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Home Care In Raleigh, NC

Home Care Raleigh, 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 North Carolina Executive Mansion 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 Raleigh, 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.”

Shawn C.

“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!”

Lisa D.

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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 Raleigh, 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 Raleigh, 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 Pullen Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

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

Respite Care Services

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

  • Brighton Gardens of Raleigh
  • Magnolia Glen
  • Sunrise of Raleigh
  • TerraBella Northridge
  • Sunrise at North Hills
  • Abbotswood at Stonehenge
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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 Raleigh, 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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BREAKING: NC State WBB lands No. 3 seed in NCAA Tournament

247Sports Embed ResourceRALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State women's basketball will host in the first two rounds of the 2024 NCAA Tournament, earning the No. 3 seed in the Portland 4 section of the bracket.Reynolds Coliseum will witness the Wolfpack face Chattanooga -- where Wes Moore was before he came to NC State -- in round one. The winner of Tennessee-Green Bay awaits in round two.NC State enters the Big Dance a week removed from a solid showing at the ACC Tournament, n...

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State women's basketball will host in the first two rounds of the 2024 NCAA Tournament, earning the No. 3 seed in the Portland 4 section of the bracket.

Reynolds Coliseum will witness the Wolfpack face Chattanooga -- where Wes Moore was before he came to NC State -- in round one. The winner of Tennessee-Green Bay awaits in round two.

NC State enters the Big Dance a week removed from a solid showing at the ACC Tournament, narrowly falling to Notre Dame -- a No. 2 seed elsewhere in the bracket -- in the championship game. All in all, the red and white hopes to bolster an already bounce-back season for the program. Last season the Wolfpack got bounced in the first round by a last-minute collapse against Princeton. One year later, NC State's channeled the hardship of last season into a star-studded roster looking to wreak havoc in March.

The returning transfer trio of Saniya Rivers, Mimi Collins and River Baldwin has played a big role in the Pack's resurgance. Rivers boosted her production to an award-winning degree, going from 2022-23 ACC Sixth Player of the Year to First Team All-ACC honors in her second year with the program. Her 2.3 steals per game also landed her on the All-ACC Defensive Team. Baldwin and Collins spearhead the Wolfpack frontcourt by combining for 21.6 points and 13.4 rebounds per game.

Aziaha James also plays a big role in the Pack's postseason aspirations. The team's leading scorer averages 15.8 points joined Rivers among the First Team All-ACC selections, coming up clutch in big moments in her breakout junior season. Tack on All-ACC Frehsmen Team honoree Zoe Brooks, Madison Hayes leading the team in rebounds as a guard and critical role players like Laci Steele and Maddie Cox and this squad has the tools to make a run for the Final Four.

The road to Cleveland begins when the Pack tips off against the Lady Mocs in Reynolds Coliseum.

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Hindu numeral watch enters the market. And it was created by an NC State grad.

The wristwatch, first worn by women, became a fashion trend for men during World War I when soldiers began wearing them on the battlefield.For most of their history, wristwatch dials have displayed mainly Arabic or Roman numerals. Now, a new watch using another old numeral system has entered the market.Sunny Bhathela, an N.C. State graduate with degrees in biochemistry and genetics, started the VIANI Watch Co. to pay homage to the oldest numerical system still used today and to diversify the watch market by honoring people of S...

The wristwatch, first worn by women, became a fashion trend for men during World War I when soldiers began wearing them on the battlefield.

For most of their history, wristwatch dials have displayed mainly Arabic or Roman numerals. Now, a new watch using another old numeral system has entered the market.

Sunny Bhathela, an N.C. State graduate with degrees in biochemistry and genetics, started the VIANI Watch Co. to pay homage to the oldest numerical system still used today and to diversify the watch market by honoring people of South Asia.

“I saw a lot of watches where, if you had this watch, really all it represented was that you made a little bit of money,” the 31-year-old Raleigh native said. “I was like, where are the South Asian-owned watches? Where are the U.S.-based watches? So, I did the research.”

The Hindi numeral system can be traced back 5,000 years to the areas of present-day Pakistan and India.

In the Triangle area, South Asians are a growing demographic, especially in western Wake County. About 1 in 3 people in Morrisville speak Hindi as a first language, and the town has become a hub for cricket, a popular sport in India.

Bhathela started wearing a prototype of one of his watches around friends and family, and their interest inspired him to keep going.

