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“ABC in Fletcher has an amazing team, and they made a huge difference for myself and my mother. We had them as in-home caregivers for 10 months. They are responsible, flexible and just a solid group with whom to work. I could reach them by phone immediately almost every time I needed to contact them. They handled billing and insurance claims and kept the caregiver plans absolutely up-to-date. As well as the regular RN visits. Jan, Mary and Melissa rock in addition to our caregivers. My only reason for not giving five stars has to do with the systemic challenge of finding enough caregivers. And in our case, caregivers who are proficient with Parkinson’s patients.”

Jennie G.

“I feel like I'm part of the family every time I'm there! A lovely bunch of ladies! The best quality care provider in the business!”

John Z.

“I have had many dealing with Always Best Care during my professional healthcare career. They have always provided great care to the seniors they serve. Jim and his team are great to work with and always go above and beyond not only in serving seniors but supporting many events in the community. I would highly recommend ABC for any in home needs.”

Bob P.

“I like working with Always Best Care Senior Services because the office staff are so nice and understanding and I have gotten to know them on a level that I know they are here to help me, when I need help or have a questions. From day one when I have called, they have ALL been here to help guide me and they have been there every time I’ve had a questions. Working for ABC has been an honor because I really do love the company and we have some sweet clients. The ladies that work in the office are amazing and without them I do not think our company would thrive like it does. When I did an application, it was on accident and then I got a phone call asking me to come in and interview and honestly I’m so blessed. I love my job because it is my passion to help people and to do what I can to make their daily living better and easier. I honestly don’t think there is anything that needs to change about ABC. I have never worked for such an amazing company before”

Craig R.

“I own a financial services business and share clients with Always Best Care. Recently, one of our shared clients experienced a fall which resulted in a broken hip. One of my first calls, after EMS, was to ABC. Mary Steiner responded immediately and offered to meet the client at the ER. She was wonderful and so very professional in the manner in which she handled the entire harrowing experience. She arranged for overnight care since the family had to arrive from out of town. I am so grateful for her genuine care for our client and stepping in during an emergency to help us handle the situation. I would recommend ABC for services because they absolutely go above and beyond with such a special touch. Robbie Chenault, Elevated Living Services”

Elevated L.

“I love working here! Jim truly cares about his clients and employees. The staff goes to great lengths to make sure that the clients are cared for. I am proud to represent Always Best Care.”

Sandra D.

“My husband was placed with always best care after leaving the hospital. he has received outstanding care from this company, The caretaker taking care of my husband did an outstanding job working with him , helping with daily care , cleaning, and his physical therapy, would recommend her and this company to anyone looking for home Assistant to take care of a loved one! Thank you always best care for being there for us and my family .”

Diane M.

“Always Best Care is one the best company’s to work for. Treats everyone like Family”

Danielle O.

“Always best care is very professional and they love the clients and their patients”

Javell F.

“From the first day that I started it was an experience to learn your ways but with all the staff people that I became aware of oh my gosh it was wonderful. I have been very pleased with Mary, Melissa, and Danielle of letting me decide if my clients are a perfect match for me and them. I am pleased that I chose this company. Jim is doing a very good job of hiring a amazing staff in the office to work with. Thanks to all!”

Vicki B.

“Absolutely the best staff. They come to the house for 4 hours to take care of my dad and are so friendly. My dad loves the attention. Thanks so much for seeing to the needs of dad.”

Tom J.

“My mom and her husband are 80 and 92 years old. They’ve both had Covid, pneumonia, and heart issues among many other things. Always Best Care sent out a caregiver named Pat. Pat is incredible! She cooks homemade meals for them, grocery shops for them, goes to the post office, bank, and anywhere else they need, helps with showers, takes them to church, and visits them when they have to go to the hospital or nursing home. Pat truly cares about them! It’s such a blessing to have a caregiver who really cares! They love her and she loves them! Pat is truly amazing and we are so grateful that Always Best Home Care sent her to our family!”

Lu A.

“It is a privilege to serve this company's clients and staff. I am impressed every day by the lengths that all will go to to make sure people's needs are met.”

Mary S.

