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How does In-home Senior Care in Minden, LA 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 Minden, LA, 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 Minden, LA 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 Minden,LA 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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Mayor: Minden on verge of citywide power outage

UPDATE: 6 p.m. MONDAYMINDEN, La. - Around 6 p.m. Monday, City of Minden received communication from their AEP representative, Dale Colvin, who said he has been in contact with Entergy.According to Colvin, Entergy is actively working on finding a solution to significantly reduce the duration of the power outage for the City of Minden.Mid-morning tomorrow, a conference call will take place involving AEP, Entergy, and representatives from the City of Minden. This call will provide city leadership with a det...

UPDATE: 6 p.m. MONDAY

MINDEN, La. - Around 6 p.m. Monday, City of Minden received communication from their AEP representative, Dale Colvin, who said he has been in contact with Entergy.

According to Colvin, Entergy is actively working on finding a solution to significantly reduce the duration of the power outage for the City of Minden.

Mid-morning tomorrow, a conference call will take place involving AEP, Entergy, and representatives from the City of Minden. This call will provide city leadership with a detailed plan on how they can minimize the impact of the power outage. It is important to note that at this time, no outage has been scheduled.

UPDATE: 1 p.m. MONDAY

MINDEN, La. At this time, Entergy has not provided a specific timeline for the controlled outage, nor has it identified the potential duration.

The City of Minden stands ready to set up cooling stations as necessary.

City officials also said any information regarding the timing or duration of the outage that does not originate directly from City Hall should be considered unverified and potentially misleading.

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MINDEN, La. – Minden is on the verge of a citywide power outage after an early morning fire heavily damaged the electrical substation, Mayor Nick Cox said Sunday in a public notice to residents.

It’s unknown when the outage will occur or how long it will last. City officials are working with the utility company to determine a course of action, he said.

“In the meantime, we understand the inconvenience and potential challenges this power outage may pose for our community. We strongly advise all residents to remain calm and prepared during this time,” Cox said.

Updates will be provided through local media and the city’s social media.

The potential outage comes as temperatures in northwest Louisiana are forecast to top 100 degrees each day through next weekend.

The fire was reported around 6:13 a.m. at Entergy’s Gilark substation, causing a brief citywide power outage. Entergy officials assessed the situation; however, “significant damage” was sustained to a potential transformer, buss and lightning arresters.

“The potential transformer exploded and will need to be repaired urgently,” Cox said.

The substation is the city’s only tie to the power grid. It is 115,000 volts and the sole power entry location.

The city is working with Entergy and AEP to find a solution.

City officials are preparing for the outage by partnering with the Webster Parish Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness to create cooling centers at locations in the city.

Also, the city is collaborating with other local organizations, including the Red Cross to “ensure the support and well-being of our most vulnerable residents, cush as the elderly, children and those with medical conditions,” Cox said.

Minden's Terry Snook delivered aircraft to U.S. allies during the Vietnam War

MINDEN, La. -- Terry Snook spent a decade in the Air Force flying a variety of aircraft, from sleek fighter jet trainers to the old reliable cargo planes like the C-130. But his most interesting stories are of secret deliveries of a lesser-known aircraft to our allies during the Vietnam War.The C-123, nicknamed the Thunder Pig, wasn't the most heralded aircraft in the Air Force, but it was the right aircraft for certain jobs. It could land on short, dirt runways; it could even land on the side of mountains. That made it perfect for re...

MINDEN, La. -- Terry Snook spent a decade in the Air Force flying a variety of aircraft, from sleek fighter jet trainers to the old reliable cargo planes like the C-130. But his most interesting stories are of secret deliveries of a lesser-known aircraft to our allies during the Vietnam War.

The C-123, nicknamed the Thunder Pig, wasn't the most heralded aircraft in the Air Force, but it was the right aircraft for certain jobs. It could land on short, dirt runways; it could even land on the side of mountains. That made it perfect for re-supplying troops in Vietnam.

Toward the end of the war, U.S. allies were clamoring for such an aircraft. So, a deal was struck to supply these Thunder Pigs to the Cambodians. But someone had to deliver them.

