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 Medford, MA 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 Medford, MA. 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 Medford, MA, 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 Medford, MA 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 Medford,MA 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
From first night in Boston to brunch in Lexington, here's a preview of New Year's Eve and New Year's Day events across Greater Boston.MEDFORD, MA — The holidays are here. With them comes time to say “goodbye” to 2022.From dining events to fireworks to time in the great outdoors, here’s a primer on what to do on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day around Medford and the rest of Greater Boston this year:...
MEDFORD, MA — The holidays are here. With them comes time to say “goodbye” to 2022.
From dining events to fireworks to time in the great outdoors, here’s a primer on what to do on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day around Medford and the rest of Greater Boston this year:
Tavern in the Square's Allston location will ring in the new year with a Great Gatsby-themed party beginning at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31.
New Year’s Eve at Kowloon Restaurant - Saugus
Saugus' beloved Kowloon will host an evening of live music, food and more beginning at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31.
DCR First Day Hikes - Various Locations
Those looking to get outside on New Year's Day have a slate of options to choose from, including local state Department of Conversation and Recreation-sponsored hikes at the Breakheart Reservation in Saugus and the Middlesex Fells Reservation.
Enjoy dinner, dancing and more beginning at 8 p.m. on New Year's Eve at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Woburn.
New Year’s Eve at Aeronaut - Somerville
Aeronaut Brewing Company in Somerville will host a night of dancing, food and music beginning at 7 p.m. on New Year's Eve.
New Year’s Day Brunch - Lexington
Lexington's Town Meeting Bistro will host a brunch event beginning at 11 a.m. on New Year's Day.
First Night Boston - Boston
Annual New Year's Eve celebrations are back this year in Boston with a full schedule of events to ring in the new year.
Do you have an event to add to this list? Email it to [email protected]
In the United States, one of the most popular New Year’s Eve traditions is, of course, the dropping of the giant ball in New York City’s Times Square. Various cities have adopted their own iterations of the event — the Peach Drop in Atlanta, the Chick Drop in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and the giant Potato Drop in Boise, Idaho.
The end of one year and beginning of another is often celebrated with the singing of “Auld Lang Syne,” a Scottish folk song whose title roughly translates to “days gone by,” according to Encyclopedia Britannica and History.com.
The history of New Year’s resolutions dates back 8,000 years to ancient Babylonians, who would make promises to return borrowed objects and pay outstanding debts at the beginning of the new year, in mid-March when they planted their crops.
According to legend, if they kept their word, pagan gods would grant them favor in the coming year. If they broke the promise, they would fall out of God’s favor, according to a history of New Year’s resolutions compiled by North Hampton Community College New Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Many secular New Year’s resolutions focus on imagining new, improved versions of ourselves. The failure rate of New Year’s resolutions is about 80 percent, according to U.S. News & World Report. There are myriad reasons, but a big one is they’re made out of remorse for gaining weight, for example, and aren’t accompanied by a shift in attitude and a plan to meet the stress and discomfort of changing a habit or condition.
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State Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Grant will Help to Connect the Community during Climate Disasters (MEDFORD) – The City has secured a $400,000 Municipal Vulnerability Grant from the state that will help improve climate resiliency throughout the community, expand the City’s emergency preparedness strategies, and increase accessible communications to non-English speakers in Medford, Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn announced.With this funding, the City is enhancing its climate resiliency and emergency prep...
State Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Grant will Help to Connect the Community during Climate Disasters
(MEDFORD) – The City has secured a $400,000 Municipal Vulnerability Grant from the state that will help improve climate resiliency throughout the community, expand the City’s emergency preparedness strategies, and increase accessible communications to non-English speakers in Medford, Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn announced.
With this funding, the City is enhancing its climate resiliency and emergency preparedness efforts through “Medford Connects.” Climate vulnerability and resiliency refers to how sensitive a community is to climate emergencies, and how quickly it can rebuild afterward. This is especially relevant to communities that have been marginalized and are therefore more sensitive and cannot rebuild as quickly due to a lack of resources. Medford Connects, headed by Prevention and Outreach Manager Penny Funaiole, will seek to expand and strengthen resources for community members who are most marginalized to build the community’s ability to withstand and recover from climate crises in the future.
