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We know that for some families, making the move to in-home care for ailing loved ones can be a difficult decision. You are faced with the fact that your relative is getting older and may not be able to take care of themselves, and hiring outside help for someone you love can be scary. It is normal to feel this way before seeking the help of professional home caregivers, but choosing the right company is the first step in providing quality care for your loved one.

Best In-Home Care is a family-run business that provides professional, educated, loving, and passionate caregivers for in-home care in Lubbock, Texas.

Five Myths About In-Home Health Care, And Why They Are Not True

Myth #1 – Professional caregivers don’t care about their patients.

Why it’s only a myth: Professional caretakers dedicate their lives to caring for people they aren’t even related to! Just like a teacher, doctor, nurse, or other person in the caregiving profession, these caregivers love their patients and are committed to helping them live their best lives – that’s why they got into the business. Being a caregiver is a lot of work, and these passionate caretakers wouldn’t be doing this if they didn’t love what they do.

Myth #2 – In-Home care is only for really sick people.

Why it’s only a myth: While seniors who suffer chronic illness may need in-home care, this type of care is really for anyone. Many seniors need assistance doing daily activities, such as household chores, personal care, and running errands. Best In-Home Care provides caregivers for all levels of assistance.

Myth #3 – In-home caregivers cannot provide 24/7 care.

Why it’s only a myth: Many people believe that if their aging or ailing parent needs around-the-clock care, then their only option is to put them in a nursing home. But that is simply not true. Best In-Home Care services are available for anywhere between a few hours a week, to 24/7 live-in care, depending on the needs of your loved one. Just because someone needs professional care day and night, doesn’t mean that they need to leave the comfort of their homes.

Myth #4 – Home care is too expensive.

Why it’s only a myth: The price for in-home care and full-time facility care is actually quite comparable.  Also Best In-Home Care accepts the Veterans’ Benefit and most long-term care insurances.  Contact us to find out if your loved one is covered!

Myth #5 – I don’t need help taking care of my loved one.

Why it’s only a myth: Caring for an aging loved one shouldn’t be a 24-hour job. We don’t expect our caregivers work 24 hours straight, and neither should you. Constantly being “on-call” for your loved one can be detrimental to your health and happiness because you need time to care for yourself as well. Our home health care program offers respite care for those who have taken it upon themselves to care for their loved one.

Choose Best In-Home Health Care For Your Loved Ones In Lubbock

If you are looking for quality, professional in-home health care in Lubbock, Texas, Best In-Home Care is for you. It says right in our name that we are the BEST provider of in-home health care for seniors and ailing loved ones. Help your loved one retain their freedom and independence by scheduling a free in-home assessment today!

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Best In-Home Care is grateful for the service that veterans and their spouses have given our country, and provide Veteran’s Benefits for qualifying service members who need in-home senior care. While in-home care is often covered for veterans, many veterans do not seek assistance in their own home. This can be for several reasons. While our military today works hard to encourage veterans to seek help for mental and physical illnesses that may or may not be a result of wartime experiences, many older veterans come from an era where accepting help is a sign of weakness. While most veterans qualify for benefits, they would rather struggle on their own than admit they need assistance. This is why it is important to choose a senior care company that is committed to providing veterans with the care they deserve while maintaining their dignity every step of the way. Best In-Home Care offers veteran-specific care ranging from meal preparation to transportation and personal hygiene. Our caregivers for veterans are aware that some vets may feel embarrassed about needing help, and ensure that their patients are treated with the utmost respect that they deserve.

Another reason that many veterans and their families do not seek in-home elder care is because there is a lot of confusion around who is qualified for benefits. Best In-Home Care offers application assistance to help make the process less complicated and ensure that you or your loved one receive proper care. Some qualifications to receive veteran benefits include wartime services during WWII, or the Korean, Vietnam, or Gulf Wars. The veteran must have honorable discharge, and have served for at least 90 days on active duty with at least one day served during wartime. There are a few other qualifications, but veterans who meet the qualifications are eligible for in-home care for themselves, spouses, or widows.