Although the numerals on his watches are Hindi, Bhathela said you don’t have to speak or understand the language to wear one. Over 30% of his customers are non-South Asian.

“I always like to say, you don’t have to be from Rome to wear a Roman numeral watch,” he said. “So it’s similar to the Hindi numerals. It’s still a historically important numeral system.”

After graduating from N.C. State in 2014, Bhathela went to New York to earn a doctorate in optometry to work with people in the South Bronx.

But becoming an Indian business owner was important for him. He was inspired to pivot careers by N.C. State’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub, which encourages students to pursue passions outside of traditional careers like those in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

In second grade, Bhathela made a calendar in Photoshop that is still at his parents’ house.

“I never really realized that you can make a career out of,” he said. “It always felt like a hobby to me. And I guess a big thing about this is now that I’m a bit older, a bit wiser, I realized, hey, you can make a career out of the things you’ve found interesting since you were a child and utilize all the knowledge that you’ve accumulated.”

Bhathela was also inspired by his entrepreneurial father, an Indian immigrant who owns a paint store in South Raleigh, and his creative mother, who comes from a long line of tailors. .

“So I believe those two aspects came together to create and pursue what was kind of written for me,” he said.

Ahmed Ali, a director in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub, said many South Asian and Southeast Asian students focus on STEM careers but have interests in other areas.

“That’s why I really liked [Sunny’s] story and sharing it with students because I think it kind of puts that battery in their back to say it’s OK for me to try something outside of the norm,” Ali said. “I think a lot of our Southeast Asian students, if they hear his story, they’ll be inspired.”

VIANI launched on Black Friday in 2023 and is currently direct-to-consumer and online only.

Its eight watches, made in Switzerland, are priced from $300 to $340, compared to luxury brands like Rolex, whose watches can start at $7,000. They vary in style, color, and dial, with stainless steel, leather, and buckle differences.

“It’s not an entry-level price, of course, but it’s still a watch that you can be proud to wear,” Bhathela said.

The watches are powered by indoor fluorescent light and outdoor sunlight, with two minutes of sun exposure enough to power the watch for a full day. A singe battery charge, if the watch is left in the dark, lasts six months.

“VIANI watches are not just timepieces,” customer Johnathan Davis wrote in a review on the company’s website. “They’re a statement of my refined taste and commitment to a sustainable lifestyle.”

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Mattamy Homes introduces Bloom community in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina

Mattamy's Bloom community will provide flexible housing options for prospective homeowners seeking rural charm, in a convenient locationRALEIGH, N.C., March 19, 2024 /PRNewswire/ - Mattamy Homes, North America's largest privately owned homebuilder, continues its expansion in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, with the purchase of 187 acres of land in Harnett County. This community – to be known as Bloom – will mark Mattamy's fifth community in Harnett County."As Raleigh continues to grow, more people are loo...

Mattamy's Bloom community will provide flexible housing options for prospective homeowners seeking rural charm, in a convenient location

RALEIGH, N.C., March 19, 2024 /PRNewswire/ - Mattamy Homes, North America's largest privately owned homebuilder, continues its expansion in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, with the purchase of 187 acres of land in Harnett County. This community – to be known as Bloom – will mark Mattamy's fifth community in Harnett County.

"As Raleigh continues to grow, more people are looking to purchase homes outside of the historically core market," says Bob Wiggins, President of Mattamy's Raleigh Division. "By adding Bloom to Mattamy's existing line-up of thoughtful communities in Harnett County – just two miles from the Wake County line – we are providing further housing options and choice to prospective buyers who are seeking rural charm, in a convenient location."

Bloom will encompass a collection of 138 single-family homes on lot sizes averaging ¾ acre to one-acre or more, in ranch and two-story variations. Floorplans will range from 2,100 to 3,500 square feet, with three-car garage options available. Pricing is anticipated to start from the upper $300,000's, with sales expected to open later this year.

Situated between Raleigh (approximately 18 miles northeast) and Fort Liberty (approximately 28 miles southwest), Bloom will offer convenient access to main transportation corridors (NC-210 and US-401) as well as a variety of shops, entertainment, educational institutions, employment opportunities and more.

Designed to promote social interaction and wellbeing, Bloom will include amenities such as shared green spaces and social spaces, a community pond with a gathering area, and colorful gardens that will elevate the area's natural beauty.

