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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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“I used Always Best Care to care for my parents who happen to live in another state. I met with Elaine (the owner) to discuss my options and determine the best caregiver service to meet my parents needs. She was a great help; addressed all my questions and concerns and gave me peace of mind that my parents were in good hands. Their caregiver is wonderful and very competent. I don't have to worry about them or become a detective to find out what is going on with them in Maryland. Although my parents were a little skeptical at first, Elaine and her staff have put their mind at ease and made them feel very comfortable about the entire experience. They both feel much safer now and happier that they are able to stay in the home that they love. I am comforted in knowing that my parents are receiving quality care and they are in the capable hands of Elaine and her staff at Always Best Care. Words can not express my sincere gratitude for the awesome care provided to my parents.”

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How does In-home Senior Care in Bel Air, MD 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 Bel Air, MD, 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 Bel Air, MD gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care Plans

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

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

Veteran's Benefits
Veteran's Benefits

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

Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance

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

Private Insurance
Private Insurance

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

Life Insurance
Life Insurance

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

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

Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Bel Air,MD 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 Bel Air, MD

Body of missing woman Rachel Morin believed to have been found off Bel Air trail, Maryland officials say

BEL AIR, Md. - Maryland officials believe the body found off of a popular walking trail in Bel Air is that of 37-year-old Rachel Morin, a mother of five who reportedly vanished after telling her boyfriend she was going for a walk there."We're here to follow up on what I think our entire community knows, sadly, what is a homicide along the Ma and Pa Trail here just outside the town limits here in Bel Air that happened sometime early thi...

BEL AIR, Md. - Maryland officials believe the body found off of a popular walking trail in Bel Air is that of 37-year-old Rachel Morin, a mother of five who reportedly vanished after telling her boyfriend she was going for a walk there.

"We're here to follow up on what I think our entire community knows, sadly, what is a homicide along the Ma and Pa Trail here just outside the town limits here in Bel Air that happened sometime early this morning or today," Harford County Sheriff Jeff Gahler said in a Sunday evening news conference.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, around 11:23 p.m. on Saturday, Aug., 5, Morin's boyfriend reported that she had not returned home after saying she was going for a walk on the Ma and Pa Trail. Her boyfriend said she left home at about 6 p.m.

When he went to look for her, he found that her car was still in the parking lot at the Williams Street entrance to the trail.

Authorities immediately began to search the area and asked the public for help as they combed the area for any sign of Morin. She was described as 5’2", 107 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a blue or black tank top, black sports bra, black spandex shorts, and gray sneakers.

The community joined in the search and at 1:07 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, a citizen called in saying they had discovered the remains of a woman off of the trail. Detectives then began investigating the case as a homicide.

The cause and manner of death are still under investigation.

"While we believe while we firmly believe this is the body of Rachel Morin, that final determination, that final say belongs with the medical examiner and that has not happened yet," Gahler said.

The normally quiet community of Bel Air has been shaken by the tragic discovery. Support for Morin, her family and the investigating deputies have been pouring in on social media.

The Sheriff’s Office, however, has asked that people refrain from posting any details as the investigation remains active and ongoing.

"We understand this homicide causes a lot of concern," said Gahler. "We ask everyone to use good judgment on the trail and not just on the trail but in everyday life.

This is a developing story. Check back with FOX 5 for updates.

Lightning strike causes Bel Air condominium complex fire




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BEL AIR, Md. — Firefighters battled a two-alarm fire in Harford County on Monday night. The Deputy State Fire Marshals office said that fire at the Taylor Ridge condominiums was caused by lightning.

The Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company was called to 1311 Sheridan Place for a carbon monoxide detector alarm around 9:30 p.m. on Monday. Additional 911 callers reported seeing flames coming from the roof.

Louise Genereux says she was sitting in her home reading a book before her building was struck by lightning and caught fire.

"The roof was inflamed, it was a lot of flames and it was like reaching to my unit and my unit was on fire," Genereux said.

About 26 residents of the condo complex are displaced due to damage from the fire.

The building has been deemed unsafe, leaving many people without their belongings and even some people without their beloved pets.

"That's everything I own, that's my home. What are you to do now when you have nothing, what are you to do when you have just the clothes on your back," Brittany Mccarthan, a resident asked.

Investigators say lightning struck the roof the building, starting that fire. Residents reported hearing the strike and then smelling smoke minutes later. The fire caused the roof to collapse into the third floor.

The building was equipped with sprinklers but the fire originated above the level of their protection features.

One person was evaluated and declined to be taken to the hospital. They later drove themselves.

Friends and family and Harford County Disaster Assistance are assisting those displaced.

Some GoFundMe's were started to help support some of those in need:



Bel Air adding cameras to trail after woman's body found there

BEL AIR, Md. —Harford County is stepping up security along the popular Ma and Pa Trail in Bel Air after a woman's body was found there on Aug. 6.There are isolated spots along the trail, including a dark tunnel, where people said they would feel safer if cameras were installed.The increase in concerns comes nine days after Rachel Morin's body was found n...

BEL AIR, Md. —

Harford County is stepping up security along the popular Ma and Pa Trail in Bel Air after a woman's body was found there on Aug. 6.

