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 Shavano Park, 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 Shavano Park, 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 Shavano Park, 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 Shavano Park, 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 Shavano Park,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
The city of Windcrest selected Shavano Park Fire Department Capt. Ivan Hernandez to fill its open position.In a city council meeting Monday night, Mayor Dan Reese, Councilmen Marcus Yax, Greg Turner and Wes Manning and Councilwoman Cindy Strzelecki voted in favor of Hernandez. Councilwoman Joan Pedrotti was absent from the meeting.Hernandez is a veteran firefighter and paramedic who teaches at the San Antonio College Regional Fire Academy. He also is an arson investigator.“That’s going to be very helpful to u...
The city of Windcrest selected Shavano Park Fire Department Capt. Ivan Hernandez to fill its open position.
In a city council meeting Monday night, Mayor Dan Reese, Councilmen Marcus Yax, Greg Turner and Wes Manning and Councilwoman Cindy Strzelecki voted in favor of Hernandez. Councilwoman Joan Pedrotti was absent from the meeting.
Hernandez is a veteran firefighter and paramedic who teaches at the San Antonio College Regional Fire Academy. He also is an arson investigator.
“That’s going to be very helpful to us, to have one of those in-house,” Reese said.
The city’s fire department has been without a chief since Daniel Kramer, who was hired in March 2019, resigned in November.
In an Oct. 9 speech celebrating the arrival of $2 million worth of new firefighting equipment, Mayor Dan Reese revealed Kramer had accepted an offer from the South Hays Fire Department to serve as assistant chief of training.
Robert Weidenbach, assistant fire chief and assistant emergency management coordinator who began his career with the Windcrest Fire Department as a volunteer in 1996, was tapped to temporarily fill Kramer’s boots as officials began casting about for a replacement.
By early February, Reese said the search had narrowed to three candidates, including Hernandez.
In addition to the Shavano Park Fire Department, Hernandez has also worked for the Seguin and Bexar-Bulverde Fire Departments, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Hernandez has served Shavano Park for a little more than two decades. On Dec. 22, 2020, the Texas A&M-San Antonio alumnus filed a federal lawsuit against the majority-white North Bexar County city, alleging racial discrimination. He believed he was passed over for fire chief in 2019 because he is Hispanic. The case is pending.
Hernandez’s history of working closely with volunteer firefighters factored significantly into the council’s final decision. Windcrest’s department recently became what is known as a “combination” department, meaning it consists of both paid (career) and unpaid (volunteer) firefighters.
“Part of what we were looking for in a fire chief was experience with volunteers. Dealing with them can be a different skill set,” Reese said. “Ivan brought to the table experience with, in essence, where we are. We needed someone who had the right attitude toward dealing with volunteers as well as career firefighters.”
Reese would not disclose specific details on Hernandez’s compensation. However, he said Hernandez would be offered more than Kramer “based on qualifications and, also, years in service.”
Officials with Texas Medical Legal Consultants, based near Shavano Park, said on Oct. 25 it had been recently honored by the Texas Association of Business as one of the best places to work in Texas.According to a news release, Texas Medical Legal Consultants ranked third in the Small Employer category (15-99 U.S. employees), and ranked fourth overall. This annual award recognizes businesses that pro...
According to a news release, Texas Medical Legal Consultants ranked third in the Small Employer category (15-99 U.S. employees), and ranked fourth overall. This annual award recognizes businesses that provide a thriving and successful climate for their employees, the release said.
Launched in 2010, Texas Medical Legal Consultants manages medical legal work on behalf of medical experts nationwide.
The firm said it aims to help decrease the health care professional’s nonbillable time, minimize the risk of miscommunication with their clinical staff, expand attorney access to the expert and simplify the retention process for all parties in legal proceedings.
TxMLC was also recently recognized as one of the fastest growing private U.S. companies by the Inc. 5000 list. Additionally, it was named the No. 1 expert witness provider in San Antonio, Austin, Houston and Dallas, as voted by Texas Attorneys, the release said.
According to the release, the company’s founders, co-owners and co-presidents, Elizabeth Labarge and Kathryn Goertz, were the sole full-time employees for the first seven years. A 138% revenue growth over the last five years resulted in the need to increase their staff to 33 people.
Officials with TxMLC said, while growing their business, they have sought to offer a proactive, nurturing, positive environment for their employees by offering career development opportunities, adding new benefits, investing significantly in payroll and promoting from within the company.
The release said, upon the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, TxMLC set up employees with laptops, screens and printers to facilitate virtual in-home work, helping staffers to maintain a significant effort to provide social gatherings for their team. These social gatherings remain an essential part of TxMLC’s culture, with weekly coffee dates with employees, regular team lunches and company retreats, the release said.
