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Home Care In Fairview, NC

Home Care Fairview, NC

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, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Thomas Wolfe Memorial gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many 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 far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Fairview, NC is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-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. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

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 services, Always Best Care is here to help.

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“I am Kathryn Merrell and for the past several months I have been under the care of ABC Senior Services. I have had the privilege of enjoying the care of Lois C. She is the best advertisement for your agency. When I am asked, which happens frequently, about my experience with ABC, I refer to Lois as being your prime example of the type of care they can expect from you. She goes beyond just basic care and does all she can to help remedy any problem we have. I love that I can trust her and feel safe having her share my home with me. She is very professional yet very "down home", a rare combination. You should be very thankful she is on your "team"! Because of her, I have no problem recommending your company to all who ask.”

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“As a caregiver I am so pleased with the care for the clients. I've never worked for a company that was so dedicated to clients and caregivers. Everyone is always happy, clients and staff. I am blessed to work here.”

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“I would recommend them because they provide good services. I've been down on my health, so it's been a blessing to have them taking care of him for me. I appreciate that the caregivers are friendly.”

Roger M.
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“They're very prompt about coming when they're supposed to and they do what we need them to do. They've helped the most just by being here.”

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“I am a current client of this provider They've helped the most just by being here, and doing what they're supposed to. They're very prompt about coming when they're supposed to and they do what we need them to do.”

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“I have honestly never met a group of people who care as much as the Always Best Care team. I have watched the staff there change lives for the better, not only for clients but each other as well. It is a pleasure to be a part of this team, nothing compares to it!!”

Jennifer H.
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“We were blown away and continue to be by the quality of service and care that the team of ALWAYS BEST CARE provides our family. My parents were moving from out of state and were in immediate need of in-home care. Melisa was wonderful! She was able to help us line up the intake paperwork, clinical assessment and a caregiver within 24 hours of my parents’ arrival in to their new home. Millie and Bethany are tremendous support as their clinical nurse team with a very thorough assessment of both parents. Mary is their care coordinator and was very helpful with finding the perfect caregivers and coordinate the right schedule for my parents . Melisa, Nicole, Jennifer and Janet are also a tremendous asset as they handle and place the caregivers! Jim Smeaton, their owner should be proud of his company! We highly recommend them!”

Katherine K.
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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.”

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“After Many years of retirement from critical care nursing I have found the perfect employment enabling me to to care for others. Working with the staff at Always Best Care has been such a blessing and I love my clients that I work with.”

Kathryn W.
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“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!”

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“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.”

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“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”

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“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”

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“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.
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“Always best care is a good company for senior services and also for employment. They do great at pairing you with clients! Everyone in the office has such a sweet and positive attitude.”

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

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

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“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!”

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What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Fairview, NC?

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Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is 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.

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When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

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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.

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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 gets older, 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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Types of Elderly Care in Fairview, NC

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal 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.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper Services

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.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

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 local activities, such as visiting Fairview Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care Services

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 nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local Fairview Dining Room or visit Murray's Mill Historic Site, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, 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.

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Benefits of Home Care in Fairview, NC

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:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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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 - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, 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, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in Fairview, 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.

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 a nursing home. 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 and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often 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 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

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:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your NC's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
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.
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.
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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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 Fairview, 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.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.


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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • Fairview Park
  • Fairview Rest Home
  • Fairview Assisted Living
  • Assisted Living Facilities in the North and South Carolina
  • TownView Senior Living
  • Hayes Barton Place - Neighborhood Design Center
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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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 Always Best Care 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:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way

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A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive

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Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider

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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.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Fairview, NC 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

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.

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Latest News in Fairview, NC

Fairview Road reopens after crash with overturned truck

The road was closed between the intersections of Mill Grove Road and Russell Road in Indian Trail.INDIAN TRAIL, N.C. — Both directions of Fairview Road (NC 218) between Mill Grove Road and Russell Road have reopened after a crash involving a tractor-trailer on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Union County Sheriff's Office.For the latest breaking news, wea...

The road was closed between the intersections of Mill Grove Road and Russell Road in Indian Trail.

INDIAN TRAIL, N.C. — Both directions of Fairview Road (NC 218) between Mill Grove Road and Russell Road have reopened after a crash involving a tractor-trailer on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Union County Sheriff's Office.

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No injuries were reported. The road reopened around 6 p.m. on Wednesday evening.

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Officials are urging drivers to take alternative routes and to use caution because of significant delays in the area.

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This brewery ranks as NC’s best. What makes it so special — besides a giant train car?

A Western North Carolina brewery boasts a train-themed twist — and was named the best in the state.Whistle Hop Brewing Company tops the list of places making and serving beer in North Carolina, according to results published Monday, May 9.To come up with the findings, the restaurant review website Yelp said it examined listings in each state and considered their health scores.“We identified businesses i...

A Western North Carolina brewery boasts a train-themed twist — and was named the best in the state.

