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Home Care In Glen Leven, ON

Home Care Glen Leven, ON

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 Glen Leven Farm 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 Glen Leven, ON 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.


“Thank you for hosting the Dementia Live session. I am so grateful for this opportunity to understand what my loved one is going through and learn strategies to help them cope with dementia. It was nice to be in a room of people that understand, support and can relate to the up’s and down’s of coping with a loved one that has dementia.”


“Always Best Care provided me with with very nice and practical care givers following my recent knee surgery. Will totally use them again when the other knee or something else is done.”

Bruce M.

“I have terrific care for my father from Always Best Care The Personal Support Workers ensure my dad remembers to take his medication and that he has lots of food to eat and enogh to drink. The managers are good at letting me know when they have to make a staffing change for the day. I have piece of mind and I know everything is going to be alright when I am away. Thanks to Always Best Care!”

Derek B.

“My husband had a stroke/brain bleed almost 3 yrs ago & we have been exposed to many agencies This particular agency had gone above & beyond to ensure ALL needs were met by finding just the right PSW for my hubby & our home environment. The personal touch provided, made both my husband & I feel that our struggles are real & the staff genuinely care. ALWAYS BEST CARE is just that... the best care. A special thank you to Coree!!”

Leslie F.

“Always Best Care Senior Services helps my loved one out with bathing and meal preparation mainly, which is very important to have provided for her on a consistent daily basis. The office staff is always very consistent in getting back to me with emails and providing a helping hand. They have been extremely diligent in making sure we have the best care we can get so I’d certainly recommend them.”

Carl P.

“ABC helps my loved one out with bathing and meal preparation mainly, which is very important to have provided for her on a consistent daily basis. The office staff is always very consistent in getting back to me with emails and providing a helping hand. They have been extremely diligent in making sure we have the best care we can get so I’d certainly recommend them.”

Latasha M.

“I am grateful that Always Best Care is here to help me. I am not sure what they could do better. They come and help me with transportation for appointments and errands. I like that they are courteous, pleasant and everything I was used to.”

Gesa R.

“I am grateful that Always Best Care is here to help me. I am not sure what they could do better. They come and help me with transportation for appointments and errands. I like that they are courteous, pleasant and everything I was used to.”

Catheryn F.

“ABC has really helped ease my concerns and worries when caring for my loved one especially when im travelling. From the first connection with Steve to assigning PSWs to communicating with Coree my experience has been and continues to be amazing. Coree is exceptional in her work and always responds to our requests even on short notice. The PSW we have is also exceptional and goes above and beyond her duties. I could not have asked for more devoted help than from this company. Highly recommended. The are upfront, honest, trustworthy, and punctual. Great company.”

Deanna S.

“We had a fabulous experience with Always Best Care Senior Services. We needed unexpected immediate care for my Mom and Corrie was able to get everything arranged for us right away. She was very understanding, explained everything and willing to do anything she could to help. The caregivers that helped my Mom were wonderful and made her feel very comfortable. Would highly recommend them.”

Heather D.

“Amazing organization. Very pleased at every aspect. I’m over thousand miles away from my mother and I feel blessed to have this group be on call for my mother when needed. Kindest Regards, Oliver”

Oliver D.

“I am a personal support worker at ABC, I’ve been working at ABC for about 10 months now. One thing I can recommend about working at ABC is that they are always available and quick to support (you).”

Goldie W.

“I had to engage Always Best Care for assistance with my parents. From my first call with Steve to the PSW they assigned to help out, I have been very impressed with their service. I wont hesitate to reccommend them to anyone.”

Kushan F.

“In a difficult pandemic and job hiring environment they showed up every day on time to care for my mother-in-law as she recovered from knee replacement surgery. Everyone was warm, attentive, professional and caring. They earn and deserve your business .”

Julian W.

