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Given the choice, most of us want to stay in our homes. Sometimes, people need help to remain at home. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

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“Always Best Care is a great company to work for and if you are looking for care for a loved one, I highly recommend them. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and supportive. I work in the senior industry and recommend Always Best Care to my clients that need extra support in their home or while family is away. Always Best Care will respond immediately and truly show compassion to others.”

Dusty B.

“The Staff, the care teams and the owners are one of a kind! They take the time to ensure your care needs are met. Highly recommend giving them a call if you have senior care or senior living questions or concerns.”

Melisa B.

“Nate took the time to meet with me and my family and help make sense of the questions we had when it came to the short and long term care of our loved one. When you have an elderly parent or a loved one with disabilities there are so many questions and so many emotions. It can be so confusing and it was hard for us to find one person or one company that has the knowledge and grasp of this industry that Nate has. We cannot thank him enough for guiding us through this process and his amazing bedside manner!”

pam C.

“Hello to all of my Always Best Care friends, I'd like to wish you and your families a Merry, Blessed Christmas and a Happy, Prosperous New Year!  My brother, my dad, and I really appreciate everything you did for us this year.  You're amazing! All the best for the Christmas season and 2023,”

Neal L.

“This is one of the best companies I’ve worked for in a long time. The owners, Nate and Melisa, genuinely care about clients AND staff. They go above and beyond to support, encourage, and help everyone they work with. Their doors are always open, they’re generous with their time, and they truly want their staff to succeed. Donna in the billing department is fabulous, always available to answer questions or help in any way; Katrina in scheduling puts in so much time and effort to accommodate everyone’s needs and it’s amazing how well she handles everything; Angel works diligently on recruiting and training, making sure there’s plenty of staff to provide quality care; and Jackie is an incredible CHAMP, making sure clients are properly reassessed and care givers have the right tools and knowledge to do their job. ABC is a fantastic, compassionate, caring team I’m proud to be a part of, and I’m proud to serve our clients, too.”

Gina B.

“They have taken care of several of my friends and ever one of them has had an amazing experience. Very professional and friendly!”

John G.

“Always Best Care is like the name sounds, excellent care for your loved ones. The staff goes above and beyond to make certain the needs of your family member are met with kindness and dignity. Senior care is a difficult choice and Always Best Care of Columbia makes it easy, with compassion and are truly helpful in every way possible. The staff geniunely listens and cares about your expectations! I would highly recommend this business.”

Nicole R.

“Wonderful people. They go out of their way to make sure people are taken care of.”

Sarah S.

“Nate, Charlene & Simone are great people to help in a stressful situation! They have been open and caring and have provided some wonderful caregivers for a lovely lady in my church. I was instrumental in coordinating care for the family and have nothing but good things to say about the staff at Always Best Care. Simone so kindly visited my friend in hospice when she could no longer be cared for at home. She even took her flowers and has remained in contact with the family to support them as they are going through this difficult journey. I highly recommend Always Best Care.”


“Great service and great people. Always warm and welcoming.”

Cristina S.

“Ives and Alicia definitely true 5 stars !! My name is Daniel Murray and I have been with Always Best Care for 2 years and I am very satisfied with the care I have received from them through the years. Everyone has been very polite and professional. My son and I are very blessed to have PROFESSIONAL CARE like this!”

Dan M.

“Always Best Care of the Midlands has a dedicated staff that is always trying to provide the best care and information to all of their clients... thanks very much!”

Josephine C.

“Charlene & Nate work very hard to bring you the BEST healthcare service they can provide!!”

Tanya M.

“Congratulations to Always Best Care Midlands for qualifying for the HCSB A+ RATING. This proves that your agency has been verified by a 3rd party unbiased bureau to uphold the most stringent standards in the industry!! Great JOB!”

Mike D.

“Very reliable and excellent service!”

carla L.

“Nate Rhodes takes the time to get to know each potential client and goes out of his way to make the best care plan at reasonable prices. He works hard to find the right fit for each individual.”

