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Home Care In Jacksonville, FL

Home Care Jacksonville, 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 Fort Caroline National Memorial 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 Jacksonville, 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 am a current client of this provider My wife was in hospital for 12 days, and was released on a Sunday. The caregiver from Always Best Care arrived at our home as soon as we were there. She immediately made sure that we had everything my wife needed to be safe. She was extremely kind and was every time she was with us. The caregiver was always on time and responsive to all my wife's needs. I will recommend this agency to anyone that needs their service”


“I am a current client of this provider I have been a client of Always Best Care since 2020 and have had the most fabulous caregivers since I started some of who have become good friends. They help me with driving me to my hair appointments, showering and looking my best. Aretta, Sandra, and Rose come weekly and help me get ready for bed and dressed in the morning. They help keep me company since my husband passed away a few years ago. They are always on time and stay extra if I need it. If I need anything the agency responds immediately even if I call at night. I would highly recommend Always Best Care of Jacksonville to everyone.”


“I am a current client of this provider Thank you Always Best Care for sending quality caregivers for my husband. All caregivers have been good and some outstanding. I appreciate the fairness you exhibit in always making certain the caregiver and the care receiver are pleased and compatible. For the past 8 months Ola has been with us full time. She is the BEST and works well with me and my husband who is not always in a great mood because of Alzheimer's and memory loss. Ola is kind, patient, and now part of our family. I thank you and God for putting us together.”


“I am a current client of this provider The care we receive from Always Best Care is always compassionate, and Professional. Tracy Ann our Care Giver is so very dependable. She puts a lot of love and care in everything she does for my father. And he's very comfortable with her and that makes our life so much better. She's become a very important part of our life and we appreciate her so much. We are thankful and blessed to have her. I highly recommend Always Best Care. All calls are answered promptly and with care. Thanks for the service you provide”

Lucy P.

“I am a current client of this provider I am delighted to share my heartfelt appreciation for the exceptional care that my mother has received from the dedicated team at Always Best Care. Since they began caring for my mother, we have witnessed compassion, professionalism, timeliness, and unwavering support. The caregivers at Always Best Care have shown genuine warmth and empathy towards my mother, and their commitment to her well-being is evident in every interaction. They take their role in providing care very seriously and with the utmost respect. They engage in meaningful conversations and provide companionship that provides a comfort to being so far away. This has also significantly impacted my mother's quality of life. Always Best Care's professionalism and communication have been exceptional. They inform us about my mother's health and any developments, allowing us to make informed decisions. The caregivers at Always Best Care have been a blessing and their dedication to providing top-notch care and compassion is exactly what my mom needs. I'm incredibly grateful!”

m V.

“I am a current client of this provider Our care was compassionate, and Professional. Every employee we worked with was very caring and understanding. They listened to our needs and we’re very patient with all of our questions. Thank you for making a true difference in my aunts quality of life.”


“I am a current client of this provider Always Best Care Jacksonville has provided in home care for my mother for the last 3 years who has late stage Alzheimer's. They have done a wonderful job providing the same caregivers, with a few exceptions, for this journey which makes it so much easier for us. We live out of town, but we know the ladies who are coming and have been coming consistently the last 3 years. They are always on time and know her better than she knows herself. This is especially helpful since she has no short term memory left. The office has always responded immediately if we have any additional needs and makes us feel like family. They have a family portal for us to log on to see what's going on with mom daily. We look forward to the photos the caregivers post there of what she's doing that day so we feel like we are there as well. They truly live up to their name of Always Best Care!”


“I am a current client of this provider Obviously I can only speak to my experience with this company but they have been a saving grace for our family. Extremely helpful, efficient. “Our” Amanda, our caregiver for our elderly mother is thoughtful, thorough, encouraging, ever so patient and caring. She’s a gem to us!”

Robbin M.

“I am a current client of this provider Entrusting a third party with the care of a loved one is not an easy concept to achieve. However, when my grandmother's dementia progressed to a level that could no longer be managed on my own, I sought Alway's Best Care to lighten the burden on myself as I work full time and could no longer provide the care she needed or deserved. The company has been providing 24/7 in home care for the past couple of months and I could not be more pleased with the support, passion and assistance provided by both the caregivers and ownership. The company clearly has a drive to help others which far surpasses competitive companies in the area. Although my grandmother's dementia is progressing, I have noticed improvements socially, cognitively and physically since entrusting Alway's Best Care with her care, so much so that I have recommended this company to numerous friends and colleagues in the area and we have all reached a similar consensus regarding their exceptionability. I cannot truly express my gratification and support for this wonderful group of individuals, but I would like to thank you all for your hard work and compassion, as it has provided a light during one of our darkest hours.”

