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Home Care In Oak Island, NC

Home Care Oak Island, NC

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 Oak Island Pier 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 Oak Island, NC 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.


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“Excellent! Shawn was a Godsend. He found a great, affordable community for my Mom. We are very satisfied with his service and professionalism. He took his time and our requirements and found the perfect place. Highly recommend him and Always Best Care!”

Charles K.

“I contacted Shawn when my mother returned home from the hospital. There are so many options it was confusing for me! Shawn and his team sent me several places to review and then accompanied me to visit independent living facilities. I appreciate the resources and information provided. Shawn, thank you for being focused on our family's needs and sharing your expertise. Your compassion and patience is so very appreciated!”

Joanne S.

“Watching your parents age is an emotional experience. My mother has suffered from emphysema since the early 2000s and was diagnosed with dementia in 2018. We've worked with many companies to provide care for her and companionship. Since 2020, as my mother has significantly declined, we've had to make the decision to move her into a facility. For the past three years, Always Best, and more specifically Nancy Newcomer, has provided consistent and quality care for our family. Nancy is always on time, caring, and reliable. We've experienced companies with high turnover and feel blessed to have had Nancy's support for three years. She doesn’t do this solely for a paycheck but also checks on my dad on her days off and genuinely cares. I'd highly recommend this company to help care for your aging loved ones.”

Alison B.

“Other Navigation through the process of finding a Memory Care Facility for my husband. The Owner. Met with my daughter and me. We included my husband. Right away we could hear see and feel this man's compassionate heart. He cared for his own aging family members and can relate. He personally called to check in with us despite the fact that we needed a facility and not home care. Taking it one step further he went on tours with us and we discussed pros and cons without his bias of one over another. Once our loved one was placed this gentleman continued advising at our initiation of calls. He never failed to call back. Highly recommend this man.”


“Phenomenal services providing peace of mind during difficult times when your elderly loved ones need you the most. Highly recommend!”

Stephanie B.

“I could not be happier with this service. I schedule care in 15 minute or 30 minute visits for 6 visits a day. They make sure that my 96 year old mother takes her meds, walks to meals, they deliver her meals when she is too tired to walk, they water her plants, bathe her, they will help in anyway to provide the best care. Shawn Cothran, the owner, made a personal visit to her room to make sure she had all that she needs. The caregivers; Vera, Jackie, Toni, Elizabeth and many others could not be better. I highly recommend this service.”

Sandra D.

“I Love Always Best Care, we have an amazing team and I am lucky to be surrounded by such caring hearts.”

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“Staff helped guide and navigate options for my mother. We found a new home for her and the extra attention she is now receiving has given both the family and her comfort and peace of mind. It is a challenging transition and the help was invaluable. Many thanks!”

Jody J.

“ABC caregivers took care of my 93 yr old father from when he came out of the hospital until he passed away 8 months later. The nurse was very fast and efficient and met us at his residence when we arrived from the hospital. Many caregivers were so sweet and careful with him and were helpful to my mother as well. He would be happy to see their smiling faces. They were also very accommodating for schedule and other changes. I would highly recommend them!”


“ABC caregivers took care of my 93 yr old father from when he came out of the hospital until he passed away 8 months later. The nurse was very fast and efficient and met us at his residence when we arrived from the hospital. Many caregivers were so sweet and careful with him and were helpful to my mother as well. He would be happy to see their smiling faces. They were also very accommodating for schedule and other changes. I would highly recommend them!”

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Angela K.

“We recently had to move my Dad from one senior care center to another. It was wonderful to have Paige from Always Best Care make all the appointments and show us different options. She knew all the ins & outs, positives & negatives and was such a huge help in finding him a new place to live! I highly recommend this service to anyone in need of finding a place for their loved one.”

Erin T.

“Oh my goodness! I was at the very bottom of my rope with no where to turn. Almost overnight, my mom went from being totally independent to needing assisted living, and I didn't know where or how to even start. The hospital was breathing down my neck to get her out of there, and I had nowhere to take her. I couldn't provide the care she needed at home. Then a friend sent me a copy of Shawn Cothran's business card. She said he could help. Shawn called me when I was at my lowest point. He offered me hope with the possibility of placement the same day or next for my mom. By that afternoon, we had signed a contract and placed a bed in mom's new home. The next day, she moved in to a very nice, beautiful and caring community. I will be forever grateful to Always Best Care Senior Services and Shawn!!”

