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Home Care In Monkton, MD

Home Care Monkton, MD

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 Old bridge 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 Monkton, MD 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 highly recommend Always Best Care Senior Services in assisting with your search for quality care for your loved one. I worked with Dena to find a suitable facility that could care for my mother in her condition. They are very knowledgeable as it pertains to the senior care industry, which is overwhelming to those with no experience with this industry. The overall process was very thorough and I felt that worked diligently to find the best type of facility that would suit my mother's needs.”

Dwayne W.

“I have been working at ABC as the Director of Operations for 5 years, and I can confirm that we have a great working environment. Our staff have been working for years and they are dedicated in great customer services and client satisfaction. We function as a family, and we make sure that caregivers are happy working for ABC. The benefits that we offer to our employees are enormous and more importantly, the training programs are continual and very effective based on client's care plan. ABC is a place I can recommend to CNA, GNA, and Nurses to work and our services are well designed for seniors. Thank you.”

Jacques N.

“My 97 year old husband on Hospice was cared for by his namesake, another Benjamin who was with him daily from 8AM to 8PM. Not only did Benjamin help me survive (I am almost 97 too), but he was so kind, gentle and careful about all that he did. When my husband saw him in the morning, he actually managed a tiny smile. In addition to direct care for his patient, he washed dishes, dusted and vacuumed!! There were also two night shift aides, Emanuel and Bismarck. Each came only once but they were equally competent. Without Robin Henoch and ABC? I don't even want to think about it.”

Joan G.

“This is a follow up about my Mom who is 87 years old recovering from a hip fracture and numerous complications related to being under medicated and over medicated at various inpatient facilities. The 24 hour care team at Always Best Care Rockville has kept us going and cared for my Mom as if they would their own Mom over the past 9 weeks. This team includes outstanding and heroic Day shift care by Suzanne, Roseline and Dorothy and Night shift care by Afua, Ellen, Hawa. An extra 10 star commendation goes to Roseline and Dorothy who spoke up about concerns they had to their nurse managers that resulted in a discovery that my Mom was being overmedicated during day time hours and undermedicated at night. 10 star commendation also go to Ndey Care Coordinator in the office who is always calm, caring and helpful no matter what craziness is going on! Thank you all! This is the highest calling to provide personalized, deeply compassionate care to those who are sick and vulnerable!”

Molly C.

“We have been using this service for over a year for 24/7 care for my 87 year old mother with dementia. A few of the caregivers have been with her over a year. Raheema her weekend, daytime caregiver treats her like family. She is so kind & an advocate for her care. Mom loves Fridays when Vera comes because not only does she take good care of her above & beyond such as putting curlers in her hair & taking her around the block, but she also has lots of energy & jokes around with her which she loves. Ami takes care of Mom a few overnights each week & she is kind, gentle, compassionate & professional. In the office, Ashley spent an extraordinary amount of time with me at the beginning & was friendly & professional & caring. Esther really listens to my concerns & addresses them. I would highly recommend their service.”

Jennifer B.

“I've had such great experience working with everyone at Always Best Care. They're all amazing and hard working people.”

Ndey A.

“I can't say enough about the professionalism and the general overall caring from the top down to my 92 year old mother's care giver Diana. Not only does my mother adore her, her friends say how great Diana is and lastly the facility called me yesterday to say how great Diana is working with my mother. 5 Stars is not enough....”

Andrew E.

“Needed a caregiver for my dad during my son's wedding and we were put in touch with Always Best. They did a tremendous job through the whole process including scheduling and making sure our needs were met. The event day caregiver was Sam and he was so great to my dad. On time, friendly, always smiling and ensuing my dad was comfortable at all times. Would use them again for sure”

Andreas A.

“My grandmother needed to go to a skilled nursing facility from the hospital. She was scared and we wanted to ensure that she was well taken care of, so we arranged for caregivers there. She went home with 24 hour care. ABC made that process so easy and they were so kind. My grandmother found her caregivers to be dependable, courteous, helpful, compassionate and punctual. She wanted to personally thank Anne Marie Njang, Celestina, and Akosua Atta for being there for her.”