Brandon W.

“I am a past client of this provider I was shopping around for In Home Care for my spouse. After phoning several senior services I called Always Best Care. Ellan answered the phone and I knew right off that I was talking to a very knowledgeable person that really cares about your needs. When it became necessary for my spouse to go to a memory care facility, I called Ellan. She researched and located several facilities near my home that had available rooms and met my price requirements. She scheduled an appointment at the facility of my choice. She was present at the facility for the initial interview and tour of the facility. I appreciate Ellan for caring and helping me with my spouse through this difficult transition.”


“I am a current client of this provider Ellen guided me through the selection process and helped me understand what would be the best choice for my mom. I learned so much from her and trust and value her opinion. Ellen was always quick to respond to my calls or texts. With Ellens guidance,, I was able to find he best place for my mom quickly. She is full of resources and knowledgeable, kind and genuine. I am very grateful to have worked with her.”

miss S.

“I am a current client of this provider I have been using Always Best Care for approximately 6 months and I couldn't be happier with the level of care and professionalism we have received. My husband has Parkinsons Disease and a rare form of Dementia which has made him unable to use the left side of his body and for the most part he is unable to talk and communicate. I have two caregivers that come during the week, Indie and Charmarie who are both the best. They are always punctual and very dependable. My husband has always been so strong physically and mentally, and to see him as he is now is difficult. My biggest concern for him was his comfort level since he requires assistance with everything he does. Indie and Charmarie are so sensitive to his needs both physically and mentally and that has never been an issue for us. Their help has made our lives so much easier. I honestly couldn't be happier or more satisfied with the care he is receiving. I also have to mention that my dealings and interactions with their office staff has matched the care we receive here at home I feel so blessed to have them by my side.”


“I am a past client of this provider We engaged always best care for several months for care of our mother. All caregivers were professional and top notch! We occasionally had a problem when a caregiver was not able to make the appointment but that was rare. We were extremely happy with most of the caregivers! The caregivers took care of helping with bathing, dressing, preparing meals and taking our Mom to activities.”


“I am a current client of this provider For 2 years Nurse Jen has organized my brother’s medication and does a general health check every two weeks. Organizing the meds is more than just filling the pill boxes - it includes making sure he has the proper quantity and dose of each med and authorization from his many doctors. When we first hired ABC, my brother took 19 pills each day, so it was no easy feat to make sure everything was in order. Jen is a gem! Our family appreciates the care provided by Jen and ABC.”


“I am a current client of this provider The agency is providing 24/7 care for my father. The staff is professional, caring, and supportive of his needs. They take the time to become familiar with his specific health issues and interests. We especially appreciate their caring nature and feel that he is safe while in their care. He has made excellent progress under ABC's supervision, becoming stronger, gaining weight, etc. The "care logs" provide us with information about his status and details. It is very useful to have online access at any time to the input provided by the caregivers through the "Clear Care" website. It's an excellent source of information and communication. The agency responds to all requests in a timely manner.”

Matt H.

“Other Agency provides in home care for my mom. Caregivers arrive on time and give good physical care. Agency offers a large variety of services and works with family to assure home care goes as smoothly as possible.”


“I am a current client of this provider Our caregiver was kind and so helpful to the family. She was wonderful and help our mother get out of the house to do things she couldn’t do herself. Made her feel more alive. Would definitely recommend their services. The caregiver was always on time, and everyone work with us to provide what was requested”


“I am a past client of this provider Outstanding trust for the company that provides caring individuals for our loved ones. Individuals were very attentive to my mother and provided the most excellent care”

Steve A.

“I am a past client of this provider The staff was accommodating to our needs, friendly, caring, and punctual. The agency held everyone to high standards! If we ever had a concern or problem, it was addressed immediately. They also recommend only quality long-term care facilities and my mother is very well cared for.”


“I am a current client of this provider ABC has been very kind and helpful to our family. We are very blessed to have them in our lives. They are very professional in what they do for us, and in addition everyone who is involved with us are very caring.”

Penny J.

“I am a past client of this provider Always Best Care helped place my aunt at a wonderful community with loving caregivers. They helped the family during the very difficult time of making decisions for her transition. I recommend Always Best Care to families who are needing assistance with Assisted Living Facility placement.”