Benefits Of In-Home Care For Veterans

There are benefits to at-home care for seniors that translate especially well to veterans and spouses of veterans. Veterans and spouses whose partner has passed away can benefit from having another person in the home simply for the company. Many seniors become isolated as they age, even when they have family members who visit them. A caregiver can provide conversation and companionship as well as care. Even if your veteran and their spouse are both living, a caregiver can help ease the responsibility from the other partner. Many spouses sacrifice their own health and well-being to take care of their partner. A caregiver can release this burden and allow the veteran and their spouse to enjoy their time together without worrying about things like cooking, cleaning, and transportation.

In-home senior care also allows for veterans to maintain dignity and live in their own homes. Many families dread the day they have to put their aging parents or siblings “in a home” when they can no longer take care of themselves. A Best In-Home Care, you have the option of part-time care, or 24/7 care if needed. This allows veterans and their spouses to stay in their own homes and maintain a normal life while still receiving the help they need.

Choose Best In-Home Care For Veterans In Lubbock

If your spouse, sibling, or parent is a veteran who needs help with daily living, contact Best In-Home Care for a free in-home evaluation. We are dedicated to providing veterans with compassionate care to maintain their dignity and well-being as they age. Give us a call today to find out more about our services.

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We know that you have options when it comes to choosing an in-home care provider for yourself or your loved one, and we thank you for considering Best In-Home Care. Our standard is in our name – we like to provide the best home care for seniors and respite care for elderly family members throughout Lubbock. But don’t just take our word for it. Take a few moments to read these reviews from the satisfied families of our patients.

Best In-Home Care Reviews in Lubbock, Texas

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“The care my mother is receiving is excellent… The caregivers are very kind, understanding and are good at keeping me informed. All of the staff are warm and responsive. When my mother needed more help, they were quick to find additional help. I could not be happier with how well this is working. Best of all, my mother is happy!”

-Kristi S, Top Rated Local Review

Hi, Kristi. Thank you so much for your kind review. We feel like your review truly emcompasses what we try to do here at Best In-Home Care, which is to keep your loved ones in their homes, ensure they are living their happiest life, and make the entire process easy on you. Thanks for entrusting us with the care of your mother.

“I am very thankful that we chose Best In-Home Care. My dad wanted to stay at home and we were able to accomplish this with the help of the team at Best In-Home Care. Our caregiver was extremely kind and compassionate with my dad and he never wanted for anything.”

Kathy C., Yelp Review

Hello, Kathy. Thanks so much for your review. Our goal is always to provide the best care for our patients and make the process easy on family members, and we’re thankful we could achieve that with your dad. We treat our patients with respect and dignity, while still, as you said, making sure they never want for anything.

Elizabeth is wonderful with our Mother. She brings out the playfulness. Thank you for sending her our way.

Len K., Facebook Review

Len, thanks for your review! We take the name “Best In-Home Care” seriously. We don’t provide mediocre home care, or adequate home care, or even good in-home care. We provide the best senior in-home care for the citizens of Lubbock, and that includes doing things that “bring out the playfulness” of your loved ones. We don’t just help them live their daily lives, we help them thrive.

Not only do we provide home care for seniors in Lubbock, but we are also an employer of some of the most wonderful and compassionate caregivers around (as you can see from the reviews above). We know there are people in Lubbock looking for caregiver jobs, and wanted to highlight a review from one of the great caregivers who work with us.

“This is one of the best companies I’ve ever had the privilege of working for… They sent me a birthday card on my birthday and a card of condolences whenever I lost my grandfather in law, I’ve never had a company do that, right there meant so much to me. The people in the office are amazing, Ana is willing to do anything for her employees like come to get you and take you to work at midnight because you have a flat and pick you up and take you home the next morning… I am proud to say I am an employee of Best in Home Care.”

Fawn S, Facebook Review

Fawn, first of all it has been a pleasure having you on our team! We know that the better we treat our caregivers, they better care they can provide to their patients. At Best In-Home Care, we (caregivers, patients, and our patients’ loved ones) are all one big family, and we treat each other as such.

Choose Best In-Home Care For Your Loved Ones In Lubbock

As you can see, we take pride in what we do and provide more-than-excellent respite services and in-home care for you or your loved ones in Lubbock. Contact us today for a free in-home assessment.

