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How to Spot the Family Best Care Difference

It’s easy to tell good care from bad, but it’s not always as easy to discern what distinguishes great care from good. Do you know how to spot the difference? Here are a few things to consider:

First, ask yourself whether your needs are met. Simple, to be sure, but you may be surprised by how often typical care services only partially fulfill the scope of what you need. Many customers come to us after years of settling with other providers, having gotten accustomed to the feeling of being unsatiated.

Second, muse on the ways that this care has bettered the lives of those it affects. More than simply safe and secure, are your loved one’s lives enriched and actively better because of this care? Can you honestly and confidently declare that its effects are transformative, elevating the experiences and existence of those involved?

Lastly, do you find yourself wondering about whether the care in question is doing what you need it to? Is there room for doubt? If so, perhaps you have your answer. The ultimate care is so all-encompassing, so assuring, that you find yourself forgetting that you need it at all!

At Family Best Care, we strive for and deliver exceptional service. There is no question about it, the difference is obvious! Contact us today at [email protected] or (425) 647-8510 to start your journey today!

Who is the Family Best Care Client?

We can’t believe that we are nearing the halfway point of 2021! As we all reevaluate our needs and priorities, you may be wondering whether our services are right for you. Did you know that Family Best Care offers a wide range of assistance for a variety of customers? It’s true! Here’s the kind of people we serve:


Independent elders: Looking for some light assistance or support for an otherwise capable and active senior? We offer short-term support services like errands and transportation and concierge services like booking appointments and facilitating medication reminders.


People looking for in-home care: Do you have a family member or friend sequestered away in a home care facility? Our in-home care team provides compassionate and rigorous care that is leaps and bounds above the attention that can be received in a stuffy facility.  
Busy people needing help around the house: Need help washing dishes, making beds or doing some light cleaning? We’ve got you covered!


There are so many ways we can help you and your loved ones. Your needs are unique, and so are our offerings. We would be happy to curate a specialized package of services to meet your needs and support you to the fullest potential.

Contact us today at[email protected] or (425) 647-8510 to learn more and discuss next steps!

Home Improvements and Modifications for Aging in Place

by Julia Weaver

Now more than ever before, we’re seeing more adults choosing to live at home as they grow in years, or what is known as aging in place. Living at home helps aging adults maintain their lifestyle for as long as possible, rather than moving into a nursing home or assisted care center. In fact, three-quarters of adults 50 years and older would prefer to remain in their homes as they age, according to a survey by AARP. Though many of us won’t be able to live independently forever, home modifications will allow your loved ones to continue to live in their home longer by creating a more manageable environment. Whether they’re living in a single-story condo in Dallas, TX  or a three-story home in Portland, OR, there are modifications that can be made to every home to help make daily tasks a little easier.

Helpful home modifications

As we grow older our bodies and capabilities change, and not all homes are designed to support this challenge we’ll face. A lot of times doorways are too narrow, bathrooms too small, floors too slippery, and kitchen cabinets too high to reach. For aging adults, a home designed for optimal accessibility, convenience, and safety is imperative to avoid falls or serious injuries. 

Optimizing a home for safe and comfortable living while creating a home environment that makes getting around easier is essential for aging in place. That’s why we’ve gathered the most common home modifications, from simple adjustments to larger remodeling projects.

General Home modifications to aid in mobility

  • Install handrails. For aging in place, add handrails to stairs, hallways, bedrooms, and bathrooms for extra balance.
  • Upgrade the lighting. Replace existing bulbs with LED bulbs to increase visibility. Consider installing touch-activated lamps, and placing night lights in the bedroom, bathroom, and hallways.
  • Install lever door handles. Switch out standard round doorknobs for lever-style handles. These do not require the same level of grip.
  • Install a stairlift. This is a great alternative when walking up stairs becomes more difficult. Install light switches at the top and bottom of the stairs to prevent your loved one from using the stairs in the dark.
  • Install automated blinds. This style of window treatment allows aging adults to adjust their blinds without having to stand up.
  • Create an open floor plan. Make wide passageways throughout the home with little obstruction. Widen doorways and hallways if your loved one uses a walker or wheelchair to navigate their home.
  • Replace hardwood, tile, laminate, or vinyl flooring for carpet. If your loved one doesn’t use a wheelchair, carpet will be most forgiving and provides more floor consistency.

