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How does In-home Senior Care in Lockeford, 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:


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 Lockeford, 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.


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 Lockeford, 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

Attendance and aid 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 Lockeford,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


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


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


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

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

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

Latest News in Lockeford, CA

Amazon to launch Prime Air drone delivery service in Lockeford, California

Amazon.com Inc. will make its Prime Air drone delivery service available in Lockeford, California, later this year, the company announced today.The news marks an important milestone for Amazon’s drone delivery efforts. After launching Prime Air in Lockeford, in San Joaquin County south of Sacramento, the company plans to bring the service to additional locations. Amazon said that it intends...

Amazon.com Inc. will make its Prime Air drone delivery service available in Lockeford, California, later this year, the company announced today.

The news marks an important milestone for Amazon’s drone delivery efforts. After launching Prime Air in Lockeford, in San Joaquin County south of Sacramento, the company plans to bring the service to additional locations. Amazon said that it intends to expand the availability of the service “in months and years to come.”

For Lockeford residents, Prime Air will become available as a delivery option on Amazon’s e-commerce marketplace. The company’s drones will be capable of ferrying “thousands of everyday items” to users at a top speed of 50 miles per hour. A Prime Air drone can reach a maximum altitude of 400 feet during flight, then descend to customers’ backyards to release packages.

The development of Prime Air is led by an Amazon engineering group that the company says includes hundreds of scientists, engineers, aerospace professionals and futurists. The group is based at a facility near the company’s Seattle headquarters that also houses its drone manufacturing and assembly hub.

Amazon’s researchers have equipped its drones with an internally developed software system that can automatically avoid obstacles. During flight, the system maneuvers around both static obstacles and moving objects such as other aircraft. Before a Prime Air drone lowers a package to a customer’s backyard, the onboard software checks whether the surrounding area is clear of obstacles.

The lessons that Amazon will glean from providing drone deliveries in Lockeford may help the company further enhance its technology. Amazon has already been rolling out technology upgrades at a quick pace, producing dozens of delivery drone prototypes since development of Prime Air began. Potentially, the Prime Air test program in Lockeford could help the company uncover additional opportunities for improvement across both its drone delivery fleet and other components of the service.

In addition deploying more delivery drones, expanding the availability of Prime Air to other locations will require Amazon to build supporting infrastructure. The know-how that the company gained from rapidly expanding its logistics network over the past few years could prove valuable in this area.

Prime Air is only one component of Amazon’s autonomous delivery strategy. In parallel with its delivery drone initiative, the company is developing a six-wheeled delivery robot called Scout that can ferry packages to consumers’ doorsteps. As part of its product testing efforts, Amazon has deployed Scout robots in a limited number of locations to help deliver e-commerce packages.

Amazon’s investments in emerging automation technologies also extends beyond its internal hardware development efforts. The company recently backed a $150 million funding round for startup Agility Robotics Inc., which is developing a bipedal robot designed to operate in environments such as e-commerce warehouses. Amazon made the investment through the $1 billion Amazon Industrial Innovation Fund that it debuted in April.

Amazon is not the only tech giant investing in autonomous delivery technologies. Alphabet Inc.’s Wing division operates a growing fleet of delivery drones that can ferry merchandise from retail stores to consumers. Wing’s drones are capable of flying at speeds of up to 65 miles an hour and can drop off packages without landing.

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Amazon drone delivery officially live in California, Texas

It’s official. About half a year after it announced Lockeford, California, and ...

It’s official. About half a year after it announced Lockeford, California, and College Station, Texas, as the inaugural locations for Amazon Prime Air drone delivery — and after nearly a decade of promises, innovations and setbacks — Amazon finally launched its commercial service last week.

David Carbon, vice president of Prime Air at Amazon, shared a LinkedIn post on Christmas Eve revealing the long-awaited news: “First deliveries from our new sites in TX and CA. Couldn’t be prouder of the amazing people that make up Prime Air. These are careful first steps that we will turn into giant leaps for our customers over the next number of years.”

Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) confirmed the service’s rollout to Fox affiliate KTXL in Texas, which covers Lockeford and wider San Joaquin County. Together, Lockeford and College Station have a combined population of nearly 125,000.

“Our aim is to safely introduce our drones to the skies. We are starting in these communities and will gradually expand deliveries to more customers over time,” Natalie Banke, an Amazon Prime Air spokesperson, told the media.

For the most part, Amazon has remained tight-lipped about the finer details of the new service. But it has made intermittent blog posts that provide the occasional insight. In the most recent update, it said its drones will deliver packages weighing less than 5 pounds to customers in under an hour. And to start, only Prime members will be eligible for deliveries in either city.