“I am a past client of this provider Always Best Care took care of my father in law with dementia in our home while my wife and I were at work. We found ABC to be very professional, honest and caring. I would highly recommend Always Best Care to anyone with in home care needs. thanks”

Vernon L.

“I am a past client of this provider ABC was a huge help to us during my mother’s terminal illness. We began our conversations with them over a year before we actually needed them. At that time, the owner, Marlynn, came to the house and sat down with us to answer all our questions, so that when the time came we were ready. Over the 5 months that we used then, the staff was kind and communicative. The caregivers were great and formed caring relationships with our mother. In addition to caring for her bodily needs, they played cards with her, listened to music together, and cooked her lovely meals. We had a couple bumps along the way with scheduling, but ABC worked hard to make sure someone was always there. I’d definitely recommend ABC to anyone with a loved one in need of care.”


“I am a current client of this provider My mother has been a client of Always Best Care of Jacksonville, FL for nearly five years. Their caregivers are prompt and show a genuine concern for their clients. The agency is always responsive to my concerns and special requests. We've used several different agencies for my mother in Florida as well as New Jersey over the last eight years and Always Best Care of Jacksonville has been the best.”

Rita G.

“I am a past client of this provider ABC came in under the worst of circumstances and was able to provide great service in the care of my dad. Everyone that came to care for him were excellent.”


What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Jacksonville, 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 Jacksonville, 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 Kathryn Abbey Hanna 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 The Capital Grille or visit Walter Jones, 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 Jacksonville, 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 Jacksonville, 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 Jacksonville, 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 Fountains at Mill Cove
  • Heritage Crossing Assisted Living
  • The Windsor at Ortega
  • Noble Gardens of Jacksonville - Assisted Living Facility
  • Sodalis Jacksonville
  • Beach House Assisted Living & Memory Care
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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 Jacksonville, 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 Jacksonville, FL

Looking for a great place to get a beer? Jacksonville named to Best Beer Cities in US list

Gary T. MillsWith more than two dozen craft breweries around town and dozens of restaurants serving their brews, Jacksonville’s beer scene is a source of pride for Jaxsons and one to en...

Gary T. Mills

With more than two dozen craft breweries around town and dozens of restaurants serving their brews, Jacksonville’s beer scene is a source of pride for Jaxsons and one to envy by other cities.

Since the founding of Bold City Beer in 2008 and Intuition Ale Works in 2010, the city’s craft brewery scene has exploded, expanding beyond the edges of Riverside and into the heart of downtown, its historic neighborhoods, Jacksonville’s Beaches and into the suburbs.

Years before that, though, microbreweries gained a following at Atlantic Beach’s Ragtime Tavern, Tinseltown’s Seven Bridges Grille & Brewery and Tampa-based Hops Grill & Bar, which once operated two restaurants in the Jacksonville area.

And since 1969, the city has been home to one of a handful of breweries from beer giant Anheuser-Busch.

So it shouldn’t surprise Jacksonville beer drinkers that the city has been named to USA TODAY 10Best’s 10 Best Beer Cities in the U.S. for 2024, announced this month.

Ranked No. 6, Jacksonville joins Asheville, North Carolina; Fort Collins, Colorado; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and others on the list.

“Venture out to the Jax Ale Trail, which allows visitors to collect stamps at more than 20 breweries around Jacksonville. You can even earn prizes based on how many stamps you collect in your passport,” 10Best writes.

Also earning 10Best accolades is Jacksonville’s Goozlepipe & Guttyworks. The King Street bar opened in 2016 by neighboring Kickbacks Gastropub was named to 10Best’s 10 Best Beer Bars You Need to Visit Across the U.S.

Ranked No. 7, 10Best singles out the bar for its funky name and beer selection, writing: “Not only does Goozlepipe & Guttyworks have the most unique name in the beer bar world, it pretty much has all beer and pub-related bases covered. Set in Jacksonville's historic Riverside, it boasts over 1,000 bottles and more than 200 different beers on tap. Make sure to check out the basement below the bar, a ‘catacombs’ where 100,000 vintage bottles and kegs of beer are stored.

Nominees for the honors were selected by an expert panel and voted as the best in the U.S. by USA TODAY 10Best readers.

