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Home Care In Vienna, VA

Home Care Vienna, VA

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.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Neue Burg - Teil der Wiener Hofburg gets harder without someone by their side. 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 Vienna, VA 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.


“My mother required some post-surgical assistance as she was healing from a knee replacement procedure. Scott was very helpful in arranging a dependable and compassionate caregiver for the time which we needed the assistance. I could confidently attend to my work schedule knowing that my mother was receiving the help she needed for medication reminders, meal preparation, exercise prompts and having a supportive ear during the convalescence from Sue. I recommend Always Best Care Senior Services very highly.”

Rio Z.

“Scott Maquire, owner is helpful and will work with you to develop a plan that works best for your situation. My mom loves here caregiver and I highly recommend Always Best Care Senior Services for peace of mind,”

Cheryl S.

“I had caregivers for my elderly mother from Always Best Care for close to three years, and I would unreservedly do so again. It took a little bit to find providers who were right for my mother’s particular needs (besides becoming increasingly frail, she had severe anxiety), and for my schedule (my mother was living with me), but owner Scott Maguire was extremely accessible and responsive, and ultimately we established an arrangement that worked well. The caregivers were honest, reliable, caring, and responsive to my feedback, and communication via daily logs and in-person reporting ensured I was aware of anything I needed to know. I found the advantage of working with a small company whose owner I never had trouble reaching or getting to understand my needs a huge factor in what made this agency work for me.”

Judith B.

“Finding Always Best Care was a game changer for me and my mom (after trying several other companies). Scott was professional and responsive. He found the perfect companion for my mom (Kendall). She was reliable, flexible, thoughtful, kind and an excellent communicator. Within a short time, my mom began asking when that "nice Kendall" was coming again. I cannot recommend ABC Senior Services highly enough. I will always be grateful for their services.”

Michelle H.

“Our experience with Always Best Care Senior Services of Herndon was positive. Excellent communication and billing was easy.”

John E.

“Wow--my family has worked with a number of companies to assist us through the years in the Annandale area. This is the best. Scott Maguire--the owner is responsive, collaborative, and empathetic to unique questions and requirements. This is the company we will work with hereafter.”

Michael F.

“Anyone reading this is likely where my family was. Completely exhausted and desperate. My husband and I had been primary caregivers for my in-laws when one ended up with non-COVID pneumonia and the other had a stroke followed by a fall-- all since early January. Now vaccinated, they were ready for outside help and wanted it to start right away. We had been talking to an agency throughout the process that came highly recommended, Old Dominion. But they were not able to turn around an awesome caregiver in 72 hours and recommended I call one of their friendly competitors-- Scott- At Always Best Care Senior Services in Herndon. Scott understood that we were looking for stopgap care until Old Dominion could find someone permanent and after a call Friday afternoon, he had someone at my in-laws on Monday, 8:00am. And she was terrific. It makes all the difference to have such a positive experience from the beginning. My in-laws were very pleased and appreciated that Scott had been upfront that the caregiver he had available had a thick accent and that, combined with a mask, might be challenging for someone hearing impaired. This is an issue for my mother in law and it made all the difference that she knew in advance. The other thing I appreciated is that all of Scott's caregivers are vaccinated or on their way. The one he sent was getting her second shot later in her start week with us. Unfortunately, my father-in-law is going to need a stint in skilled rehab, so we won't be continuing with Scott's wonderful caregiver. But Scott stepped up to help provide some insiders perspective on facilities. There was nothing to gain from that, except putting goodness out into the world. The process is overwhelming and it made such a difference to get his perspective. We could not have been more pleased to have had such a terrific experience and highly recommend Always Best Care Senior Services if you or a loved one is looked for quality care.”

Joan B.

“I had the good fortune to work for Scott Maguire at ABC following my move from New Hampshire to Virginia. I was with the agency for eight years until last month when I moved to Florida. Scott always cared about his clients, and had a knack for matching them with compatible caregivers. He was always available for questions and concerns. I had opportunities to work for other agencies between clients, but chose to stick with Always Best Care, because the name of the agency says it all.”

Jill B.