Amazon so far has worked directly with Prime account holders and city officials in Lockeford and College Station to gauge interest in the service and hear local stakeholders’ opinions about how it should be run.

But crucially, it also obtained a Part 135 air carrier certification from the Federal Aviation Administration. To get it, Amazon had to demonstrate a certain threshold of safety in its operations. And with it, the company is treated as an airline in the eyes of the FAA, allowing it to deliver commercially with drones. Amazon is one of a handful of companies with this approval.

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The other companies that have earned the certification, also known as a type certificate, are Alphabet’s drone delivery arm Wing, UPS’ Flight Forward, Zipline and most recently Matternet, which earlier this month became the first drone firm to also receive a production certification. That approval allows it to manufacture its type-certified drone in the U.S. without a waiver.

Indeed, Matternet is ahead of the pack from a regulatory standpoint and that sets it up to succeed commercially once the myriad of firms flying under FAA exemptions can no longer do so.

Partner UPS, for example, has been flying beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) of its pilots under an exemption called Section 44807, which is set to expire in September 2023. When it does, the only drone firms that will be able to support commercial BVLOS services like UPS’ will be those with type and production certificates.

As one of just five firms with a type certification, Amazon is on a trajectory toward becoming one of those valued drone delivery providers. However, it lacks the market share of key rivals, which could mean a more difficult path to obtaining the trust of retailers.

DroneUp, for instance, expanded into Florida, Texas and Arizona earlier this month and plans to grow its network to 4 million customers in 2023. Meanwhile, Wing has been flying commercially in Texas since April and recently signed a watershed delivery agreement with DoorDash to deliver orders in Australia.

Around the same time, though, Amazon unveiled a smaller, lighter, more durable drone that is slated to enter service in 2024. The new model promises increased range, a more compact design and a significant boost to durability, including the ability to fly in light rain.

Carbon said that with the new design, Amazon expects to deliver 500 million packages per year by 2030 — an ambitious goal but one that shows the company’s high level of confidence in its product.

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Amazon Drone Deliveries Are Coming to the U.S., Finally

The first Amazon drone deliveries are finally set to begin in the U.S., after years of delay and disappointment for ...

The first Amazon drone deliveries are finally set to begin in the U.S., after years of delay and disappointment for Jeff Bezos. Amazon customers in Lockeford, California will be the first to receive drone deliveries later this year, according to Reuters, but Amazon’s Prime Air drones have been around since 2016.

Amazon drones first delivered boxes to customers in the UK that year, and the program expanded to countries abroad, such as Germany. The Amazon Prime Air program failed to gain regulatory approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), but the program is now pending local permits only. After nearly a decade, the Amazon drones cleared the hurdles and they’re set to take-off by the end of 2022.

The pilot program won’t be quite as seamless as Amazon Prime customers are used to, though. Drone deliveries are limited to customers with a backyard that’ll accommodate the drones, which can carry a maximum load of up to five pounds.

Amazon will also inspect the landing area for these delivery drones, to make sure the zone is clear. So, the e-commerce company has started reaching out to Lockeford residents, and is scheduling backyard inspections.

I imagine these inspections may even involve interviewing any cats in the area to gauge their hunting abilities. Assuming the cats won’t get hurt, of course, I really can’t wait to see the YouTube videos the Amazon drones might spawn throughout the U.S. of cats doing their thing. And, honestly, could you blame the cats? A low-flying, unintelligent drone with a box that may or may not contain tasty treats is too tempting to pass up.

The Amazon drones, so-called “octocopters,” are beyond-line-of-sight vehicles, which will be controlled remotely. They will actually land and take off like tiny VTOL machines, instead of delivering via winch cables like Google drones. The Amazon drones will take off from a local depot in Lockeforde and travel about 15 miles to make deliveries. Amazon claims the process will take just one hour.

The best news is the delivery drones will not incur any extra charge, since the Amazon Prime Air program is included for Amazon Prime subscribers. Just make sure to tell the cat(s) that any damage to the drones will probably come out of their pocket.

Lockeford, the sleepy town where Amazon packages will fall from the sky

Amazon has chosen a sleepy town of 3,200 people to launch one of its most anticipated services: Prime Air drone deliveries. The milestone has even been added to the Wikipedia entry for Lockeford, a small community in northern California that will witness the latest step towards an automated future. “As we launch the service in Lockeford, we’ll also be investing in the community, creating new jobs, building partnerships with local organizations, and helping reduce carbon emissions,” Amazon reported on its ...

