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Home Care In Layfayette, CO

Home Care Layfayette, 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 Lafayette History Museum gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Layfayette, 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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“They help me to take a day off. They seem to be very caring.”

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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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“I've been here going on three years their so flexible I really enjoy working here”

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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!”

Nicole M.
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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..”

Michelle W.
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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 Layfayette, 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 Layfayette, 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 Girard Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

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

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local Ruffino's On The River or visit Lionsgate Event Center, 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 Layfayette, 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 Layfayette, 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 Layfayette, 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:

  • Courtyard Retirement & Assisted Living Community
  • The Blake at Lafayette
  • Best Assisted Living Lafayette - Luxury Senior Living Lafayette LA & Senior Care Louisiana
  • The Vincent Senior Living
  • Assisted Living Advisors of Acadiana
  • Brookdale Lafayette
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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 Layfayette, 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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Wholesale bakery, flour mill coming to Lafayette's La Place neighborhood

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Owner Morgan Angelle views restaurant equipment to be installed in the space that will house Straw Cove Baking Co., a wholesale bakery and flour mill, on Thursday, July 20, 2023, in Lafayette.

Owner Morgan Angelle walks through the space that will house Straw Cove Baking Co., a wholesale bakery and flour mill, on Thursday, July 20, 2023, in Lafayette.

Owner Morgan Angelle walks through the space that will house Straw Cove Baking Co., a wholesale bakery and flour mill, on Thursday, July 20, 2023, in Lafayette.

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Straw Cove Baking Company will offer bread to local stores and restaurants.

Straw Cove Baking Company will offer buns and other breads to local stores and restaurants.

Straw Cove Baking Company will offer bread and other baked goods to local stores and restaurants.

A wholesale flour mill and bakery will soon be adding to the fragrant scent of downtown Lafayette, which is regularly infused with the smell of loaves from Evangeline Maid and Langlinais Bakery.

Straw Cove Baking Company is expected to open in September at 111 Monroe St. in the La Place neighborhood.

"We really wanted to be a part of the growth and rejuvenation of this area," said Dené Carroll, who is handling the business and marketing side of the operation. "We live near the bakery. It was all very intentional."

Morgan Angelle, who is the expert baker, said the neighborhood fosters her creativity. It's also a place where she and Carroll, her business and life partner, feel welcome.

"We are very in favor of making what is old new again," Angelle said. "We kind of fell in love with this space, and we both are super excited to be part of what is new in these old spaces again. We want to be part of downtown."

It will be housed in a 3,400-square-foot warehouse is owned by downtown property owner Chris Granger, who earlier this year bought the old Jefferson Street Pub building. Granger, who is also a minority owner in the business, bought the building last year.

The bakery is named for a hamlet called L'anse aux Pailles where Carroll's grandparents lived. The French name of the community, which is located a few miles south of Ville Platte, translates to Straw Cove.

"It's a very special place," said Carroll, who grew up on Lafayette's north side. "I spent a lot of time there growing up, and then when we started dating, I was lucky enough to be able to be able to bring Morgan out a couple of times while they were still there. She kind of fell in love with it, too."

Angelle, a Breaux Bridge native who studied culinary arts, helped to open Buck & Johnny's in Breaux Bridge before moving to New Orleans, where she delved deeper into the art of bread baking at Pizza Domenica and Bellegarde Bakery. Angelle and Carroll always planned to return to Acadiana.

"There was a lot more opportunity in New Orleans," Angelle said. "But the goal was always to come back here."

Bellegarde is a wholesale bakery space in New Orleans similar to what Angelle is bringing to Lafayette.

"I traveled a lot and learned about the small industry within the big industry," Angelle said of her time at Bellegarde. "Bakers like me are trying to get away from unknown ingredients."

All Straw Cove bread will begin with a sourdough base. In addition to rustic sourdough loaves, the opening menu will include bagels, baguettes, brioche, ciabatta and traditional sliced bread.

While the majority of Angelle and Caroll's business will focus on milling flour and baking for local retailers like grocery stores and restaurants, Straw Cove will also offer classes for those interested in learning the art of bread baking and pasta making.

"People want to spend three or four hours with someone at a bakery in a professional setting learning how to make sourdough on a Saturday," Angelle said. "Yes, it's fun and all, but there's a time to be serious about it."

Straw Cove will have the only stone mill in the state, according to Angelle and Carroll.

Louisiana isn't exactly known for fields of wheat, so they're sourcing raw ingredients from farms in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

To start, they're aiming to mill four to six varieties of grain, or about 30% of the grains they will use in their baked goods. They're also planning to sell their milled flour to local bakeries.

