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How does In-home Senior Care in Cheltenham, PA work?

Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.

At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

Comfort
Comfort

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them? A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Cheltenham, PA, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Healthy Living
Healthy Living

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

Independence
Independence

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

Cost and Convenience
Cost and Convenience

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in Cheltenham, PA 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 Plans

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

Veteran's Benefits
Veteran's Benefits

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

Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance

Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.

Private Insurance
Private Insurance

Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.

Life Insurance
Life Insurance

Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.


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During your Care Plan consultation with Always Best Care, your Care Coordinator will speak with you about in-home care costs and what options there may be to help meet your budget needs.

Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Cheltenham,PA understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

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

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

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

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

An assessment of your senior loved one

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

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

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

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

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

Latest News in Cheltenham, PA

Cheltenham Township passes ban on single-use plastic bags

Got a question about life in Philly’s suburbs? Our suburban reporters want to hear from you! Ask us a question or send an idea for a story you think we should cover.Cheltenham Township Board of Commissioners unanimously passed an ordinance Wednesday night which bans the sale or distribution of single-use plastic bags at local retailers.The ban calls for any paper bag alternatives to contain at lea...

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Cheltenham Township Board of Commissioners unanimously passed an ordinance Wednesday night which bans the sale or distribution of single-use plastic bags at local retailers.

The ban calls for any paper bag alternatives to contain at least 40% recycled content. There’s also a $0.10 fee on non-reusable alternative bags. Any retailer who violates the ordinance is subject to fines.

The new law takes effect in January 2024, but retailers will have a 90-day adjustment period. With this move, Cheltenham became the first municipality in Pennsylvania in 2023 to enact legislation to reduce plastic use, following a flurry of similar bans across the suburbs in 2022.

Faran Savitz, a Zero Waste Advocate with PennEnvironment, said the township is the 16th municipality in Pennsylvania to take action to reduce the usage of single-use plastics. The organization has been assisting communities, like Ambler and Radnor, in enacting plastic restrictions.

“It’s a great first step. We know there are a bunch of other townships and boroughs that are looking to do similar actions, but it’s awesome to see them join,” Savitz said.

PennEnvironment, which worked with Cheltenham to write legislation, estimates that township residents use 13.7 million single-use plastic bags each year. Many of these bags end up as harmful pollution in the environment.

Lower Merion, Swarthmore consider single-use plastic bag bans

Savitz said even more suburban communities — like Lower Merion — have drafted similar legislation and will likely vote in the near term.

“There’s a bit of a flurry of action going on in the next couple of weeks, next week. Lower Merion Township is having a preliminary discussion about their plastic bag ban and they’ll potentially be voting on that in the next few weeks. It’s a great step. Lower Merion Township was part of a lawsuit against the state legislature over the preemption law a couple of years ago, the ban on local plastic bans. So they’ve been out in front of this issue before and it’s good to see them finally passing a plastic bag ban,” Savitz said.

Swarthmore Borough officials in Delaware County are currently discussing a ban not just on single-use bags, but polystyrene products as well.

“As it stands right now, it could be one of the most in-depth and comprehensive laws we’ve seen in the state. So it would be great to see it passed. There are other communities, too, in Bucks County, both Newtown Township and Newtown Borough have been working on crafting their own plastic bag bans, working with their business community,” Savitz said.

Savitz believes that the momentum will compel more communities to take steps to reduce plastic waste.

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LaMott Community Center hosted roundtable discussion with PA & Cheltenham officials to increase tourism and economic development

The LaMott Community Center in Elkins Park hosted a roundtable discussion this morning with the PA House Majority Policy Committee, Rep. Napoleon Nelson, the Citizens for the Restoration of Historic LaMott, LaMott Citiz...

The LaMott Community Center in Elkins Park hosted a roundtable discussion this morning with the PA House Majority Policy Committee, Rep. Napoleon Nelson, the Citizens for the Restoration of Historic LaMott, LaMott Citizens United and Cheltenham Township officials.