There are isolated spots along the trail, including a dark tunnel, where people said they would feel safer if cameras were installed.

The increase in concerns comes nine days after Rachel Morin's body was found near the trail. Her killing is still unsolved, and photos of Morin have been taped to trees along the trail in her memory.

The Harford County Sheriff's Office has also increased its presence in the area.

"It's unfortunate that it takes a tragedy for us to recognize our vulnerabilities and address those," Harford County Executive Bob Cassilly said.

Cassilly wants to take safety up a notch.

"I want the trail to be used. I want it to remain the wonderful asset that it is for our community, and recognize in order to maintain that wonderful asset. We're going to have to put the money into putting the cameras there and maintaining an appropriate level of safety," he said.

The county executive is directing his staff to expedite the purchase and installation of cameras. Cassilly said his team is budgeting and consulting with experts to make that happen. He wants cameras to cover those isolated spots.

"It's very enclosed, and you don't know if somebody's going to be coming up behind you or if you're going to run into somebody as soon as you come out," frequent walker Sydney Hash said.

"I definitely think it's a good idea, especially if anything, unfortunately, were to happen like this in the future, I think it'd be great to be able to look back on cameras and be able to more easily find things to help the case," Hailey Tebo said.

Cassilly wants to see solid movement on the cameras within the next month.

Rachel Morin's family will host a celebration of life and a 5K walk and run on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the trail.

Bel Air community holds walk after woman's body found on popular trail

4 Candidates Run For 3 Seats On Bel Air's Board of Commissioners

Bel Air residents will be voting Nov. 7 to elect officials to three seats on Bel Air's Board of Commissioners. Kristin Danley-Greiner, Patch StaffBEL AIR, MD — Residents will be voting Nov. 7 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. to elect officials to three seats on Bel Air's Board of Commissioners.The Board of Town Commissioners consists of five members who are elected to four-year terms. At the second meeting in Novemb...

Bel Air residents will be voting Nov. 7 to elect officials to three seats on Bel Air's Board of Commissioners.

Kristin Danley-Greiner, Patch Staff

BEL AIR, MD — Residents will be voting Nov. 7 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. to elect officials to three seats on Bel Air's Board of Commissioners.

The Board of Town Commissioners consists of five members who are elected to four-year terms. At the second meeting in November of each year, the commissioners elect a member to serve as chair and vice chair of the Board of Town Commissioners. The chair has the honorary title of "mayor."

Residents can vote Nov. 7 at Bel Air Town Hall, 39 North Hickory Avenue, in Bel Air. Absentee ballot applications can be picked up at the Harford County Board of Elections, 133 Industry Lane, Forest Hill, or by calling (410) 638&dash;3565. The deadline to request an absentee ballot application by mail from the Harford County Board of Elections falls on Oct. 31 by 5 p.m. by mail or 11:59 p.m. by fax to (410) 638&dash;3310 or email to [email protected].

After this deadline, applications and ballots must be picked up in person at the Harford County Board of Elections. Ballots must be postmarked or received at Bel Air Town Hall, 39 N. Hickory Avenue, Bel Air, on or before the close of the polls at 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Residents can drop off a voted ballot instead of mailing it by dropping off a ballot at Bel Air Town Hall. There will be a drop box positioned outside Town Hall from Oct. 10 through the close of polls on Election Day. Or ballots can be taken to the Department of Administration office during business hours, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Be sure an oath is signed or the ballot will not count.

Find out what's happening in Bel Airwith free, real-time updates from Patch.

The League of Women Voters of Harford County will host a Bel Air Municipal Election Candidate Forum on Oct. 12 at Bel Air Town Hall starting at 6:30 p.m.

The following individuals have completed the certificate of candidacy, financial disclosure statement, been approved by the Board of Ethics and paid the filing fee, thereby declaring their intent to run for the office of Town Commissioner in the upcoming election:

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Charcuterie Board Business Booms, Owner Opening Storefront In Bel Air

A Harford County woman has taken her charcuterie board business to new heights by opening a storefront in downtown Bel Air.Kristin Danley-Greiner, Patch Staff|Updated Wed, Aug 16, 2023 at 4:44 pm ETHARFORD COUNTY, MD — Charcuterie boards offer a creative way to serve snacks and themed yummies at special events. Some say their origin can be traced to wineries and upscale restaurants, but now they can be fo...

A Harford County woman has taken her charcuterie board business to new heights by opening a storefront in downtown Bel Air.

Kristin Danley-Greiner, Patch Staff

|Updated Wed, Aug 16, 2023 at 4:44 pm ET

HARFORD COUNTY, MD — Charcuterie boards offer a creative way to serve snacks and themed yummies at special events. Some say their origin can be traced to wineries and upscale restaurants, but now they can be found at baby showers, family reunions, birthday parties and even Super Bowl parties.

One Harford County business offering charcuterie boards has gone from a home business to opening an official storefront called The Grazing Room in the Terlyn Square shopping center on Churchville Road.

Boards by Dana sold its first charcuterie board to a paying customer in October 2021.

