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Home Care In Loxahatchee, FL

Home Care Loxahatchee, FL

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 Worth Avenue Clock Tower 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 Loxahatchee, FL 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.


“I love that Always Best Care supports our veterans with the VA Community. With me personally having a ton of family within this community, I know where to turn if anyone I know needs at home health care.”

Kendall K.

“Need help with home health care...Excellent, caring people...who treat your loved ones like family. Highly recommend!”

Brenda B.

“The senior living advice given by “ Always Best” has helped me navigate around the uncertainty of what to do next if these services are needed for a friend, someone I love or another individual needing guidance. Thank you for the wonderful education!”

Kendall K.

“I had a great experience with Steve! He was incredibly clear and thorough in explaining the entire process.”


“Steve and Claudia at Always Best Care Senior Services were just awesome in how they provided at home care for my mother Carmen. Starting with the initial consultation by Steve to learn about mom's personal care needs to the follow-up visit of a registered nurse to the eventual placement of a compassionate caregiver; every step of their service was well thought out and they truly delivered on providing a level of care for mom that exceeded our families (and mom's) expectations. It can be very nerve racking to find and leave your loved one with a caregiver but this company gets that and they were just fantastic. Thank you Always Best Care!”

Mark B.

“The best senior care service!”

Nicole Z.

“The best senior care service.”

Nicole Z.

“This Always Best Care exceeded our expectations and increased my peace of mind knowing my grandmother’s adult care was superior to other services of its kind. Nannie was happy and that made me happy. I would highly recommend this stellar group. Thank you, Steve, Claudia and your team. You are THE BEST!”

Susan M.

“There are so many nursing homes to choose from, with their guidance I was able to find the right facility for my mother, right away. I would highly recommend them to any family or friends in need of their services.”

Candace K.

“ABC has provided the essential care and support my dad needed after hospitalization and chemo treatments. I have peace of mind knowing they are supporting him.”

Michelle B.

“I have been utilizing Always Best Care Senior Services for 2 years to care 24/7 for my elderly parents. I am very pleased with their services. The Owners and Office Staff bend over backwards to make sure that there is always coverage, to alert my parents Caregiver Team of any requests that I make, to advise me when there is an issue with my parents or their dog. The Caregiver Team working with my parents are all compassionate and caring, knowledgeable and skilled. Sadly, my Father passed away in the fall of 2020. Each of their Caregivers, the Owners and the Office Staff expressed to me that they would like to attend his memorial service when we are able to have it. During the weeks he was slipping away, the Caregiver team not only took care of my parents, they looked after me, gently reminding me to eat, rest or take a break. They truly care not only for my parents, but for all our family. I can’t begin to express what a comfort it has been to have them caring for my parents, especially during the pandemic when visits are prohibited. They are my eyes and ears. Working intimately with my parents, the Caregivers are very tuned in to even subtle changes. If you are in the market and looking for a senior services/home health care company, I strongly urge you to reach out to Always Best Care Senior Services. You’ll be happy you did.”

Heidi R.

“If you want quality care for yourself or your loved ones, Steve and his time are the best, don’t waste your time looking elsewhere. As an estate planning attorney, I have recommended clients to Steve who have been very happy with his team. Steve and his team went above and beyond for one specific client of mine that had a very complex situation, and I am eternally grateful to them. I only hope I can continue to work together with him - Steve and his team are dedicated to making sure you are comfortable, happy and safe. My favorite part about Always Best Care is that all of their staff are TRAINED EMPLOYEES WITH CONTINUING EDUCATION - NOT INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS!”

Aldo C.

“Always best care is a top notch senior services company. They go above and beyond with their clients and treat them as if they are family. If you are looking for a great family oriented team to help take care of your love one look no further. Give Always best care a call you will not be disappointed!!”

Forrest H.

“Highly recommended! All the staff is very professional and courteous”

Ryan N.

“Steve and his team were amazing. As my father’s Parkinson’s progress, we were in need of home health care desperately. Steve and his nurse came to our home, assess the situation, and set up a schedule to accommodate our needs. I would highly recommend them to any family or friends in need of their services.”

Claudine P.

“Steven and his team are superior in caring for aging friends and family. The most important thing is having people who you can trust with your family.”

