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, sometimes they cannot live independently without someone by their side to provide care. Unfortunately, some 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 in the comforts or their home rather than in an assisted living community. Home care in Clarendon Hills, IL is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.
Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they age. We are proud to have helped tens of thousands of seniors to maintain a higher level of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of 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.
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 care services in Clarendon Hills, IL. Always Best Care is here to help.
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.
To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home 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 or Parkinson's or Alzheimer's.
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.
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 activities and hobbies while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.
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 other activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress helps reduce the risks of caregiver burnout.
When it comes to non-medical home care, 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.
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:
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.
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 Clarendon Hills, IL, 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 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.
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 Clarendon Hills, IL 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.
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.
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 Clarendon Hills,IL 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.
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
Resident says students would learn about a "panoply of sexual preferences."BURR RIDGE, IL – Two residents expressed concern Thursday that Hinsdale High School District 86 is on board with national sex education standards.One said the standards called for teaching children about the "panoply of sexual preferences."In response, three board members said they wanted to revisit the topic. Earlier this summer, the board unanimously voted to adopt the standards. Many school districts have not....
BURR RIDGE, IL – Two residents expressed concern Thursday that Hinsdale High School District 86 is on board with national sex education standards.
One said the standards called for teaching children about the "panoply of sexual preferences."
In response, three board members said they wanted to revisit the topic. Earlier this summer, the board unanimously voted to adopt the standards. Many school districts have not.
During public comments, resident Lisa Hultmark said the new standards are "completely age-inappropriate."
Students from kindergarten through second grade, she said, would learn the "medically accurate" terms for body parts, including genitals. She warned they would also learn about gender identity, among other things.
The standards, she said, call for teachers to explain that all "living things have the capacity to reproduce."
"But is that true? Maybe men can be pregnant. I don't know. Maybe that's what people are going to teach them," Hultmark said.
A few in the audience snickered.
Resident Anne Huber said she was confused about what would be taught in sex ed. She said she was no prude.
"I have seen the chart. It makes no sense to me. I have looked at the panoply of sexual preferences. I don't know why children are being taught that," Huber said. "I would like to see specifically what pictures you are going to use to teach children."
Board members Debbie Levinthal, Peggy James and Jeff Waters noted the state had not released the curriculum for the national sex education standards.
Levinthal said the board approved the policy on the sex ed standards without the benefit of seeing the curriculum.
Board member Kathleen Hirsman said she did not want to go into a detailed discussion about the standards. But she emphasized the board's unanimous support for the policy.
James replied, "To be clear, every board policy has been approved by the board."
"Not always unanimously," Hirsman said. "I was pointing out the fact that it was approved unanimously. That's significant. Think about that. It was approved unanimously."
Because the state has not provided the curriculum, Waters said, the issue warrants a discussion and possible action by the board.
Board President Erik Held said the administration would go to the board if it felt substantial changes were made from previous curriculums. He closed the discussion.
This week, Center Square, a news organization, provided details on the state's sex education controversy.
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A longtime paramedic resigned in April, criticizing the fire department's leadership.CLARENDON HILLS, IL – A longtime Clarendon Hills paramedic resigned in April, taking the fire department's leadership to task for its handling of emergency medical services.Scott Pilafas, who worked as a Clarendon Hills paramedic for 19 years, submitted his resignation April 10. He singled out Fire Chief Brian Leahy for criticism."The current leadership in the department has made it unbearable to work," Pilafas said. &q...
CLARENDON HILLS, IL – A longtime Clarendon Hills paramedic resigned in April, taking the fire department's leadership to task for its handling of emergency medical services.
Scott Pilafas, who worked as a Clarendon Hills paramedic for 19 years, submitted his resignation April 10. He singled out Fire Chief Brian Leahy for criticism.
"The current leadership in the department has made it unbearable to work," Pilafas said. "The Chief places value on local department members with minimal experience while undervaluing Firefighter/Paramedics who are needed for the majority of calls... This continues to create a toxic divide in the department."
Leahy did not return messages for comment left on Monday and Thursday.
In his resignation letter, Pilafas said he was vocal about the fire department not replacing the ladder truck. Leahy and other department leaders strongly favored buying a truck, despite the village manager's reservations.
"It's hard to work for leadership that doesn't respect Paramedics and has never had to be a Paramedic or walk in our shoes," Pilafas said in the letter. "You can add me to the list of the over 70 Paramedics that have come through the door in the past 19 years."
As with all paramedics and firefighters in Clarendon Hills, Pilafas is part time. He is a full-time Chicago firefighter.
In an interview, Pilafas said the fire department is buying a new ambulance, but may have no one to staff it. He said these staffing problems have occurred while the fire department put its emphasis on a new ladder truck.
In March, Chief Leahy said the village needed paramedics, but said the fire department could cover its ambulance shifts.
Through a public records request, Patch obtained documents related to Pilafas' resignation.
Pilafas emailed his letter on a Saturday to Village Manager Kevin Barr.
Leahy caught wind of Pilafas' departure the following Monday when Loyola's EMS system noted it in an email to fire department officials.
