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Home Care In Longmont, CO

Home Care Longmont, 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 Hoverhome 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 Longmont, 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.”

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

Marilyn W.
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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.”

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

Darlene S.
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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.”

Beverly D.
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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.”

Debbie R.
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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.”

Patrick T.
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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”

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

Jeffrey C.
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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.”

Jasmine L.
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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.”

Scott G.
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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.”

Kendall M.
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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.”

Diane K.
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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.”

Carolynn K.
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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 ❤️”

Candi F.
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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.”

Cassidi M.
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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 Longmont, 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 Longmont, 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 Dawson 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 Sugarbeet or visit City of Longmont Callahan House, 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 Longmont, 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 Longmont, 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 Longmont, 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:

  • Bross Street Assisted Living
  • Brookdale Longmont
  • The Bridge at Longmont
  • Atria Longmont
  • AltaVita Assisted Living
  • Millbrook Homes Assisted Living - Cove Court
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way

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A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive

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Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider

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Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Longmont, 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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Latest News in Longmont, CO

Boulder County receives clarity on oil and gas leases

In 2019, Boulder County sued Crestone Peak Resources stating that the oil and gas leases had expired due to a cease in production over four months. On Tuesday, the Colorado Supreme Court overturned the suit but clarified the laws around oil and gas leases.When Boulder County took the lawsuit to the Appeals Court, it made a verdict that oil and gas leases were subject to the “commercial discovery rule.” This rule states that “oil and gas production occurs when the resources are discovered and a well is capable of prod...

In 2019, Boulder County sued Crestone Peak Resources stating that the oil and gas leases had expired due to a cease in production over four months. On Tuesday, the Colorado Supreme Court overturned the suit but clarified the laws around oil and gas leases.

When Boulder County took the lawsuit to the Appeals Court, it made a verdict that oil and gas leases were subject to the “commercial discovery rule.” This rule states that “oil and gas production occurs when the resources are discovered and a well is capable of producing them, regardless of whether anything is actually extracted,” according to a news release from Boulder County in January 2022.

This meant that although Crestone Peak Resources had two wells in Boulder County that had resources it was able to keep its lease with the county despite the lack of extraction.

The case was advanced to the Colorado Supreme Court which ruled that that rule does not apply and that all oil and gas leases should be interpreted based on its own terms with respect to its production.

It also ruled that Crestone’s lease with the county was not in violation and could not be terminated for not extracting oil.

“Today’s ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court takes a poor piece of law off the books,” said Senior Assistant County Attorney Kate Burke. “Although we didn’t get the full outcome we were hoping for, the rejection of the appeals court’s legal conclusion is a win for the county and other mineral owners going forward.

Burke said the county now has clarity on the law to be able to interpret other leases to determine if they have expired.

Some leases in the county have existed for decades, Burke said. During that time, things change. Now Boulder County can examine the leases as things change to determine if the leases have expired.

Burke said the county has too many leases to examine all of them but as events arise or if the county takes on new properties with oil and gas leases, it will have the clarity to examine the validity of the leases.

“It’s clear our efforts to enforce our lease rights can yield positive shifts in the law,” said Commissioner Claire Levy. “This ruling gives us more clarity when we are evaluating the status of the county’s leases. The county’s legal team will continue to push for clear and coherent law around oil and gas.”

3 breweries opened this month in Centennial, Denver and Longmont

Pint glass half full: For every Colorado brewery that closes, another one opens. Pint glass half empty: For every Colorado brewery that opens, another one closes.Either way you look at it, it’s been a big year for both &md...

Pint glass half full: For every Colorado brewery that closes, another one opens. Pint glass half empty: For every Colorado brewery that opens, another one closes.

Either way you look at it, it’s been a big year for both — and it’s not over yet. At least three breweries have opened so far in the extended Denver metro in November.

Bearded Brewer Artisan Ales

Omaha-area brewery owners Kirk and Alyssa Hearon have teamed up with Longmont local Brandon Knudsen to open a second outpost of their Nebraska company, Bearded Brewer Artisan Ales. The brewery specializes in making adventurous beers and will have 18 different selections on tap. Current beers include a blueberry cotton candy sour, a cream ale with peanut butter and marshmallows, and a blonde ale with cinnamon roll flavors.