The meeting explored how historical preservation can increase tourism and drive economic development.

“Making investments in our state’s rich history can pay off huge dividends for our communities down the line. While economic development is important, it’s not the only issue,” Rep. Nelson said. “The legacy of this region is tied to the African American community, and it’s paramount to highlight that connection to not only understand the problems we’ve overcome but also shine a light on the issues that continue to plague us today. I was excited to welcome my colleagues to my district today to meet with historical preservation professionals and discuss ways we can maximize our efforts across Pennsylvania.”

Testifiers noted the importance of the nearby Camp William Penn site, which served as the largest of the 18 training camps for African American soldiers during the Civil War. It hosted more than 10,000 of the roughly 180,000 African American soldiers who served in the Union during the Civil War. Recruits first arrived at the camp in 1863 and the camp closed in 1865.

“What sometimes get lost in the larger discussion, is places like the community center where we held this hearing act as hubs – not just for activities but in the identity of an entire community,” said Rep. Ismail Smith-Wade-El (D-Lancaster). “The history of abolitionist activists, Camp William Penn and the U.S. colored troops here tell a story, not only in our own liberation but indeed the advancement of the entire United States.”

Historic preservation experts say what they need more than anything is funding.

“We need financial support to ensure we can continue to highlight historical landmarks in our area and keep visitors coming to see them,” said Joyce Werkman, President of Citizens for the Restoration of Historic La Mott. “We need an appropriately designed, dedicated museum to feature the history of our community, and a statue at the gate of Camp William Penn. These soldiers deserve to be recognized.”

Following the roundtable discussion, members toured the Camp William Penn site and saw where local preservation societies want to put the aforementioned statue, as well as a museum that will educate visitors about the importance of the site.

“Touring Camp William Penn was an eye-opening experience. It played such an important role to the Union during the Civil War, and it served as one of the birthplaces for our African American troops,” said Rep. Melissa Shusterman (D-Chester), Vice Chair of the House Majority Policy Committee. “By funding and highlighting important sites like this, we can honor our history while boosting tourism efforts in our communities.”

Information about this hearing and other House Majority Policy Committee hearings can be found at pahouse.com/policy.

North Penn rallies past Cheltenham, pushes win streak to eight

CHELTENHAM >> A pressure-packed fourth quarter brought out the best in North Penn Saturday night.“Defense and energy, man,” said the Knights’ Ryan Deininger of those crucial eight minutes of basketball. “We were pressing up a lot, pressing full court. We got a lot of steals and a lot of fast breaks. We weren’t doing that the whole game, until the fourth. It was great.”North Penn rallied back from seven down entering the final frame produce a 57-56 win on the road and ex...

CHELTENHAM >> A pressure-packed fourth quarter brought out the best in North Penn Saturday night.

“Defense and energy, man,” said the Knights’ Ryan Deininger of those crucial eight minutes of basketball. “We were pressing up a lot, pressing full court. We got a lot of steals and a lot of fast breaks. We weren’t doing that the whole game, until the fourth. It was great.”

North Penn rallied back from seven down entering the final frame produce a 57-56 win on the road and extend its win streak to eight.

“That’s a big win. We were down the whole game and it was good to come back and keep (the winning streak) alive,” said Deininger, who scored a team-high 16 points.

North Penn raised its record to 13-4 heading into a home contest against Pennridge Tuesday night. Cheltenham is now 7-8 on the season and looks to make a push to improve its District 1-6A Playoff chances. The Panthers are at New Hope-Solebury Tuesday night.

“We just had to settle down. We weren’t playing well — we were taking some bad shots,” said Deininger of the contest — NP trailed by seven at the half and after three. “And we knew we were better than that. So we just had to keep playing.”

Baskets by Mario Sgro, Ryan Zeltt and Lee Hammond helped fuel the Knights’ charge in the fourth.