When Leahy received the letter from Assistant Village Manager Zach Creer, the chief commented, "Wow, nice letter."
Village's leader declined to comment on the status of village manager after a closed meeting. CLARENDON HILLS, IL — Clarendon Hills trustees met for nearly 2½ hours behind closed doors Wednesday night to discuss issues with an unnamed employee. A village lawyer was on hand.The Village Board's agenda indicated it would take action afterward. Instead, the board reopened the meeting and voted to adjourn.When the session ended, Patch asked Village President Len Austin about which employee the meeting involved....
CLARENDON HILLS, IL — Clarendon Hills trustees met for nearly 2½ hours behind closed doors Wednesday night to discuss issues with an unnamed employee. A village lawyer was on hand.
The Village Board's agenda indicated it would take action afterward. Instead, the board reopened the meeting and voted to adjourn.
When the session ended, Patch asked Village President Len Austin about which employee the meeting involved. He would not say.
He also declined to discuss the situation involving Village Manager Kevin Barr, who has been on "personal leave" for more than a week.
"No comment," Austin said repeatedly in a short interview.
The village website does not say what personal leave entails. Austin declined to elaborate.
In a brief interview, Assistant Village Manager Zach Creer said personal leave and sick leave were separate benefits. He said most employees get three personal days a year, but Barr had a different arrangement because he works under a contract. He said he would email Barr's contract to Patch on Thursday morning.
For a week, Austin has not responded to Patch's phone calls and emails on Barr's situation. Barr did not return a message through his Facebook account.
Over the last few months, the village has been embroiled in a controversy over whether the fire department should buy a new ladder truck for $1.4 million. It was originally budgeted for $1 million, but officials says the price rose in the last year.
The ladder truck for the Clarendon Hills Fire Department was deployed to an incident in downtown Hinsdale on Tuesday. Whether to buy a new ladder truck has been a controversy in Clarendon Hills. (David Giuliani/Patch)
Barr has suggested not buying a replacement ladder truck and instead entering an agreement with another town for use of its truck. Fire Chief Brian Leahy, local firefighters and many residents disagree with such an idea.
Signs supporting the purchase of a new ladder truck can be seen around town. Some fire department supporters have called for Barr's ouster.
Last month, Patch reported that Barr prohibited Leahy from speaking with the media about issues such as the ladder truck.
Since Barr went on leave, Creer, the assistant manager, has met with managers of Hinsdale and Oak Brook to discuss regional approaches to public safety and infrastructure. In his weekly report, he also said he met with fire department leaders about a variety of issues, including the ladder truck.
Barr was hired as Clarendon Hills manager in 2015. Before that, he was Schiller Park's village manager for 15 years.
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One zoning board member says she found the development would be uncomfortable for neighbors. CLARENDON HILLS, IL – Neighbors opposed to a proposed Dunkin' Donuts drive-thru have launched a letter-writing campaign with village trustees.The Village Board is expected to take up the issue at its May 16 meeting. At a meeting this week, Village Manager Kevin Barr said it was doubtful the board would make a decision at the coming meeting.Last month, the village's zoning board voted 4-3 to recommend the drive-thru....
CLARENDON HILLS, IL – Neighbors opposed to a proposed Dunkin' Donuts drive-thru have launched a letter-writing campaign with village trustees.
The Village Board is expected to take up the issue at its May 16 meeting. At a meeting this week, Village Manager Kevin Barr said it was doubtful the board would make a decision at the coming meeting.
Last month, the village's zoning board voted 4-3 to recommend the drive-thru.
The combination Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin Robbins is planned for the southwest corner of 55th Street and Western Avenue. It is the site of the old Tracy's Tavern, which closed in 2019.
One of the letters written to the Village Board was by Mark Kroeger, who lives in the 5600 block of Western Avenue. He said the property in question should be zoned residential.
"Our neighbors have been pretty good about keeping property on 55th Street residential," Kroeger wrote. "In Westmont, when a service station on 55th closed, the property became residential. In Hinsdale, when the Tavern Belluomini closed, the property became residential."
The old Belluomini property is across from Hinsdale Central High School and now the site of a house. It would have been an ideal place for a Dunkin' Donuts, Kroeger said.
"But Hinsdale did the right thing by making it zoned residential," he said.
Traffic was the big issue during zoning board hearings on Dunkin' Donuts.
Unlike Tracy's Tavern, Dunkin' Donuts won't have access to Western. Under the plan, drivers would only enter the restaurant's property by making a right from 55th. They leave the property by making a right onto 55th.
At the April 21 zoning board hearing, audience members objected when Chairman Wil Freve said opponents have brought up "red herrings" about traffic. He said issues involving school buses had nothing to do with the property.
"Our job is to look at whether vehicles can enter the site safely and not speculate where they are going to go a mile down the road," Freve said.
However, zoning board member Karin Hanke suggested the proposal was unacceptable.
"If I put myself in the position of people who live there, I don't think I'd be comfortable with it," Hanke said.
She said the village should consider rezoning it.