Whistle Hop Brewing Company tops the list of places making and serving beer in North Carolina, according to results published Monday, May 9.

To come up with the findings, the restaurant review website Yelp said it examined listings in each state and considered their health scores.

“We identified businesses in the breweries category on Yelp that brew their own beer, then ranked those spots using a number of factors, including the total volume and ratings of reviews,” the company wrote in a blog post.

In North Carolina, Whistle Hop Brewing Company earned the No. 1 spot after customers helped it receive a five-star rating. Several raved online about the taproom’s selection of brews and activities that ranged from mini golf to bowling.

Then there’s the on-site train caboose, which one Yelp user described as a “fun place to chug chug chug.” Whistle Hop Brewing Company said its customers can sit back in a “1969 Norfolk and Western caboose” or experience music and games in a “1941 Southern Railway boxcar,” according to its website and Facebook page.

“What started as our family’s old caboose and a dream has grown into Asheville’s most unique destination brewery,” the business wrote on Yelp. “We’re so proud to have created this special place for locals and visitors alike to gather and enjoy our unique craft beers in the heart of Fairview.”

Fairview is roughly 12 miles southeast of the mountain tourist destination of Asheville. It might not come as a surprise that the state’s top-ranking brewery is in the area.

That’s because Asheville was recently named one of the nation’s best places for beer drinkers. The city also received nods for its breweries when it landed on TripAdvisor’s list of trendiest U.S. travel spots, McClatchy News reported in February.

Be bear aware: Black bear activity increasing as population prepares for winter months

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — It's that time of year when black bears in the mountains begin to bulk up for winter.Be bear aware: Black bear activity increasing as population prepares for winter monthsBear experts say the next six to eight weeks are a busy time for black bears, with the growing population getting hungrier than usual."Typically a bear will put on anywhere from 25 to 50 pounds going into the winter time," says Western North Carolina Nature Center Director Chris Gentile, as he shows off the natur...

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — It's that time of year when black bears in the mountains begin to bulk up for winter.

Be bear aware: Black bear activity increasing as population prepares for winter months

Bear experts say the next six to eight weeks are a busy time for black bears, with the growing population getting hungrier than usual.

"Typically a bear will put on anywhere from 25 to 50 pounds going into the winter time," says Western North Carolina Nature Center Director Chris Gentile, as he shows off the nature center's two black bears, Ursa and Uno.

The pair are just two of the four-to-6,000 bear in Western North Carolina that will bulk up for the winter. A hotter than average summer means an above average appetite.

VIDEO SHOWS HOW WELL BEAR-PROOF TRASH CANS WORK

"Typically when it’s hotter out, bears will expend more energy," Gentile explains. "So they will need even more energy then to put on their bodies to make it through a winter."

Asheville resident Sophie Chirico lives in the Haw Creek area. She's used to regular bear activity, even knowing one bear's routine -- it usually includes her trash can.

Chirico keeps a brick on top of her trashcan, but says the bear still manages to get into it.

Black bears at the WNC Nature Center in Asheville, NC - Wildlife officials warn people that black bear activity will be increasing soon as the bears bulk up for the winter months. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

A recent study by North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission shows the urban bear population in Asheville is growing on several levels.

"Urban bears in Asheville are actually growing more quickly than bears outside of the urban area, and, they’re starting to reproduce at a younger age and have more cubs at an earlier age," says Dr. Graham Reynolds,

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The biology teacher at UNC Asheville attributes the growth to food availability.

"They’re actually growing twice the rate of bears outside of the area," he says. "So, they’re reaching 100 pounds at about two years of age. Anywhere else it’s about 50 pounds at two years of age."

"I guess I’m pretty used to it," says Chirico of her neighborhood bear. "I think they’re cute. I stay away, you know, keep my distance, just watch them from afar."

Both Dr. Reynolds and Gentile urge people to be especially vigilant in containing their trash, keeping birdseed inside and hanging bird feeders out of a bear's reach.

Surge in development prompts revamp of Fairview Drive intersection

LEXINGTON — There has been a surge in traffic on Cotton Grove Road/N.C. Highway 8 in Lexington due to the opening of several well-known commercial franchises, and more is expected after the announcement that a multi-million-dollar manufacturing facility will be built near the thoroughfare.Because of this, the North Carolina Department of Transportation plans to reconstruct a major intersection with Fairview Drive, add additional lanes from Lexington Parkway Plaza and install a traffic island for safety.The NCDOT will also...

LEXINGTON — There has been a surge in traffic on Cotton Grove Road/N.C. Highway 8 in Lexington due to the opening of several well-known commercial franchises, and more is expected after the announcement that a multi-million-dollar manufacturing facility will be built near the thoroughfare.

Because of this, the North Carolina Department of Transportation plans to reconstruct a major intersection with Fairview Drive, add additional lanes from Lexington Parkway Plaza and install a traffic island for safety.

