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 Comfort, TX 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 Comfort, TX. 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 Comfort, TX, 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 Comfort, TX 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 Comfort,TX 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
Sibling roots rock duo Larkin Poe are showing a little “Southern Comfort” for release week.Ahead of dropping their sixth studio album, Blood Harmony, sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell have shared their latest single, “Southern Comfort.” A rugged rumination on their roots, the song boasts gruff, confident vocals against a quivering twang. “Southern Comfort” is full of fire, passion, and pride.“Growing up in Tennessee and Georgia shaped my sister and myself in so many beautiful wa...
Sibling roots rock duo Larkin Poe are showing a little “Southern Comfort” for release week.
Ahead of dropping their sixth studio album, Blood Harmony, sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell have shared their latest single, “Southern Comfort.” A rugged rumination on their roots, the song boasts gruff, confident vocals against a quivering twang. “Southern Comfort” is full of fire, passion, and pride.
“Growing up in Tennessee and Georgia shaped my sister and myself in so many beautiful ways,” Rebecca said of the song in a statement. “Now, as an adult, I feel grateful to reflect on that childhood and to call Nashville home. I loved writing this song, and getting to share southern hospitality, southern comfort, with all the sweet souls we encounter on our travels around the world, feels empowering.”
Blood Harmony, set for release Friday (Nov. 11), is home to previously released songs “Strike Gold,” “Georgia off My Mind,” “Bad Spell,” and the blistering title track.
“Blood Harmony is a creative step we are proud to have taken together as sisters,” the duo said of the project. “We grew these songs in a sweet part of our hearts and we hope they bring beauty.”
Listen to the new song, below.
The pair will begin touring in support of their upcoming album next year. Zig-zagging across the country through the new year and into April, Larkin Poe will then set off for dates in Australia and New Zealand. See a list of shows, below.
Jan. 20 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange PeelJan. 21– Knoxville, TN @ The Mill & MineJan. 24 – Kansas City, MO @ Knuckleheads SaloonJan. 26 – Denver, CO @ Ogden TheatreJan. 27 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Commonwealth RoomJan. 28 – Jackson Hole, WY @ Center for the ArtsJan. 31 – Boise, ID @ Knitting FactoryFeb. 2 – Seattle, WA @ The CrocodileFeb. 3 – Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore BallroomFeb. 4 – Portland, OR @ Wonder BallroomFeb. 7 – Grass Valley, CA @ The Center For the ArtsFeb. 9 – San Francisco, CA @ The FillmoreFeb. 10 – San Diego, CA @ House of BluesFeb. 11 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda TheatreFeb. 23 – Dallas, TX @ The Echo Lounge & Music HallFeb. 24 – Austin, TX @ Scoot InnFeb. 25 – Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic LoungeMar. 9 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 ClubMar. 10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Brooklyn BowlMar. 11 – New York, NY @ Webster HallMar. 12 – Boston, MA @ RoyaleMar. 15 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera HouseMar. 16 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia HallMar. 17 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall BallroomMar. 18 – Minneapolis, MN @ First AvenueMar. 31 – Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn BowlApr. 1 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety PlayhouseApr. 6 – Tyagarah, Australia @ Byron Bay BluesfestApr. 9 – Sydney, Australia @ Metro TheatreApr. 10 – Melbourne, Australia @ The Croxton BandroomApr. 13 – Auckland, New Zealand @ PowerstationApr. 14 – Wellington, New Zealand @ The Hunter LoungeApr. 15 – Christchurch, New Zealand @ James Hay Theatre
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Austin restaurants and bars are showing appreciation for former and active members of the armed forces this Veterans Day through free meals, discounts, and more. To make it easier, Eater has created this guide to the best deals on food and drinks in the city for veterans and members of the armed forces in Austin. Everything is available on Friday, November 11, unless otherwise noted. Sign up for our newsletter. Email (required) By submitting your email, you agree to our ...
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Comfort ISD Ribbon Cutting CeremonyThe Original Comfort School how it appeared in 1922Austin, TX, Oct. 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As part of the Design-Build team with Bartlett Cocke General Contractors, Pfluger helped with the ...
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The Original Comfort School how it appeared in 1922
Austin, TX, Oct. 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As part of the Design-Build team with Bartlett Cocke General Contractors, Pfluger helped with the Comfort ISD district-wide improvements from the 2019 bond—including the original 1893 Comfort School, a Texas Historic Landmark.
In the late 1800s, about 40 years after founding Comfort, Texas, the area’s German immigrants decided their numbers had grown to justify a permanent schoolhouse. Between 1892 and 1893, the settlers built a three-room limestone school at the corner of 3rd and High Streets. In 1904, they added a fourth classroom and hallway, and, in 1922, a second story was constructed. One hundred years later, Pfluger was honored to help the small stone schoolhouse find a new purpose by transforming it from the district’s technology department into the central office administration and public board room.