“With my wife bed bound and I the only caretaker, I was soon exhausted. Scott and Always Best Care came to my rescue by providing me with the help I needed to get through this ordeal. The young lady that came 7 hours a day was a Godsend to me. She was attentive and caring and made my wife's life so much better, no to mention my own. I would not have made it through without her. Scott dealt directly with the insurance people saving me from having to manage any record keeping and payment issues. That also relieves a lot of stress. I would strongly recommend Always Best Care to anyone in need of such services.”

Tom S.

“Scott and his team provided excellent companion care for Mom as her dementia progressed. They ran errands with her, provided meals for her and Dad, and generally kept her engaged and entertained during the pandemic. Scott was a wealth of knowledge and always available to help us navigate the disease and it’s effects. I highly recommend him and his team!”

Susan F.

“Our family was delighted to have found Always Best Care Senior Services, having been recommended by another senior care agency. They quickly responded with excellent experienced care givers who were terrific in caring for my father, giving him the attention he needed. The personal attention given by the owner was terrific. The nursing consultation was also appreciated. I highly recommend this agency.”

Robin H.

“My mother was in hospice care and needed help and companionship and I couldn’t be there 24/7. Always Best Care sent providers to be with her and I can’t say enough good things about them. They were compassionate and skilled, and always there when I needed them. I could relax knowing that my mom was in good hands.”


“I couldn’t be happier with the care Scott and his team have provided my mother this past year. They’ve been very responsive and flexible to her changing needs. I would recommend this very well-run company to anyone seeking top-notch care for their loved one.”

Rita S.

“I can't say enough good things about Always Best Care. They have have been very flexible with providing services for my dad, and have a top-notch staff. We're extremely pleased!”

Dolly K.

“I have worked with Scott in the Senior Healthcare field for over 5 years and have consistently found him to be genuinely concerned and compassionate in regards to caring for the elder population as well as extremely knowledgeable about the Senior Market in general. He is well respected in the industry and has a lot of reliable contacts to refer families to if you are looking for assistance in other areas of the industry. In a very competitive field, it is nice (and extremely important) to find someone you can trust.”

Bev O.

“Scott has been a great resource for two summers now, when I needed help finding a companion who could take my mom to the pool. Scott did a wonderful job finding companions who were a good fit for my mom's personality & needs, and was also quite helpful figuring out pool schedules & locations in Reston, with an eye toward accessible facilities at each one (very important as I live 3k miles away ). Scott is really good about working with the staff at the assisted living where my mom is, and the companions he hires are kind, thoughtful, and professional. Thank you, so much.”

Mira G.

“I found that Always Best Care went out of its way to give my mother wonderful help during a challenging time of extreme heat and intermittent power outages. I am very appreciative!”

Sheila B.

“My parents were very resistant at first to having any help but enjoyed the staff that was sent to our home. I was able to leave them good care and go about my plans.”

Shannon L.

“I find it refreshing that this company cares more about the person than just doing a job. I am a former nurse and am very particular about my caregivers and the company I deal with concerning my need for assistance. The company has already exceeded my expectations. I am grateful that I found Always Best Care, and I would suggest to anyone who needs this kind of help to carefully consider using their services.”

Jane L.

“They were able to find a suitable care-giver within a relatively short time frame”

Robin L.

“Scott Maguire at ABC was very helpful when I needed to find an assisted living facility for my mother. Later, when my mother's needs increased, ABC provided a very good companion for her. I recommend Scott and ABC without reservation.”

Charlie P.

“I have worked with this company for many years as the leader in an assisted living community in the local Herndon neighborhood. I have found that the caregivers at "Always Best Care" were compassionate, caring and engaging with the the residents they served with our community. The management team at Always Best Care, in addition, were very responsive to any questions or concerns that we may have had and resolved issues immediately. The management team often visited their team members in the community ensuring that their employees were engaging with their clients and performing professionally in the "guest community". I would highly recommend this organization if you are looking for a team who can understand the needs of the senior as well as the needs of the family.”

Peggy B.

“Always Best Care has provided a wealth of knowledge. They helped me deal with all the issues that appeared once my Mom got sick and could no longer take care of herself. Scott shared ideas and information. He was able to direct me to VA services I didn't realize my Mom was entitled. This money thanks to Scott has allowed my Mom to stay in her home and have services provided to her. I highly recommend Scott and his caring wonderful staff at Always Best Care.”

