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 Rockville, MD 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 Rockville, MD. 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 Rockville, MD, 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 Rockville, MD 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 Rockville,MD 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
Leaders in Rockville are considering the idea of lowering the voting age for local elections from 18 to 16 years old.It would follow in the footsteps of other Maryland communities that have done the same thing, including Takoma Park, which in 2013 became the f...
Leaders in Rockville are considering the idea of lowering the voting age for local elections from 18 to 16 years old.
It would follow in the footsteps of other Maryland communities that have done the same thing, including Takoma Park, which in 2013 became the first city in the country to lower its voting age to 16.
“We were looking at making changes to try to increase the number of voters that participated in city elections,” said Tim Male, who was a member of the Takoma Park City Council from 2011 to 2017.
Male was one of the main advocates who pushed for the change.
“I started digging into the topic, which hadn’t been done yet in the United States, but is not uncommon in the rest of the world,” Male said. “It just seemed like a great idea.”
While critics of the idea say younger people aren’t mature enough to vote, Male argued that 16- and 17-year-olds drive, have jobs and care about their communities.
“There are a whole bunch of issues that matter to them and what we found out in Takoma Park was that they vote in really high numbers,” Male said.
Other Maryland towns that have lowered the voting age to 16 for local elections include Hyattsville, Greenbelt, Mount Rainier and Riverdale Park.
Male said that if Rockville were to lower its voting age, it would “become maybe the biggest in the country in terms of the size of the city and the number of 16- and 17-year-olds who could vote.”
Rockville leaders plan to hold public hearings in the coming weeks as they consider the idea.
In 2018, the D.C. Council decided not to more forward with legislation that would have given 16- and 17-year-olds the right to vote in the nation’s capital.
That was despite a report on the bill from the D.C. Council’s Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, which argued that because 16-year-olds can take on “adult” responsibilities, they should be afforded the ability to influence an election.
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Looking for a fun way to celebration New Year's Eve in Rockville? We've got you covered.ROCKVILLE, MD — Rockville residents have a number of options on how to celebrate New Year's Eve, some are even family-friendly.Start New Year's Eve early with Critters & Cocoa at the Croydon Creek Nature Center, which is locate at 852 Avery Road in Rockville. From 10-11 a.m., on Dec. 31, ring the new year in with the na...
ROCKVILLE, MD — Rockville residents have a number of options on how to celebrate New Year's Eve, some are even family-friendly.
Start New Year's Eve early with Critters & Cocoa at the Croydon Creek Nature Center, which is locate at 852 Avery Road in Rockville. From 10-11 a.m., on Dec. 31, ring the new year in with the nature center's animals and a cup of hot cocoa.
Looking for another family-friendly event? Montgomery Parks is hosting a Happy Noon Year's Eve event from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., on Dec. 31, at Meadowside Nature Center, which is located at 5100 Meadowside Lane in Rockville.
Maryland's Department of Natural Resources is hosting First Day Hikes at its state parks. On Dec. 31, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., take a hike around Seneca Creek State Park at 11950 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20841
Here is a look at some additional events happening near Rockville:
In the United States, one of the most popular New Year’s Eve traditions is, of course, the dropping of the giant ball in New York City’s Times Square. Various cities have adopted their own iterations of the event — the Peach Drop in Atlanta, the Chick Drop in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and the giant Potato Drop in Boise, Idaho.
The end of one year and beginning of another is often celebrated with the singing of “Auld Lang Syne,” a Scottish folk song whose title roughly translates to “days gone by,” according to Encyclopedia Britannica and History.com.
The history of New Year’s resolutions dates back 8,000 years to ancient Babylonians, who would make promises to return borrowed objects and pay outstanding debts at the beginning of the new year, in mid-March when they planted their crops.
According to legend, if they kept their word, pagan gods would grant them favor in the coming year. If they broke the promise, they would fall out of God’s favor, according to a history of New Year’s resolutions compiled by North Hampton Community College New Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Many secular New Year’s resolutions focus on imagining new, improved versions of ourselves. The failure rate of New Year’s resolutions is about 80 percent, according to U.S. News & World Report. There are myriad reasons, but a big one is they’re made out of remorse for gaining weight, for example, and aren’t accompanied by a shift in attitude and a plan to meet the stress and discomfort of changing a habit or condition.
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See what services will be closed in Rockville and Montgomery County for Christmas and the day after Christmas this year.ROCKVILLE, MD — Christmas is on a Sunday this year, meaning that most Montgomery County and Rockville City offices will be closed on Monday, Dec. 26 to celebrate the holiday.Make sure to check out when libraries are closed, alterations to train and bus schedules, and other changes that will happen from Dec. 24-26.Below are the openings and closures to know for the Christmas weekend in Rockville ...
ROCKVILLE, MD — Christmas is on a Sunday this year, meaning that most Montgomery County and Rockville City offices will be closed on Monday, Dec. 26 to celebrate the holiday.
Make sure to check out when libraries are closed, alterations to train and bus schedules, and other changes that will happen from Dec. 24-26.
Below are the openings and closures to know for the Christmas weekend in Rockville and Montgomery County:
Montgomery County and Rockville City office buildings: Closed Dec. 24-26.
State offices and courts: Closed Dec. 26.
Post offices: Closed on Dec. 26.
State Motor Vehicle Administration offices and Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program stations: Closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 26.
