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Home Care In Alamance, NC

Home Care Alamance, NC

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Alamance, NC is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.

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“Jaye has been a great caregiver for my Mom. Jaye writes detailed care notes about Mom's day so that we know what is going on even if we live out of town. She goes the extra mile to get Mom out in the sun when the weather is nice and she paints Mom's fingernails, which Mom enjoys. Jaye doesn't hesitate to contact us if Mom needs something or if she has questions. We feel lucky to have her.”

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“We would like to give a shout out to some of the caregivers. We are thankful to have Ms Loretta as a caregiver, she’s very giving, a sweet person, and she works very hard to help us. Such a blessing for Mike and myself. Taylor has such a contagious smile and is so calming for Mike. Always willing to help out however he can. A blessing to us. Tena jumps right in right away as she arrives and is so caring , willing to do whatever task to help ensure all is taken care of and cared for while she’s here. What a blessing Tonya has been for Mike, a contagious caring attitude and willingness to step in and takeover with all things while she’s here. So thankful she’s been put on our caregiver schedule.”

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“We are thankful to have Ms Loretta as a caregiver, she’s very giving, a sweet person, and she works very hard to help us. Such a blessing.”

Susie
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“We have used Always Best for 2 years for my Dad before he passed & now 2 years for my Mom. They are the best! Laura J. With Always Best is phenomenal. She is always pleasant & prompt. She is always willing to go a step beyond to help my Mom in every way with the best attitude!”

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“Great staff members to work with from the beginning. Meaning, the recruiter, hiring manager, receptionist, and scheduler. Schedulers are magnificent at finding and replacing hours if needed All staff (including caregivers) REALLY care about thier clients. ????”

Laura J.
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“We used Always Best Care Senior Services to assist with 24/7 care in the home of my mother in law. We had used 4 different agencies prior to Always Best, they were exceptional. The quality, compassionate care of the care givers was unmatched and if there was ever a call out - a substitute was sent with in 2 hours. Such peace of mind! I was so impressed with the organization that I ended shifting trajectories in my career and now I am an employee. It was the best decision I ever made! I don't know what took me so long to change! I can not say enough good things about the organization as a consumer and an employee. The Loy family does an amazing job of leading a team of kind, compassionate, caring care givers who give exceptional service.”

Kathleen O.
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“Sara Bynum is the best example of a CAREGIVER! Caring is her specialité..She is always prompt, cheerful, patient, industrious, generous, personable, organized, and, additionally, has a delightful sense of humor. I can't sing her praises loud enough!”

Aileen T.
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“I am writing for my mother Alice Pearce. We are very happy with the care provided by Jaye. She goes above and beyond in providing loving care for our mother. She always has a good handoff with the previous caregiver and the subsequent caregiver, making sure they know how mother is and what she needs. Mother loves a shower and Jaye is thoughtful in fitting them in when mother wants one and always has her presentable for family visits. She is a good cook and is sensitive to what mother will enjoy, so her appetite is better on Jaye's shift. She is a good communicator with the family and always puts in informative shift notes. She has technical skills. Recently, the facility got a new wifi and she updated the equipment so it all worked. I usually get those calls and she fixed everything without my involvement. She is very flexible and will stay late and take on extra shifts at the last minute. We are indeed fortunate that she is caring for our dear mother.”

Alice P.
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“Our family has been pleased with ABC services, thankful for a company to be able to rely on for my Dad's care.”

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“I’m in need of a caregiver for my son and Always Best Senior Care is one of the companies that I contacted. Although they were unable to provide services to us (through no fault of their own) mallory trip time to refer us to a company, including phone number to contact for services. She was very helpful, kind, and attentive to our needs. I appreciate the time they took to assist me the best way they could.”

Lisa L.
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“Caregivers (Raina & Aiyana) are very caring and helpful to my father's needs,”

Linda L.
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“Caring staff. Patient portal for family. Quick replacement/fill in caregiver.”

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“Britiany has been caring for my mom almost 4 years. She is so kind and patient and willing to help in any way she can. We value Britiany and think of her as family now. We have been so pleased the way in which Always Best Care has worked with us.”

Jeannie H.
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“My husband's caregiver Taylor is so very patient with him. She does her work without supervision. We are proud to have her in our home. Sincerely, Jack & Lou”

Jack H.
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“We were worried at first with someone taking care of mom. Melanie put us at ease. She is such a big help. Thank you Melanie, thank you all best!!”