Caitlyn W.

“Nate Rhodes and his staff go out of their way to ensure that their clients get the utmost best care for complete customer satisfaction.”

Cassy B.
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How does In-home Senior Care in Myrtle Beach, SC 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 Myrtle Beach, SC, 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 Myrtle Beach, SC 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.

Respite Care Myrtle Beach, SC

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 Myrtle Beach,SC 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.

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North Myrtle Beach leaders delay vote on Barefoot Lakes development after residents push back

There was a full chamber for Monday’s North Myrtle Beach city council meeting as dozens of residents came to voice their opinions on the proposed 84-home Barefoot Lakes development on 61 acres.The proposal was set to move forward as multiple ordinances were scheduled to go through first reading. Citing neighboring residents’ concerns about lot and house sizes, access roads and a short timeframe to review the revised plan for the housing development, city council moved to defer all the agenda items relating to the developme...

There was a full chamber for Monday’s North Myrtle Beach city council meeting as dozens of residents came to voice their opinions on the proposed 84-home Barefoot Lakes development on 61 acres.

The proposal was set to move forward as multiple ordinances were scheduled to go through first reading. Citing neighboring residents’ concerns about lot and house sizes, access roads and a short timeframe to review the revised plan for the housing development, city council moved to defer all the agenda items relating to the development and to schedule a second public workshop to refine the plan.

Instead of two access points to the community, the plans currently call for a single access point from Marsh Glen Drive. At the workshop held on Aug. 16, a representative for the project said the road width was widened from 50 feet to 100 feet to make the single entry point feasible.

Dennis Stamey, whose property would border the subdivision, said he is worried his property value will go down if the Barefoot Lakes development is approved as is.

Stamey’s lot is .75 acres — or 32,670 square feet — and his house is 2,200 square feet, according to Horry County land records. City documents state the average lot size for the Barefoot Lakes community would be 9,325 square feet with the largest being 29,165 square feet. Home sizes in Barefoot Lakes would range from 1,600 square feet to 2,838 square feet. The Barefoot Lakes development has a smaller average lot size than all but one (Tuscan Sands) of the eight nearby subdivisions.

“What they are proposing, in my opinion, are cracker boxes in terms of what is already there,” Stamey said. “The proposed development doesn’t come close to matching those dimensions. How will these smaller houses help my property value? How will it increase my standard of living?”

Councilman Trey Skidmore moved to defer the agenda items regarding the project.

“I personally still have a lot of concerns with the access, the lot sizes and the home sizes,” Skidmore said during the meeting. “I would like to defer this back to a workshop where the developer and staff can get together and spend some time to address these concerns.”

A date for the workshop has not been set yet.

During public comment, neighboring resident Randy Larson said he appreciates that the city is hosting another workshop to refine the plan, but was disappointed that there was only six minutes of public comment from two speakers allowed during the workshop. Mayor Marilyn Hatley said workshops are not meant to be a forum for public comment, but a chance for city council, city staff and representatives of the developer to refine the plan based on previous feedback.

“[Workshops] are not ever meant to be public comment,” Hatley said. “I have always allowed some public comment, but we will have public comment when we do the second public hearing.”

Following the meeting, Hatley said she thinks there are more people in support of the project than one might assume after listening to public comment during the council meeting.

“What we do is we listen to everybody, and of course when you’re in a meeting like this, you hear the negative. But there were a lot of people here tonight that were in favor of this development,” Hatley said. “In fact, the actual emails we are getting are running about half and half.”

Hatley said that with North Myrtle Beach and Horry County’s rapid growth, housing is needed, but she aims to make sure that resident concerns are heard and addressed when needed. She said that the city works back and forth with developers after hearing concerns from the public.

“We work back and forth. We listen and hear, and look, you’re not going to please everybody. Some just don’t want anything,” Hatley said. “But we listen to the majority of people and their concerns and we go back and work with the developers to address those concerns.”