For the living room

  • Rearrange furniture and remove clutter. To avoid tripping hazards, be sure furniture placement leaves plenty of space to move about the room safely.
  • Install anti-slip mats. Add strips to the bottom of rugs to increase traction and reduce the chances of tripping.
  • Replace unsteady furniture. Discard furniture that wobbles to prevent falls, and add plastic bumpers to the sharp edges on furniture pieces.

For the kitchen

  • Keep daily-use items accessible. Store small appliances, cookware, and tableware between waist and shoulder height to avoid the need to crouch down or use a step stool.
  • Consider purchasing a stovetop with an automatic shut-off feature. Once the sensors fail to detect motion for an extended period of time, the stove will shut off.
  • Install a hands-free faucet and anti-scald device. Easily turn the water on and off with the wave of a hand, and install an anti-scald device to avoid the possibility of burns.
  • Replace kitchen cabinets and adjust counter and sink height. For more convenient storage space, install drawers, open shelving, or pull out shelves. Choose a counter height where it’s easy to prepare meals and wash dishes while sitting.
  • Adjust the location of major appliances. Place the oven, sink, and refrigerator as close to each other as possible.

For the bathroom

  • Add adhesive strips to a bath mat in showers and tubs. This can help prevent slipping on wet surfaces.
  • Install non-skid strips in case the flooring becomes slippery. Try to avoid ceramic tile as this can become slick when it’s wet.
  • Install a walk-in bathtub or a shower transfer bench. This can greatly reduce the chances of slipping and falling. Climbing in and out of a traditional bathtub or standing for an extended period of time may become more difficult. 
  • Install grab bars or rails in bathtubs and near the toilet. This will improve mobility and help to prevent falls.
  • Install a raised toilet seat. An elevated toilet seat decreases the distance between standing and sitting.

For the home’s exterior

  • Create at least one no-step entry into the home. Replace exterior stairs with a removable ramp for a smooth transition into and out of the home.
  • Add exterior lighting and landscape lighting. To avoid falling or tripping, add outdoor lighting to walkways and stairs.
  • Install handrails. Add handrails on both sides of walkways for extra support and balance.
  • Choose low maintenance materials. Opt for vinyl siding, metal roofing, composite decking, and low maintenance landscaping.
  • Install a security system. A home security system can give your loved one a sense of security and protection.

How to pay for home modifications 

While in the end, it’s generally less expensive to age in place as opposed to living in a senior living community, the upfront costs for a remodel can add up. Luckily there are resources and programs available, such as home improvement grants, equipment loans, and low-interest loans. 

You should also consider researching programs like Medicare Advantage, Non-Medicaid Government assistance and Medicaid HCBS Waivers, Veterans programs, and non-profit organizations for financial help. As you’re crunching the numbers, it’s important to remember that the cost associated with home modifications has two components: the labor cost and the materials cost. Oftentimes, the cost of labor for installing the equipment will not be covered by insurance.

Create a support system with senior care and services

Forming a support system for your loved one is a big part of aging in place. Besides the support from family members, it’s a good idea to consider senior care and services for your aging parent. There is a network of services available, including meal delivery, nurses, transportation, and house cleaning services. 

In-home care services are also offered at various levels depending on the situation. On days when you’re unavailable, an elder companion could spend time with your loved one to prevent social isolation. In-home caregivers can provide help with day-to-day activities like cooking, grooming, or shopping, while also making sure your loved one is safe in their home

Introduce technology into your loved one’s home

Assistive technology solutions, smart home features, and tech gadgets can be used to help simplify everyday tasks, promote independence, and stay safe while aging in place. There are all sorts of devices, like medical alert devices to signal for help, assistive seating devices to lift your loved one into the standing position, and smart bulbs that can be controlled remotely.

