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Given the choice, most of us want to stay in our homes. Sometimes, people need help to remain at home. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

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“Always Best Care comes in to help my dad a shower at night. When the guy came out to interview, he was really good and helpful, but it was just hard to find someone to help with dad been a little bit bigger and heavier. They like the person that they had come out a couple of times. The caregiver is good.”

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How does In-home Senior Care in Lester Prairie, MN 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 Lester Prairie, MN, 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 Lester Prairie, MN 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.

Empowers Seniors

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.

Respite Care Lester Prairie, MN

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 Lester Prairie,MN 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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Gruenhagen: Lester Prairie woman nominated for Woman Farmer of the Year award!

July 14, 2023Friends and neighbors –Congratulations to Rachelle Krienke of Lester Prairie on being named a finalist for the Farmfest Woman Farmer of the Year award!Rachelle grew up on a hobby farm and was active in 4-H before marrying a dairy farmer. She dove right into dairy farming, taking on bookkeeping, employee management, and calf care. Her dedication helps Prairie Dairy thrive. Beyond the farm, Rachelle serves on her church board, supports the local FFA, and is a devoted mother of three. She works hard for h...

July 14, 2023

Friends and neighbors –

Congratulations to Rachelle Krienke of Lester Prairie on being named a finalist for the Farmfest Woman Farmer of the Year award!

Rachelle grew up on a hobby farm and was active in 4-H before marrying a dairy farmer. She dove right into dairy farming, taking on bookkeeping, employee management, and calf care. Her dedication helps Prairie Dairy thrive. Beyond the farm, Rachelle serves on her church board, supports the local FFA, and is a devoted mother of three. She works hard for her family, her farm, and her community. You can read more about her story on the Farmfest website. I have also included it below.

Congrats, Rachelle! We’re proud you’re being recognized for your passion and commitment to agriculture. Best of luck at Farmfest!


Finalists for the Farmfest Woman Farmer of the Year award

Rachelle Krienke, Lester Prairie, MN

Rachelle learned the value of hard work and dedication growing up on a hobby farm near Winsted, the third of five children. She was active in the Winsted Jolly Juniors 4-H Club and McLeod County 4-H, including showing beef cattle. After graduating from Holy Trinity High School, she took courses at St. Cloud State University. She fell in love with and married a farmer – and despite never having so much as milked a cow, she dove feet first into dairy farming.

As Prairie Dairy has grown over the years, Rachelle has been invaluable to helping the management of the business evolve. She keeps the farm’s books, recruits and schedules employees and takes an active role in participating in the Dairy Profitability Enhancement Program and Farm Business Management with her husband. She has taken farm-specific Spanish language classes to help support the dairy’s largely Hispanic workforce. She goes the extra mile with little things that improve the work environment.

In addition to management and business functions, She is part of daily production operations. Calf care is her area of expertise, and she works to stay current on best practices and help the farm’s youngest animals thrive right from the start.

She is a member of the board of education at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, recently helping lead the search for a new Director of Christian Education in addition to regular duties supporting Sunday School and religious education programming. She has been a member of the Howard Lake Waverly Winsted FFA Alumni group since 2017, playing a supporting role in fundraisers like the annual alumni auction and tractor pull. She is a past 4-H Club Leader for the Winsted Jolly Juniors 4-H Club. Ever the dairy producer, you can count on her to provide a dairy snack or beverage at church or other local community events.

Farming is nonstop, and so is She. In her farming career, She has done more than 600 herd checks. She has worked all hours of the day and night in the barn, behind the wheel of the tractor, in front of the computer while raising three kids and supporting her community.

She doesn’t just care for the animals on the farm. She’s a dedicated mother who is there for band concerts, soccer games, FFA awards night and every single day of the McLeod County Fair. She’s spent at least two decades packing lunches, trekking to orthodontist appointments and helping with class projects for her three kids. She’s also a devoted wife, daughter, sister and auntie (and always brings the best food to family potlucks).

