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 Park Palos 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 Park Palos 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 Park Palos 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 Park Palos 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 Park Palos 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
Kendall Coyne Schofield and husband Michael Schofield have helped to create the Dream Big park that is built around inclusion and diversity.PALOS HEIGHTS, IL — Kendall Coyne Schofield has always had a special place in her heart for parks, especially those that she grew up playing in growing up in Palos Heights.For a girl who grew up to become an Olympic gold medal hockey player and captain of the U.S. women’s hockey team, a local park represented an open space where she could run and jump and dream of a day when a...
PALOS HEIGHTS, IL — Kendall Coyne Schofield has always had a special place in her heart for parks, especially those that she grew up playing in growing up in Palos Heights.
For a girl who grew up to become an Olympic gold medal hockey player and captain of the U.S. women’s hockey team, a local park represented an open space where she could run and jump and dream of a day when anything was possible.
Now, years later, Coyne and her husband, newly signed Chicago Bears offensive lineman Michael Schofield, are giving back to Coyne’s hometown with a park that will soon open and that will be a place where children can roam free — no matter who they are.
The Kendall Coyne Dream Big Park will open in the Misty Meadows subdivision near Palos South Middle School. The opening, according to city officials, is slated for the coming weeks, although some bigger park equipment may be delayed in arriving. Yet for Coyne Schofield, the opportunity to create a sports-themed park that is built on the themes of inclusion and diversity represents a chance not only to give back to her hometown, but to do it for kids who may be experiencing feelings of inadequacy because of who they are.
Coyne Schofield grew up playing hockey in boys' youth leagues, hearing the snickers of those who believed a girl had no place playing in such a league. The pushback only motivated her more, and says the park space in Palos Heights is a place where everyone can enjoy the opportunity to be themselves.
“We wanted to make sure that any kid who walks into this park felt represented and knew that this was a park that they could play in and that they were reflected in and that they could walk in and have a dream and walk out knowing they could accomplish it,” Coyne Schofield told Patch on Wednesday.
She added: “It is hard when you don’t see anyone that looks like you doing what you love to do, it’s hard. I’ve been there, and so having this opportunity for kids to walk into this park and know it’s a place where they can dream big is something we’re honored to be a part of.”
Coyne Schofield said that she and her husband were approached by Palos Heights city officials about a year ago, gauging their interest in helping with the park. They were included in the park design phase and were given the chance to put their own stamp on a park that the couple hopes will have as much meaning as local parks in their hometowns or Palos Heights and Orland Park provided to them.
The inclusion and diversity themes are also shown in how it is designed. While hockey has played a major role in Coyne Schofield’s life and football has taken Michael Schofield to the NFL after he played collegiately at football, the couple wanted all kids —including those who may be paralyzed — and all sports and activities to be represented.
The park includes a variety of sports equipment, but is also accessible to meet the standards of the Americans With Disabilities Act. It offers sensory equipment for park visitors who need it and provides special surfaces to allow anyone to be able to use the space to its full capacity, Coyne Schofield said on Wednesday, and allowing park-goers to leave knowing that the space is there for them.
Coyne Schofield and her husband, along with their foundation, The Schofield Family Foundation, have made contributions to the creation of the space that the couple hopes will become a place that can be enjoyed by everyone who enters.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony is tentatively scheduled for September. Coyne-Schofield will leave soon for duties with USA Hockey and hopes to make the team for the upcoming world championships, which will be played in Denmark. Meanwhile, Schofield just opened up training camp with the Bears, with whom he hopes to earn a starting job that will allow him to be in the area more than when he was playing with the Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers and Carolina Panthers.
Coyne Schofield said she hopes the park’s name about dreaming big and knowing kids can accomplish anything they set their mind to resonates with Palos Heights children. Whether that means a girl playing hockey or a marathon athlete in a wheelchair, she said that she hopes the experiences she and Schofield had growing up can serve as an inspiration to the next generation.
“For us, it started out playing at a park,” Coyne Schofield said. “It started with our love for being active, for having an imagination, for walking into a park and just being able to be a kid, to be spontaneous, and to love being outside and not having any responsibilities when it comes to life.
“And for us, our love for being active started at the parks here in our hometowns and so hopefully, to be able to provide more opportunities for kids in the town is extremely important to us.”
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Grades 1-8 start school Aug. 24, with preschool and kindergarten starting Aug. 25 at Palos Consolidated School Dist. 118 schools.PALOS — Back-to-school planning has already begun in Palos Consolidated School Dist. 118 for the 2022-2023 academic school year, with calendars available to help parents prepare their children for a smooth transition into the new school year.The first day of school for grade 1-8 students is Aug. 24, with kindergarten and p...
