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“We have been using Always Best Care Senior Services for 4 years for my Mom's in home care. The staff are caring and helpful, and take great care in providing for her needs. Minda Geir has been instrumental in keeping the scheduling department working, despite the changes that are needed when doctors appointments and other changes are needed. It is not an easy job and we appreciate the efforts she takes to communicate with us. Minda has been a gem! I also want to recommend working with Kathee Grgich. She is in a different department at Always Best Care. She is helping us find a future assisted living facility for my Mom as she may want to move this year. Kathee has spent many hours looking for different places and even going with us on tours of these places. Her recommendations have been invaluable, saving us time and giving us incites we would never have known otherwise. This service is provided free of charge, and I cannot express how important Kathee's help has been. Always Best Care provides other valuable senior services, and I would highly recommend considering their services.”

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“Tori Burke has been great. She's doing a awesome job helping my mother with all her needs. Tori has a very special personality that makes my mom feel very comfortable. Thank you for sending Tori to us.”

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“Nina Thao was my Fathers caregiver and she always went above and beyond. We were so blessed to have such a hard working, empathetic, and dependable person who helped my Father live as comfortably as possible past 100 years old! I would Highly recommend Nina Thao from Always Best Care to help your family when in need. Sincerely, Cynthia Coopee”

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“I am writing to praise the caregiving and support that Shristi provides to my brother, Sgt Michael Iwanaga for the last year. Shristi is always friendly, has a great attitude, is extremely helpful and always willing to go the “extra mile”. My brother could not be happier with the care and companionship that Shristi has provided to him. He was initially reluctant to have a care giver but since having Shristi’s care and support he does not know how he would be able to do without her. He would be extremely bereft should Shristi no longer be able to provide him with the care. I would also like to commend your administrative staff for their responsiveness, support and positive attitude. We could not be happier with the care that your organization has been able to provide to my brother. In fact, I have referred your organization to my cousin, Lucille Irby for assistance due to the excellent care and responsiveness of your organization. Please feel free to use my name as a reference. With appreciation, Tami Pereira”

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“We have been with Always Best Care for 2 years. My dad is 91 and has enjoyed all of the caregivers. Victoria is his favorite. They get along beautifully. They work with the veterans and are somewhat flexible with scheduling. I would recommend Always Best Care for your caregiving needs.”

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How does In-home Senior Care in Coloma, CA 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 Coloma, CA, 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 Coloma, CA 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 Coloma,CA 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.

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Floodwater Inundates North-Central California

Heavy rain hit parts of central and northern California on New Year’s Eve 2022, flooding communities near San Francisco and Sacramento. Water breached levees along the Cosumnes River near Wilton, California, flooding numerous roads including Highway 99—a major thoroughfare in the Central Valley. Wilton and other nearby farming communities were issued evacuation orders.The Bay Area National Weather Service measured 5.5 inches...

Heavy rain hit parts of central and northern California on New Year’s Eve 2022, flooding communities near San Francisco and Sacramento. Water breached levees along the Cosumnes River near Wilton, California, flooding numerous roads including Highway 99—a major thoroughfare in the Central Valley. Wilton and other nearby farming communities were issued evacuation orders.

The Bay Area National Weather Service measured 5.5 inches (14 centimeters) of rain in downtown San Francisco on December 31, 2022, the second wettest day in more than 170 years of record-keeping. This daily total is about half of the city’s expected rainfall for the entire month of December. Toward the northeast in Sacramento County, some areas recorded up to 4 inches (10 centimeters) of rain within 24 hours, according to the National Weather Service.

The flooding that ensued is visible in the false-color image (right) acquired on January 1, 2023, with the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite. Water appears light to dark blue. Vegetation is green and bare land is brown. For comparison, the MODIS image from December 16, 2022 (left) shows the same area prior to the intense rainfall.

Near Wilton, levees of the Cosumnes River have been breached. The Sacramento County Office of Emergency Services urged residents of Wilton, California, to evacuate on December 31, 2022, but changed the order a few hours later to shelter-in-place due to treacherous road conditions in the area. As flooding moved southwest along the Cosumnes River on January 1, residents of Point Pleasant were ordered to leave their homes and move livestock.

Emergency personnel rescued people from roofs of cars, and several people in Wilton were stranded in their homes. Hundreds of people in Sacramento County were still without power as of the morning of January 3, 2023.

Crews of the Cosumnes River Levee District are working to fix the levee breaches as more rain is expected to hit Sacramento County’s already saturated soils starting on January 4.

NASA Earth Observatory images by Lauren Dauphin, using MODIS data from NASA EOSDIS LANCE and GIBS/Worldview. Story by Emily Cassidy.

