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 Lampasas, 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 Lampasas, 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 Lampasas, 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 Lampasas, 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 Lampasas,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
Lampasas, Texas (KWTX) - It was triple digit heat all around central Texas today.Many people stayed inside with the cool air conditioning, but for a lot of other area residents, keeping the tradition of celebrating a week-long festival was no reason to stay in.When it comes to the Lampasas Spring Ho, for many of the residents, it was too big of an event to not go.“Well, I’m married, that’s why,” said one attendee when asked if the heat was too much to bear.Married or not, temperatures in th...
Lampasas, Texas (KWTX) - It was triple digit heat all around central Texas today.
Many people stayed inside with the cool air conditioning, but for a lot of other area residents, keeping the tradition of celebrating a week-long festival was no reason to stay in.
When it comes to the Lampasas Spring Ho, for many of the residents, it was too big of an event to not go.
“Well, I’m married, that’s why,” said one attendee when asked if the heat was too much to bear.
Married or not, temperatures in the triple digits are something serious. Doctors say they are used to people coming in because of heat-related illnesses this time of year.
“As people get out in the heat and they aren’t quite expecting it and they’re not (acclimated) to it,” said Dr. David Cummings with AdventHealth Central Texas. “Acclamation happens over the course of several days, to several weeks if you’re outside in the heat.”
To get used to heat this intense, go outside little-by-little before going out for extended periods, suggested Cummings.
More importantly, stay hydrated and away from alcohol and caffeine.
“You should be looking at electrolyte solutions, then you should be looking at water,” said Cummings. “Then you should be looking at anything else.”
But that may not always happen.
And if any illnesses do set in, the first thing you should watch for: dizziness and fatigue.
“A common misnomer is that people that end up going into heat stroke or heat exhaustion will not be sweating,” said Cumming. “That’s actually a misnomer, because most of the time those people are sweating profusely.”
Regardless, some out-and-about in Lampasas seized the opportunity to capitalize on people’s need for hydration.
“It’s like 100-degrees Fahrenheit, so you got to do what you got to do, you know,” said one vendor selling bottles of water.
So as some capitalize on the need for hydration, and others have fun cooling their friends down, it seems the heat is not stopping anyone from going out.
Just keep a keen eye out to see if you or your friends or having issues from the heat.
“The earlier they get to you and the earlier they bring you into some place to cool down, the earlier you cool and get hydrated, the better your chances are of not meeting me,” said Cummings.
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There are 18 poor-condition dams in Central Texas, and eight of them are owned by the City of Austin.AUSTIN, Texas — With all the growth in Central Texas, one of our challenges is aging infrastructure, which includes dams. The KVUE Defenders found that there are 18 State-regulated dams in Central Texas which the State considers to be in "poor condition” with safety and structural concerns.The ...
There are 18 poor-condition dams in Central Texas, and eight of them are owned by the City of Austin.
AUSTIN, Texas — With all the growth in Central Texas, one of our challenges is aging infrastructure, which includes dams. The KVUE Defenders found that there are 18 State-regulated dams in Central Texas which the State considers to be in "poor condition” with safety and structural concerns.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) said the definition of a poor dam is:
“Major maintenance, structural and/or hydraulic deficiencies were observed at the time of the inspection that could threaten the integrity of the dam, or the dam could not be inspected due to the deficiencies. The owner needs to take immediate action to address all of the items.”
The following map shows all 18 poor-condition dams in Central Texas. If you hover or the dam, you can see the name of the dam and the owners.
Eight of the poor dams in our area are owned by the City of Austin. We spoke with their Watershed Protection Department, which oversees the dams, to learn what the issues are and how they are addressing them.
“There's 33 that are large enough that they are considered dams by the State of Texas,” said Matt Boger, the Watershed Protection dam safety manager, of the dams the City of Austin oversees. “So, those 33 get a little bit extra oversight and have extra regulations on them.”
Of those 33 City of Austin dams, eight are deemed to be in poor condition. This is the worst classification given by TCEQ.
The City says it does constant maintenance on the dams but that some take bigger projects to fix. They have three major projects underway now, two of them are at Old Lampasas Dam and Northwest Park Dam.
Northwest Park Dam was built in 1986 and now it does not meet safety standards for the City or the State. The dam separates Shoal Creek from the district park, which also includes a regional detention facility” where water can flow into when rain comes and the creek rises. The project is set to add overtopping protection to the top of the embankment, repair erosion on the creek side, remove wood vegetation and seal cracks on retainment walls. This project will start construction in 2024.
Old Lampasas Dam on Bull Creek was built back in 1980. The City of Austin's website shows there are numerous holes in the dam and the slopes are eroding. There are 30 structures and two roads downstream that the dam is meant to protect from flooding. This project includes replacing a damaged primary outlet, improving the dam spillway, and modifying the shape and elevation of the embankment. This project will start construction next year. Aging and outdated infrastructure is a big reason changes need to be made.
“Some of the regulations have changed, where what used to be adequate in the late '90s is no longer considered adequate,” said Boger.
