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
Food NewsPlus, Tasting Texas Wine + Food Festival tickets are on sale and Broken Stone Pizza is closingComfort Café’s owners confirmed this week that the rumors of a new location are true. The popular breakfast restaurant shared on ...
Comfort Café’s owners confirmed this week that the rumors of a new location are true. The popular breakfast restaurant shared on social media that it will open a food truck at the Heigden House, a downtown wedding and event venue, hopefully by mid-August. The café whose operations support SerenityStar Recovery is known for its decadent French toast, crepes and sweet cream pancakes that come in flavors like cinnamon roll and peanut butter bacon. Its original San Antonio location on Bandera Road flooded last year and it has since been operating out of its second location at Los Patios. Fans on Facebook and Instagram were elated at the news of an expansion, with one saying that her driveway was available should the food truck ever need another place to park. At Lost Patios, it’s not unusual for regulars to wait a few hours for a table on weekend mornings.
Tickets went on sale this week for the Tasting Texas Wine + Food Festival being hosted by Culinaria and Visit San Antonio in partnership with the James Beard Foundation. Scheduled Oct. 27-30, the event will feature culinary leaders from the U.S. and Mexico and include multiple events, from special dinners to workshops on smoking meats and crafting cocktails. There’s also a multi-day event in Travis Park, The Collective, that will feature more than 100 chefs and restaurants. All-inclusive tickets are available and can run as much as $1,025 for the VIP experience. There are also single-event tickets for sale starting at $100.
After 12 years in Boerne, Broken Stone Pizza announced this week that it will close July 30. “This decision did not come easy, but we feel like this is our only option at this time,” the owners wrote on Facebook. They thanked customers for their support and asked them to come and enjoy a last pizza before the restaurant’s final day of service. Several locals commented that Broken Stone is “the best pizza in town” and that the eatery will be missed. The Kerrville location of the pizza cafe will remain open.
Francis Bogside, the popular Irish pub in Southtown, will close at its current location on Sunday, July 31. Operators promise they won’t be gone long, though. News about a new location will be announced in the coming weeks. “We want people to feel comfortable,” bar developer Steve Mahoney said, of the bar and its purpose. “The kitchen has a rotating, seasonal menu of scratch made pub fare. The kind of food that sticks to your ribs, made by some of the best chefs in town.”
Enjoy live music, barbecue, games and drinks during the official grand opening of Smoke BBQ + Riverbar on the River Walk this Saturday, July 23. Located at 511 Villita St., the restaurant has been welcoming guests since late spring but has yet to celebrate its opening. Smoke also has a second location on East Crockett Street.
Dan Ward, operating partner and restaurateur of Piatti San Antonio, announced this week that he is stepping away from the restaurants to launch Holistic Hospitality, a firm that will focus on supporting investors and operators in the hospitality, food and beverage industries. Piatti will host a farewell party for Ward at its Quarry location on Wednesday, July 27, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.Editor’s note: This story contains graphic language.A Texas man was arrested Friday on a federal charge that he left a threatening voicemail message for one Boston doctor who provides care to transgender ...
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A Texas man was arrested Friday on a federal charge that he left a threatening voicemail message for one Boston doctor who provides care to transgender people, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Massachusetts.
The man, Matthew Jordan Lindner, 38, of the Hill Country town of Comfort, was charged with one count of transmitting interstate threats. Comfort is in Kendall County, about 50 miles northwest of San Antonio.
Lindner, whose company Lindner Ammo was a federal firearms licensee in 2019, is accused of leaving a voicemail message on Aug. 31 threatening to kill the doctor, who works at the Boston-based National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center.
An FBI agent stated in an affidavit that after the phone call to the Boston doctor, Lindner called two other phone numbers assigned to a Rhode Island university where the doctor is a faculty member. The calls were made from his company’s number, according to AT&T phone records cited by federal investigators.
Lindner was arrested Friday morning and made an initial appearance in the Western District of Texas. He is being held without bail, according to The New York Times. He will appear in federal court in Boston at a later date. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.
In the recorded message to the Boston doctor, Lindner said, “You’re all gonna burn,” according to prosecutors. He mentioned “a group of people on their way to handle” the doctor and said, “You signed your own warrant.” Lindner named the doctor in the voicemail and ended the message by saying, “You’ve woken up enough people. And upset enough of us. And you signed your own ticket.”
That call lasted 41 seconds, the affidavit says.
Prosecutors did not publicly share the name of the doctor who received the threat. Lindner did not respond to calls or text messages from The Texas Tribune. His lawyer declined to comment.