Rita C.
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“The staff has been very helpful. Michelle is very helpful and friendly.We have never had to have service like this before so we weren’t sure of what to expect. Things have been very good and everyone has been so easy to work with. It makes it easier on everyone in the family. I am thankful to have Michelle come and help us and to the rest of the company for their help and understanding.”

Carol E.
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“God has allowed angels to be on earth to help us. My family is blessed to have one of those angels named Theresa who cares for my mother. Theresa is caring, soft spoken, loving and very nurturing in the excellent care she gives to my mother. We are so very thankful and blessed to have her in our lives! Thank you Theresa and Always Best Care!”

Elisabeth C.
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“Always Best Care Senior Services has been nothing but professional,nice and very helpful and informative about their healthcare opportunities. My family and myself have been very pleased with Carmen Rhodes our caregiver.She’s very kind,compassionate and knowledgeable about her job .Great job matching us with one of your Always Best Care Senior Services employee.”

Karen M.
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“We have been using Always Best Care Senior Services for my mom since early January 2023. They have done a great job of sending wonderful qualified caregivers that genuinely care for our mom. A special shout out to Alexandra Bennick, Wendy Hare, Stella Pride, Savannah Buckland and Aiyana Wright for all their hard work and wonderful care they have given mom. Not only do they do a great job caring for mom, but they clean house, prepare meals, clean dishes and many other household chores. They give my dad and the children a great sense of trust and security knowing she is being well taken care of!”

Greg S.
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“You could give Connie Rangel-Ledezma a bonus every day because she is that special to us. Without her, Bob would not be where he is today. She is valued by us and we hope by you! Give her 2 bonuses!!”

Gail N.
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“I have worked with about 6 agencies over the last 3 years and Samantha and her team at Always Best Care have been helpful, caring and supportive! They have been there for the unexpected and for the day to day care of my husband. When I need anything, even just a calm voice on the phone, they are there. Our caregiver, Maggie, has become a wonderful part of our family. She truly loves her job and taking care of Tony. She helps me to be less stressed taking care of my husband.”

Kandi S.
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“Harvey has become a part of our family! He is so kind and considerate to my father as he cares for him daily. His compassion and desire for the elderly is shown each time he comes to his house. If it were not for Harvey, I would not be able to work, nor would I have peace of mind that Daddy is being taken care of. Thank you Harvey for all that you do and the love that you show to daddy.”

Janet R.
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“Thank you to Ted for helping us make the adjustment to in-home care! We appreciate your willingness to put up with some negative reactions to your companionship for Bill while I am away from home.”

Susan L.
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“Cindy is the perfect fit for my needs and is always kind and respectful toward my husband. I could not have hand picked a better person.”

Pam S.

What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Alamance, NC?

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Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is 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.

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When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

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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.

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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 gets older, 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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Types of Elderly Care in Alamance, NC

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in Alamance, NC

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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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 - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, 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, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in Alamance, NC, 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.

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 a nursing home. 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.

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 and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often 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 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

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:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your NC's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
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.
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.
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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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 Alamance, NC 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.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.


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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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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 Always Best Care 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:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way

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A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive

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Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider

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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.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Alamance, NC 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

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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Track Covid-19 in Alamance County, N.C.

These Covid tracking pages are no longer being updated. Get the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control, or find archived data from The Times’s three year reporting effort here.Daily Covid-19 admissions in the Alamance County areaAbout the dataData is from the Centers for Disease Control and Pre...

These Covid tracking pages are no longer being updated. Get the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control, or find archived data from The Times’s three year reporting effort here.

Daily Covid-19 admissions in the Alamance County area

About the data

Data is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hospitalization data is a daily average of Covid-19 patients in hospital service areas that intersect with Alamance County, an area which may be larger than Alamance County itself.

The number of daily hospital admissions shows how many patients were admitted to hospitals for Covid and is one of the most reliably reported indicators of Covid’s impact on a community.

Total population

Ages 65 and up

Total population

Ages 65 and up

An updated vaccine is recommended for adults and most children. Statewide, 3% of vaccinations did not specify a home county.

