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Home Care In Poway, CA

Home Care Poway, CA

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 Templars Hall 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 Poway, CA 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.


“I'm a caregiver with Always Best Care. I've work for the agency since early April 2023. My experience has been fun, challenging at times but very rewarding. My clients are very nice. It is a great place to work. Management and administration are very communicative and attentive. They always address any concerns I have whether it is schedule issue, a client issue, or a special request. I love working for ABC. I highly recommend our company for any prospective or experienced caregivers. ????”

Robert T.

“My name is Haley Maddox and I’ve been with Always Best Care for a few months now and I would just like to say I absolutely LOVE and appreciate the company because they are always willing to work with you and your schedule to fit your personal life as well. Not only that but they make sure you know it’s ok to report any and every kind of complications at work and they always encourage you to ask questions and I like that a lot because not many jobs give you that comfortable feeling that YOU matter too. Thank you to ALWAYS BEST CARE for taking great care of not just their clients but their employees as well!❤️”

Haley L.

“So grateful to be apart of this wonderful community of people, it is such a great company! My clients treat me as I am their family and I truly take great pride in being able to care for them.”

Midori G.

“Have really enjoyed working for Always Best Care !”

Angelica L.

“Chelsea from the day she manager has been sweet and wonderful, making sure my schedule which is very complicated was met. She is a blessing to me”

Gloria B.

“This is Gloria Brown and Ive been with always best care for some years. Its always been a great company to work for, but it even got better when Chelsea became the manager. With my super busy schedule she's alway been able to accommodate me, witch is not easy. It has been a blessing having her in my life. I've never worked for a company that shows appreciation and rewards us often. It feels wonderful to be appreciated. Thank you.”

Willie B.

“Always Best Care has been and continues to be a great working environment. The flexibility in my schedule has made it one of the most beneficial advantages working here. I have had the pleasure to have such great clients that have been very compatible both ways. Overall working at Always Best Care is and continues to be a great, flexible, compatible, understanding environment. Thank you Always Best Care”

A Q.

“Aida Gomez is truly an Angel in disguise She is patient with me & attend to all my needs as a caregiver.. Her appearance & personality is awesome!! . Am very pleased with Aida. I love her flexibility.”

Martha C.

“For me it is a honor to be part of this company called ALWAYS BEST CARE . From the first moment they always treated me with great respect , always worried about what I need . For me , my clients are part of my family, they are people who needs heard,respected and loved♥️I feel very blessed to be their caregiver .. Thank you very much for allowing me to be part of your beautiful company ????”

leticia O.

“I have a great experience, flexible hours, great place to work.”

Ofelia C.

“This is a great place to work, great environment there is very nice staff a job you can call home and care about are clients.”

Janet M.

“Always best care provides an excellent service as a caregiver. They care about the staff and the patient needs. The Leadership team are very compassion because they have a good level of communication and it also wants to do the right things.”

Lorena D.

“Ophelia Carter is the best thing that ever happened to Bobby Wigley. She has a lot of patience and she is so good for him. She manages to do everything in a timely manner for him. She's amazing. I don't know how much money she makes but she deserves more. Thank you”

Darlene W.

“I am getting the best quality of care”

Marilyn V.

“Always Best Care Senior Services meets each of their client's needs regardless of the intensity of the illness. Health and safety are #1 with this agency without question as to the complexity or time frame. They are committed for the duration. Customer service is not a lost cause. The staff will go beyond its means to comply to request.”

Bennie S.

“From the start everyone (I've interacted with) has been awesome. You can tell they really care and so do their jobs well. From Chelsea in admin to Steven the phone nurse and especially Martesha Dad's caregiver. They make taking care of my father so much easier than it would be if I were on my own. I appreciate all of you and all you do. Thank you.”

Dawn W.

“Hello ???????? there this is Leonardo Martínez I’m one of the formal Care givers associates for Always best Care I would like to thanks not only always best care in general for the amazing management but specially to my manager the best and most caring manager I have ever had ever, specially when it comes to work and making things work for everyone, awesome communication stills and training, always showing the best guidance for work,making me learn something new I can apply for work, honestly couldn’t be more great full and satisfied for chelsy Boscarino being by manages. God bless sincerely.”