Individual results may vary.
This is not intended as a substitute for the services of a licensed and bonded home services professional.

This article originally appeared on Redfin.

Making Plans During Uncertain Times

Can you believe that March is already upon us? It’s true, friends. Time does not pass more slowly just because we need it to, nor does it get easier to transition through the seasons.  As we prepare to bid farewell to the first quarter of 2021, so many questions remain unanswered:


What is the lasting legacy and consequence of COVID-19?

How will we adapt and ensure that those we care most about remain safe and provided for?

Who can we rely on to help us?


First, what we know for sure at this point is that we have been changed in ways that can never be undone. This new way of life will likely be with us to some degree in perpetuity.  Heightened awareness of cleanliness and the added value of knowing your loved ones are in capable, well-trained hands, will continue to be a matter of life or death.


As for adaptation, you must trust in the same failsafe teams you always have. Family Best Care has never let you down yet, and rest assured you can trust us to maintain this level of service relentlessly.  Let our assured, consistent efforts be the peace of mind you need to focus on yourself rather than devoting fear and energy to worrying about your most treasured family members or friends.


You have relied on us before,  now all you need do is rely on us again. Contact us today at [email protected] or (425) 647-8510 to discuss the next steps for your needs!

How Our High-Level Response Time Makes A Difference

Having a caregiver onsite, in the home is not only a supreme convenience it is a logistical advantage.  Our team is ready and willing to assist with all matters with lightning-fast response times, keenly trained to anticipate all needs and address any issues without hesitation.  Consider these possibilities:


Would your loved one be better suited to be tucked away in a random room of a facility during their time of need, or mere footsteps from their personal caregiver, ready and willing to lend a hand?

When unique tasks or needs arise, do you want them added to an ongoing list designated for the entire client population and managed by an impersonal third party? Or would a one-on-one, instant response suit the needs of you and your loved ones better?

Should an emergency situation arise, God forbid, would you prefer to be dependent on whether your loved one happens to be in view of one of many, overworked attendants? Or would a personalized caregiver who is onsite and ready to spring into action immediately provide you vast greater assurance?

Of course, the answer is clear.  Personalized, in-home care with a designated, devoted caregiver offers the ultimate experience and peace of mind.  At Family Best Care, we can attend to your needs better than any impersonalized, overrun facility can. 

Contact us today at (425) 647 8510 or [email protected] to begin your journey!

Starting the New Year Off On The Right Foot

Welcome to 2021, friends!  As we embark on this new year we will face challenges, both new and old.  Family Best Care is equipped to help you handle each of these with our professional and thorough services.  Doesn’t now feel like the right time to start reclaiming your time and assuring yourself with the peace of mind that your loved ones are receiving the most substantial care they can?


Think of all that our teams can do.  Beyond the standard and vast list of professional services that we provide, think of the value of having a detailed and caring provider assisting you or your loved one in the comfort of their own home.  Can you put a price on such merits?  Perhaps not, but even still we think you will find that our is both manageable and competitive.


With so much uncertainty in the world, doesn’t it feel like a more suitable time than ever to equip yourself with the resources that can provide the best results?  There is no comparing facility support to a licensed, empathetic caregiver in your own home. The quality of care is, of course, vastly superior.  But more than that, the quality of life itself benefits immeasurably from being in a comfortable, familiar environment.


We would love to know more about your unique needs and how we can meet them. Contact us today at (425) 647 8510 or [email protected] to get started!

CREATING SOLUTIONS FOR THE LIMITATIONS OF FACILITY CARE DURING COVID-19

There is no greater pain than being separated from your loved ones, and the knowledge that they are sequestered away without access to the outside world.  Our relationships with our family and friends define us, fortify our strength and joy.  Without these connections, it is easy to slip into profound sadness and despair.

But for those who need the care and attention of professionals, how else to attend to them?  Well, the answer is clear: Family Best Care!
Our team of skilled and proficient caregivers is trained with the latest policies and is familiar with all the most updated CDC guidelines.  Their prowess and tools can facilitate peace of mind for you that your loved ones are totally safe and being provided with the utmost care in the comfort of their own home.  This means that you, too, will be able to access them and maintain this vital connection.

