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 Glen Ellyn, 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 Glen Ellyn, 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 Glen Ellyn, 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 Glen Ellyn, 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 Glen Ellyn,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
Performances are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays in the McAninch Arts Center Studio Theater.College of DuPage College Theater presents Garson Kanin’s romantic political comedy, “Born Yesterday,” Thursday, Oct. 6, to Sunday, Oct. 23.Performances are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays in the McAninch Arts Center Studio Theater on the Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd. Theater Professor Daniel Millhouse directs.Harry Brock is a self-made, junkman businessma...
College of DuPage College Theater presents Garson Kanin’s romantic political comedy, “Born Yesterday,” Thursday, Oct. 6, to Sunday, Oct. 23.
Performances are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays in the McAninch Arts Center Studio Theater on the Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd. Theater Professor Daniel Millhouse directs.
Harry Brock is a self-made, junkman businessman who comes to Washington to make crooked deals with government bigwigs. When his ex-chorus girlfriend, Billie’s, social graces need work, he hires journalist Paul Verrall to help. Awakening to the goings on, Billie learns to question everything, using her new skills to turn the tables on Harry in this touching and hilarious play.
“I worked on this play a couple years ago, it was actually my first show I worked on in Chicago, and I really fell in love with its wit and political commentary,” Millhouse said. “I want people to leave feeling like they do have the power to inform their decisions with actual research from all sides of the argument. There is strength in our differences, and effective/informed communication cannot only challenge us but allow us all to grow.”
For Rowan Brando, who portrays Paul Verrall, the play’s themes remain relevant in the current political climate.
“By bringing the show to the year 2022, we can emphasize its themes of female independence and using literature to inspire personal revolution and realization of the deceit that holds higher society together,” he said. “Through each character’s failures, we realize that the only way to win the game is to change the rules.”
Tickets are $14 for students and seniors, and $16 for adults. Please note the play contains adult themes and language.
Talk back sessions will take place at 6:45 p.m. before the Oct. 6 performance with the director and designers and after the Oct. 14 performance with the actors, crew and Milhouse.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit atthemac.org, or call the MAC box office at (630) 942-4000. Box office hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday or three hours prior to performances.
Cast members include Diana Pantoja (Westchester), Alexander Wisniewski (Wheaton), John Belushi Second City Scholarship recipient Rowan Brando (Naperville), Antonija Magazin (Downers Grove), Nick Washington (Bolingbrook), Lilly Zuniga (Lombard), Jack Harrington (Naperville), Alyson Meyers (Warrenville), Joahna Williams (Carol Stream) and Luke Risch (St. Charles). Design Team includes John Belushi Stage Management Scholarship recipient Vinny Scanio (stage manager, Glendale Heights), Sabrina Zeidler (scenic designer, North Aurora), Kim Morris (costume/prop design, Wheaton), David Makuch (lighting design, Lake Zurich) and Fisher Parson (sound design, Chicago).
Support for College Theater is made possible by a generous gift from the College of DuPage Foundation’s Dr. Donald and Helen (Gum) Westlake Fund for Student Productions.
For more information, visit College Theater at College of DuPage.
Embrace the fall spirit in Glen Ellyn with pumpkin patches, Boo Bash, Pumpkins on Main and other autumnal events. GLEN ELLYN, IL — You don’t have to wait until the first day of fall — the autumnal equinox occurs Thursday, Sept. 22 — to start enjoying the season in Glen Ellyn .The equinox officially ushers in the new season and its promise of crisp air, show-stopping ...
GLEN ELLYN, IL — You don’t have to wait until the first day of fall — the autumnal equinox occurs Thursday, Sept. 22 — to start enjoying the season in Glen Ellyn .
The equinox officially ushers in the new season and its promise of crisp air, show-stopping fall foliage, and cool evenings just perfect for sitting around a fire pit, or perhaps taking in a half-dozen fall and winter meteor showers.
There are plenty of chances in Glen Ellyn to play in the sunshine before the cold of winter creeps in (the winter solstice is Wednesday, Dec. 21, if you’re keeping track on the calendar). It’s a prime time to go to apple orchards. Pumpkins are ripening on the vine. Farmers are cutting mazes into their cornfields to entertain local families.
Some things to take in around Glen Ellyn include:
Football season is underway for professional teams and many colleges, and “Friday night lights” — the moniker that’s been given to high school football games — are shining.
The autumnal equinox isn’t a daylong event but rather occurs at the exact moment the sun crosses the celestial equator — that’s at 9:03 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Sept. 22.
The word equinox comes from the Latin words “aequus,” which means “equal,” and “nox,” which means night. That’s led to the perception that everyone worldwide sees the same amount of daylight and nighttime, but it’s not the absolute truth. To be precise, daylight lasts about eight minutes longer than nighttime on the day of the equinox, EarthSky reported.