Allison T.

“Steve and his team will take superior care of your loved ones.”

John D.

“Steve Snell and Staff of Always Best Care Senior Services have been amazingly responsive, helpful and worked diligently to make sure my clients needs were met! Can't praise them enough. The case was staffed immediately and overseen at all levels. Thank you for Always providing the Best Care!”

Karen G.

“I have worked with, and explored working with, various agencies and registries in the Palm Beach County area. I am picky. Always Best Care is qualitatively a notch above every other organization I've encountered. Responsive. Amiable. Professional. The aide, Islande, who has worked with my mom is top-notch for our needs. And . . . I have no doubt Steve (the agency's owner) and his staff would strive to find someone else, if it hadn't been a fit. If you are looking for Nursing Care, I strongly recommend giving Always Best Care a chance. BTW: It is important to understand that working with an Nursing Agency (like Always Best Care), means the staff are employees, not independent contractors (as they are when working through a Nursing Registry). An Agency is vested in having good employees, and a good agency wants you to be happy. But even all Agencies are not created equal. I worked with one (Alternative Health Care) where aides did not always show up! That was painful and incredibly stressful, and the manager and other higher-up staff didn't give a hoot.”

Liz S.

“I wish there were more that five stars. I can not say enough about the experience we have had in working with Always Best Care Senior Services. Not only were they extremely receptive to our needs, available immediately to every call, text or email, compassionate and kind...every single employee was better than the next. My Dad's recent death and my mothers recent surgery (with complications) requiring extra care was a traumatic time for our family. The care she received was beyond skilled and professional. We knew she was in trusting, caring hands. She was happy. I have recommended ABC to others and they have had the same experience. Do not hesitate to reach out to them if you are in need. I highly recommend them. I know I will be reaching out to Steven and Claudia the next time I am in need. My family and I are extremely grateful.”

Donna H.

“Fabulous experience with Always Best Care. Treated my 90 year old Father in Law with dignity and respect. We actually had fun with his aides and they were helpful and kind.”

Alicia B.

“I am very glad to have chosen ABC Senior Services to get us through a very difficult time when my parents finally reached the end of their independent lifestyles at age 96 and 97. Scheduling was difficult and sometimes changes were made last minute, but ABC came through as well as could be expected. Despite losing his wife of 37 years, my father is currently doing very well back north in an assisted living facility. Thank you ABC for the compassion you expressed throughout the 4 months you were there for us.”

Rob C.

“Always Best Care is a great company who goes above and beyond for their clients. My mother fell at my brothers home in Connecticut and I called Steve Snell for some guidance. Even though Steve is in Florida he was able to get my family connected with a representative in Connecticut immediately. Thank you Steve!”

Mike B.

“I highly recommend Always Best Care Senior Services if you have a loved one that needs personal care.”

Melanie T.

“Dori, is such a wonderful person and makes such an impact on everyone she is involved with.”

Jamie W.

What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Loxahatchee, FL?


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 Loxahatchee, FL

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 Acreage Community 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 Lewis Prime Grill or visit Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum, 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 Loxahatchee, FL

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 Loxahatchee, FL, 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 FL'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 Loxahatchee, FL 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:

  • The Loving Care Home of The Palm Beaches
  • We Are Family ALF
  • Balmore Place Assisted Living Facility
  • Kozie Kottage, Assisted Living Facility
  • Balmore House Assisted Living Facility
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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 Loxahatchee, FL 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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Latest News in Loxahatchee, FL

Potential Wellington Annexation Raises Some Red Flags In Loxahatchee Groves

As the Village of Wellington pursues what could be its first annexation on the north side of Southern Blvd., Town of Loxahatchee Groves officials are concerned about how it could harm the rural lifestyle of residents who live on the western edge of their rural community.At issue is approximately 250 acres of land at the northeast and northwest corners of Southern Blvd. and Seminole Pratt Whitney Road known as the Sluggett property and Entrada Acres.The Sluggett land, on the northwest corner, is the largest single parcel at 65 a...

As the Village of Wellington pursues what could be its first annexation on the north side of Southern Blvd., Town of Loxahatchee Groves officials are concerned about how it could harm the rural lifestyle of residents who live on the western edge of their rural community.