Briana E.

“Expert and professional care provided for my loved one.”

Glenda C.

“We were very pleased with Always Best Care (ABC). We used ABC following a major surgery. We needed a CNA for various types of assistance for two people with limited mobility. Our original plan for help, with a different agency, fell apart early in my recovery. ABC had an excellent replacement in our home within 24 hours. The woman who provided most of our care was very good. Based on both responsiveness and quality, we would call ABC first if we need in home care in the future.”

Greg M.

“We used ABCSS for my Dad. When Mom needed similar care, they were the first we called. The need happened very quickly and ABCSS was able to find us a 24/7 sitter for the first night when we called them. They provide caregivers who indeed care about those they serve. Robin and Ashley (owners) are very attentive to our needs and are always looking for ways they can make things easier for us while caring for our loved ones. Highly recommend.”

Jim P.

“At a time when you need help the most. When you don't know what to expect next, other the expectation to be overwhelmed, Always Best Care was a great choice for help when I needed it the most in caring for my elder Father. I was out of my element and really didn't know what to do to properly care for my Father - but Always Best Care knew exactly what to do. When we first contacted Robin she responded immediately, met with us very quickly and was ready to go with as much staffing & care that we needed on Day 1. The caregivers were all experienced and personable, and genuinely nice people. When the time came that we had to shift to Hospice care, the staff already knew what to do with regard to interacting with the Hospice staff. And when the time came that my Father passed away they made sure we were notified immediately and remained with my Father until we arrived. I couldn't have asked for a level of service beyond what we received and I thank Robin and her staff for helping my Father and our family during his final weeks of life so that we could make him as comfortable as possible.”

Elliott R.

“competent csring staff. always Over six months of daily care, there was only one incident when weather prevented anyone from coming”

Stephanie H.

“My mother received services from ABC for about 2 years. I reached out to Robin (head of the agency) because Mom was struggling with her memory and other symptoms of dementia. Always Best Care has wonderful caregivers and the staff was always available, kind, hard working and helpful. This refers to not only the caregivers, but their staff of nurses, doctors, receptionists, everyone. I could (and did) call day or in the middle of the night, and someone was always available to help me with my mom's issues. The caregivers were prompt, professional, hard working and really patient and kind. My mom passed away last month with Advanced Alzheimer's disease. I feel good really about the final years of my mom's life, at home with all she loved most, and that includes all that Always Best Care has to offer.”

Francesca P.

“Awesome staff and care givers!!”

Arlette T.

“I am a past client of this provider Always Best Care is what their namesays -- always the best.We used them for a few family members and couldn't have been more pleased. Finding quality care for those you love can be overwhelming and unsettling. Through Robin, Blake and their excellent caregivers, we found not only the high quality care we sought but completepeace of mind. It was clear from the very beginning that they place the needs of their clients and clients' families above all else. They work hard to find the best match for your particular situation, communicate extremely well, and are always ready to help however they can. In short, they are outstanding partners in the care of your loved ones, and I personally am extremely grateful for thecare Robin, Blake, and Marie provided my parents.We are fortunate to have found Always Best Care and recommend them enthusiastically and without reservation.”

Dave G.

“Always Best Care is what their name says -- always the best. We used them for a few family members and couldn't have been more pleased. Finding quality care for those you love can be overwhelming and unsettling. Through Robin, Blake and their excellent caregivers, we found not only the high quality care we sought but complete peace of mind. It was clear from the very beginning that they place the needs of their clients and clients' families above all else. They work hard to find the best match for your particular situation, communicate extremely well, and are always ready to help however they can. In short, they are outstanding partners in the care of your loved ones, and I personally am extremely grateful for the care Robin, Blake, and Marie provided my parents. We are fortunate to have found Always Best Care and recommend them enthusiastically and without reservation.”

Dave G.

“Great company, great staff, great care.”