“Over time, I think it's just inevitable that things are going to, you know, there's going to be cracking, there's going to be maybe some erosion, there's going to be things that are deteriorating over time that we just need to get in there and take care of,” said Danielle Guevara, a Watershed Department supervising engineer.
Besides aging, some other causes of damage can be weather and vegetation.
“Once it becomes just overgrown, that can cause damage to the concrete,” said Guevara of vegetation. “And it also makes it hard for us to inspect.”
Many of the City's dams are in areas where there is usually no water, but they are in place for large rain events when flooding can take place.
“So, they're not the constant-level dams that you may have think of when you think dam in your mind,” explained Boger.
TCEQ said if the owner fails to address a dam in poor condition, they can refer the owner to the Texas attorney general. They have not had to refer any of the 18 poor Central Texas dams to the Attorney General’s Office.
The City said the goal is to have no poor dams, but with aging and constant maintenance, that is not always possible. But, with three major projects underway and more being planned, they say improvements are coming.
“I think we have roughly $27 million earmarked for dam safety projects in just the next five-year cycle, with more to come,” said Boger. “So, we are working hard on it and I feel confident about it.”
TCEQ said homeowners should be aware of any dam upstream of their property, regardless of condition. They say a damn in any condition has the chance of failing.
Dams are also classified in different hazard levels. A high-hazard dam means seven or more lives could be put at risk or it could cause significant economic damages.
But the information that says where hazard-level dams are is not public. TCEQ said the Attorney General's Office ruled it can't be released. A reason some information on dams is not public is for security reasons. But we do know the state regulates more than 1,800 high-hazard dams and more than 13% of them are in poor condition.
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AUSTIN (KXAN) — World Mental Health Day this year is Monday, Oct. 10.According to the Word Health Organization, the goal of the day “is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health.”This year’s theme is “Making Mental Health & Well-Being for All a Global Priority” because of the worldwide impact of the ...
AUSTIN (KXAN) — World Mental Health Day this year is Monday, Oct. 10.
According to the Word Health Organization, the goal of the day “is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health.”
This year’s theme is “Making Mental Health & Well-Being for All a Global Priority” because of the worldwide impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. WHO said it’s estimated both anxiety and depressive disorders rose more than 25% during the pandemic’s first year.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, here are a few phone numbers you can reach out to in the Austin area. Call 911 if you need immediate help.
Travis County Integral Care 24/7 Crisis Helpline: (512) 472-4357
Bluebonnet Trails Community Services 24/7 Crisis Hotline (helps cover Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Lee and Williamson counties): 1 (800) 841-1255
Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities Center Hill Country (helps serve Blanco, Gillespie, Hays, Llano and Mason Counties) Crisis Hotline: 1 (877) 466-0660
Center for Life Resources (helps serve San Saba County): (800) 458-7788
Central Counties Services (helps serve Lampasas and Milam counties): (800) 888-4036
NAMI Central Texas has a list of phone numbers on its website to request a Crisis Intervention Team or a group of law enforcement officers who are trained to respond to people experiencing a mental health crisis.
A statewide directory of crisis hotlines is available on the Texas Health and Human Services website. The numbers and centers are broken down by counties served.
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: The 988 number replaced the previous 1 (800) 273-8255 number to make it easier for people to dial in.
Veterans Crisis Line: You can access this by also calling 988 and then pressing the number 1. You can also text 838255. Its website says you don’t have to be enrolled in VA benefits or health care to connect.
The Trevor Project (LGBTQ Helpline): Connect with The Trevor Project by calling 1 (866) 488-7386 or texting START to 678-678. You can also start a chat from your computer.
On Sept. 21, the Brazos River Authority conducted an open-house-style public meeting at the Bell County Exposition Center to both make the public aware of BRA plans to construct a pipeline which would conduct water from Belton Lake into Stillhouse Hollow Lake, and to receive input from the public about those plans.The cost of this project, which includes construction of the 6- to 7-mile long, 48-inch diameter pipeline, construction of a pumping facility near Frank’s Marina on Belton Lake, inline pumping stations, and an outlet l...
On Sept. 21, the Brazos River Authority conducted an open-house-style public meeting at the Bell County Exposition Center to both make the public aware of BRA plans to construct a pipeline which would conduct water from Belton Lake into Stillhouse Hollow Lake, and to receive input from the public about those plans.
The cost of this project, which includes construction of the 6- to 7-mile long, 48-inch diameter pipeline, construction of a pumping facility near Frank’s Marina on Belton Lake, inline pumping stations, and an outlet location at Stillhouse Hollow, is estimated at $90 million dollars, to be funded by BRA.
Once begun, the project is forecast to take two years to complete.
In order to help local anglers understand a bit more about this topic, I reached out to Brazos River Authority Corporate Executive Officer/General Manager David Collinsworth.
Collinsworth referred me to Brad Brunett, BRA’s Central and Lower Basin Regional Manager. Brunett contacted me by phone and agreed to respond to the questions I posed to the BRA about this project.
What follows in question-and-answer format are the questions I presented to Brunett, and his answers to those questions, verbatim.
Please summarize the intended purpose of the pipeline.