Leonardo M.

“Always Best Senior Care is an amazing company. My husband had a stroke which left him paralyzed on one side. I was having so much difficulty trying to lift and assist him especially when it came to showering it was at that time I knew I needed assistance from a male I had no idea what to do or who would be able to help me with my husband. I reached out to several companies but was told they were limited with male caregivers and could help me. Thankfully I was given a lead and was contacted by a very nice and informative lady named Chelsea who has help us out so much by sending two very nice young men to help me with my husband. I can’t Thank Always Best Senior Care enough for coming through for me and my husband. I would highly recommend this company they are great folks !!!! Thanks again Always Best Senior Care. Pamela Alvarez”

Labrina A.

“Honestly this is a great company to work for. The owners really care about what they do and it's really refreshing for a change. It's been a blessing to be apart of the family. I look forward to continue my journey with them and helping seniors in our community!”

Shepherd B.

“Just wanted you to know that we moved Beth into Pacific Pointe last weekend. All is going well and I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to show me this place.”

Jill K.

“Ethan Kim was extremely helpful in assisting us set up in home care support. His staff was very friendly and made my mother comfortable. Ethan was always available to answer questions and was quick to provide substitute support when needed. Would highly recommend this company for senior care.”

Kathy C.

“Ethan Kim of Always Best Senior Services helped me find a place for my husband to recuperate after surgery for a broken femur and extensive surgery. He took me to see three places. I was able to choose one and I am very happy with my choice. I know I wouldn’t be able to accomplish this on my own. Very grateful for his service.”

Connie G.

“Outstanding service taking care of my Dad. The CNA assigned was awesome and we felt great knowing that she was there throughout the day. She was attentive, caring and genuine. I would highly recommend their services. You will not be disappointed.”

Steve P.

“Ethan did an excellent job finding placement for my father within tight time parameters. The home care facility Ethan helped us to find has turned out to be the best thing that could have happened for all of us. They have my father rehabilitated with their extra attention and care to the point where he can even walk again.”

Heather R.

“Ethan is a hard-working, honest man who will do everything in his power to get the right service you need.”

Sora K.

What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Poway, CA?


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.


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 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 Poway, CA

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Lake Poway Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

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

Respite Care Services

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

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 Poway, 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.

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 CA'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 Poway, 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.

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:

  • Poway Gardens Senior Living
  • Pacifica Senior Living Poway
  • Huntington Manor - Assisted Living Community
  • Skyview Gardens Assisted Living
  • Parkview Gardens Assisted Living
  • Gate Manor
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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


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


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


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 Poway, CA 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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San Diego County’s 1st Amazon Fresh grocery store finished for months, yet doors still closed

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POWAY, Calif. (KGTV) — The first Amazon Fresh grocery store location in San Diego County has been in the works for years. But while it appeared the store was just about ready to open in the spring, its doors have remained closed, leaving residents in the Poway neighborhood flummoxed.

“I’m just dying of curiosity," said Rey Cano.

“It’s been a big disappointment," said Alexis Vu.

The signage was installed in April, including designated parking spots for touchless grocery pick-up and corrals for the carts. But while everyone ABC 10News spoke with said they were excited to try out the high-tech concept, in which scanners connected to the Amazon app track what's in a customer's shopping cart and bill automatically, avoiding the need for check-out lines, they all said they are tired of waiting and wondering when the store will open.

“What the heck? We have this thing we’d like to use and it’s useless. We can’t do anything," said Ashley Yuhas. “It’s pointless. The community can put something else there that could be useful to the people.”

When reached by ABC 10News, Amazon declined to answer questions or confirm if or when the store would open.

San Diego State University professor Miro Copic, an expert on the grocery industry, says the Poway location is one of several around the country that Amazon has built without opening, jokingly referring to them as "zombie stores." He speculates that Amazon is currently pausing expanding its grocery operations while it weighs several factors. That includes anticipating a possible recession in 2023, with the benefits of waiting to open until an economic recovery.

