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Home Care In Willis, TX

Home Care Willis, TX

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic The Historic Hill House and Farm gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Willis, TX is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.

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“Dear Kelly, I wanted to write to you and say how much my father and I have appreciated the great care and service that your agency has provided my mother over the last year. My mother became one of your clients in November 2022 and was helped every day by your caring team. Initially, K. visited with me and helped me understand the various services you provide. She was so helpful and considerate and seemed to understand how overwhelming taking care of an elder can be. We signed-on for 3 times a week shower and grooming care for B.. This soon turned into shower/grooming every day of the week. V. was the caregiver for many months and mother loved her so much!! After V. moved to the office duties, M. became her daily care-giver and mother really enjoyed seeing and visiting with her every day. M. did extra things like making sure she was lotioned well every day and blow drying her hair! Mother considered her a true friend ! Once Mom needed someone to start sitting with her at night, we were even more grateful for sweet employees that sat patiently and lovingly with her such as L., M., and S.. I know there are others that substituted for the regulars that were kind and considerate as well, and of course M. has always been gracious and prompt with any needs or requests for which we asked. We are sad that B. has declined so much that we needed to find a place for her away from home, but we are grateful for this last year and the sincere, caring people that helped us keep her at home. We would absolutely recommend Always Best Care Senior Services and please feel free to use us as a reference ! Thank you again!”

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“I really enjoyed working for ABC. This was my first experience with caregiving and I can say with confidence that I will continue working in this field. I learned so much through my time with the company and gained very crucial experience with multiple different clients. It is evident that the company really cares not only for the clients but the employees as well. I am happy to have been given this opportunity and will cherish my time spent with ABC and their clients.”

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“Great service!! Ms.Veronica was very helpful and informative as well as polite while helping me with all my questions???? Highly recommended”

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“I have to say that Veronica at Always Best Care is such an asset for everyone!!! She gets everything done reliably, in a very timely manner. She always helps me when I can’t figure something out or anything I or my colleges may need to talk to someone about , she’s always there . I appreciate her so much!! I am a caregiver for Always Best Care. I appreciate her very much. Thank you Veronica !!”

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“Speaking with Veronica at this location is such a joy. She is very professional and only wants the best for your loved one.”

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“Great agency. My husband was hired to be a driver. Everyone is Very kind and considerate of their workers. May God bless this agency.”

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“Great agency. My husband was hired to be a driver. Everyone is Very kind and considerate of their workers. May God bless this agency.”

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“Always Best Care was able to provide us with emergency help less than 24 hours after we called and we are eternally grateful for their ability to move fast. We needed help with my 90 year old father-in-law who was in home hospice and my 89 year old mother-in-law with onset dementia. All of the caregivers that they sent were wonderful, caring, honest and hardworking individuals. They helped us taking care of my in-law's personal needs, house cleaning, laundry and providing the family with guidance on what we could expect with a patient on hospice. More than anything, their experience and assistance gave us, the family members, a sense of calmness knowing we could take care of our family members in their own home as they wished. After going through the death of someone in home hospice, we found out that there really is a lot more to this type of care than just providing for a patience's basic needs. We are forever grateful to this company for all of their assistance and guidance as we proceeded through this experience.”

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“I just want to say Michelle with Always Best Care the Woodlands is the best! She is an amazing person to work with very friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and supportive! Michelle goes above and beyond with assisting with anything!!! Best team work ever!!!”

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“Good company to work for our manager Michelle is good leader and oversees the daily operations of the company if there is a problem we can always go to her she’s nice and respectful”

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“Always Best Care has been helping people with their needs respectfully, kindly, diligently and always with the utmost integrity. Michelle Wilbret , without a doubt makes sure all clients are very well taken care of. Her staff stays very well trained. She does everything she can for families to know their loved ones always have the best care.”

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“This is a great company to work for! I love the working environment and the staff definitely care about they're employees and Clients! If there is any Home care company that I would refer to potential clients and other Caregivers and CNA's it's Always Best Care the Woodlands location!”

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“ABC cared for my mother for several years. They did a wonderful job. They are very caring especially Michelle. She was always there for us sometimes with little to no notice. Thank you for keeping my mother peaceful during her final days.”

David S.
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“This company has provided excellent care for my family & I would highly recommend there services.”

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“Friendly, accommodating, and willing to work for the best interests and care of their clients.”

