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 Caddo, LA 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 Caddo, LA. 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 Caddo, LA, 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 Caddo, LA 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 Caddo,LA 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
CADDO PARISH, La (KTAL/KMSS) – Future educators are celebrated in Caddo Parish on Thursday.The students are going from high school to college, signing with different universities to pursue education degrees. While their proud parents got to watch.“At a very young age I knew I wanted to help people in whatever I could and this is the perfect way to do it,” said Olivia Batts, who signed with NSU.“I feel like teachers played the biggest roles in your life. I still remember my kindergarten and pre-k t...
CADDO PARISH, La (KTAL/KMSS) – Future educators are celebrated in Caddo Parish on Thursday.
The students are going from high school to college, signing with different universities to pursue education degrees. While their proud parents got to watch.
“At a very young age I knew I wanted to help people in whatever I could and this is the perfect way to do it,” said Olivia Batts, who signed with NSU.
“I feel like teachers played the biggest roles in your life. I still remember my kindergarten and pre-k teachers,” said Janiah Frazier, who signed with UL.
Two students who both went to Booker T. Washington High School and are friends got to sign together.
“I choose education because I like the thought of giving children something that can’t be taken away from them,” said A’nya Williams, who signed with GSU.
“I feel like since I choose education and there’s a teacher shortage, I’m going to make an impact in my community of Caddo,” said Raven People, who signed with LSUS.
Caddo schools partner with the colleges to provide any help so the students can complete their degrees and return as local teachers.
“Then we they come back we’re going to financially incentive them to return to Caddo because we’re going to go ahead and start them on that year-two salary instead of that rookie salary,” said Keith Burton, Chief Academic Officer Caddo Parish Schools.
Students selected colleges based on their programs or personal reasons. Such as Maci Pico who’s mom went to Louisiana Tech.
“My mom is my best friend so it’s like I’m following in her footsteps,” said Maci Pico, who signed with LA Tech.
Some said it was the teachers they met growing up who inspired them.
“Two teachers encouraged me a lot and made me feel welcomed in a classroom which is what I believe every student should feel. They should feel welcomed and safe, and a classroom is a safe place to be and be who you are,” said Angel Self, who signed LA Tech.
We did interview a lot more students so if you did not see your interview in this story. We will be featuring more from signing day next Wednesday night on Fox 33 for our Standout Student segment.
SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Work continued Friday on dismantling the Confederate monument that has stood on the Caddo Parish Courthouse lawn in downtown ...
Crews could be seen removing the busts from atop the massive marble and granite monument. The box that had surrounded the structure since July 2020 came down last week and screened fencing went up. Scaffolding now surrounds the base and central column.
In addition to the busts of four Confederate generals, Robert E. Lee; P. G. T. Beauregard: Stonewall Jackson, and Henry Watkins Allen, the statue of the Confederate soldier that stood atop the central column was also taken down Friday.
Clio, the Greek goddess of history, no longer stands on the base, pointing to the word “Love” in the inscription on the monument that reads, “Erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. 1905, Love’s Tribute to Our Gallant Dead.”
The Florida company contracted to move the statue from the courthouse lawn to private property at the Pleasant Hill Battlefield site in DeSoto Parish has until December 31 to complete the relocation.
The monument is made up of about 16 pieces, some of which weigh several tons each. Parish officials won’t say when the larger pieces are expected to be loaded up for transport to the monument’s new home.
The contract to relocate the Confederate monument was finalized in March, after years of legal battles and delays.
The marble and granite monument was commissioned by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and erected between 1902 and 1906 on the grounds of the Caddo Parish Courthouse, which was built in 1926, where two previous courthouses stood. One of those original courthouses even served as the state capital of Louisiana during the Civil War.
The Caddo Commission originally voted to remove the monument back in 2017, setting off a legal battle with the Shreveport chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) over the monument itself and ownership of the land on which it stands. The UDC also claimed parish officials violated its rights to free speech and equal protection.
The UDC and the Caddo Parish Commission ultimately signed a settlement agreement in July 2020 in which the UDC gave ownership of the land on which the memorial sits to Caddo Parish. In exchange, Caddo Parish agreed that UDC owns the monument and that the Parish would foot the bill for its removal, transportation, and re-installation.
The parish commission initially approved spending up to $500,000 to cover the costs, but the parish has since determined that it will cost more to move the monument and allocated more money. The UDC has cited an expert who said the 30-foot-tall marble and granite structure is very fragile and could cost $1.26 million to be taken down and moved safely.
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Nearly 40 Caddo Parish graduating seniors were honored and celebrated Thursday, May 19, as they prepare to “sign” with a college or university. But these students aren’t committing to competing in athletics, as is the case in many signing-day ceremonies.These students are “signing off” on becoming teachers.“We are so honored to be developing the next generation of future educators,” said Karen Peace, a Caddo Parish teacher recruiter. “Educators are the beg...
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Nearly 40 Caddo Parish graduating seniors were honored and celebrated Thursday, May 19, as they prepare to “sign” with a college or university. But these students aren’t committing to competing in athletics, as is the case in many signing-day ceremonies.
These students are “signing off” on becoming teachers.
“We are so honored to be developing the next generation of future educators,” said Karen Peace, a Caddo Parish teacher recruiter. “Educators are the beginning of all other professions, so we want to celebrate those kids who are committing now to the profession when they finish college.”
Representing nearly a dozen Caddo high schools, these inspiring and motivated seniors completed the district’s Teaching Professions course, which gives the students real-world, hands-on experience in a classroom.
“When I first got here, I wasn’t sure I wanted to be a teacher, I just thought it would be fun,” said Promise Whitlock, who is soon graduating from Caddo Magnet High School and desires to teach either kindergarten or algebra. “When I took the class, it gave me the drive to do it.”