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What truly sets us apart from other senior care agencies is our caregivers. We believe that we have the best caregivers in Texas and, not to toot our own horn, but probably the country. So what makes Best In-Home Care caregivers different? It all starts with our hiring process.

A Strict Hiring Process For Caregivers

When hiring caregivers, we have incredibly high standards because we provide incredible service. First and foremost, our potential caregivers must have a true, genuine, and compassionate love for working with the elderly. This isn’t just a job to pay the bills – this is a career journey based out of warmth and the desire to make people’s lives better.

Because our caregivers work one-on-one with patients and are often alone with them, our caregivers must have exceptionally clean records for criminal and motor vehicle background checks. We do not hire caregivers with a recent history of drug or alcohol abuse, or who carry a contagious disease such as tuberculosis that could risk the health of your loved one.

We Provide The Best Training For Caregivers

In order to provide the best care, our caregivers should be familiar with the best practices for in-home health care for seniors. Best In-Home Care provides training for new caregivers. This allows us to hire caregivers who might not be experienced or licensed for in-home health care, but still have a passion and eagerness to provide elderly care in Lubbock.

Through our training, caregivers can become Certified Companion Aides (CCAs), an exclusive program that stems from a nursing assistant program where essential care subjects are covered in-depth, from understanding aging to infection control to maintaining a safe and healthy home environment and more. All of this helps our caregivers to not only meet a patient’s physical needs, but also meet their emotional, nutritional, and social needs.

Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Best In-Home Care Caregiver?

If you have true compassion for our elderly neighbors and want to provide dignified home care for them as they age, we encourage you to apply to be a Best In-Home Care caregiver. We are looking for caregivers who are compassionate, loving, respectful, and dependable in order to give the best care to our patients. If you are interested in starting a career as an at-home caregiver in Lubbock, apply to work with Best In-Home Care today. If you are seeking a loving and kind caregiver for an aging parent or loved one, contact us today for a free in-home assessment.

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Taking care of a loved one can be stressful and we understand that here at Best In-Home Care LLC. As much as you want a moment to yourself, you can’t stand the thought of not being there for your family member in the case that something went wrong. While we completely understand this, we also know that there is a way for you to take some time off while not having to worry about your loved one.

Respite care is a service that allows family members to take a break for a few hours a week, a few hours a day or more. This service is productive because it will let you take a break from the considerable stress that you experience from taking care of your loved one. We also understand that it can be stressful to decide is respite services are right for you and your family, so we have made a list of ways that you can prepare yourself before you start respite care.

Step 1: Figure Out What You Need

The first and the most important step of this process is figuring out what you need. Do you need one whole day off during the week? Or do you just need a couple hours a day? This is an important step because, in order to be able to take care of your loved one, you need to take care of yourself and allow yourself time to rest and recuperate.

While it’s important for you to determine the amount of time that you need every week to take care of yourself, it’s also important to make a list of what your loved one needs. Does your loved one need therapy? Meals cooked for them? Exercise? Once you have determined both your own needs and the needs of your loved one, it might be time to contact an in-home care company.

Step 2: Meet Your Caregiver

Now that you’ve determined what you need, and contacted an in-home care company, it is time to meet your caregiver and tell them what you need. We understand it might be hard for you to relax for a while, after all, you’ve had to do everything yourself; you aren’t used to taking a step back. While we know that it will be hard for you to relax, you have nothing to worry about because our caregivers are the most professional, reliable and friendly caregivers in the industry.

When you meet our caregiver, please don’t hesitate to ask any questions that you have because as we are here to help you relax while providing you with peace of mind. Also, don’t be scared to tell us everything that your loved one needs so that we can ensure the best quality of care.

Step 3: Relax!

Now that we are there, you have nothing to worry about! Enjoy your break, and we will take care of your loved one.

Respite care is the perfect way to take a break and take care of yourself while also ensuring that you loved one is taken care of, and at Best In-Home Care LLC we are here to provide you with that service. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for a free in-home assessment.

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In the last century, the number of Americans over the age of 65 has increased nearly tenfold. This distinct population growth can be attributed to the modern quality of life as well as modern medical technologies. With people over 65 living longer, it brings up the unavoidable discussion of where the best place for you to grow old is; your home, or in a nursing home.