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“Michelle is great to work with fun ,outgoing, great to work with!!!”

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“I've Worked With ABC For About A Year Already, And It's Honestly One Of The Best Jobs I've Been Employed By!”

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“Personable and caring. Helped my family and I come up with a care plan for our father with Alzheimer's Disease. Would recommend to anyone who is interested or seeking care for a loved one!”

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“ABC has been invaluable, allowing our parents to stay in their home with excellent caregivers & assistance. When it was time to transition from their home, ABC helped us make an informed decision from several options. From beginning to end, Ms Briton and her team have operated in our parents’ best interest.”

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“They've done a good job trying to provide consistent caregivers. They've been easy to work with.”

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“They have made my life easier by having someone when I need them. They have someone when I need them.”

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“It is hard for me to do chores and having them here has made that much easier. I would have liked a little more information up front before we started. There were a few surprises.”

James M.
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“They helped with taking care of my father. I liked that everybody was great.”

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“They make it very easy and worry-free for us. I like the caregivers that they send. They are easy to deal with for scheduling.”

Marlene R.
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“The impact has been great because my wife is making good progress towards feeling better. I like Always Best Care because they are reliable.”

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“The services are helpful because they bathe me and feed me. I would recommend Always Best Care if they got more consistent caregivers.”

Linda S.
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“They help me with my laundry. They are nice people.”

Don D.
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“All of the girls have been really kind and helpful to me. I like that I have had to see great things happen by having someone take me to the doctor.”

Glynn L.
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“The caregiver knows what she is doing. The staff is considerate and communicate with me.”

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“She goes to the grocery store and the bank with me. I love Kelly, my caregiver. She is good at caring for me. She is a hard worker.”

Marilyn P.
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“When they come in to care for my mom, it gives me freedom. I like their professionalism and caring for the patient.”

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“They have been flexible, I can't think of anything they can do to make his life easier. I like that they have been easy to work with.”

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“They've helped most by doing their job. I like how they're very caring and dependable people.”

Julia J.
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“They are here when I need them. They are always here and ready to go.”

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“Ive been working here for 4 months and i wish ive known about them sooner because i absolutely love my job????????. Not only are my bosses friendly and attentive to my schedule (single mom life tends to get a little crazy????) but whenever there is a problem on the site im sent to, they are always there to solve the problem. They respect us as caregivers and thats what i mostly love about working here. I can definitely see myself working here for a long time.”

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What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Willis, TX?

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Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is 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.

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When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

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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.

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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 gets older, 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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Types of Elderly Care in Willis, TX

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting MLK Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local Bubba Ts Cajun Kitchen Willis or visit Fernland Historical Park, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in Willis, TX

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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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 - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, 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, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in Willis, TX, 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.

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 a nursing home. 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.

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 and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often 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 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

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:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your TX's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
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.
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.
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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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 Willis, TX 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.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.


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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • Willis Nursing & Rehabilitation
  • Assisted Living Cottages by Unlimited Care - Willis
  • Friendship Center
  • Mary’s Blessing-A Residential Care Facility LLC
  • Loving Care Senior Services & Home
  • Heritage Point Senior Living
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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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 Always Best Care 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:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way

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A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive

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Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider

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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.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Willis, TX 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

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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Willis ISD football coach relieved of duty after reports of student injuries

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas - Willis ISD has relieved a teacher of their coaching after an activity left students with blisters on their hands.The district did not confirm the name of the coach, but said they are investigating the incident that happened Wednesday at Brabham Middle School in Willis.SUGGESTED: New...

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas - Willis ISD has relieved a teacher of their coaching after an activity left students with blisters on their hands.

The district did not confirm the name of the coach, but said they are investigating the incident that happened Wednesday at Brabham Middle School in Willis.

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Community members contacted FOX 26 after receiving an email from the coach, apologizing for what happened. In the email, the coach says the athletes were told multiple times to be quiet and stay in place while team photos were being taken. They write that at the end of the practice, the entire team did 100 yards of bear crawls. Some of the players then complained about their hands hurting.

The district said in a statement that they are, "conducting an investigation regarding the incident, and the issue will be handled internally as it is a personnel issue."

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The statement also said that the district, "sincerely regrets when any student is injured at school. We want our parents and community to be assured that the safety and well-being of our students are always our primary concern."