Hatley said “we’re working through” the process and that she thinks a compromise will be able to be made to move the project forward.

Myrtle Beach Branch Campus

PIA’s Myrtle Beach, SC campus is located about 5 minutes from the shore, and the area is a hotspot for concerts, shopping and entertainment.Recipient of the ACCSC 2020 School of Distinction, PIA’s Myrtle Beach Campus is located at the International Technology and Aerospace Park, near South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach International Airport. PIA’s air...

PIA’s Myrtle Beach, SC campus is located about 5 minutes from the shore, and the area is a hotspot for concerts, shopping and entertainment.

Recipient of the ACCSC 2020 School of Distinction, PIA’s Myrtle Beach Campus is located at the International Technology and Aerospace Park, near South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach International Airport. PIA’s airport location provides an ideal atmosphere for aviation training as well as aircraft accessibility to the school’s facilities.

The 26,000 sq ft facility houses classrooms, a learning resource system with a mobile computer lab and publications library, and shop areas for aircraft propulsion systems, electricity, sheet metal, hydraulics, instruments & controls, composite materials, non-destructive testing, and painting.

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Start Dates: May 08, 2023

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Hours: 8:00am-3:30pm Monday-Thur/Fri

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You can feel confident you will get the attention you deserve with an average class size of 15 students per 1 instructor.

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Programs Available

The AMT program prepares students for the FAA Airframe and Powerplant Certification Exams.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition (FY 2022-2023)*
Total AMT Certificate Program (4 Terms), 1900 hours $26,780
Tuition Per Term $6,695
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Books, Tools, & Supplies
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Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) Program $2,069
Other Fees
Registration Fee $150
Uniform Fee $100
Materials Fee $120/term
FAA Airframe & Powerplant Examination Fees $1,680
Makeup Charges for Excessive Absence $14.12/hr

Cost of Attendance (COA)

The PIA Financial Aid office establishes standard student budgets each year as a basis for awarding financial aid funds. These budgets are based on actual tuition charges, national average living allowances calculated by The College Board, and include direct and indirect costs for the academic year.

The following cost of attendance example is based on the following assumptions:

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Financial Aid

As you prepare for your education, it’s important to know you’re not alone in navigating your financial plan.

Most students depend on a financial plan that incorporates multiple resources. Together, we’ll explore your eligibility for various financial aid programs, loans, grants and scholarships to help you figure out what’s best for your unique situation.

Here at PIA, we believe that a high-quality education should be delivered with transparency, including understanding how your investment measures with your earning potential. A stable financial plan should have no surprises, and that’s exactly what you can expect when you meet with the PIA Financial Aid Office.

Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Campus Location

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Housing for Students

PIA provides a list of properties that have been used by PIA students in the past as well as several new listings. This list is not a recommendation or guarantee by PIA. In addition, the Internet can also be a powerful tool when searching on one’s own. All arrangements are between the student and the property manager or owner. PIA IS NOT INVOLVED IN THESE AGREEMENTS IN ANY MANNER.

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“An education is something that no one can ever take away from you. What our students learn at PIA, whether in the classroom or in the shop, will prepare them for an exciting career in aviation.”

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2nd Annual South Carolina Computer Science and Stem Event held in Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — The South Carolina Computer Science and Stem Summit is back in Myrtle Beach for the second straight year.The event goes from Monday until Tuesday.Students from all around South Carolina met at the Sheraton Hotel and Resort for the event’s first student showcase.An official with the State Department of Education, Eleanor Glover Gladney, said the purpose is to feature students’ abilities to incorporate science and stem in different projects.“We wanted to focus at a...

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — The South Carolina Computer Science and Stem Summit is back in Myrtle Beach for the second straight year.

The event goes from Monday until Tuesday.

Students from all around South Carolina met at the Sheraton Hotel and Resort for the event’s first student showcase.

An official with the State Department of Education, Eleanor Glover Gladney, said the purpose is to feature students’ abilities to incorporate science and stem in different projects.