“Equitable access to critical communications and resources is essential to protecting our entire community, especially our most vulnerable,” said Mayor Lungo-Koehn. “The MVP funding for Medford Connects will make it possible to better support communities before, during, and after climate emergencies, as well as increase and expand communications, allowing everyone to be included and engaged in these conversations.”
Medford Connects will be connecting community partners to build resources throughout the community. By connecting partners, the project will build local communication systems for speakers of other languages (ESOL), expand communications to engage a more diverse senior population, invest in young families and youth social-emotional skills, elevate Black, Indigenous, Residents of Color in local leadership positions and to economic security, and empower residents experiencing food insecurity to help shape the local foodscape.
“We are seeking to create a more equitable and connected Medford for all those who live here and call Medford home, while also preparing our community for climate change,” said Penelope Funaiole, Prevention and Outreach Manager. “The next step is to hire more community liaisons to work with the five we’ve already hired to inform community needs and communicate city services.”
The MVP grant will be used to revitalize Medford Connects by partnering with city departments and community-based organizations at the forefront of resilient services. The focus of Medford Connects for FY23-24 will be to begin setting up a virtual resilience hub, centralize local services information, formalize a network of community partners, and set the foundation for resilient communications.
2023 parking permits will take effect on Jan. 1.MEDFORD, MA — Medford residents needing a 2023 parking permit can still get one before the new year via a variety of city options, as noted in an announcement from Medford officials earlier this month.A number of streets throughout Medford are considered permit parking streets. Annual parking permits for these areas must be renewed by Jan. 1, ...
MEDFORD, MA — Medford residents needing a 2023 parking permit can still get one before the new year via a variety of city options, as noted in an announcement from Medford officials earlier this month.
Resident parking permits cost $10, though there is an exception for those ages 65 and older, who can get a parking permit for free.
Business and residential commuter permits, also available now, each cost $100.
Parking permits are on sale both online and in person at the Parking Department office in City Hall, Room 110. There is also a new kiosk in the parking department lobby where residents can buy a permit.
Individuals looking to obtain a permit will need to provide photo ID and their vehicle registration.
Eligible for free residential permit parking, Medford seniors can separately buy a $25 annual city-wide permit that allows parking at metered spots and city lots without having to pay the meter. Such permits also need to be renewed by Jan. 1.
Resident parking permits come with two free visitor passes, which must be picked up in person, as noted in the city’s recent parking announcement. Those who don’t buy a resident permit can buy up to two visitor passes for $5 each.
Individuals needing more information on how to buy a parking permit can contact the Medford parking department at (781) 393-2463 or visit the link here.
Medford last year opted against extending its contract with parking vendor ParkMedford beyond 2021, instead bringing parking enforcement operations in house for 2022.
The city's new parking department launched earlier this year. It announced in March that it would begin full parking enforcement on March 28 after initially issuing warnings to motorists found violating parking rules.
Officials later announced a program where residents could buy pro-rated parking permits valid through the end of 2022 beginning on July 1. Those permits are set to expire on Dec. 31.
Settlement will be used to address recovery and prevention challenges for opioid use(MEDFORD) – The City of Medford will receive over $830,000 from a settlement of a statewide class action lawsuit filed by Attorney General Maura Healy against opioid distributors and manufacturers. Paid out over an 18-year period, the administration will use these funds to mitigate the effects of addiction, focusing on prevention, intervention, and supporting those in recovery.In total, the lawsuit will award $500 million in payme...
Settlement will be used to address recovery and prevention challenges for opioid use
(MEDFORD) – The City of Medford will receive over $830,000 from a settlement of a statewide class action lawsuit filed by Attorney General Maura Healy against opioid distributors and manufacturers. Paid out over an 18-year period, the administration will use these funds to mitigate the effects of addiction, focusing on prevention, intervention, and supporting those in recovery.
In total, the lawsuit will award $500 million in payments from the distributors with 40 percent of the settlement distributed to various cities and towns in Massachusetts affected by the opioid epidemic. The other 60 percent will be allocated to the statewide Opioid Recovery and Remediation Fund, which will be expended to mitigate the impacts of the opioid epidemic, including expanded access to prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery options.
“The opioid crisis has caused immense pain throughout our state and led to so many challenges and hardships for families,” Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn said. “It is my hope that with this settlement we will be able to increase our support services and provide more treatment options as well as prevention information to aid people dealing with substance use and its ramifications.”
