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How does In-home Senior Care in Modesto, 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 Modesto, 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 Modesto, 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 Modesto,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.

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Mosquito mayhem? Modesto area neighbors fed up, moving due to bug bite boom

MODESTO -- Neighbors in Empire are at their breaking point and even moving out of their apartment home complex, fed up with being a 24/7 bug buffet.They say the mosquito problem on Abbie Road has become so bad in recent months, they don't even want to go outside."I can't take it. I can't take it anymore," said neighbor Blanca Macias.Macias won't take her dog for walks or even garden at her home thanks to the relentless bites."You can't even go outside to get in your car without them attacking,"...

MODESTO -- Neighbors in Empire are at their breaking point and even moving out of their apartment home complex, fed up with being a 24/7 bug buffet.

They say the mosquito problem on Abbie Road has become so bad in recent months, they don't even want to go outside.

"I can't take it. I can't take it anymore," said neighbor Blanca Macias.

Macias won't take her dog for walks or even garden at her home thanks to the relentless bites.

"You can't even go outside to get in your car without them attacking," said Macias. "They try and bite you through your Levi's, they try and bite through anything."

For complex manager Tami Stewart, the problem is hurting business. She says multiple tenants have moved to escape the mosquitoes and she can't fill the vacancies due to these pesky neighbors.

"They're vicious. You can't go outside. It's worse than COVID," said Stewart.

"Does it surprise you that tenants are leaving?" asked CBS13 reporter Ashley Sharp.

"No, it doesn't shock me. It shocks me that I can't go in my backyard," said Stewart.

Stewart and Macias believe the neighboring corn field that lines the back of the complex and its standing water could be to blame for the bug boom a few months back.

"We get bit at night when we are sleeping. That is just crazy," said Macias.

Aside from the constant scratching, it's a health concern. Stanislaus County health leaders in June said they anticipate an active mosquito and mosquito?borne virus season this year.

"The late rains and increased temperatures will hasten the development of West Nile Virus in the Central Valley," David Heft, of Turlock's Mosquito Abatement District, said in June.

West Nile activity has been reported in Stanislaus County this summer.

In neighboring San Joaquin and Merced counties, human cases have been reported. They're two of just five counties in the entire state of California with people contracting the disease, according to the latest state data.

"I'm very worried about it. I can't afford to be sick or die from a mosquito," said Stewart.

Stewart said she and her dozens of tenants have called the East Side Mosquito Abatement District daily to no avail. They want the county to step in and help spray or remove the corn in the field by next summer to hopefully cut back on the problem.

The East Side Mosquito Abatement District's office closed at 3 p.m. and could not be reached for comment as of the airing of this story Wednesday night.

The board will have a regularly scheduled meeting on September 12. These neighbors say they plan to take their fight to the public comment podium.

Tired of bumping into one another at Modesto’s Trader Joe’s? Grocer finally expanding

If you’re tired of bumping into shopping carts and other shoppers at Modesto’s always cramped Trader Joe’s, get ready to stretch those elbows with abandon.The popular specialty gro...

If you’re tired of bumping into shopping carts and other shoppers at Modesto’s always cramped Trader Joe’s, get ready to stretch those elbows with abandon.

The popular specialty grocery store is expanding its Modesto location on Dale Road. The food seller will take space from its neighbors to the north and south in the Vintage Plaza retail complex to create a larger floor plan.

And that’s not the only major change coming to the busy north Modesto shopping center. There’s the pending arrival of a new national chain to the city.

Trader Joe’s Public Relations Manager Nakia Rohde confirmed that work has started on the market’s expansion which will increase the overall size of the sales floor. She said the store also will move its checkstand area to “improve our customer’s experience while shopping in their neighborhood Trader Joe’s.”

Customers who stop in the north Modesto store will notice its southern wall (with the meat and cheese refrigerated coolers) is under construction. The ceiling is also being worked on in unrelated repairs to install a new roof.

In an email response to questions about the expansion, Rohde said all work “should be complete this summer.”