More restaurant honors:Jacksonville Beach seafood restaurant named one of best in U.S. by Yelp

More:Yelp names Jacksonville restaurant among US top romantic spots for Valentine's Day Dinner

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Jacksonville kindergarteners engage in fun reading activities at The Players literacy event

Nemours Children’s Health partnered with Mayor Deegan and her program ‘River City Readers’PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Students from a Jacksonville charter school took part in a special event at The Players Championship Friday aimed at promoting and encouraging literacy.Nemours Children’s Health partnered with Jacksonville Mayor Donna Deegan and her recently launched program &ldquo...

Nemours Children’s Health partnered with Mayor Deegan and her program ‘River City Readers’

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Students from a Jacksonville charter school took part in a special event at The Players Championship Friday aimed at promoting and encouraging literacy.

Nemours Children’s Health partnered with Jacksonville Mayor Donna Deegan and her recently launched program “River City Readers.”

“We know that it increases their health, we know it increases their potential for a good job. We know that it increases their potential for success in life. We want all of our kids reading at grade level, and we want them loving reading,” Deegan said.

Event organizers hosted kindergarten students from Becoming Collegiate Academy, a Jacksonville charter school with kids up to second grade.

“The Players Championship focuses on making a positive impact within the community in which we play. That focus allows what we see here today on our side with all our business leaders, all of our volunteers, all of our fans, all to come together for a common cause,” The Players Championship Executive Director

Zoie was one of the special guests. She said her favorite book is The Cat in the Hat.

“It always makes me smart. Sometimes I get nervous. But I never give up. I keep on going with my book,” Zoie said.

Deegan’s new program encourages students to read at least 20 minutes a day.

The new goal this year is for students to log a total of 1 million minutes.

RELATED | Mayor Deegan kicks off ‘River City Readers’ to improve literacy rates of children

Nemours Children’s Health has a similar program called Reading BrightStart!

This program is available in 61 of the 67 counties in Florida and 38 different states — fostering kids to learn fundamentals as early as possible.

Chief Population Health Officer at Nemours Children’s Health Dr. Kara Walker said that makes a difference in the long run.

“The early benefits of literacy are tremendous. They not only help support, strong brain development, but how children are prepared and exposed to reading. We know that reading is fundamental preparedness for kindergarten, to success in long-term school outcomes. It can be connected to things like how do kids really thrive in schools at the earliest ages,” Walker said.

Dr. Larry Moss, Nemours Children’s Health President and CEO, said the most important predictor of who is going to graduate from high school is reading proficiency in third grade.

“The trajectory for education and health over a lifetime is set in early childhood. Programs like this are hitting the sweet spot,” Moss said.

Those students did not leave The Players empty-handed.

Each one of them got free backpacks. Inside, there was a pencil in a bookmark, but there were also three or four different books for them to read and have fun doing so.

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Cameron Frazier, the principal at Becoming Collegiate Academy, observed his students being engaged and enthusiastic about reading.

“Believe that literacy is freedom. This opportunity today provides our students with an opportunity and expose them to literacy celebrate reading,” Frazier said.

To learn more about River City Readers visit this website.

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Jacksonville Jazz Festival announces first performers for 2024 event

British singer Joss Stone, Japanese pianist Keiko Matsui and New York jazz duo the Baylor Project are among the first artists announced for the 2024 Jackso...

British singer Joss Stone, Japanese pianist Keiko Matsui and New York jazz duo the Baylor Project are among the first artists announced for the 2024 Jacksonville Jazz Festival, which will move to Metropolitan Park and Daily's Place for three days over the Memorial Day weekend.

On Friday, May 24, the festival will bring the Brian McKnight 4, the Kenny Barron Trio and Jamison Ross to Daily's Place and Nicholas Payton and the duo of Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin to Metropolitan Park.

On Saturday, May 25, pianist Brian Culbertson, vocalist Gregory Porter and saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin are scheduled to play at Metropolitan Park, violinist Josh Vietti and the Huntertones at Daily's Place.

For the festival's final day, Sunday, May 26, Stone, sax man Jeff Ryan and the Baylor Project are at Metropolitan Park and Matsui and RnR with trumpeter Rick Braun and saxophonist Richard Elliot are at Daily's Place.

All performances are free, but VIP tickets have been offered in the past. More performers are expected to be announced.

The festival started in 1980 in Mayport and moved to Metropolitan Park the following year. No festivals were held in 2001 or 2002, but it came back to the park in 2003 with Tony Bennett as headliner. It moved to the downtown streets in 2009 and has since seen stages at J. Weldon Johnson Park, the Duval County courthouse, the Jacksonville Landing, Ford on Bay, the Shipyards and Riverfront Plaza.