1425 S. Airport Road #100, Longmont; beardedbreweraa.com

Bent Barley Brewing II

Bent Barley Brewing, which opened in 2018 in Aurora’s Southlands Mall, 6200 S. Main St., added a second location this month in Centennial. The new spot has its own four-barrel brewing system and will make some of its own beer, according to owners Mark Job and Paul Dampier. Bent Barley specializes in making what the owners call “beer-flavored beer,” meaning straightforward styles, including a stout, an amber, a fruit blonde, a kolsch with honey and an IPA.

15416 E. Orchard Road, Centennial; bentbarley.com

Monolith Brewing

Professional brewer Stephen Monahan took over the former space belonging to Black Project Wild & Spontaneous Ales on South Broadway earlier this year, and has spent the past six months turning it into a new brewery with a new look and a new vision. Monolith Brewing opened earlier this month, using Black Project’s old system, and serving an IPA, a pale ale, a stout, a wheat, a chile beer and more. Beer styles will vary going forward.

1290 S. Broadway, Denver; monolithbrewing.com

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NextLight: The heart of a connected Longmont

In nine short years, NextLight and its city-owned fiber-optic internet service have become a hallmark of Longmont’s identity.“An example for the rest of the country!” one customer posted to social media. “Every other city in the world should have NextLight,” agreed another. A third simply noted that “After moving all over the country and dealing with different cable companies, using NextLight feels as different as night vs day.”The reasons accumulate almost as quickly as the accolades, ...

In nine short years, NextLight and its city-owned fiber-optic internet service have become a hallmark of Longmont’s identity.

“An example for the rest of the country!” one customer posted to social media. “Every other city in the world should have NextLight,” agreed another. A third simply noted that “After moving all over the country and dealing with different cable companies, using NextLight feels as different as night vs day.”

The reasons accumulate almost as quickly as the accolades, and it all goes back to NextLight’s ever-continuing promise of community service, including a few special offers to celebrate the birthday of Longmont’s own network.

A better connection

Longmont had been planning for fast fiber-optic service since the 1990s so that the community could have the high-quality internet offerings it needed and deserved. But from 2005 on, state law got in the way. No city could offer internet service, it said – alone or in a partnership – without voter approval.

In 2011, Longmont voters gave that approval with 60% of the vote. In 2013, they also approved a bond to build the network. And in November 2014, they began signing up … and signing up … and signing up.

Today, about 60% of Longmont subscribes to NextLight. The state law that once restricted Colorado cities has been repealed. And as cities across the country see how essential broadband internet is, Longmont’s NextLight has demonstrated what a community-owned network can provide, including:

“Across the country, it’s easy to find people who are dissatisfied with their slow, expensive and unreliable internet provider,” said Valerie Dodd, NextLight’s executive director. “Longmont residents know that better is possible – because they have it. Longmont provides highly reliable internet that’s the fastest in town and local customer service you can speak to in person. We work hard to make sure that NextLight meets the needs of our community’s residents and businesses, and we’re proud to see the Longmont they’re creating with the service we provide.”

Today – and beyond

NextLight has also added a WiFi6 Whole Home Solution that allows more home devices to capture additional NextLight speed without dead zones and comes with ExperienceIQ (parental controls that let you manage screen time, content and access) and ProtectIQ (built-in defenses against viruses and malware for every device on your home network), all manageable from a single NextLight app.

And naturally, to celebrate NextLight’s “birthday,” there are a few extra perks. Through the end of 2023:

Find out more online at www.mynextlight.com. It’s an opportunity to be part of NextLight’s history – and its future.

Board game night at the Longmont Library and other events for today

Nov. 22—TodayBoard Game Night: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Library, 409 Fourth Ave., Longmont. Bring board games to the Longmont Library and play with other players. The Library will have games available to check out through its board game collection or patrons are welcome to bring their own to play. No formal instruction or organizing will be provided. longmontcolorado.gov....

Nov. 22—Today

Board Game Night: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Library, 409 Fourth Ave., Longmont. Bring board games to the Longmont Library and play with other players. The Library will have games available to check out through its board game collection or patrons are welcome to bring their own to play. No formal instruction or organizing will be provided. longmontcolorado.gov.