To retain the building’s historical character, Pfluger kept the exterior intact and worked within the school’s original color scheme. Accessibility improvements were required to make the building safer and more functional, including a limited use/limited application elevator designed to not interfere with the building’s foundation or block windows. Other code-compliance upgrades were made in locations invisible to the public.
The original schoolhouse windows were destroyed over 40 years ago during renovations, and the replacement windows significantly altered the façade. New windows and doors were selected to match the structure’s original design as best as possible. For example, the historic 6-over-6 windows restore the façade to its original design. Out-of-character canopies, fire balconies, fire chutes, and other non-historic additions were also removed.
Other 2019 bond renovations include:
Founded in Austin, Texas, in 1972, believes architecture is more than the built environment. It's people—listening to the client and designing flexible, functional environments with sustainable solutions that positively impact the environment and bottom line. With offices in Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio, Pfluger inspires people to create a more meaningful human experience.
Hospital expansion includes new Level II NICUROCKWALL, TX (Nov. 9, 2022) – An estimated $92.3 million expansion and renovation at Texas Health Hospital Rockwall is nearly doubling the size of the hospital and bringing a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), a Cardiac Catheterization Lab and an expanded Emergency Department to the growing North Texas community.By expanding, Texas Health Rockwall, a joint venture between Texas Health Resources and area physicians, is increasing healthcare...
ROCKWALL, TX (Nov. 9, 2022) – An estimated $92.3 million expansion and renovation at Texas Health Hospital Rockwall is nearly doubling the size of the hospital and bringing a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), a Cardiac Catheterization Lab and an expanded Emergency Department to the growing North Texas community.
By expanding, Texas Health Rockwall, a joint venture between Texas Health Resources and area physicians, is increasing healthcare services to Rockwall and nearby communities.
“We are growing Texas Health Rockwall to better serve our patients and their families,” said Cindy Perrin, president of the hospital. “We are especially proud of our new NICU, which will help meet the health needs of our tiniest patients closer to their homes. Proximity to a hospital that can address critical care needs will bring greater comfort to families living in the communities we serve.”
A new two-story addition transforms an inpatient wing into a four-story bed tower. The project will add 32,000 square feet of new space and 51,000 square feet of renovated interior areas. These additions and renovations are being constructed in phases, with final completion expected in summer 2023.
Once the project is completed, the hospital is expected to deliver an estimated 1,200 babies a year, up from 400 or 200% today.
The project is an investment in the future health of families and residents in a high growth area. The hospital, which began as a small community hospital with a focus on surgery in December 2007, serves patients and families from various counties, including Rockwall, Kaufman, Hunt, eastern Dallas County and southern Collin County.
“Our caregivers live in these communities,” said Jason Linscott, chief operating officer and chief financial officer at Texas Health Rockwall. “We want to provide the best care for our neighbors, friends and family members. This expansion allows us to bring greater access to medical services to families living east of Lake Ray Hubbard.”
The estimated population of Rockwall County was listed as 116,381 according to 2021 U.S. Census figures, an increase of more than 38,000 since the 2010 Census. Rockwall and nearby communities have been attracting businesses as North Texas continues to grow.
The new eight-bed NICU includes two private rooms and a separate room for parents who need to stay overnight to care for their babies. This addition brings a NICU to the hospital for the first time.
The NICU and other renovated areas have spacious waiting rooms in light blue and gray tones. Wave features are painted on the walls, alluding to the nearby lake. These features are intended to instill a sense of calm.
Most of the first floor is being renovated or refreshed. The facility’s front-line caregivers provided input into the design based on needs that came to light during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Once completed, Texas Health Rockwall’s project will include:
*Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall is a joint venture involving Texas Health Resources and physicians dedicated to the community and meets the definition under federal law of a physician-owned hospital. Doctors on the medical staffs practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital. © 2022 Texas Health Resources
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About Texas Health Resources:
Texas Health Resources is a faith-based, nonprofit health system that cares for more patients in North Texas than any other provider. With a service area that consists of 16 counties and more than 7 million people, the system is committed to providing quality, coordinated care through its Texas Health Physicians Group and 29 hospital locations under the banners of Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Huguley. Texas Health access points and services, ranging from acute-care hospitals and trauma centers to outpatient facilities and home health and preventive services, provide the full continuum of care for all stages of life. The system has more than 4,100 licensed hospital beds, 6,400 physicians with active staff privileges and more than 26,000 employees. For more information about Texas Health, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.TexasHealth.org.
The Noblechairs Icon TX comes to us from one of the best gaming chair brands as an alternative to its tried and true Hero flagship line. While this newer model shares the same straightforward design, in this instance benefitting from fabric construction, its high price point, and few added extras may be a tough sell when alternatives from other manufacturers are mixed into the equation.Assembly If you're an e...
The Noblechairs Icon TX comes to us from one of the best gaming chair brands as an alternative to its tried and true Hero flagship line. While this newer model shares the same straightforward design, in this instance benefitting from fabric construction, its high price point, and few added extras may be a tough sell when alternatives from other manufacturers are mixed into the equation.