Michael C.

“Always Best Care is a very respected business in Herndon. It is always a pleasure to work with Scott and his team.”

Jon H.

“Scott was a huge help to the Nay family by helping us find an Assisted Living Home that suited my parent's budget and lifestyle. Scott identified our financial concerns and then went to work looking for a place for my parents. He found a great place closer to my home and my parents are thrilled with it and are able to bank money instead of wasting money at the place they were at before. Scott's referral service will always be remembered by the Nay Family”

Bill N.

What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Vienna, VA?


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.


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 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 Vienna, VA

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. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Southside Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

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. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local Clarity or visit Stephansdom Nordturm, don't feel bad. 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 Vienna, VA

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 Vienna, VA, 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 VA'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 Vienna, VA 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.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • Vienna Manor Assisted Living
  • Sunrise of Vienna
  • Greenbrier Assisted Living and Memory Care
  • Tysons Woods LLC - Assisted Living Vienna
  • Tysons Woods LLC - Assisted Living
  • BeClose
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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


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


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


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 Vienna, VA 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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Charm of Vienna’s Dunn Loring Woods has ‘stood the test of time’

When she was a child growing up in quiet and vernal Dunn Loring Woods, Sheila Carney loved to leave the orderly housing development for the wilds of the overgrown railroad track just beyond. She and her friends would roam along the tracks and commune with the wildlife, feeling like daring adventurers.“It was like Tom Sawyer,” she recalled.Today, that abandoned railroad track has been replaced by the Washington and Old Dominion Trail, beloved by runners, walkers and cyclists, who can cover 45 miles end-to-end. But th...

When she was a child growing up in quiet and vernal Dunn Loring Woods, Sheila Carney loved to leave the orderly housing development for the wilds of the overgrown railroad track just beyond. She and her friends would roam along the tracks and commune with the wildlife, feeling like daring adventurers.

“It was like Tom Sawyer,” she recalled.

Today, that abandoned railroad track has been replaced by the Washington and Old Dominion Trail, beloved by runners, walkers and cyclists, who can cover 45 miles end-to-end. But the 1960s-era ramblers, colonials and craftsmen homes largely remain standing, albeit with additions that tell of growing families and expanding dreams.

Located by Vienna, Va., about 14 miles west of Washington, Dunn Loring Woods was developed by Yeonas, a family-owned construction company responsible for up to 14,000 homes still standing in Northern Virginia. Today, according to the Dunn Loring Woods Civic Association, the neighborhood includes 550 homes on a 300-acre tract. Established in 1965, shortly after development was completed, the civic association still publishes a neighborhood newsletter, The Lantern; hosts a community forum for residents; and organizes events including a popular neighborhood-wide yard sale.

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Christine Kluttz moved into the neighborhood with her husband, Bobby, in 2011. She said they had started looking for homes in Arlington, where they’d lived in an apartment, but found themselves expanding their search westward due to steep home prices. She didn’t love the 1960s-era split-foyer design of the house they ultimately purchased — it wasn’t ideal for the three children they’d eventually have — but she did love the warmth of the neighborhood and the amenities it offered, including the trail, a community pool beloved by residents and safe, walkable streets. Stenwood Elementary School, where all her children went, is a short walk from Kluttz’s home, and that walk, to drop off and pick up kids, has become a special tradition over the years.

“Everybody walking together and meeting up on the playground before and after school, it just feels like a really nice community,” she said.

Since the Kluttzes arrived in the neighborhood, the appeal of its location has deepened. The Mosaic District in Merrifield, just across Interstate 66, has developed into a destination spot for retail and gourmet dining. And the neighborhood has filled with more young families like theirs as some of the original owners have downsized or moved on.

Barry Schwartz, a home builder who lives in Dunn Loring Woods and builds mainly in nearby Vienna, has lived in two homes in the neighborhood: a raised rambler his family felt lucky to find in 2003 as the housing market around D.C. heated up and a two-story Colonial he built himself in 2012. He hasn’t built many other houses in his own neighborhood, he said, because many Dunn Loring Woods residents have preferred to build additions onto their Yeonas-built homes.

