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Home Care In Keller, TX

Home Care Keller, TX

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 Wild Rose Heritage Center 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 Keller, TX 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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What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Keller, TX?

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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 Keller, TX

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 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 Bear Creek Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

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

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

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

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

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Benefits of Home Care in Keller, TX

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 Keller, TX, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like 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 TX'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 Keller, TX understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

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:

  • Truewood by Merrill, Keller
  • Hillside Assisted Living
  • Mustang Creek Estates Of Keller
  • Whitley Place
  • Meadowview Place
  • Tender Loving Care Assisted Living Home
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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 Keller, TX 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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Keller family uses 20,000 lights, 400 drones for a Christmas display. Now they’re on TV

Fort WorthOne North Texas family is hoping they shine bright on “The Great Christmas Light Fight.”The Ward family from Keller is appearing on the ABC show that features four families every episode who transform their homes for the holidays in hopes of winning a trophy and a $50,000 prize. The episode featuring the Wards airs 9 p.m Sunday on ABC. ...

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One North Texas family is hoping they shine bright on “The Great Christmas Light Fight.”

The Ward family from Keller is appearing on the ABC show that features four families every episode who transform their homes for the holidays in hopes of winning a trophy and a $50,000 prize. The episode featuring the Wards airs 9 p.m Sunday on ABC. Preston Ward said it’s a long time coming for his family’s episode, which was filmed over a year ago in November 2022.

As Ward anticipates seeing his display on national television, he’s encouraging people to see the show for themselves next weekend.

“I’m just super excited for everybody to see what we put together and fingers crossed for the weekend,” Ward said.

Ward is planning to run the same light and drone show seen on the show next weekend at his home in Keller. Next week Ward said he will release more details on the show and where to go via his social media channels.

The family’s Christmas light display includes two components, an over 20,000 light array on the house and a show featuring 400 drones above. Both displays combine to tell the story of penguin saving Christmas.

Ward doesn’t know how his display fared on the show and is eager to find out with his family and friends. He’s even opting to rent out a theater to watch Sunday’s episode in Keller.

If the Ward family does take home the $50,000 prize, the money will be donated to Hope Mommies, a nonprofit who aids families who have experienced miscarriages and infant death.

The Ward’s lost their daughter prematurely a few years ago and the donation will go to support those who have experienced similar events.

“If we win, 100% of its goes to them,” Ward said.

The Ward family have always been a big proponent of decorating for the Christmas season.

They’ve been using animated lights for over a decade and it has become a familytradition for them, Ward said. Every year the displays have gotten bigger, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that Ward began incorporating drones.

Ward is the general counsel/chief pilot for the North Richland Hills-based Sky Elements who host drone shows across the country. Luckily for Ward, he has a backyard green space big enough to safely manage drone operations.

“Seeing people’s reaction to a drone show in a residential neighborhood, it’s quite amazing,” Ward said.

Ward has watched “The Great Christmas Light Fight” before, but never imagined appearing on it.

Two years ago and just for fun, the Ward’s put together a video of their home light display with drones overhead. Show producers saw the video and reached out to the family, encouraging them to apply for the ABC program.

The Ward’s did and were informed they had a spot on the show. But they’d have to wait another year to film the show and another to see how they did.

“We’ve been waiting for this moment for two years,” Ward said.

Gearing up for the show, Ward knew he had to elevate his light design to new heights.

Over 20,000 lights were used for the display, to create items such as candy canes, Christmas trees and stars. A crane was used to place eight moving head spotlights atop the house, Ward said.

For the sky show, over 400 drones were used to create shapes that resemble a snow globe and even Santa Claus being pulled by reindeer on his sleigh.

Both the house and drone show were combined together to create the holiday story of a penguin saving Christmas.

“We really tried to make it an interactive experience and just really tell a story with with what we were doing,” Ward said.

When it came to filming the episode, everything went off without a hitch, despite the cold Texas winter.

Ward recalls that it was below 30 degrees last year when they filmed, but everything with the drone show went according to plan. He credits his friends at Sky Elements for help on the show and said it was a different experience being on the other end of things.

“We’re part of a lot of productions already,” Ward said “It’s one thing to go from being part of the production to the production.”