"Once built, the entrance to Bloom will create a true sense of arrival with rows of North Carolina wildflowers blooming to the left and right, and sections of rustic fencing, draped with string lights," says Renee Carlson, Director of Marketing for Mattamy's Raleigh Division. "To continue the floral theme, the street names of Bloom will also reflect several wildflower species that are native to Harnett County."

Bloom joins Mattamy's Providence Creek, Stonebarrow, Cardinal Landing and Riverfall communities in Harnett County with more developments on the horizon.

About Mattamy Homes

Mattamy Homes is the largest privately owned homebuilder in North America, with 45 years of history across the United States and Canada. Every year, Mattamy helps more than 8,000 families realize their dream of homeownership. In the United States, the company is represented in 11 markets — Dallas, Charlotte, Raleigh, Phoenix, Tucson, Jacksonville, Orlando (where its US head office is located), Tampa, Sarasota, Naples and Southeast Florida. In Canada, its communities stretch across the Greater Toronto Area, Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton. Visit for more information.

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Five projects set to transform I-40 commutes in Raleigh, Durham

Interstate 40 has been the backbone of the Triangle's transportation web for years, with traffic volumes surging as the region's economy booms.Keeping up with ...

Interstate 40 has been the backbone of the Triangle's transportation web for years, with traffic volumes surging as the region's economy booms.

Keeping up with highway infrastructure in a fast-growing area is a constant challenge for engineers with the North Carolina Department of Transportation. With I-40, the pressure is always high, as just one confusing lane shift or rush-hour collision can snarl traffic for hours.

Here are three busiest stretches of the interstate in the Triangle and their average daily traffic estimates for 2022:

Here's what the projections are by 2050:

To accommodate the growth, NCDOT is working on major construction projects along stretches of I-40. The goal is a more efficient highway and, hopefully, a better commute for drivers.

Here are five projects set to transform I-40 in the Triangle.

Crews are now working to finish massive widening projects on two ends of the Triangle — Johnston County and Orange County.

In Orange County, crews are working to widen nearly 11.5 miles between I-85 and the Durham County line from four to six lanes. The $236.5 million project is scheduled for completion in 2026.

In Johnston and Wake counties, the finish line is even closer. The goal is to widen the interstate between the I-42 interchange and I-440 in Raleigh, adding two lanes of capacity in each direction. Lanes from I-440 to U.S. 70 opened last year. It's made a huge difference, according to Brandon Jones, an NCDOT engineer covering Wake and Durham counties,

“We’re continuing to work to get the lanes open,” Jones said.

The $350 million project involves modernizing interchanges, such as the diverging diamond interchange that recently opened in Garner and another planned at N.C. 42.

A heavy maintenance project is underway in Cary, with crews milling the surface of the roadway between Wade Avenue and I-440. The project involves crews removing the entire road surface, exposing the underlying concrete.

“When you take off the surface … you don’t exactly know what you’re going to run into,” Jones said, adding that his team feels “really good about that project now.”

But there are complications, as the material crews are laying down has temperature restrictions, meaning the weather can, and has, caused delays. But the project is expected to be finished later this year.

Further out, crews see opportunities to build more auxiliary lanes in Wake County between Aviation Parkway and Harrison Avenue, a project that would require widening bridges. But that project, and another that would widen Wade Avenue from the Beltline to I-40, have not yet been funded.

Even after completing modifications of the Aviation Parkway Interchange, work continues in the I-40 area near the airport as crews work to convert the Airport Boulevard interchange into a diverting diamond. Right now, crews are building twin bridges at the site. The first bridge has had traffic running for a few months, and the second has its girders up. The goal is to substantially complete the project later this year.

Altogether, the project is a $100 million investment in I-40’s two main airport interchanges. But Jones said it will make a huge difference in airport traffic. Drivers used to have to merge into mainline traffic via ramps. But the ramps at Airport Boulevard and I-540 have been connected with auxiliary lanes to make travel less confusing.

Other maintenance projects planned for I-40 in the region include a pavement rehabilitation and bridge project from 15/501 to I-885 that's expected to begin next year.

One of the most complex projects in the coming years has yet to break ground. NCDOT wants to simplify the complex clover of loops at U.S. 1 through a number of connected projects under one contract.

The goal is to widen I-40 from Lake Wheeler Road to I-440 and add auxiliary lanes to ease mergers. Between Lake Wheeler and Gorman Street will be a connecting auxiliary lane. Another will connect Gorman Street and I-440.