Teen Craft & Create Club: 3 p.m. Wednesday, Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont. Head the Longmont Museum each Wednesday for craft activities and snacks. Each week, the group will explore a new activity such as collage, painting, fiber art and free-choice art making time. Free, 303-651-8374, longmontmuseum.org.

Gratitude workshop for teens: 4 p.m. Wednesday, Carbon Valley Regional Library, 7 Park Ave., Firestone. Get into the spirit of thankfulness with an afternoon of mindful crafting. In this workshop, participants will reflect and journal what they are grateful for, make thank you cards that can be used for any occasion, decorate gratitude jars to take home and fill up and make collages that represent what they are thankful for. mylibrary.evanced.info.

Upcoming

Loveland Turkey Trot: 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Banner McKee Medical Center, 2000 N. Boise Ave., Loveland. For over two decades, residents across Northern Colorado have enjoyed Loveland's 5K family-friendly run/walk/trot. 100% of proceeds benefit the McKee Wellness Foundation, which supports the northern Colorado community by bridging the gaps in health and wellness. $25-$50, 970-617-2575, Lovelandturkeytrot.com.

Alpine Bank Boulder Thanksgiving Day 5K: 9 a.m. Thursday, Flatiron Park, 2211 Central Ave., Boulder. The Alpine Bank Boulder Thanksgiving Day 5K and Kids 1K Fun Run celebrates family and friends and the many aspects in the community to be thankful for. It is also a time to think about those who are less fortunate. In keeping with traditions, this event will support Boulder's Harvest of Hope Pantry with a 100% donation of fundraising proceeds. Participants are asked to donate non-perishable packaged and canned foods on the morning of the event which will be passed on to Harvest of Hope Pantry. $10-$45, 720-532-5549, teamboco.com.

Louisville Turkey Trot 5K: This esteemed event has become a hallmark of community engagement and support in Louisville. Since its inception in 2013, the Louisville Turkey Trot has seen exponential growth, swelling from 1,500 participants to over 10,000. Last year alone, the event raised over $50,000 for Community Food Share, a Feeding America Food Bank that tirelessly works to combat hunger in Boulder and Broomfield Counties; 9 a.m. Thursday, 951 Spruce Street, Louisville; $5-$30; runsignup.com.

Ziggi’s Coffee adds 50 new locations

Ziggi’s Coffee opened in 2004 on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Main Street. The franchise has now grown to include 50 new locations within the Greater Atlanta area.When co-owners Brandon Knudsen and his wife Camrin opened the doors at Ziggi’s their dream was simple — to draw a paycheck from the business instead of living on tips.“It was so hard in the beginning. There was absolutely no plan (then) to grow beyond that. We thought that was going to be it and just prayed that we could build it up enough t...

Ziggi’s Coffee opened in 2004 on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Main Street. The franchise has now grown to include 50 new locations within the Greater Atlanta area.

When co-owners Brandon Knudsen and his wife Camrin opened the doors at Ziggi’s their dream was simple — to draw a paycheck from the business instead of living on tips.

“It was so hard in the beginning. There was absolutely no plan (then) to grow beyond that. We thought that was going to be it and just prayed that we could build it up enough to make a living,” Brandon Knudsen said.

In the beginning, Brandon Knudsen said, he and Camrin Knudsen were the only employees who worked from open to close daily.

“We had no business making it,” he said, referring to learning how to make coffee, which he claims he did badly. He also said they made bad decisions.

“But Longmont kinda wouldn’t let us fail. The community in downtown Longmont wouldn’t let us fail, they kept coming even though we kept making mistakes. They kind of drug us along for a bunch of years,” Brandon Knudsen said.

Even then Knudsen knew that he was part of a special community that would support him through the hard times. It is something he said he will never forget.

His story is the key to Ziggi’s success. The Knudsens began franchising the business in 2016. It now has 76 stores opened across the U.S. with 52 more stores slated to open in 2024. On Wednesday, Ziggi’s announced its biggest deal so far. The franchise is expanding into the Greater Atlanta area with 50 new stores.

"We are thrilled to embark on this journey, expanding Ziggi’s Coffee throughout the bustling city of Atlanta with a milestone of a development deal signing," said Brandon Knudsen. "This achievement speaks volumes about the dedication of our team and the loyalty of our customers. Our commitment to innovation, quality, and creating meaningful connections remains at the center of who we are, and we can’t wait to serve the Atlanta community with our 50 new locations."