Sanders Construction President Steve Sanders, whose company built the plaza and has owned and operated it for the past 45 years, said the Trader Joe’s expansion will add about 3,700 square feet to the store, bringing it to 13,000 square feet. That is almost double the shop’s original size of 7,300 square feet when it opened in 1993.

To increase its footprint, Sanders said the store is taking over about 1,500 square feet of storage space directly to its south, between Trader Joe’s and the Lane Bryant store. On its northern edge, the grocer will cut in to take about 2,200 square feet from the Hibachi Grill Sushi & Seafood Buffet.

That Asian buffet restaurant, which has been in the same location under different names for 16 years, first as Jumbo Buffet and since 2012 as Hibachi Grill, recently closed. Restaurant representative Ivy Wang said they stopped serving in April, and are currently deciding what to do with the remaining space. That could come in the form of a new restaurant concept, but nothing has been finalized, she said.

On the other side of the buffet, the also recently closed Tuesday Morning store already has found a new tenant. The national discount home goods seller shut all of its stores after filing for bankruptcy earlier this year. The Vintage Plaza location had been open since 2017, though the chain had a store elsewhere in town since 2002.

Sanders said Five Below, a national discount chain known for selling items for $5 and under, will move into the space instead. The discount retailer has taken over retail spaces from other bankrupt national chains as part of its rapid growth strategy of late. The chain opened its first Stanislaus County in Turlock in 2021, in the former Pier 1 space in Monte Vista Crossings after the imports company shuttered all its stores.

The Modesto Five Below store will be the city’s first, though Sanders said there’s no timeframe for its debut yet.

Trader Joe’s, in a shopping complex that also includes The Party Guys/Grand Events!, Plato’s Closet and Big 5 Sporting Goods, will remain open during construction.

This will be the chain’s second expansion since opening in Modesto 30 years ago. In 2000, The Bee reported the popular store expanded to create wider aisles and “flow-through” checkout stands. Previously, customers had entered and exited through the same doors.

The expansion also comes after dedicated campaigns to get a second store in the area have failed. Turlock fans of the private grocery brand started a campaign to get a store in their town in 2010. And in 2019, the new local owners of Century Center at Oakdale Road and Orangeburg Avenue erected signs asking people to lobby the company to move into the east Modesto complex.

Alas, the north Modesto location remains the company’s only site in Stanislaus County.

With all the changes coming to the complex, the Modesto Trader Joe’s remains a powerhouse draw three decades after its opening — especially on the weekends — with customers often jockeying for parking spaces. And now we can expect it to be a more spacious draw for years to come, too. Sanders said the national chain recently resigned its lease for its space, since its original 30-year lease just ended.

Happy roomier shopping, Modesto.

This story was originally published May 10, 2023, 11:55 AM.

Modesto’s first-ever Filipino food truck was started by friends. Here’s what’s on the menu

Stanislaus County’s first-ever Filipino food truck has opened in Modesto, bringing more of the rich flavors of the southeast Asian nation to the Valley.The new food trailer, ...

Stanislaus County’s first-ever Filipino food truck has opened in Modesto, bringing more of the rich flavors of the southeast Asian nation to the Valley.

The new food trailer, Filipino Corner, opened June 11 at the corner of McHenry Avenue and Meily Way in north Modesto. The small space serves up big, authentic flavors from two church friends who saw an opportunity in the region.

Co-owners Alma Timbreza of Modesto and Marisol Manipol of Salida go to New Beginnings Christian Center together, where Manipol’s husband serves as pastor. After the electronics company Timbreza worked at closed and moved out of the region last summer, she decided to use her severance to start a food business.

But the cost of opening a trailer solo was too high, which is when Manipol and her husband decided to help and invest in the project.

“I was almost about to give up. My husband is always the one encouraging me when I am down to keep going,” Timbreza said. “And God is good, so the pastor and Marisol were like, ‘If you want we can be business partners.’”

They bought an 18-foot trailer in February and have been converting it since. Earlier this month, the women opened their first eatery together at the busy corner just south of the Walmart Supercenter on McHenry. The space has become a mini food truck court, with Rafa Tacos and Sinaloense Mexican seafood trailers also on site.