“As you know, there’s some difficult maneuvers out there today with those four loops that create weaving issues, so the key was, how do we eliminate that?” Jones said. “If you want to go southbound on U.S. 1, instead of having to get out of here and enter the traffic in this loop to get into this other loop … we’re going to create a flyover lane.”

The Crossroads Boulevard access to U.S. 1 North in Cary will be eliminated.

Altogether, it’s a $300 million project that's further complicated by heavy traffic volume, a creek and nearby development. The design-build project won’t kick off until 2027.

“If you’ve kept up with what’s happening with South Hills, the redevelopment planned there, it’s just getting more dense with development,” Jones said.

Another project in its planning stage could tackle Durham commutes, though it is also not planned to kick off until 2027.

Currently, it’s complicated during rush hour when traveling from the Durham Freeway to I-40, where you merge only to have to get back off the highway if you want to go to 55.

The plan is to build an auxiliary ramp from I-885 south to I-40 west.

“Right now, it merges back into 40, so basically we’re going to take that and continue that … and tie it into where the exit goes into that loop,” Jones said.

The $12 million operational improvement is one part of the plan. Crews will also widen I-885 from I-40 all the way to the East End Connector.

“A part of that project … it’s how do we improve 885 southbound to I-40 eastbound?” Jones said. “If you’ve ever done that movement … it’s dual lanes that merge into one lane that then become a lefthand ingress onto I-40.”

The plan is to figure out how to get two full lanes coming southbound. NCDOT is now working through scenarios, such as bringing I-40 eastbound traffic in, hugging I-40 westbound. Then the existing eastbound I-40 would be used as an exit for Davis Drive, with I-885 coming south and tying back in on the right hand side.

Current estimates tag the project at $150 million, but actual construction is not scheduled until 2029, meaning a lot could change, Jones said.

Spring is here, but has NC seen the last frost? Forecasters’ advice on when to plant

Forsythia bushes and hyacinths are already blooming, and warm weekend temperatures had some people putting on their flip flops.Spring officially sneaks in Tuesday night at 11:06 p.m., and if that prompts sweet dreams of Bibb lettuce or summer tomatoes, you may wonder, Is winter really over? Are we finally safe from frost?Here’s what the weather experts say about planting your garden.“I always look to the past when I’m predicting the future on when it’s safe to plant my garden,”...

Forsythia bushes and hyacinths are already blooming, and warm weekend temperatures had some people putting on their flip flops.

Spring officially sneaks in Tuesday night at 11:06 p.m., and if that prompts sweet dreams of Bibb lettuce or summer tomatoes, you may wonder, Is winter really over? Are we finally safe from frost?

Here’s what the weather experts say about planting your garden.

“I always look to the past when I’m predicting the future on when it’s safe to plant my garden,” says Nick Petro, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Raleigh.

And history tells Petro that, “Typically, our last frost occurs after the first week in April. It would not be unusual for us to have a frost through about the 10th of April. A little later to the west of Raleigh, a little sooner to the east of Raleigh.

“But around the Triangle, the 10th of April is usually the latest when we have a frost so generally speaking, that’s when I start to plant my garden.”

Don “Big Weather” Schwenneker, chief meteorologist for ABC11, has an easy-to-remember answer for anxious gardeners who want to be sure they’re not setting their seedlings up for slaughter.

Though he says the average last frost date for the Triangle is April 3, he also looked up the date of the latest last freeze on record: May 10, 1977, when the temperature fell to 32 degrees at RDU International Airport.

I tell people Tax Day,” Schwenneker said. That’s April 15. “You pay the government and Mother Nature pays you back.”

Schwenneker says he’s not much of a gardener himself, but his son starts seedlings this time of year on the family’s back porch and Schwenneker helps however he can.

The experts at N.C. State University Cooperative Extension Service take a more nuanced approach, offering a spreadsheet that accounts for differences between beets planted in central North Carolina and lima beans planted farther east.

The Extension Service also offers this guide for gardeners in central North Carolina and differentiates between planting seeds and setting transplants.

For the record, it says April 15 is the right time to put those tomato plants into the garden.

If you jump the gun on planting or there’s an exceptionally late frost, the Extension Service offers these tips on protecting plants from the cold.

? Water plants ahead of freezing temperatures.

? Trap heat by draping the plant with a frost cloth or bed sheet, covering all the way to the ground, straight down from the widest part of the plant.

? Mulch around the base of the plant to keep a more constant temperature.

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