This story was originally published December 1, 2023, 4:48 PM.

No one showed up to this little girl’s birthday party -- until a post in a Keller Facebook group saved the day

“All walks of life showed up for my baby girl today,” said mom Lex Fitzgerald, after total strangers showered her daughter with love.KELLER, Texas — All Willa Fitzgerald wanted for her fifth birthday was a party.The invitations went out. A few responses trickled in.Her mom, Lex Fitzgerald, quickly realized many of her daughter’s classmates and friends couldn’t attend.It’s summer and a busy time for family vacations, but there were enough people who said they’d be there to ...

“All walks of life showed up for my baby girl today,” said mom Lex Fitzgerald, after total strangers showered her daughter with love.

KELLER, Texas — All Willa Fitzgerald wanted for her fifth birthday was a party.

The invitations went out. A few responses trickled in.

Her mom, Lex Fitzgerald, quickly realized many of her daughter’s classmates and friends couldn’t attend.

It’s summer and a busy time for family vacations, but there were enough people who said they’d be there to move ahead with the big event.

Saturday morning, mom and daughter showed up at Hat Creek Burger Company in Keller with all the party supplies – crayons, crowns, a cake – and Lex began to decorate.

“I lost track of time,” she said. “I went to check my phone and it was 11:20. The party had started at 11. Poor Willa was sitting there alone waiting for her friends to arrive.”

Lex began to question whether she put the wrong time or day on the invitations, but then reality set in.

“I’m thinking to myself, no, this cannot be what’s happening. As a mom, the last thing I want is for my daughter, for the first time ever at 5 years old, to experience that type of social rejection – honestly, that’s what it is.”

In what she called a “bat signal” move, Lex posted a picture of Willa alone at the decorated party table in the Keller, Texas Neighborly Group on Facebook.

“If anyone has young kids and is looking for something to do right now, no one showed up to my daughter’s birthday party. It’s her first (and likely last) party. We’d love to celebrate with you,” she wrote.

Within minutes, Lex said Hat Creek had no empty tables.

“All walks of life showed up for my baby girl today,” Lex said hours after the party. “It was incredible.”

Teenagers, grandparents, empty nesters who were total strangers showed up to love on Willa. Even the assistant principal of Willa’s brother’s school. Many of them brought gifts.

Kids were laughing and playing, and moms were hugging, Lex said.

“We moved to Texas in general, and then specifically Keller, because we saw that community feel. They were down to earth, kind, cared about supporting others. And that’s exactly what they did for our family," she said.

Holding a Barbie she received as a present, Willa told WFAA that her day was “good” and her favorite gift she opened was “all of them.”

Lex said she and Willa made a lot of new friends and got invited to several other kids’ birthday parties.

“We’re going to show up to all of them,” she said.

Keller plans a $27 million renovation of its sports park. Here’s what the money pays for

A $27 million renovation of the Keller Sports Park hopes to turn it into “the premier youth sports complex” in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Mayor Armin Mizani told the Star-Telegram.“Our vision for Keller is to remain Texas’s Most Family Friendly City, and our parks and trail system, including the Keller Sports Park, is consistently named among our residents’ most cherished amenities,” Mayor Armin Mizani told the Star-Telegram. “The improvements to the Keller Sports Park, funded through sales t...

A $27 million renovation of the Keller Sports Park hopes to turn it into “the premier youth sports complex” in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Mayor Armin Mizani told the Star-Telegram.

“Our vision for Keller is to remain Texas’s Most Family Friendly City, and our parks and trail system, including the Keller Sports Park, is consistently named among our residents’ most cherished amenities,” Mayor Armin Mizani told the Star-Telegram. “The improvements to the Keller Sports Park, funded through sales tax revenue, will not only mean added fields and refurbishment to what already exists but will also aid our economic development efforts in recruiting vibrant retail and restaurants to our adjacent commercial corridors. At completion, these improvements will make the Keller Sports Park the premier youth sports complex in the Metroplex, all while strengthening our identity and vision.”

The 140 acre sports facility at 265 Golden Triangle Blvd. will be upgraded by Parkhill, an Arlington design firm.

The Star-Telegram spoke with the City of Keller about what exactly the Keller Sports Park renovations will look like. Here’s what spokesperson Rachel Reynolds told us.