Libraries: Closed Dec. 25-26.
Alcohol Beverage Services: All stores will be open Saturday, Dec. 24, on a holiday schedule of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stores will be closed Sunday, Dec. 25. Stores will be open regular hours on Dec. 26.
County-operated COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Clinics: Clinics at UpCounty Regional Services Center in Germantown, Dennis Avenue Center in Silver Spring and the East County Regional Services Center will be open on Monday, Dec. 26. All sites will be closed for testing and vaccinations Dec. 24-25. Montgomery College-Rockville campus and Germantown campus testing and vaccination sites will be closed from Dec. 24 to Jan. 2.
Department of Permitting Services: All offices, including customer service lobby, are closed on Dec. 26.
Ride On: Operates a Saturday schedule until 10 p.m. on Dec. 24. Operates on a Sunday schedule on Dec. 25-26. All schedules can be found at Routes and Schedules.
Ride On extRa and Ride On Flex: Not in service Dec. 24-26.
Flash: Will operate on a weekend schedule Dec. 24-26 (Orange Line only).
MARC Train and Commuter Bus: See schedules at https://www.mta.maryland.gov/schedule?type=marc-train.
TRiPS Silver Spring commuter store: Closed Dec. 25-26.
TRiPS: Mobile Commuter Store: Closed Dec. 25-26.
Metrorail: Trains will operate from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 24, from 7 a.m. to midnight on Sunday, Dec. 25, and from 7 a.m. to midnight on Monday, Dec. 26.
Metrobus: Buses will operate on their Sunday schedule on Dec. 25-26.
Public Parking Garages, Lots, Curbside Meters: Posted rates and restrictions in effect on Dec. 24. Parking is free on Dec 26.
County-provided trash and recycling: Regular collection schedules on Dec. 26.
Shady Grove Transfer Station and Recycling Center: Entire facility closed on Dec. 25. Transfer Station and Recycling Center open on Dec. 26.
Aquatic Centers: Will close at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 24. Will be closed on Sunday, Dec. 25. Open on Monday, Dec. 26.
Community Recreation Centers: Will close at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 24. Closed on Dec. 25-26.
Senior Centers: Closed Dec. 26.
Montgomery Parks: Visit MontgomeryParks.org for complete information. Additional schedule changes include:
Find out when you can pick up those last-minute Christmas dinner additions from Safeway, Giant and Amazon Fresh in Rockville.ROCKVILLE, MD — Families across Rockville are preparing to gather this Christmas, when many will enjoy good company, lots of presents and the perfect holiday meal.In our quest to make that perfect holiday meal, it’s quite possible we’ll forget an item or two on our grocery lists. While many grocery stores in Rockville will close on Christmas Day, a few will be open for those last-minut...
ROCKVILLE, MD — Families across Rockville are preparing to gather this Christmas, when many will enjoy good company, lots of presents and the perfect holiday meal.
In our quest to make that perfect holiday meal, it’s quite possible we’ll forget an item or two on our grocery lists. While many grocery stores in Rockville will close on Christmas Day, a few will be open for those last-minute additions to the menu. Most also will be open Christmas Eve.
Here are the hours for grocery stores that will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, along with those that won’t. As always, Patch encourages you to call ahead to your local store to confirm hours at that location.
Aldi: ALDI stores are closed on Christmas Day. However, ALDI stores will operate limited hours on Christmas Eve and will close by 7 p.m.
Amazon Fresh: Amazon Fresh stores are open Christmas Eve from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and closed on Christmas Day. On Monday, Dec. 26, Amazon Fresh stores are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Costco: Some stores will be open for limited hours on Christmas Eve, and all stores will be closed Christmas Day. Call ahead to confirm hours with your local store.
CVS: While many CVS Pharmacy locations, including 24 hours locations, will remain open on Christmas, some pharmacy hours may be reduced or locations closed for the holiday. Customers are encouraged to call ahead to confirm hours at their preferred locations.
Food Lion: Stores will be open until 6 p.m. Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
Giant Food: Stores will close at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Stores will be closed on Christmas Day.
Harris Teeter: All stores will open at their regular time and close at 7 p.m. Christmas Eve. Stores are closed Christmas Day.
Lidl: Most stores will close at 7 p.m. Christmas Eve and remain closed through Christmas Day.
Safeway: Most stores will be open on Christmas Eve at reduced hours. Some stores will close Christmas Day while others will be open until 5 p.m. or 7 p.m. Call ahead to your preferred location to confirm hours.
Sam’s Club: Stores will be open until 6 p.m. Christmas Eve and will be closed on Christmas Day.
ShopRite: Hours will vary by location. Call ahead to your local store to confirm hours.
Target: Most stores will close at 8 p.m. Christmas Eve. All stores are closed Christmas Day.
Trader Joe’s: All stores will close at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve. Stores are closed Christmas Day.
Walgreens: Walgreens stores will be open regular business hours on Christmas Eve. Pharmacy hours will vary by location. All 24-hour locations will remain open 24 hours. On Christmas Day, most stores will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., while 24-hour Walgreens locations and 24-hour pharmacies will remain open. Customers can check their local store hours using this store locator.
Walmart: Stores will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Stores are closed Christmas Day.
Whole Foods: Stores will be open on Christmas Eve, but hours will vary by location. Call ahead to your preferred store to confirm hours. All stores are closed Christmas Day.