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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 Rising Sun, 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 Rising Sun, 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 Rising Sun, 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 Rising Sun,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.

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Championship wait ends for Rising Sun

COLLEGE PARK - As Josalyn McMillian stepped into the box in the bottom of the eighth inning of Friday’s Class 2A state softball championship game, the Rising Sun’s dugout knew its torturous wait was going to end.Only 60 feet stood in the way. Catharine Meadows stood at the third with the winning run. McMillan sent a flyball into centerfield. Meadows tagged up, sprinted down the line and slid.Safe.After approximately 7,307 days, Rising Sun are state champions. The fourth-ranked Tigers defeated Calvert County&r...

COLLEGE PARK - As Josalyn McMillian stepped into the box in the bottom of the eighth inning of Friday’s Class 2A state softball championship game, the Rising Sun’s dugout knew its torturous wait was going to end.

Only 60 feet stood in the way. Catharine Meadows stood at the third with the winning run. McMillan sent a flyball into centerfield. Meadows tagged up, sprinted down the line and slid.


After approximately 7,307 days, Rising Sun are state champions. The fourth-ranked Tigers defeated Calvert County’s Calvert, 1-0, at the University of Maryland.

“It feels better this way than if we came here last year and won, came back and won again,” Faith McCullough said. “It feels better because there was a chip on our shoulder, we all wanted it even more.”

Exactly 363 days ago, Rising Sun’s valiant comeback went for naught as Calvert scored in the bottom of the eighth for the title. The Tigers (21-1 overall) came into this season with a chip on their shoulder, not wanting that pain again.

Friday, they found ecstasy. It was the Cecil County school’s first state softball championship since 2003.

The title will be most remembered for the unhittable duo of McCullogh and Cadence Williams. McCullough, who will play for Towson University next spring, pitched the first three innings Friday, striking out four and not allowing a baserunner.

Williams, a South Alabama recruit, pitched the final five innings. She allowed two hits and struck out four.

“They’ve been doing that for us all year,” Rising Sun coach Paul Taylor said. “A lot of people kind of think were crazy, because we take Faith out pitching a no-hitter. This isn’t the first time we’ve done it. They know the rotation, they know to stay fresh. Cadence is good to come in, Faith likes to start. It just works.”

Emma DeBoer matched Williams and McCullough, pitch for pitch for Calvert (21-2). The Central Michigan recruit struck out nine.

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McCullough was the game’s first base runner in the second inning with a single, but was stranded. Jayden Simpkins walked to lead off the third. She was left on base.

Bri Cole led off the fourth with a double to right centerfield. Rising Sun loaded the bases with two outs when Kelsey Barks walked and Madison Nolan was hit by a pitch, but DeBoer retired the side.

Lynch had a one-out bunt single in the fifth and Williams led the sixth off with a single to left. Both runners were left on.

After seven scoreless innings, the match went to International Tie Breaker with a runner starting at second base. Williams got a pop out, fly out and strike out to end Calvert’s eighth.

Meadows started at second base for Rising Sun in the eighth. She advanced to third on Jordan Lynch’s single.

McMillian knew all she had to do was put the ball in play. She was down 0-2 in the count before producing the arguably the biggest play in the last 20 years for Rising Sun softball.

“I knew we had a lot of speed on third, so I was just trying to make solid contact or getting the ball on the ground or hitting a sac fly,” McMillan said.

It was the perfect ending for Rising Sun’s six seniors, including McCullough, who was the first to run out of the dugout.

“I was just running to celebrate,” McCullough said. “I was so excited.”


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NO. 4 RISING SUN 1, CALVERT 0 (8 innings)

Calvert 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 2 0

Rising Sun 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 — 1 5 0

DeBoer and Bradley; McCullough, Williams (5) and Cole

RBI: Rising Sun - Josalyn McMillian

2B: Rising Sun - Bri Cole

Rising Sun to hold inaugural Holiday Tractor Parade




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RISING SUN, Md. — One Cecil County town will be using the holidays to showcase its agricultural heritage this year.