“ABC Asheville was always prompt and responsive to our family needs. Mary was thoughtful and efficient in all communications.”

Joel A.

“Always Best Care has helped me grow so much as a person and it is truly the best company I have ever worked for.”

Melisa L.

“Great home care agency who really cares about their clients. Highly recommended.”

Nate R.

“I wanted to say thank you to all the ladies that helped look after Mom. I'm so appreciative. And thank you for all the times you helped me over the phone. I surely am thankful for your services!”

Becky C.

“I've been a business peer of Jim Smeaton's at Always Best Care Senior Serivces for several years. Jim is one of my favorite leaders in the local buiness community. This is because of his ethical and service-oriented mindset. I have seen first hand that Always Best Care, who specialize in providing personalized, in-home care for seniors, is the best way to keep your loved ones independent and safe in the comfort of their own home in order to maximize their quality of life. Thank you Jim & team for all you do for our community!”

Jared B.

“I’ve known Jim Smeaton and his company for several years. His energetic and genuinely caring spirit inspires Always Best Care which has an excellent reputation for always providing the best home care for it's clients. If your loved one needs support in living independently at home, you can't go wrong with Always Best Care.”

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How does In-home Senior Care in Candler, NC work?

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.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

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.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:


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 Candler, NC, 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.

Healthy Living
Healthy Living

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.

Cost and Convenience
Cost and Convenience

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 Candler, NC 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.

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Affordable Care Plans

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.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

Veteran's Benefits
Veteran's Benefits

Aid and Attendance benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance

Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.

Private Insurance
Private Insurance

Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.

Life Insurance
Life Insurance

Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.

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During your Care Plan consultation with Always Best Care, your Care Coordinator will speak with you about in-home care costs and what options there may be to help meet your budget needs.

Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers

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 Candler,NC 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.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

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


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

Latest News in Candler, NC

'We'd sure like to get some water back' Patience wears thin for some still without water

BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) — On Sunday afternoon, the City of Asheville lifted the boil water advisories for the southern areas affected by the water outage.'We'd sure like to get some water back' Patience wears thin for some still without waterThose at the Cliffs at Walnut Cove and those in western Buncombe County remained under an advisory, as of Sunday night.While lifted advisories are exciting for some, others still don’t even have the water to boil. Some of those people include residents in the Candler...

BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) — On Sunday afternoon, the City of Asheville lifted the boil water advisories for the southern areas affected by the water outage.

'We'd sure like to get some water back' Patience wears thin for some still without water

Those at the Cliffs at Walnut Cove and those in western Buncombe County remained under an advisory, as of Sunday night.

While lifted advisories are exciting for some, others still don’t even have the water to boil. Some of those people include residents in the Candler area who continue to deal with more days of no water.

Sheila Crooke, a resident in the Challedon neighborhood, expressed how terrible it has been as they’ve all been without water since last Tuesday. She said she felt as though they had all been more than patient, but that it was past time to get their water back.

Over the weekend, city councilwoman Sage Turner came to help the neighborhood as she delivered a tank of water and has continued to refill it.

Crooke said that they were all very thankful for Turner’s generosity as the neighborhood is outside of city limits.

Even with the help, Crooke said it still continues to get harder the more days that pass.


“The neighborhood has been managing the best we can, but we’d sure like to get some water back,” she said.

She also said it felt as though they’d been forgotten by the city.

Crooke added how it has seemed that the focus has been on south Asheville not having water and that it's been really dry in the Candler area too.

“Think about us, we are out here and we do count and so we would like to have some water as well,” said Crooke.

They’ve heard the same responses from the city as everyone else, except Crooke said that receiving phone calls about boil water advisories doesn’t do much good when they don’t have any water in the first place.

Another resident, Tom Clarke, said that he is extremely disappointed in the city’s response to this crisis.

“This is a problem about 60 years of aged water lines,” said Clarke.

Clarke has lived in the neighborhood for more than 20 years and said that he’s never experienced anything like this before.

“Day six and there’s no promise to have it back on, none whatsoever and that's not acceptable,” he said.


“We all knew it was going to get cold," Clarke added. "We’ve had cold weather before, you know, it was a three-day cold snap and you’ve got restaurants that have not had water and it’s unacceptable."