Michele W.

“I started with Always Best Care in October of 2018 and they have been fabulous with their flexibility. I have been able to make my own schedule to accommodate other things in my life.”

cassidy O.

“I’ve been employed by Always Best Care Senior Services as a caregiver for almost four years. I’ve been impressed by their professional, ethical and caring work environment, as well as the continuing training and support given to employees. As a caregiver it has been a rewarding experience to lovingly provide for the physical and emotional needs of our clients.”

Pat M.

“This is a great place to work . The management team goes beyond there duties.They care a lot about their clients and their workers . If you are looking for a good place to work with flexible schedule I would recommend you ABC care .”

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Angela K.

“A good company that cares for both employees and clients.”

katherine V.

“I’ve been working with ABC for over two years now and I’ve enjoyed the experience with My Boss ,Co-workers and clients. We’re all just a BIg family..”

Tammy F.

“I've been working with Always Best Care Senior Services Wake Forest for 4 years. It's a great place to work and I love working to support our senior community. ❤”

Christina D.

“Always Best care has provided excellent care services for our 45 yr old daughter for three months. The caregivers are professional, tender hearted, and have been a great blessing to the whole family. We are very grateful for the entire team!!”


“As a Certified Geriatric Care Manager I guide families through the maze of aging medical concerns. I am amazed at the speed and professionalism Always Best Care provides in filling our client's home care needs and help in finding the right long term care living environment when the time has come. I can call and know my client's needs will be met and expectations exceeded!”

Carla P.

“Nurses aide care my elderly parent receives is excellent. Aides all well trained, caring, professional, and “go the extra mile”. Aides arrive as scheduled and maintain very good communication with the family. Owner goes out of her way to respond to requests in timely fashion. We recommend this agency strongly to friends who have parents who need care. What a blessing ABC has been to our parent and entire family. A model of what quality care looks like!”


“Our family has had very good caregivers for our elderly family member suffering from dementia. Josie and Rhonda have been very caring and therapeutic with their daily interactions, and are helping our family member live best most independent life in own home as possible. The office staff at ABC has been clear in their communication with family and check in frequently. We feel like we can breath easier and trust our family member is in good, caring hands”

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What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Oak Island, NC?


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 Oak Island, NC

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 Middleton Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local Island Way or visit Battery Madison, 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 Oak Island, NC

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

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

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

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.

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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

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

  • The Landings of Oak Island
  • Brunswick Senior Resources, Oak Island Senior Site
  • Pine Forest of Oak Island
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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 Oak Island, NC 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 Oak Island, NC

Oak Island Earth Day festival, art show set for April 14

Learn about sea turtles, coastal birds, recycling and conservation at this year’s Oak Island Earth Day Festival and Art Show set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 14.Sponsor SpotlightJoin Carolina Brewery for a day of NC oysters from Ghost Fleet Oyster Co. and live music, 1 p.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 18 at 120 Lowes Drive, Suite 100, Pittsboro. Free admission. Oysters sold a la carte by the half-dozen or dozen, steamed or raw. Who’s in? 919-545-2...

Learn about sea turtles, coastal birds, recycling and conservation at this year’s Oak Island Earth Day Festival and Art Show set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 14.

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Join Carolina Brewery for a day of NC oysters from Ghost Fleet Oyster Co. and live music, 1 p.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 18 at 120 Lowes Drive, Suite 100, Pittsboro. Free admission. Oysters sold a la carte by the half-dozen or dozen, steamed or raw. Who’s in? 919-545-2330 or

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The free, family friendly festival hosted by the town will take place at Middleton Park Complex, 102 SE 47th St., Oak Island.

This year’s festival theme is “We Will Continue To Strive To Save Our Planet.”

There will be food, hands-on activities and a a chance to meet with representatives from conservation groups including Bald Head Island Conservancy, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, Oak Island Sea Turtle Protection Program, Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter, North Carolina Maritime Museum of Southport, Brunswick County Animal Protective Services, and North Carolina Coastal Federation.

Have you seen an armadillo ’round these parts? State wildlife officials would like to know.