“We are so thrilled to welcome this amazing group to the Ziggi’s family,” said Justin Livingston, VP of Franchise Development for Ziggi’s. “The Ziggi’s brand has experienced monumental growth, but with a focus on finding only the perfect franchisees to join the opportunity. Signing an agreement for 50 units with such an experienced group is tremendous validation to the systems and brand experience Ziggi's brings to markets. Closing a market to a single franchisee to develop is a decision we take very seriously and this team is the perfect fit. We look forward to seeing them grow the Atlanta market and continuing our pursuit of finding more incredible franchisees with an unwavering commitment to creating long-term mutually beneficial relationships.”

The expansion of the franchise will continue to benefit Colorado, Brandon Knudsen said. Ziggi’s headquarters is located in Mead and now has 31 employees working there, after hiring three new staff members recently.

Brandon Knudsen said they like to hire people located in Colorado and even promote baristas to work in the main office.

“It allows us to do more and build the brand,” he said.

He also said that the larger the franchise grows the more purchasing power the business has which allows the company to set better prices for its customers.

“We’ll never forget (Longmont’s support). It’s just a different place and people really do care about local businesses,” Brandon Knudsen said.

Housing project for Colorado veterans in Longmont gives hope to those who gave so much for our country

Located on 80 acres of prime real estate overlooking Colorado's Front Range, the Mountain Brook community in Longmont has all the amenities new home buyers expect and one amenity that developer Kevin Mulshine not only didn't expect, but didn't think was even possible.Five years ago, he joined a task force to help the city of Longmont develop transitional housing for veterans. He says every site they considered, they met resistance from neighbors."Somebody in the city said 'Why don't you put it in your next development?' an...

Located on 80 acres of prime real estate overlooking Colorado's Front Range, the Mountain Brook community in Longmont has all the amenities new home buyers expect and one amenity that developer Kevin Mulshine not only didn't expect, but didn't think was even possible.

Five years ago, he joined a task force to help the city of Longmont develop transitional housing for veterans. He says every site they considered, they met resistance from neighbors.

"Somebody in the city said 'Why don't you put it in your next development?' and we said you can't because it's never been done in the country -- a transitional homeless facility in a new home community," Mulshine said.

In an effort to prove how crazy the idea was, Mulshine traveled to other cities around the country with housing developments for veterans. He was stunned by what he discovered at the Veterans Community Project in Kansas City where veterans had built a tiny home village with wraparound services onsite for their battle buddies.

"It changed our opinion to say instead of this being a negative or a stigma that could impact negatively on sales in a community, we though you know what, maybe Longmont, Boulder, Colorado is ready for an amenity called compassion."

He returned to Longmont and donated land in Mountain Brook for the Veterans Community Project to build a transitional housing project including 26 tiny homes for veterans like Michael Falcon. A Navy veteran and recovering alcoholic, Falcon says he attempted suicide just six months ago.

"This place is a second chance," Falcon said.

He not only has a place of his own, but a case worker of his own.

"They help you with stating what your goals are and holding you accountable to achieve those goals."

He says other veterans help, too.

"It's like a little village so we interact with each other, but if things get a little too intense we've got our own place to go to and chill out for a little bit."

Falcon is one of four veterans to move in so far. Most will stay a year or two and receive help with everything from accessing VA benefits to health care, budgeting to job training.

Jennifer Seybold, executive director of the Veterans Community Project in Longmont, says case workers also help the veterans build a support network in the community and secure permanent housing. Falcon says he hopes to eventually go to college, get a degree, and help other veterans.

Seybold says almost all of the labor for the houses is donated along with the funding for the project. While the city of Longmont has waived fees and expedited permitting, she says, they need a million dollars more to complete construction. Two more veterans move in next month and the community is planning a Christmas lighting ceremony on Dec. 5. All 26 homes -- five of which are for families -- should be ready by this time next year. If you'd like to volunteer time or donate money, you can do so at: veteranscommunityproject.org/get-involved.

Shaun Boyd

Shaun Boyd is the Political Specialist at CBS News Colorado. Read her latest reports or check out her bio and send her an email.

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