“Thank you the team at Always Best Care! They were instrumental in helping us to navigate what options we had in supporting my Dad as he recovers from a broken hip. Having them kindly answer questions helped to alleviate what is a stressful and difficult time for families. We were set-up with much needed PSW support on extremely short notice...and over the holidays too! The team has been very professional and caring in the services they have provided including adhering to safety protocols in the current environment. Additionally, they have been flexible in managing scheduling changes and have provided prompt updates as needed. Our family has been very pleased with Always Best Care Senior Services and appreciative of the peace of mind and support their services offer.”

Jennifer H.

“I have been caring for my 85 year old Mom in my home for just over a year. My Mom lives with Alzheimer’s and requires assistance with most all aspects of her life. ABC was recommended to me by the LIHN and thank goodness they made the recommendation! Compared to the experiences I’ve had with other agencies they have been AMAZING! The customer service I’ve received is exceptional - they are responsive and agile working hard to ensure that I haven’t been without support throughout the pandemic. That, I think is a miracle! The caregivers are great - friendly, kind, and have taken very good care of my Mom. I can’t recommend ABC enough!”

Lisa B.

“I had to engage Always Best Care for assistance with my parents. From my first call with Steve to the PSW they assigned to help out, I have been very impressed with their service. I wont hesitate to reccommend them to anyone.”

Kushan F.

“Thank you to Always Best Care Senior Services for help with my grandmother after her surgery. My first panicked phone call was answered with care and calm. Their consultation and admission process was simple but thorough and they paired my grandma with a great team of caregivers. We are quite happy with their services and look forward to continuing on! Thank you Coree for bringing the heart into homecare!”

Ashley M.

“I had a wonderful experience with the team at Always Best Care! I was very worried about doing this, but the team was so professional and so friendly they made me feel so much better. They took amazing care of my grandparents and made them feel just as comfortable and supported as I did. They truly were the best and I highly recommend.”

Brittany T.

“Always Best Care provided excellent service for my elderly mother after she had a fall. The staff was informative, caring, empathetic, and flexible. Angela was a wonderful caregiver, very compassionate and professional. My mother was not keen on a caregiver coming but was put at ease and was very appreciative of her care. I highly recommend this agency for anyone's home care needs.”

Melissa M.

What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Glen Leven, ON?


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 Glen Leven, ON

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 Glen Leven Farm 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 Eddie V's Prime Seafood, 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 Glen Leven, ON

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 Glen Leven, ON, 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 ON'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 Glen Leven, ON 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 Glen
  • Silver Glen Senior Living
  • Vi at The Glen
  • Memory Care at The Glen
  • Someren Glen
  • The Glen Retirement System
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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 Glen Leven, ON 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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Hermitage Hotel’s Capitol Grille: Committed to Community for More Than 100 Years

Operating in the same space on Sixth Avenue since 1910, the historic Hermitage Hotel is the grande dame of Nashville’s luxury lodging options. As the state’s only AAA Five Diamond/Forbes Five Star hotel property, The Hermitage Hotel stands out in a crowded hospitality field. Its signature restaurant, ...

Operating in the same space on Sixth Avenue since 1910, the historic Hermitage Hotel is the grande dame of Nashville’s luxury lodging options. As the state’s only AAA Five Diamond/Forbes Five Star hotel property, The Hermitage Hotel stands out in a crowded hospitality field. Its signature restaurant, Capitol Grille, is located in the German-style rathskellar in the basement of the gorgeous Beaux-Arts-style building and is beloved as one of the oldest restaurants in Tennessee.

In the face of constant downtown construction of towering new skyscraper hotels and boutique properties popping up in old office and bank buildings in the neighborhood around Printers Alley, how does The Hermitage Hotel manage to still stand out in this crowded field? Hotel General Manager Dee Patel chalks it up to a laser focus on the experience of the guest. “It boils down to attention to the details,” she explains. “We teach our employees grace and preach a culture and tradition of basic practices of civility. Whether you’re taking the time to prepare a guest’s meal or taking care of their guest room, we always want to be mindful and thoughtful of the idea of experiential service.”