Russell S.

“Always Best Care of Mid-Montgomery County lives up to its name! For over 2 years, our experience was responsive, professional, flexible and involved management and kind, caring, attentive, and utterly reliable caregivers. I highly recommend this senior care firm.”

Beth D.

“I am a current client of this provider Our current caregiver is great. Whenever there has been an issue or concern about my parents’ care, Always Best Care has responded immediately and effectively.”

Morrison F.

“I am a past client of this provider Always Best Care of Potomac lives up to its name! I employed their services for a family member for 2 1/2 years. The care was EXCELLENT - kind, professional, attentive, and utterly reliable - every single caregiver. The management of Always Best Care is the best you can ask for - extremely involved, flexible to many changes in schedules and client's condition, completely professional and sensitive to needs at the same time. I HIGHLY recommend Always Best Care of Potomac - they set the standard for the highest quality of Home Care you will find.”

Beth D.

“Always Best Care of Mid-Montgomery County lives up to its name! For over 2 years, our experience was responsive, professional, flexible and involved management and kind, caring, attentive, and utterly reliable caregivers. I highly recommend this senior care firm.”

Beth D.

“My parents are currently receiving excellent care. During any of my interactions I have always encountered courteous, professional and helpful staff. I am grateful.”

Maria M.

“I moved my parents, who have dementia, from a large retirement community to a group home. When I realized that the group home did not provide proper care for them, which resulted in both parents coming down with urinary tract infections simultaneously, 2 times in three weeks, I knew they needed to move. My father’s dementia had also escalated significantly and he became fearful of the caregivers, who had no prior experience caring for someone with advanced Alzheimer’s symptoms and their approach was not appropriate. ABC came to my rescue and immediately provided a wonderful male caregiver for my father from 4-8 PM, seven days a week, while she conducted a search to find the right place for my parents to move. She took into consideration our family’s financial limitations as well. Within a short period of time, we were able to move them to their current location where they are getting wonderful care, delicious food and ongoing bus excursions every other week! My father is no longer fearful of the caregivers and my mother is very content, as well. They have had no further urinary tract problems. ABC solved 2 challenges for me: 1) they immediately found the right caregiver for my father and 2) found the perfect location for my parents to be cared for properly. Daughter of E & F Silver Spring, MD”

A G.

What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Monkton, MD?


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 Monkton, MD

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 Gunpowder Falls Trail Parking 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 Manor Tavern or visit Clara Barton National Historic Site, 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 Monkton, MD

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 Monkton, MD, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

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 MD'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 Monkton, MD understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

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:

  • Madonna Heritage Assisted Living Home
  • Hereford Senior Center
  • College Manor Assisted Living
  • Commonwealth Senior Living at Cockeysville
  • Dulaney Valley Assisted Living
  • Brightview Mays Chapel Ridge
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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 Monkton, MD 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 Monkton, MD

Leaders, residents try to find solutions to tubing issues at Gunpowder Falls

MONKTON, Md. —Getting outdoors has been a great thing for people during the pandemic, but for some who live near the Gunpowder Falls State Park in Monkton, the traffic has become a real problem.Members of the Monkton community met with state and local leaders Thursday at the Gunpowder State Park to try and figure out exactly how to keep tubers that use this area safe, as some say, because of the coronavirus things have gotten out of control.Tubing on the Gunpowder River is certainly nothing new up,...


Getting outdoors has been a great thing for people during the pandemic, but for some who live near the Gunpowder Falls State Park in Monkton, the traffic has become a real problem.

Members of the Monkton community met with state and local leaders Thursday at the Gunpowder State Park to try and figure out exactly how to keep tubers that use this area safe, as some say, because of the coronavirus things have gotten out of control.

Tubing on the Gunpowder River is certainly nothing new up, but this year, residents say things have changed.

“Somebody’s going to get hit. It’s just it’s not if, it’s when,” said Bill Pearce, a Monkton resident.