"Over time, we would like to do more and more," Angelle said. "And we would like to grow and add a second mill. We're at a bit of a disadvantage because we're in south Louisiana, so we have to bring all of it in. But we deserve to have it too, and it's accessible to us now."

Construction of Colorado’s Largest Net-Zero-Ready Affordable Housing Development Underway

The Boulder County Housing Authority (BCHA) has taken another major step toward beginning construction on what will be one of the largest mixed-use and environmentally sustainable net-zero affordable housing neighborhoods ever built in Boulder County. On Tuesday, April 18, Lafayette City Council unanimously approved BCHA’s site plan for the first phase of building Willoughby Corner, which will ultimately bring 400 ne...

The Boulder County Housing Authority (BCHA) has taken another major step toward beginning construction on what will be one of the largest mixed-use and environmentally sustainable net-zero affordable housing neighborhoods ever built in Boulder County. On Tuesday, April 18, Lafayette City Council unanimously approved BCHA’s site plan for the first phase of building Willoughby Corner, which will ultimately bring 400 new rentals and for sale affordable homes to Lafayette when fully complete.

Pinkard Construction, an affordable housing general contractor celebrating 60 years in Colorado, was awarded the project in 2022 and is working closely with BCHA, Norris Design, and HB&A Architects.

“Pinkard is excited to be a part of BCHA’s mission to provide housing relief to the families, individuals, single parents, older adults, and people living with disabilities in the area,” said Tony Burke, president of Pinkard Construction. “Our preconstruction team has been working hard to make this milestone possible, leveraging everything we have learned from building more than 50 affordable housing projects in Colorado.”

Willoughby Corner’s net-zero affordable homes will serve generations of families, individuals, older adults, and the workforce earning at or below 60 percent of the Area’s Median Income. For example, for a family of three, this amounts to a maximum annual income of $67,740.

The Willoughby Corner Phase I approval is a significant milestone in a collaboration between BCHA and the City of Lafayette that began in 2017 with the city’s negotiation and purchase of 24 acres of land along east Emma Street, followed by the city and Boulder County entering into an intergovernmental agreement to dedicate the site for affordable housing. With Tuesday’s council approval, construction can begin on Willoughby Corner in May, with the first homes, 63 affordable ADA-accessible apartments for adults age 55 and over, ready for move-in as early as fall 2024. The first phase also includes 129 affordable multi-family homes and a community center.

“We are thrilled to be able to break ground,” said Boulder County Housing Authority Director Norrie Boyd. “So much planning and hard work have gotten us to this point, and the City of Lafayette has understood since day one what an opportunity this represents for making access to stable, affordable housing more equitable in the community. Our partnership with the city has been vital to making this happen, and we couldn’t be more grateful for that.”

One of the many outcomes of this engagement is that Willoughby Corner will be the largest net-zero-ready affordable housing development in Colorado when complete. The buildings utilize solar and geothermal technology and incorporate highly energy-efficient building designs and materials.

In addition to the City of Lafayette’s financial support with nearly $1.5 million in fee waivers for the first phases of the project, the $3.1M purchase of the land, and $5.3M in grants for Willoughby’s water rights, Willoughby Corner is also possible because of Boulder County Commissioners’ help with funding. Over the past several months, Commissioners have added nearly $13 million in the county and American Rescue Plan Act funds to help ensure Willoughby Corner can continue to advance through financing and approvals processes and that construction on its first phase can begin on time.

The financial closing for Willoughby Corner’s first phase loans will occur in early May, followed by a groundbreaking for the 55-and-over building. BCHA anticipates applications to be released for the first phase of homes in spring 2024. Boulder County and its partners will continue to keep community members updated about construction, the next phases of Willoughby Corner, and leasing, and encourage anyone wanting information to sign up for the interest list at www.WilloughbyCorner.org, where updates about eligibility and project timelines are also available.

Lafayette City Council supports banning retail sale of dogs, cats

Lafayette City Council expressed support Tuesday evening for banning the sale of all dogs and cats in the city, whether through retail pet stores or through hobby breeders.In late 2022, City Council directed staff to draft an ordinance prohibiting the retail sale of cats and dogs in pet stores due to the unfortunate nature that most of those pets come from puppy or kitten mills.City Attorney Mary Lynn Macsalka presented the proposed ordinance to City Council. Macsalka said that under Colorado law municipalities have the authori...

Lafayette City Council expressed support Tuesday evening for banning the sale of all dogs and cats in the city, whether through retail pet stores or through hobby breeders.