That doesn’t mean that The Hermitage Hotel can rest on its laurels; indeed the staff always has an eye on what’s current. Director of Food and Beverage Tony Liartis recognizes that out-of-town guests and locals alike have plenty of choices. “More than a hundred restaurants have opened in Nashville in the past year, but we’ve proven that we can stand the test of time. Our chef looks at the new menu, the restaurant decor and even the tablescapes with an eye on today. We’re going to be current, but we’re not going to do something crazy.”

Dee concurs that it’s possible to be classic and current at the same time. “We’re always progressing year after year, and I enjoy seeing us continue to grow. When we work hard to add new elements to the guest rooms every year to upgrade the experience, it’s always lovely to hear from our loyal guests that they notice that we’ve added a new bathroom mirror with a television embedded in it or more pillow choices for the room or new device charging stations. Even though our most loyal guests will probably stay with us regardless, it’s nice that they notice. We try to be very thoughtful about what details we add so we can be approachable without being stuffy.”

One important new detail that The Hermitage Hotel and Capitol Grille have added in the past year is new executive chef, Derek Brooks, who joined the team in December of 2017. Chef Brooks has worked in Michelin-starred kitchens and at luxury resorts across the country before moving to Nashville. A major reason that The Hermitage Hotel was able to lure Brooks to their kitchen was their relationship with The Land Trust for Tennessee and their joint venture operating an heirloom garden at The Land Trust for Tennessee’s historic 65-acre Glen Leven Farm tucked away off of Franklin Road just a few miles from the hotel.

“The menu speaks for itself,” exclaims Chef Brooks. “Locals and out-of-town guests expect to see the Southern classics like fried green tomatoes, Brunswick stew and the sweet onion bisque, but the access to the garden is what makes it truly special!” A full-time staff gardener works the two-acre plot most days, but much of the labor to plant, tend to and harvest the garden comes from volunteer staff from the hotel and restaurant. “Glen Leven really is a team effort,” explains Chef Brooks. “The team and I are there almost every day, and it’s beautiful to go out there and relax while thinking about what’s going to be coming out of the garden and how we can use it to delight our guests. I get to take our younger cooks out there to see where their produce comes from so that they appreciate it more. Knowing that you had a hand in growing something really makes you take better care of your ingredients.”

This year marks the 10-year anniversary between The Hermitage Hotel and The Land Trust. Dee says it’s a natural fit. “We started a visionary program around our centennial celebration in 2008 to identify who we are and how we can celebrate our culture.”

Liz McLaurin, President and CEO of The Land Trust for Tennessee stresses the importance of the organization’s alliance with the hotel. “The team at The Hermitage Hotel is a visionary one – a local asset with a global reach. As a nonprofit organization working to conserve land across the state, we rely on philanthropy to achieve our mission. Through The Hermitage Hotel’s innovative guest giving program, The Land Trust has received over $800,000 to support both our statewide work and our stewardship of Glen Leven Farm. The Hermitage Hotel’s commitment is so deep that they ensure that their guests have the opportunity to learn about the importance of forever conserving irreplaceable places in Tennessee.”

Since then, the funds raised by The Hermitage Hotel have directly supported the acquisition and conservation of more than 85,000 acres of land in Tennessee through the Land Trust. These protected lands will offer opportunities for visitors to bike, hike, fish and farm for generations to come. The Hermitage Hotel was also instrumental in helping The Land Trust restore the 1857 home on the historic Glen Leven grounds.

Dee and her team aren’t afraid of hard work. “We’re actually out there getting our hands dirty.”

Chef Brooks adds, “I’m out there working closely with our gardener Sarah Edmonds, walking the rows a couple times a week making plans for what’s next to harvest and how we can use it on our menu. The kitchen is never routine at the Capitol Grille; we’ve always got new things to look forward to, and the summer garden truly helps support the menu as the staff comes up with new dishes.

Tony is thankful that so many Hermitage employees volunteer to work at Glen Leven. “We love to have the chef out there, but we need him in the kitchen too! Our structure allows the chef to do both things.”