Clarke said that this needs to be fixed and that the city needs to hire a consultant that can deal with outages such as this that impact people's lives.

His question for the city remains as to why this freeze caused such an outage.

“Why is a freeze now when we’ve had cold snaps for years catching everybody off guard, why is it now?" he questioned.

He added that everybody without water needs it and doesn’t understand why their area hasn’t been a priority for the pumps to be turned on.

At the end of the day, Clarke said he believes the city can’t continue to push projects and hotels to build without first putting the things in the ground that need to be done to support it.

2023 has continued to be a rough start for many Candler residents as they expressed how they miss the running water that they had in 2022.

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Crews battle structure fire on property of popular Candler wedding venue

OCT. 22, 2022 - Officials say crews from 10 area fire departments were on the scene of a structure fire Saturday evening into the night, Oct. 22 at a popular Candler wedding venue, The Farm. The home located on a remote part of the property was engulfed in flames when crews arrived, but no injuries were reported. (Credit: James Ross)CANDLER, N.C. (WLOS) — Fire crews fought off a structure fire on the property of a popular wedding venue in Candler Saturday night -- called The Farm.Crews battling structure fire at popular C...

OCT. 22, 2022 - Officials say crews from 10 area fire departments were on the scene of a structure fire Saturday evening into the night, Oct. 22 at a popular Candler wedding venue, The Farm. The home located on a remote part of the property was engulfed in flames when crews arrived, but no injuries were reported. (Credit: James Ross)

CANDLER, N.C. (WLOS) — Fire crews fought off a structure fire on the property of a popular wedding venue in Candler Saturday night -- called The Farm.

Crews battling structure fire at popular Candler wedding venue, officials say

Officials said 10 different fire departments were on scene Saturday night, Oct. 22, putting out the blaze of a two-story home on the property.

Kristie Price, general manager of The Farm, said the house that caught fire belongs to the owners. The home was built in 1937 and sits on a remote part of the property not near the wedding venue.


The official call came in around 5:40 p.m. Saturday -- as a wedding celebration was going on elsewhere on the property.

Enka-Candler Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Woody Trotter told News 13 that when crews arrived on the scene, the structure was engulfed in flames.

OCT. 22, 2022 - Officials say crews from 10 area fire departments were on the scene of a structure fire Saturday evening into the night, Oct. 22 at a popular Candler wedding venue, The Farm. The home located on a remote part of the property was engulfed in flames when crews arrived, but no injuries were reported. (Credit: Jan Oliver)

He said the building was unoccupied, and there were no injuries. He said he thinks a worker from the venue spotted the fire and called it in.

“It is fire season right now," Trotter said. "With as dry as it is, with no rain, humidity low -- luckily, we didn’t have a lot of wind today, but it is highly encouraged not to burn right now until we get some significant amount of rain."


OCT. 22, 2022 - Officials say crews from 10 fire departments in the area were on the scene of a structure fire Saturday evening into the night, Oct. 22 at popular Candler wedding venue The Farm. The home was engulfed in flames when crews arrived, but no injuries were reported, officials said. (Video credit: WLOS staff)

Though the fire was mostly under control by 8 p.m., Trotter said crews were working to clear debris to be able to get down to the structure's basement, as well as put out hot spots within the building.

Officials said at this time, it is unknown what sparked the fire, and an investigation is underway. Buncombe County Fire Marshal Kevin Tipton released the following statement to News 13 on Oct. 24, 2022:

This fire remains under investigation from the Buncombe County Fire Marshal's Office. A firefighter was treated at the scene, and transported, and released from care. No intentional cause appears present at this time and no apparent danger to the public exists.

Canton paper mill closure: What happens next for former employees, the town?

The closure of the Canton paper mill is having a ripple effect across Western North Carolina.That's according to speakers at a June 1 forum in Buncombe County.“The ripple effects of the mill closure are greater than Canton proper, and the Pactiv mill,” said Erica Anderson, deputy director of the Land of Sky Council. “It's going to impact other industries, and I know everyone here is really working with that in mind as well down the road.”A town hall and listening session focusing on...