Parking along Monkton Road has gotten so bad, especially on the weekends, that residents are becoming increasingly worried about a tragedy happening.

“I got a call from a resident not long ago. He was coming down the hill on his motorcycle and a little child ran out on the turn, he almost hit the child,” Pearce said.

So what's causing the problem?

According to the Department of Natural Resources, which manages Gunpowder State Park, it's extremely limited parking, coupled with a strong desire to get out of the house.

“It’s been going on for many years and this year seems to be really taking off because of COVID and the fact that it’s so accessible to so many people,” said Ranger Dean Hughes, of DNR Gunpowder State Park.

“If you have been here on weekends, it’s a very unsafe situation,” said District 3 Councilman Wade Kach.

Kach called Thursday's meeting, where a number of ideas were thrown around to help make things safer, including increasing illegal parking fines, giving private companies control of the tow zones and making tubers reserve times online with DNR.

In the end, Kach thinks the three suggestions will help cut down on parked cars on Monkton Road, thus making things much safer.

“Whenever the different levels of government work together, you do come up with solutions, so I’m optimistic,” Kach said.

So a bill is being presented this Monday. As far as the increased fines are concerned, and that is expected to pass as far as private companies doing towing and making reservations those issues might take a little bit longer.

Visitors go tubing on Gunpowder Falls; residents concerned over safety, traffic

Camp Open Arms in Monkton creates ‘judgment-free zone’ for kids with limb differences

Listen to this articleWendy Bynion and her daughter, Maddie, had just left the Pennsylvania Dutch Market in Cockeysville when they heard someone call after them:“Excuse me, ma’am, can I talk to you?”Braced to politely decline whatever the man was selling, Bynion turned around to see Dr. Joshua Abzug — a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at the University of Maryland Medical Center and an orthopedics and pediatrics professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine — walking toward them....

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Wendy Bynion and her daughter, Maddie, had just left the Pennsylvania Dutch Market in Cockeysville when they heard someone call after them:

“Excuse me, ma’am, can I talk to you?”

Braced to politely decline whatever the man was selling, Bynion turned around to see Dr. Joshua Abzug — a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at the University of Maryland Medical Center and an orthopedics and pediatrics professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine — walking toward them.

This might be awkward, Abzug said, but he noticed Maddie was missing a hand. He explained that he’d recently started a free summer camp in Baltimore County for children who have limb differences because of amputation, a disorder like cerebral palsy or — like Maddie — it’s just how they were born. He was wondering: Would Maddie like to come this year?

“That’s how it all started,” Bynion said Wednesday morning, smiling as she watched the children participating in this year’s Camp Open Arms prepare to make gingerbread houses. She was dressed in a baby blue camp T-shirt, one of many she and her husband, Dan, had collected since Maddie started going seven years ago and they started volunteering at the camp about two years after that.

“It’s a really tough thing as a child to have something that’s so different,” Bynion said. “It’s nice to be here, and be free of that feeling. It’s almost cool, because when kids come up here it’s like, ‘Oh, wow, what’s your thing?’ There’s no awkwardness in seeing or asking. It’s very joyful to see them be able to drop any fear about that while they’re here.”

That’s exactly the kind of environment Abzug hoped to create when he started Camp Open Arms nine years ago. Even though about 1,500 children are born in the U.S. with limb differences every year, according to the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital and University of Maryland Orthopaedics, some of them are bullied or excluded because of the way they look.

But Camp Open Arms, held for school-aged children this year from Monday through Saturday at Camp Running Bear in Monkton, is a “judgment-free zone,” Abzug said.

While a camper might start off the week trying to hide their missing hand, by the time camp is over, Abzug said, they’re not even thinking about it. Children don’t have to worry about being teased if they trip or can’t do something quite like someone without a limb difference can. They can just have fun.

Children carry the confidence boost they get from camp well after it ends, Abzug said. Many parents, he said, describe the camp as “life changing” for their children, who learn to talk about their limb difference without embarrassment and go out in public with their family without worrying about people staring at them.