The course, which is instructed at the Caddo Career and Technology Center, also equips rising educators with six transferable college credits upon completion.
“It is re-energizing for those of us working in the profession for a very long time to be around young people who want to make a difference in lives of other kids,” Peace added. “It’s one thing to be a student in a classroom, but it’s a whole other thing to learn what happens on the backside.”
Whitlock, who will be attending Louisiana Tech University, said the Teaching Professions course reinforced her desire to become an educator.
“If you want to do something, you should,” she added. “I think if you want to do education, you should.”
Another Caddo Magnet senior, Kayla Smith, wore a Grambling State University shirt as she signed.
“Me, in particular, I choose to teach kindergarten or first grade because those two years were the strong foundation for my career and I remember my kindergarten or first-grade teacher and I want to be that teacher that they remember who got them to like school,” she said.
This is the second year Caddo Parish leaders decided to honor students committed to becoming teachers. Back in March, state Education Superintendent Cade Brumley said there were about 2,500 certified teacher vacancies in the state. Last year, only five students committed.
Colleges and universities from throughout Louisiana were represented at the 2:30 p.m. “signing day” ceremony Thursday, including:
The ceremony took place in Independence Stadium’s skybox.
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Applications are being accepted for several youth summer camps and programs offered by the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office.Activities include everything from gun safety education and target shooting to pick-up basketball games. Below is a list of camps and activities:The annual Youth Summer Recreation Program sponsored by the Caddo Sheriff's Office kicks off June 6, providing safe, summer activities for area youngsters.Children and teens ages 10 to 18 can participate in basketball and tabl...
Applications are being accepted for several youth summer camps and programs offered by the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office.
Activities include everything from gun safety education and target shooting to pick-up basketball games. Below is a list of camps and activities:
The annual Youth Summer Recreation Program sponsored by the Caddo Sheriff's Office kicks off June 6, providing safe, summer activities for area youngsters.
Children and teens ages 10 to 18 can participate in basketball and table games like checkers, cards and dominoes from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. The activities will take place in the gymnasiums at North Caddo High School on Airport Road in Vivian; Fair Park Middle School, 3222 Greenwood Rd; Booker T. Washington High School, 2104 Milam Street; and Woodlawn High School, 7340 Wyngate Blvd.
Each location is supervised by instructors provided by the Caddo School Board. Pre-registration is not required, and there is no fee; however, participants are required to sign in. The program will continue through July 11.
For more information on the summer youth program, call the sheriff's Community Programs Section at 681-0875.
Sheriff's Safety Town will offer one-day safety programs from June 16 through July 29 for groups wanting to learn more about safety. Deputies will teach the basics of personal safety, bicycle and motor vehicle safety, fire safety, gun safety and stranger danger. Each program will be tailor fit to the group requesting it.
To organize a group program, call Sheriff’s Safety Town at 698-SAFE (7233).
The Caddo Sheriff's Youth Firearms Education Camp will be held July 11-13 at the Sheriff's Regional Training Academy. Boys and girls ages 10-13 may select any day during the week to join Caddo deputies on the firing range for supervised firearms safety education and .22 rifle target shooting. In addition, campers will learn internet safety, first aid and survival skills.
Each camp session begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. The camp is free and transportation is available if needed. Applications for the Firearms Camp can be obtained on-line HERE or picked up at Sheriff’s Safety Town. Applications should be mailed to the Training Academy at 15639 Highway One South, Shreveport, 71115, to complete the registration process.
SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Juneteenth, once a little-known observance marked by community block parties and family reunions, is now a federal holiday, and groups around the ArkLaTex are hosting events to celebrate and educate.June 19, 1865 marks the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation to enslaved people in Galveston, Texas....
SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Juneteenth, once a little-known observance marked by community block parties and family reunions, is now a federal holiday, and groups around the ArkLaTex are hosting events to celebrate and educate.
June 19, 1865 marks the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation to enslaved people in Galveston, Texas.
President Joe Biden signed legislation in 2021 making Juneteenth a federal holiday. Prior to that, Juneteenth was only celebrated in communities that maintained a generational reverence for the historical relevance of the day.
Come out and paint Juneteenth-inspired images on canvas, entertainment, brunch, and giveaways at Artipsy 450 Clyde Fant Parkway Suite 600. The event begins at 12 p.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite.
The parade will begin at the intersection of Commerce St. and E. Caddo St. at 4:00 p.m. and will end at Festival Plaza around 6:30 p.m. The parade will be fun for the whole family and feature local school bands, dance groups, car clubs, Mardi Gras floats, and performances by local artists. The Juneteenth Weekend Kick-Off hosted by the City of Shreveport and Rho Omega and Friends will follow the parade.
An organization that wishes to participate can sign up here.
Festival Plaza will be alive with culture, music, art, fashion, and unity in the community featuring performances by local, regional, and national music artists.
Festival admission is $15 for more information or to purchase tickets visit Eventbrite.
The Baptist Bible Fellowship Church located at 8900 Kingston Road is inviting the community to come out and fellowship with food, prizes, music, and games for all ages to enjoy. Admission is free, just bring lawn chairs.
This celebration of art and culture will take place at The Lot, 400 Crockett St from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. Art-ish 2022 will include an exclusive musical lineup, 50 exhibitor booths, diverse food options, and a Juneteenth-inspired permanent public art installation.
Admission is $5 for those 13 years and up.
For information about becoming a vendor, click here.
The Minden Civic Center is the stage for this pop-up shop and fashion showcase. Doors open at noon. This event is free.
“The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired laborer.”General Granger’s Order Number 3 – as read to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas