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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.”

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How does In-home Senior Care in Union, 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 Union, 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 Union, 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.

Empowers Seniors

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 Union, 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 Union,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.

Latest News in Union, SC

Deputies searching for missing 14-year-old in Union Co.

UNION COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – The Union County Sheriff’s Office said that they are searching for a 14-year-old male who went missing from his home on Monday night.If anyone has any information regarding his whereabouts please contact the Union County Sheriff’s Office at +1 (864)-429-1612.Copyright 2023 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed....

SC Ports’ Union Pier plans must deal with 1950s-era deed restriction

Despite numerous community meetings, hundreds of public comments and a new task force of business and city leaders trying to figure out the best way to redevelop Union Pier Terminal, a four-word phrase in a decades-old document could dictate what will happen to some of downtown Charleston’s most valuable real estate.The language is buried in a Dec. 26, 1957, deed between Southern Railway Co. — a predecessor to Norfolk Southern — and the state of South Carolina....

Despite numerous community meetings, hundreds of public comments and a new task force of business and city leaders trying to figure out the best way to redevelop Union Pier Terminal, a four-word phrase in a decades-old document could dictate what will happen to some of downtown Charleston’s most valuable real estate.

The language is buried in a Dec. 26, 1957, deed between Southern Railway Co. — a predecessor to Norfolk Southern — and the state of South Carolina.

At the time, Southern Railway was giving the state several parcels between Society and Calhoun streets that are now part of the Union Pier footprint. In return, it wanted a promise that the property wouldn’t wind up in private hands.

Specifically, the deed restriction calls for the property — roughly 14 acres — to be used “for exclusively public purposes.”

Forever, the deed states.

The State Ports Authority, owner and operator of the Port of Charleston, says it has known all along about the restriction and the limitation on land usage. Although it targets a small portion of Union Pier, the maritime agency said it “has always been part of the master planning process” to convert the site from its current use as a cruise ship terminal to a world-class collection of homes, hotels and public parks.

The SPA’s original redevelopment plan, submitted to the city in January, didn’t mention of the deed restriction. It showed the potential for “all land uses” on the parcels in question as part of a mixed-use zoning that would allow shops and offices, hotels, condominiums and parks.

Now, it appears that last option could be the only one available for those parcels — unless the restriction is lifted.

“Through ongoing communications about this property, we anticipate it will likely become a future park, though this will be determined by the property owners and the ongoing planning process,” a ports authority spokeswoman said last week.

A Norfolk Southern Corp. spokeswoman declined to comment on any negotiations with the SPA or whether the Atlanta-based railroad would be willing to cancel the deed restriction and, if so, how much that might cost.

“As a general practice, we are unable to comment on real estate negotiations,” said Alyssa Thomason, senior communications manager.

The SPA also declined to comment on any possible discussions to deal with the the deed restriction. But it said the two sides “have a longstanding partnership and great working relationship that keeps freight moving in South Carolina.”

The Union Pier proposal submitted in January is no longer in play because opposition to its dense mix of hotels and condominiums forced the SPA to pull it from the table.

A new planning process is underway by the Joseph P. Riley Center for Livable Communities at the College of Charleston. That group has said it will seek to balance public input and the wishes of environmental and historic preservation groups with the SPA’s need to make money off Union Pier’s ultimate sale so the maritime agency can pay for future cargo terminal and infrastructure needs.

It’s estimated the nearly 70-acre Union Pier site along Charleston Harbor could fetch as much as $400 million. Los Angeles-based Lowe, the developer hired to draw up the original plan, has first dibs on the site, but the SPA has said it will market the property to potential purchasers worldwide.

Whatever plan ultimately develops, the deed restriction on key parcels remains — at least for now.

This isn’t the first time the SPA has run into a deed restriction on land it wanted to sell.

Back in 2016, the authority put its former Concord Street headquarters just south of Union Pier on the block. Charleston County had given some of the land to the SPA, and the deed had a reversionary clause that called for the property to go back to the county if the port no longer needed it.

Negotiations ensued and the county was paid an undisclosed amount to resolve the issue. Lowe, the winning bidder for the property, is now building The Cooper luxury hotel at the site next to Waterfront Park.