Here are places in Northern California where you can learn to pan for gold

Northern California has a long history of people searching for gold. The first gold was found in the area of Coloma in 1848, and today, miners are still looking.Experts say the 49ers only recovered 15% of California’s available gold. Though most of the other 85% is deep under the Earth’s surface there is still gold to be found. There are also plenty of places where those eager to search for ...

Northern California has a long history of people searching for gold. The first gold was found in the area of Coloma in 1848, and today, miners are still looking.

Experts say the 49ers only recovered 15% of California’s available gold. Though most of the other 85% is deep under the Earth’s surface there is still gold to be found. There are also plenty of places where those eager to search for gold can learn the proper techniques.

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Here are some places where you can learn about panning for gold.

California Gold Panning, Jamestown, California:

The business, located on Wood’s Creek in Jamestown, is run by the Prebalick family, three generations of gold miners. The Prebalicks offer mining classes for school field trips and corporate and team-building parties.

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Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Coloma, California:

After a 15-minute lesson, you can take a half hour looking for gold yourself. Lessons are available most days into the afternoon. Call 530-622-3470 for availability.

Once temperatures hit above 92 degrees, lessons won't be available.

Roaring Camp Mining Co., Pine Grove, California:

You can visit an operating gold mine and try to find your own gold. Roaring Camp Mining Company is open from May through September. It's located in the Mokelumne Canyon.

Strike It Rich Adventures, Sutter Creek, California:

Strike It Rich Adventures offers gold panning lessons and underground mine tours. They promise you're guaranteed to take home "genuine gold as a souvenir of your day."

Gold Bug Park and Mine, Placerville, California

Visit a gold mine from the Gold Rush days and take a tour. There's also gem panning for $5 an hour.

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Child released from hospital after mountain lion attack in California

A five-year-old boy who was attacked by a mountain lion while hiking in rural northern California with his mother and grandfather has been released from a hospital, authorities said Wednesday.The boy had raced ahead of the adults on a trail in San Mateo county, south of San Francisco, on Tuesday, when the big cat pounced on him and pinned him to the ground, said Capt Patrick Foy, a...

A five-year-old boy who was attacked by a mountain lion while hiking in rural northern California with his mother and grandfather has been released from a hospital, authorities said Wednesday.

The boy had raced ahead of the adults on a trail in San Mateo county, south of San Francisco, on Tuesday, when the big cat pounced on him and pinned him to the ground, said Capt Patrick Foy, a spokesperson with the California department of fish and wildlife.

“The little boy was pretty viciously attacked by a mountain lion that took him to the ground,” Foy said.

The attack was reported shortly before 7pm on Tunitas Creek Road in an unincorporated area of San Mateo county, the sheriff’s department said.

The area is south of Half Moon Bay.

County authorities said the boy had puncture wounds.

“He was pretty severely scratched. But whether he was bitten or not, I can’t confirm that at this time,” Foy said.

Foy said the boy had fought the mountain lion and tried to free himself, but the animal only let go after the child’s mother charged at it.

“Right before she even made physical contact with the lion, the lion released the little boy,” Foy said.

The child was released from Stanford medical center on Tuesday evening, he said.

“Our coastal community had endured so much these past few weeks. Our entire agency is saddened of this news and sends many warm wishes to the child for a speedy and full recovery,” the San Mateo county sheriff, Christina Corpus, said to the San Francisco Chronicle. “Our thoughts are with the family at this time.”

The California department of fish and wildlife was investigating the attack.

Foy said investigators had yet to get access to the property where the attack happened. He said they had collected the boy’s clothing and would check it for traces of saliva that could help them collect a DNA sample of the animal.

Mountain lion attacks on humans are rare. There have been 21 other known attacks, according to the California department of fish and wildlife. Only three have been fatal.

Last September, a seven-year-old boy was bitten by a mountain lion while walking with his father around dusk in a park near Santa Clarita in southern California. The father scared the animal away and the child was treated for relatively minor wounds.

Northern California flooded after powerful storm brings drenching rain

Flash flood warnings were issued on Sunday in parts of northern California after a powerful storm brought drenching rain and heavy snowfall overnight, snarling traffic and closing highways as the state ushered in the new year.Residents in the area of Wilton in Sacramento county were urged to seek higher ground by emergency officials amid the threat of “imminent levee failure&...

Flash flood warnings were issued on Sunday in parts of northern California after a powerful storm brought drenching rain and heavy snowfall overnight, snarling traffic and closing highways as the state ushered in the new year.

Residents in the area of Wilton in Sacramento county were urged to seek higher ground by emergency officials amid the threat of “imminent levee failure” on a portion of the local Cosumnes River, the Sacramento Bee reported.

Many roads were underwater on Sunday and rivers were above flood level.

And in the high Sierra Nevada, snow accumulated and the National Weather Service in Sacramento warned about hazardous driving conditions and posted photos on Twitter showing traffic on snow-covered mountain passes, where vehicles were required to have chains or four-wheel drive.