• Converting the baseball 4-plex to synthetic turf infields and foul lines

• Converting soccer pad B to synthetic turf

• Repurposing the West Multipurpose Field into two 175-foot baseball fields with synthetic turf infields and foul lines

• Adding a new rugby-sized multipurpose field and accompanying parking lot on the north side of the park

• Transitioning KYA’s “Field 16” into an all-synthetic Miracle League field, opening up the sports park to players of all abilities

• Upgrading KYA’s “Field 15” to a 175-foot field with synthetic turf infields and foul lines

• Replacing the existing KYA fieldhouse and restroom/concessions building

• Upgrading bathrooms throughout the park

• Adding a new bathroom/storage facility near the equestrian arena and lacrosse field (along with a pedestrian connection from lacrosse)

• Upgrading the soil, seating, and viewing area shade structures at the equestrian arena

• Building new backstops, dugouts etc., for the East Multipurpose Field

• Replacing field fencing throughout the park (except the still-new lacrosse field)

• Replacing backstops for all baseball and softball fields

• Adding lighting to the lacrosse field

• Improving ADA accessibility between parking areas and bleachers for fields along the north side of the park (the southern section is already compliant)

• Upgrading bleachers and shade structures throughout the park and adding scoreboards, etc. to new fields

• Addition of a splash pad

• Upgrades and relocations of the park’s water and sewer infrastructure

Note: This list is subject to change as the City Council continues to discuss this project, and they haven’t received bids back yet. After the council approves a bid on this project, plans will be nailed down at that point.

City Council has approved an updated master plan for the park, and the city recently wrapped up the construction documents.

The list of planned improvements came from extensive discussions with a Keller Sports Park Task Force, created in June 2021, comprised of representatives from the park’s user groups (Keller Youth Association, Keller Soccer Association, Keller Lacrosse Association, Alliance Rugby Club, and the Keller Horse Owner’s Association), in addition to members of the Parks & Recreation Board and City Council.

Work will be completed in phases, and city staff is working with the user groups to adjust their schedules accordingly.

The project will be funded by the Keller Development Corporation Fund. That fund receives a 1/2-cent of sales tax revenue, which voters earmarked for park and recreation capital projects.

The scope of the project has changed since our original timeline estimates, Reynolds said. They added water and sewer infrastructure upgrades into the designs, and City Council decided to pursue a splash pad at the park. The city now hopes to break ground in January 2024. If work begins in January, the project is expected to reach “substantial completion” by December 2025.

Improved amenities will provide an improved user experience for players and their families and friends, Reynolds says. Synthetic turf should minimize rainouts during the season and will cut down on the maintenance required of the associations. New additions like the splash pad will make the Keller Sports Park a destination for area families even if they don’t participate in the leagues.

This story was originally published October 2, 2023, 5:13 PM.

Restroom, pronoun policies garner civil rights complaints against Keller ISD, arts academy

The ACLU of Texas has filed two civil rights complaints against the Keller school district and the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts, a public charter school, alleging that recently adopted policies on p...

The ACLU of Texas has filed two civil rights complaints against the Keller school district and the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts, a public charter school, alleging that recently adopted policies on pronouns, restroom use and performing in choirs harm the LGBTQ+ community.

The ACLU of Texas said in a news release that the civil rights complaints were filed Thursday with the U.S. Department of Education, and that the organization is asking the federal agency to investigate.

The ACLU of Texas described the policies as “part of a wave of attacks” against transgender and nonbinary students and the LGBTQ community as a whole as students seek medical care, play sports, take part in fine arts and access an inclusive education.

“It is deeply disappointing that these North Texas school boards have targeted their transgender, nonbinary, and intersex students, who just want to feel as though they belong,” said Chloe Kempf, an ACLU of Texas attorney.

The Keller school district did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment.

Paul Gravley, president and CEO of the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts, said in an email, “We are looking into the complaint and have no further information or comment to provide at this time.”

The complaint against the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts was filed on behalf of the family of a transgender and nonbinary child who wanted to join the Singing Girls of Texas choir with the support of the choir director.