“I think we all try and make the world a better place,” Abzug said. “This is certainly going to be one of my legacies. This camp will continue on, hopefully, well beyond my time on this planet and provide this opportunity for generations to come.”

Attendance at the free camp — which is funded solely by donations through the University of Maryland Medical System — has boomed in the last nine years, increasing from just six kids to nearly 50 this summer. Children and their families come from hours away, traveling as far as from Minnesota. The Hackerman-Patz House at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson donates several rooms for families coming from far away, and Courtyard by Marriott in Hunt Valley offers a discounted rate to those who can afford a hotel stay.

Most campers are Abzug’s patients. He’s known many of them for years, including 11-year-old Abigail Richbark, who he operated on when she was about 5 months old. She’s been coming to the camp for about eight years and said Wednesday that her favorite part is the ropes course.

Abzug also has watched Wendy and Dan Bynion’s daughter, Maddie, grow up. Seven years ago, she cried and cried when Wendy dropped her off on her first day of camp. But Wednesday, Maddie, now 17, was preparing to lead arts and crafts on Thursday and Friday. She’s been trying to bribe “Dr. Josh” — as she and most of the other campers call Abzug — to make her a junior counselor, she joked.

Though temperatures hovered around a balmy 85 degrees Wednesday, Camp Open Arms continued with its winter theme, complete with holiday music, fake snow and guests Santa and Mrs. Claus, who were dressed in Hawaiian shirts. On Tuesday, campers could slide into a small pool of ice water for a “polar plunge” — 10-year-old Royce Weldon’s favorite part of the week so far, and what 9-year-old Leah Everson called the “coldest thing on Earth.”

The kids also participated in more traditional camp activities, like a movie night, hiking and spontaneous games of tag. Before lunch, a group of elementary and middle schoolers divided into a boys vs. girls team to play Jenga — even though there were more girls than boys.

“That’s unbalanced!” said Royce, laughing.

“Plus, girl’s hands are better,” 10-year-old Anna Lotz said. (Indeed, the girls were victorious).

To make sure everyone could participate, a counselor helped 7-year-old Rosa Harmon, who doesn’t have arms, remove her pink Crocs so she could use her toes to push out a block. Later, at the ropes course, another counselor strapped her into a harness and helped her walk across a swaying tightrope.

“Go Rosa! Go Rosa!” the other campers encouraged her.

As the campers trooped to the ropes course, 10-year-old Emma Brackins told a counselor that the scariest part of the course wasn’t the zip line, like some kids said. It was the balance beam. She had terrible balance, and if she fell, she said, she could hurt herself, because she was extra fragile.

“We’re right there, in case you fall,” the counselor assured her.

And they were, holding Emma’s hand every step of the way, until she hopped down to the earth. Face flushed with victory, the little girl spun around to watch her friend complete the course, cheering her on until she joined her safely on the ground.

Tornado Confirmed In Maryland: National Weather Service

The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down on Friday, April 26, in central Maryland.Patch Staff|Updated Mon, Apr 29, 2019 at 8:24 am ETMONKTON, MD — An EF-1 tornado touched down in Monkton on Friday, April 26. After a storm survey, the National Weather Service confirmed the report on Sunday.An EF-1 tornado is the second weakest tornado after an EF-0 tornado.The tornado had maximum wind speeds of 90 mph when it arrived Friday afternoon.During its time on the ground, the torn...

The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down on Friday, April 26, in central Maryland.

Patch Staff

|Updated Mon, Apr 29, 2019 at 8:24 am ET

MONKTON, MD — An EF-1 tornado touched down in Monkton on Friday, April 26. After a storm survey, the National Weather Service confirmed the report on Sunday.

An EF-1 tornado is the second weakest tornado after an EF-0 tornado.

The tornado had maximum wind speeds of 90 mph when it arrived Friday afternoon.

During its time on the ground, the tornado traveled 3 miles and was 150 yards wide.

It was in the area from 3:19 to 3:23 p.m. and traveled from northeastern Baltimore County to northwestern Harford County, according to the report.