While the $436,000 Schwartz paid for his first Dunn Loring Woods house wouldn’t go as far today, the neighborhood remains a good place to find competitively priced single-family homes with nicely sized yards. Of the 28 homes sold last year in the neighborhood, the lowest-priced was a $695,000 three-bedroom, two-bathroom rambler; the highest-priced was a $1.7 million four-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom new-construction colonial.

Among the single active and two “coming soon” listings in the neighborhood, list prices range from $749,000 to $1.85 million.

When he moved into the neighborhood, Schwartz immediately got a taste for its friendliness and welcoming attitude: The man who sold him the house presented him with a detailed hand-drawn map of his corner, complete with the names and telephone numbers of all his neighbors. He also received an invitation to the seller’s going-away party, where he met many of them.

“Our corner was a lot of people who really liked each other and got together for party nights and things,” he said.

Schwartz’s favorite times in the neighborhood were the big weather events that would bring residents out of their homes and into the front yard and streets: snowstorms or drenching rainstorms that would cause Long Branch creek to rise. When it snowed, he’d grab his snowblower and head down the streets, clearing sidewalks and driveways. His two children grew up in Dunn Loring Woods, attended the local schools and spent summer days at the Dunn Loring Swim Club. Now that they’ve headed to college and beyond, he’s enjoyed seeing neighbors’ families grow in the same way: Children who weren’t even born when he arrived in Dunn Loring Woods are now driving and attending Marshall High School.

“It’s nice, it’s fun,” he said. “It does make you feel old.”

Carney, who grew up in Dunn Loring Woods and is now a real estate agent who sells homes in the neighborhood, still relishes the “classic Americana” experiences of her childhood there, such as going on all-day bicycling adventures with her friends and sledding down the U-shaped Stonewall Drive when it snowed. As the surrounding region has developed, she likes that Dunn Loring Woods has held onto much of its original look and charm.

“To me, [Dunn Loring Woods] has stood the test of time,” Carney said. “It’s still as appealing as it was.”

Boundaries: Dunn Loring Woods is bounded to the west by Cedar Lane; to the south by I-66; and to the east by Gallows Road. Opinions differ on the neighborhood’s northern boundary, but many identify Stonewall Drive as the line between Dunn Loring Woods and the adjacent Stonewall Manor neighborhood.

Schools: Stenwood Elementary School; Thoreau Middle School; Marshall High School.

Transportation: The neighborhood is served by the Dunn Loring-Merrifield Metro stop on the Orange Line, at the intersection of Gallows Road and I-66. The 462 bus also stops along Cedar Lane, and the 402 bus stops along Gallows Road.


Vienna Halloween Parade 2023: Route, How To Participate

Here's what to know before the 77th Vienna Halloween Parade, featuring floats and costumed marchers along Maple Avenue. VIENNA, VA — The Vienna Halloween Parade is a favorite town tradition, drawing plenty of participants and spectators to Maple Avenue the Wednesday before Halloween.The 77th annual parade will happen at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25 along Maple Avenue from Branch Road to Center Street. The Halloween parade has been held since 1946, allowing floats to join and compete for awards. This year's parade theme ...

Here's what to know before the 77th Vienna Halloween Parade, featuring floats and costumed marchers along Maple Avenue.

VIENNA, VA — The Vienna Halloween Parade is a favorite town tradition, drawing plenty of participants and spectators to Maple Avenue the Wednesday before Halloween.

The 77th annual parade will happen at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25 along Maple Avenue from Branch Road to Center Street. The Halloween parade has been held since 1946, allowing floats to join and compete for awards. This year's parade theme is "Cartoons and Comics."

Here are five things to know before heading to the parade.

1. The parade causes temporary road closures

Residents and drivers can expect road closures before and during the parade. Maple Avenue will be closed around the parade route from about 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Other streets being used for the parade lineup and barricades will close at 4:45 p.m., including parts of Center Street, Locust Street, Cherry Street SE, Mill Street, Park Street NE, Dominion Street SE, Branch Road SE, and Berry Street SE.