The student was blocked from completing their audition, and the school board adopted a policy that requires students to perform with the choir that aligns with the sex assigned at birth.

In Keller, the school board voted in June to adopt policies that prohibit transgender and nonbinary students from using restrooms and other facilities that align with their gender identity, and teachers are not required to refer to students by their preferred pronouns.

The ACLU of Texas also filed a sex discrimination complaint against the Keller school district last November, alleging that Keller discriminated against the LGBTQ community by enacting bans on all library materials that discuss or depict what the policy calls “gender fluidity” for all grade levels.

This story was originally published August 11, 2023, 5:00 AM.

Keller ISD Mom Claims Current Policy May Restrict Books Like Harry Potter No. 7

A mother in the Keller Independent School District says she's upset with the district's book policy, saying it's causing elementary school librarians to remove certain books such as the seventh book in the Harry Potter series.Over the past two years, books have been a major topic of discussion in Keller ISD. Last year the distri...

A mother in the Keller Independent School District says she's upset with the district's book policy, saying it's causing elementary school librarians to remove certain books such as the seventh book in the Harry Potter series.

Over the past two years, books have been a major topic of discussion in Keller ISD. Last year the district banned books on 'gender fluidity' amongst a list of topics that resulted in books being removed from schools.

The board approved new policies last fall with guidelines for educators and librarians in the district to follow. It includes making sure books are age or grade-level appropriate.

Laney Hawes, a mother of four in the district, has been vocal about the topic. She said she's concerned about recent books that have been removed from her son's elementary school library, not because of content alone, but rather age recommendation.

"It is simply based on its grade or reading level. It doesn't even matter what's inside the book, it could be the most simple benign book in the world, but if it's reviewed for say, 13 years old, it can no longer be in my child's library and I'm angry," said Hawes.

The policy, which is posted on the district's website, has a chart that shows recommended ages, grade span and content access levels.

“I have a fourth grader who's reading at a sixth, seventh, potentially even eighth-grade reading level, and now, we have this policy that's come down that says, well, those books can't actually be in his school anymore," said Hawes.

She said she learned through educators in the district that books like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 were being removed from elementary libraries based on their age recommendation.

"Harry Potter book seven is apparently reviewed for ages older than fourth grade and because of that, it can't be in the elementary schools anymore," said Hawes based on information she said she received from educators in the district.

In a statement Keller ISD said:

District policy requires that we twice annually review and confirm that books in our libraries align with grade-level recommendations from professional reviews. If more than 50% of the reviews are for a grade level that the campus does not serve, the book will be relocated to the next campus level. The majority of professional reviews for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows rate it for sixth grade and up, while Keller ISD’s elementary schools go to either fourth or fifth grade. Books in the Twilight series are rated for seventh grade and above, so they would continue to be available in our middle school libraries.This review process is ongoing, so no books have been moved at this time. However, in the event that a book is ever moved to a higher grade level, students at any grade level can still request to check out available copies of the book via an interlibrary loan, with their parent or guardian’s permission.

Hawes said she reached out to the district and heard back from an administrator earlier this month. Hawes said was given a similar explanation and was told that professional reviews for that Harry Potter book are for grades six and up. At the time, she was told librarians had not removed any books because they had until the end of the school year to complete the review process. Hawes and her family could still have access to the book, they would just have to take an extra step.

"I reached out to the district and said I have a child who is an advanced reader and I want him to be able to check out Harry Potter number seven if he gets through one through six. And she said, 'Well, the way that it's working is you still can, you just have to request it be shipped from another library," explained Hawes.

She said that defeats the purpose of her son picking out a book for himself.

"What's frustrating about that is it takes away the magic of the library. Like the library is this magical place full of endless possibilities," explained Hawes. "If a child doesn't know that this book is available at another library, how is he going to ask? How's my son going to ask for the book he doesn't know exists? He can't, unless I specifically asked."

She said she agrees that illicit material should not be allowed, but expressed her concerns that a broad policy may have unintended consequences for books that have nothing to do with such topics.

On the district's website, there is a frequently asked questions page regarding books, policies and challenging books.

Parents are allowed to challenge books per the district's policy. If a book is removed due to a challenge, it will not be eligible for consideration to be added again for at least 10 years, according to the district website.

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