The town of Rising Sun is launching its inaugural Holiday Tractor Parade, to be held at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3.

Participants can compete to win in three special categories - "Tractor with the most lights," "Most Festive Tractor," and "Most Original Decorations/Display."

Heather Szarka, who came up with the idea, said her 2-year-old son is "obsessed with tractors" and both her children loved seeing a few decorated tractors last year.

"Rising Sun and Cecil County in general is such a big agricultural community. It's not uncommon to drive to the grocery or to school or work and pass a combine or several tractors on your way... I thought, let's do a tractor parade. We have such a great agricultural community, and it would be so wonderful to really put kind of a highlight on that. And it brings a lot of different folks together that maybe wouldn't typically come out to the events."

The parade will take place during Rising Sun's third annual Winter Extravaganza, which Szarka said drew more than 2,000 people last year in foot traffic alone.

Szarka hoped they could get 15 to 20 tractors to register, but more than 25 have signed up as of Monday.

She noted that several are going to pull some decorated wagons and some floats, and there are even "whispers of Santa making an appearance."

"We've got a lot of folks that are coming from different parts of Cecil County with their tractors, but also some folks from Pennsylvania coming down, so it'll be really neat to see how many people we draw for this," she added.

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Rising sun boasts brilliant ice halo, light pillar in Western Maryland


It was a frigid morning in Garrett County, Md., when Josh Brenneman encountered an incredible scene on his drive to work.

The rising sun was surrounded by a perfect semicircle of colored light, like a rainbow. But there was no precipitation; instead Brenneman, who runs the Facebook group Allegheny Mountains Weather, was seeing a magnificent ice halo intensified by flanking shafts of light known as sun dogs. The diamond-shaped column of light emanating from the sun itself is known as a sun pillar.

“[I] first noticed the bright colors on the right side, then when I got to a good open area, the left side was visible and it was only the lower parts at first and slowly built the arch,” he wrote in a message to The Washington Post.

So, how did this scene develop?

Sunlight is made of white light, or a combination of light of all different wavelengths. That means it contains all the colors of the spectrum. When white light enters an ice crystal, the light slows and is bent through a process know as refraction. But each wavelength, or color, of light, is refracted at slightly different angles. That’s what splits up the light into its different component colors, making each unique hue visible to us.

Central to the stunning sky scene is the common 22-degree halo, which can be mistaken for a rainbow. Temperatures were around 15 degrees at the time, which precipitates ice crystals with a hexagonal prism structure in the atmosphere. That crystalline form is perfect for creating a 22-degree halo.

Above and below the sun is a column of light known as a “sun pillar.” Those form when ice crystals take the form of hexagonal platelets and are oriented with their faces pointed up and down. They act as miniature mirrors; any sunlight that is scattered upward is reflected, or bounced, back toward the observer. That generates a vertical beam of light.

To the left and right of the sun anchored on the 22-degree halo are “sun dogs,” or splotches of bright light. These are areas where the ice crystals are oriented with their hexagons facing horizontally, aiming light directly at the photographer. Because blue light is refracted more than red light, the inner edge of the sundog appears tinted red and orange.

Lastly is the parhelic circle, a faint, monochromatic hula hoop at the height of the sun that pierces the solar disk and parallels the horizon. It can be linked to sunlight entering the rectangular sides of a hexagonal prism of ice. Parhelic circles are usually dimmer farther away from the sun because rays of light must take a tortuous path of internal reflections within each crystal.

The four features combined into a serene morning display that appears to have been viewed only locally. Brennan’s brother, a mile away, didn’t report anything unusual or captivating with the sunrise.

There is a chance that the locality of the phenomenon may be tied to snow production at the nearby Wisp ski resort; snow cannons often produce “perfect” ice crystals that lend themselves to the generation of halos, pillars and other colored bands.


Sallie Teague remembered: Former Rising Sun Mayor, cancer survivor, 'bookmobile lady' honored for legacy of service and advocacy

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When Rising Sun celebrated its 150th birthday in 2010 former mayor Sallie Teague was featured in the commemorative book. She was mayor from 1994 to 2003.