From her nominator: “I’m always amazed by her tenacity and her commitment to the farm and her family. Whatever life throws at her, she keeps showing up and giving it her best.”

It all begins on the line for Lester Prairie, and it all ends in victory

Joe Scoblic is in his 33rd season at the helm of Lester Prairie. He knows exactly what it takes to be successful."I truly believe it all starts up front," Scoblic said.This season that means it starts with a group of young but experienced linemen who have propelled the Bulldogs to the No. 2 ranking in Class 1A. Lester Prairie remained undefeated with a 16-0 Week 7 victory over No. 6 Mayer Lutheran, improving to 7-0.The victory was No. 199 in Scoblic's career, putting him on the cusp of becoming the 6...

Joe Scoblic is in his 33rd season at the helm of Lester Prairie. He knows exactly what it takes to be successful.

"I truly believe it all starts up front," Scoblic said.

This season that means it starts with a group of young but experienced linemen who have propelled the Bulldogs to the No. 2 ranking in Class 1A. Lester Prairie remained undefeated with a 16-0 Week 7 victory over No. 6 Mayer Lutheran, improving to 7-0.

The victory was No. 199 in Scoblic's career, putting him on the cusp of becoming the 64th football coach in state history to reach 200. The Bulldogs conclude their regular season Wednesday at United South Central (3-4).

Defense is a hallmark this season. The Bulldogs are allowing only 4.6 points per game and have given up more than six points in a game only once.

"Their success is due to their unselfishness and willingness to work together," Scoblic said. "Understanding any one of them by themself is nothing, but put the 11 together and we have something special."

He credits their attention to detail.

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"I truly believe the biggest reason for their success is all the film they watch and the poring over of the opponent's offensive plays that they do," Scoblic said. "We put all of it online, and the boys are really taking advantage of it. On the first day of each week's practices, they are hollering out the formation and the plays to watch for."

The same core of linemen that drives the defense also spearheads the offense. Leading the two-way starters up front are junior guard/defensive tackle Chris Manders, junior center/defensive tackle Owen Niesen and junior tackle/inside linebacker Noah Behning.

"Our line is all juniors with one senior," Scoblic said. "They nearly all started last year, so they have a year's experience under their belt already. They are a very aggressive group.

"Put that together with the five seniors in the backfield, and some exciting things happen."

Leading that backfield is senior Tanner Scheevel, who has gained 835 yards on 92 carries. He's also a defensive back with four interceptions.

St. James Area ended its 33-game losing streak by shutting out Wabasso 20-0 on Friday.

The Saints have been moving in on it. Four weeks ago they lost to New Ulm Cathedral 29-28 in overtime after a 21-yard field goal attempt was blocked in the waning seconds of regulation.

The Saints' last win came Oct. 5, 2018, 37-6 over Windom Area.

2 Special teams touchdowns scored by Plainview-Elgin-Millville senior Kaiden Peters in a 42-26 loss to La Crescent-Hokah. He scored on an 85-yard kick return and a 78-yard punt return.

3.7 Points per game Esko's defense is yielding. The unbeaten Eskomos (7-0) have four shutouts.

12 Completed passes from Spring Grove junior quarterback Elijah Solum to senior wide receiver Caleb Griffin in a 41-20 victory over Kingsland. They teamed up for 216 yards and four touchdowns, covering 25, 31, 35 and 45 yards.

40 Points Blue Earth Area senior quarterback Parker Meyers accounted for in a 52-21 victory over Norwood Young America. He ran for five touchdowns and five two-point conversions.

49 Points scored by Lakeview in the first half of a 70-0 shutout of Lac qui Parle Valley.

80 Points by Cannon Falls in an 80-13 victory over winless Pine Island.

93.3 East Ridge junior quarterback Tanner Zolnosky's completion percentage (14-for-15) against Eastview in a 42-14 victory. He threw for 361 yards and four touchdowns.

99 Yards on a touchdown run by Hill-Murray senior running back Sawyer Seidl in the Pioneers' 28-12 victory over South St. Paul. He also had 2- and 51-yard scoring runs, accumulating 255 yards on 25 carries.