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While there were no injuries, the National Weather Service said there were more than a dozen trees damaged and in one case, damage to a playground structure.

The Path Of The Tornado

The tornado began on Corbett Road between Monkton Farms Drive and Falls Road and ended near the intersection of Shepperd Road and Troyer Road, weather officials reported.

As the storm moved northeast, there was "sporadic tree damage" from straight line winds along a path from northeastern Baltimore County to northwestern Harford County, the report said.

Multiple trees on Corbett Road snapped, with leaf and branch debris in the area too.

Moving northeast, the tornado reached the 2400 block of Monkton Road at 3:20 p.m., according to the radar. Seven trees fell in the area, officials said, and there were multiple tree limbs down.

At least 10 trees snapped along a 150-yard path along Shepperd Road about a minute later, weather officials reported. Some trees snapped closer to the base, while others had their tops snapped off.

Two screens were blown in at a property where there was a horse barn, and the wind also tore off a slide from a playground and threw it to the northwest, according to authorities.

Due to the intermittent damage and little structural damage, authorities said that the winds were expected to have been 80 to 90 mph. Once winds exceed that speed, officials say more sturdy structures would have been damaged.

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Monkton’s Manor Tavern has become a horse-country dining destination

I always marvel at the picturesque horse country of northern Baltimore County, with its lazy roads, manor homes and lush acres. But the pastoral journey to Manor Tavern in Monkton has gotten even better.Executive chef George Batlas — a native Marylander who honed his skills in France — came onboard in 2015, turning the historic property into a must-visit food destination.While the Manor Tavern has always been a go-to place for fun and special occasions, the food has wavered over the years. Not anymore.Batlas ...

I always marvel at the picturesque horse country of northern Baltimore County, with its lazy roads, manor homes and lush acres. But the pastoral journey to Manor Tavern in Monkton has gotten even better.

Executive chef George Batlas — a native Marylander who honed his skills in France — came onboard in 2015, turning the historic property into a must-visit food destination.

While the Manor Tavern has always been a go-to place for fun and special occasions, the food has wavered over the years. Not anymore.

Batlas and his staff use produce from the restaurant’s gardens and rely on meats and dairy products from nearby farms. And they have a chicken coop with laying hens, giving them a supply of fresh eggs for baked goods and other dishes.

The straightforward American menu delivers items you’d expect, like crab cakes, pork chops, racks of lamb and burgers. But there are surprises along the way, including elk Bolognese, an ahi tuna poke bowl, a hot duck skillet salad and a grilled cauliflower steak.

We sat in an old-fashioned room surrounded by horse prints and framed silks of jockeys. The thoughtful, prettily plated food seemed at odds with the stuffy equestrian decor that hasn’t changed much over the years.

I understand its historical significance. The 267-year-old property started as a stable that is said to have housed George Washington’s horse on occasion. Over the years, the original building was used as a blacksmith shop, a general store and a saloon. Today, it’s a genteel gathering spot in the heart of steeplechase land.

Still, we thought the theme was overdone. We didn’t dwell on it for long, though. We were distracted by thick slices of dense bread studded with raisins and walnuts from Stone Mill Bakery. Even nearby tables were commenting about how delicious it was.

We were at the restaurant on a Thursday, when bottles of wine are half price, and we didn’t have any problem choosing one from the mostly West Coast list. We were pleased with an Elouan pinot noir from Oregon.

Diners can also tap into several craft beers, including Maryland’s Raven Special Lager, and “canning-jar” cocktails like a Paloma with tequila and grapefruit juice.

Just when we thought we’d settled on our order, our conscientious waitress tempted us with the daily specials. We felt like toddlers being shown new toys — we wanted all of them.

We succumbed to the luscious figs stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in papery prosciutto. The fleshy fruit was nestled in feathery greens carefully glazed with balsamic vinegar.