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Willis ISD is a public school district in Montgomery County, Texas. It has over 8,000 students.

Full statement from the district:

Willis ISD can confirm that a teacher has been relieved of coaching duties after an activity left students with blisters on their hands. The district is conducting an investigation regarding the incident, and the issue will be handled internally as it is a personnel issue. We sincerely regret when any student is injured at school. We want our parents and community to be assured that the safety and well-being of our students are always our primary concern.

- Jamie Fails, Director of Communications

On Sunday afternoon, the school district released another statement:

Willis ISD would like to address some questions that have arisen regarding the incident at Brabham last week. During our investigation, the teacher asked to be relieved of his coaching duties in order to fully focus on his family and his core assignment teaching math. The district did not fire him, nor did we ask him to resign. We ask that you please grant him privacy at this time.

Willis ISD names Sara Goolsby as acting superintendent

Willis ISD named Sara Goolsby as acting superintendent July 6 after former Superintendent Tim Harkrider resigned from the district in June.What’s happeningAccording to the district website, the acting superintendent role is slated to remain until an interi...

Willis ISD named Sara Goolsby as acting superintendent July 6 after former Superintendent Tim Harkrider resigned from the district in June.

What’s happening

According to the district website, the acting superintendent role is slated to remain until an interim superintendent is selected. Director of Communications Jamie Falls said the position of interim superintendent was offered to Goolsby, who declined the position. Goolsby joined Willis ISD as the Willis High School dean of curriculum in 2016 according to the district website. Goolsby is currently the assistant superintendent of innovation, teaching and learning.

Falls said Goolsby will be in the position of acting superintendent for less than 30 days.

How we got here

Harkrider announced his departure from the district after 11 years June 12. According to previous reporting, he has moved on to be the superintendent of College Station ISD. At the same time, The Woodland Hills named its newest park after Harkrider in a ribbon-cutting ceremony July 6, according to previous reporting.

What’s next

Falls said over the course of the next 30 days the board will meet with a lawyer to research and discuss potential candidates for the interim superintendent position. Falls said it is likely they will hire outside the district, and the whole process will take an estimated four to six months.

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A Willis ISD middle school football coach teacher has been relieved of his coaching duties after an activity that injured many students.

WILLIS, Texas (KTRK) -- A Willis ISD middle school football coach was reportedly removed from his coaching position after several students were injured during an activity.

In a statement, a district spokesperson said the coach was relieved of his duties. She added that the coach remains a teacher in the district.

A Brabham Middle School seventh-grade student, Eric Rodriguez, plays on the team. He said that Wednesday was picture day for the athletes.

"Some people were goofing off. Some people weren't," he explained.

After pictures, he said his coach calmly told everyone to do 100 yards of bear crawls, a little less than the length of a football field. In a letter to parents, the coach would later explain it was punishment for their behavior.

Eric said many kids stopped because the dry, drought-worn grass tore up their hands, but he pushed through the pain.

"It was like burning," he said.

On Wednesday, the coach sent a letter apologizing to parents for the injuries. He said as soon as he saw kids getting hurt, they immediately stopped and called everyone over.

"This is my eighth year here, and I've never had an athlete hurt their hands from doing a bear crawl. When the boys got back in the locker room, I made sure to clean off their hands with hydrogen peroxide. I feel terrible about the entire situation. I apologized to the team at the end of practice, but I wanted to reach out and apologize to the parents," he explained in the letter.

Furious, Eric's dad, Rick Rodriguez, met with school administrators Thursday morning. He believes he is the only parent to do so.

He was told that the coach would be suspended pending the outcome of an investigation. He told ABC13 he feels the punishment is too harsh.

"I heard he was a good coach and teacher," he said.

More than 500 people have expressed the same in a petition calling to reinstate the coach, and many left comments criticizing those who complained and supporting the coach.

Rick Rodriguez said he took his son to the emergency room. Paperwork shows doctors told Rodriguez his son's blisters were first and second-degree burns and to put antibiotic ointment on them.

"People don't know what happened," he said.

Oregon-based Cuppa Yo to bring self-serve frozen yogurt to Willis, Woodforest

Cuppa Yo, an Oregon-based self-serve frozen yogurt store, has two locations in the works for Montgomery County. Owner Krysten Polvado and her husband, who are Woodforest residents, are planning to open a storefront in Willis at 909 W. Montgomery St., Ste. 300, in late August or September. A location is also in the works for Phase 4 of Woodforest's Pine Market, slated to open in spring 2024."We are excited to get more involved in Willis and look forward to givi...