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See a map of road closures and detour routes here.

2. Parade entries are eligible for awards

Entries for parade floats and entertainments were due on Sept. 15. These parade entries are eligible for parade awards, including Youth Band, Float with Music, Float without Music, Youth Performers, Adult Performers, and Antique Vehicles. The parade reviewing stage is typically located at the Town Green between Center and Park Streets. Winners will be announced at an award ceremony at the Nov. 13 Town Council meeting at 8 p.m. A reception will be held for the winners at Town Hall at 7:30 p.m.

3. Costumed participants don't need to register

While floats and other entertainment entries had to register for the parade, costumed children marching in the parade do not need to register. Parade walkers should meet at 6 p.m. at the United Bank, 374 Maple Ave. E.

4. Candy cannot be thrown out during the parade.

Candy is not allowed to be handed out during the parade. However, the town will be providing 1,000 Halloween goody bags at the end of the parade route near Vienna Elementary School.

5. Coach "Pudge" will be the parade grand marshal

Coach Mark "Pudge" Gjormand, a beloved Vienna coach who is the winningest baseball coach in Northern Virginia, will lead the parade as grand marshal. Coach Pudge, who grew up in Vienna, has a 37-year coaching career, including at Marshall High School and Madison High School. He has been the varsity baseball coach at Madison for 28 seasons and previously coached football for seven seasons. He has led Madison to over 40 championships, including three state titles and eight times nationally ranked in the top 25 of all high school baseball teams in the country. Coach Pudge also gives back to the community, running MVP Sports Camps for 20 years to teach youth baseball and other sports through local high school coaches and players. He has also helped over 100 former players in continuing to play baseball in college or at the professional level.

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Vienna 2023 General Election Voter Guide: Candidates, How To Vote

VIENNA, VA — Early voting is kicking off Friday, Sept. 22 for the Nov. 7, 2023 general election in Vienna, which will feature Town of Vienna, Fairfax County and state legislative races.Town of Vienna voters will decide races for all six Town Council seats and mayor. Fairfax County races in the Town of Vienna include Hunter Mill District Board of Supervisors member and Fairfax County School Board member, as well as countywide races for Board of Supervisors chairman, three at-large School Board representatives, Fairfax County Comm...

VIENNA, VA — Early voting is kicking off Friday, Sept. 22 for the Nov. 7, 2023 general election in Vienna, which will feature Town of Vienna, Fairfax County and state legislative races.

Town of Vienna voters will decide races for all six Town Council seats and mayor. Fairfax County races in the Town of Vienna include Hunter Mill District Board of Supervisors member and Fairfax County School Board member, as well as countywide races for Board of Supervisors chairman, three at-large School Board representatives, Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney, Fairfax County Sheriff, and Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District.

If you have a Vienna address outside the Town of Vienna, you won't have Town Council and mayoral elections, and your Board of Supervisors, School Board and state legislative districts may be different.

You can confirm your districts on the Virginia Department of Elections citizen portal.

Member, Senate of Virginia 37

Kenneth D. "Ken" Reid - Republican

Saddam Azlan Salim - Democrat

Member, House of Delegates 12

Holly M. Seibold - Democrat

Fairfax County Clerk of Court

Gerarda Marie Culipher

Christopher J. Falcon

Fairfax County/Fairfax City Commonwealth's Attorney

Steve T. Descano

Fairfax County Sheriff

Stacey Ann Kincaid

Jerry L. McMillian

Christopher F. DeCarlo

Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

Arthur G. Purves

Jeffrey C. McKay

At-Large Representatives, Fairfax County School Board (three)

Saundra T. Davis

Cassandra R. Aucoin

Linda A. Pellegrino

Ilryong Moon

Ahmed Mahdi Hussein

Maureen T. Brody

Robert K. "Kyle" McDaniel

Peter C. Gabor

Ryan L. McElveen

Member, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Hunter Mill District

Indira S. Massey

Walter L. Alcorn

Member, Fairfax County School Board, Hunter Mill District

Harry R. Jackson

Melanie K. Meren

Mayor, Town of Vienna

Linda Jane Colbert

Member, Vienna Town Council (seven)

Howard J. Springsteen

Charles "Chuck" Anderson

Roy J. Baldwin

Jessica H. Ramakis

Sandra D. Allen

Ray S. Brill, Jr.