If you think you have spotted a “possum on the half-shell” or “armored pig” in the Tar Heel State, you may be right. This Central and South American native has gradually expanded its range northward, especially as North Carolina experiences fewer lengthy stretches of below-freezing conditions.

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As of last year, officials had confirmed the presence of armadillos in 28 North Carolina counties, from Cherokee to Dare. And while most confirmed sightings have been in the western part of the state, their presence is likely in more counties, officials said, citing both credible and unconfirmed observations.

Now, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission asks that folks report any sightings of nine-banded armadillos to help commission biologists determine how far their range has expanded in the state. Since 2007, the commission has received more than 898 reports in 70 counties.

“Whether armadillos continue spreading beyond their current range will be largely determined by climate,” said Colleen Olfenbuttel, the commission’s black bear and furbearer biologist. She said it was likely the armadillo is expanding its range naturally throughout North Carolina, “rather than being helped by human intervention.”

Wildlife officials said that armadillos lack thick insulation and must dig for most foods. Freezing conditions can cause them to starve or freeze to death, so mild winter temperature conditions are ideal for them.

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If you observe an armadillo in the wild and are able to capture a photo, you can upload and share your images at the iNaturalist NC Armadillo Project website.

You can also download the iNaturalist app available for iPhone and Android.

Another option for reporting an observation is by emailing [email protected] and including the following:

Discover more coastal celebrations and programs at Earth Day 2023.

An estuarine shoreline and roadside cleanup is set for 9-11:30 a.m. Friday, April 21, in the Roanoke Island community of Wanchese.

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Organized by the North Carolina Coastal Federation Wanchese office to kick off Earth Day weekend, the effort is a part of the nonprofit’s commitment to reducing marine debris in coastal shorelines and waterways.

To join the cleanup, register on the Coastal Federation’s website.

Participants should check in with staff and pick up trash bags, gloves and other materials at Vista Creek event venue at 1789 N.C. 345, Manteo.

Volunteers will divide up and work in small groups during the cleanup.

Bring water, snacks and any necessary medications, organizers said. Dressing for the weather and wearing sturdy shoes for walking in wet areas are also recommended.

The Coastal Federation publishes Coastal Review.

Drivers should expect delays on Oak Island bridge

Drivers using the N.C. Highway 133 bridge to Oak Island should expect delays later this week.The North Carolina Department of Transportation plans to conduct a routine inspection of the bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway.The lane closures are scheduled for 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, weather permitting.During this time, the two-lane bridge will be in a one-lane, two-way pattern under flagging operations.Travelers should expect brief delays and proceed with caution in the temporary traffic pattern....

Drivers using the N.C. Highway 133 bridge to Oak Island should expect delays later this week.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation plans to conduct a routine inspection of the bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway.

The lane closures are scheduled for 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, weather permitting.

During this time, the two-lane bridge will be in a one-lane, two-way pattern under flagging operations.

Travelers should expect brief delays and proceed with caution in the temporary traffic pattern.

NEWPORT — The North Carolina Coastal Federation, publisher of Coastal Review, recently received $1.53 million from the North Carolina Land and Water Fund to support several efforts, including the nonprofit organization’s living shoreline cost-share program and large-scale wetland restoration in Carteret County.

The Coastal Federation promotes living shorelines as an environmentally friendly method to stabilize eroding shorelines in lieu of installing a bulkhead or seawall. Living shorelines have been used for more than 20 years and have withstood storm and hurricane impacts, officials said. Living shorelines also provide critical habitat for a number of species of crab, shrimp and fish.

“The Coastal Federation is so thankful for the support from the North Carolina Land and Water Fund to continue our living shoreline cost-share program. We are seeing habitat loss of vital wetlands along the coast due to the hardening of our shorelines as well as higher erosion rates due to climate change,” Coastal Resiliency Manager Sarah Bodin explained. “The program offers cost-share funding to offset the cost of constructing a living shoreline and marsh restoration while educating the public on nature-based solutions that will protect their properties and enhance those important ecosystems. The Federation has worked with contractors to install over 8,835 feet of living shorelines on over 55 projects in 2023 alone.”

Those interested in learning more about living shorelines and if it could benefit their property can contact the Coastal Federation at [email protected].