Cuppa Yo, an Oregon-based self-serve frozen yogurt store, has two locations in the works for Montgomery County. Owner Krysten Polvado and her husband, who are Woodforest residents, are planning to open a storefront in Willis at 909 W. Montgomery St., Ste. 300, in late August or September. A location is also in the works for Phase 4 of Woodforest's Pine Market, slated to open in spring 2024.

"We are excited to get more involved in Willis and look forward to giving back to the community. Cuppa Yo is more than a storefront for us," Polvado said in an email. "We are hoping to create a vibrant family friendly atmosphere where people can enjoy a somewhat healthy or somewhat indulgent treat."

Cuppa Yo will have 10 flavors of frozen yogurt that will change and 48 topping choices, including sugar-free and dye-free toppings. Sugar-free, dairy-free and low-calorie frozen yogurt options will be offered as well, Polvado said.

"When I was a teenager, my grandmother owned a bakery in Mont Belvieu, Texas, and I loved working in the bakery, and hanging out there with my friends. I wanted to create something like that for my soon-to-be-teenager to enjoy with her friends," she said in an email. "Plus as a Realtor, I'm always meeting clients and colleagues at coffee shops and thought it would be neat to have somewhere else to meet."

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Anna joined Community Impact in 2016 and is the editor of the Tomball-Magnolia and Conroe-Montgomery editions. She previously was a reporter for the Tomball-Magnolia edition. Prior to CI, Anna graduated with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Ohio where she served as editor-in-chief of Cedars. She also interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette. Outside of work, Anna enjoys snuggling her dogs, Opie and Luna, baking or reading.

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Moving to Texas: The pros and cons of living in Willis

Texas is an incredible part of the country with so many attractive and unique cities and suburbs to tempt you when you are thinking about moving to the state.Take a look at new homes in Willis TX and you will quickly see that this is a location that deserves to compete for your attention and could prove to be the perfect place to start a new chapter in your life.Willis became a community when the Great Northern Railroad used land donated by the...

Texas is an incredible part of the country with so many attractive and unique cities and suburbs to tempt you when you are thinking about moving to the state.

Take a look at new homes in Willis TX and you will quickly see that this is a location that deserves to compete for your attention and could prove to be the perfect place to start a new chapter in your life.

Willis became a community when the Great Northern Railroad used land donated by the Willis brothers to run the Houston to Chicago route through. That was the start of it. Since then, Willis has developed a reputation for being so much more than an agricultural and lumbering town.

Why it’s a good place to live

Fast-forward to the present and you will discover that Willis has a vibrant community that is enjoying enviable growth and business success.

It has a lot to offer when you consider that as well as a friendly vibe and excellent employment opportunities there is some incredibly diverse wildlife and scenery to explore within the area.

You have Lake Conroe on your doorstep and the Sam Houston National Forest will deliver some memorable family adventures.

What the data says about living in Willis

As well as anecdotal evidence about the quality of life in Willis you will also want to know some hard facts and numbers about living here.

One of the most obvious advantages is the fact that you won’t be subjected to any state income tax as a resident of Willis.

It is a location that offers a good diversity of industries. That means employment opportunities are varied.

The weather is also a key selling point. Willis enjoys great weather and has a high number of days each year where the temperature ranges between 50 and 90 F.

There are some potential negatives that you have to take into consideration about living in Willis. Property taxes are considered relatively high in comparison to some other states.

What about the cost of living?

The good news is that the average cost of living in Texas is low compared to other states, in general.

However, Willis is not one of the cheapest places to live in Texas. That fact is obviously relative to the lifestyle and surroundings you will enjoy, which many would consider a fair price to pay.

You might be able to cope with a higher cost of living anyway, as the median household income in Willis is in the region of $67,000. This is a high number for the state of Texas and compares favorably to other states in the US.

Crime rates are rated as moderate in Willis, so that is another plus point in favor of living there.

Finally, you have concerns about environmental hazards, which is something on everyone’s minds these days. The chances of earthquakes, or hurricanes, are considered unlikely, and incidences of wildfires are very low.

All things considered, Willis deserves to be on your radar if you are thinking about moving to Texas.

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