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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.”

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“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!”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“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.”


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“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.”

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How does In-home Senior Care in Wedgefield, 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 Wedgefield, 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 Wedgefield, 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 Wedgefield, 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 Wedgefield,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 Wedgefield, SC

'It's been built by people that are still living here: Wedgefield residents calling for old elementary school to continue serving community

Liberty STEAM Charter School is requesting to purchase FJ DeLaine, a Wedgefield elementary school that closed in 2018.SUMTER, S.C. — A charter school is looking to expand in Sumter County, but some residents aren’t happy about the existing building it wants to use."I started school here in 1954," Sumter resident Roland Robinson remembers. "First grade."Robinson attended F.J. DeLaine for elementary school. He says ...

Liberty STEAM Charter School is requesting to purchase FJ DeLaine, a Wedgefield elementary school that closed in 2018.

SUMTER, S.C. — A charter school is looking to expand in Sumter County, but some residents aren’t happy about the existing building it wants to use.

"I started school here in 1954," Sumter resident Roland Robinson remembers. "First grade."

Robinson attended F.J. DeLaine for elementary school. He says it’s been a staple in the Wedgefield community for decades, but that might change soon.

Liberty STEAM Charter school hopes to buy the property to serve more students and parents like Robin Thames and Chelsea Bowley, whose kids attend the current campus.

"It seems like their big vision is eventually to have campuses all over Sumter since there's not transportation for a charter school and that way they can service more kids in more localized areas," Thames explains.

"I know there’s tons of parents that are interested in Liberty and there’s a waitlist a mile long and I know that they would be all for Liberty growing and their children having the same opportunity my children do," Bowley adds. "Expanding in Sumter I think would be a great opportunity not only for the children in Sumter and the educational needs that are here, but also just for in the future just for Sumter in general, like for the growth of Sumter."

Liberty sent a proposal to the Sumter School District saying it wants to purchase the property located on Cane Savannah Road off Broad Street. County Councilman Carlton Washington believes this is not the right fit.

"There's a very rich and deep history associated with people in this community and specifically Black children who could not get a quality education," Washington explains.

It was originally a Rosenwald school, which aimed to provide education to Black children during segregation. It’s a history that Wedgefield residents, like local pastor Dorothy Maple, want to keep alive by keeping the building for the community.

"This is the heart and the hub of Wedgefield. Right here. It’s been here. It’s been built by people that are still living here," Maple shares. "And there's so much of a need right here in this community that is not being fulfilled."

Instead of giving the property to Liberty, they’d like a portion of it to be turned into a community center. President of the Sumter County branch of the NAACP Elizabeth Kilgore says while a charter school offers educational benefits, she would prefer that education be directed to kids in this community.

"With a public charter school, the students here may or may not be served," Kilgore believes. "But with Sumter School District, they will be served."

"It’s a part of our community," Robinson continues. "It's a legacy for us in this community, that the school remain here and if it takes it away I know the building won’t move, but the name will change."

According to Thames, that might not be the case. She says her children began attending Liberty when its first campus opened in a different old school building.

"When they first started, they didn’t have a name for the school and one of the ways they encompassed the old school that was there is they had us vote and they pulled in the old school...and they encompassed it into the new name of Liberty STEAM Charter," Thames explains. "And then on top of that they have had people that attended that elementary school way back in the day come and speak to the kids to kind of put a face to the children that ran down those hallways so many years ago."

Regardless, it goes beyond a name change, Washington says.

Another main point is a lack of transparency between the charter school and Sumter School District, according to Washington.

"[Community members] feel disrespected. It appears that there have been legislative maneuvers…about how to acquire the property without having one conversation with the community directly, without having one conversation with the other elected officials that represent this community," Washington tells me.

The charter school and Sumter School Board are unable to comment because lawyers are involved.

In documents obtained by News 19 between the legal representatives for the district and Liberty, the charter school has requested to purchase the building under a proviso that would make it eligible for sale if a school building is unused.

The district responded saying the building is still in use as a training center and storage location for the sheriff’s department and the school district. It also says it’s in the district’s capital improvement plans for future use.

The district says it’s continuing to evaluate its options regarding what that future usage will look like.

"We've discovered the school board itself has the authority to sell the school if it chooses to, but not by force of any proviso or any other state law that would require the school district to sell the school," Washington explains. "There's just so many other purposes that the school could be used for it could be used. As an IT hub. It can be used as a transportation hub. It could be used for food service, it could be used for adult ed. Just a number of things that it could be used for, in addition to sharing a portion of the property with the community."

Two-time SC seafood chef champ finds new home at The Manor House in Georgetown

GEORGETOWN — The Manor House at Wedgefield Country Club in Georgetown has a long history of providing quality meals to its visitors, now owners Mitch and Jamie Thompkins are ready to step that menu up a notch.The Thompkins hired two-time state seafood champ Danny Smith as the executive chef of The Manor House. I caught up with Smith as he was working on the revamp of the menu, and he offered up a mouth-watering recipe.Locals and tourists alike are often willing to spend a decent amount of time waiting for a table at eithe...

GEORGETOWN — The Manor House at Wedgefield Country Club in Georgetown has a long history of providing quality meals to its visitors, now owners Mitch and Jamie Thompkins are ready to step that menu up a notch.

The Thompkins hired two-time state seafood champ Danny Smith as the executive chef of The Manor House. I caught up with Smith as he was working on the revamp of the menu, and he offered up a mouth-watering recipe.

Locals and tourists alike are often willing to spend a decent amount of time waiting for a table at either of her locally famous restaurants, where the recipes have been perfected and the staff is continuously working to improve customer experience.

So what’s new?