Shelley M. Mountjoy

Soil and Water Conservation Director Northern Virginia District (three)

Debra O. Maddrell

Rhonda J. Bitterli

Chris E. Koerner

Edward W. Monroe, Jr.

Mary Ellen "Mell" Flynn

Mary E. Strayhorne

Dana H. Barakat

Ballot Question

Shall Fairfax County, Virginia, contract a debt, borrow money, and issue capital improvement bonds in the maximum aggregate principal amount of $435,000,000 for the purposes of providing funds, in addition to funds from school bonds previously authorized, to finance, including reimbursement to the County for temporary financing for, the cost of school improvements, including acquiring, building, expanding, and renovating properties, including new sites, new buildings or additions, renovations and improvements to existing buildings, and furnishings and equipment, for the Fairfax County public school system?

In-person early voting begins Friday, Sept. 22 and continues through 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4.

The following Fairfax County early voting locations will be available starting Sept. 22 through 5 p.m. on Nov. 4.

Other locations will be open for voting from Thursday, Oct. 26 to Saturday, Nov. 4. Hours are 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Nov. 4, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28.

Here are the additional early voting locations:

An acceptable form of ID is required to vote in person in Virginia. Voters who do not present this ID can cast a provisional ballot. Examples of acceptable ID are a driver's license, current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or another government document with the voter’s name and address.

A mail-in ballot is another option. Applications to request a mail-in ballot are due by 5 p.m. on Oct. 27. Completed ballots must be returned to the Fairfax County Office of Elections by 7 p.m. on Nov. 7 or postmarked by Nov. 7 and received by the Office of Elections by noon on Nov. 10.

To request a mail-in ballot, visit, download an application online, or pick up a paper application at Fairfax County governmental centers or Fairfax County library branches.

Mail-in ballots can be returned by mail, in person or drop box. A ballot drop box is available until 7 p.m. Nov. 7 front of the Fairfax County Government Center 24/7 under video surveillance. Ballot drop boxes will also be provided during voting hours at early voting sites and at all polling places from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 7. Ballots may also be delivered in person to the Fairfax County Office of Elections during office hours, which are typically 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

As part of a new Virginia law, mail-in ballots must include the last four digits of the voter's Social Security number and birth year instead of the previous witness signature requirement.

Oct. 16 is the deadline for voter registration or updating an existing voter registration (such as an address change). The deadline is 11:59 p.m. online and 5 p.m. in person. The easiest way to register or check your registration is online at by Oct. 16.

Fairfax County residents may also download an application on the Office of Elections website, visit the Office of Elections, or pick up an application at locations like Fairfax County Public Library locations, Department of Motor Vehicles offices or voter registration drives. Returned applications must be postmarked on or before Oct. 16.

Voters who do not update their registration before the Oct. 16 deadline can cast a provisional ballot on Election Day through the same-day registration process.

Visit your assigned polling place during voting hours to cast a ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Voting hours are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can find your polling place on the Virginia Department of Elections citizen portal. Precinct lists and maps are available from the Fairfax County Office of Elections.

Like in-person early voting, an acceptable form of ID is required to vote in person on Election Day. Provisional ballots are an alternative to voters without an ID at their polling place.

Unofficial election results will start to come in after polls close at 7 p.m. on Nov. 7 on the Virginia Department of Elections website. Follow Patch on Election Day for live coverage of local and state election results.

For more information about the upcoming election or voting in Fairfax County, visit

Black Friday 2023: Mall Hours Near Vienna

VIENNA, VA — While many stores no longer open on Thanksgiving for early holiday shopping, Black Friday continues to be the official kickoff for the holiday shopping season at malls near Vienna.This Black Friday is shaping up to be a busy one. A survey by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics found an estimated 182 million people in the U.S. will sho...

VIENNA, VA — While many stores no longer open on Thanksgiving for early holiday shopping, Black Friday continues to be the official kickoff for the holiday shopping season at malls near Vienna.

