

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“It was essential for her recovery. They're very responsive and work to make sure they have someone here.”

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“My caregiver helps me with numerous things, like helping me get out of my chair, and driving me places. Everybody is very kind, efficient, and thorough.”

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“They helped in the way they interacted with her. The caregivers were all very friendly and caring.”

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“They are reliable and I can count on them and she is getting excellent care. They have great caregivers and they are matched very well.”

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“The caregivers are friendly and they help around the house. They do our laundry. They do not always tell us which caregivers are coming.”

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“It's helped me get through a lot of difficult periods. I like the quality of the people they send out.”

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“They are helpful for me. Especially the younger girls are so helpful, they volunteer to do things. They're helpful and reliable.”

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“They were here for a few hours and always came. Everything was just fine. It was just pricey.”

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“When I first came here 10 months ago, Rich couldn't walk. I've never seen a client succeed this far for his age. They are so professional. I would not work with any other company besides ABC.”

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“The best employer I have ever worked for. Everyone from the management team and other caregivers are some of the nicest and compassionate people I have ever encountered. They always listen and take care of questions or concerns I may have.”

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“They have been outstanding. It has not been easy for me since me and my husband have a lot of medical appointments. When we are not able to get a car, they are willing to take us in their car, pick up prescriptions, and pick up groceries for us. They are very professional and look and see what needs to be done. They are very flexible and help wherever they can. They help us when the time is good for us.”

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“I’m giving ABC a 5/5 star review because I have been a caregiver with them for 5 months and I absolutely love my job. I enjoy caring for other people and helping those who are in need. Besides work, every time I go into the office to pick up my checks I always feel so welcomed by the staff. They even let me bring my mini aussiedoodle there too! If you’re looking for a job that has a friendly staff, flexible schedule, and rewarding, apply TODAY to Always Best Care Senior Services.”

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“I’m giving ABC a 5/5 star review because I have been a caregiver with them for 5 months and I absolutely love my job. I enjoy caring for other people and helping those who are in need. Besides work, every time I go into the office to pick up my checks I always feel so welcomed by the staff. They even let me bring my mini aussiedoodle there too! If you’re looking for a job that has a friendly staff, flexible schedule, and rewarding, apply TODAY to Always Best Care Senior Services.”

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“It leaves me able to get more help as the pandemic calms down. I can get errands done. I like that the caregivers have been with us through the pandemic and they have been stellar. They are very helpful and I feel safe leaving my husband with the caregivers.”

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“They were only there for a short time. They made a big difference. They took care of the basic daily needs. They were very good at being responsive to our questions and they provided generally good caregivers.”

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“This is a great home care company to work for! They are very sweet and do a lot for their clients and care givers! Nothing but good things to say about them! I saw the reviews and decided to go with them over other companies and it was definitely a great choice!”

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“They sent the caregiver that we wanted them to send. I like the caregivers. They were responsible.”

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“There is not much they can do. They cannot do more than what they are doing now. She never stops serving us. I am very pleased. I like the attitude, they always want to work with you. The person that is here is outstanding.”

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“Great place to work! I've never been happier with a job. The staff is always helpful and compassionate. They are always willing to work with my hectic schedule and do their best to give me the hours I want. Very organized and professional.”

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“They help to exercise him and they help with giving him medicines. They provide us some very good care, and good caregivers.”

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“I've been a care giver for 10 years. And just started a month ago with Abc in longmont. I enjoy working for this company. They are so nice and Alway one step ahead of you. If you are looking for work I recommend ABC..”

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“A wonderful group of caregivers managed by an amazing team of supervisors who really care! A perfect choice for your loved ones caregivers who really care about their passions their feelings and their happiness!”

Sunshine S.
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“They have helped us the most by providing good services to my mother. I like that they are very responsive.”

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“Absolutely love this company! Very good management and communication! ???? would choose this company for my family!”

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“Always best care is wonderful! They take care of there clients with immense amount of love and compassion. I’ve worked here for quite some time. I always feel like I can come to them with any discord’s, as they with take care of it diligently. I love the people I work with and I know they care for the clients just as much as I do.”

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“Working for always best care as a caregiver has open my eyes to how important caregiving really is me as well as all my coworkers always go to work we a positive attitude and I can tell everyone enjoys there job by far best working team I been with and there staff are amazing! :)”

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“Working for Always Best Care has been a joy. As a caregiver I have found fulfillment in what I do. Inga, our owner, and all the amazing staff in the office are truly delightful. We have a great scheduler and amazing care managers to pair the right caregiver with the right client. Always Best Care is a family of phenomenal professionals who care about the emotional and physical welfare of their clients. Communication makes this agency tick. I love it.”

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“I almost slipped off my shower chair and if Tony was not there I would have been on the floor. They are a reliable company.”