"I had been making boards for friends and family, and for guests, at my home for many years. I’ve always loved cooking, entertaining and feeding people. Making charcuterie boards was a fun, creative outlet for me. I created a food Instagram account where I would post my kitchen creations and the charcuterie boards were getting the most attention. After seeing how people responded on social media and in person when seeing my boards, I finally decided to give it a go and try to turn my creative outlet into a business," said Dana Berbenich, owner of Boards by Dana.

After starting her business, Berbenich discovered that charcuterie businesses are required to be licensed by the health department, meaning all prep work must be done in a commercial kitchen space.

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"When I started the business, I thought it would be a great side hustle I could do from home, but when I became aware of the requirements of renting and commuting to a commercial kitchen space - which was extremely difficult to find by the way and quite expensive for a small food business start-up - that changed things a bit. I was loving what I was doing, but I was not comfortable with the risk of being shut down or receiving a hefty fine for not going through the proper licensing process with the health department and operating from home," Berbenich said.

So she was faced with the decision of committing herself fully to her side hustle and taking on the overhead associated with her business: renting a commercial kitchen, licensing, insurance. So she took the plunge and became officially licensed in February 2022. Berbenich began renting space and prepping boards in a shared kitchen facility in Joppa. But her business grew so incredibly popular that she quickly realized she needed her own dedicated space for Boards by Dana.

"My garage was overflowing with my board and tray supplies, wooden boards and props for grazing tables, workshop supplies and dry ingredients. It was spilling over into my basement and dining room, too.

"As the business grew, I needed to scale a bit when it came to space and logistics. I had begun to order quite a bit of my items and supplies wholesale, but because I was still working a full-time job up until the end of May of 2023, it was extremely difficult logistically to be travelling back and forth to the kitchen in Joppa, to have wholesale orders delivered there, and to be shopping at several different stores for all of my ingredients. I knew I needed a bigger space, and preferably kitchen prep space that wasn’t shared with other food businesses, and I knew if I wanted to do that I would need to leave my full time position as well," Berbenich said.

She also realized she wanted to be closer to her main customer base in Bel Air and surrounding areas.

"When I thought about the increased overhead of renting my own commercial kitchen space, I knew that I would need to add additional revenue streams and find ways to make up for the increased expenses. A brick and mortar locations means we can add grab and go charcuterie, sandwiches, salads and drinks, as well as retail items - think everything you would buy to make a board at home: meats, cheeses, olives, crackers, jams, honeys, nuts, dried fruits, boards, cheese knives, etc. The brick and mortar/storefront space also gives me my own space to host events and teach my charcuterie workshops from. We also plan to make the space available to rent out for celebrations like bridal and baby showers, birthday parties," Berbenich said.

The boards Berbenich creates are for an array of occasions such as birthdays, weddings, showers, corporate events and meetings, nonprofit galas, graduations, holidays, celebrations of life and more.

"Our customers are those who are hosting or attending celebrations or events, charcuterie aficionados, cheese lovers, charcuterie DIY-ers at workshops and small business supporters," she said. "We hope to attract even more customers with our grab and go and retail products at our storefront."

The charcuterie boards created at Boards by Dana do sometimes include themes particularly for the holidays and the seasons.

"We also offer the option to have your theme incorporated into a board. I have done a 'Mean Girls' board, a '90s board, rainbow boards, dog-friendly boards, brunch boards, bachelorette party boards and more," Berbenich said.

Her favorite board so far?

"Board-wise, it’s probably the Beetlejuice board or one of my spooky Halloween themed boards. I love Halloween and all thing spooky. Or my viral Charcuter-TREE board from this past holiday season. The reel I made of me assembling the Charcuter-TREE board received over 14.7 million views and over 243,000 likes on Instagram and was featured in many articles and blogs. It also led to some brand partnerships and opportunities I wouldn’t have had if I had never made it," Berbenich said.

The regular menu at Boards by Dana includes boards that serve anywhere from one person (single serving cones, cups and mini boxes) up to 20 people (21 x 14.5-inch It’s A Party board). They have larger party options for groups of between 20 to 40 people, and offer grazing tables for groups of 30 people or more.

"The largest board we have made to date was a grazing table that was made to serve 600 people," she said.

Currently, Boards by Dana creates charcuterie boards for customers in Harford and surrounding counties. Their delivery area for regular boards extends 15 miles outside of Bel Air, but will travel further throughout the DMW for events and grazing tables.

"We even helped set up a table at the capitol building in Washington, D.C.," Berbenich said.

Boards by Dana has reached impressive heights in a short period of time and Berbenich credits her customers, friends and family for their support.

"My husband and my mom are my No. 1 fans and regularly help me with order prep, shopping, deliveries and events. My sister has travelled down from Long Island where I’m from on several occasions to visit, and I end up putting her to work when she’s here. My dad is helping me with the store remodel/build out. He lives in Vermont but has already made one of several trips down to help," she said.

"I also am lucky to have friends and other small business owner friends, many of whom I have met through Boards by Dana, who have been by my side cheering for me, supporting me and cutting cheese when needed," Berbenich said. "There is no way I could have possibly grown this business without their support and their help, I am so grateful for the support system I have."

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