PALOS — Back-to-school planning has already begun in Palos Consolidated School Dist. 118 for the 2022-2023 academic school year, with calendars available to help parents prepare their children for a smooth transition into the new school year.
The first day of school for grade 1-8 students is Aug. 24, with kindergarten and preschoolers starting Aug. 25 for Dist. 118 schools in Palos Park, Palos Heights and Palos Township. Some dates are subject to change during the school year. We also suggest that you check the Dist. 118 calendar for late starts, early dismissals, exams, open houses, athletic and school events, as well as your child's school.
Here is the list of dates to know for Dist. 118 schools this school year:
Aug. 22 and Aug. 23 - Teacher Institute Days, no school
Aug. 24 - First day of school, 1-8; visitation for kindergarten and preschool.Aug. 25 - First day of regular attendance for kindergarten and preschool
Sept. 5 - Labor Day, no school
Oct. 7 - Teacher’s Institute Day, no schoolOct. 10 - Columbus Day, no school
Nov. 8 - Election Day, no schoolNov. 21 and Nov. 22 - Parent-Teacher Conferences, no schoolNov. 23 to Nov. 25 - Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 23 through Jan. 6 – Winter Break
Jan. 9 - School resumesJan. 16 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school
Feb. 3 - Teacher in-service, half dayFeb. 20 - President’s Day, no school
March 6 - Casimir Pulaski Day, no schoolMarch 27 through March 31 - Spring Break
April 3 - School resumesApril 7 - Good Friday, no schoolApril 10 - Non-attendance day
May 5 - Teacher in service, half-dayMay 29 - Memorial Day, no school
June 2 - Records day, half-dayJune 6 - Eighth-grade graduationJune 9 - Last day of school (half-day)June 12 to June 16 - Emergency days, if needed
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Marilyn Marino says goodbye after shaping the lives of scores of children and teachers in North Palos Dist. 117 for over 50 years.PALOS HILLS/HICKORY HILLS, IL — One of North Palos Dist. 117’s longest serving educators departed this year, leaving an indelible mark on scores of students she taught and teachers she mentored for five decades.Marilyn Marino started in Dist. 117 as a PTA dynamo, coordinating successful fundraisers for the Oak Ridge P...
PALOS HILLS/HICKORY HILLS, IL — One of North Palos Dist. 117’s longest serving educators departed this year, leaving an indelible mark on scores of students she taught and teachers she mentored for five decades.
Marilyn Marino started in Dist. 117 as a PTA dynamo, coordinating successful fundraisers for the Oak Ridge PTA. Marino, 78, announced her retired at the end of the 2021-2022 school year to spend more time with her husband of 57 years, Jack; the couple’s three grown children and nine grandchildren. She and Jack also plan to spend more time in their home in Florida, where they walk two-and-a-half miles each day (except on days they golf).
“I’ve truly been blessed,” she said. "I’ve been able to do what I love to do. I’ve been really fortunate.”
Marino was a young mom of three small children back in the late 1970s when she got involved in the Oak Ridge PTA.
“Back in those days we put on some really successful fashion shows (at the Lexington House) where we raised a lot of money,” Marino said. “Some of the prizes were trips to Hawaii.”
But as her children started getting older, Marino started thinking about what she could do that was both “fulfilling and would make a difference.” She talked with her husband and decided she wanted to become a teacher.
Marino spent the next 20 years teaching at both Dorn and Glen Oaks schools. In 1999, she became a National Board Certified Teacher, a process centered around five core propositions that help teachers refine their craft.
She spent the last 18 years working part-time as the district’s mentor coordinator where she has helped numerous teachers and current district administrators (when they were teachers) navigate the strenuous three-year process.
“I have thoroughly loved what I have done,” Marino said. “I have had the opportunity to work with some truly outstanding educators and, hopefully, have helped them improve their craft.”
Reflecting on her career, she said she is “going to miss the people I worked with, being involved in education and visiting the classrooms to observe teachers’ techniques.”
Looking to the future, Marino said she is excited about spending time with family, golfing, traveling and relaxing. “I just want to live life.”
Chicago-area families can honor a veteran or active service member by sponsoring an American flag to be flown Sept. 10-13. Open to all. PALOS HILLS, IL — Three local organizations are working to create an awe-inspiring panorama of American flags to fly in solemn formation on the Moraine Valley Community College campus in Palos Hills, Sept. 10 through Sept. 13. Organizers are hoping this stirring display of the Stars and Stripes will bring the communit...