Liz appreciates the efforts of The Hermitage Hotel staff. “The team at Capitol Grille takes tremendous care to cultivate their heirloom garden at The Land Trust for Tennessee’s Glen Leven Farm. Through this unique farming partnership, diners at the Capitol Grille not only enjoy fresh, locally harvested food, they experience the meaningful connection between people and place.”

Although Glen Leven Farm is not usually open to the public, occasionally hotel staff will take a guest on a private tour of the garden, or the hotel will hold special events on the farm. Walking around the farm, visitors can see row after row filled with future menu items for Capitol Grille or the Oak Bar: various varieties of heirloom beans, edible flowers like nasturtium, corn, greens, herbs, tomatoes, squash and root vegetables.

Dee values the relationship with The Land Trust for Tennessee and Glen Leven. “It’s an important part of our story, one that we want to share with our guests. In addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner, we use Glen Leven produce for banquet service, bar snacks, room service and for our employee cafe, where we provide our team two meals a day.”

Chef Brooks is already planning for his next menu. “We’re working on a cover crop for fall and planning for autumn,” he says. “We’re looking for more varieties of heirloom squashes and pumpkins, types that aren’t available in your local grocery to help us stay on the culinary cusp. We also save our seeds and share them with other farms to help preserve these heirloom crops. Part of being a chef is giving back, making sure our kitchen is being engaged and properly trained. Thanks to Glen Leven and The Land Trust, we have opportunities to work with ingredients they don’t see just anywhere, and that’s great.”

It’s also pretty special for the guests at The Hermitage Hotel and diners at Capitol Grille.

The Hermitage Hotel and Capitol Grille are located at 231 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37219. Learn more at and

This article is sponsored by The Hermitage Hotel. All photography by Grannis Photography unless otherwise noted.

An evening at Glen Leven Farm

On a perfect “sweater weather” fall evening, some 700 guests gathered for The Land Trust for Tennessee’s annual fundraiser, Once in A Blue Moon, Oct. 10 at the historic Glen Leven Farm.Glen Leven is a working, urban farm, located merely four miles from downtown Nashville on Franklin Pike. Originally owned by Thomas Thompson, who came to Nashville with James Robertson in 1780 — think Thompson Lane...

On a perfect “sweater weather” fall evening, some 700 guests gathered for The Land Trust for Tennessee’s annual fundraiser, Once in A Blue Moon, Oct. 10 at the historic Glen Leven Farm.

Glen Leven is a working, urban farm, located merely four miles from downtown Nashville on Franklin Pike. Originally owned by Thomas Thompson, who came to Nashville with James Robertson in 1780 — think Thompson Lane — the farm was deeded to the Land Trust in 2006. In addition to a significant farm operated in collaboration with The Hermitage Hotel, the farm produces honey and raises cattle.

Patrons arrived early to the historic Federal-style home for the Benefactors Reception, where they were offered a cocktail and enjoyed the vibe from Back 80 Bluegrass Band. Board Chairman Mark Manner recognized co-chairs Emme Baxter and Lisa Aston. Mayor Megan Barry then feted retiring Land Trust CEO Jeanie Nelson and new Land Trust President Liz McLarin gave an update on the preservation nonprofit’s good works.

Afterward guests toured the grounds and garden before heading to the enormous dinner tent for the main party. "Phases" was the theme, and everyone marveled over the decorative focal point: a 12-foot suspended glowing "moon" that transitioned to a new phase every 45 minutes throughout the night.

Bravo to Paiden Hite, Delia Darst and Kelley Estes for clever rustic-chic decor.

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Guests sipped Jack Daniel's spiked "Waxing Moon" and "Waning Moon" beverages and sampled hors d'oeuvres prepared by d. Kates Catering. Before dinner, guests rose and sang "America The Beautiful," led by vocalist NatalieEstes, then joined hands for a blessing by Adam DeVries. After a scrumptious dinner, guests danced and were entertained by Boy Named Banjo, fresh from its Bonnaroo appearance this summer. Then it was over to the raging bonfire to make s'mores.