In late 2022, City Council directed staff to draft an ordinance prohibiting the retail sale of cats and dogs in pet stores due to the unfortunate nature that most of those pets come from puppy or kitten mills.

City Attorney Mary Lynn Macsalka presented the proposed ordinance to City Council. Macsalka said that under Colorado law municipalities have the authority to regulate “offensive or unwholesome businesses,” prohibit cruelty to animals and prohibit the sale of dogs or cats. Macsalka said the mills often have inhumane breeding practices and little regard for the animal’s safety and health.

She presented two alternatives for the ordinance — one to ban the sale of cats and dogs just in pet stores and another to ban all sales of cats and dogs. Both alternatives has exceptions for sales or adoptions of cats and dogs through animal shelters, animal rescues or other animal care facilities.

She said that the ordinance would have an exception for fostering animals placed by an animal rescue in a private home, so long as the household is following the Lafayette code that there can be up to three dogs, three cats and one other household pet in the unit.

Macsalka said that a ban on retail sale of dogs and cats by pet stores would be easy to enforce, but enforcement of all sales would be more difficult to enforce and based on a complaint-basis.

“Only if the city received complaints would our law enforcement officers or animal control officers be able to go and see if there is a violation of code,” Macsalka said.

Hobby breeders, which are small-scale breeders and are not producing more than 24 dogs or cats per year or more than two puppy litters or three kitty litters per year, do not have to be licensed in Colorado. Macsalka said that the city would not know if hobby breeders would be violating the code unless the city received a complaint or notice.

Councilmember Tonya Briggs said that puppy or kitten mills that are in the city are in violation of the code.

“There are ways to rescue animals that are currently here on this planet and give them a great home. We do not need to continue breeding,” Briggs said.

Briggs said that animal rescues ensure that animals end up in safe homes through background checks of the person wishing to adopt. She said that there is no guarantee that a puppy or kitty ends up in a safe environment through retail sale or breeders.

Councilmember Nicole Samson clarified that the ordinance only applies to cats and dogs and not other household pets, such as turtles or birds.

Council directed Macsalka to move forward with the ordinance to ban all sales of cats and dogs. The ordinance will be presented for consideration of first reading at a future council meeting.

One part EDM nightclub, one part inflatable bounce house, this new hotspot in Lafayette is one of a kind

Brad Roulier flung his arms wide atop a 13-foot-tall hydraulic platform, its base wreathed in fog and multicolored LED lights. Surveying his 50,000-square-foot empire from such a perch is not something the typically soft-spoken, behind-the-scenes Denverite relishes for a photo shoot. But he knows that his lofty plans won’t succeed without a bit of puffed-up promotion.“Let’s take the tour!” he said after the platform descended and he stepped onto the spongy gray floor. “I see you have the magic socks.&rdqu...

Brad Roulier flung his arms wide atop a 13-foot-tall hydraulic platform, its base wreathed in fog and multicolored LED lights. Surveying his 50,000-square-foot empire from such a perch is not something the typically soft-spoken, behind-the-scenes Denverite relishes for a photo shoot. But he knows that his lofty plans won’t succeed without a bit of puffed-up promotion.

“Let’s take the tour!” he said after the platform descended and he stepped onto the spongy gray floor. “I see you have the magic socks.”

The grip-soled footwear is required to explore Bounce Empire, the newly opened “inflatable theme park” in Lafayette that Roulier says is the largest of its kind in the world. It’s an upscale, bounce-house paradise for kids and their parents that also offers DJ nights and other 21-and-up nighttime programming. Attendees can crowd around the circular hydraulic stage to see artists perform, or they can rent out a “VIP bounce house” to sit in.

Roulier described it as a cross between Topgolf, trampoline gyms such as Urban Air, and an EDM nightclub — almost like Denver’s Beta, which Roulier formerly owned. It’s also the first of what Bounce Empire owner and founder James Hay-Arthur hopes will be 20 locations, with the second set to break ground in Centennial in September on a patch of land located 1,000 feet from that city’s Topgolf.

“All I could see when I first walked in here was a 50,000-square-foot warehouse,” Roulier said of the space. “I was like, ‘Where was this place when I needed this back in the day throwing raves? And James said, ‘Then why don’t you throw one here?’ ”

The two-level Bounce Empire can fit 50 inflatable attractions at any one time, some of them boasting lightning-fast, multistory slides that send kids and adults screaming to the floor. Many mimic sports such as volleyball, soccer, basketball and baseball, but some are just good old-fashioned “Wipeout” chaos. A trio of bars sell beer and cocktails, including the upstairs Rubbish Bar that’s off-limits to children.