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“I’m an elder care provider and have worked for several agencies. ABC is the best. They have a professional orientation and one of their staff always accompanies you to your first visit to introduce you to the client and go over the care plan. Natalie, the lady who does the hiring, is professional and friendly. She makes sure those she hires are qualified. All care givers are occasionally shown educational videos and given periodic quizzes.”

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“I have never worked for a company who not only cares about their clients but also care about their employees! Always best care definitely cares for their people ❤️”

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“Very professional and caring, with both client's and employees.”

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“Always Best Care is the best! I loved working here. Everyone cares about you and they are very compassionate. As a student, they were able to work with my schedule from part time to full time. They are reliable and great listeners. Natalie was the best! Anyone looking for a job as a caregiver I would highly recommend it here :)”

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“I have worked as a caregiver for over 3 years now, this being the third agency I have worked for. This is by far the best agency I’ve worked for or been around, I would highly recommend them to anyone. As a caregiver, I feel completely supported by all of the office staff and case managers. Communication is a key when it comes to home care, and this office makes that one of their priorities. I’ve never had any issues working for this company. I would recommend them for your family members, or as a caregiver looking for a new job. As a college student they are very flexible with time and accepting of what my needs are.”

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“Always Best Care was there with caring, knowledgeable staff, ready to meet me and discuss all of the care options available, including in-home care, local facilities, etc. They know their stuff and are kind and patient with great follow-through!”

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What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Erie, CO?

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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 Erie, CO

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 Longs Peak Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

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

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

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

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

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Benefits of Home Care in Erie, CO

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 Erie, CO, 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 CO'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 Erie, CO 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:

  • LECOM at Elmwood Gardens
  • Sarah Reed Senior Living
  • IntegraCare - The Residence at Presque Isle Bay
  • Parkside Regency at South Shore
  • Parkside at Glenwood
  • Community-Caring Residential
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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 Erie, CO 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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Track Covid-19 in Erie County, N.Y.

Daily Covid-19 admissions in the Erie County areaAbout the dataData is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hospitalization data is a daily average of Covid-19 patients in hospital service areas that intersect with Erie County, an area which may be larger than Erie County itself.The number of daily hospital admissions shows how many patients tested positive for Covid in hospitals and is one of the most reliably reported indicators of Covid’s impact on a community....

Daily Covid-19 admissions in the Erie County area

About the data

Data is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hospitalization data is a daily average of Covid-19 patients in hospital service areas that intersect with Erie County, an area which may be larger than Erie County itself.

The number of daily hospital admissions shows how many patients tested positive for Covid in hospitals and is one of the most reliably reported indicators of Covid’s impact on a community.

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An updated vaccine is recommended for adults and most children. Statewide, 3% of vaccinations did not specify a home county.

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Share of I.C.U. beds occupied

About this data Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Notes: The hospitals map shows the average I.C.U. occupancy at nearby hospitals in the most recent week with data reported. The data is self-reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services by individual hospitals. It excludes counts from hospitals operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indian Health Service. Numbers for hospitalized patients are based on inpatient beds and include I.C.U. beds. Hospitalized Covid-19 patients include both confirmed and suspected Covid-19 patients. The C.D.C. stopped reporting data on cases in May 2023.

How trends have changed in Erie County

About this data Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Notes: Weekly county death data prior to Jan. 2021 was not reported by the C.D.C. and is sourced from reporting by The New York Times. Hospitalization data is a weekly average of Covid-19 patients in hospital service areas that intersect with Erie County. Hospitalization numbers early in the pandemic are undercounts due to incomplete reporting by hospitals to the federal government.

Historical trends in Erie County

The data in these charts has been archived and they are no longer being updated.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The data in these charts has been archived and they are no longer being updated. Weekly county case data prior to Jan. 2021 was not reported by the C.D.C. and is sourced from reporting by The New York Times. The C.D.C. stopped reporting data on cases in May 2023. Test positivity data is based only on test results reported to the federal government and is a seven-day average.

Erie homeowners discuss multiple problems with developer at town hall

Century Communities representatives and more than 60 Erie residents met Thursday evening to discuss consistent problems with homes built in Erie Commons, Morgan Hills and Colliers Hill.Multiple residents brought up a variety of issues they had with their homes, ranging from problems with foundations and air conditioning units to gas leaks and water leaks, to warranties not being honored. Residents felt their problems were not being heard by Century, the neighborhoods’ builder. Homes were built within the past few years.Bo...

Century Communities representatives and more than 60 Erie residents met Thursday evening to discuss consistent problems with homes built in Erie Commons, Morgan Hills and Colliers Hill.

Multiple residents brought up a variety of issues they had with their homes, ranging from problems with foundations and air conditioning units to gas leaks and water leaks, to warranties not being honored. Residents felt their problems were not being heard by Century, the neighborhoods’ builder. Homes were built within the past few years.