We’re glad we stuck with the fried green tomato Oscar on the regular menu as a starter. Consider this for a main dish — it’s a whopping portion. Crunchy tomato slices, jumbo lump crabmeat and asparagus were a compelling combo. A Parmesan cracker perched on top was great for scooping up bits and pieces of the dish.

A roasted rainbow salad showcased produce from the garden, our server told us. The composition was beautiful. The captivating teepee of warm, roasted baby carrots over had a centerpiece of goat cheese and a smattering of sunflower seeds.

For entrees, you can dip into house specialties like a chicken piccata (perhaps a nod to Batlas’ earlier days at Baltimore’s Chiapparelli’s) or choose from lists of seafood, steak dishes, burgers and sandwiches.

You won’t go wrong with a country-fried pork chop featuring a 16-ounce slab of tender meat hiding inside a crispy Parmesan covering. It paired well with thick mashed potatoes and the vegetable of the day, a green bean-squash medley.

Another good choice is the crab and spinach orzo with pan-seared scallops. The garlicky dish reveled in silky cream and Parmesan cheese.

Desserts are recited at the table, making you snap to attention at a time when you’d rather read a list than try to remember what was just said. They included creme brulee, cheesecake, an inches-high chocolate cake and bread pudding. The sweets are made in house by the restaurant’s longtime pasty chef, Carmalyn Crandall, with the exception of ice cream from nearby Prigel Family Creamery and Jarrettsville Creamery & Deli.

We picked a chocolate flourless molten “seduction” cake with cinnamon ice cream, which was as decadent and fulfilling as it sounded.

The sprawling restaurant includes two other dining rooms, a bar with booths, and front and side patios, where two gentlemen were enjoying cigars as we left the restaurant.

We peeked at the garden located near the parking lot, which was being prepared for winter. The country was quiet and dark.

But inside the restaurant, the lights were bright, and the food was exciting. Sometimes a destination is as meaningful as the journey.

The 9 Most Picturesque Small Towns In Maryland

Maryland is a US state located on the Atlantic Coast. Stretching thin between Pennsylvania, Delaware, ...

Maryland is a US state located on the Atlantic Coast. Stretching thin between Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and the Atlantic Ocean, Maryland tends is often overlooked. Although small, Maryland contains major cities, beaches, and farmland. As the seventh established state, Maryland contains a plethora of small towns rooted in history. Small towns provide a unique view into a life away from the hustle of big city life. Quiet and quaint, small towns offer a place to pause and enjoy the scenery. These nine most picturesque small towns in Maryland boast scenery worthy of your next getaway.

St. Mary's City

St. Mary's, established in 1634, was Maryland's first capital. Here visitors can experience a unique view of colonial history at Historic St. Mary's City Museum. At the museum, visitors can plan a tour of multiple historic exhibits and explore a variety of trails. At the Visitor Center, a cluster of large blue barns, visitors can buy tickets to learn more about Maryland's first colonists. Visitors can also visit working farms and boats along rivers. With breathtaking sunsets, St. Mary's offers a place to breathe and unwind while learning about America's history.

Havre de Grace

Havre de Grace, named one of America's best small towns by Smithsonian Magazine, is home to Maryland's second-oldest lighthouse, 1827 Concord Point Lighthouse. Located at the mouth of the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay, Havre de Grace offers visitors year-round fishing and hiking. Visitors can visit the lighthouse, the Susquehanna Museum, or hike through Susquehanna State Park providing outdoor enthusiasts opportunities to appreciate nature.


Monkton formed around a water-powered grist mill in the 1700s. With a population of fewer than 5,000 people, Monkton embodies the definition of quiet country life. In spring, the town welcomes visitors to Ladew Topiary Gardens. In addition to the topiary gardens, visitors can visit a butterfly house, enjoy a nature walk, and visit the Manor House of Harvey S. Ledew. Multiple gardens on the property allow visitors to experience art in an organic form.


