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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 Mayer, 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 Mayer, 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 Mayer, 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

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.

Respite Care Mayer, 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 Mayer,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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The big gigs: 10 concerts to see in the Twin Cities this week

A preview of Bailen's May release "Tired Hearts" suggests that the harmony-loving, New York City sibling trio — twins David and Daniel Bailen and younger sister Julia — comes across as an indie answer to Fleetwood Mac, with "Here We Are Again" talking about 10 degrees in Minnesota (7:30 p.m. Parkway Theater, $20-$27); celebrating 25 years together, Oregon's Pink Martini returns with its heady swingin' cabaret jazz (7:30 p.m. Pantages Theatre, $60-$75); veteran...

A preview of Bailen's May release "Tired Hearts" suggests that the harmony-loving, New York City sibling trio twins David and Daniel Bailen and younger sister Julia — comes across as an indie answer to Fleetwood Mac, with "Here We Are Again" talking about 10 degrees in Minnesota (7:30 p.m. Parkway Theater, $20-$27); celebrating 25 years together, Oregon's Pink Martini returns with its heady swingin' cabaret jazz (7:30 p.m. Pantages Theatre, $60-$75); veteran L.A. singer-songwriter Karla Bonoff, whose songs became hits for Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt and Wynonna Judd, had a few hits of her own, namely "Personally" and "Somebody's Eyes" (7 p.m. the Dakota, $40-$45); the Butanes, Curt Obeda's blues and soul band, are back in Northeast Minneapolis (7 p.m. Shaw's, free).

1. Ber: With millions of streams for her viral hits "Meant to Be" and "Your Internet Sucks" and steady airplay locally on the Current for her latest "Boys Who Kiss You in the Car," this 24-year-old pop-crafting Bemidji native is on the verge of international stardom even while settling into the Twin Cities music scene. She lived abroad in England and Norway for five years and came home with a record deal, resulting in her hooky new EP "Halfway," laden with sometimes tenderly lovelorn and sometimes charmingly snarky love songs. Read a profile of Ber in Friday's Star Tribune. (7 p.m. 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Av. N., Mpls., sold out.)

2. Ezra Collective: The jazzy London ensemble is picking up new followers of late, thanks to the effervescent party jam "Life Goes On" featuring Sampa the Great receiving airplay on the Current and other public-radio stations. The 7-year-old quintet's sophomore album, 2022's "Where I'm Meant to Be," is a delicious throw-it-into-the-blender mix of jazz, Afrobeat, reggae, salsa, funk and hip-hop, with cameos from Emeli Sande, Kojey Radical, Nao and Sampa. The intoxicating, strikingly sophisticated collection, which includes a cosmic treatment of Sun Ra's "Love in Outer Space," suggests a groovy party coming to downtown Minneapolis. (7 p.m. the Dakota, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., $30-$35, dakotacooks.com)

Also: Memphis rapper Key Glock is a protégé of Young Dolph who has racked up viral traction with singles including "Russian Cream" and "Ambition for Cash" (8 p.m. the Fillmore, all ages, $40); newly reformed '00s-era Twin Cities powerhouse rockers Houston have a new EP they are celebrating with Poster Children (10 p.m. Icehouse, $12-$15); Australian soul singer Emma Donovan blends her Indigenous roots and storytelling in her groovy and funky sounds (8 p.m. Cedar Cultural Center, $20-$25).

Founder Scott Mayer steps away from Minnesota theater's Ivey Awards

The Ivey Awards, a scaled-down, uniquely Twin Cities version of Broadway’s Tony Awards, is in need of a new impresario.Scott Mayer, the man-about-town who founded the theater awards show 12 years ago and has produced it ever since, said Wednesday he is stepping down.“It’s practically become a full-time job,” Mayer said. A former community relations manager at Target, Mayer runs his own events consulting business and wants to devote more time to a mentorship program called the “One Man Project.&rdqu...

The Ivey Awards, a scaled-down, uniquely Twin Cities version of Broadway’s Tony Awards, is in need of a new impresario.

Scott Mayer, the man-about-town who founded the theater awards show 12 years ago and has produced it ever since, said Wednesday he is stepping down.

“It’s practically become a full-time job,” Mayer said. A former community relations manager at Target, Mayer runs his own events consulting business and wants to devote more time to a mentorship program called the “One Man Project.” He felt it was time to pass on the Iveys torch.

Iveys board member Amy Newton will helm a committee to determine the Iveys’ future. Newton was unavailable to comment on the search for a replacement, but said in a statement that committee members plan on “developing new partnerships ... to ensure the Ivey Awards is able to continue to pursue its mission in the years to come.” The Iveys are “currently financially stable,” said Newton, who is CEO of Arts Ink, a Minneapolis marketing and graphic design nonprofit.