The funding received from the North Carolina Land and Water Fund will also support the Coastal Federation’s wetland restoration efforts through the purchase of nearly 800 acres adjacent to the North River Wetlands Preserve in Carteret County. The parcel sits at the headwaters of North River and is currently a ditched timber tract. This project is in partnership with the Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail to provide a through-hike experience for hikers away from major highways.

Since its creation in 1996 by the General Assembly, the North Carolina Land and Water Fund, formerly known as the Clean Water Management Trust Fund, has conserved more than a half-million acres and protected or restored 3,000 miles of streams and rivers.

Coastal Federation Water Quality Director Bree Charron said restoring this area of land will help further improve the water quality of the North River, which has been degraded for some time. “The Federation is excited to expand the Preserve to further our mission to improve water quality in North River. Restoration of wetlands on the site will retain surface water and reestablish native habitats. It is also a prime opportunity to preserve a valuable salt marsh migration corridor,” explained Charron.

DURHAM – The sparsely furnished entryway would keep secret what’s happening here if a series of aviation-related diagrams hanging on the walls didn’t reveal some small clue.

The back end of what looks like a large model airplane protruding out of a wall really doesn’t give much away.

Something aviation-related, sure.

But, wind energy? Better still, airborne wind energy that could help the U.S. military reduce its dependency on fuel while operating in remote, undeveloped regions of the world, provide power to disaster-stricken areas, or ease high energy costs on islands where households pay three to four times more for electricity than those on the mainland because of oil import costs?

Those are just some of the ways Windlift’s autonomous tethered drones could be used on the ground.

And Windlift isn’t stopping there.

The startup founded by Rob Creighton aims to eventually go offshore, edging into a market with a product he says is cheaper to build, more cost effective to operate in deep waters further from coast lines and less visually intrusive than wind turbines.

Tiny windmills

Windlift Chief Operating Officer Sean Meyer stands in a large room in the company’s headquarters at one end of a sprawling, strip-mall-esque brick building that sits off a quiet, two-lane road lined by more woods than buildings in Durham.

“As we build more of them we get better at it,” Meyer said, gazing at what looks like a large foam toy airplane glider.

The solid black craft is an airborne power generator, or APG, prototype the small staff here have dubbed “Frank” short for Frankenstein.

The APG stands nose up, secured by a series of cables to keep it from making any sudden, unplanned maneuvers during test hovers.

Frank has a custom-designed wing made to give the craft as much lift as possible.

The APG has four small rotors, two each on its wings, which lift the craft off the ground vertically and fly it to above 200 feet.

What makes Windlift’s autonomous tethered drone a first-of-its-kind is how the rotors function once the APG is airborne.

Unlike other airborne wind energy craft where the force of the drone pulling out the cable is converted to electricity on the ground, each rotor in Windlift’s APGs act like tiny windmills, harnessing wind power and sending that electricity down the tether, which is attached to an anchor on the ground or a floating perch in the ocean.

Flight control software ensures the APG continually follows a tidy figure-eight flight path.

Flying them back and forth across the wind generates considerably more power than flying in one spot, a method proven by California-based researcher Miles Loyd, whose Crosswind Kite Power article was published in 1980 in the Journal of Energy.

The evolution of a biologist

It’s safe to say that Creighton’s path to founding an aerospace engineering company had a few more twists and turns.

His love of the outdoors sparked his desire to learn more about ecology and genetics, a curiosity that landed him in the halls of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a major research institution.

After earning a degree in genetics, Creighton stayed at the university as a biologist working on the Human Genome Project, an international scientific endeavor that generated the first sequence of the human genome.

This was the start of his passion for working in the natural world, one climate scientists were already beginning to warn was being affected by a changing climate.

“I got really worried as I started to learn about climate change,” Creighton said. “I thought, ‘This is going to be the major problem of our time.’ Climate change is going to fundamentally change the places that I love.”

For the record, Creighton did not fully commit to Windlift until he read Loyd’s paper.

“I thought, let’s build a company around this,” he said.

Warmer temperatures and a job offer to his former spouse led the then-couple to move south in 2008.

Creighton would later reach out to Meyer – they’ve known each other since eighth grade – and convinced him to leave Napa, California, to take on the role as chief operating officer in 2021. Meyer’s path to airborne wind energy was about as unconventional as Creighton’s. He co-founded a brewery and winery, was a sommelier, wine experience consultant, and estate director.