If you're an experienced gaming chair builder then the Noblechairs Icon TX should go together from start to finish in around 30 minutes. However, if you've never had your hands on a mid-range model like this, then that time could be closer to 45 minutes; all very standard with what I've seen from many different chairs in this price range.
Generally speaking, there's nothing too challenging as far as assembling the Noblechairs Icon TX is concerned, but there's also nothing particularly noteworthy. You're not getting the MagClap design of latter AndaSeat models or CloupSwap and easy assembly of the Secretlab Titan Evo 2022, both of which feature a guided rail to slide the backrest into. The Icon TX should be straightforward enough to build with clear instructions included in the box, but it is a shame to see that the company hasn't quite caught up to the competition yet, and that's a bit of a running theme.
The Noblechairs Icon TX is a smart-looking and understated chair that keeps any flair or flashiness to a muted minimum. There are no big franchises attached to this model, nor bright colors or typical 'gamer' visual language, and I can appreciate this approach. This makes the Noblechairs Icon TX ideal for anyone wanting a well-built chair for a home office setup just as much as for the living room. While the stripped-back nature of the aesthetics isn't going to appeal to everyone, I would argue that the less is more design philosophy pays off well here.
You'll notice the narrow rounded top and different design to that of the Noblechairs Hero with the Icon TX, with the former selling at a slightly higher price point. A main difference between the two, though, is how the Icon TX includes both a lumbar support and headrest pillow to improve your comfort. This is a feature that some premium gaming chairs don't include, so this addition is definitely appreciated here, but more on their performance later.
The 4D armrests work the same as you would expect, with the ability to raise and lower, slide back and forth, and swivel. There's also built-in adjustable lumbar support, and integrated memory foam in the headrest for added support without the need for a strap-on pillow which can be common in many other gaming chairs; more on the functionality of these features further down the page.
While I cannot speak exactly for how comfortable the synthetic/real leather version of this chair is, what I can say is that the Noblechairs Icon TX, with its breathable woven poly-fiber makeup, does make a considerable difference. In the past year, I've built and sat in many gaming chairs from the entry-level to the boutique, and the Noblechairs Icon TX finds itself comfortably in the middle here, which also aligns with its price point.
I'll tell you right now that the Noblechairs Icon TX feels significantly more accommodating and comfortable than some harder PU leather models I've gamed and worked in, such as my daily driver, the Razer Iskur X. Based on this experience, I'm confident in stating that this is likely true of a majority of budget to mid-range models with a similar construction type, too.
The Noblechairs Icon TX has a recommended weight limit of 297 lbs / 135 kg and a stated height restriction of up to 6ft2. This is standard for most gaming chairs, most of which will generally offer an XL variant accommodating larger, taller people. As someone who stands at six feet tall (183 cm) and weighs around 180 lbs, I personally felt my spine well supported with the included lumbar and headrest pillows to do a good job of keeping my posture somewhat decent even when slouching into it after hours thanks to the 135-degree recline angle.
I should state for the record, though, that I did have someone taller and heavier than me test this chair out as a point of comparison; they stand at 6ft2 and a touch over the 200 lb mark, with their feedback being positive in the same respect. If you're approaching the height limit you should be fine here, but if you're a taller person, then the Noblechairs Hero with its larger frame and supported height and weight of 6ft5 / 200cm and 330 lbs / 150kg may be more your speed.
As for the breathable nature of the Noblechairs Icon TX, well, that's been a genuine gamechanger in the heat wave that we're currently enduring through. You'll notice from the photos that the chair is actually outside, because, as well as being at my gaming desk for work, I was also enjoying it out on the decking and in the garden in my leisure time. Unlike what happens in my standard leatherette chairs, where it's easy to feel sticky and sweaty after some time, this model kept cool even when faced with unprecedented record temperatures. It's very impressive for sure.
Considering I've transported the Noblechairs Icon TX around my house, I can tell you that the 60mm caster wheels here are surprisingly good at moving over both soft carpet, tile flooring, and wooden decking. This is something that I cannot say for all gaming chairs I've had my hands on, including the aforementioned Razer model, which I have to physically drag around. It's nice to be able to wheel out with minimal resistance here and lends credence to the decent quality overall in my opinion.
The Noblechairs Icon TX is a great gaming chair that's going to accommodate most people, and with its breathable mesh fabric design, you're going to have a softer and cooler experience than with a leather-based alternative. However, this chair becomes difficult to wholeheartedly recommend when factoring in the $499 price tag, meaning its costs are comparable to the Secretlab Titan Evo 2022 Series, our number one ranked chair.
The Icon TX is great but isn't quite the best from a price to performance point of view when the competition is considered. You're not getting the mechanical adjustable lumbar support of the Razer Iskur here, which is available cheaper than the Noblechairs Icon TX and offers a fabric model, or the 4-way lumbar support of the Secretlab Titan Evo 2022 and its leading features here.
For the last few months, the Noblechairs Icon TX was used in regular rotation as my main gaming chair for both working in and my leisure time doing things such as gaming and consuming other forms of media. I made a note to stress test the mechanisms as well as the reclining functionality, too.