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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 Watertown, 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 Watertown, 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 Watertown, 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.

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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

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.

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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 Watertown,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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Minnesota sisters Monika and Maggie Czinano are on opposite sides of Gophers-Hawkeyes rivalry

At first glance, and perhaps even after a closer look, Monika and Maggie Czinano appear more different than alike.For sisters, anyway.Monika, a 6-3 senior and All-Big Ten player for Iowa, is a pure post. Younger sister Maggie, a 6-0 freshman for the Gophers women's basketball team, is a wing. Monika is an extrovert, Maggie is more reserved.Thursday night Iowa comes to Williams Arena to play the Gophers. In the crowd will be scores of folks from the Watertown-Mayer area, where both grew up. Girls' basketball high school c...

At first glance, and perhaps even after a closer look, Monika and Maggie Czinano appear more different than alike.

For sisters, anyway.

Monika, a 6-3 senior and All-Big Ten player for Iowa, is a pure post. Younger sister Maggie, a 6-0 freshman for the Gophers women's basketball team, is a wing. Monika is an extrovert, Maggie is more reserved.

Thursday night Iowa comes to Williams Arena to play the Gophers. In the crowd will be scores of folks from the Watertown-Mayer area, where both grew up. Girls' basketball high school coach John Rosholt is taking the whole team down. Monika and Maggie's aunt, Stacy Roitenberg, has had special shirts made up, half Minnesota, half Iowa.

Monika will start and play big minutes. Maggie, who has been through a daunting series of medical setbacks, will likely watch much of the game from the bench.

Again, different situations.

But look deeper.

That's when the similarities start to show. They played different positions, but Rosholt remembers both sisters were team-first players. Both had great hands.

Their mother, Theresa Czinano, adds this: "Here is the commonality between the two. Both are hard workers. Both are very coachable. Both want to win."

Big sister and little sister. They played one-plus season together at Watertown-Mayer. Maggie was called up to the varsity late in her eighth-grade year. Her main job, she remembers, was simple: Get the ball to Monika. Together they helped lead the team to state, where they finished third in Class 2A.

They had one full season together when Monika was a senior, Maggie a freshman. There was one game where Maggie scored more points. "Best game of my life," she said.

She remembers the assistant coaches nudging her, telling her quietly, so Monika didn't hear. "Monika always drove me home after games, because I couldn't drive," Maggie said. "I remember rubbing it in as much as I could. But then my senior year, my little sister Mallory scored more points than me, and I was upset."

Still, the fact they played different positions was good. Then they didn't have to be compared, didn't have to compete with each other for playing time.

Thursday is Monika's 22nd birthday. Here is Maggie's best-case scenario: Monika has a big game, but the Gophers win.

"That would be picture perfect," Maggie said.

If anything, the sisters have grown closer with Maggie off to college. They talk daily, and Monika has been a sounding board for Maggie's difficult season.

Early on, she sprained an ankle. And then she developed an eye infection that threatened the sight in her left eye. Nobody is sure how it happened. But a scratch in the eye allowed bacteria in. At first it felt like there was an eyelash in her eye, bothersome, painful.

"One day I woke up and there was no vision in it," she said. "Very scary. Doctors said I was 12 hours away from losing the vision [permanently]. Several doctors visits later I have it back. To this day I have to wear protective eye gear."

And then Maggie had to deal with a long-term, flu-like illness that was never really diagnosed. There were multiple negative COVID-19 tests, negative flu tests.

Still not 100%, she only recently returned to practice.

Through it all, Monika was there for her little sister. Maggie is thankful that she got to see her sister go through the recruitment process and the stress that goes with it. Monika, who didn't play a ton as a freshman while backing up Megan Gustafson, knows how hard it is to make the transition from high school to college.

"I just do my best to listen," Monika said. "I give advice when I can. I try to remind her [in my] freshman year, I didn't play a lot. She's crazy optimistic. I keep telling her, things happen for a reason. She's done a great job battling back every time. Never lost hope, at all."

Monika's career has been a steady rise. An all-Big Ten first team player last season, she is averaging a career-high 19.9 points and 5.5 rebounds for the 25th-ranked Hawkeyes. She hasn't decided whether to return for a fifth season. So Thursday's game — and the rematch in Iowa City on Feb. 9 — could be the only two games the two sisters are on opposite benches.

According to Theresa Czinano, there will be some good-natured banter, some trash talking. But, under it all, both sisters want the other to do well. "Monika has done a really good job of helping Maggie, being a sounding board," Theresa said.

When she was getting over her eye infection, Maggie held out hope she'd be ready to play by Thursday. But her illness set her back.

"Obviously, I'm a little bummed," Maggie said. "I was hoping I'd be healthy, but I've been dealt a different hand of cards. It's frustrating, but no matter what, I'm excited to have the experience."

Confirmed EF-1 tornado with 105 mph winds near Watertown

The Twin Cities National Weather Service confirms an EF-1 tornado packing 105 mph winds touched down for 3 minutes last night near Watertown in Carver County. Debris signatures were detected in the air on the Chanhassen Doppler as the tornado tore through western Carver County.The details from the NWS post storm survey conducted Saturday morning...

The Twin Cities National Weather Service confirms an EF-1 tornado packing 105 mph winds touched down for 3 minutes last night near Watertown in Carver County. Debris signatures were detected in the air on the Chanhassen Doppler as the tornado tore through western Carver County.

The details from the NWS post storm survey conducted Saturday morning.



925 AM CDT SAT JUL 18 2015













START LAT/LON: 44.9488/-93.9715

END DATE: JULY 18 2015




END_LAT/LON: 44.9532/-93.8846

MPR News reporter Brandt Willimas captured this damage near Watertown.

KARE11 News has more on Carver County damage from the air.

Probable "Gustnado"

This was an unusual type of tornado called a Gust Front Tornado or Gustnado.

Gustnadoes form on the leading edge of squall line downbursts. They spin up briefly in the wake flow of severe gust front winds on the storm's leading edge. They are usually brief, and very difficult to forecast in advance. That's why there was no tornado watch, and no tornado warnings with the storm line in Minnesota prior to the event.

The Twin Cities NWS did an excellent job issuing severe thunderstorms warnings for this event. The sudden tornado warning was also issued in as timely a fashion as possible, as the radar operators recognized the tornado vortex signature on Doppler and the benchmarks of debris in the air.

There are also scattered tree damage reports across the metro.

Winds gusted as high as to 70 mph.

Wind gust reports from storm of July 17-18, 2015

Location Miles per hour Time

New Brighton 70 12:56 a.m

Lakeville 70 12:41 a.m

Eau Claire, Wis. 70 1:54 a.m

Richfield 67 12:40 a.m

Montevideo 63 10:13 p.m

Benson 61 10:14 p.m.

MSP Airport 60 1:33 a.m

Excelsior 55 1:22 a.m

Rochester 47 1:54 a.m

Source: National Weather Service


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