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Home Care In Potomac, MD

Home Care Potomac, 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 Maryland Gold Mine National Historic Landmark 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 Potomac, 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 Potomac, 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 Potomac, 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 Great Falls 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 MoCo's Founding Farmers or visit CO Canal Lock 16, 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 Potomac, 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 Potomac, 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 Potomac, 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:

  • Brandywine Living at Potomac
  • Asheir Homes
  • Brookdale Potomac
  • Serenity Gardens Assisted Living
  • Arden Courts ProMedica Memory Care Community Potomac
  • Byron House
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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 Potomac, 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 Potomac, MD

Hunter's Bar And Grill In Potomac Acquired By MD Restaurateur

POTOMAC, MD — Local restaurateur Adam Greenberg has acquired Hunter’s Bar and Grill in Potomac, with plans to add his own twist to the restaurant’s menu.Located at 10123 River Road in Potomac, Hunter’s Bar and Grill first opened as Hunter’s Inn in 1978. It then changed its name to Hunter’s Bar and Grill in 2014 under longtime owners Fred and Murray Berman’s leadership.Over the course of their 20-plus years of o...

POTOMAC, MD — Local restaurateur Adam Greenberg has acquired Hunter’s Bar and Grill in Potomac, with plans to add his own twist to the restaurant’s menu.

Located at 10123 River Road in Potomac, Hunter’s Bar and Grill first opened as Hunter’s Inn in 1978. It then changed its name to Hunter’s Bar and Grill in 2014 under longtime owners Fred and Murray Berman’s leadership.

Over the course of their 20-plus years of ownership, the Berman brothers transformed Hunter’s into a Potomac staple, creating a welcoming atmosphere and leaving behind a rich legacy that Greenberg said he will seek to preserve.

“I understand how important Hunter’s is to Potomac, and I am glad to become a strong part of it,” Greenberg said in a statement Wednesday. “We look forward to talking to the existing customer base and learning what they love most about Hunter’s and using the findings to help us do what’s best not only for the business, but also for the community.”

The restaurant will remain open during the transition, with Greenberg’s team expected to take over full operations in mid-September.

The acquisition of Hunter’s adds a ninth currently operating restaurant to Greenberg’s company, Restaurant Zone Inc. Greenberg opened his first restaurant, the Cone Zone of Bethesda, in 1992. He then purchased Potomac Pizza in 1995, transforming the family pizza restaurant into a community hub.

Executive Chef Tennille “Chef Tee” Middleton, a graduate of Johnson & Wales University Culinary College and a contestant in the sixth season of Gordon Ramsay’s “Hell’s Kitchen,” will head kitchen operations.

Middleton, who has 15 years of executive chef experience, started as the executive chef of Greenberg’s College Park Grill in August 2022 and now oversees kitchen operations across all eight of Greenberg’s restaurants.

Dan Seaman will take over all day-to-day operations as general manager and contributing partner of Hunter’s Bar and Grill. Seaman has more than 20 years of restaurant experience and is currently the general manager of College Park Grill.

Greenberg’s team will maintain a majority of the restaurant’s current menu offerings, though they plan to work on improving current recipes and experimenting with new items based on customer feedback.

Cappies Review: 'Into The Woods' At St. Andrew's Episcopal School

A student reviews the performance of "Into the Woods" at St. Andrew's Episcopal School, based on music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.Mark Hand, Patch StaffBy Justin Pokrant of Westfield High SchoolSomething dreadful is stomping "Into the Woods" of St. Andrew's Episcopal School, where whispers dance in the wind and danger lurks behind every twist and turn.Stray not from the trodden trai...

A student reviews the performance of "Into the Woods" at St. Andrew's Episcopal School, based on music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

Mark Hand, Patch Staff

By Justin Pokrant of Westfield High School

Something dreadful is stomping "Into the Woods" of St. Andrew's Episcopal School, where whispers dance in the wind and danger lurks behind every twist and turn.