"So, I went to our squadron commander and said, 'boss, I would like to try this,'" said Snook, then a first lieutenant.

These aircraft were usually flown or shipped overseas in pieces. But this mission in 1973 meant flying the slow-moving C-123 from the United States all the way to Thailand. His route took him from Dothan, Ala., to Sacramento and onto Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii.

“We got a day off there because we had a 15-hour flight,” Snook said. “We were very tired, no auto pilot. Plus, you're extra heavy because you have all that extra fuel. We were actually over gross weight when we took off.”

Snook, his co-pilot, navigator, and two crew chiefs then flew the aircraft to Midway Island and Wake Island of WW II fame, onto Guam and then to the Philippines.

“We went down around the horn of south Vietnam to Bangkok and that's where they actually stopped us,” Snook said. “Instead of going in country, they decided they'd have a Thai crew take it in country into Cambodia.”

The planes proved to be critical to re-supplying troops with just about anything they needed in the field.

"They delivered pigs, they delivered rice, they delivered bullets, they delivered people,” Snook said.

It was a mission that Snook completed twice, once again in 1974.

Back stateside, Snook became an instructor flying the Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star at Clark Air Force Base. He also flew the bigger cousin of the c-123 -- the C-130 Hercules.

But after all the potential danger he faced, it was a volleyball injury -- a badly broken elbow -- that shortened his career.

“They said well, your flying days are numbered,” Snook said.

After 10 years as an Air Force pilot, Snook turned his focus on his family and civilian life. He became the owner of four Midas auto repair franchises, becoming the president of the association of franchise owners. He also still serves as the president of Barksdale Air Force Base’s Global Power museum's association, the non-profit fundraising arm of the museum.

Pearls of Purpose to host Witches Ride of Minden

A new all-ladies group, Pearls of Purpose, is set to bring a Witches Ride to Minden, in what promises to be a whimsical and festive community event. Pearls of Purpose, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, aims to host family-friendly gatherings throughout north Louisiana, supporting local charities and community endeavors. The group’s founders, Sarah Watson Overall of Minden and Amber Ryals Bryant of Ruston, along with the Pearls of Purpose board members, are working tirelessly to make this inaugural event a success.The Witches Ri...

A new all-ladies group, Pearls of Purpose, is set to bring a Witches Ride to Minden, in what promises to be a whimsical and festive community event. Pearls of Purpose, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, aims to host family-friendly gatherings throughout north Louisiana, supporting local charities and community endeavors. The group’s founders, Sarah Watson Overall of Minden and Amber Ryals Bryant of Ruston, along with the Pearls of Purpose board members, are working tirelessly to make this inaugural event a success.

The Witches Ride has its origins in Seaside, FL, over 30 years ago and has since gained popularity across the southeast. Following the footsteps of neighboring towns, Pearls of Purpose saw the opportunity to bring this enchanting experience to Minden. The ride, taking place on Thursday, October 19 in downtown Minden, will feature women (ages 18 and up) from across north Louisiana donning their spookiest and most festive attire. Participants are invited to join the parade, while families, including spouses and children, can join as parade watchers or partake in the festivities at the block party.

The block party, to be held immediately after the Witches Ride, will be a vibrant celebration with complimentary bites, a cash bar, music, a kid’s area, and a screening of the classic film “Hocus Pocus.” Tickets for the ride and block party are priced at $45, while non-riders can attend the block party for $10. Children can enter the block party for free.

The proceeds from the event will be dedicated to two important causes. The funds will go toward supporting the development of Miller Quarters, which will also serve as the location for the Witches Ride’s start, finish, and block party. Additionally, the non-profit organization We’re Here, We Care will receive support, with a plan to collaborate closely with the organization and its founder, Patrick White, to provide bicycles for children during the Christmas season.

Katie Theriot, the point of contact for the event, stated, “Since we announced this event on social media, we have seen a huge amount of interest from people across various towns, including Shreveport, Bossier, Benton, Haughton, Minden, Magnolia, and Rayville. Women and their groups of friends are excited and planning to attend this inaugural event!”