Nearby hospitals

Share of I.C.U. beds occupied

About this data Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Notes: The hospitals map shows the average I.C.U. occupancy at nearby hospitals in the most recent week with data reported. The data is self-reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services by individual hospitals. It excludes counts from hospitals operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indian Health Service. Numbers for hospitalized patients are based on inpatient beds and include I.C.U. beds. Hospitalized Covid-19 patients include both confirmed and suspected Covid-19 patients. The C.D.C. stopped reporting data on cases in May 2023.

How trends have changed in Alamance County

About this data Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Notes: Weekly county death data prior to Jan. 2021 was not reported by the C.D.C. and is sourced from reporting by The New York Times. Hospitalization data is a weekly average of Covid-19 patients in hospital service areas that intersect with Alamance County. Hospitalization numbers early in the pandemic are undercounts due to incomplete reporting by hospitals to the federal government.

Historical trends in Alamance County

The data in these charts has been archived and they are no longer being updated.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The data in these charts has been archived and they are no longer being updated. Weekly county case data prior to Jan. 2021 was not reported by the C.D.C. and is sourced from reporting by The New York Times. The C.D.C. stopped reporting data on cases in May 2023. Test positivity data is based only on test results reported to the federal government and is a seven-day average.

Local connections to N.C. State teams at Final Four

By Bob SuttonSpecial to The Alamance NewsThere’s some Alamance County flavor involved with this week’s Final Fours – both on the women’s and men’s side.North Carolina State has both its basketball teams in Final Fours.For the Wolfpack women, Western Alamance alum Allie Quinn is in her third season as a team manager. She’s in Cleveland this week for the Women’s Final Four.[Story continues below photos.]Quinn, a former...

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There’s some Alamance County flavor involved with this week’s Final Fours – both on the women’s and men’s side.

North Carolina State has both its basketball teams in Final Fours.

For the Wolfpack women, Western Alamance alum Allie Quinn is in her third season as a team manager. She’s in Cleveland this week for the Women’s Final Four.

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Quinn, a former three-sport athlete at Western, is daughter of Western athletics director Sean Quinn, who also had been Western’s girls’ basketball coach until resigning from that position in March.

The N.C. State women, who are in the Final Four for the first time since 1998, meet undefeated South Carolina on Friday night.

On the men’s side … N.C. State’s men have reached to the Final Four for the first time since 1983 as part of a shocking run through the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament followed by four more victories in the NCAA Tournament. Joel Justus is in his second season as an assistant coach with the Wolfpack.

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Justus was an Elon assistant coach under former coach Ernie Nestor from 2004-08. The Phoenix reached the Southern Conference Tournament championship game in 2008, but the team lost to Davidson and star guard Stephen Curry.

Justus has been on another staff for a team reaching the Final Four with Kentucky in 2015 as director of analytics. He later had a five-year stint as an assistant coach with the Wildcats.

Another potential Final Four connection lost out

There would have been a direct Alamance County connection if Duke had defeated N.C. State in Sunday’s South Region final. Burlington resident Mike Schrage is Duke’s special assistant to the head coach.

Schrage is a former Elon head coach. His three-year run concluded in 2022. Schrage returned to the Duke program that spring to join the staff under then-new coach Jon Scheyer.

Schrage has a place on Duke’s bench closest to the scorers table for games.

Meanwhile, a couple of players in the Final Four spent time in Alamance County gyms with rival teams in high school.

N.C. State guard Breon Pass, who played for Reidsville, was involved in multiple football and basketball showdowns with Cummings prior to his graduation in 2021. Reidsville, Cummings and Graham were in the same league before conference alignments changed beginning with the 2021-22 school year.

Alabama forward Jarin Stevenson played for Seaforth, with matchups with Cummings and Graham in the Mid-Carolina Conference in the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons.

In Glendale, Arizona, N.C. State meets Purdue in Saturday night’s first semifinal followed by Alabama vs. Connecticut.

And the NIT … Graham graduate Justin Cousin was on the bench in a support role for Georgia in Tuesday night’s NIT semifinals at Hinkle Fieldhouse on the Butler campus in Indianapolis.

Cousin is a graduate manager for the Bulldogs, who lost 84-67 to Seton Hall. He’s in his second season with Georgia.

Georgia defeated host Wake Forest in the NIT second round while advancing in the postseason.

Cousin, who finished his college playing career for Radford in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, is Graham’s career scoring leader. He became a graduate assistant coach at Radford before moving on to Georgia.