225 Rushing yards for Kittson County Central senior running back Chisum Schmiedeberg in a 41-12 triumph over Badger-Greenbush-Middle River. Schmiedeberg had two 55-yard scoring runs among his 10 carries. He has rushed for more than 200 yards in three of his past four games and has 1,492 yards this season.

254 Yards by LeRoy-Ostrander sophomore quarterback Camden Hungerholt on 21 carries in a 61-6 victory over Houston. He was also 5-for-8 passing for 130 yards.

277 Rushing yards by Chisholm junior running back Sean Fleming on 28 carries and two touchdowns in the Bluestreaks' 42-34 loss to Barnum at Joel Maturi Field. Both of his touchdown runs were 69 yards.

416 Rushing yards by Waconia seniors Max McEnelly and Alex Riley in a 55-7 victory over St. Louis Park. McEnelly had 272 yards on 14 carries and scored four touchdowns; Riley had 144 yards on 11 carries and scored twice.

525 Rushing yards by Cherry in a 76-0 victory over Ely. The Tigers accumulated 657 yards, 392 coming on the ground in the first half.

549 Rushing yards by Elk River junior running back Logan Bunker and senior quarterback Cade Osterman in the Elks' 58-29 triumph over Alexandria. Bunker finished with 284 rushing yards on 14 carries and scored twice; Osterman had 265 yards on 12 carries and scored four times. The Elks compiled 660 rushing yards on 48 carries, a 13.8-yard average.

Fillmore Central makes history, heading to 'The Bank' after thrilling quarterfinal victory over top-ranked LP

JORDAN — The Fillmore Central football team was not satisfied with just a section championship.Sure, it was a special moment last week when after 10 previous runner-up finishes, the Falcons finally punched their ticket to the MSHSL state football tournament with a win over Bethlehem Academy.But, for them, that was all a part of their preseason checklist.Next on that list?Make it to U.S. Bank Stadium."We had a lot of focus during the week," two-way standout senior Bryce Corson said. "We ...

JORDAN — The Fillmore Central football team was not satisfied with just a section championship.

Sure, it was a special moment last week when after 10 previous runner-up finishes, the Falcons finally punched their ticket to the MSHSL state football tournament with a win over Bethlehem Academy.

But, for them, that was all a part of their preseason checklist.

Next on that list?

Make it to U.S. Bank Stadium.

"We had a lot of focus during the week," two-way standout senior Bryce Corson said. "We went to turf one day and there was no talking. Just strictly business.

"First time at state, we weren't going out Round 1."

Corson and company made good on that promise even when put to the ultimate test on Friday against top-ranked Lester Prairie.

The Falcons appeared to have the game won until their late lead was put into jeopardy when a sudden fumble with under 3 minutes left gave the Bulldogs the ball back for a chance at the winning score.

But the tough and gritty Falcons defense once again answered the bell, halting LP's one last gasp just past midfield to secure Fillmore Central's first ever state tournament win with an 18-16 win in a Class A state quarterfinal on Friday night at a cold Jordan High School.

The No. 2 ranked Falcons will now play No. 10 ranked Minneota in a Class A semifinal at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19 at U.S. Bank Stadium. Just another check box in need of being crossed off for the Falcons.

"The Bank, that's another one of those check boxes they wanted to check," Fillmore Central coach Chris Mensink said. "They got that and now it's hopefully more to come."

Entering the fourth quarter it appeared the Falcons were well on their way to Minneapolis after a Dillon O'Connor 1-yard touchdown plunge made it 18-8 heading to the fourth quarter. O'Connor had two rushing touchdowns, making it 6-0 on a 5-yard dash in the first quarter.

But LP refused to go away.

Led by the powerful Tanner Scheevel, the potent run-first LP offense that averaged around 300 yards per game was beginning to find its footing.

His 38-yard touchdown and subsequent 2-point conversion was good to make it 18-16 with 8:43 left.