Labarge said professionally fulfilled employees are the best solution for taking care of clients.
“Our team is the backbone of client interaction and experience. As other companies opted for a mandatory return to in-office work, we surveyed our team and collectively decided on full flexibility for our employees' place of work. A great side benefit: it has permitted us to hire talent outside of San Antonio for the first time,” Labarge said.
Goertz said TxMLC takes pride in investing in its employees’ well-being and providing opportunities for growth within the company, which plans to continue growth and expansion in 2023 and beyond.
“With a remote-first work environment, we have provided employees with flexibility and fulfillment. Our executive team continues to work on programs to make TxMLC a forever home to its employees and the best place to work in South Texas,” Goertz said.
Edmond joined Community Impact as a reporter in August 2021, helping to launch new editions in the San Antonio market. Edmond covers various beats in the North San Antonio coverage area. He previously was the main reporter for Local Community News, covering several areas in and around San Antonio, first as a freelancer and then staff member. Prior to that, Edmond was a community news reporter for Prime Time Newspapers and the San Antonio Express-News, including editing two community weeklies. He's a San Antonio native, and studied mass communications at San Antonio College and Texas State University.
There is a lot for voters to decide in the general, special, charter and bond elections on November 8.Bexar County voters will choose representatives from the local level to the federal level. There are cities with charter amendments and school districts with bond elections. You can see the full Bexar County ballot here.There are more than 1.2 million registered voters in ...
There is a lot for voters to decide in the general, special, charter and bond elections on November 8.
Bexar County voters will choose representatives from the local level to the federal level. There are cities with charter amendments and school districts with bond elections. You can see the full Bexar County ballot here.
There are more than 1.2 million registered voters in Bexar County this year — and the Bexar County Elections Department is tasked with election duties for 29 cities, 20 school districts and 776 voting precincts.
Voters who don’t want to wait in lines on Election Day can vote during the early voting period from Oct. 24 to Nov. 4 at any one of 51 polling locations in Bexar County.
Registered voters can vote at any polling site during the early voting period from Oct. 24 to Nov. 4, or vote at any polling site on Election Day on Nov. 8.
Some voters may be eligible to vote by mail. (You can read more about absentee/mail voting here.)
For the Nov. 8 election, the last day to register to vote in Texas was Oct. 11.
If you’re not sure if you’re registered, you can click here to check.
There will be 51 polling places open daily throughout the early voting period.
Acceptable forms of ID include a Texas driver’s license, a Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS, a Texas personal identification card issued by DPS, a Texas handgun license issued by DPS, a U.S. military ID card with a photo, a U.S. citizenship certificate containing with a photo, or a U.S. passport.
There are options if residents do not have one of the acceptable forms of ID and cannot reasonably obtain on.
They can fill out a Reasonable Impediment Declaration at their place of voting and show one of the following supporting forms of ID:
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SAN ANTONIO – The May 7 election included two state propositions, several city and school bonds and some mayor and city council races.The two biggest bond packages on the ballot — $1.2 billion for the City of San Antonio and $992 million for Northside ISD — were both approved by voters.In Bexar County, 91,656 vot...
SAN ANTONIO – The May 7 election included two state propositions, several city and school bonds and some mayor and city council races.
The two biggest bond packages on the ballot — $1.2 billion for the City of San Antonio and $992 million for Northside ISD — were both approved by voters.
In Bexar County, 91,656 votes were cast, in total, or 7.6% of the county’s 1.2 million registered voters. That includes 47,866 in-person early votes, 17,936 mail-in ballots and 25,854 on election day.
Find a rundown of the election results below.
Search the drop-down menu at the top of the article or find all results at the bottom. Read more on the Vote 2022 page.
City of San Antonio voters on Saturday passed the city’s largest-ever bond program, including a first-of-its-kind affordable housing portion.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg declared victory before 10 p.m. for the six propositions making up the $1.2 billion bond package. At that point, each of the propositions, A through F, had between 59.9% and 72.4% approval.
The bond program does not include a tax increase.
“The statement tonight is San Antonians believe in each other,” Nirenberg told a crowd at a watch party for the Taking Care of SA campaign, which supported the bonds. “We rally around each other. We know we’ve been through a very difficult time, but we are not satisfied with the status quo. We’re working to make our city better, stronger, more equitable and resilient than ever before, and that’s what this vote represents.”
The bond includes:
The housing bond, Proposition F, garnered the least support, while the propositions for streets and drainage, A and B respectively, topped the list.
Nirenberg attributed the range of support to familiarity. This is the city’s first bond to include affordable housing after voters approved a charter change in May 2021 to allow for it.