At issue is approximately 250 acres of land at the northeast and northwest corners of Southern Blvd. and Seminole Pratt Whitney Road known as the Sluggett property and Entrada Acres.

The Sluggett land, on the northwest corner, is the largest single parcel at 65 acres. Entrada Acres is a collection of 37 parcels in a grid pattern at the northeast corner.

While Wellington has discussed the annexation with many of the property owners involved, the annexation application will be village initiated, according to Wellington’s Planning, Zoning & Building Director Tim Stillings.

“It is not something the property owners are submitting,” Stillings said. “We do have several letters of consent from a few of the property owners.”

While Wellington will need to work with Palm Beach County on issues surrounding the annexation, it does not need to specifically get approval from the Palm Beach County Commission to move forward since it will be an involuntary annexation, Stillings said.

“Our understanding is that the county charter refers to voluntary annexations only, so we do not believe that the county commission needs to vote to approve the annexation,” he said.

If all goes according to plan, the Wellington Village Council will approve the annexation in December, which will set up an annexation referendum of electors in the area to be annexed, which the village hopes to accomplish concurrent with the March municipal election.

Given the small number of electors, coupled with the number of parcels that are not in residential use, Stillings said that the village will also need to show annexation consent from at least 50 percent of the area’s acreage. However, according to maps supplied by Stillings, that part of the process is already well underway.

Wellington has already garnered support from 20 of the 38 parcels (53 percent), representing 149.6 acres (64 percent) and support from 16 out of 32 total property owners (50 percent), according to the maps.

While the Sluggett property has long been considered likely for future commercial use, the village also intends to propose a future land use map designation of commercial on 12 other parcels that front on either Southern or Seminole Pratt. The interior parcels will remain residential.

“We’re in the process of drafting the feasibility study for the annexation, as required by statute,” Stillings said.

Not surprisingly, the possible annexation has raised concerns in Loxahatchee Groves, which lies immediately east of Entrada Acres.

At the Tuesday, Oct. 3 meeting of the Loxahatchee Groves Town Council, the council heard a report from consultant Patricia Behn on issues surrounding the annexation.

Behn is a consultant with PB Maps and Data, but previously worked as Palm Beach County’s planning director, where she was the go-to person on county annexation issues for 18 years.

“This is to give an update on what is going on with the potential annexation of the 249 acres directly to the west of Loxahatchee Groves,” Town Manager Francine Ramaglia said in her introduction of Behn.

Behn broke down the 38 parcels by current use. A total of seven are single-family residential parcels with two in equestrian use. There are 16 agricultural parcels, along with two that are county owned with large drainage lakes. There are three institutional parcels, primarily churches, and eight vacant parcels, all according to the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s Office.

It is currently unincorporated land within the county’s rural tier, with most parcels zoned for rural residential use at one unit per five acres. Some parcels are listed as commercial low.

“The intent of the county’s comp plan is not to have much development in this area,” Behn said, adding that commercial use by Wellington’s standards would provide for much more intense use than the county’s rural tier standards.

As Stillings noted, Behn agreed that the county’s charter amendment only protects unincorporated areas from voluntary annexations without county approval through a supermajority vote on the county commission. “This particular annexation, however, is proposed as an involuntary annexation,” she said.

Behn said that to proceed with an involuntary annexation with a referendum, the village would need to file an urban services report with the county. Once the village files the preliminary annexation ordinance, then challenges can be filed to it within 30 days, she added.

If the majority of the parcels don’t have electors, then the majority of parcels must consent to annexation. “There’s a lot of boxes they need to check before they are able to finalize the annexation,” Behn said.

She suggested that the council could take three courses of action. First, the council could decide not to take any action. Next, it could continue monitoring the situation and engaging with the county and other jurisdictions in discussions. Finally, it could provide a letter of objection focused on the protection of rural lands and rural lifestyles.

Ramaglia said that there is not currently an official application for the annexation and that everything is currently in draft form.

“We have not pursued or had any conversations with the property owners regarding annexation,” she said. “We are bringing this to the council is with respect to protecting the rural lifestyle.”

If the town was going to send a letter of objection, Vice Mayor Robert Shorr asked who it would be sent to.

Behn said that a letter of concern would go to the annexing municipality, or alternatively, to the county.