Copic also says Amazon is struggling with its real estate footprint around the world, including its grocery division. It's possible the company is making adjustments to its business model and technology before opening new locations.

“It’s frustrating for the community. It’s frustrating for consumers. They’re excited to try this new shopping experience. But it is the least negative of the options they have," Copic said. "The worst thing to do is they open the store, big fanfare, then six months later they shut it down.”

Copic says if they are waiting to decide when or whether to open, it remains cheaper in the short-term to keep paying rent and utilities than it would be to buy out the property's lease and pay severance to employees. While that could be feasible indefinitely, Copic suggests the company will want to make an ultimate decision about whether to continue to expand and open the new locations, or cut its losses at some point in the relatively near future, perhaps in the first six months of 2023.

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Can’t-miss Fourth of July Fireworks Shows in San Diego

By Sally Ricker | July 3, 2023As the Fourth of July approaches, San Diego residents and visitors alike eagerly anticipate the dazzling displays of fireworks that light up the night sky, commemorating the birth of American independence. This year, the beautiful city of San Diego is ready to ignite the spirit of patriotism with a multitude of stunning fireworks shows spread across its vibrant neighborhoods.Get ready to be enthralled by the...

By Sally Ricker | July 3, 2023

As the Fourth of July approaches, San Diego residents and visitors alike eagerly anticipate the dazzling displays of fireworks that light up the night sky, commemorating the birth of American independence. This year, the beautiful city of San Diego is ready to ignite the spirit of patriotism with a multitude of stunning fireworks shows spread across its vibrant neighborhoods.

Get ready to be enthralled by the burst of colors, booming sounds, and a collective sense of pride as we present a curated list of the most spectacular Fourth of July fireworks shows taking place in San Diego. Mark your calendars and prepare to witness the magic of fireworks illuminating the skies in a celebration of freedom, unity, and the American spirit.

Port of San Diego Annual Big Bay Boom July 4 Fireworks Show

Date: July 4, 2023Location: Multiple Locations along San Diego BayTime: 9:00 PM

Coronado Fireworks

Date: July 4, 2023Location: Coronado Golf Course Fireworks Over Glorietta Bay, Near Stingray PointTime: 9:00 PM

Date: July 4, 2023Location: San Diego Fireworks Over San Diego Bay, Ferry Landing SideTime: 9:00 PM

Red, White & BOOM!

Date: July 4, 2023Location: One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008Time: 8:30 PM

San Diego County Fair

Date: July 4, 2023Location: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014Time: 9:00 PM

Old Poway Park

Date: July 4, 2023Location: 14134 Midland Rd, Poway, CA 92064Time: 9:00 PM

Rancho Bernardo’s Spirit of the Fourth

Date: July 4, 2023Location: Rancho Bernardo High School – 13010 Paseo Lucido, San Diego CA 92128Time: 9:00 PM

Vista Independence Day Celebration

Date: July 4, 2023Location: Moonlight Amphitheatre – 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, CA 92084Time: 9:00 PM

El Cajon 4th of July Fireworks

Date: July 4, 2023Location: Kennedy Park – 1675 East Madison Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92019Time: 9:00 PM

Santee Salutes Fourth of July Celebration

Date: July 4, 2023Location: Town Center Community Park East – 550 Park Center Drive, Santee, CA 92071Time: 9:00 PM

Lake Murray Fireworks and Musicfest

Date: July 4, 2023Location: 7001 Murray Park Dr, San Diego, CA 92119Time: 9:00 PM

Independence Day Fireworks in Imperial Beach

Date: July 4, 2023Location: Imperial Beach Pier Plaza – 940 Seacoast Drive Imperial Beach CA 91932Time: 9:00 PM

Poway’s only hospital to close its labor and delivery unit in June

Services will move to Palomar Medical Center EscondidoDoctors have been delivering babies at Poway’s only hospital since it opened in 1977, but that will no longer be the case in June as the facility’s parent company shifts labor and delivery services north to Palomar Medical Center Escondido.Diane Hansen, Palomar’s chief executive officer, confirmed in an interview that the move is in the works due to a persistently low volume of deliveries at Palomar Medical Center Poway, which was previously called Pomera...

Services will move to Palomar Medical Center Escondido

Doctors have been delivering babies at Poway’s only hospital since it opened in 1977, but that will no longer be the case in June as the facility’s parent company shifts labor and delivery services north to Palomar Medical Center Escondido.

Diane Hansen, Palomar’s chief executive officer, confirmed in an interview that the move is in the works due to a persistently low volume of deliveries at Palomar Medical Center Poway, which was previously called Pomerado Hospital.

“We have maybe two deliveries at Poway per day, and yet we have to support nursing care and physician coverage 24/7,” Hansen said. “It just has become financially untenable.”


State records confirm the assertion that Poway’s volume of newborns has dwindled. Annual data submitted to the California Department of Health Care Access show that there were 796 babies born at the hospital in 2022 compared to 3,693 at Escondido. Poway, state data indicate, has not recorded more than 1,000 deliveries in a single year since 2018, when it reported 1,297.

Hansen said that efforts to recruit more obstetricians to deliver at Poway have been unsuccessful. Market research indicates many living in and around the hospital are instead giving birth at facilities such as Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns in San Diego and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas.

Palomar, she added, considers this more of a pause than a hard stop.

“I’m not willing to say that we’re never going to have OB services down at Poway again,” Hansen said. “I would love to see us at some point in the future re-establish an OB program down there, but it’s not going to happen today or tomorrow; it might be several years down the road.”

In the near term, she added, Palomar intends to spend millions at Poway upgrading the hospital’s emergency and intensive care departments which have seen increases in patient volume.

Some are dismayed at the loss of birthing services in Poway.

Noah Friend said his wife gave birth there on March 10 and specifically selected the birthing center for its willingness to support women seeking a more natural path.

“When my daughter was born there, if it wasn’t for one of the labor and delivery nurses working with my wife for hours throughout the night, my daughter wouldn’t have been delivered naturally, as up to that point, a c-section seemed like the only option,” Friend said.

The community, he predicted, will miss the approach taken at Poway.

“The culture of that hospital is unlike any other,” Friend said. “Considering that their labor and delivery has received awards, along with the glowing experiences of so many families, it’s an absolute shock that they’re being shut down.”

Dr. Omar Khawaja, Palomar’s chief medical officer, said that the labor and delivery department has been studying other birthing centers, such as the “low-intervention birth” program at UC San Diego Health to inform changes at Escondido. While this can involve birthing in a water bath or with the assistance of certain equipment such as sitting on an inflatable ball during contractions to help gravity do its work, overall philosophy is also important.

“It’s less about the physicians and the nurses doing things to you and you being more in charge of your plan and your ideas and what you want it to look like,” Khawaja said.

The shift comes as Palomar has taken on additional labor and delivery work, starting to accept delivery referrals from community clinics in Oceanside in 2021 that are technically in the territory of the Tri-City Healthcare District. The referrals caused consternation at Tri-City and led to hearings before the San Diego Local Area Formation Commission, which ultimately affirmed an initial approval of the shift to Palomar.

State records indicate that Tri-City delivered only 552 infants in 2022 compared to 1,347 in 2021, when the change occurred. A Tri-City spokesman said in an email that the hospital’s governing board will address the situation at its next meeting on March 31.

Given the influx of patients from the west, some might wonder whether Palomar Medical Center Escondido has the capacity to absorb Poway’s volume. Executives said last week that they foresee no significant issues meeting demand in the hospital’s 18-bed postpartum unit, especially given that another significant change is in the offing.

Kaiser Permanente is scheduled to open its 206-bed, $400 million hospital in San Marcos, less than three miles away, in August. About one-third of current delivery volume — approximately 100 deliveries per month — at Palomar Medical Center Escondido, executives said, are expected to flow to Kaiser San Marcos after it opens.

All medical personnel currently working in the Poway labor and delivery unit, executives said, are being offered positions at Palomar.