While talking about growing old is never comfortable, it is an important thing to do because nobody wants to get caught off guard without a place to live when your health inevitably declines. Studies show that more than 90 percent of seniors want to stay in their home for as long as possible. With Best In-Home Care LLC, staying in the comfort of your own home is now possible.

What To Expect

With home care services you can expect a couple things right off the bat. You will be comfortable, and you will feel at home. Unlike live-in care facilities, you will be able to experience a sense of independence and familiarity, both very important aspects that contribute to overall happiness. People that experience the familiarity of their own home during care are 25 percent less likely to visit the doctor than those at live-in care facilities. In fact, people returning to their home after hospitalization are associated with longer lives and a lower risk of rehospitalization. In-home care can also save you money after a visit to the hospital. According to the Journal of the American Geriatrics Association, when a senior returned to their own home after heart failure is likely to have 35 percent less medical bills than someone returning to a live-in facility.


The Three Largest Benefits of Home Care Assistance

Greater convenience

The most convenient part of receiving your care at home is that you don’t have to go out of your way at all. You’ve worked hard your whole life, it’s time that you let someone else do the hard work for you. Kick your feet up and relax.

Better Quality of Life

One of the largest benefits of home care assistance is that you will be more likely to have a high quality of life, something very important and relevant to the longevity of your life. There is a popular saying that states “It’s the quality of life, not length, that matters,” but at Best In-Home Care LLC we say “Why not have both?”

Lower Medical Bills

With home care services, you are less likely to be hospitalized, or re-hospitalized once you get to leave. By staying home, you are actually avoiding a huge amount of bills while living in the freedom and comfort of your own home.

Live Your Best Life With In-Home Care

If you care about your independence but know that you need help contact us at Best In-Home Care LLC. It is our goal to help you maintain your independence for as long as possible in the comfort and familiarity of your own home.

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As we have discussed in previous blog posts, in-home senior care is an incredibly beneficial service to have for your aging loved ones. Caregivers dedicate their time to making the lives of others easier and more tolerable, but there are also benefits to being a caregiver. In today’s Best In-Home Care blog post, we are going to talk about being a caregiver, and the benefits and positive experience that you may gain during your time as a caregiver.

How Can Being a Caregiver Benefit you?

The Reward of Seeing Progress

As a caregiver, you tend to spend a lot of time with your patients. Whether it be respite care or elder care, you are bound to develop relationships with those that you care for. As you care for your patients, you learn the intricacies of their schedule and the way that they carry themselves through their difficult times. As you spend more time with a patient, you may notice that they become more receptive to certain activities and their overall demeanor may change.

One of the most valuable things that a caregiver can experience is noticing these positive changes, as you will understand that you have truly made a positive impact in a person’s life. At Best In-Home Care here in Lubbock, we take pride in our caregivers and the positive relationships that they form with our clients.

Acquire New Knowledge

While this might seem cliche, our elders know a thing-or-two that we don’t, being that they have been around a lot longer than we have. As a caregiver, you primarily take care of your patient’s day-to-day activities, but you are bound to spark up conversations that just might lead to you learning something that you might not have ever learned if it hadn’t been for your patient.  

You Will Stay In Shape

We won’t lie to you, being a caregiver is an extremely demanding job, both mentally and physically, but as you work in the field of elderly care, you just might be able to cancel your gym membership. Caring for the elderly consists of many physically demanding jobs like helping your patient out of bed, helping them get dressed,  and helping them with various sorts of mobility around the house. After performing these sorts of tasks with frequency, you may just notice yourself getting stronger, as you are working for two.

Elder Care In Lubbock

Here at Best In-Home Care LLC, our caregivers work tirelessly to provide senior home care services to those in need. In doing so, our caregivers gain experience and knowledge from their patients as they develop relationships with them.

If at any point you think to yourself “Senior care seems like something that I may be interested in,” don’t hesitate to submit an application.  We are always accepting applications for prospective caregivers to help us provide senior services here in Lubbock.

At Best-In-Home Care, we provide a multitude of senior services ranging from respite care to simple house cleaning,  allowing the elderly to live comfortable and independent lives in their own homes. If you, your loved one, or anyone you might know needs elder care in Lubbock please check out our services today.

If you find yourself interested in the services that we provide, contact us for a free in-home assessment.

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