Ramaglia recommended the county. “The county is the entity with standing,” she said. “As a neighboring community, we can’t do much more than issue an intergovernmental type of objection.”

Ramaglia added that an annexation of rural land adjacent to Loxahatchee Groves is a potential threat to the lifestyle of town residents.

“Our reason for incorporation was to protect urban encroachment on rural communities,” she said. “This being right next to us warrants the conversation on protecting the rural lifestyle.”

Ramaglia said that she expects the annexation to move forward.

“It is set for a Dec. 5 meeting,” she said. “If we wish to weigh-in with the county, we would want to do that sooner rather than later.”

Ramaglia added that the town could take action to mitigate it now with a specific focus not on the Sluggett property, but on Entrada Acres.

“If we care to state a position at this point in time, it gives the Village of Wellington and the county the ability to work on changes that might better serve both communities,” she said.

Ramaglia noted that some of the property owners spoke to the town previously, but Wellington offers greater development potential.

Shorr was very concerned about the additional commercial property being proposed.

“Even if we were to annex this area, there is no one on this board who would take property out of an agricultural residential situation and build on it,” he said.

The council’s decision was to continue monitoring the situation and have town staff draft a letter of objection to be discussed at the next council meeting. Meanwhile, Ramaglia plans to meet with several representatives of the property owners and Wellington officials on the topic.

Floods swamp Loxahatchee properties, devastate turtle nests at animal sanctuary

LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. — Residents in Loxahatchee are asking for help after they said a long stretch of rain and disruption to water flow has left their properties flooded."We don't have designated swales and pipes like a neighborhood would, but it's drained for 25 years," John Wayne of Loxahatchee said. "So, it all finds its way down the easement, the low spots, gets out back underneath the power lines and it's good.""This flooding, is it normal?" asked WPTV reporter Joel Lopez to Wayne.&q...

LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. — Residents in Loxahatchee are asking for help after they said a long stretch of rain and disruption to water flow has left their properties flooded.

"We don't have designated swales and pipes like a neighborhood would, but it's drained for 25 years," John Wayne of Loxahatchee said. "So, it all finds its way down the easement, the low spots, gets out back underneath the power lines and it's good."

"This flooding, is it normal?" asked WPTV reporter Joel Lopez to Wayne.

"No, this is like after we have a hurricane, and this has been like this for over two weeks," Wayne said. "There's more rain every day, and it gets higher every day."

He said the area is the path for a natural flow of water, but he said other neighbors have tried to block it from going through their lots, diverting it to other properties like his and roads.

"I'm worried about my septic tank working ... mosquitoes. It's stagnant," Wayne said. "The roads are impassable, they're underwater. It's not safe for anybody. If there's an emergency, they're going to have a problem getting back here to it."

Across the road is the Prehistoric Preserve, a private animal sanctuary.

"We have ring-tailed lemurs, African porcupines, hundreds of endangered species of turtles and tortoises," Hillary Dupont, the co-owner of the Prehistoric Preserve. "My main concern is the animals drinking the water and getting sick and dying from it."

She estimates the flooding has caused more than $100,000 in damages from repairs, veterinarian bills and the loss of animals.

"It's devastating. I [lost] every baby tortoise this year. I'll have no babies from this year," Dupont said. "Their species will not continue on. I have one species here. They only lay one egg a year and everything I've worked hard towards to saving this species is lost."

WPTV contacted Palm Beach County District 6 Commissioner Sara Baxter who sent this statement:

"Our engagement with county administration aims to fully assess the situation and recommend the proper changes to the Commission. I will be the first to say that there exists a clear line between unnecessary regulation and rules that uphold our public safety. I will be monitoring the situation to work for a solution and mitigate tragedy in our neighborhoods."

Dupont said time is of the essence as she said she will have to evacuate her animals if the pond near her property breaches.

"We need help. We're crying. I'm begging for help for them to drain us," Dupont said. "That's the only way to help us is to get us drainage because it's impacting our health, and it's impacting lives."

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Where will the next new schools be in Palm Beach County? A look at the next 7 years

The start of the 2023-24 school year was more exciting than usual because it brought the opening of two new schools in Palm Beach County.Both West Boynton Middle School and...

