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Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.

At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

Comfort
Comfort

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them? A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Randolph, 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.

Independence
Independence

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

Cost and Convenience
Cost and Convenience

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in Randolph, 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.


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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 Randolph,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

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

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

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

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

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

Latest News in Randolph, MN

Randolph continues to raise the bar when it comes to raising money for cancer research

For 12 years, Randolph was one of the leading national fundraisers for Dig Pink and the Side-Out cancer foundations, and now they're tackling cancer.RANDOLPH, Minnesota — The Minnesota Football Coaches Association Tackle Cancer campaign has raised over $2.4 million since 2012 for cancer research and patient aid, and just when you think you've seen it all, along comes Randolph High School.Randolph is the home of the Rockets, which is fitting for a community and a football team, shooting for the moon.“If I coul...

For 12 years, Randolph was one of the leading national fundraisers for Dig Pink and the Side-Out cancer foundations, and now they're tackling cancer.

RANDOLPH, Minnesota — The Minnesota Football Coaches Association Tackle Cancer campaign has raised over $2.4 million since 2012 for cancer research and patient aid, and just when you think you've seen it all, along comes Randolph High School.

Randolph is the home of the Rockets, which is fitting for a community and a football team, shooting for the moon.

“If I could make a guess, $40,000 would be wonderful,” said Katie Esser, Randolph High Tackle Cancer organizer.

Esser, an english teacher, is the organizer of a Tackle Cancer effort never seen before. But she knows what she's doing.

For 12 years, Randolph, Minnesota was one of the leading national fundraisers for Dig Pink and the Side-Out cancer foundations.

But volleyball has now given way to football in Randolph, and the creativity in raising money for cancer research and patient aid in Minnesota is taking flight.

“It's definitely support from the community but also people going out and spending time, energy, fundraising, selling t-shirts doing all the things to bring our community actually together,” said Evan Bennerotte, Randolph quarterback.

Speaking of t-shirts, a room at Randolph High is full of them.

“Even though we're a town of 500, we sold over 1400 shirts this year so I mean there going somewhere and it's not all in this town,” says Esser.

A town of 500 people, and yet, they've already raised over $30,000 for Tackle Cancer. And money is still coming in.

“I'm expecting this place to be packed. I don't know if there's another night be this packed, ever, all-time high. I'm excited to see it,” said Tyson Cooreman, Randolph linebacker.

Some 20 Randolph seniors will shave their heads after the game Friday to raise additional money for a local family going through cancer.

This community, and it's desire to help others, is truly inspirational.

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Brandon Randolph’s Comfort Food to Get You Through the Cold

Wet, warm and cloudy. Not ideal weather for Minnesota in January. While it isn’t frigid cold like it was a week ago, I still crave some wholesome, warm, eat-until-you-want-to-hibernate type of food to make the serotonin flow. This recipe is just that, but with a little fresh zest; a spice and brightness that makes you tell yourself (or your partner), “don’t stop.”Cozy up this weekend, cook in your underwear, crack a bottle, and make your dinner from scratch.Ingredients:4 large eg...

Wet, warm and cloudy. Not ideal weather for Minnesota in January. While it isn’t frigid cold like it was a week ago, I still crave some wholesome, warm, eat-until-you-want-to-hibernate type of food to make the serotonin flow. This recipe is just that, but with a little fresh zest; a spice and brightness that makes you tell yourself (or your partner), “don’t stop.”

Cozy up this weekend, cook in your underwear, crack a bottle, and make your dinner from scratch.

Ingredients:

4 large eggs

1c OO flour

3c semolina flour

1t salt

Directions:

In a large sized bowl, combine flours and salt.

Make a well in the flour, add the slightly beaten egg, and mix. Mixture should form stiff dough. If needed, stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons water.

Knead for 10 minutes and let rest for 30 minutes.

Cut the dough in 4 pieces and cover with a damp towel.

Grab one of the pieces of dough and smash it down with your hands until its about 1/4in thick.

Then using a pasta roller, start at the thickest setting and roll the past through it (you may want to do this setting twice). Then, lower the setting by one notch and roll the pasta through. Continue until you reach the thinnest setting.

You should have a rather long sheet of pasta. Cut into 10in lengths and layer them on top of each other, making sure there is a fair amount of semolina flour between the layers so it doesn’t stick.

Once they are stacked nicely, cut pasta every 1in and set aside with plastic wrap or damp towel over the top.

Cook pasta in salty, boiling water until tender.

Using this same technique, you can cut different sizes to get different noodles.

Some ribbon pasta sizes include:

Pappardelle: ¾-1in wide ribbon cut

Tagliatelle: 1/4in wide ribbon cut

Linguine: 1/5in wide

Fettucine: thick noodle 1/2in wide

Ingredients:

2lbs cage free, local veal, ground

1 onion, small dice

1 stalk celery, small dice

1 carrot, small dice

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 can roasted tomatoes, chopped with juice

1T tomato paste

1ea orange, just the zest of the whole orange

5 sprigs, fresh thyme

1ea bay leaf

1t crushed red pepper

1c red wine

1c vegetable or chicken stock

Salt/pepper

Directions:

Heat a large pot on the stove with 5T grapeseed oil until the oil starts to smoke, on med-high heat.