"I'm sorry, but if that's an option, we should look at that," she said.
The audience of more than 50 people, mostly opponents, applauded her.
Freve, Krista Casper, Jeff Keiner and Tom Szurgot voted for the drive-thru, while Hanke, Andriy Striltschuk and Peter Jablonski were against.
The developer, Hinsdale-based KrohVan LLC, is proposing a 6,000-square-foot building. A third of the development would be for the combination Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurant. The rest is for a yet-to-be-determined retailer.
The traffic engineer for the developer advised putting up a traffic light at 55th and Western. But he said the only potential impact of the drive-thru on the intersection is if the traffic backs up, which he considered highly unlikely.
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Residents ask board to fire Kevin Barr. Fire chief's daughter accused manager of "brazen misconduct."CLARENDON HILLS, IL — Without any comments, the Clarendon Hills Village Board on Monday voted unanimously to keep Village Manager Kevin Barr, despite criticism of his treatment of the village's longtime fire chief.Barr, who attended the meeting, thanked the Village Board for its support. He is back at Village Hall after two weeks of what village officials called "personal leave."During public c...
CLARENDON HILLS, IL — Without any comments, the Clarendon Hills Village Board on Monday voted unanimously to keep Village Manager Kevin Barr, despite criticism of his treatment of the village's longtime fire chief.
Barr, who attended the meeting, thanked the Village Board for its support. He is back at Village Hall after two weeks of what village officials called "personal leave."
During public comments, residents urged the board to fire Barr. And Fire Chief Brian Leahy's daughter accused Barr of "brazen misconduct" by showing an age bias against her father.
After the meeting, Village President Len Austin declined to provide a copy of Barr's employment agreement to Patch, saying it was unavailable. He said it was a document subject to a public records request. Patch submitted a request Tuesday morning.
Clarendon Hills Fire Chief Brian Leahy (in white shirt) talks with residents Monday during a closed session of the Village Board. (David Giuliani/Patch)
Austin declined to say why the Village Board needed to approve an employment agreement with Barr, given the manager's existing contract is expiring next year. He did say the manager's pay remained the same. According to village documents, Barr's salary is $170,000.
Asked for comment afterward, Barr declined, saying "it's not worth it" and there was more to the story. He took the helm in 2015.
Last year, Chief Leahy marked his 50th year of service to the Clarendon Hills Fire Department. In recent months, Barr and the fire department have locked horns over whether the village should buy a new ladder truck, which the village said escalated in price to $1.4 million, from $1 million.
Barr suggested the village look at its options, including sharing the costs of such a truck with Hinsdale or Westmont. But firefighters and their supporters said the village needs the truck.
At Monday's meeting, residents took exception to Barr's order banning the fire chief from speaking with the media on policy issues such as the ladder truck. Patch revealed that prohibition in a story last month.
The residents also criticized Barr for twice joking that Leahy was around in 1930. Those comments were during a mid-January meeting of the Village Board's Public Safety Committee. Both times, Barr drew laughs from other village officials. At one point, Barr added, "I'm old too."
At the same meeting, the residents said, Barr revealed the name of a firefighter who tested positive for the coronavirus. That was a violation of the firefighter's right to health privacy under federal law, they said.
Kristen Leahy, daughter of Clarendon Hills Fire Chief Brian Leahy, speaks remotely during public comments. She said the village manager showed age bias against her father. Below the screen is Village President Len Austin. (David Giuliani/Patch)
Resident Erin Magnuson called the comments about age "inappropriate."
"My daughter asked me, 'If I work for the village, could they make jokes about women?'" Magnuson said.
Resident John Benak called the situation the "Kevin Barr nightmare."
"He clearly has a vendetta against the fire department," Benak said. "His comments at the last Public Safety Committee meeting were degrading... He doesn't represent the values of our town. It's time the village had new leadership."
Kristen Leahy, the chief's daughter, said she was speaking as a person with more than a decade of experience in human resources. She said she had "never seen such bold and brazen misconduct in a leadership role."
When Barr made his first joke, she said, he explicitly interrupted the chief. She then referred to the comments about her father and the firefighter who had COVID-19.
"These comments are fairly innocuous at first glance," said Kristen Leahy, who attended Monday's meeting remotely. "But it's really important to consider the context here. These jokes aren't being made between buddies, joking around with each other and going to get beers. These are being made by a person in a position of power over two subordinates who are older than him."
If Barr was so brazen as to make such comments in a public meeting, she said, people can only imagine his behavior outside public earshot.
"If this is not considered egregious behavior to warrant termination, what is?" Kristen Leahy said. "The village manager should be held to the highest standard in order to represent our village. I really think we have lost sight of that."
Clarendon Hills voted on Barr's employment agreement as part of a package of other items known as the "consent agenda." No official gave the public a description of the contract or the reason for it.
The board held a 45-minute closed session earlier in the meeting about a personnel issue, which was likely Barr's agreement. Trustees also met last week for more than two hours behind closed doors.
After the meeting, Fire Chief Leahy declined to comment on Barr's situation.
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