Deininger and Corey Meade were also key, combining for 10 points in the fourth.

With North Penn clinging to a 55-53 advantage with 23 seconds to go, Deininger sank two foul shots to extend the lead and provide a cushion.

“They were huge. I had been struggling from the line the whole year so it felt good to put us up four,” the senior guard said.

The Panthers, led by Yakeen Respes’ 18 points, sliced the margin to 57-56 on a three by Josiah Hutson with six seconds to go. But North Penn snapped a few passes around to drain the clock.

“We’re fighting for a home playoff game or even a bye at this point, so this was huge,” Deininger said.

North Penn 57, Cheltenham 56 North Penn 9 15 17 16 — 57 Cheltenham 11 20 17 8 — 56 North Penn: 2 Mario Sgro 3 2-2 8, 3 Norman Gee 3 0-0 8, 4 Teddy McAllister 1 0-0 3, 13 Ryan Zeltt 5 0-0 10, 20 Lee Hammond 1 0-0 2, 21 Ryan Deininger 6 3-8 16, 22 Corey Meade 1 8-15 10. Totals 20 13-25 57. Cheltenham: 1 Josiah Hutson 4 1-2 10, 2 Yakeen Respes 6 5-6 18, 4 Kamani Healey 5 1-2 11, 11 Osei Johnson 1 0-0 3, 12 Malik Hughes 0 0-2 0, 21 Nile Tinsley 4 0-0 8, 35 Xavier Thompson 2 2-2 6. Totals 22 9-14 56. 3-pointers: C-Hutson, Respes, Johnson.

Black Business Month highlights Madelange Laroche Bridal

CHELTENHAM, Pa. (CBS) -- In our salute to Black-owned businesses CBS Philadelphia is highlighting Madelange Laroche Bridal.Madelange Laroche has wanted to be a fashion designer since she was just a little girl growing up in Haiti."Since I was very young, fashion is always something that ...

CHELTENHAM, Pa. (CBS) -- In our salute to Black-owned businesses CBS Philadelphia is highlighting Madelange Laroche Bridal.

Madelange Laroche has wanted to be a fashion designer since she was just a little girl growing up in Haiti.

"Since I was very young, fashion is always something that I like to do," Laroche said. "My mom and my sister they were seamstresses and watching them at a very young age and that led me to sewing."

She got the sewing bug by watching her family.

"I think about seven years old I made my first doll dress," Laroche said.

And she never stopped sewing.

She went on to attend fashion school in Haiti and then moved to the U.S. when she was just a teenager. Laroche continued on her journey by creating bridal dresses at the young age of 16.

"Come from like Haitian background, come to America with no English, no money," Laroche said.

Now she's living out her wildest dream of owning her own bridal salon in Cheltenham.

"When I thought about opening the bridal shop, my thing was like I wanted to do custom gowns cause there is so many dresses. Many places that sell dresses," she explained. "I was like I want to make it different."

Laroche masterfully creates one-of-a-kind, stunning dresses for her clients. Every detail is done to perfection.

Ronique Smith sought out a Black-owned business to make a gala dress for her. Plus another beautiful dress that won her a pageant.

"She created this beautiful royal blue gown for me, a detachable skirt that I am absolutely in love with," Smith said.

Smith is always happy to support Black-owned businesses.

"It is important for me to kinda lift up our people," she said. "Lift up the business, the Black-owned businesses in our community."

Madelange works tirelessly with meticulous detail in creating her custom designs. She never loses sight of her humble beginnings and looks forward to the future as a thriving Black-owned business.

"By creating one-of-a-kind wedding dresses, I am happy to be able to support my community and I am here to make everybody's dream come true."

Natasha Brown

Natasha Brown is the co-anchor of CBS3@4. Prior to August 2018, the Emmy-Award winner was the weekend evening editions of Eyewitness News on CBS 3 and The CW Philly

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