Gently place the ground veal into the oil, let it sear for 5 mins or so, then flip and repeat until the veal is nicely caramelized and almost cooked through. Then season with salt and black pepper.

Add onion, celery, carrot, garlic, bay, crushed red pepper and thyme. Sauté for 5 mins while scraping all of the fond of the bottom of the pan.

Turn heat down to medium flame and add stock, wine, chopped tomatoes with juice, tomato paste and whisk together until fully incorporated, then add the orange zest. Bring to a simmer and taste it.

Reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Simmer for 1 hour, or until sauce is reduced to optimal thickness.

When done, pull out the thyme stalks.

Taste for salt and acid. The ragú should be rich and bright.

Mount 5oz Ragú with 2T butter and serve over 5oz cooked pappardelle (or whichever pasta you choose) with fresh grated Parmesan over the top.

In Mike Randolph's case, overprotective Minnesota hockey fans got it wrong

DULUTH – Any dispute as to the identity of America's true state of hockey has been settled again this week in Minnesota's favor. The idea that the resignation of a high school hockey coach in Duluth could be a sizable topic of conversation 150 miles to the south in a full-service professional sports market has to make us unique.A fair share of Minnesota's sports fans see hockey as the best game going, and they are very protective of it. We see that when the Wild stretches its streak of not winning a playoff series to six seasons...

DULUTH – Any dispute as to the identity of America's true state of hockey has been settled again this week in Minnesota's favor. The idea that the resignation of a high school hockey coach in Duluth could be a sizable topic of conversation 150 miles to the south in a full-service professional sports market has to make us unique.

A fair share of Minnesota's sports fans see hockey as the best game going, and they are very protective of it. We see that when the Wild stretches its streak of not winning a playoff series to six seasons, and receives praise for taking it to seven games.

The hockey crowd also remains very devoted to the reputation of state high school tournaments — particularly Class 2A, boys.

Mike Randolph became a familiar figure in the tournament during his 32 years as the boys' coach at Duluth East. He led the Greyhounds to 18 state tournaments, six title games and state championships in 1995 and 1998.

He was out for one season for alleged mishandling of funds in 2003-04 — not an offense grievous enough to prevent him from being brought back the next season.

There were also complaints from disgruntled parents in 2003 — basically, an annual event in Minnesota's prominent hockey programs. This time, the disgruntled parents — perhaps as few as two sets — were able to get the Duluth school district to hire a human resources firm to conduct an "investigation" as to whether Randolph treated their sons with proper respect.

It became the emotional end of the line for the coach. That was my conclusion late Friday morning, after Randolph, 69, read an explanatory statement in the lobby of the Heritage Center, a two-rink complex opened in 2009.

Randolph's statement included tributes to all the fine parents and players he's been able to coach with the Greyhounds, while including this key sentence:

"Up until recently, it's been rewarding and fun. But when the negatives started to outweigh the positives, it gets to be exhausting and no longer worth the time I put into it."

He had resigned Wednesday, read his statement Friday and concluded with: "I'm not going to take questions. This is what I have to say."

Randolph is known for his intensity on the bench, and there's a thought that carries over when the coach and the Greyhounds are out of public view.

As Randolph paid his personal tributes to numerous parties, one person cited was "Wild Bill," the Greyhounds' bus driver for most of the past decade.

This is a man with strong knowledge of abusive behavior. That's because Barney William Irwin, 66, spent 33 years in the pro wrestling ring as Wild Bill Irwin, or a Super Destroyer, or a Long Rider, or The Goon, but never as a good guy.

"When I was done, I got a job driving school bus for Minnesota Coaches, and wound up with the hockey assignment," Irwin said. "We drove a lot of miles across northern Minnesota, to the Twin Cities and back, and Mike would talk to his team on the bus after a game.

"He would tell the players they played well, or tell them they played poorly. If it was bad effort, it was always the team that did so. I never once heard him call out a player individually in that situation.

"I had a son for play for Mike, and I'm glad he had that chance."

Lee Smith has been Eden Prairie's boys' hockey coach for 28 years. The Eagles won their third state title with a 2-1 win over Lakeville South in double overtime on April 3.

Three weeks later, South coach Janne Kivilhalme resigned. Randolph mentioned that as another case of parental pressure in his statement.

I talked with Smith earlier on Friday, looking for a memory of his team's second state title: an epic 3-2, three-overtime victory over East and Randolph in 2011.

As it turned out, Smith and Randolph are close friends.

"Mike and I first spent time together at a coaching clinic; we started talking 'drills' we used and didn't pay much attention to the speaker," Smith said. "That turned into scheduling each other every season since 1999.

"Everyone remembers the triple overtime, but we've often had great games in the regular season. Our kids always play in the Duluth bantam tournament. They get to know Mike and the East players from those tournaments.

"Kyle Rau scored one of the great goals you've ever seen in high school hockey to win the triple-overtime game. You celebrate, and then you start thinking about your friend coaching the other team."