Stray not from the trodden trail, for when fairytales collide, one simple wish can unleash a cascade of calamity. Will this tale's "once upon a time" lead to a "happily ever after?" Premiering at the Old Globe Theatre in 1986 before moving to Broadway in 1987, "Into the Woods" features a book by James Lapine and a score by Stephen Sondheim.

A bewitched baker and his wife long to bear a child, but things get a bit messy when they meet four Brothers Grimm greats: Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel. Where does this intertwined path take our intrepid travelers? Into the woods, of course!

Though the woods can be nightmarish, Gabriel Martinez (Baker) navigated them with strength and stamina. Martinez was on a mission, after all, and evident in his ability to pair enthusiasm in "It Takes Two" with endearment in "No One is Alone," he wasn't going to let any big bad wolves or towering titans get in his way.

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Likewise, Leah Facciobene (Baker's Wife) went to laughable lengths to get Cinderella's gold slipper, yet beneath her vivacious veneer, she also revealed her character's reflective side by taking a long, powerful pause at the end of "Moments in the Woods."

Speaking of powerful, one woodland spirit reigned supreme. When she snapped her staff, the forest fell silent. When she warbled her last words, the auditorium erupted in applause. Who was hiding behind the Witch's mysterious mask? Lara Alarapon. By seamlessly shifting her tone from tender to terrifying in "Stay with Me," Alarapon sparked a blazing fire between Rapunzel and herself-a fire that became fuel for her heartbreaking performance of "Witch's Lament" and "Last Midnight." Whether sassy, soulful, or severely distraught, Alarapon truly made the most of every emotion.

Believe it or not, the Witch wasn't alone in her agony. Enter: Joel Crump (Cinderella's Prince) and Eliora Adu (Rapunzel's Prince). Both Princes poured out their hearts, hands, and hips in "Agony," and while the song was quite hysterical, it was also quite heartwarming to see Crump and Adu's brotherly bond shine through their shenanigans. Similarly, Cecilia Deeny-Locraft (Little Red Ridinghood) showcased her chipper charm in "I Know Things Now," and like the Princes, she added a flare of flamboyance into every scene-one that could not be extinguished.

Is that a giant in the sky? No, it's the pit orchestra, perched on a platform above the stage! From syncopated rhythms to synchronized sound effects, Sondheim's score is incredibly difficult, but fear not, for the ensemble of eight talented student musicians didn't miss a beat.

Below the pit, Audrey Driscoll and Carmen Facciobene hand-painted several roll-away backdrops and two towering storybook set pieces, each page depicting scenes from different fairy tales. Showcasing similar craftsmanship, Charlotte Clark, Hannah Brahimi, and Serena Hardy put plenty of care into their costuming selections, whether it was the finger-puppet birds or the Witch's handmade mask.

St. Andrew's Episcopal School's rendition of Into the Woods would surely enthrall even the loftiest giants lurking in the audience. In fact, after all the company's hard work, I bet the Baker and his Wife would concur that the end certainly justified the beans!

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Potomac’s newest restaurant has too much style, too little substance

Some people are going to like the Grove, the hard-to-miss new Mediterranean fusion restaurant in Cabin John Village shopping center in Potomac. That includes locals who don’t want to drive to the District or Northern Virginia for dinner, people who enjoy a “Barbie” palette and fans of lots of razzle-dazzle — foams, gels and smoke — on the plate.Other people are going to grouse about the latest restaurant from the Alexandria-based Common Plate Hospitality group. This includes locals who dream of better nea...

Some people are going to like the Grove, the hard-to-miss new Mediterranean fusion restaurant in Cabin John Village shopping center in Potomac. That includes locals who don’t want to drive to the District or Northern Virginia for dinner, people who enjoy a “Barbie” palette and fans of lots of razzle-dazzle — foams, gels and smoke — on the plate.