The start of the 2023-24 school year was more exciting than usual because it brought the opening of two new schools in Palm Beach County.

Both West Boynton Middle School and Dr. Joaqui?n Garci?a High School are expected to relieve crowding in nearby schools.

Meanwhile, parents and students keeping a close eye on crowding in schools in other parts of the county are asking, "Where are the next new schools going to be in Palm Beach County?"

Each year, the School District of Palm Beach County updates its multi-year capital plan to build campuses that will address school crowding and new home construction. School board members approved the most recent version on Sept. 6.

Changes to the plan are possible based on community growth and student enrollment. The current version does not include addresses for new campuses. Instead, it refers to schools by the part of the county where the school will be. Naming committees choose the schools' official titles once the campuses are built.

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Here's what to know about the new schools planned for Palm Beach County:

Elementary school in west Acreage area serving Arden

Opening: Fall 2025

Nearby: Binks Forest, Loxahatchee Groves and Frontier elementaries

A new elementary school west of The Acreage was originally supposed to open in August 2027, but school district officials moved the construction timeline up, expecting more growth in the area.

The Acreage is not an incorporated municipality, but it has a population of just over 40,000 people, making it about the size of Lake Worth Beach and Greenacres. The school is planned for the Arden community, which is just west of The Acreage near the 20 Mile Bend. Arden will one day have more than 2,000 homes, according to its site plan.

"I know the community of Arden is so excited that we've moved that school up. It's growing and growing and growing there, and they need a school," school board member Marcia Andrews said at a September board meeting.

Elementary school in Palm Beach Gardens possibly serving Alton, Avenir

Opening: Fall 2027

Nearby: Beacon Cove and Marsh Pointe elementaries

The "Scripps/Gardens area" school will likely be near Donald Ross Road and serve students in and around Palm Beach Gardens.

The area east of Interstate 95 and south of Donald Ross is home to a 930-home development named Alton, which is nearly complete and markets itself to young families.

Far west of the interstate, Gardens is growing in the form of Avenir, a 3,900-home community created by different builders with their own site plans. The development will include a small hospital and medical offices, a grocery store and pharmacy, a golf course and a clubhouse.

Somerset Academy has already announced plans to build a 600-student charter school in the Avenir area west of Beeline Highway. Charter schools are public schools operated by private entities.

25th county high school near the western communities including Avenir

Opening: Fall 2028

Nearby: Seminole Ridge and Wellington high schools

Fresh off building its 24th high school on Lyons Road west of Lake Worth Beach, the school district has set its sights on constructing its 25th high school in the western communities.

The school district owns land, likely for the new school, at the western end of Northlake Boulevard — about six miles northwest of Seminole Ridge High. It sits just east of the County Pines Recreational Complex at Samuel Friedland Park.

The high school will likely serve students from Avenir, The Acreage and Loxahatchee.

K-8 school in Delray Beach

Opening: Fall 2030

Nearby: S.D. Spady, Banyan Creek Pine Grove, Orchard View and Morikami Park elementaries

The school district has released few details about where the new school will be in Delray Beach because the opening date is so far in the future.

The district has three other K-8 public schools right now: Hidden Oaks west of Lantana, North Grade in Lake Worth Beach and Verde in Boca Raton.

Katherine Kokal is a journalist covering education at The Palm Beach Post. You can reach her at [email protected]. Help support our work, subscribe today!

Loxahatchee mother with mental health issues removes infant from NICU, stabs hospital staff before fleeing

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office arrested a mother Thursday after deputies say she removed her newborn from a ventilator and other life saving devices at Palms West Hospital and stabbed staff before fleeing.On Friday, in her first appearance in front of a judge, she was granted a $300,0000 bond and ordered to have no contact with the hospital, its staff members or the baby. Mother who stabbed ...

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office arrested a mother Thursday after deputies say she removed her newborn from a ventilator and other life saving devices at Palms West Hospital and stabbed staff before fleeing.

On Friday, in her first appearance in front of a judge, she was granted a $300,0000 bond and ordered to have no contact with the hospital, its staff members or the baby.

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In a news release Friday, deputies said Kendra Greene of Loxahatchee entered the neonatal intensive care unit on Thursday night at about 10:30 p.m. and removed her three-day-old infant from the life-saving devices.