Medford will use the settlement funds to reduce the impact of the opioid crisis through increased prevention programming, harm reduction offerings, access to treatment, and access to recovery programs. Under the direction of Medford’s Health Department and Office and Outreach and Prevention, plans and programs will be implemented with community stakeholders’ input, including people with lived experience. The City is awaiting additional guidance from the state on how to begin the process of allocating the funds from the settlement. The community will be involved in where to invest settlement funds and will help guide the city’s strategy and priorities for how to best mitigate the effects of opioid use.
“The proliferation of opioid prescriptions has caused irreparable harm to many families in Medford,” said Prevention and Outreach Manager Penny Funaiole. “The funds from this settlement will go a long way toward treating substance use and getting the necessary resources and tools into the hands of the people who need it most.”
Multiple Boards and Commissions currently seeking to fill various positions. Residents of all backgrounds and abilities encouraged to apply(MEDFORD) — The City of Medford is currently accepting applications from Medford residents to serve on one of many City Boards & Commissions.Residents who are interested in serving on any of the boards and commissions below should complete the Board and Commission Interest Form available at ...
Multiple Boards and Commissions currently seeking to fill various positions. Residents of all backgrounds and abilities encouraged to apply
(MEDFORD) — The City of Medford is currently accepting applications from Medford residents to serve on one of many City Boards & Commissions.
Residents who are interested in serving on any of the boards and commissions below should complete the Board and Commission Interest Form available at www.medfordma.org/boards. Completed forms should be submitted via email to [email protected] or mailed to the Office of the Mayor at 85 George P. Hassett Drive, Room 202, Medford, MA 02155.
Residents of all backgrounds and abilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Medford city services are available to all residents, regardless of economic situation, race, gender, ability, benefit eligibility, or religious affiliation.
In addition to the boards and commissions below, residents are always encouraged to submit letters of interest for any board of commission listed on our website. Should vacancies become available on any city board or commission in the future, we will contact you for opportunities within your area of interest.
The Council on Aging
1 Available Position
The Medford Council on Aging is to be the primary advocate for Medford’s older adults. To that end, the Council evaluates, promotes, encourages, and provides new and existing services that are intended to enhance the quality of the lives of elder residents.
The Council meeting the third Thursday of the month at 10 am at the Council on Aging, 101 Riverside Avenue.
1 Available Position
The Traffic Commission sets policy around the City’s parking procedures, traffic regulations and road accessibility.
The commission meets on the second Tuesday of every month.
Human Rights Commission
Multiple Available Positions
The mission of the Human Rights Commission is to protect the civil rights of Medford residents, reinforce a positive community atmosphere, work with community groups and agencies to educate, promote understanding to eliminate prejudice and intolerance, and to mediate within the community whenever needed.
The Commission normally meets the second Wednesday of the month at 5:30pm in Room 201 of Medford City Hall.
Civic Auditorium and Convention Center Commission
1 Available Position
The CACCC is responsible for maintaining the structural integrity of the building and enhancing its value as the premier performance space in Medford. The commission works with a variety of stakeholders – the management company, city departments, the Friends of Chevalier, architectural and design firms in its efforts. With these stakeholders, the Commission has developed a capital plan ensure its viability for years to come.
The Civic Auditorium and Convention Center Commission meets the second Wednesday of every month.
1 Available Position
The Medford Conservation Commission is responsible for the administration of environmental laws and policies, open space protection and management, water management, and preservation of natural features of the environment.
The Conservation Commission meets the first and third Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm.
Dog Park Committee
2 Available Positions
The Dog Park Commission is tasked with reviewing and assessing the needs and policy guidelines for current and future dog parks in Medford.
The Dog Park Committee generally meets once every 3 months.
Energy & Environment Committee
Multiple Positions Available
Our mission is to promote policies and actions that improve energy efficiency, encourage conservation, and increase the use of renewable energy to meet our present needs while considering future generations of the Medford community.
The Energy and Environment Committee generally meets on the first Monday of the month.
Historic District Commission
1 Available Position
The Medford Historic District Commission consists of members appointed by the Mayor and interested in historic preservation. The Commission membership is generally made up of residents of the individual Districts, real estate professionals, architects, preservationists, attorneys, and interested citizens. The Medford Historic District Commission is separate from, but works in tandem with, the Medford Historical Commission.