For those interested in attending the Witches Ride and block party, tickets can be purchased online through the group’s social media channels on Facebook and Instagram (@witchesrideminden), or in-person at Red Blooms and Say Baby in Minden, and Simply Chic in Bossier.

The event organizers are also collaborating with local establishments to offer discounted rates to out-of-town guests. Huffman Manor, Huffman House, the Villas at Spanish Court as well as other Air Bnbs by Sara McDaniel will be participating in the effort to accommodate visitors from afar.

For further information or inquiries, please contact Katie Theriot at 318-278-1881 or via email at [email protected]. The Pearls of Purpose team is thrilled to host this event and is optimistic about the success it will achieve, spreading joy and support throughout the Minden community.

Promise of utility cutoffs for nonpayment concerns Minden residents

“There’s going to be people without power in this heat, and I don’t think it’s fair”MINDEN, La. (KSLA) — Nobody wants to be without utilities during this heat.But the City of Minden told KSLA News 12 on Tuesday that if residents have not paid their bill, they’re cutting off their utilities.KSLA News 12 has received several messages from concerned citizens about the cutoffs and what it could mean during this heat wave.We received a host of emails and phone calls about Min...

“There’s going to be people without power in this heat, and I don’t think it’s fair”

MINDEN, La. (KSLA) — Nobody wants to be without utilities during this heat.

But the City of Minden told KSLA News 12 on Tuesday that if residents have not paid their bill, they’re cutting off their utilities.

KSLA News 12 has received several messages from concerned citizens about the cutoffs and what it could mean during this heat wave.

We received a host of emails and phone calls about Minden’s utility cutoff deadline. And many are worried about being cut off during these triple-digit temperatures.

So KSLA News 12′s Tamer Knight went to Minden to get answers to what residents can expect in the coming days.

“We’ve been having heat waves and everything. It’s let up for a couple days, but it’s coming back. And there’s going to be people without power in this heat, and I don’t think it’s fair,” Minden resident Shaun Stewart said.

Some residents are afraid of their utilities being shut off sometime in the near future after failure to make payments that were due Aug. 10.

“The City of Minden has a policy. And the way we handle our utility bills is on the 10th of every month the bill is due,” Mayor Nick Cox said. However, the mayor said there is a grace period after the 10th.

“And then on the fourth Tuesday of every month is what we call the cutoff date. That is the date where the grace period is over, and that’s when we start cutoffs.”

The mayor said the city actually hasn’t made any disconnections since June. In fact, he said, the city takes into consideration other factors, including government orders.

“On the cutoff date, we stop and evaluate external factors such as the weather, the temperature, the heat index and kind of evaluate that,” Cox said. “We never want to do something that would leave our citizens unsafe.”

At this time, he said, no cutoffs have taken place.

When asked about the cutoff notice posted on the City of Minden’s Facebook Page, Cox said it’s a recurring post that generates each month.

“It really got the attention of the people it needed to get the attention of. And it’s really helped our numbers and got people to pay in a timely manner.”

Despite the city’s leniency with utility cutoffs, he urged everyone to pay their bill on time because it will accumulate, and you will face disconnection if the balance is unpaid once they move forward with cutoffs.

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In Memoriam: James D. Madden’s Enduring Legacy in Minden and Beyond

The community stands poised to honor a remarkable trailblazer, whose contributions have left an indelible mark on progress. James D. Madden, a prominent figure known for his prowess in business and impassioned advocacy, has left an undeniable impact that resonates both in the bounds of Louisiana and far beyond. Diverse viewpoints on his legacy may persist, but one truth remains unwavering: Madden’s profound concern for the community he held dear.Madden’s legacy is a tapestry woven with achievements that transcended geograp...

The community stands poised to honor a remarkable trailblazer, whose contributions have left an indelible mark on progress. James D. Madden, a prominent figure known for his prowess in business and impassioned advocacy, has left an undeniable impact that resonates both in the bounds of Louisiana and far beyond. Diverse viewpoints on his legacy may persist, but one truth remains unwavering: Madden’s profound concern for the community he held dear.

Madden’s legacy is a tapestry woven with achievements that transcended geographical confines. A fervent champion of causes both within Louisiana and on a broader scale, he exemplified unwavering conviction, fearlessly advocating for his deeply held beliefs.