Greene then attempted to leave the hospital when staff intervened. Deputies said Greene pulled out a knife and stabbed three employees.

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The mother was able to flee before law enforcement arrived at the hospital. According to the sheriff's office, Greene then brought the baby to a family member's home. Greene left before deputies arrived at that home.

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The mother was located and arrested a short time after, according to deputies. Deputies say she crashed her car into a canal trying to evade law enforcement. She is now in the Palm Beach County Jail and faces multiple charges, including aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated child abuse and resisting an officer.

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The infant was transported back to Palms West Hospital, where he is receiving treatment.

The hospital staff who were stabbed received treatment but were discharged that night with non-life-threatening injuries.

HCA Florida Palms West Hospital's director of communications sent WPBF 25 News the following statement:

"We are very thankful that our colleagues are recovering and HCA Florida Palms West Hospital is providing support and care for their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. We are also thankful to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, whose quick actions led to the apprehension of the suspect and the safe return of the patient. Our security team is assisting fully with law enforcement's investigation."

A family member shared with detectives that Greene says she is schizophrenic and that her mental health had recently been deteriorating.

The report also states Greene had at some point told someone she did not understand why her son was in the NICU and wanted to remove the baby from the hospital, even though doctors told her the baby has under-developed lungs.

Mental health counselor Ezsa Allen, of Social Age Counseling in Palm Beach County, says a possible diagnosis of schizophrenia could have played a part in this incident.

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"Not talking to her case, but it’s not a far-fetched behavior, if you will, for someone who has schizophrenia, and if you want to couple that with just having a baby, all the hormones and emotions that you’re feeling at that moment can also alter your mood and your thinking and your just reactions to things,” said Allen. "I don’t know what her thought process is, but I can say if she is schizophrenic, then she’s not thinking in reality. And again, medication and her stress level, if she is not on her medication or if she is on medication, all of this plays a factor."

Editor's note: The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office originally reported that the infant was five days old.

Loxahatchee Road Project to Begin in November

Plans for the Loxahatchee Road project include multiple lane configurations and a second turn lane at the 441 intersection in Parkland.Plans for the Loxahatchee Road project include multiple lane configurations and a second turn lane at the 441 intersection in Parkland.Photo Credit: FDOTPlans for the Loxahatchee Road project include multiple lane configurations and a second turn lane at the 441 intersection in Parkland.Photo Credit: FDOTPlans for the Loxahatchee ...

Plans for the Loxahatchee Road project include multiple lane configurations and a second turn lane at the 441 intersection in Parkland.

Plans for the Loxahatchee Road project include multiple lane configurations and a second turn lane at the 441 intersection in Parkland.Photo Credit: FDOT

Plans for the Loxahatchee Road project include multiple lane configurations and a second turn lane at the 441 intersection in Parkland.Photo Credit: FDOT

Plans for the Loxahatchee Road project include multiple lane configurations and a second turn lane at the 441 intersection in Parkland.Photo Credit: FDOT

Plans for the Loxahatchee Road project include multiple lane configurations and a second turn lane at the 441 intersection in Parkland.Photo Credit: FDOT

Plans for the Loxahatchee Road project include multiple lane configurations and a second turn lane at the 441 intersection in Parkland.Photo Credit: FDOT

Plans for the Loxahatchee Road project include multiple lane configurations and a second turn lane at the 441 intersection in Parkland.Photo Credit: FDOT

By Matt Pfingsten

PARKLAND, FL- Loxahatchee Road will begin to look different this fall. The much anticipated project to widen the road and increase safety measures surrounding the 6.2 mile roadway is slated to begin this November.

At a virtual meeting hosted this week by the Florida Department of Transportation, additional details of the Loxahatchee Road project were released to the general public.

The project will be overseen by Horizon Contractors and is expected to take roughly three years to complete.

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At a cost of just over $33 million, the new Loxahatchee Road will feature the following improvements:

• Widening the road to accommodate bike lanes

• Creating a continuous sidewalk on the south side of the road

• Constructing roundabouts at: Nob Hill Road, N University Drive, Parkside Drive

• Adding an additional eastbound left turn lane onto SR 7/US 441

• Milling and resurfacing the roadway

• Upgrading signage and pavement markings

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