By fall 2021, Creighton had scaled up from a handful of equity-compensated, full-time employees to 18 full-time, salaried employees. The company seeks to fill several more positions, predominately engineering jobs.

List of possibilities

The government has already taken an interest in what Windlift has to offer and how APGs might be used to enhance military operations.

Windlift has a five-year, $30 million, Phase III Small Business Innovation Research contract with the Naval Research Laboratory, a Washington-based lab where scientists and engineers research and develop cutting-edge technology to advance Navy and Marine Corps operations.

A little more than $11 million of that grant is footing the bill for the company to refine its prototype and showcase its technology to the Department of Defense.

What makes Windlift’s APGs particularly appealing is their versatility.

The APGs are made of carbon fiber, a material that is five times stronger than steel, yet exceptionally lighter, making them easy to transport from ship to shore and across land to remote areas where there is not a power grid connection. Think back to the lead-up to the Iraq war when U.S. ground troops lived for weeks in temporary tent cities in the Kuwaiti desert.

APGs can, in theory, fly for long periods of time, Creighton said. Maintenance would be minimal. The bearings would eventually need replacing.

Operating them will be a snap. The craft can lift off, fly and return to their anchors with the push of a button.

The craft can be customized by size and could be outfitted with certain technology like radio repeaters, an interest of the Coast Guard.

“At this stage we’re just full of possibilities,” Meyer said.

Out to sea

It’s only been about nine months since the company started exploring the possibility of operating offshore, engaging in early conversations with markets overseas where offshore wind energy is years ahead of the U.S.

Large-scale offshore wind energy production is still in its infancy here in America, where there is little to no infrastructure to support building in the wind energy areas that have in recent years been mapped out and leased to energy companies.

Creighton, who spoke as a panelist last month at the Ocean Innovation Conference hosted by the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, believes Windlift can solve some of the challenges of offshore wind operations.

Kilowatt for kilowatt, Windlift’s APGs use 95% less materials than traditional wind turbines, meaning its cheaper to make than wind turbines.

“Even outside of climate change we’re still going to make electricity a lot cheaper,” Creighton said.

Airborne wind generators can more affordably be located further offshore in deeper waters because they can be connected to a floating base as opposed to a wind turbine mounted to a monopole driven in the sea bed.

Plans are in the works to test an APG offshore at Frying Pan Tower off the southern North Carolina coast. When that may be is still up in the air.

The company hopes to reach utility-scale operability within the next several years.

This NC destination ranks as the trendiest spot to travel for Thanksgiving. Here’s why

North Carolina is home to the trendiest place for Thanksgiving travel this year, a new report finds.But the hot spot — Oak Island — wasn’t the only place in the state to make its mark. Another list found that Asheville and Beech Mountain both rank among the 10 destinations people are most interested in visiting throughout the holiday season, defined as Nov. 1 to Jan. 6.The results come ...

North Carolina is home to the trendiest place for Thanksgiving travel this year, a new report finds.

But the hot spot — Oak Island — wasn’t the only place in the state to make its mark. Another list found that Asheville and Beech Mountain both rank among the 10 destinations people are most interested in visiting throughout the holiday season, defined as Nov. 1 to Jan. 6.

The results come from the website HomeToGo, which lists millions of vacation rental properties around the world. The locations of the top-ranking North Carolina destinations might not come as a surprise, as the website in a Nov. 9 news release said it found “an increase in demand for larger vacation rentals over Thanksgiving, especially in mountainous areas and seaside towns.”

To create the Thanksgiving list, HomeToGo said it studied U.S. travelers’ interest in destinations in the year leading up to Oct. 30. It focused on the number of searches “with a check-in between Nov. 17, 2023 - Nov. 26, 2023 compared with the same period in 2022.”

Though the top 10 Thanksgiving destinations were within the country, the list also considered international spots. Oak Island reigned supreme after it was found to have a 383% spike in year-over-year search interest, results show.

Oak Island, roughly 30 miles south of Wilmington, isn’t the only beach destination in North Carolina to be recognized as a top trending vacation spot. Earlier this year, Topsail Island was “heating up” in popularity ahead of the summer travel season, McClatchy News reported in February.

In the latest rankings, Western North Carolina towns also stood out among the places that U.S. travelers were most curious about. Asheville ranks No. 6 and Beech Mountain is No. 10 on a list of trendiest spots for the longer holiday season, which includes the time before and after Thanksgiving, according to data shared with McClatchy News via email.