Smith paused, choked up slightly and said: "The amazing thing that happened was Mike came into our locker room. He told our players he had been watching them for a long time, that they should be proud of what they had become as players, and also thanked them for sacrificing to stay in high school hockey rather than go to juniors.

"I think it's terrible for high school hockey to be losing a coach like Mike Randolph."

Randolph Softball Two Wins From State

Most Section fastpitch softball tournaments in Minnesota high school competition begin this week.Section 4A is nearly done with their tournament with State scheduled for June 8 and 9 in North Mankato.The Randolph Rockets have been rated #1 all season in Class A. Saturday the Rockets defeated Mayer Lutheran 9-0 and PACT Charter 11-0 to improve their record to 20-1.The Gopher Conference Champions pitcher Carter Raymond, sophomore, threw a one-hitter against the Crusaders with no walks and 17 strikeouts.Carly Kimmes,...

Most Section fastpitch softball tournaments in Minnesota high school competition begin this week.

Section 4A is nearly done with their tournament with State scheduled for June 8 and 9 in North Mankato.

The Randolph Rockets have been rated #1 all season in Class A. Saturday the Rockets defeated Mayer Lutheran 9-0 and PACT Charter 11-0 to improve their record to 20-1.

The Gopher Conference Champions pitcher Carter Raymond, sophomore, threw a one-hitter against the Crusaders with no walks and 17 strikeouts.

Carly Kimmes, junior, had 3 hits including a solo home run, triple and double. Raymond, a pair of hits and 2 RBI. Tessa Banks, senior, 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Randolph had 11 hits in the game and only one strikeout. The Rockets had 5 stolen bases led by Vienna Anderson, sophomore, with 2.

Raymond threw 83 total pitches in 7 innings with 67 strikes while facing one batter over the minimum.

In the Pact Charter game, Raymond achieved a two-hitter with 7 strikeouts and no walks. She threw 66 pitches in the five-inning game with 50 strikes, Facing two batters over the minimum.

The Rockets cranked out 11 hits with four players getting multiple hits.

Kimmes had a double and triple and 4 RBI. Kylee Cary, sophomore, two hits including a double with 2 RBI. Raymond two hits, 1 RBI. Allie Gillette, freshman, a double, triple and 2 RBI.

Ella Banks, sophomore, smacked a double for 2 RBI.

Randolph, the top seed in Section 4A will play at home according to the bracket against #2 seed West Lutheran on Thursday, May 25, 2023. If they win that semifinal game the title contest is Wednesday, June 1, 2023, at Northwestern University in Roseville, Mn.

On the other side of the bracket #6 seed Lester Prairie upset #3 New Life Academy of Woodbury 11-3 before losing 10-0 to West Lutheran.

#7 seed Heritage Christian then rolled over New Life 20-7 to end their season.

Heritage Christian will play at Lester Prairie Tuesday in Elimination Bracket game,

Braham dominated Mayer Lutheran 11-1 and hosts Heritage Christian Tuesday, May 23, 2023.

Section 1A West Subsection has Faribault Bethlehem Academy the #1 seed opening against Lyle/Pacelli May 22, 2023 at Alexander Park North Diamond #3.

The Cardinals crushed the Athletics 18-0 Friday to end their regular season with a 15-1 record. Seven times they have scored double digit runs.

Friday Reagan Kangas had 3 hits and a stolen base while scoring a run. Sarah Tobin cracked 3 hits with 2 doubles 4 RBI, scored 4 runs with a stolen base. Anna Tobin clubbed 2 hits including s double. Josie Rose had 2 hits, 2 RBI. Caitlin Bothun 2 hits including a double and 2 RBI with a stolen base. Kate Trump smacked a 2 RBI double and had a stolen base. Morgan Wilson had a hit and 2 RBI. Lindsay Hanson a hit for an RBI.

Wilson allowed no hits over 3 innings, striking ourt 7 L-P batters. Sarah Tobin pitched the final two innings allowing 1 hit and striking out 3 batters. Wilson threw 33 pitches, 27 strikes. Tobin had 19 pitches, 15 strikes.

Kenyon-Wanamingo received the #2 seed with 7 wins following a 10-6 victory over Triton Thursday. The overall record is 7-9. The Knights host Glenville-Emmons/Alden-Conger (4-14) Monday, May 22, 2023.

GE/AC has allowed double digit runs in 12 of their 14 losses. The Wolverines 4 wins include 2 against winless Schaeffer Academy.

#3 seed United South Central (11-5) lost to K-W 2-1 in Wells early in the season.

The Rebels will have Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton come to Wells Monday, May 22, 2023.

#4 seed Hayfield (7-9) hosts #5 Waterville-Elysian-Morristown (8-7). My guess is the Vikings got the #4 seed because they defeated the Buccaneers 2-1 in their season opener.

Top two teams from each Subsection play for Section title in Austin.

The Section 1A East Subsection looks like this:

Section 2AA seeds all the teams with byes for the top and #2 seeded teams.

Section 1AA has the East and West Subsections get to the top two in each Subsection then play for Section title at Todd Park in Austin.

West Subsection seeds are:

East Subsection went like this:

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