PALOS HILLS, IL — Three local organizations are working to create an awe-inspiring panorama of American flags to fly in solemn formation on the Moraine Valley Community College campus in Palos Hills, Sept. 10 through Sept. 13. Organizers are hoping this stirring display of the Stars and Stripes will bring the community together in a patriotic tribute to honor past and current military service members.
Sertoma, Hickory Hills Kiwanis and Palos-area Lions clubs are teaming up to raise funds for the Field of Honor. Residents throughout the Chicago region can purchase a flag for $49.99 or make a donation to honor a veteran or someone currently serving in the military. The flags can be purchased online through the Colonial Flag Foundation. The deadline to purchase a flag is Aug. 15.
Flag sponsors are also encouraged to share their loved one's branch of service and anecdote about their call to duty. As visitors walk through the Field of Honor, they can read the individual stories of the men and women that each flag is honoring. The installation honors veterans, living or dead, from all eras.
Originally, the installation was going to be at Bennett Park. Lebarre said the response has been so great, that the Field of Honor has been moved to the Moraine Valley campus, 9000 College Parkway, Palos Hills. A portion of the proceeds from flag sales will go to the Sertoma Hearing and Speech Center in Hickory Hills, and the Kiwanis and Lions clubs.
The Colonial Flag Foundation has helped communities throughout the United States to raise money for veterans homes and organizations, install playgrounds, fund scholarships, domestic abuse shelters and other charities by staging “healing fields” or “fields of honor” to honor veterans in their communities.
“The lion’s share will go back to the community,” said Mike Lebarre, a Palos Hills alderman and one of the event organizers.
About 70 million people fought in World War II, and, as of 2021, with approximately 240,000 surviving veterans in the United States today, according to the U.S. census. The oldest surviving WWII veteran, Larwence Books, of New Orleans, died in January at age 112.
In 2020, there are over 1 million Korean War veterans living in the United States today, with a median age of 88; by 2030, the Veterans Administration expects the aging Korean War population to fall below 300,000.
“This is the least we can do for our veterans,” Lebarre told Patch. “We owe them more than we can ever repay them.”
An opening ceremony dedicating the Field of Honor will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 10, The field of honor is free to visitors.
Flag sponsors will be able to collect their flags on Sept. 13; unclaimed flags will be stored for 30 days at the Palos Hills Public Works facility, 7860 W. 108th St.
In addition to flag sponsors, there are opportunities for event sponsors, too. For more information, contact Ald. Mike Lebarre, [email protected], or call him at 708-717-6002.
Patch has your complete guide to Independence Day fireworks shows, parades and other celebrations in and around Palos Heights.PALOS HEIGHTS, IL — Cities and counties across the country continue to bring back many of the traditional Independence Day activities that were either canceled or modified the last two years. July 4 is just around the corner, so it's time to find out what Fourth of July fireworks and festivities are going on near you in 2022.We have all the fireworks shows, parades and festivals happening in and ...
PALOS HEIGHTS, IL — Cities and counties across the country continue to bring back many of the traditional Independence Day activities that were either canceled or modified the last two years. July 4 is just around the corner, so it's time to find out what Fourth of July fireworks and festivities are going on near you in 2022.
We have all the fireworks shows, parades and festivals happening in and around the Palos area, so you can start planning now. Here's what's in store this July 4 in the Palos area:
What: Independence Day Family CelebrationWhere: Community Park, 76th Avenue, Palos HeightsWhen: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 3Inflatables and games for kids. Presale wristbands are $15 through June 30; $20 through July 2, per child. Wristbands will not be sold the day of the event.
What: Concert and FireworksWhere: Memorial Park, 7607 W. College Drive, Palos HeightsWhen: Gates open 5 p.m.; fireworks blast off at 9:15 p.m. July 3Features a DJ in the gazebo, beer tent, food vendors (Kiwanis Roof Top, Taco Burrito King, Tropical Snow, Aurelio’s Pizza, Original Rainbow Cone, BoJo’s), and the featured concert Soda.
What: Palos Heights Fourth of July ParadeWhere: BMO Harris Bank at 126th Street and Harlem Avenue. The parade will travel north Harlem Avenue, to 119th Place. The last block of the parade (120th Street to College Drive/Rt. 83) will be “sensory free” with no lights, sirens or music for adults and children with sensory sensitivites.When: Noon, July 4
Don't forget Palos Hills' Friendship Fest coming up July 7 through July 10, featuring rides, games, food, music and fireworks. Palos Park's big doings happen in September at Autumn In The Park.
Due to pandemic surges, counties or cities may adjust or cancel events at the last minute, so double-check with organizers. Know of other events in the area? Post them on the Patch calendar.
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