While Asheville got a nod for the Christmas decor at its Biltmore estate, Beech Mountain is known for its skiing.

Overall, the place that generated the most interest for holiday season stays was Strasbourg, France. Rounding out the top five:

Also, the other top remaining Thanksgiving destinations were:

The rankings come as the short-term rental company Airbnb shared a separate list of the destinations leading year-over-year searches on its website. In North Carolina, it found that Greensboro ranked No. 1 for interest in holiday and winter trips.

This story was originally published November 13, 2023, 7:00 AM.

Municipal Elections 2023: Bill Craft runs for reelection to Oak Island council

OAK ISLAND — Bill Craft is running for reelection to Oak Island Town Council. He was first elected in 2021 and is hoping to retain the seat for another term.Craft is running against six other candidates for three open positions.PCD asked candidates to address issues pertinent to their municipalities, covering issues such as balancing growth and infrastructure, traffic and tourism, and climate change impacts.Craft’s answers are included in full; responses are edited only for grammar, spelling and clarity....

OAK ISLAND — Bill Craft is running for reelection to Oak Island Town Council. He was first elected in 2021 and is hoping to retain the seat for another term.

Craft is running against six other candidates for three open positions.

PCD asked candidates to address issues pertinent to their municipalities, covering issues such as balancing growth and infrastructure, traffic and tourism, and climate change impacts.

Craft’s answers are included in full; responses are edited only for grammar, spelling and clarity.

The paywall has been dropped on candidate questionnaires to help voters make informed decisions ahead of Election Day.

To prepare, here are a few dates for readers to keep in mind:

In Brunswick County, voters can cast ballots early at the Brunswick County Cooperative Extension (in lieu of the Board of Elections) at 25 Referendum Drive, Building N, in Bolivia.

Once early voting closes, voters will need to go to the location listed on their registration cards, verified here.

To see a sample ballot for the upcoming election, fill in voter registration info here.

A photo ID is required to cast a ballot in 2023; more information can be found on the state board of elections website.

The candidate’s opinions and statements are not a reflection of Port City Daily.

Port City Daily (PCD): Why run for town council now?

Bill Craft (BC): I am very proud of my accomplishments on the town council, and want to continue the representation I have offered. There is much more work to do.

PCD: Name three issues you think are most affecting the town currently and describe how you would work toward tackling them.

BC: The three biggest issues for the town are: The planning board’s difficulty in tightening the language in the UDO. Instead of kicking the can down the road, I want action and results.

Trust. There seems to be a disconnect between the citizens and the town’s administration, planning board and town council. Through transparency, honesty and doing what is in the best interest of the people of Oak Island, I feel we can restore this trust.

Also, 78% of the town’s streets are satisfactorily paved. This means 22% of our residents are paying taxes and feeling short changed. I have put additional money in the budget for street paving and will do so again at the February budget discussions.

PCD: What is your long-term vision for development in Oak Island? What is lacking and how would you address it?

BC: A long-term plan is lacking. The town does a very good job of addressing immediate problems but needs to implement a 5-year and 10-year plan for infrastructure, police/fire departments and amenities going forward.

PCD: Are there any types of development, residential or otherwise, you think will not fit in OKI?

BC: Oak Island is a quaint town that so happens to have an ocean. The towns people like the small town feel. I am opposed to mega houses, large hotels and businesses that take away from the small town feel.

PCD: As evidence shows, climate change is increasing the intensity and frequency of storms and hurricanes, along with sea level rise. What should the city do to protect residents, property and infrastructure?

BC: I have often said the town cannot continue to pay $35,000,000 every five to six years for sand renourishment. I have asked the town engineers to research other options such as groins, jettys, wave breaking material placed in the ocean. We need to be proactive and not reactive on addressing our sand needs.

PCD: What are your views on ending the Dosher Memorial Hospital tax? Do you think just Oak Island should be removed or the entire tax be repealed? Do you have any concerns that removing the tax funding will jeopardize the hospital’s current operations?