And several more Union Pier parcels totaling about 8.5 acres were once subject to reversionary clauses in deeds dating to the 1940s, when the city gave the SPA prime waterfront land shortly after the maritime agency was created by the General Assembly. Charleston City Council voted to cancel all of them in 1994.

No pressure was used in that deal, Don Welch, then the executive director of the SPA, told The Post and Courier at the time.

“It was just a matter of cooperation; being a good neighbor and citizen,” Welch said, according to the newspaper report.

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S.C. union reps react to tentative agreements between UPS, workers

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - On Tuesday, UPS and union workers reached a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract, avoiding a strike that threatened to disrupt shipping nationwide.WMBF News spoke with experts in the Grand Strand about what this deal means for workers here at home.It started with businesses bracing for a worst-case scenario with a poten...

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - On Tuesday, UPS and union workers reached a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract, avoiding a strike that threatened to disrupt shipping nationwide.

WMBF News spoke with experts in the Grand Strand about what this deal means for workers here at home.

It started with businesses bracing for a worst-case scenario with a potential UPS strike nationwide.

“Increase our supplies from those purveyors, and then also make sure that we just have enough supplies on hand,” said Hollie Davis, the Director of Operations at La Bella MD.

However, six days before the strike deadline, UPS and the Teamsters Union came up with some compromises.

It’s an agreement the Assistant Professor of Economics at Coastal Carolina University Dr. Sourav Batabyal said is a win-win solution.

“Thank God we could avoid this situation as they came to an agreement, UPS and the labor union,” said Dr. Batabyal. “So, my hope is the situation will normalize.”

If the contract is officially signed by the majority of union members, existing full- and part-time UPS teamsters will get $2.75 more per hour this year, and $7.50 more per hour over the length of the five-year contract.

The agreement also includes a starting pay increase for part-time workers to $21.

President of the Local Teamsters 509 Brian Clardy said it’s not just about compensation.

“Typically, most people run towards the fact that it’s all about money, and really the majority of the time it’s about the working conditions,” said Clardy. “So, I feel like this contract agreement that we’ve reached addresses all those concerns.”

Some of the improvements in working conditions are making sure there is air conditioning and cargo ventilation in delivery trucks.

Clardy said it’s the start of giving those essential workers a voice.

“They’re tired of having the thumb on their head and always being pushed down. If they’re the ones doing the work and making these companies billions that they’re making them, then reward them.”

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SC port agency’s Leatherman Terminal a rallying point for union workers

Labor disputes have dominated the North American maritime industry in recent months, and one with its roots at the Port of Charleston is sparking a union get-together this week.The “Rally for Workers’ Rights” event scheduled for 11 a.m. July 12 at the Statehouse in Columbia is being sponsored by the Charleston-based International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1422.That labor union is battling with the State Ports Authority...

Labor disputes have dominated the North American maritime industry in recent months, and one with its roots at the Port of Charleston is sparking a union get-together this week.

The “Rally for Workers’ Rights” event scheduled for 11 a.m. July 12 at the Statehouse in Columbia is being sponsored by the Charleston-based International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1422.

That labor union is battling with the State Ports Authority over whether its members or state employees will operate the big cranes at the Leatherman Terminal in North Charleston. Container shipping lines refuse to call on the site until the matter is settled, and that’s left the terminal mostly idle since its $1 billion first phase opened in March 2021.

The National Labor Relations Board initially ruled in favor of the ILA, but the SPA appealed the case to a federal appeals court. A hearing was held June 6 and a decision is pending.

This week’s rally is being held in the Capitol City as a show of strength against Gov. Henry McMaster, who has backed the SPA in its efforts to preserve the “hybrid workforce” of state and union employees working side-by-side at the port’s other container terminals. Under that arrangement, non-union SPA workers operate cranes while ILA members move cargo through the terminal yards.

The ILA maintains that a 2012 contract amendment with shipping lines calls for union workers to operate cranes at all new terminals on the East and Gulf coasts, and Leatherman is the first test of that stipulation.

McMaster “is trying to push workers back a century by breaking a signed master agreement between the ILA and the shipping lines,” Charles Brave, president of ILA 1422 and the state’s AFL-CIO, said in a written statement. “McMaster and his cabal of anti-worker, anti-labor bullies are trying to do this by forcing shippers to use the ... Leatherman Terminal, staffed by non-union employees. This action will drive the wages of dock workers down further towards oblivion and working conditions towards danger.”