Smith started at Wedgefield in October and the effects of COVID have limited the hours in which The Manor House is open. The restaurant has been open three days a week to serve two dinner services, a lunch and a breakfast every week.

“I have big plans for it,” Smith said. “I plan on launching a new menu, and work on farm-to-table kind of food. My goal is to use as much local as possible.”

Smith said he would love to be able to get The Manor House’s ingredients from within a 100-mile radius of Georgetown.

“It’s just something that a lot of people aren’t doing anymore,” Smith said. “I’m just trying to in our area.”

A history of community

Smith doesn’t just talk the talk about caring for people in the area. He is known locally for his contributions to Friendship Place, a nonprofit Christian organization that has fed the hungry and sheltered the homeless in Georgetown County for the last two decades.

He helps with the annual Great Chefs Dinner at the Friendship Place, as well. Last year, the seven chefs who were involved raised around $6,000 for the nonprofit, Smith said.

He most recently worked for 9½ years at Frank’s Outback in Pawleys Island. Smith is from the Thousand Island region of upstate New York, and also runs a fine-dining catering business called All About You, which is run from his website chefdannysmith.com.

Smith’s anticipated more popular dishes

The Manor House has its classic menu of pot roast, chop steak, and country-style food for now, but Smith is more of a French-style chef, so patrons of The Manor House will see a change in the menu shortly.

“I want them to get a fine-dining experience at a reasonable cost,” Smith said. “I think my fish dishes are what people are going to like.”

He uses local grouper, and takes the time to meet the fishermen who catch the local fish.

So what is his favorite that everyone should try?

“On the menu, I’m going to have my version of the shrimp and grits, which has andouille sausage, tasso cream, corn and okra, and crispy-fried grit cake,” Smith said. “Instead of doing creamy grits, I do a grit cake over the top of it. That’s one I think people will enjoy.”

I challenged Smith to offer a delicious recipe our readers would enjoy, and he delivered!

Mojo Grilled Red Snapper / Black beans and Yellow Rice / Honeydew Mellon Slaw/ Cilantro lime Crema

6 Portions

Mojo Grilled Red Snapper

4 - 6 oz Red Snapper filet

1/4 Cup Corn Oil . 1/2 Cup Mojo marinade

1 Cup Sweet Onion

1 Cup Red Pepper

1/2 Cup Cilantro

14 Cup Fresh Garlic

2 Tablespoon Sazon tropical blend. Seasoning

Red Snapper

In a ziplock baggie place the fish and all the ingredients except for the oil. Marinade for 1 hour.

Place fish on the grill 4 minutes on each side. Baste with Mojo sauce. Keep warm until plating.

Yellow Rice

3 cups Long grain Rice

6 cups Chicken Stock

3/4 Cup white onion

1 ½ teaspoons salt

1 Sazon seasoning


Place rice in a large pot with a tightly fitting lid and add water. Stir in the onion, salt, sazon seasoning, and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low, put the lid on and simmer.

Cook until the rice is tender and the water has evaporated, about 20 minutes, stirring once halfway through.

Black Beans

2 Cups Black Beans

2 tsp olive oil

1/2 onion

2 cloves garlic

2 scallions

2 tbsp red bell pepper

3 tbsp cilantro

15 oz can black beans, do not drain

1/2 cup Chicken Stock

1 bay leaf

few pinches cumin, to taste

pinch oregano

1 tsp red wine vinegar

salt and black pepper to taste


Water, as needed

Salt for taste and serve.

Honeydew Melon Slaw

1 cup honeydew melon

1/4 Cup red onion

1/4 Cup Red Pepper

2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

1 serrano chile

2 tablespoons lime juice

1 teaspoon sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 cups red cabbage

1 Cup Savoy Cabbage

Cilantro-lime Cream

1 Cup Sour Cream

1/4 Cup Mayo

2 limes (Juiced)

1/4 Cup Cilantro



Mix all ingredients in a bowl refrigerate until needed .

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GEORGETOWN — Georgetown County Council on Sept. 12 unanimously approved borrowing up to $67 million to pay for the construction of a new county jail.

Sheriff Carter Weaver said his office has no problem with the capacity of the current detention center, which holds about 265 beds, but he’s struggled to separate groups of inmates, particularly when disciplinary, gang-related or mental health issues come into play.

The latest price tag for the new jail is nearly $66 million when they met with representatives from M.B. Kahn Construction and Moseley Architects in July.

“It’s common, this isn’t the first one,” County Finance Director Karis Langston said of the bond issue.

Attorney Frannie Heizer of law firm Burr & Forman told the council that the current plan is to have the bonds mature over 20 years.

“These bonds will have a call feature — at the 10th anniversary of issuance of the bonds they can be called, which means that you have an opportunity to either refinance the bonds or prepay some or all of them,” Heizer said.

Heizer said it’s too early to tell what rate the bonds will be issued at.

The current county budget, passed in June, included an increase in property taxes to accommodate issuing bonds for the detention center project. Langston told the council two months prior that beginning work on the project without a tax increase would cause the county to hit its bond debt ceiling in 2027.

The proposed location for the new jail is also close to the current Georgetown County Detention Center, which opened in 1996.

Plans for the 85,800-square-foot jail call for 256 beds, though Dan Mace of Moseley Architects’ Charlotte office told the council in July that the county’s future expansion was kept in mind when the designs were drawn.

The latest design includes two segregation units of eight beds apiece, three housing units with cells containing a total 47 beds and a 48-bed dormitory, all surrounding a raised control tower. A separate wing of the facility for female inmates would contain 51 beds.

M.B. Kahn Executive Vice President Bret Estridge told the council that construction is tentatively set to begin in March, with an opening date no later than the second half of 2026.


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