BC: The Dosher tax has served Dosher well, and in my opinion has accomplished its objective. At this time, St James, Pine Forest, the new Williamson tract and other parts of Brunswick County are not assessed. I feel if the tax continues, it needs to include all areas and residences. For a 5-year period, Dosher voluntarily lowered the tax. Now that Brunswick County has almost doubled the property valuations, I feel, in the least the Dosher tax needs to be lowered and assessed to all. This decision lies with the County Commissioners, but as a councilman, I hope there are changes.

PCD: Do you agree with the council’s recent decision to create paid parking? What do you think the town should use the revenue for, aside from covering parking expenses?

BC: Paid parking will generate 1.2 million dollars in revenue. That is a nice windfall for the town, which will allow the town to keep the sand tax at its lowered rate, as well as provide revenue for the town. I was against paid parking originally, because I wanted the specifics better understood. I wanted to be sure the people of Oak Island were benefitting and not being hindered by the new arrangement. Going forward I want the town to contribute half the money toward sand renourishment and the other half for the town’s infrastructure, concrete bathrooms on the beach, more Mobi mats for the handicap crossovers.

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Major developer of Brunswick properties makes plans for next housing project

Oak Island could soon have another mixed-use development on the mainland.Drapac Capital Partners, a real estate firm based in Australia with a U.S. headquarters in Atlanta, plans to develop a 162-acre tract along N.C. 211.Drapac marketed the site to builders and developers last year, but those plans have now changed....

Oak Island could soon have another mixed-use development on the mainland.

Drapac Capital Partners, a real estate firm based in Australia with a U.S. headquarters in Atlanta, plans to develop a 162-acre tract along N.C. 211.

Drapac marketed the site to builders and developers last year, but those plans have now changed.

“The housing market slowed significantly in the second half of 2022 after inflation peaked and interest rates began to rise,” William Miller, senior director of real estate at Drapac, explained in an email. “We ultimately made the decision to pull the campaign and pivot to a strategy that focused on developing the asset rather than selling it in its current, undeveloped state.”

Miller added they are currently working with Coastal Land Design and Engineering, a Wilmington-based firm, to update the plans for the site “to ensure it’s in line with that this market is demanding.”

While they are updating the project plans, this isn’t a new development. According to Brunswick County tax records, Drapac acquired it from First Citizens Bank & Trust Company around 2016. It was previously owned by Archway Homes Inc.

The land is zoned for commercial low-density development, and a conditional use permit for a planned unit development was issued in 2015. Last year, Oak Island planning director Matt Kirkland told the StarNews that the ordinance under which the planned unit development permit was granted did not have an expiration date for conditional use permits.

Miller said Drapac has “no intention of pursuing any rezoning initiatives” and intends to move forward with planning and development submittals under the current zoning.

Earlier plans for the tract were for a mixed-use development with 32,000 square feet of retail space and more than 700 housing units. Miller said while the current zoning permits that density and mix of uses, they have not finalized the scope, product mix or density.

“Our goal is to deliver a project that aligns with the needs and demand of the surrounding market, which will likely include a mix of both attached and detached housing,” Miller said.

The site has several unique attributes, including a 7.5-acre man-made pond, which Miller said they intend to preserve.

“We feel as though this project has the potential to be one of the premier master planned communities in the area,” he said. “The current zoning is very flexible and permits a diverse range of uses and housing product types, which will allow us to tailor the future community to the specific needs of the area’s expanding population and housing market.”

Miller noted the site is in a location along N.C. 211 that is attractive to residential home builders and commercial developers because it is a crucial connection between Southport, Oak Island and U.S. 17.

“This area allows residents to enjoy all the benefits of quiet, coastal living without sacrificing the conveniences of more urban centers,” he said. “Residents can easily access the intercoastal waterway and the beaches at Oak Island, Fort Caswell, and Holden Beach, but still live within a short drive of big box retailers, medical centers, and restaurants.”

He added the N.C. 211 corridor is the “perfect microcosm” for larger Brunswick County, which has “experienced unprecedented growth in recent years due to its proximity to the growing Wilmington market and its emergence as a premier relocation destination for retirees.”

At this time, Miller can’t say exactly when work will begin at the site. He noted the final scope and density would influence the work required to prepare the site for development and construction.

Drapac also owns several other assets in Brunswick County, which were acquired following the 2007 housing market crash. Those assets include Ocean Isle Palms, San Rio, Goose Marsh, and Eagle Creek.


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