The so-called atmospheric river storm was pulling in a long and wide plume of moisture from the Pacific Ocean on Friday and Saturday. Flooding and rock slides closed portions of roads across northern California.

Precipitation was easing as the new year was rung in, but the threat of flooding remained.

It was the first of several storms expected to roll across California over the next week. The current system is expected to be warmer and wetter, while next week’s storms will be colder, lowering snow levels in the mountains, said Hannah Chandler-Cooley, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

The Sacramento region could receive a total of four to five inches of rain over the span of the week, Chandler-Cooley said.

The extreme weather came amid the longer-term picture of a historic mega-drought in the area and the wider region, punctuated by devastating wildfires over a prolonged season, that adds up to a climate disaster in the American west.

Meanwhile, almost 300 miles north-west of Sacramento, an earthquake, preliminarily reported at a magnitude of 5.4, hit the area near Rio Dell on Sunday, in Humboldt county.

No injuries were reported but the temblor came weeks after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake in the same region on December 20, which killed two people and caused widespread power outages.

175 years after gold discovery, California state parks making Coloma’s history more inclusive

Men dressed in loose trousers and twilled cotton coats. Women wearing long layered dresses with sunbonnets. Alongside the cold waters of the American, they panned for gold flakes, made rope and cooked beef bourguignon. This was Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park on Saturday morning — not much different than pioneer times 175 years ago.James W. Marshall’s discovery of gold — on Jan. 24, 1848, in the tailrace of a lumber mill he was building for John Sutter — was commemorated by the California Department...

Men dressed in loose trousers and twilled cotton coats. Women wearing long layered dresses with sunbonnets. Alongside the cold waters of the American, they panned for gold flakes, made rope and cooked beef bourguignon. This was Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park on Saturday morning — not much different than pioneer times 175 years ago.

James W. Marshall’s discovery of gold — on Jan. 24, 1848, in the tailrace of a lumber mill he was building for John Sutter — was commemorated by the California Department of Parks and Recreation.

His simple act would launch the 1849 Gold Rush, the greatest voluntary mass immigration in world history — irrevocably changing California from a sleepy outpost moving from Mexican to American rule to the center of innovation and pop culture, as well as home to nearly 40 million from every corner of American and the globe.

But the history runs deeper than the precious metal and state parks officials saw Saturday’s celebration as part of a continuum to broaden the historical context in which they memorialize the people and events that led to California’s unparalleled growth and prosperity.

“History, whether good, bad or indifferent, we need to tell it and learn from it,” state parks’ Gold Fields District Superintendent Barry Smith said.

“Reexamining our past,” as the department calls it, was launched in 2020 to tell a more inclusive story at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, site of the history-changing find.

Saturday’s anniversary kicked off with a land acknowledgment of the Niesenan tribe, who originally lived on the land where the precious metal was spotted. California’s indigenous population served as the majority labor force before and during that Gold Rush.

“In the Niesenan-Maidu world, they called this place ‘cullumah,’ which meant ‘beautiful valley,’” said state parks Director Armando Quintero.

Saturday’s events included a reenactment of the discovery in the re-created mill that sits a few yards from the original find. Actors recounted the era through the eyes of Marshall, Sutter, Jennie Wimmer, Sam Brannan and Henry Bigler.

Superintendent Smith said when the park was founded, the parks department was going to tell the story of the history of the Gold Rush between 1849 and 1852, but decided they also needed to tell the story about the people of Coloma who came before and who remain.

“Our idea is that you learn about (the history) in the museum and then you come out into the park and its reinforced,” Smith said.

Smith said parks officials are working with a group of Native Americans to build a Native garden and create other exhibits in the 576-acre park dedicated to indigenous contributions.

Louis Smith III of the Niesenan and Mi-Wuk tribes said he visits the park often to gather with other members of the tribe that are established there and help with tasks.

On Saturday, Smith was tending to a fire and smudging, a traditional ceremony that involves the burning of sacred herbs.

Other tribal members were moving dirt and preparing the land for the garden, where they will plant native herbs and plants.

“We’re working with the park and they’re working with us,” Smith said. “As long as they treat us as equals, which they’re starting to do.”

Park officials have also implemented restorations and acknowledgments to include the history of the Monroe family, a former slave family who once owned the land that the park sits on.

Volunteers restored the red Monroe shed from the ground up and filled it with farming tools.

“We’d like to bring back the Monroe Orchard,” Barry Smith, the superintendent, said. “We also have added a series of signs in to talk about Black history and the property owners.”

The Gam Saan, or “Gold Mountain”, Trail was dedicated in February last year to honor the contributions Chinese miners made.

“It goes through an old Chinese burial ground,” Smith said. “We asked our Chinese stakeholders to name the trail for us.”

Smith said this February or March, the state park will have another celebration to commemorate the anniversary of the trail.

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