This Black Friday is shaping up to be a busy one. A survey by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics found an estimated 182 million people in the U.S. will shop in-store and online from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday, up 15.7 million from last year. The majority of projected shoppers will be hitting the stores and online shops on Black Friday, when the National Retail Federation expects 130.7 million people to shop.

The organization also expects record holiday shopping during November and December. An estimated $957.3 billion to $966.6 billion is expected during the holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation projection. By comparison, last year's holiday sales were $929.5 billion.

Even as many Americans start holiday shopping after Thanksgiving, some retailers have offered pre-Black Friday sales during October or November. Other trends for this holiday shopping season include more mobile and app shopping, benefits for retailer members, and buy now, pay later programs, according to

Northern Virginia's malls will generally be closed on Thanksgiving and open for extended hours on Black Friday.

Here are the Black Friday mall hours on Friday, Nov. 24 around Vienna:

Tysons Corner Center

Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 23: closed

Black Friday, Nov. 24: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Tysons Galleria

Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 23: closed

Black Friday, Nov. 24: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Fair Oaks Mall

Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 23: closed

Black Friday, Nov. 24: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Fashion Centre at Pentagon City

Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 23: closed

Black Friday, Nov. 24: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Springfield Town Center

Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 23: closed

Black Friday, Nov. 24: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Dulles Town Center

Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 23: closed

Black Friday, Nov. 24: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

What's Open, Closed For Thanksgiving 2023 In Vienna

VIENNA, VA — If you're planning any errands or outings in between your Thanksgiving feasts, be sure you know the openings and closings in Vienna.Town of Vienna and Fairfax County government, schools and other services will be closed on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 23 as well as Black Friday, Nov. 24. Services like transit and trash collection will be open with modified schedules.One returning Thanksgiving tradition is the Northern Virginia Handcrafters Guild's ...

VIENNA, VA — If you're planning any errands or outings in between your Thanksgiving feasts, be sure you know the openings and closings in Vienna.

Town of Vienna and Fairfax County government, schools and other services will be closed on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 23 as well as Black Friday, Nov. 24. Services like transit and trash collection will be open with modified schedules.

One returning Thanksgiving tradition is the Northern Virginia Handcrafters Guild's Art & Craft Show at the Vienna Community Center from Nov. 24 to 26. The event features more than 50 artists and crafters. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Another thing to do is Meadowlark's Winter Walk of Lights, which is open on Thanksgiving and other days through Jan. 7.

Below are the openings and closures to know for the Thanksgiving holiday in Vienna:

Town of Vienna government offices: Closed Nov. 23 and 24.

Fairfax County government offices: Closed Nov. 23 and 24.

Fairfax County Public Schools: Closed Wednesday, Nov. 22 through Friday, Nov. 24.

Vienna Community Center: Closed on Nov. 23 and open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 24.

Courts: Fairfax County courts close at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 22 and will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24.

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles: Closed Nov. 23 to 25.

Fairfax Connector: Fairfax Connector will operate Sunday Service on Thursday, Nov. 23. All Fairfax Connector stores, and the Customer Service Call Center will be closed on Thanksgiving. On Friday, Nov. 24, Fairfax Connector will operate Holiday Weekday Service. The Fairfax Connector stores, and the Customer Service Call Center will be open and operating regular service hours.

Libraries: All Fairfax County Public Library locations will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24.

Metro: Metrorail will run on a Sunday holiday schedule from 7 a.m. to midnight on Nov. 23 and a Friday schedule from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Nov. 24. Metrobus will run on a Sunday schedule on Nov. 23 and Friday schedule on Nov. 24. For more information, visit

Post offices: Closed on Nov. 23.

Recreation centers: Fairfax County recreation centers are closed on Thursday, Nov. 23 and open on Friday, Nov. 24.

Trash and recycling: For Town of Vienna customers, there will be no collection on Nov. 23 and regular collection on Nov. 23 but no brush, bulk or yard waste. Fairfax County collection customers will have collection services on Thursday, Nov. 23. Private collection customers should check with their hauler for any changes.

Trash and recycling centers: The Recycling and Disposal Centers at the I-66 Transfer Station and the I-95 Landfill Complex will both be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23.


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