Not to be confused with Berlin in Germany, Berlin in Maryland proclaims to be artistically alive and eternally young. As one of the Top Ten Great American Main streets, Berlin's downtown main street offers visitors a multitude of restaurants, bars, bakeries, and coffee shops to quench thirst and hunger. Local art and handcrafts are available in galleries. The Taylor House Museum and 47 structures on the National Historic Register provide visitors with a glimpse into history. In addition to history and delectable consumptions, Berlin offers unique opportunities to explore beaches, enjoy biking trails, and the thrill of bird watching.

Berlin, MarylandThe name Berlin is thought to be a contraction of "Burleigh Inn," a tavern on the Philadelphia Post Road and Sinepuxent Road.

Chesapeake City

Placed on the National Register of Historic Places and currently the only town in Maryland with a working commercial canal, Chesapeake City offers visitors a rare view into life on the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal (C&D) Canal. A visit to the C&D Canal Museum will educate visitors about the canal's history through interactive displays. City water tours provide a panoramic perspective of the city. Along the canal is the Ben Cardin Recreational Trail where you can observe wildlife including bald eagles, ospreys, and even otters from the trail. Every fall, tourists enjoy a free performance by The Brown Box Theatre Project. The group performs a different Shakespeare play each year in Chesapeake City's waterfront park. Chesapeake City offers visitors history, theatre, and unique views from the water.


South of the big cities of Baltimore and Annapolis, Leonardtown earned the moniker, "A most convenient place." Leonardtown Warf is a tranquil getaway to experience waterfront activities including paddle boarding, kayaking, luxury picnics, or a walk on the boardwalk. Located downtown, the Port of Leonardtown advertises live music on weekends and vineyard tours. During summer, rides on the Leonardtown Trolley are free during operating hours. Known locally as First Fridays, establishments of Leonardtown collectively celebrate the first Friday of each month by showcasing local artists. With outdoor activities, music, and art, Leonardtown is a convenient place to unwind.


With a population of fewer than 2,000 people, Oakland is in Maryland's Garrett County. Although small, major state highways such as US Route 219, travel through Oakland. These highways connect to Interstate 68 and US Route 40, making Oakland very accessible. Oakland's high elevation earned it the title "Snowiest Place in Maryland" in winter. Visitors to Oakland enjoy multiple family-owned restaurants, seasonal festivals, seasonal farmer's markets, community theatre, and museums. Less than a 20-minute drive away, Deep Creek Lake is Maryland's largest inland body of water. In all four seasons, visitors can find outdoor activities including hiking, kayaking, skiing, and boating. Oakland's ease of access, family-owned businesses, and history entice visitors to enjoy a direct connection to small-town life.

North Beach

The small town of North Beach, Maryland contains a seven-block waterfront with a public fishing pier and boardwalk. Benches along the boardwalk allow pedestrians to loiter while overlooking the Bay. As a family-friendly town, North Beach welcomes visitors of all ages. The beach has minimal wave activity making it perfect for a leisurely day at the beach. At Wetlands Overlook Park, bird watchers will appreciate a walk along a wooded boardwalk to spy an abundance of waterfowl. With bird watching, taking in the view from the Bay, and relaxing to the waves lapping on the beach, North Beach is a nature lover's dream.


As the southernmost town in Maryland, Crisfield is famous for being the "Blue Crab Capital of the World." Labor Day weekend each year, the small town of Crisfield hosts The National Crab Derby. Visitors and locals can partake in crab-related activities including blue crab races and a blue crab feast. With multiple crab restaurants and shops sprinkled throughout the town, Crisfield embraces its title with pride. In addition to crabs, Crisfield has a golf course, boat fishing, and outdoor activities to offer for enjoying the outdoors.

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Maryland's small towns are rich with historical charm giving visitors a glimpse into the past. Blending seamlessly with modern activities and southern hospitality, visitors are sure to find something to spark their interest. These small towns offer opportunities to learn about history, sip wine from a local vineyard, admire crafts made by local artists, dine on southern cuisine, or reacquaint nature. Maryland small towns provide a picturesque background to enjoy a pause from everyday life.


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