Both Century and town representatives brought up that Erie has soil problems. However, multiple residents interjected, saying that if it was a soil problem in Erie, then the problem would be throughout the town. Residents said concrete problems, such as significant cracks or gaping, were only happening in Century-built homes, and concrete issues are not seen throughout all of town or on town-managed sidewalks.

Carl Nelson, division president for Century, said Century would honor all past warranty claim tickets. He said the company is currently examining warranty claims from September 2022 but that the company would look even further back. Nelson said residents should all reopen past warranty claims, which the company would examine and address the issues.

Multiple residents interjected and stated their warranty ticket claims had been closed with no inspection, they submitted a claim but their warranty period expired before the issue was addressed or their claim had simply never been addressed in the first place.

“I don’t have weeks of time to chase these warranty tickets,” one attendee said.

The issue of accountability and responsibility was also brought up by multiple residents. One resident said it is laborious to continuously make sure their warranty claims were being heard and addressed. One resident said the homeowners still have their lives to attend to and that it is impossible for them to put their lives on hold to fix a problem in their homes that should have been addressed by the builder and covered under a warranty.

“Everyone here puts their trust in us to build their homes, and we have let you down,” Nelson said.

Nelson said “no amount of ‘I’m sorry’ will fix the issues.” Nelson asked all attendees and residents to contact him or Century to address the issues and talk about the specific problems they were facing.

Trustee Dan Hoback explained that his neighborhood had similar issues with a different developer and that the neighborhood pursued legal action against that developer. But he said the measure was an extreme one, and he asked that residents first give Century a chance to fix the problems before jumping to legal action.

Trustee Emily Baer acknowledged the complaints from the Century Communities homeowners are not normal and that the town does not usually have to deal with these issues. Trustee Andrew Bell said homeowners have trust issues with Century and that Century has to show that it is committed to addressing the issue and developing a process to deal with the many problems homeowners are facing.

Residents also said there was a customer service issue at Century, that they were bullied by Century representatives into not wanting to follow their warranty issues to completion.

Mayor Justin Brooks, along with other trustees, said they regret the town was unaware about the issues with Century homes. Brooks said the board will follow Century’s plan of action to address the issues and find a way to contact all Century homeowners, even those who had not attended the meeting. Brooks and Town Administrator Malcom Fleming both said they would consider opening an investigation against Century homes if the problem persists but stated they first wanted to give Century a chance to fix the issues.

Planning and Development Director Sarah Nurmela said town staff will work toward keeping Century accountable and communicating the plan with homeowners.

Erie celebrates growth with Town Hall expansion project groundbreaking

Erie Town Hall will undergo an expansion aimed at keeping up with the needs and demands of the growing population.Constructoin on the new building will begin this month and is anticipated to be completed by December of 2024. Then renovations to the current building will begin to make the building more accessible and connect to the new building. Full expansion and renovation construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2025.Town staff along with expansion project partners Wold Architects and Engineers and Fransen Pittm...

Erie Town Hall will undergo an expansion aimed at keeping up with the needs and demands of the growing population.

Constructoin on the new building will begin this month and is anticipated to be completed by December of 2024. Then renovations to the current building will begin to make the building more accessible and connect to the new building. Full expansion and renovation construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2025.

Town staff along with expansion project partners Wold Architects and Engineers and Fransen Pittman Construction put on their hard hats and picked up their shovels during the Town Hall expansion groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday.

“Town Hall is a lot more than just office space,” Town Administrator Malcom Fleming said.

He noted the building is an anchor for Old Town Erie. The building, 645 Holbrook St., served as the Lincoln School from 1906 to 1966 before being gifted to the town in the ’90s to be used for public use. Fleming also said Town Hall serves as a bridge to connect residents to their local government.

Fleming said historic preservation was an important aspect to the project as Town Hall is also on the National Historic Registry. The exterior facade will remain and the new expansion will be respectful of the building’s historical nature while being able to keep up with contemporary needs. A glass breezeway will connect the old and new buildings.

Aimee LaLone, associate with Wold Architects and Engineers, noted the design is important to respect the building’s historic recognition. She said that while it is hard to plan for the future, she is confident the building will serve the town and town staff well.

“I’m really confident that the work that our team has done, the improvements through this project will provide the right environment to really create an even better place to work and live for the (residents),” LaLone said.

Deputy Town Administrator Melissa Wiley said that when Erie first moved into the Town Hall building there were only 1,600 residents in Erie compared to today’s 35,000. The town is projected to grow to 60,000 residents. She said each of those population sizes requires a different level of staffing to keep the town running smoothly.

“We’re growing with the population and we are staffing with the population,” Wiley said.