The closure of the Canton paper mill is having a ripple effect across Western North Carolina.

That's according to speakers at a June 1 forum in Buncombe County.

“The ripple effects of the mill closure are greater than Canton proper, and the Pactiv mill,” said Erica Anderson, deputy director of the Land of Sky Council. “It's going to impact other industries, and I know everyone here is really working with that in mind as well down the road.”

A town hall and listening session focusing on the May 25 closure of the Pactiv Evergreen Canton mill was held June 1 at the Enka-Candler Public Library, where panelists gave updates on the hardships the closure has sent through the community.

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Officials first offered information they had prepared on the effects of the shutdown, including the loss of 1,160 Canton jobs. Panel members took questions and discussed what local and state governments are doing to support businesses and workers impacted by the shutdown.

Anderson said Land of Sky's workforce development board is working in tandem with the Southwestern Workforce Development Board to find adequate financial assistance to displaced workers. Also in their crosshairs are the supply chains disrupted by the mill’s shutdown.

“We're still not sure what the impacts will be for our logging industry, for the forest products industry that covers all of Western North Carolina and parts of Upstate South Carolina,” Anderson said. “They all supply chips to the mill.”

Anderson also said the railway that transported these wood chips to the mill is looking at significant changes.

Drew Christy, director of Gov. Roy Cooper’s Western office, added that Blue Ridge Southern Railroad has been forced to lay off half of its staff, as 72% of all freight that came from Asheville to Canton went directly into the mill.

Christy said he is monitoring this ripple impact and encouraged locals to show their support to small businesses in the wake of the shutdown.

“I heard an interesting anecdote that there's a tool shop here in Candler that has already seen a 15% decrease in sales from all the truckers that aren't coming by to shop and buy tools,” Christy said. “So, we need to make sure that we all bypass the big box stores and shop local to help support our local businesses.”

Christy told the audience that both Cooper’s office and Attorney General Josh Stein are hard at work in their effort to hold Pactiv Evergreen accountable for failing to fulfill an agreement that led to economic incentives for the company.

In 2015, the state provided a $12 million grant to Pactiv Evergreen, on the condition it keeps at least 800 employees on staff at the Canton mill through the end of 2024. Stein and Cooper wrote an open letter to the company soon after the mill’s closure was announced demanding it returns the grant.

“The governor's office had a conversation with Pactiv Evergreen,” Christy said. “Let’s just say that that conversation was not very fruitful.”

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Christy assured the audience, however, that financial aid was available to impacted people, with or without the return of this grant money, and that Cooper’s offices are doing their best to secure more funding to further these programs.

Anderson said there are 13,000 job openings in the region, with an unemployment rate of only 2%, the lowest in N.C. However, the mill’s 1,160 employees were paid an average salary of $80,000, higher than the national and local average. While former mill workers may be able to find work, many have already encountered difficulties finding a salary that matches their needs. Programs listed by the panelists aim to provide a good starting point.

Some information Christy provided on funding and programming designed to provide assistance to impacted workers:

Another concern expressed by attendees and the panel was the future of Canton's wastewater treatment. The mill has been responsible for the treatment, and Pactiv Evergreen will be required to continue providing this for the next two years.

State Sen. Julie Mayfield said lawmakers representing Haywood are currently working to secure a $42 million package to support the town and school system in Canton as well as to fund the siting and building of a new wastewater treatment plant.

Christy added that the town has been in talks with Pactiv Evergreen to potentially extend the required two years of maintenance to the treatment plant. A new wastewater treatment plant will come with a hefty price tag and will require five to six years to complete.

“No amount of money is going to speed up the timeframe to get to it,” Christy said. “It's just going to take time. So, we've got to work with the town to figure out what to do at for these additional three-plus years after Evergreen is no longer obligated to operate.”

The panel encouraged those impacted by the mill's shutdown to take advantage of available resources. Canton’s website, Milltown Strong, is devoted to helping affected residents land on their feet and remain safe and healthy as they take their next steps. Cooper’s resources page provides further resources, as well as information on the grant money it expects to have returned by Pactiv Evergreen.

Iris Seaton is the Citizen Times News Reporting Intern. Email her at [email protected].


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