Both teams swapped possession and it seemed the Falcons had put a stranglehold on the game when they drove down inside the LP 25. With LP having just one timeout left, FC just needed one more first down to secure the win.

But an option play that appeared a bit discombobulated resulted with the ball being on the ground. LP recovered with 2:48 left to give itself life again.

Yet, the Fillmore Central sideline never flinched, never lost faith.

"These kids play in the moment," Mensink said. "They never get too high, never get too low. They just always have the next play mentality and that's what they've doing all year long. We didn't expect anything else."

But stopping Scheevel and the Bulldogs ground game was no easy task.

Scheevel — whose father Ross played at Fillmore Central in the 1990's — was terrific all night long, finishing with 205 yards rushing 29 carries. He was the LP offense, even taking direct snaps and throwing sometimes. That included an 18-yard passing touchdown in the first half on a tipped pass.

He was simply a force.

"He was everything as advertised," Mensink said. "Wow."

The Bulldogs were able to get a couple of first downs on the drive, but the Falcons weren't about to let Scheevel end a magical season.

A big fourth-and-3 suddenly loomed large and there was no doubt who was getting the ball.

Scheevel took the direct snap and was immediately stuffed at the line of scrimmage by a host of Falcons for a turnover on downs with just over a minute left.

The Fillmore defense comes up again! This time on a 4th and 3 in its own territory. Should be 3 kneel downs. 65 seconds left pic.twitter.com/Z8JhEaURxe

— Alex VandenHouten (@AlexVandenhout1) November 12, 2022

Three kneel downs later and the Falcons had secured the program's first state tournament victory.

"No. 40 was definitely the best guy on the field," Corson said. "Our defensive line was just insane tonight, so we knew we could stop him."

Corson was brilliant on both ends.

He finished with 157 yards from scrimmage (107 yards receiving on 7 receptions, 50 yards rushing). His 2-yard touchdown run that gave the Falcons a 12-0 lead in the second quarter, but he was also big on defense.

He halted a LP drive inside the Falcons 40 with an interception which came just two plays after the Bulldogs appeared to switch momentum with an interception of their own that was returned 60 yards in the third quarter.

He was also key in providing run support from his safety spot for a defense that was just simply great throughout

Now, the Falcons are heading to the warm and cozy confines of U.S. Bank Stadium for the first time in program history.

"We talked about how it was going to be a defensive game," Mensink said. "They have a great defense and we have a great defense, the kids just battled and competed. Couldn't be prouder."

Final: No. 2 Fillmore Central 18, No. 1 Lester Prairie 16. What a game. Falcons defense and Byrce Corson were money all night long to give FC its first state tournament win. Heading to the bank on Saturday pic.twitter.com/oIZrznxxEN

— Alex VandenHouten (@AlexVandenhout1) November 12, 2022

Fillmore Central 18, Lester Prairie 16Fillmore Central 6-6-6-0—18Lester Prairie 0-8-0-8—16

First Quarter

FC — Dillon O'Connor 5 run (kick no good) 5:12

Second Quarter

FC — Byrce Corson 2 run (pass failed)

LP — Logan Lambrecht 18 pass from Tanner Scheevel, (Scheevel run) 0:19.

Third Quarter

FC — O'Connor 1 run (run failed) 8:09

Fourth Quarter

LP — Scheevel 38 run (Scheevel run) 8:43


RUSHING: FC — Dillon O'Connor 16-20, Bryce Corson 15-50, Kyle Daniels 4-6, Luke Hellickson 1-5; LP — Tanner Scheevel 29-205, Logan Lambrecht 8-34, Nicholas Guggemos 3-6.

PASSING: FC — O'Connor 18-32-1-206; LP — Scheevel 2-2-0-26; Guggemos 1-6-1-12.

RECEIVING: FC — Chase Christianson 5-67, Hellickson 3-36, Corson 7-107, Jake Fishbaugher 1-7, Daniels 2-20; LP — Lambrecht 2-26, Owen Zebell 1-12.


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