The National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center, which is part of the Fenway Institute, provides educational programs and health care for the queer and transgender people. The center does not offer clinical care or referrals, according to its website. The Tribune has reached out to the center for comment, but the organization did not immediately respond.
Hospitals and doctors across the country have received death threats over the health care they offer transgender children.
Leading health care organizations in Texas say gender-affirming care is the best way to provide care for gender dysphoria, which is the distress someone can feel when their assigned sex doesn’t align with their gender identity. It includes medical, social and psychological support to help a person understand and appreciate their gender identity. Providers often work with counselors and family members to ensure patients have everything they need to navigate the health care system.
According to federal prosecutors, false information began to spread online in August that Boston Children’s Hospital doctors were performing hysterectomies on children. They became the target of a harassment campaign based on misinformation from conservative social media accounts about the hospital’s transgender surgery program. Hospital staff told WBUR, the public radio station in Boston, at that time that they had received aggressive calls, emails and death threats for some providers.
Hospital staff have said doctors do not perform hysterectomies or gender-affirming surgery on patients under the age of 18, the affidavit says. Lindner’s call to the Boston doctor followed these threats.
“Mr. Lindner’s alleged conduct — a death threat — is based on falsehoods and amounts to an act of workplace violence,” said Rachael S. Rollins, the U.S. attorney for Massachusetts, in a press release. “The victim, a Doctor caring for gender nonconforming and transgender patients, should be able to engage in this meaningful and necessary work without fear of physical harm or death.”
The U.S. Department of Justice said it has pledged to protect the rights of gender-nonconforming and transgender people, as well as the health care providers who render care and support.
Joseph R. Bonavolonta, the FBI’s special agent in charge of the Boston Division, said in a statement that the doctor had been targeted because she was caring for gender-nonconforming children.
“No one should have to live in fear of violence because of who they are, what kind of work they do, where they are from, or what they believe,” he said.
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COMFORT, Texas — A Comfort restaurant is gone and people’s homes nearby were destroyed in a fire.A fire occurred at the Fati Café on Highway 87 between in comfort around 2:45 am on Sunday.The fire, which investigators do not believe is suspicious, spread to nearby apartment buildings—but all residents were safely evacuated.Various people in the city of Comfort are rallying to help those who lost everything.Brenda Barron had very little time as a fire spread fast between her building and a ...
COMFORT, Texas — A Comfort restaurant is gone and people’s homes nearby were destroyed in a fire.
A fire occurred at the Fati Café on Highway 87 between in comfort around 2:45 am on Sunday.
The fire, which investigators do not believe is suspicious, spread to nearby apartment buildings—but all residents were safely evacuated.
Various people in the city of Comfort are rallying to help those who lost everything.
Brenda Barron had very little time as a fire spread fast between her building and a nearby restaurant.
“Somebody was banging on my door and they were saying ‘get out, get out now,’” Barron told KENS 5.
Barron got her two dogs out of the place she’s called home for at least 12 years. She asked firefighters to get her keys so she could still move her truck.
“The ceiling and everything is in my apartment,” Barron said.
Barron was able to get a warm meal at Emanuel Lutheran Church.
After getting clothes and blankets from the American Red Cross—Barron says she felt blessed, but also misplaced.
The one thing she could not save were her husband’s ashes.
“I don’t have a home to go back to but that’s just material things, I can just be thankful that I’m alive,” Barron said.
The Kendall County Fire Marshal says Sunday morning’s fire ripped through Fati Café, formerly known as Manny’s Cafe.
The fire displaced 14 residents of the Hatchery apartments and one firefighter had a minor foot injury, according to the fire marshal.
Investigators say the fire may have started in a storage shed between the restaurant and apartment units.
Comfort VFD, Center Point VFD, Waring VFD, Sisterdale VFD, Turtle Creek VFD, Boerne Fire Department, and the Kerrville Fire Department assisted in the response.
Roughly 60 to 70 firefighters were on scene, the fire marshal says.
Other volunteers chipped in during the aftermath across the city.
“I have a crew, we work here [at Emanuel Lutheran Church] all the time with the food ministry, I got my two girls and said 'come on, let’s go cook,'” Dotti Haley of Comfort Table and Food Pantry said.
Haley and some volunteers provided meals to the first responders.
Haley and her crew were cooking breakfast tacos for residents who are now staying at hotels and local bed and breakfast spots.
Haley says it's not unusual for people to step up and help their own.
“Comfort jumps in wherever it's needed, it doesn’t matter how big or how small, they’ll be there to help people out,”
The help gives Barron hope she can move on.