“We wanted to focus at a certain time of year which is the third Monday in September to do the computer science summit,” Gladney said.

A variety of those projects were at the showcase on Monday, from videos, to circuits, to robots who were controlled by different coding.

“I brought the ‘Makey Makey’ thing with all the circuits and I brought a robot that’s coded,” one student said.

Gladney said one of the previous Department of Education representatives, Dominick Sanders, started the initiative for the computer science summit in 2022.

That came as a part of legislation when Gov. Henry McMaster wanted to focus on computer science programs for K-12 students.

“They want the females, they want the minority groups. Any unrepresented populations, that’s the other focus of that initiative in South Carolina,” Gladney said.

Gladney said about 250 students were scheduled to attend the event, with almost 150 of them signing up to showcase their projects.

“It’s mainly high school students, but we did have several groups of elementary students and they brought observers,” she said. “It was just wonderful to see the elementary group come in and just blend right in with the high school students and show interest. The students that had projects, the elementary school that had projects, they explained their projects to whomever came by their booth just like everybody else.”

Some students said the event is a helpful way to get ideas for future projects.

“I saw a really interesting presentation on the benefits and disadvantages of [artificial intelligence] being used in the real world and I think it was very insightful as to what our future may become,” one student said.

Gladney said when the event ends, her plan is to figure out what went well and what they can continue working on. She said improving what the state offers the students is most important.

She also said that South Carolina tied with Arkansas last year with the highest number of computer science students with a graduation credit.

Gladney said she loves watching the program and hopes it continues to grow.

Jackie LiBrizzi is a multimedia journalist at News13. Jackie is originally from Hamilton, New Jersey, and raised in Piedmont, South Carolina. Jackie joined the News13 team in June 2023 after she graduated as a student-athlete from the University of South Carolina in May 2023. Follow Jackie on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram and read more of her work here.

North Myrtle Beach, SC Weather


How many more hurricanes will hit Myrtle Beach? Here are fall 2023 weather predictions.

Autumn in the Myrtle Beach area means enjoying cooler weather and watching hurricane forecasts. But how much cooler will temperatures be this year? And how many hurricanes are coming to the Grand Strand?...

Autumn in the Myrtle Beach area means enjoying cooler weather and watching hurricane forecasts. But how much cooler will temperatures be this year? And how many hurricanes are coming to the Grand Strand?

While we won’t know specifics until the weather arrives, the National Weather Service in Wilmington released its fall 2023 climate outlook, sharing long-term predictions for September, October and November. Here is what we know about the fall weather, from the NWS.

In 2023, Myrtle Beach has experienced one tropical storm so far – Idalia, which dropped up to 7.4 inches of rain on Horry County. Currently, Hurricane Lee is passing north of the Caribbean Islands, and is expected to bring rip currents and dangerous surf conditions to the Myrtle Beach area this week.

September is the most active month for tropical storms in the Myrtle Beach area, with 40% of all storms and hurricanes since 1870 hitting during that month.

This year, four hurricanes have formed in the Atlantic Basin, compared to NOAA’s predicted 6-11 hurricanes from June through November. NOAA expected two to five of these major hurricanes to form in 2023, and so far, Idalia and Lee have both developed winds of 111 mph or greater.

After a summer with normal temperatures and amounts of rain, the Climate Prediction Center expects above average temperatures and precipitation in the Myrtle Beach area during fall.

However, the amount of rain the Grand Strand receives depends on the number and intensity of tropical storms, according to the NWS. The first frost usually occurs in mid-November in the Myrtle Beach area.

In Myrtle Beach, the water temperature typically stays in the 80s until mid-September and in the 70s through mid-October, according to NWS historical data.

If you get into the water, be careful of rip currents. Fall hurricanes can increase the risk of rip currents, even if these storms stay far away from shore. September was the month with the most strong and moderate rip current reports since 2004 in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

This story was originally published September 10, 2023, 1:09 PM.


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