NC Court of Appeals rules Graham Confederate monument cannot be removed by Alamance County

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was the first in a long line of plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Alamance County and its Board of Commissioners for protecting the Confederate monument located in front of the county courthouse in Graham.The North ...

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was the first in a long line of plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Alamance County and its Board of Commissioners for protecting the Confederate monument located in front of the county courthouse in Graham.

The North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the county commissioners on March 19, stating that the commissioners lack the authority to move the monument due to North Carolina’s Monument Protection Law — which states that “a monument, memorial, or work of art owned by the State may not be removed, relocated, or altered in any way without the approval of the North Carolina Historical Commission.”

In the opinion of the court, the Justices added that the federal government recognizes military service as part of the Confederate Army.

“The record conclusively shows that the Monument is a monument located on public property which commemorates military service that is part of North Carolina’s history. In so concluding, we note our federal government recognizes that service in the Confederate Army qualifies as 'military service," the court wrote.

The case was initially filed on March 30, 2021 by North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, the Alamance County branch of the NAACP, Down Home NC, Engage Alamance and many others — including Elon Town Council member and Senior Pastor for the Elon Community Church the Rev. Randy Orwig.

“Being a clergy person in the county gave me that ability to balance the plaintiffs in terms of being representational of many clergy in the county who feel that this no longer serves our values,” Orwig told Elon News Network in 2021 when the suit was filed. “Even though there are some people who still want to call it heritage, the monument itself represents inhospitality.”

This suit was filed against all five members of the Alamance County Board of Commissioners, stating that maintenance and protection of the Confederate monument is unconstitutional, and that it should be moved from its current location on Courthouse Square to a “historically appropriate location.” The case was heard by the Court of Appeals on Nov. 14, 2023.

Graham’s Confederate monument was ordered by the Alamance County Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1912 and was later dedicated on May 16, 1914. Since then the monument has been the subject of numerous controversies, events and protests — especially at the height of the George Floyd era in 2020. Elon University President Connie Book also called for the removal of the statue in 2020.

The statue is currently located across the street from Sesquicentennial Park, where Wyatt Outlaw was lynched on Feb. 26, 1870 by members of the White Brotherhood.

Empowering local education: Alamance Scholars Program unveils transformative partnership to Governor’s DRIVE Task Force

The Alamance Scholars Program aims to cultivate a local pipeline for students to become educators in Alamance County. This collaborative initiative, aligned with Elon University's strategic goals, focuses on increasing diversity, dismantling barriers to education, and recognizing the vital role of teachers in community development.Representatives from Alamance-Burlington School System (ABSS), Alamance Community College (ACC) and Elon University joined forces to present a compelling overview of the Alamance Scholars Program, showcasing...

The Alamance Scholars Program aims to cultivate a local pipeline for students to become educators in Alamance County. This collaborative initiative, aligned with Elon University's strategic goals, focuses on increasing diversity, dismantling barriers to education, and recognizing the vital role of teachers in community development.

Representatives from Alamance-Burlington School System (ABSS), Alamance Community College (ACC) and Elon University joined forces to present a compelling overview of the Alamance Scholars Program, showcasing the strategic collaboration between these esteemed institutions during a Nov. 17 presentation at Winston-Salem State University.

Information about the innovative program was presented to the Governor’s DRIVE Task Force at the 2023 DRIVE Tour event and highlighted the shared commitment to fostering a robust pipeline for local students to live, learn and ultimately contribute as educators in Alamance County.

The pivotal “Declaration of Intent” was officially signed on Jan. 28, 2021, by key institutional leaders — former ABSS Superintendent Bruce Benson, former ACC President Algie Gatewood and Elon President Connie Ledoux Book. Since this historic signing, significant strides have been taken to propel more students within ABSS towards considering teacher education as a viable and rewarding career option.

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The partnership is characterized by several key initiatives. Firstly, the collaboration is committed to enhancing opportunities for local students to transition from students to educators within Alamance County, creating a robust educational pipeline. Aligned with Elon’s 10-year Boldly Elon Strategic Plan, the partnership actively addresses and dismantles barriers that local citizens may encounter when pursuing education at the university. A crucial aspect of the program is the commitment to increasing the representation of students of color in the teaching profession by expanding admissions and enrollment within Alamance County.