Speaking of daylight, it’ll be time for the twice annual clock-changing ritual before you know it. Daylight saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 6. You may recall legislation for year-round daylight saving time sailed through the Senate, but the issue is far from settled in the House.
Here are five other things to know about the September equinox:
1. There’s no guarantee, of course, but the chances of seeing stunning northern lights displays increase after the fall equinox, according to NASA. Both the spring and fall equinoxes are good aurora seasons, but autumn produces a surplus of geomagnetic storms — almost twice the annual average. And right now, the chances of seeing auroras are greater as the sun approaches “solar maximum” in its 11-year cycle and the number of sunspots ramps up.
A Sept. 21 autumnal equinox hasn’t occurred in several millennia, but some folks alive today may see it the next couple of times it rolls around, in 2092 and then again four years later in 2096. And the first day of fall hasn’t fallen on Sept. 24 since 1931, and that won’t happen again until 2303.
Here’s the reason: A year is defined as 365 days by the Gregorian calendar, but it takes the Earth 365-¼ days to orbit the sun. What this means is the autumnal equinox occurs about six hours later than it did the year prior, which eventually moves the date by a day.
3. Thank Canada for spectacular fall sunsets with more vivid pinks, reds and oranges than at any other time of the year. The Weather Channel offers an explanation: As dry, clean Canadian air begins to sweep across the country, fewer colors of the rainbow spectrum are scattered by air molecules. That means the reds, oranges, yellows and pinks make it through for your sunset-viewing pleasure.
4. No matter where you are in the world, the sun will rise due east and set due west during the fall equinox (the same thing happens during the spring equinox). For the directionally challenged, it’s a good time for a reset. Go outside around sunset or sunrise, find a landmark and mark the sun’s location in relation to it.
5. Fall isn’t just a time to start winterizing homes against stink bugs and other insects and buttoning up other things outside. It’s rutting — or mating — season for deer, elk and moose, and males will battle it out by thrusting their antlers together until one of them gives up or dies.
Swans, geese and ducks begin their migration south. Frogs burrow deep into mudholes to wait out the winter. Chipmunks retreat to their underground tunnels. Bears eat and drink almost nonstop as they prepare for hibernation.
And, according to the Mother Nature Network, the male Siberian hamster goes through a huge biological change: Its testicles swell almost 17 times their normal size. There’s a thing you know now.
GLEN ELLYN, IL — Residents are invited to attend three virtual sessions that will delve into Glen Ellyn School District 41's plans for a $49 million bond referendum questiond that is set to appear on the ballot Nov. 8.The sessions will be held at the following times:On Aug. 15, District 41 board members voted in favor of placing the bond referendum question on the general election ballot. The vote came after surveys indicated support for the district making changes to address what its website calls "significant space...
GLEN ELLYN, IL — Residents are invited to attend three virtual sessions that will delve into Glen Ellyn School District 41's plans for a $49 million bond referendum questiond that is set to appear on the ballot Nov. 8.
The sessions will be held at the following times:
On Aug. 15, District 41 board members voted in favor of placing the bond referendum question on the general election ballot. The vote came after surveys indicated support for the district making changes to address what its website calls "significant space issues."
To achieve this, they would use funds to expand Churchill School with an early learning center and construct an elementary school at the former site of Spalding School near the intersection of Main and 1st Streets. Spalding Schoold closed in 1978 and was razed in 1997.
Resolving the ongoing space issues would help the district make long-awaited improvements that include reducing classroom sizes, adding all-day kindergarten and expanding opportunities for specialized learning. Subsequent boundary changes would likely take effect to accommodate the addition of all-day kindergarten, per the District 41 website.
In addition to the $49 million bond referendum, District 41 plans to tap into $18 million in current fund reserves to cover the proposed $67 million price tag for the developments. It's estimated that the average tax impact would be $276 for homes valued at $400,000. Click the link to calculate your tax estimate.
Here's how the District 41 referendum question will appear on the ballot this November:
“Shall the Board of Education of Glen Ellyn School District Number 41, DuPage County, Illinois, build and equip a school building on the Spalding property, build and equip an early learning center addition to the Churchill Elementary School Building, alter, repair and equip existing school buildings, including constructing improvements to provide full-day kindergarten, additional classrooms, additional space for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) activities, updated infrastructure and collaborative learning spaces, improve sites and issue bonds of said School District to the amount of $49,000,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?”
Notes come from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.WILD OF THE WEEKMichael Dodd photographed hummingbirds working what I think are blue anise sage in Homewood.WOTW, the celebration of wild stories and photos around Chicago outdoors, runs most weeks in the special two-page outdoors section in the Sun-Times Sports Saturday. To make submissions, email [email protected] or contact me on Facebook (...
Notes come from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.