Enjoying the casual evening were Butch Baxter, Lang Aston, Jane and Bill Coble, Brooks and Bert Mathews, Edie Bass, Tooty Bradford, John Cain, Lee Pratt and Neil Krugman, Elizabeth and David Fox, Carolyn and Del Webb, Nancy and MarkBeveridge, Robin Briggs, Dorothy Earthman, Buck Cole, Margaret Ann Robinson, and Stephanie and John Ingram.

Despite differences, 2 churches come together on Ash Wednesday

Members of two churches — Glen Leven Presbyterian Church and Woodmont Hills Church of Christ — lined up Wednesday evening in front of the Rev. Mark Bryan, waiting their turns for the imposition of ashes."From dust you have come, from dust you shall return," Bryan said, repeating the blessing as he drew a cross in black ash on each of their foreheads.They walked back to their pews in the sanctuary at ...

Members of two churches — Glen Leven Presbyterian Church and Woodmont Hills Church of Christ — lined up Wednesday evening in front of the Rev. Mark Bryan, waiting their turns for the imposition of ashes.

"From dust you have come, from dust you shall return," Bryan said, repeating the blessing as he drew a cross in black ash on each of their foreheads.

They walked back to their pews in the sanctuary at Glen Leven Presbyterian Church wearing the symbol synonymous with Ash Wednesday, a religious observance Bryan said was not originally a part of either church's Christian traditions. Not only did the worship service mark the start of the Lenten season of reflection and penance, but it also represented the unique friendship forged nearly 20 years ago by the congregations despite their differences in Christian worship styles and practices.

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"It is a great thing to have both of our congregations sharing in this worship together," Bryan, the senior pastor of Glen Leven Presbyterian Church, said at the start of the service.

The friendship began nearly two decades ago when Woodmont Hills moved next door to Glen Leven on Franklin Pike, and Bryan welcomed the church's minister at the time. The congregations started coming together for two services a year. When a new minister came to Woodmont Hills, Bryan met him when he showed up during an Ash Wednesday service at Glen Leven. Currently, Woodmont Hills is searching for a new senior minister, but the congregations are hopeful their friendship will continue.

"I’ve talked to people around this nation in my denomination and that’s just very unusual that those two groups get together, which makes it special. Therefore I do say it’s an anomaly," Bryan said.

Bryan and Joan Gregory, the caring services minister at Woodmont Hills Church of Christ, pointed out a few of their differences. Compared to Woodmont Hills, the worship style at Glen Leven, a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA) denomination, is more liturgical, Bryan said. The music is primarily sung a capella at Woodmont Hills, Gregory said. Women can serve as pastors in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Bryan said. In terms of denominational structure, Woodmont Hills is autonomous, Gregory said.

While the congregations have differences, they prefer to focus on and celebrate the common ground they share as Christians. That is why they come together year after year, Gregory said.

“So we could serve together and work together and concentrate on what we shared in common as opposed to what differences we have,” Gregory said. "We’re good neighbors and we may not see each other every week, but we know that they are there and I would hope they would know that we are there. I think it’s a very good relationship that I think will get better."

On Wednesday evening, the ashes that blackened Bryan's fingers and the foreheads of those in attendance came from palms used during both churches' Palm Sunday services. They were burned to ash before the service, but then combined with more ashes created Wednesday night.

Bryan asked those in the pews to write down on small slips of white paper the parts of their lives in which they desire God's intervention and forgiveness. He then invited everyone to drop them in a bowl at the front of the sanctuary, and he lit them on fire, burning them into ash. The smell of smoke perfumed the room as he explained further why acknowledging mortality isn't a negative thing to do.

"When God says, 'I know you're dust, I made you.' That's when God says, 'I share my grace, my love and my mercy, because I know how frail and fragile you are, and I know that you cannot do it alone," Bryan said.

Reach Holly Meyer at [email protected] or 615-259-8241 and on Twitter @HollyAMeyer.


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