Parents there can look down upon their kids playing — either from a table or by sitting in one of three massage chairs that face a widescreen TV showing 60 simultaneous camera views from around the complex.

“These are always full,” Roulier said with a laugh as he eyed the high-tech, $30,000-apiece chairs that are programmed to scan and adapt to the user’s body. “It’s so people can make sure they’re being good parents and watching their kids.”

Bounce Empire’s inflatables-booze-and-concerts model has yet to be proven, but on a recent weekday, dozens of parents and children streamed through the doors to sign waivers, plunk down $20, slip on magic socks (an additional $4 per visit), and climb as high as 30 feet on inflatable towers.

The business has been quietly open since June, but Roulier’s calendar of late-night events and concerts is still coming together. In addition to themed nights such as Trance It Up, which runs until 2 a.m. on Saturdays, Roulier is tapping his deep network of contacts to explore high-end shows from huge names.

As director of entertainment and head of expansion at Bounce Empire, Roulier is betting that there are enough Front Range residents willing to pay $500 to $700 (and possibly more) to see platinum-selling headliners up close — or, at least, performing atop Bounce Empire’s hydraulic DJ platform. Possibly while sitting on an inflatable that can be rented by groups of 10 for $1,000.

Bounce Empire’s late-night programming isn’t for diehard music fans, Roulier said, but people looking to see music or comedy or a fashion show in a unique, luxurious environment.

“I didn’t want to do another Beta,” he said. “This is an entertainment facility, not a nightclub. But let’s build it so we can do 500-person, very, very expensive events where you get a Tiësto (the influential Dutch DJ and producer), or a David Guetta or a Marshmello or a Drake. I told (owner Hay-Arthur) that if I want to book a Drake and pay him $100,000, he can’t fight me. He has to trust me to get that money back, because I’m putting my reputation out there.”

Bounce Empire founder Hay-Arthur enticed Roulier to work for him last year under the condition that Hay-Arthur would fund a parallel business of wellness gyms — Roulier’s true passion. That’s even after Roulier raised $12 million for his own startup Denver popcorn company Opopop, with longtime friend and business partner Jonas Tempel, in 2021.

By contrast, Roulier’s MettaDenver Performance Center, as he calls the nascent chain, will offer a 10,000-square-foot spa and recovery center, a 5,000-square-foot space “filled with yoga and meditation domes,” and a 20,000-square-foot athletic center. He’s hoping to secure a site soon, having gone through the process with a downtown property that didn’t pan out.

Hay-Arthur, who lives in a 60,000-square-foot, custom-built estate in Broomfield, last year sold his National Credit Care financial services company for several million dollars (Bounce Empire’s publicist wouldn’t confirm the sale price). He drives a bulletproof black tank USSV Rhino — a detail that’s highlighted in his press biography — and owns one of two playground-style slides that are reportedly the fastest in the world (the other is at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.). And, yes, he has kids.

“Having Bradley join the team was instrumental to ensuring Bounce Empire will provide unforgettable experiences for families and individuals alike,” Hay-Arthur said in a press statement. “With his phenomenal background in growing massively successful entertainment and direct-to-consumer businesses, Bradley will lead the company’s expected rapid growth.”

At his LoDo-based nightclub Beta, which for years was recognized as one the world’s best in Rolling Stone and Billboard, Roulier helped build careers for dozens of DJs and producers who would go on to headline Red Rocks Amphitheatre and other major venues. That includes Denver-based artist Illenium, who in June threw a massive concert at Empower Field at Mile High before tens of thousands of fans.

Prior to that, Roulier co-founded Beatport.com, the Denver-based “iTunes for DJs” service that at its height boasted 125 employees and is now approaching its billionth download. (He and his co-founders sold the company a decade ago for $60 million.) Roulier has also DJ’d hundreds of international events by himself and with his Manufactured Superstars group. Even in the relatively quiet 2000s, Roulier was putting the city on the global dance-music map by throwing raves and festivals, and booking big names (Tiësto, Deadmau5) at South Broadway clubs The Church and Vinyl.

“One of my strengths and weaknesses is that I’m not scared of anything,” he said. “It’s how I ended up getting sued by (Church and Vinyl owner) Regas Christou, because most people bend over for him.”

Christou sued Roulier for anti-competitive practices in 2010 after Roulier left Christou’s club empire to start Beta — a case that Roulier ended up winning. However, Roulier said he was later forced to sue nightclub impresario Valentes Corleons in 2022 after selling Beta to Corleons, who hadn’t fully paid him for the property. (The case, which led to Roulier getting counter-sued by Corleons, was eventually settled and Roulier was returned control of the Beta brand.)