Other people are going to grouse about the latest restaurant from the Alexandria-based Common Plate Hospitality group. This includes locals who dream of better nearby options for a meal out, people who don’t care to eat inside what looks like a piñata filled with flowers and a critic who can’t figure out how a chef with impressive credentials is behind some of the most unfortunate food he’s eaten in several seasons.

José López-Picazo, the Madrid native in the Grove’s exhibition kitchen, has worked under some of the country’s best chefs: José Andrés and Fabio Trabocchi at Jaleo and Del Mar in Washington, respectively, and Julian Serrano at Picasso in the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas. The starry résumé is one reason the managing partner of Common Plate recruited the chef. “He’s always been the man behind the man,” says Chad Sparrow, whose restaurants include Augie’s Mussel House, Mason Social and Urbano. The Grove, he says, puts López-Picazo front and center.

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One of the eye-grabbers on the menu is black sausage from Spain, served as four tiny towers, each one of them balanced on tomato confit on a powdery crouton crowned with a sunny, dime-size quail egg. The appetizer is hard to eat in one bite (the eggs slipped off all four pieces) and not worth the trouble: The sausage was at once earthy and gummy. Crudo is as inescapable as AI. The “Latin fusion” at the Grove features the expected raw fish (halibut, in this case), but the leche de tigre — “tiger’s milk” or marinating liquid — is so thick and fruity it masks the fish, which swims to the table with a savory tuile that distinguishes many of the dishes here. López-Picazo makes the designs with a mold and flour and egg white, plus tints to make them black (squid ink), red (beets) or green (chlorophyll).

Spain is where a lot of chefs from around the world go for inspiration, to taste the future. I count myself lucky to have sampled the novel ideas at trendsetters including Disfrutar in Barcelona. The Grove doesn’t charge the lofty prices of those master practitioners, but its output doesn’t taste close to them, either. My point is, artful and complicated approaches don’t need to get in the way of deliciousness.

Look at the pork belly. You’d think 22 hours in a sous vide cooker would beat a block of meat into submission. But the chunk I got, propped up by a support of potatoes and cheese banded with bacon — the best part of the entree — was dense and tough in parts. I counted at least five sauces on the plate, which get lost in translation, plus what looked like a miniature Ferris wheel but was in reality another tuile. Stop this ride! I’m getting dizzy!

As a well-traveled companion said of one night’s spread, “Not as good as they looked.”

The more traditional Spanish plates are better bets. Seek out the delicate crystal bread with its light application of crushed tomatoes, or the riff on the Catalan classic of grilled or roasted vegetables, escalivada. López-Picazo layers slices of charcoal-kissed red peppers, eggplant and onion and stages them as a colorful bar with a hedge of microgreens and black dots of the aforementioned charred vegetables. Veal cheeks cooked to tenderness are splayed over finely chopped red cabbage that neatly straddles sweet and tang. This being the Grove, the main course gets some chorizo-colored “air” on top, foam that’s actually orange with carrot and ginger.

The message: The simpler, the better here.

High-end hybrid food tends to be complicated and labor-intensive. Like many chefs, López-Picazo has to compete in a market where experienced workers aren’t plentiful, and the suburbs are more of a challenge than the city. One of the reasons I returned to the Grove initially was because of a main course, whole dorade, that the top chef revealed from beneath a salt crust at the table. Some chefs use egg whites to make the salt seal; López-Picazo deploys lemongrass, ginger and lime zest, which infuse the fish, already meaty and rich, with spark and which treat recipients to enticing fragrance. Throw in some aioli and fingerling potatoes and I’m a happy camper — well, sans the undercooked carrots that come along for the ride.