Notably, Madden’s dedication to nurturing education and skills development reverberated commendably throughout the region. His resolute support for Northwest Louisiana Technical Community College, a cause close to his heart, showcased a steadfast commitment to fostering learning opportunities. This dedication mirrored his unwavering support for other cherished causes, a testament to his character.

Born January 13, 1938, in Heflin, Louisiana, James D. Madden, 85, of Minden, transitioned from earthly life to his heavenly abode on August 7, 2023, in Shreveport, Louisiana. A devoted member of First Methodist Church in Minden and the proprietor of Madden Contracting Company, his presence and influence were widely felt.

Preceded in death by his parents, Grady and Johnye Mae Madden, daughter Sarah Margaret Madden Willis, and great-grandson Huck Hurley, he leaves behind a legacy carried forward by his surviving wife, Lyda Madden of Minden; sons, Doug Madden, David Madden, and John Madden, all of Minden; and a host of cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren, each a testament to his enduring impact.

The community at large stands united in honoring James D. Madden’s life, reflecting upon his accomplishments and far-reaching contributions that have enriched the tapestry of Minden, Louisiana, and extended far beyond.

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of James Madden, a remarkable man and influential visionary in our community. He was not only a successful businessman, but also a respected figure who generously gave back. His advocacy for our Northwest Louisiana Technical Community College and his immeasurable other contributions will always be remembered. We will cherish his memory and work to carry on his impactful legacy. His friendship meant a lot to me personally, and his absence will be felt immensely. Mr. Madden was a pillar of our community, and his presence is truly irreplaceable. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this time of profound loss. May they find comfort and strength in the memories of his remarkable life and the impact he had on our community,” said Nick Cox, Mayor of Minden.

“Since I am new to our community, I did not have the honor or the privilege to know Mr. James

Madden that long. An elderly sage once wrote that if a person touches the life of but one

person, they have touched the heart of God. Many would agree that James Madden touched

the heart of God thousands of times in his life. His legacy of generosity and strength lives on in

the hearts and minds of so many. I have talked to a lot of people in the past couple of days

about their impressions of Mr. Madden. I learned that he was a respected and beloved figure in

this community and beyond. Respect cannot be purchased. It must be earned. James Madden

earned the respect of so many throughout his life’s Journey. I believe that his life continues

today with Jesus Christ his Savior who said, ‘I Am the resurrection and the life. Those who

believe in me, even though they die, will live and everyone who lives and believes in me will

never die.’ The French novelist Jean Paul Sartre said that life is a waste, a useless passion. That was not true for James Madden. He lived with vigor, love and joy. He will be missed but never forgotten,” said Rev. Steve Berger, Senior Pastor, First Methodist Church Minden.

“I knew Mr. Madden for most of my life as a result of having family connections from the same area of south Webster Parish. However, I began to personally get to know him 7 years ago through our shared friendship with Dr. Earl Meador and a shared interest and appreciation for NLTCC. I soon realized Mr. Madden valued education and its impact on our citizenry, and how much he deeply cared about the wellbeing of our community. I respected him and held him in high regard. Sherri and I pray God’s comforting presence will continue to be with his family,” said Johnny Rowland, Jr., Superintendent of the Webster Parish School District.

“The passing of Mr. Madden is a huge loss for the Greater Minden community. Mr. Madden has been instrumental in the growth of businesses and industry in Webster Parish and beyond. His entrepreneurial spirit and innovative leadership have left an impact that will not be forgotten. We know his legacy will continue to be felt for years to come. Our heartfelt sympathies and prayers go out to Mrs. Lyda and his entire family,” said Stephanie Barnette, President/CEO of the Greater Minden Chamber.

“Mr. Madden was a pillar of the community who at all times supported law enforcement in the parish. He was a man of few words but when he spoke…people listened! On a personal level, he was always there for me, to listen and to provide good counsel. We will never know how much he did behind the scenes for those who were in need. He will truly be missed,” said Jason Parker, Webster Parish Sheriff.

James Madden’s tremendous impact on the local community is evident. With his time on this earth he left a legacy that will continue to be felt long after his passing.

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