The NCDOT will also create a new access road off of Old Linwood Road, which runs parallel with Cotton Grove/Highway 8, for the new Siemens manufacturing facility, and closing a portion of Brown Street after construction is complete, said Pat Ivey, Division 9 Engineer for NCDOT.

“The proposed improvements would substantially relieve congestion, improve mobility and safety in this corridor, and provide new access to the proposed land development,” Ivey said.

According to Ivey, a comprehensive traffic study several years ago identified a need to address congestion and safety on Cotton Grove Road/Highway 8 from Fairview Drive to Highway 47, which is a major thoroughfare off of Interstate 85 in Lexington.

The study was created after the opening of multiple retail franchises in recent years, including Chick-fil-a, Starbucks, Dunkin, Cook Out and IHOP.

The Highway 8 project was divided into two sections, from I-85 to Highway 47 and from I-85 to Fairview Drive.

Ivey said the project towards Highway 47 is set to be submitted for the next NCDOT State Transportation Improvement Plan beginning in 2026, but it has to go through a rigorous prioritization process first.

But the other project has been expedited due to the potential development of a convenience store/gas station at the intersection with Fairview Drive and Cotton Grove Road/Highway 8.

Ivey said the developers of the property next to the Zaxby’s have requested the NCDOT build an access road off of Cotton Grove Road into the property, which would make the interchange with Fairview Drive into a four-way intersection at the light.

The project also includes the addition of a traffic island in the current turn lane from Fairview Drive to Parkway Plaza, and an additional left turn lane exiting the shopping center.

The NCDOT has requested $1 million in state contingency funds and spot safety funding to go toward the estimated $1.6 million project. The development company would be responsible for the remaining funds to complete the project.

Ivey said if these state funds are secured, the NCDOT and developers could potentially begin the reconstruction of the intersection in 2024. He said due to the high volume of traffic in the area, the project must be staged to create minimal impact, possibly including closing the roadway at night.

There will also be another NCDOT project taking place close by on Brown Street, which intersects with Cotton Grove Road and Parkway Plaza, and Old Linwood Road, which has become an alternative route for many drivers avoiding the congestion on Cotton Grove Road/Highway 8.

Ivey said that as part of the state economic development funding for the $220 million Siemens Mobility plant, NCDOT will build a new access road to the property off of Old Linwood Road, between Brown Street and Moore Drive. Henry Link Access Road will connect with the new road.

The project is slated to begin in the summer of 2024.

After completion of the manufacturing complex, the section of Brown Street that currently bisects the 200-acre property will be closed.

Condemned bridge means Fairview homeowners can't get help if there's an emergency

FAIRVIEW, N.C. (WLOS) — More than 30 homeowners are without fire and emergency service after a bridge into their Fairview community was condemned.WLOS“My biggest worry is emergency services won’t come across this bridge,” said Harry Riva, a 20-year resident along Laurel Loop Road. “We got a letter from the Fire Marshal that said the bridge we use to get into our development was condemned.”In his letter, Fire Marshal Jerry Leatherwood also warned property owners their insurance may be v...

FAIRVIEW, N.C. (WLOS) — More than 30 homeowners are without fire and emergency service after a bridge into their Fairview community was condemned.

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“My biggest worry is emergency services won’t come across this bridge,” said Harry Riva, a 20-year resident along Laurel Loop Road. “We got a letter from the Fire Marshal that said the bridge we use to get into our development was condemned.”

In his letter, Fire Marshal Jerry Leatherwood also warned property owners their insurance may be voided because he’s ruled emergency vehicles cannot safely cross the bridge.

The road and bridge cut through private property. Riva acknowledged the residents have maintained the road, but estimates to repair the bridge have given him and the other community residents, many of whom have limited income, sticker shock.

“Anywhere between $25,000 and $50,000. Unfortunately, there are people up there that can’t afford to help," Riva said.

Fire Marshal Jerry Leatherwood could not be reached for comment.

Jonathan Pattavina, who owns the land on other side of the bridge, said he empathizes and wants to help homeowners, but, technically, he isn’t responsible for the bridge.

"I want to investigate whether the bridge is truly unsafe,” said Pattavina, who lives in New Hampshire but has a home in Fairview on the property. “But it’s not my bridge. It’s the community’s. The road and bridge are just the legal access to the community through my property.”

Pattavina said he contacted Buncombe County officials to ask if there is anything the county could to do take over the road and bring the bridge up to code.

He said the community has no neighborhood association and isn’t a traditional community but rather a mix of mobile homes in a central area at the top of the road.

Several residents worked on the bridge Wednesday night, but beams were still loose and any repairs will likely not be enough to have the fire marshal retract his condemnation.

“I’d like to see that my Buncombe County taxes and my fire taxes ensure that they have access to my property,” Riva said.

Riva said he doesn’t expect the county to fix the entire road.

“But we need this bridge to be fixed,” he said.

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