She joked that for many years, staff has been playing “Tetris” in the town hall building, meaning they have been placing many employees and departments into small spaces to cover town services and the crowded space does not provide good work morale.

The north parking lot to Town Hall will be closed during construction. Residents can access the Board Room for Board of Trustee meetings through the northwest door. More information about parking and construction impacts will be available on erieco.gov.

Rescheduled Erie Hot Air Balloon Festival to take place this weekend

Hot air balloons in the sky is a common sight for Erie, and the view of hot air balloons will be abundant Friday and through the weekend.The 27th annual Erie Hot Air Balloon Festival is scheduled for 6-9 a.m. Friday through Sunday. The balloons will be launched in the northeast corner of County Road 5 and Colliers Parkway, west of Soaring Heights PK-8, 3280 County Road 5. Free parking is available at Soaring Heights. There will also be a variety of food trucks to provide attendees with coffee and breakfast as they watch the hot air ba...

Hot air balloons in the sky is a common sight for Erie, and the view of hot air balloons will be abundant Friday and through the weekend.

The 27th annual Erie Hot Air Balloon Festival is scheduled for 6-9 a.m. Friday through Sunday. The balloons will be launched in the northeast corner of County Road 5 and Colliers Parkway, west of Soaring Heights PK-8, 3280 County Road 5. Free parking is available at Soaring Heights. There will also be a variety of food trucks to provide attendees with coffee and breakfast as they watch the hot air balloon launch.

The view of hot air balloons in the sky will not be exclusive to early birds. Erie Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Pat Vero said there will also be a balloon glow event from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday in the northeast corner of Erie Parkway and County Line Road. Parking is available at the Erie Community Center, 450 Powers St.

“For people who miss the morning launch, they can come and enjoy a spectacular night of glowing,” Vero said.

The evening launch will have seven to eight hot air balloons tethered with burners on. There will also be dessert food trucks for attendees to enjoy.

The first Erie Town Fair and Hot Air Balloon Festival was held in May 1996 by Burton Moquist with 12 balloons, but is now a regular part of summer days according to Vero. She said that since the first launch, the festival has attracted thousands of attendees, with an average of 3,000 spectators each day.

Event organizer Colleen Johnson said that Fair Winds Balloons Flights has been partnering with the Chamber for this event for more than 10 years. There will be 25 hot air balloons for the festival. Vero said the three-day event is sponsored by Premier Members Credit Union.

Vero noted that Colorado weather is unpredictable and changes quickly, and delays and cancellations can happen last minute. Full updates on the launch of the hot air balloons will be available at eriechamber.org. She noted that since the beginning of the hot air balloon festival, the event has been canceled seven times. Johnson said that there are a variety of weather conditions that could cancel the launch, such as heavy rain the evening before the launch that causes the launch ground to become too wet, rain during the launch window, fog and any winds over 8 mph.

“It’s really fun to watch, and it’s totally magical,” Vero said.

Varo noted that the Hot Air Balloon Festival has become an Erie tradition and is part of Erie summers. The launch has traditionally been a part of the Erie Town Fair. However, the event was rescheduled to July due to the high amounts of rain in June. Vero said that the Chamber is planning to hold the Hot Air Balloon Festival in July, as a separate event from the Erie Town Fair to create a new town tradition and for better weather.

No dogs, smoking or drones will be allowed in the launch area for the safety of the hot air balloon pilots. Volunteers for the launch are welcome to join from 5:30-9 a.m. to help pilots. More information about volunteering is available eriechamber.org/volunteer-opportunities or by calling 303-828-3440.

The event does not sell tickets to ride the hot air balloons. People interested in riding should contact Fair Winds Hot Air Balloons at hotairballoonridescolorado.com or calling 303-939-9323.

Erie Co. Executive encourages employers to allow employees to work virtually Wednesday due to storm

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BUFALO, NY — In a press conference on Tuesday, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz encouraged employers to allow their employees to work from home due to significant lake effect snow that is expected to impact portions of WNY.

The next storm system could bring the area between 2 to 3 feet of snow in the most persistent bands.

"We are strongly recommending employers use remote work if possible; we really want to keep the number of vehicles off of the roads in the next day or two so that we can clear the roads," said Poloncarz.

Poloncarz also said crews have been working two 12-hour shifts to make the roads driveable.

He also said that organizations and community groups with scheduled activities or events over the coming days should strongly consider canceling or rescheduling.

This all comes as the clean-up from last weekend's storm is still underway. The state of emergency that was declared for that storm is still in effect as well as a travel advisory.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in place until 1 a.m. Wednesday for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties for 4 to 8 inches of snow.

A Lake Effect Snow Warning is in place from 1 p.m. Tuesday through 7 p.m. Thursday for Erie, Genesee, and Wyoming Counties.

You can find the latest weather information here.

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