Large mountain lion spotted in Poway

Making its way to their front doorsteps, residents in Poway caught video of a massive mountain lion jumping over fences and hanging in their front yards.POWAY, Calif. — With a cat coming into view, Mary Freeman in Poway was stunned at what her Ring camera captured."When the cat came into frame, I am like 'oh my gosh!' Hello kitty,” said Freeman with a laugh.Video showed big paws pressing forward on her front patio just after 1 a.m. on Wednesday, which was also Freeman’s birthday."It was...

Making its way to their front doorsteps, residents in Poway caught video of a massive mountain lion jumping over fences and hanging in their front yards.

POWAY, Calif. — With a cat coming into view, Mary Freeman in Poway was stunned at what her Ring camera captured.

"When the cat came into frame, I am like 'oh my gosh!' Hello kitty,” said Freeman with a laugh.

Video showed big paws pressing forward on her front patio just after 1 a.m. on Wednesday, which was also Freeman’s birthday.

"It was certainly beautiful. Everyone just commented, 'look at that tail,'” Freeman said.

She alerted other neighbors on Nextdoor in Rancho Arbolitos of her huge visitor, and more video started pouring in showing the large cat jumping over fences and out on an early morning stroll gallivanting down streets.

Freeman first heard her dog barking to let her know something big was lurking around outside.

"Our street is really well-lit so therefore people walk at all hours of the night sometimes with their dogs,” she said.

Freeman called California Fish and Wildlife, which told her she lived adjacent to a mountain lion habitat.

"You can see suitable mountain lion habitat from right out the back door up on the hills in the mountains,” said Justin Dellinger, the California Department of Fish and wildlife large carnivore researcher.

Dellinger said the mountain lion looks like a young animal and most likely the same animal from multiple neighborhood videos.

“Looks like a young male setting out on its own to find a new home and they are traveling through areas that they are not familiar with,” Dellinger said.

The California Fish and Wildlife site said more than half of the state is mountain lion habitat and the big cats often can be found where the deers are.

"Mountain lions are pretty opportunistic animals. Unless they already got a kill somewhere, they are probably not going to pass up the opportunity to have a snack or two,” Dellinger said.

Dellinger said the animal could be looking for a feral cat or raccoon, so try to bring pets in at night and avoid going out alone.

For more mountain lion information and safety tips, visit the state's "Keep Me Wild" site or to report a sighting, call: 858-467-4257

Fast-Casual Take on Chinese Roast Duck Lifts Off in Poway

A new restaurant applying a casual, counter-service model to dishes revolving around Chinese roast duck has landed near the AMC Theater in Poway. Called Crazy Duck, it’s the third local venture for business partners Lijun Liu and Tony Wu. Liu is a grad of UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management while Wu is a veteran chef who cooked at Clairemont Mesa’s Village Kitchen before he and Liu opened their first popular restaurant, ...

A new restaurant applying a casual, counter-service model to dishes revolving around Chinese roast duck has landed near the AMC Theater in Poway. Called Crazy Duck, it’s the third local venture for business partners Lijun Liu and Tony Wu. Liu is a grad of UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management while Wu is a veteran chef who cooked at Clairemont Mesa’s Village Kitchen before he and Liu opened their first popular restaurant, Taste of Hunan, and Fan-Fan, a recent addition to UCSD’s North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood.

Though it’s getting started in Poway, Liu says they have plans to open more Crazy Duck locations around San Diego. Designed to be takeout-friendly, the menu features whole or half roast ducks, cooked on site in a German oven that roasts the seasoned birds in about an hour. The duck is the centerpiece of fast-casual meal combos, paired vegetables and steamed rice or hand made noodles which can be tossed with sweet soy or a spicy sesame sauce.

There’s also roast duck fried rice, roast duck with spicy chili-spiked fries, and roast duck burritos along with salt and pepper or orange-sauced chicken wings. Salmon is currently the other protein choice, but Wu and Liu tell Eater that more menu items are in the works, including a boneless sliced duck and Chinese roast pork option as well as noodle soups. For customers who choose to dine-in, they can help themselves to limitless bowls of soup, including hot and sour soup and other daily specials.


Crazy Duck

13487 Poway Rd, Poway, CA 92064


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