That’s an issue at the Grove. Too many dishes have something that throws them off — rubbery calamari on a piece of halibut or chewy thin rings of brioche and guanciale (“false ravioli,” the chef calls them) around otherwise delicious bites of braised oxtail, their richness foiled by biting peppers, arranged on buttery mashed potatoes. Sometimes, the principal ingredient is to blame. Chunks of chorizo and racy minced peppers are the best part of a main course of chicken inspired by chilindrón, a hearty Spanish stew. The breast, fenced in with potatoes and cauliflower, is ordinary eating, despite the creamy teardrops of yellow cauliflower that finish it.

There’s nothing subtle about the restaurant, whose outside entrance crawls with faux green ivy and whose interior looks like the Cherry Blossom Festival no matter what time of year it is. The walls, ceiling and banquettes are an explosion of flowers — fake, painted or fabric — along with multiple neon accents. “Let it bloom,” reads a message on a wall. Sure, but no one seems to understand the power of moderation. Sparrow says he wanted something “bright and clean” to match the chef’s cooking. The Grove is definitely … bright.

The service is all over the map, too. My first visit, a fast-talking, no-nonsense server informed us “weopenedaboutamonthago” and asked “whatareyouthinkingforwater?” The second dinner showed off his opposite: a server seemingly fueled by a gallon of Red Bull and so enthusiastic, he made Taylor Swift watching her beau play ball inert by comparison. Did I mention the sommelier disputed a bottle of corked wine without first tasting it herself? She later agreed it was bad, but the exchange made for an uncomfortable introduction. On the other hand, this messy eater appreciated servers who swooped in and erased the Jackson Pollock I created on the table, and how kind of the restaurant to lower the volume on the music when a friend asked. (Not every place does that.)

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Sparrow says locals are direct with their feedback. To the Grove’s credit, some prices were slashed when customers complained. “This isn’t downtown D.C.,” he says they let him know. (The scallops are now $10 cheaper than after the restaurant sprouted in November.)

There are moments, fleeting ones, where I could see myself coming back: for those veal cheeks, that whole fish, the desserts. Go for the slender, sugar-sprinkled churros served with intense warm chocolate sauce and the fluffy, not-too-sweet cheesecake with a dimple of apricot jam. Both desserts are straightforward and satisfying.

On my last visit, I watched a server present a smoke-filled, globe-size cloche containing lamb shank to a woman I guessed might be dining with her husband. For about the time it takes for me to type this vignette, her head was invisible in the oak-heavy fog. Her husband couldn’t stop laughing. When the smoke finally disappeared, she seemed less than amused.

I went into the Grove as I try to do at most restaurants, with optimism. I left wondering how I could sum up the place in one word.


7747 Tuckerman Lane, Potomac, Md. 240-386-8369. Open for inside dining 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Prices: Dinner appetizers $14 to $28, main courses $26 to $75 (whole fish for two). Sound check: 75 decibels/Must speak with raised voice. Accessibility: No barriers to entry; ADA-compliant restrooms.

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Inside the Grove, a Floral-Filled Mediterranean Marvel for Maryland

A fantastical dinner awaits at the Grove, a daring new dining oasis where a Spanish-born chef shows off his Vegas credentials across a menu full of meticulously plated Mediterranean dishes. Alexandria-based Common Plate Hospitality (Mason Social, Urbano, Augie’s Mussel House) steps out of its casual comfort zone with tonight’s opening of a highly ambitious restaurant for Potomac...

A fantastical dinner awaits at the Grove, a daring new dining oasis where a Spanish-born chef shows off his Vegas credentials across a menu full of meticulously plated Mediterranean dishes. Alexandria-based Common Plate Hospitality (Mason Social, Urbano, Augie’s Mussel House) steps out of its casual comfort zone with tonight’s opening of a highly ambitious restaurant for Potomac, Maryland.