A: The purpose of the pipeline is to periodically supplement water supply at Lake Stillhouse Hollow with water transferred from Lake Belton. The transfer of water will only be necessary during drought conditions, so the pipeline will not run continuously.
Water use in the region is growing with increasing population, and the pipeline is needed to provide reliable water supply to entities that use water from Lake Stillhouse Hollow, including the Bell County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 and its customers, the Central Texas Water Supply Corporation and its customers, the Salado Water Supply Corporation, the Kempner Water Supply Corporation, the City of Lampasas, the Jarrell-Schwertner Water Supply Corporation, the High Gabriel Water Supply Corporation, the City of Georgetown, the City of Round Rock, and the Brushy Creek Municipal Utility District.
All of these entities contract with the Brazos River Authority for water supply from Lake Stillhouse Hollow. These contracts have been in place for many years with water use under them growing as population increases.
The contracts have maximum use limits in place, and the Brazos River Authority is not entering any new or increased water supply contracts as a result of this project.
What is the forecast start of construction date?
A: We hope to start construction by the latter part of 2025.
What, if any, cons does BRA acknowledge concerning the project?
A: During drought conditions when water is being transferred through the pipeline, the lake level at Lake Belton will be lower than it would have been without the project; however, the lake level at Stillhouse Hollow will be higher.
Drought periods will be temporary, and most of the time, there will be no significant effect on lake levels. The primary purposes of both reservoirs are flood control and water supply.
What conditions would trigger a release of water from Belton into Stillhouse?
The transfer of water from Lake Belton to Lake Stillhouse Hollow will be based on predetermined elevations at the lakes. These elevations will change through time as water use increases.
For example, at the current water use levels, no transfer is needed. Looking out into the future, the need to transfer water will be different in 20 years than it will be in 50 years.
However, the maximum transfer of water will be limited to about 33,000 acre-feet/year. For perspective, Lake Belton holds about 433,000 acre-feet of water at its normal level, and Lake Stillhouse Hollow holds about 230,000 acre-feet.
What conditions currently trigger a release of water from Stillhouse to Georgetown?
A: We currently transfer water from Lake Stillhouse Hollow to Lake Georgetown based on lake level triggers at Lake Georgetown. When Lake Georgetown drops more than 8 feet below full, we begin transferring water. When Lake Georgetown rises to within 6 feet of full, we shut down the pumps.
What would you say to those who perceive this action as a power/resource grab by Williamson County and the urban north Austin powers that be?
A: The Brazos River Authority is a regional water provider within the Brazos River basin, which spans more than 42,000 square miles. Our job is to serve the water supply needs of all our customers across the basin.
While we have three customers in Williamson County that access water from Lake Stillhouse Hollow, there are a number of other customers in Bell and other surrounding counties that rely on Lake Stillhouse Hollow for their water supply.
This project is just as vital to these other customers as it is to those in Williamson County. Additionally, as noted above, the BRA will not be entering any new water supply contracts or increasing existing contracts, as a result of this project.
Visit www.brazos.org/Belhouse or follow @Brazoswater on Twitter to get the latest on construction updates and roadway closures. Contact BRA’s Public Information Office at 4600 Cobbs Drive, Waco, TX 76714; phone 888-922-6272 or email [email protected].
Editor’s Note: This live blog is no longer being updated. AUSTIN (KXAN) — The National Weather Service confirmed there was a tornado in Williamson County. A round of severe thunderstorms moved into Central Texas Monday night, bringing strong winds and some rain.An earlier round of scattered showers Monday provided the area with rain for the second time in a little over a week....
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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The National Weather Service confirmed there was a tornado in Williamson County. A round of severe thunderstorms moved into Central Texas Monday night, bringing strong winds and some rain.
An earlier round of scattered showers Monday provided the area with rain for the second time in a little over a week.
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A fire station in Jarrell was damaged during the storm, according to a spokesperson with Williamson County.
The ESD 5 Fire Station, located at 155 County Road 313, had part of its roof blown off as well as doors. The spokesperson said no one at the station was hurt.
Stay up to date with the latest weather information in this live blog.
People can report damage from the storms to the state with the Texas Department of Emergency Management’s iStat portal, a Williamson County spokesperson said.
Reports of damage to Williamson County ESD 5 Fire Station, located at 155 County Rd 313, Jarrell, Texas, during a possible tornado earlier Monday night. Part of the roof was blown off and the doors were as well, but no one was hurt, a Williamson County spokesperson said.
Parts of a roof were also ripped from two different homes.
8,740 Austin Energy customers without power.
Strong winds have turned over multiple vehicles and 18-wheelers on I-35, the Jarrell Office of Emergency Management posted on its Facebook. The interstate is shut down near the 11400 block.
Reports of damage, vehicles in ditches, including 18-wheeler, along I-35 in Jarrell area.
Tornado Warning issued for Williamson County, potential for tornado on ground south of Jarrell. Take shelter if you’re in the area.
Trained weather spotter reports hail, tree limbs down, and power outages in Lampasas.
Tornado Watch issued for the following areas until midnight: Bastrop County, Burnet County, Caldwell County, Fayette County, Hays County, Lampasas County, Lee County, Milam County, Travis County, Williamson County.