“After I got rid of Beta, there was a void in my life,” Roulier said. “Obviously the Beta community is not really the Bounce Empire community. But maybe it is more now?”

Like many former Beta fans, Roulier has become a middle-aged parent, focused more on his son, playing basketball and practicing yoga than all-night raves. But he isn’t just doing a favor for a multimillionaire by getting behind Bounce Empire. He’s testing the limits of what people will pay for such unusual entertainment, and laying the groundwork for the 21-and-up wellness-gym chain he hopes will open under the same roof as future Bounce Empire locations — but with separate walls, logos and business operations.

Certainly, the luxury elements are up front at Bounce Empire. The smooth, curving bar at Rubbish is made of diamond-cut geodes and points toward an outdoor balcony with views of the Flatirons. Down the walkway is a home theater-style space with comfy chairs and a 128-inch screen that only shows sports. The grab-and-go Bison Bistro restaurant menu departs starkly from the kid-friendly pizza and chicken tenders at most trampoline parks. Such standard fare helps sell private rooms that parents rent for birthday parties, which is another pillar of Bounce Empire’s business.

Culinary director Jorge Pedrianes has instead created a menu with a $25 ahi tuna bowl, $17 Kobe beef sliders, and a Flavor of the Rockies sampler of bison ribs, elk sausage and prickly pear cactus cheesecake, among others.

Staying adaptable in such a massive space is crucial, Roulier said. The attractions can be swapped out easily, and all can be quickly deflated and replaced if a hole appears — or if someone throws up in them.

But is it difficult to tell if someone has been overserved alcohol, given the bouncy, balance-thwarting environment?

“We haven’t gotten there yet,” Roulier said.

Bounce Empire, 1380 S. Public Road, Lafayette. bounceempire.com

Denver’s Booming Biotech Market Helps Land New Medical Tech Campus a $188 Million Deal

It has been just a handful of months since construction crews wrapped up work on a two-building life science campus in the Denver area, but already the property has landed a major price tag in a testament to the region's strengthening biotech market.Investment firm Real Capital Solutions closed a $188 million acquisition for the two-building, roughly 404,200-square-foot complex in Lafayette, Colorado. The facility is leased entirely to ...

It has been just a handful of months since construction crews wrapped up work on a two-building life science campus in the Denver area, but already the property has landed a major price tag in a testament to the region's strengthening biotech market.

Investment firm Real Capital Solutions closed a $188 million acquisition for the two-building, roughly 404,200-square-foot complex in Lafayette, Colorado. The facility is leased entirely to Medtronic, the nation's largest medical device manufacturer. Chief Acquisitions Officer Adam Abeln confirmed the deal with seller Ryan Cos., the Minneapolis-based developer of the 42-acre, build-to-suit campus at South 112th Street.

The purchase marks the largest deal the firm has closed in its four-decade history, Abeln said, adding that RCS has worked with Ryan Cos. for previous acquisitions and had been tracking progress on the Medtronic campus since it broke ground in 2021.

“What interests us about Medtronic was the credit quality, the name, the fact that they're the world's largest medical device producer and the fact that it fits within our strategy today,” Abeln said in a statement. The life science company's long-term lease for the Lafayette campus made it especially attractive given the stability it provides in an otherwise uncertain real estate market.

The national life science market has cooled since its years of skyrocketing growth at the onset of the pandemic. When most traditional office workers were parked at their home desks, biotech employees were still commuting to the lab and companies were raking in venture capital funding in their pursuit of life-altering cures.

That combination fueled record leasing and demand, prompting developers to kick off major life sciences projects in top markets such as Boston and the San Francisco Bay Area. It also meant spillover demand began to spread to second-tier regions such as Denver, Philadelphia and Houston, as companies looked for comparably cheaper alternatives.

While the market is beginning to stabilize — the rate of employment growth is tapering off, and turmoil in the banking sector has resulted in a pullback in venture capital funding — some regions are still building upon their pandemic-era growth spurts.

The Denver and nearby Boulder, Colorado, area, for example, has one of the lowest biotech vacancy rates in the country at about 5.5%, according to data from CoStar and CBRE. Tenants are collectively hunting for almost 1 million square feet, outpacing the roughly 834,500 square feet moving through the region's pipeline, more than 72% of which is already preleased.

Medtronic’s Lafayette campus is one of the Minnesota-based company's largest in the United States. The medical device maker is operating on a 20-year lease for the RCS-owned property, which finished construction earlier this year after breaking ground in 2021. The campus is ultimately slated to house around 1,200 employees.

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