Nestled in the Cabin John Village shopping center, the Grove’s nightly menu showcases flavors and techniques synonymous with regions of coastal Spain, Italy, and Greece (7747 Tuckerman Lane, Potomac, Maryland). Its huge fine-dining hire is executive chef Jose Lopez-Picazo, whose former West Coast workplace — the Bellagio’s French-Spanish showpiece Picasso — earned two Michelin stars and the James Beard Award for outstanding restaurant under his watch. More recently, he helped spearhead the opening of Fabio Trabocchi’s Spanish stunner Del Mar on the Southwest Waterfront.

Well-versed in the art of everything from seafood preparation to sous-vide, the graduate of the Madrid Cooking Institute flexes his gastronomic muscles to the max at the Grove. His tuna tartare, a rectangular slab of avocado cream, nori, toasted sesame seed, Osetra caviar, and Mediterranean soy sauce, is “a different presentation than anyone doing it.” Red beet gel makes an appearance in beef tartare and pintxo built with Iberico black sausage and quail egg. Vibrantly hued, laser-cut crackers resembling the restaurant’s logo finish off much of the menu.

“We realized there’s nothing here to cater to a higher-end experience,” Common Plate’s founder Chad Sparrow told Eater this year. “People don’t have to go to D.C. — we can offer that at the Grove.”

Lopez-Picazo plans to rotate through local and seasonal ingredients all year, and his opening menu leading into winter celebrates comfort foods like paprika potatoes and sous-vide veal cheeks with caramelized red cabbage, celery root puree, and thyme demi sauce.

Boiled octopus capped off lemon foam is another good way to start. Braised meat atop brioche bread meets up with guanciale and creamy mashed potatoes in the “Unexpected Oxtail” order that lives up to its name.

An Italian breed of cows that predominately dine on corn supply the Buffala burrata, which he smokes and serves with sweet corn cream. “When you taste the milk of this cow and combination of the crema it marries very well,” he says. His sourcing skills are also evident in day boat seared scallops bought from a lauded New York purveyor, paired with artichoke puree and royal trumpet mushrooms. Entrees fit for two include an abundant Catalán fisherman’s stew brimming with monkfish, prawns, lobster, and clams or a whole sea salt-baked dorada — a rare catch akin to branzino.

Look for a la carte dinner to start (5 p.m. to 10 p.m.), with a tasting menu joining the mix in about a month and a half. At the harmoniously designed project, the dreamy decor intentionally matches the artistry of the dishes. The elegant restaurant, predominately filled with corals, pinks, and white tones, features a “similar color [scheme] with the food we do,” says Lopez-Picazo.

Lopez-Picazo’s stateside cooking career kicked off in the late 1990s under José Andrés in D.C. and flourished across the U.S. in other large Vegas roles like Aria’s Julian Serrano Tapas.

“Bringing him in was a huge feather in our cap. He has the potential to win a Michelin star here,” Sparrow told Eater this year.

For now, the kitchen is focused on communicating the Grove’s story to guests.

“My goal is to make people understand what we do and surprise them with my food,” says Lopez-Picazo, whose sous chef worked under chef Robert Wiedmaier.

An 18-foot wine rack stocked with all sorts of Mediterranean varietals “lights up like a Christmas tree,” says sommelier Julia Ollar. An opening list of 45 bottles is expected to double down the line.

“Like any beverage program, we are not the stars of the show — we are here to compliment and support the [food]. They’ve raised the bar pretty high for us,” says beverage director Dan Marlowe, who came up with the creative cocktail list after Lopez-Picazo handed over his menu.

The bar leans heavily on Mediterranean classics like gin, amaro, port, and sherries. “But there’s so much you can do with that,” adds Marlowe.

A sangria shooter served in a cordial glass is quick-sipper sure to please, comprised of a savory wine reduction, orange liqueur, brandy, gin, and gelatin foam. Instead of one everyday espresso martini, there’s two next-level kinds: one with grappa-based liqueur and root spice syrup and another with honey and tequila reposado.

Common Plate’s second act in Maryland is its anticipated Heights Food Hall, slated to open near the Friendship Heights Metro next month.


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