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Rising Sun Mayor Travis Marion invited former mayor Sallie Teague to be among the first to sign the Breast Cancer Awareness art mounted on the railing in front of town hall in 2014. Teague, then a 12-year-survivor of cancer, said she was “honored that he called me to sign it.”

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Public servant, volunteer, friend, advocate... add survivor to Sallie Teague’s legacy. Back in 2014, Teague left this message to fellow breast cancer survivors on a piece of public art at Rising Sun Town Hall.

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She wore many hats in her 87 years – including wife, mother and grandmother – but Sallie Teague also volunteered with numerous organizations including Meals on Wheels, Ray of Hope Mission Center and at her church, Moore’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Elkton.

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Sallie Teague is being remembered for all the ways she touched Rising Sun, including bringing Fairview Senior Housing and McKinley Apartments to the town. The meeting room at Fairview bears her name.

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Rising Sun Department of Public Works employees, Grant Coates, William Karashin and Josh Hutton draped funerial bunting at the door of town hall on Monday, hours after learning that former mayor Sallie Teague had passed.

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The Inside Scoop opens on Strohmaier Lane in Rising Sun

RISING SUN — The Inside Scoop officially opened for business Saturday and one of the first customers was practically giddy with excitement.Now operating in what was once Kilby Cream, The Inside Scoop sells Hershey Ice Cream and ice cream cakes seven days a week. Customers can get scooped ice cream in a cup, bowl or cone along with milk shakes and signature sundaes. The menu covers an entire wall.However, Augie Pierson, Rising Sun Commissioner, wasn’t at the shop on Strohmaier Lane for the ice cream. The Baltimore Ci...

RISING SUN — The Inside Scoop officially opened for business Saturday and one of the first customers was practically giddy with excitement.

Now operating in what was once Kilby Cream, The Inside Scoop sells Hershey Ice Cream and ice cream cakes seven days a week. Customers can get scooped ice cream in a cup, bowl or cone along with milk shakes and signature sundaes. The menu covers an entire wall.

However, Augie Pierson, Rising Sun Commissioner, wasn’t at the shop on Strohmaier Lane for the ice cream. The Baltimore City native was there for an authentic Baltimore City snowball. As it turns out, Holly Kunkel — who owns The Inside Scoop with partners Lisa England and Casey Watters — is also a Baltimore City native who ran her own snowball stand as a teenager. She told the audience at the ribbon cutting Saturday morning about how she started with blocks of ice and a handheld ice scraper until she earned enough money to purchase a mechanical crusher.

Pierson ordered his snowball and watched with childlike excitement as Kunkel ran the ice through a crusher and packed it into a large styrofoam cup. With a signature mound at the top, she added Pierson’s flavor choice; piña colada.

“I give it four squirts,” Kunkel said as she slowly administered the yellow syrup. “I want lots of flavor.”

However, she wasn’t finished. Kunkel took the cover off of a large bowl of marshmallow creme and put several dollops on top of the icy crown.

“It’s running down the side,” she told Pierson as she handed off the sweet treat.

“That’s not a problem,” Pierson said, happy to lick the trails of marshmallow creme running down the cup toward his fingers.

Rising Sun officials and members of the Rising Sun Chamber of Commerce were on hand for the ribbon cutting and afterward sampled the offerings. Emilie Kleiner, Rising Sun Commissioner, opted for black cherry ice cream in a cup while Bud McFadden, a chamber representative, chose butter pecan ice cream on a cone.

“It’s very good,” Kleiner said.

The new operators of the Kilby Farm properties were not interested in running the ice cream shop, England said.

Ben Flahart said the ice cream production of Kilby Cream Ice Cream ended last fall and will not be resumed. Like many others, England, Kunkel and Watters missed the local ice cream shop and approached the Flaharts about opening their own. Watters said it all came together quickly, with all three ladies giving God credit. The Rev. Melanie Longacre, pastor of Rising Sun Church of the Nazarene — of which the ladies are members — was called on to bless the business.

The Inside Scoop is open Sunday through Friday 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. and from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturdays.


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