Amazon has chosen a sleepy town of 3,200 people to launch one of its most anticipated services: Prime Air drone deliveries. The milestone has even been added to the Wikipedia entry for Lockeford, a small community in northern California that will witness the latest step towards an automated future. “As we launch the service in Lockeford, we’ll also be investing in the community, creating new jobs, building partnerships with local organizations, and helping reduce carbon emissions,” Amazon reported on its company blog on Monday.

The blog stated that the company is working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to obtain the permits needed to make deliveries with remote-controlled drones. Only three logistics companies in the United States have started the process with the air regulator. For nearly 10 years, Amazon – which is owned by Jeff Bezos – has been working with scientists, engineers, professionals in the aerospace industry and futurists to make this project a reality. In the blog, Amazon does not specify when Prime Air will launch in Lockeford, promising instead to “share photos and videos of our progress as we go.”

Lockeford residents will find a selection of products that are eligible for Prime Air on Amazon. Once purchased, they will receive an estimated arrival time with a status tracker for their order. “For these deliveries, the drone will fly to the designated delivery location, descend to the customer’s backyard, and hover at a safe height. It will then safely release the package and rise back up to altitude,” the company explained.

The devices that will be used are no ordinary drones. According to Amazon, they have developed “sophisticated and industry-leading” devices that can avoid obstacles such as other aircraft, chimneys, people and or pets thanks to a series of sensors that allow the drones to visualize their surroundings in long-distance trajectories. “We designed our sense-and-avoid system for two main scenarios: to be safe when in transit, and to be safe when approaching the ground,” Amazon reported. “If obstacles are identified, our drone will automatically change course to safely avoid them.”

It is not known why the small town 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of Sacramento, the capital of California, was chosen for the launch of Prime Air. In its blog, Amazon only mentions Lockeford’s “historical links” to the aviation industry. The town was founded in 1851 by two brothers who left Boston in search of a better life. They reached Lockeford, where they built a cabin, but they were unable to live in it due to the large number of bears. A short time later, they built a fort that gave the community its name. At the end of the 19th century, a local resident, Weldon Cooke, began to experiment with building and flying airplanes. More than a century later, residents will have the opportunity to sign up for free air delivery of thousands of everyday products.

But while Amazon is optimistic about the project, it remains to be seen whether it will be able to fulfill its longstanding dream. The company first began to reveal its plans for Prime Air back in 2016. The first tests were done in the United Kingdom, which was chosen for the launch of the service. Executives boasted that drone deliveries would be a reality before long. They offered tours of the laboratories that were designing the machines and opened a huge office in Cambridge. And in a viral video, Amazon promised that drone deliveries were no longer science fiction. But workers at these labs had a different impression. In interviews with tech magazine Wired, they described a chaotic work environment, where there was high employee turnover and no project leadership. Wired claimed that more than 100 workers had been laid off from the Cambridge office, while others were relocated to Costa Rica. In 2019, the project got back on course, and now aims to finally show that Amazon is ready to take flight.

Amazon picks this California town to start drone deliveries

Amazon picks California town for drone deliveriesAmazon announced Monday that customers in Lockeford will become among the first to re...

Amazon picks California town for drone deliveries

Amazon announced Monday that customers in Lockeford will become among the first to receive Prime Air deliveries. Officials said Lockeford was chosen due to its historic links to the aviation industry, with Weldon B. Cooke, who built and flew early planes in the early 1900s, as a former resident.

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Amazon announced Monday that customers in Lockeford will become among the first to receive Prime Air deliveries.

Officials said Lockeford was chosen due to its historic links to the aviation industry, with Weldon B. Cooke, who built and flew early planes in the early 1900s, as a former resident.

"Lockeford residents will soon have access to one of the world's leading delivery innovations," said California State Assemblyman Heath Flora, whose district includes Lockeford. "It's exciting that Amazon will be listening to the feedback of the San Joaquin County community to inform the future development of this technology."

Amazon said it has been working on its technology so its drones will be able to operate at greater distances while safely avoiding other aircraft, people, pets, and other obstacles.

Customer feedback from residents will help scale up the service to other communities, Amazon said.

Amazon says its drones fly up to 50 miles per hour and can carry packages of up to 5 pounds up as high as 400 feet in the air.

Once someone places an order, the drone will fly to the customer’s backyard and then release the package before flying away.

Since Prime Air's inception, more than two dozen drone prototypes have been created.

Prime customers in Lockeford can expect drone deliveries later this year. A specific date was not yet announced.


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