“So there’s a lot of work left to do in informing and making sure people are aware of the housing proposals and the work that we’re doing in housing,” he told reporters. “But I think, again, the numbers across the board, Propositions A through F, were all strongly supported. And that statement, as a whole, is a strong faith in the future of San Antonio and faith in each other as San Antonians.”
Some of the highlights include:
? Two state constitutional amendments aiming to reduce property taxes were approved by a wide margin on Saturday.
Both propositions passed with more than 85% support, including one that will save Texas homeowners money on their property tax bills.
The first proposition looks to reduce the amount of taxes that elementary and secondary public schools could impose on homeowners who are elderly or disabled. The changes will go into effect on January 1, 2023, and are estimated to cost more than $744 million between 2024 and 2026.
The second proposed constitutional amendment will increase the amount of the homestead exemption from $25,000 to $40,000. The proposal would save homeowners an average of $176 on their property tax bill, the Texas Tribune reported.
Both amendments garnered bipartisan support from the Texas Legislature and were expected to pass as property taxes have become a major issue for homeowners with property values skyrocketing in the last few years. In Bexar County, home appraisals are up by an average of 28%.
Property owners can check to see if they are claiming all exemptions they qualify for, such as homestead, over-65, and disabled veterans, by visiting the district’s website bcad.org.
Several area school districts and cities had bond elections on Saturday but not all passed. See a list of results below.
The bond will pay for upgrading more than 20 existing Northside ISD schools, some of which are decades old. The largest part of the proposal allots $645.5 million to be invested in schools such as John Jay, Holmes and Taft high schools.
NISD Superintendent Dr. Brian Woods said this bond proposal is urgent because costs are only increasing.
“Inflation is real, especially in the construction market and delaying these projects just means they cost more in the future,” Woods told KSAT 12. “Unfortunately, the need for them is not going to go away, if anything they are going to be more acute.
Woods previously explained how the bond works:
“A bond proposal for a school district is exactly the same as a mortgage for you and I. Most of us can’t afford to buy a home with cash or our normal operating dollars, so we go approach a bank and seek to borrow money, and we pay that back over time,” Woods said. “A bond issue is a very similar thing. The difference is the school district has to ask voter permission in order to do that.”
The school district has said the bond program will not include a tax increase.
SAN ANTONIO – In this midterm election year, Bexar County residents will vote on representatives on the local, state and national levels.But it all starts with the primary election, and early voting begins on Monday.From Monday, Feb. 14 through Friday, Feb. 25 ...
SAN ANTONIO – In this midterm election year, Bexar County residents will vote on representatives on the local, state and national levels.
But it all starts with the primary election, and early voting begins on Monday.
From Monday, Feb. 14 through Friday, Feb. 25 (with the exception of Presidents Day on Feb. 21), voters can head to more than 30 polling places to cast their ballots during early voting. See the list and map of polling places, plus early voting hours below.
For those who do not make it to the polls during the early voting period, the primary election day is March 1.
Voters in Bexar County can cast a ballot at any polling place during early voting and on election day.
Some people may be eligible to vote by mail, but absentee/mail-in ballots must be postmarked or delivered by hand by 7 p.m. March 1 on election day.
The last day to apply for a ballot via mail is Feb. 18. For more information about voting by mail, click here.
Here’s what else you need to know about early voting in Bexar County.
Note that these sites are subject to change.
To check if you are eligible to vote, click here. The last day to register to vote in the March 1 primary was Jan. 31.
If you missed the deadline, however, there are still other important elections this spring.
The local/county elections and state constitutional amendment election and the primary runoff election take place in May, and the deadlines to register to vote in those elections aren’t until April. Click here for other key election dates.
In the primary election, local voters will decide on the races for Texas governor, Bexar County judge, Bexar County district attorney, Texas Attorney General and commissioners for Precincts 3 and 4. For a full list of races to watch, click here.
Acceptable forms of ID include a Texas driver license, a Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS, a Texas personal identification card issued by DPS, a Texas handgun license issued by DPS, a U.S. military ID card with a photo, a U.S. citizenship certificate containing with a photo, or a U.S. passport.
Your ID may be expired no more than four years unless you’re 70-years-old, and then the acceptable form of ID can be expired for any length of time.
If a voter has one of the acceptable forms of IDs but forgets to bring it to the polling place, the voter can vote provisionally. That voter will then have six days to present a photo ID to the county voter registrar or fill out a natural disaster affidavit, or the vote will not count.
If you do not have one of the acceptable forms of ID and cannot reasonably obtain one, you can fill out a Reasonable Impediment Declaration at your place of voting and must show one of the following supporting forms of ID:
Voters with a disability may apply with the county voter registrar for a permanent exemption to the photo ID requirement.