Most awards shows in America’s large theater towns predate the Iveys, which take their name from an early 20th-century actors’ hangout. But as Mayer pointed out, the Iveys typically sell out the 2,100-seat State Theatre, and thus have a higher attendance than any U.S. theater awards besides the Tonys. A drop-off in corporate support forced Washington, D.C.’s Helen Hayes Awards out of larger venues in recent years, while Chicago divvies out its Jefferson Awards into two ceremonies: one for productions featuring Actors’ Equity union casts and another for nonunion shows.

The Iveys, by contrast, lump all productions into one pot, but does not have set categories such as “best actress.” The 12th annual ceremony, held in September, doled out awards to three productions, seven individuals and two ensemble casts. “We wanted it to be as noncompetitive as possible,” Mayer said of the Iveys’ ethos. “It’s an event for theater fans and people who love a good party.”

In New York, Philadelphia, Washington and other cities, the organizations that put on the awards also function as a chamber of commerce for their theater communities. That is not the case with the Iveys, which has an annual budget of $170,000. Mayer collected a stipend, but volunteers do most of the work — including evaluating productions and actors.

The awards do receive significant support from local corporations, which helps the Iveys put on ancillary events. For example, Mayer organizes an annual networking event for theater boards and community leaders. Earlier this year he convinced Best Buy to sponsor a theater tech workshop for high school students.

Taylor Swift Urges Fans Not to ‘Defend Me’ From John Mayer Amid ‘Speak Now’ Rerelease: ‘I Don’t Care’

In celebration of her upcoming Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) release, Taylor Swift surprised Minnesota Swifties with an acoustic rendition of “Dear John” at ...

In celebration of her upcoming Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) release, Taylor Swift surprised Minnesota Swifties with an acoustic rendition of “Dear John” at The Eras Tour — alongside an impassioned plea.

“I was hoping to ask you, as we lead up to this album coming out, I would love for that kindness and that gentleness to extend onto our Internet activities,” the “Mastermind” songstress, 33, said during her Saturday, June 24, concert in Minneapolis, per social media footage, after gushing over her fans’ newfound friendships with one another over their shared love of her music.

Swift — who is gearing up to release her rerecorded version of her LP Speak Now next month — further explained the reasons why she is revisiting her old records.

“I’m putting this out now because I want to own my music and I believe that any artist who has the desire to own their music should be able to. That’s why I’m putting out this album,” she said on Saturday. “I’m 33 years old. I don’t care about anything that happened to me when I was 19, except the songs I wrote. … So, what I’m trying to tell you is that I’m not putting this album out so that you should go and feel the need to defend me on the Internet against someone you think I might have written the song about 14 million years ago.”

After Swift concluded her rousing speech, she launched into her new version of “Dear John.” The single, which originally dropped in 2010, was widely theorized to be inspired by her romance with her now-ex John Mayer.

The Valentine’s Day actress and Mayer, 45, were first linked in 2009 after collaborating on his song “Half of My Heart.” Swift was 19 at the time and Mayer was 32, leading eagle-eyed Swifties to believe her “Dear John” lyrics referenced their age-gap romance.

“Dear John, I see it all, now it was wrong / Don’t you think 19 is too young / To be played by your dark twisted games, when I loved you so? / I should’ve known,” she sings.

While Swift has never publicly revealed who “Dear John” was inspired by, Mayer confessed to Rolling Stone in 2012 that he was “humiliated” by the lyrics. Years later, the “Your Body Is a Wonderland” crooner walked back his criticism.

“Sometimes, I hope it’s about me. It’s a really good song,” Mayer said during a February 2021 appearance on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen. “I don’t think it’s a dirty admission. Sometimes, a song is so good, I go, ‘Man, I hope that’s about me.’ … I’ll check everyone’s music out. I’m a fan.”

Swift, for her part, is known for writing songs about her exes from Joe Alwyn to Jake Gyllenhaal. After releasing Red (Taylor’s Version) in November 2021, many devoted fans publicly bashed Gyllenhaal, 42, via social media due to the lyrics in her 10-minute version of “All Too Well.” (The breakup song was allegedly penned about their fling.)

“It has nothing to do with me. It’s about her relationship with her fans,” the Brokeback Mountain star told Esquire in a February 2022 profile, breaking his silence about the alleged musical inspiration. “It is her expression. Artists tap into personal experiences for inspiration, and I don’t begrudge anyone that.”

Gyllenhaal also opened up about the unwarranted social media attention he received once the new album came out. “At some point, I think it’s important when supporters get unruly that we feel a responsibility to have them be civil and not allow for cyberbullying in one’s name,” he told the outlet. “That begs for a deeper philosophical question. Not about any individual, per se, but a conversation that allows us to examine how we can — or should, even — take responsibility for what we put into the world, our contributions into the world. How do we provoke a conversation? We see that in politics. There’s anger and divisiveness, and it’s literally life-threatening in the extreme.”

Swift’s Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) — featuring “Dear John” — drops on Friday, July 7. The Pennsylvania native even teased a snippet of “Mine” via her social media accounts hours earlier on Saturday.


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