WILD OF THE WEEK
Michael Dodd photographed hummingbirds working what I think are blue anise sage in Homewood.
WOTW, the celebration of wild stories and photos around Chicago outdoors, runs most weeks in the special two-page outdoors section in the Sun-Times Sports Saturday. To make submissions, email [email protected] or contact me on Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or Instagram (@BowmanOutside).
“Wanted to ask you if you’ve ever seen a greenback walleye out of the Kankakee? . . . Caught this back in June near the mouth of Iroquois.” Jim Tofte
A: I had not. But Tofte, a notable Kankakkee system angler, pointed me toward Lake Winnipeg as the one place known for them. I found an interesting breakdown at huntfishmanitoba.ca/2015/02/06/tale-greenbacks/.
29 years: Longest lived Canada goose in Illinois, based on bird-banding records, according to wildlifeillinois.org.
“It’s almost been about as perfect as you could ask for [in Illinois]. The spring was maybe a little later than usual and might’ve pushed nesting season back just a bit, but once spring and summer finally got here we’ve been pretty consistent with no hard rains and good overall weather. And here in the last three four weeks we’ve gotten some nice rains, which are producing a ton of bugs for the young birds.”
Jason Bleich, private lands biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in Pheasants Forever’s state by state hunting forecast
Oct. 1-2: Elburn, [email protected]
Oct. 15 and 22: Tinley Park, (708) 342-4200
Oct. 22-23: Palos Hills, (708) 601-4712
Saturday, Oct. 1: Hunt Camp 2022. multiple hunting organizations, networking with Illinois outdoors community, The Quarry at Crystal Lake, $15 or $20 for a pair, pfqf.myeventscenter.com/event/Hunt-Camp-2022-67987
Saturday, Oct. 1: Lake Shelbyville Fish Habitat Alliance banquet, Sullivan VFW, doors open 4 p.m., LSFHABanquet.eventbrite.com
Thursday, Sept. 29: “Call of the Uplands Sportsman’s Banquet,” DuPage County chapter, Abbington Distinctive Banquets, Glen Ellyn
U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILIARY
Wednesday, Sept. 28: Boat America, Des Plaines, V. Haase, [email protected]
Today: Sept.25: Teal season ends
Wednesday, Sept. 28: Final day, applications, public goose and duck permits, third lottery
Saturday, Oct. 1: Archery season, deer and turkey, begins
Catawba News ServiceSALISBURY — Catawba College has named Rev. Kendra Joyner Miller (Class of 2011) as the new chaplain and director of the Lilly Center for Vocation and Values. She will provide strategic leadership and a comprehensive vision to support Catawba’s religious and spiritual life.Joyner Miller assumes the role on Nov. 7, succeeding longtime Chaplain Dr. Kenneth Clapp, who is retiring after 33 years.”Through a national search process, Rev. Joyner Miller emerged as the...
Catawba News Service
SALISBURY — Catawba College has named Rev. Kendra Joyner Miller (Class of 2011) as the new chaplain and director of the Lilly Center for Vocation and Values. She will provide strategic leadership and a comprehensive vision to support Catawba’s religious and spiritual life.
Joyner Miller assumes the role on Nov. 7, succeeding longtime Chaplain Dr. Kenneth Clapp, who is retiring after 33 years.
”Through a national search process, Rev. Joyner Miller emerged as the clear fit to succeed Dr. Clapp,” said President David P. Nelson in a news release. “As an alumna, she embodies Catawba’s values, and as a minister of the United Church of Christ, she deeply resonates with Catawba’s rich history in that tradition. I’m deeply grateful for her sense of calling to the work of helping students to discover their own sense of vocation. We look forward to welcoming Kendra and her family back into the Catawba community.”
Joyner Miller is an ordained clergyperson with the United Church of Christ (UCC) and has served as a moderator designate and moderator elect for the Fox Valley Association of the Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ from 2018-2020. Since 2014, she has ministered at the First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, first as the minister of youth and families and then as the associate minister focusing on adult education, pastoral care and community engagement.
She graduated from Catawba with a bachelor’s degree in religion and philosophy. She was the 2011 recipient of the Whitener Award, which recognizes a graduating student who exemplifies the values of Catawba. She also served as student government president and ran cross country. Joyner Miller has a master of divinity degree from the Yale Divinity School, where she received the Tweedy Award for Promise in Pastoral Ministry in 2014.
“Walking onto Catawba’s campus for the first time in the summer of 2006 was like coming home,” said Joyner Miller. “I am thrilled to be able to once again call Catawba home. I know Catawba, believe in Catawba, and have hopes and dreams for what Catawba will be in the future. Providing presence, care, and support are not only gifts I will bring as chaplain, they are the foundations of Catawba College.”
Joyner Miller will be relocating to Salisbury with her husband Dan, daughters Josephine and Eliza, and their black lab mix, Connie.