Home has always been where the heart is, and now it can be a sanctuary from COVID-19 as well. Secure your family and friends the care that they need, in the privacy of their own home.  In doing so you afford them not only optimal service and assistance provided by Family Best Care, but you make it possible to maintain your connection and sacred bond.

Contact us today to learn more!

WHAT COVID-19 REVEALS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF IN-HOME CARE

It’s no secret that in-home care is a sustainable and optimal choice for ensuring your loved ones receive the attention and support that they need.  But have you considered that now is an especially relevant time to consider services like ours?  With the lingering reality of COVID-19 ever-present, here are some considerations:

  1. Safety: Ensuring that your most vulnerable loved ones can relax in the comfort of their own home and minimizing the number of people they interact with is paramount to facilitating their continued well-being and safety.
  2. Consistency: Having a failsafe, trusted caregiver for all of your needs not only provides peace of mind, but an assurance of competence.  With Family Best Care, you can be confident that your provider is well-versed in the unique intricacies required to provide the care and attention your loved ones need and deserve.
  3. Comfort: Now, more than ever, this is paramount.  What could possibly be more ideal than the joy of living and enjoying your own home, knowing that you are safe and sound? This is a gift to your friends and family that cannot be replaced with any other factor.
  4. Family Ties: The ability to be near your loved ones, and afford them more time with those they love (rather than being sequestered away in a facility) is an immeasurable gift, now more than ever.  Let us help you keep them close!
  5. Peace of Mind: Knowing you are safe, and you know who the caregivers are. 

The threat of the virus remains very much central to how we make our decisions now, and perhaps for years to come.  Now is the time to make the decisions that will enact the most likely successes and peace of mind.  Family Best Care is here to support you, guide you and sustain your most valuable and treasured resources. Let us help you provide those that matter most with the care that will afford them the greatest opportunity to thrive. There is too much at stake not to.


Contact us today to learn more.

Family

Family.  What is it all about? Relationships. 


Many words come to mind when we posit on how to articulate the meaning of family.  Closeness, bonding, togetherness, trust, memories.  Family Best Care strongly believes in family values and strives to maintain the relational aspect of family by providing a peaceful home and friendly environment that nourishes our clients’ needs.  In doing so, we are able to dramatically improve their quality of life
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And what of the meaning of life?  We believe that life is a beautiful thing, the quality of which should be preserved.  But for all its value, worth and importance it is also delicate and fragile; therefore, it requires meticulous detailed care and attention. Often the small things make the most impact. An act of love, a gesture of kindness, an attitude of gratefulness, tenderness in our touch- these and so many other little details are the ways in which we honor and revere the sanctity of life through our work. We care, we feel, we love.

What then is the consequence of a life well-lived?  Joy, a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. Family Best Care helps create a joyful experience by adding quality to life. We take the worry off of your hands, the burden off of your shoulders and the load off of your feet. Contact us today and experience joyful care!


We are here for you.  If there are any needs we can help facilitate for you, please contact us today at (425) 647- 8510.

Exploring The In-Home Care Difference

You may be wondering, “What IS In-home care?  How does it differ from traditional medical care?”

Well, first and foremost, In-home care is not medical care.  Rather, it includes assistance with all activities of daily living (known as ADLs), both those vital and necessary as well as pertinent to social life and happiness.

There are many reasons that people elect to hire an In-home care provider, but here are the most consistent ones that we hear from our clients:

1. Your home is your sanctuary and represents what is familiar and comfortable.  The ease of being able to remain in your trusted, familiar environment is worth its weight in gold.

2. Having a 1-on-1 care provider who is just there for you and only you, to provide emotional support and help with all your needs and unique challenges is absolutely priceless.  The peace of mind provided cannot be compared!

3. In-home care provides a consistency that cannot be matched.  Having an organized agency with systems in place for optimizing care efficiency takes the burden of having to figure out logistics off of your shoulders and simply makes life easier.


Talk with us today about how we can best serve your needs.

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