A spokesman for McMaster said the governor “made his position clear” in a friend-of-the-court brief he filed in support of the SPA’s appeal.

“I will not allow unions and their unlawful boycotts to hold our state’s resources, jobs, or supply chain hostage as they seek to advance their own self interests,” McMaster said in a statement.

Barbara Melvin, the SPA’s chief executive officer, has said the agency “remains hopeful that we can work with the ILA to achieve a solution” that benefits both sides.

Wages were at the forefront of another maritime union fight this year, as the International Longshore and Warehouse Union negotiated a six-year deal with West Coast ports that guarantees a 32 percent salary increase over the life of the contract. The contract also calls for $70 million in bonuses for dockworkers who were already making an average of $200,000 a year.

Just as that dispute was resolved, another one flared up in Canada where dockworkers went on strike seeking 17 percent wage increases over two years.

“We were relieved that labor and management at West Coast ports reached a tentative agreement last month, but that doesn’t mean supply chain disruptions are over,” Jonathan Gold, a vice president with the National Retail Federation, said in a statement. “The port strike affecting Vancouver and Prince Rupert shouldn’t have a major impact here but could affect some U.S. retailers whose merchandise comes in through Canada and could have a potential ripple effect at other ports.”

It’s not clear whether the Leatherman dispute has affected goods moving through Charleston’s port, because the SPA has issued conflicting comments on the matter.

The maritime agency said in its court filings that inactivity at Leatherman is a threat to the nation’s supply chain. But the NLRB pointed out that the SPA has repeatedly bragged about its ability to move cargo smoothly, even with Leatherman operating far below capacity.

Almost all of the cargo that would have gone to Leatherman these past two years has been rerouted to the SPA’s other terminals, in North Charleston and Mount Pleasant.

With imports this year declining by double digits at Charleston’s port and elsewhere in the U.S., congestion has largely become a non-issue.

U.S. ports covered by the National Retail Federation’s Global Port Tracker handled 1.93 million 20-foot containers in May. That’s down 19.3 percent year over year. Ports haven’t reported June numbers, but the federation projects the month at 1.86 million containers, down 17.5 percent year over year.

That would bring the first half of 2023 to 10.6 million containers, down 22 percent from the first half of 2022.

While the easing of cargo shipments would seem to make Leatherman’s operating status less of an immediate concern, it remains a rallying point for the ILA.

“The employer class, along with their allies in government, have been trying to increase their profits on our backs by cutting our wages and our jobs,” Brave said, adding the state government’s goal of a union-free South Carolina “enriches the wealthy while the rest of us struggle to get by.”

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Tracking Coronavirus in Union County, S.C.: Latest Map and Case Count

Latest trendsHigher test positivity rates are a sign that many infections are not reported — even if they are tested for at home. This results in a more severe undercount of cases. The number of hospitalized patients with Covid is a more reliable measure because testing is more consistent in hospitals. Read more about the data....

Latest trends

Higher test positivity rates are a sign that many infections are not reported — even if they are tested for at home. This results in a more severe undercount of cases. The number of hospitalized patients with Covid is a more reliable measure because testing is more consistent in hospitals. Read more about the data.

In data for South Carolina, The Times primarily relies on reports from the state. The state releases new data once a week. It released new data daily until June 12, 2021, and new data all weekdays until March 15, 2022. The state reports cases and deaths based on a person’s permanent or usual residence.

The Times has identified reporting anomalies or methodology changes in the data.

The tallies on this page include probable and confirmed cases and deaths.

Confirmed cases and deaths, which are widely considered to be an undercount of the true toll, are counts of individuals whose coronavirus infections were confirmed by a molecular laboratory test. Probable cases and deaths count individuals who meet criteria for other types of testing, symptoms and exposure, as developed by national and local governments.

Governments often revise data or report a single-day large increase in cases or deaths from unspecified days without historical revisions, which can cause an irregular pattern in the daily reported figures. The Times is excluding these anomalies from seven-day averages when possible. For agencies that do not report data every day, variation in the schedule on which cases or deaths are reported, such as around holidays, can also cause an irregular pattern in averages. The Times uses an adjustment method to vary the number of days included in an average to remove these irregularities.


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