The inviting, bright red trailer takes its full name, Filipino Corner by JrAilaM’s, from a combination of the popular Filipino food cart turned franchise Potato Corner and a melding of the two women’s family names. The Jr. and Aila are for Timbreza’s grandchildren and the M stands for Manipol.

Timbreza serves as head chef, with the trailer staffed entirely by family, including Timbreza’s husband and children. They crank out Pinoy favorites including pork adobo (a marinated meat dish not to be confused with Mexican adobo), grilled liempo (pork belly), pancit (stir-fried rice noodles) and two styles of lumpia (the thinner Shanghai-style and a thicker style of fried crispy meat-and-veggie filled rolls).

The menu has a handful of staples, ranging from $9 to $13 a plate, as well as daily specials.

Timbreza said the recipes all come from her mother, who cooked for them growing up and lived with her and her husband until a few years ago. Since moving to Modesto three years ago, she has been developing the recipes at home and was encouraged by friends and family to share her food.

“I wanted to share some of the most popular Filipino dishes,” Timbreza said. “Our food, the aroma, it’s very flavorful and colorful. Filipinos really, really love to eat.”

The food from the Philippines archipelago is a mixture of its indigenous cuisine plus colonial influences from its time under Spanish and American rule and later Japanese occupation during World War II. The flavors blend salty, sweet and sour. And expect plenty of pork; indeed, one of the island country’s most celebrated dishes is lechon, a traditional whole, slow-roasted pig.

The Filipino Corner menu also has chicken dishes, including one of the specials, chicken katsu (which fans of Japanese food will recognize as breaded chicken cutlets). Timbreza said they also are open to customer suggestions for dishes to add to the menu.

The new venture is only the second Filipino eatery to operate in Modesto. In May 2021, the restaurant Kusina opened in Century Center in east Modesto, serving a wide variety of dishes.

While open just a little more than a week, the new food trailer already has attracted fans and members of the region’s Filipino community from as far away as Sonora and Waterford.

Diamond Bitzer from Waterford came to try the trailer for the first time late last week. “Sometimes we are tired of cooking at home so it’s nice to have Filipino food available,” Bitzer said. “We’re happy to have more businesses like this.”

Filipino Corner, at 3824 McHenry Ave. in Modesto, is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday. For more information visit www.facebook.com/filocornerjrailams or call 209-624-6848.

This story was originally published June 20, 2023, 7:00 AM.

What to know about Modesto’s Bed Bath & Beyond closure and who still accepts its coupons

Fans of Bed Bath & Beyond have only a little time left to shop at its one remaining Stanislaus County location before the national home goods seller closes all of its stores for good.Last week, ...

Fans of Bed Bath & Beyond have only a little time left to shop at its one remaining Stanislaus County location before the national home goods seller closes all of its stores for good.

Last week, the national chain announced it was filing for bankruptcy, planned to liquidate its assets and would close all of its 360 stores across the country, including its Modesto location on Sisk Road. The Modesto site has been open since 1999 as one of the original tenants of the Vintage Commons shopping center that now includes TJ Maxx and Ulta Beauty.

The Bed Bath & Beyond website has a statement about the closures: “Thank you to all of our loyal customers. We have made the difficult decision to begin winding down our operations.”

The company will keep stores open through its planned June 30 final closure. But the timing for each individual store closure is different. Staff at the Modesto location said they have not been told their last day.

Sales started at all stores last week with the announcement of the bankruptcy. The company also abruptly halted the use of its famous and ubiquitous 20% off coupons as of April 26.

Now, if you’re like me and keep a stash of those discount mailers in a kitchen drawer, fear not. You still can use the coupons at two other national chains with a handful of Central Valley locations.

Discount retailer Big Lots has said it will accept Bed Bath & Beyond coupons through Sunday, May 7. The 20% off coupons will be valid on Big Lots purchases of $50 or more.

Big Lots has 1,425 stores across the country including three in Stanislaus County — two in Modesto on Sisk and Oakdale roads and one in Turlock on Countryside Drive. Another Big Lots store should open later this year in Ceres, splitting the former Rancho San Miguel supermarket building on Hatch Road into two spaces with an also newly planned Grocery Outlet.