The covered stage at Metropolitan Park was the main venue for the festival when it was held there, but the pavilion was torn down in 2016 after city inspectors found it was unsafe. Temporary stages have been used for Metropolitan Park concerts since.

No. 21 Women's Lacrosse Closes Spring Break Trip With 16-11 Win At Jacksonville

Women's LacrosseNo. 21 Princeton wrapped up its Spring Break trip to Florida on a winning note, dominating the middle two quarters en route to a 16-11 win at Jacksonville.The Tigers (4-3), outscored the Dolphins (2-6) in the second and third periods, 11-4, to turn a one-goal deficit into a seven-goal lead by the start of the fourth quarter. The Princeton lead would eventually balloon to nine before the Dolphins tacked on a few goals in the closing minutes.Four different players had hat tricks for the Tigers, with ...

Women's Lacrosse

No. 21 Princeton wrapped up its Spring Break trip to Florida on a winning note, dominating the middle two quarters en route to a 16-11 win at Jacksonville.

The Tigers (4-3), outscored the Dolphins (2-6) in the second and third periods, 11-4, to turn a one-goal deficit into a seven-goal lead by the start of the fourth quarter. The Princeton lead would eventually balloon to nine before the Dolphins tacked on a few goals in the closing minutes.

Four different players had hat tricks for the Tigers, with Kari Buonanno, Jami MacDonald, Nina Montes and Haven Dora each scoring three times. Dora added an assist for a four-point game to lead all scorers.

Buonanno was a standout all day for the Tigers. Not only did she score her three goals on three shots, she added five ground balls, two caused turnovers and two draw controls.

MacDonald also was a factor on the ride, causing a pair of turnovers and picking up two ground balls.

Sophie Whiteway had four ground balls, two draw controls and a caused turnover while scoring once.

Amelia Hughes made 10 saves on 21 shots – her most impressive period coming in the third quarter when she made four saves while allowing just two goals.

The Tigers were held off the scoreboard themselves for the first 6:14 of the game, but limited the Dolphins to only two goals before McKenzie Blake scored on an extra-player opportunity. Kari Buonanno followed to tie the game with 3:51 remaining in the first quarter and Jami MacDonald gave the Tigers a 3-2 lead 1:21 later.

Jacksonville countered with the next two to close the first and open the second quarters and take a 4-3 lead after a Jenna Peed goal 0:31 into the second frame.

That would be the last time Jacksonville led in the game.

The Tigers scored the next five goals, including two in 0:31 from Whiteway and Dora, to build an 8-4 lead with 4:32 remaining in the first half.

It was more of the same to start the second half as Princeton put together a 5-1 sprint over the first 8:53 to take a 13-6 lead. Buoanno scored twice during that run, while goals from Montes and MacDonald 0:45 apart closed the run in style.

In the fourth, MacDonald and then Montes scored to give the Tigers a 16-7 lead with 7:13 to play before both teams went to their benches to close out the remainder of the game.

The Tigers return to Class of 1852 Stadium on March 23 to host Cornell on Alumnae Day at 12 p.m.

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office identifies toddler found wandering alone

Update: The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) has identified the found child and located the guardians. JSO thanks the community for their help.Update #1 We are pleased to announce the child has been identified and guardians located. Thanks to all who assisted in identifying the child.@CityofJax ...

Update: The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) has identified the found child and located the guardians. JSO thanks the community for their help.

Update #1 We are pleased to announce the child has been identified and guardians located. Thanks to all who assisted in identifying the child.@CityofJax @THEJFRD @JaxReady #JSO

— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) March 17, 2024

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) is reaching out to the public for assistance in identifying a toddler who was found wandering alone in the 5500 block of Firestone Rd.


According to JSO officials, officers responded to the area after receiving reports of a child, believed to be between 2 and 3 years old, who was discovered without a caregiver.

Despite efforts to locate the child’s guardian, officers have been unsuccessful so far. Additionally, the child has been unable to provide any information regarding her residential location.

Given these circumstances, JSO is turning to the community for help in identifying the child and potentially locating her family or caregiver.

Described as a toddler aged between 2 and 3 years old, the child is approximately 3 feet tall and weighs between 30 and 35 pounds. At the time of discovery, she was wearing a white tank top and tie-dye shorts.

JSO has released a photo of the child and is urging anyone who may recognize her or have information about her identity to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at (904)-630-0500.

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