Efforts are also underway to improve financial accessibility for local students attending Elon University through resource-raising initiatives aimed at supporting increased access and financial aid. The partnership recognizes the pivotal role of educators in community development, acknowledging them as essential contributors to the success and advancement of local communities.

Additionally, the collaboration focuses on streamlining communication and student transfer processes between the three institutions to create a seamless educational journey.

Finally, the initiative places a strong emphasis on diversity and equity, aiming to increase the number of highly qualified, diverse and equity-minded teachers to enrich the educational landscape of the community.

Commenting on the partnership, Ann Bullock, Dr. Jo Watts Williams Dean of Education, expressed enthusiasm, stating, “This collaboration underscores our shared dedication to education and community development. By creating a pathway for local students to become educators, we are investing in the future of Alamance County.”

The Alamance Scholars Program represents a bold initiative that not only aligns with the strategic goals of the partner institutions but also promises to make a lasting impact on the educational landscape of Alamance County.

About the DRIVE Task Force:

In 2019 Governor Cooper established the DRIVE Task Force and charged the body to develop recommendations to create a more diverse and inclusive educator workforce in North Carolina. The Task Force released an initial report and recommendations in 2021 and launched the DRIVE Action Plan in 2022, outlining North Carolina’s plan for recruiting, preparing, supporting, and retaining educators of color. As the DRIVE Task Force continues to discuss the necessary next steps towards implementation, the 2023 DRIVE Tour was designed to highlight and uplift initiatives and programs across the state of North Carolina that exemplify the recommendations and strategies outlined in the action plan.

DRIVE Tour Presenters:

Jodi Hofberg, Teachers Scholars Program Coordinator, Alamance-Burlington School System

Jennifer Jones, Education Instructor, Alamance Community College

Lisa Thompson, Adjunct Instructor in Education and Assistant Director of Alamance Scholars Program, Elon University

Portia Wade, Lecturer in Education and Director of Alamance Scholars Program, Elon University

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Alamance-Burlington School System has its back against the wall, cutting jobs in order to save money, superintendent says

In contrast to meetings in the past, school and state leaders were adamant they wanted this one to be productive and collaborative.What they came up with was a plan to save money, and that involved eliminating some positions.Top StoriesGet the latest news stories of interest by clicking hereDr. Dain Butler, superintendent of A...

In contrast to meetings in the past, school and state leaders were adamant they wanted this one to be productive and collaborative.

What they came up with was a plan to save money, and that involved eliminating some positions.

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Dr. Dain Butler, superintendent of Alamance-Burlington School System, said, “We’re hitting reset because this community is watching and they’re concerned.”

The Alamance-Burlington School System says its financial challenges are a direct consequence of last year’s mold saga – and rising utility costs.

Alamance-Burlington School System hit with more issues following Friday's storms

At a meeting with state delegates on Thursday, the school system said their utility costs rose 50 percent in January compared to the same time last year. Their utility costs this time last year were $1,773,203. This year, it's up to $2,667,716.

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They’re expecting the cost to rise again by the beginning of June, leaving a $1.9 million shortfall. That’s just for utilities.

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Sandy Ellington-Graves, ABSS Board chair, said, “There’s lots of increases across the boards and lots of areas, but just see our utility costs almost double, particularly beyond what we’ve budgeted and what we paid this time last year, that was concerning.”

Alamance County Commissioners allocate more than $5 million to hep Alamance-Burlington School System’s ‘budget crisis’

To save money, school leaders spoke about a “reduction in force” plan, which would include eliminating some non-classroom staff positions and reducing months of employment for others.

It’s estimated to save the district about $1.3 million.

Casey Johnson is a parent and wanted to know what school leaders had planned. She says it’s a lot to process.

Johnston, who’s also a part of PTO at Audrey Garret Elementary, said that after Thursday’s meeting, she says she’s more confident the school system is heading in the right direction.

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Johnston said, “At least we’re starting to do the right things. And hopefully, the actions follow the words, especially the ones spoken earlier in the meeting about becoming solution-focused and less blamed-oriented.”

Ellington-Graves said, “As county leaders, regardless of our role, we have to do what’s best for the county. Remember that our county expects that and they deserve that.”

Alamance-Burlington Schools battle 'budget crisis' following mold removal in schools

The superintendent will present the revised financial reduction plan to the school board on Tuesday. The board could vote on a final version at the end of February.

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