Another national chain that will take unexpired Bed Bath & Beyond coupons locally is JOANN Fabric & Craft. The national supplies seller has Stanislaus County locations in Modesto on Standiford Avenue and in Turlock on Countryside Drive. Other nearby locations include Stockton, Merced, Manteca and Sonora. But, again, the coupons cannot have an use-by date that has expired.

The Modesto site was among 41 remaining Bed Bath & Beyond locations in the state. The local store had weathered previous closure announcements by the national corporation. In 2021, the company shut down its Turlock site on Countryside Drive in the Monte Vista Crossings shopping center. That closure was part of a larger shuttering of 200 locations during the 2020-21 fiscal year.

Those worried that Cost Plus World Market would be affected by their one-time parent company’s liquidation should also take heart. The Alameda-based specialty retailer was sold by Bed Bath & Beyond in 2021. The buyer? Kingswood Capital Management LP.

A year later, the same Los Angeles-based private equity firm bought well-known Valley supermarket brand Save Mart. The March 2022 sale ended 70 years of family ownership by the Modesto-based grocery chain.

As Bed Bath & Beyond with its seemingly endless and amorphous offerings heads off into the great beyond, no word yet on what will fill the store’s prime 30,000-square-foot space. Might I humbly suggest the long-promised and hoped for HomeGoods? Just a suggestion, universe.

This story was originally published May 4, 2023, 12:32 PM.

Grant helps Modesto remove more lawns. Do other cities pay residents to save water this way?

A $3.2 million state grant will expand Modesto’s efforts to replace lawns with water-saving surfaces.Most of the money, $2.36 million, will go to 21 parks where some of the turf is little used by visitors. The rest will supplement a rebate program for homeowners and businesses.The funding came from the Urban Community Drought Relief Grant Program at the California Department of Water Resources....

A $3.2 million state grant will expand Modesto’s efforts to replace lawns with water-saving surfaces.

Most of the money, $2.36 million, will go to 21 parks where some of the turf is little used by visitors. The rest will supplement a rebate program for homeowners and businesses.

The funding came from the Urban Community Drought Relief Grant Program at the California Department of Water Resources.

A few nearby cities have similar incentives to remove lawns. They require that the new surface be permeable, aiding groundwater recharge during storms. Homeowners should apply before digging up the sod.

Modesto pays $2 per square foot. The total cannot exceed $3,000 for a residential customer or $6,000 for a business. Details are at www.modestogov.com/922/Turf-Replacement-Program.

The parks will get varying amounts of bark mulch, decomposed granite and drought-tolerant plants, city spokesman Andrew Gonzales said by email Friday.

The treatments will total about 18 acres, leaving plenty of grass for kicking a soccer ball, walking a dog and the like.

The parks are Chrysler, Creekwood, East La Loma, Mark Twain, Moran Estates, Orchard, Sharp, Brewers Rose, Marshall, Muncy, Robertson Road, Stockard Coffee, Coleman Brown, Woodrow, Chrysler 99, Eisenhut, Freedom, West Basin, Ustach, Sanders and Lateral 2.

“Water wealth is a part of Modesto’s heritage, and it’s vital we do everything we can to preserve this most precious resource,” Mayor Sue Zwahlen said in a news release.

It came from state Sen. Marie Alvarado-Gil, D-Jackson, whose district takes in Modesto.

“I commend the city of Modesto for its commitment to water conservation and proactive efforts in preparing for future drought conditions,” she said.

An online search found rebates for lawn replacement in these nearby cities:

Ceres: $1 per square foot, up to $500 per home or $1,000 for other customers. Details are at https://www.ci.ceres.ca.us/659/Rebates.

Riverbank: $2 per square foot, up to $2,000 per home, www.riverbank.org/623/Turf-Replacement-Program.

Patterson: $1 per square foot, up to $2,000 per home, www.ci.patterson.ca.us/678/Rebate-Incentive-Programs.

The California Native Plant Society has tips about lawn alternatives in various climate zones.


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