“Everything is replaceable except your life, and that’s not replaceable. It was in God’s hands, that’s why we’re here today,” Barron said.
The fire marshal says the American Red Cross was contacted to assist residents with temporary housing.
It's estimated the damage is worth $500,000.
Haven + Key and Texas Proud Collections now featured in storesSAN ANTONIO – H-E-B has announced the opening of two new product lines that company officials said will bring “comfort and style” into homes across Texas.As part of the Home by H-E-B department, the company introduced the collections in a news release.Haven + Key CollectionCustomers can expect to find modern, signature styles for their homes that will create an inviting and cozy space. The home décor ...
SAN ANTONIO – H-E-B has announced the opening of two new product lines that company officials said will bring “comfort and style” into homes across Texas.
As part of the Home by H-E-B department, the company introduced the collections in a news release.
Customers can expect to find modern, signature styles for their homes that will create an inviting and cozy space. The home décor products are also designed to withstand everyday use.
Items featured in the collection include candles, mirrors, toss pillows, kitchen textiles, rugs, throw blankets. Pre-assembled furniture such as accent chairs made with 100% leather are also available, according to the release.
The collection features classic treasures and eclectic décor that showcase “sleek silhouettes, rich textures, and versatile color palates.”
The state pride-themed collection will celebrate the bold and distinctive style of Texas, bringing home the iconic spirit of the Lone Star State.
Items to be featured in the line include wood and antler art, leather goods, cowhide benches and candles.
With the goal to stay on trend, both collections will be updated throughout the year.
Sabina Israelian-Garcia, H-E-B Group Vice President of General Merchandise, Drug Store, and Beauty, explained why the company continues to expand its brand.
“At H-E-B, we’re always looking for ways to offer unique, quality shopping experience, and Home by H-E-B is another way we’re able to better meet the needs of Texans,” Israelian-Garcia said.
The Haven + Key and Texas Proud home décor collections are currently located at H-E-B stores in San Antonio, New Braunfels , Brownsville, Burleson and Corpus Christi.
Each home décor collection will vary in size and layout and product selection will be tailored to each location.
The newest Home by H-E-B is set to open on July 14 at the H-E-B plus! store at Highway 281 and Evans Road in San Antonio. Collections at the store will be among the largest in the company with more than 2,500 feet featuring more than 500 home décor items.
Additionally, many new renovated stores will feature Home by H-E-B departments, including the new stores in Frisco and Plano, which are slated to open in the DFW area later this year.
Items from both collections will be available for purchase in-store, via Curbside pickup, and by Home Delivery at select collections.
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This holiday season, a ballet company offers a new take on the classic Nutcracker musical in Comfort this weekend. Ventana Ballet’s AJ Garcia-Rameau said this performance will differ from traditional versions in several ways, starting with the music.“The music we use is…they stuck to the original Tchaikovsky score, but it was rearranged for Duke Ellington and by B...
This holiday season, a ballet company offers a new take on the classic Nutcracker musical in Comfort this weekend. Ventana Ballet’s AJ Garcia-Rameau said this performance will differ from traditional versions in several ways, starting with the music.
“The music we use is…they stuck to the original Tchaikovsky score, but it was rearranged for Duke Ellington and by Billy Strayhorn,” Garcia-Rameau said. “So it's kind of a little jazzy mix of what we traditionally know as The Nutcracker music.”
And technically, this is a combination of Tchaikovsky’s story, and another one called The Watchmaker’s Song.
“The Watchmaker's Song is, we like to call it, a jazzy and immersive re-imagination of The Nutcracker. So basically, we take some elements of the traditional Nutcracker ballet and also some elements from the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann,” she said.
Also, this production has something few do: it’s interactive.
“In Act I, in lieu of having the audience watch the party scene, we actually invite them to have a party with us. We've got some cocktails for the audience,” Garcia-Rameau said. “It's a dance to this jazzy rendition and maybe some swing dancing here and there. And then we'll have some pop up little vignettes by some of the performers before inviting everyone into the venue for Act II.”
The venue is the historic Ingenhuett building on High Street, where the production will continue in a slightly more conventional fashion.
”The doll dances that people are familiar with from the classical ballet and then, of course, a dance by Snow Queen and The Nutcracker himself and the Sugar Plum Fairy will be a great way to kind of finish out the event before the audience gets to return to High Street,” Garcia-Rameau said.
There are two performances on Saturday evening, one at 5 p.m. and another at 7 p.m., and you can find tickets here.
Some of the performers shown in this video won't be at the Comfort performance.