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Home Care In Annandale, NJ

Home Care Annandale, NJ

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 Manassas Gap Railroad Embankment 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 Annandale, NJ 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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“Best in Care helped our family during a very difficult time. Mom had a broken neck and needed 24/7 care which my sister and I struggled to provide. We turned to Best in Care for a day time aid so that we could go home and sleep (Mom was up all night). My mom had always been resistant to anyone in the home, and I was worried she would be a problem. Much to my surprise and relief, she very quickly bonded with Ade. Ade was a great help to Mom and us. When my mom, shortly after, received a terminal cancer diagnosis, Ade continued to support my mom and the family with her compassionate presence and care. Greg and Robin worked closely with me to find a carer and then to be flexible with our needs and hours in my Mom's final days. I'm grateful to have found Best in Care at such a challenging and emotional time.”

LornaF
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“My mother needed help after a fall in her home and my friend referred me to Always Best Care. They walked me through the process and were very helpful in determining what level of care my mom needed. Her healthcare aide was wonderful and very caring and I was keep informed of my mothers progress. I would highly recommend Always Best Care.”

Alison S.
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“Greg, Robin, and Clara have been such a gift to our family We are so grateful and highly recommend!”

Helen F.
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“Greg and all of his staff always go above and beyond to provide my mother with professional, compassionate, individualized care and companionship.”

Anastasia F.
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“We have been caring for my mom since my dad died. She is pretty great for her age. Managing now trading between sisters and myself. Now comes an event all have to attend and she can not. I explored all options and decided to use best care of Basking Ridge. I work in healthcare for 42 years. I was extremely impressed by their care and the whole procedure of this time. Coming to explain coverage, with forms and info. Introducing the covering aide, making sure mom comfortable(me too). Accessible to any/all questions. The event was a wedding which we were do a live stream. The aide was the one(brother in law and other sister there), who finally got the connection so my mom can watch the wedding! So grateful for this service. Recommend to anyone to use this service.”

6daughters
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“We are currently receiving services from Always Best Care. We are beyond pleased with the effective and responsive plan set up by both Robin and Greg. Greg has provided custom care to get me from my home to the doctor and Robin has been helping with personal and home service. We could not have asked for a better team and they have gone above and beyond all our expectations. We highly recommend Always Best Care”

Carol H.
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“Always Best Care of Basking Ridge has been providing care for our mom for a couple years and have been very happy with care provided. The aides that come truly care about who they are helping. I also like how the firm sends in a nurse on occasions to provide an extra level of support for our mom. Would definitely recommend them to someone in need of aides in your home to help with a loved one.”

billbeaman
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“My son was getting married and we needed someone to help with my mom during the wedding and reception. We found Always Best Care of Basking Ridge and were very happy with the professional care that she received. Having someone to be there with my mom allowed everyone to enjoy the special occasion without any worries. My mom has commented to me about the wonderful lady who was with her at the wedding. We all have wonderful memories that will last forever thanks to Always Best Care.”

Beth Z.
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“My family needed help with my Mom for a family wedding. She lives in assisted living nearby. The wedding was not close by, and an evening event. It was not a typical ask of Always Best Care. We needed someone to (in car service we provided) pick up my Mom, travel with her, engage her (even though they had never met), assist her as needed, attend the wedding AND travel back home. Greg and Robin asked all the questions to make sure Mom would enjoy the experience as a grandmother should at her grandaughter's wedding. Needless to say, the evening was perfect. Although she can't remember most of the event, we have the memories and pictures of a wonderful night, thanks to Always Best Care. We have two more weddings coming up and will certainly be calling Robin and Greg again.”

Beth D.
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“Always Best Care of Basking Ridge (ABCBR) has been an excellent provider of companion services for my wife. Having worked with other providers, I believe ABCBR is unique in how they provide service. Things we liked best include their local focus, the highest quality of caregivers and superb communication. We always knew ABCBR cared deeply about the quality and performance of their business and their people.”

dan K.
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“Gregg was a pleasure to work with. His caring manner, as well as, understanding the type of care my mom needed was spot on. The assigned caregiver was awesome! I wish I started with them sooner.”

Kara-Leigh K.
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“When I injured my ankle, ABC at Bernardsville, NJ provided one month services to help me go through the most difficult time. Services included transportation to the doctor's office and supermarkets. He provided protection when I walked up and down stairs with crutches. He has provided valuable safety advices.”

Ruchu H.
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“Greg and Robin LaVersa truly work hard to make sure they provide exceptional service! Their aides have worked well with my mother, who has had difficulty in the past with aides from other companies. When a scheduling conflict arose, Robin herself went to my mother's house and helped out. Because they care not only for their clients but for their aides as well, the care is given in the best way possible. ABC Basking Ridge has been providing overnight care for my mother, but when a sudden loss of her daytime care (from another company) occurred, Greg and Robin worked tirelessly to help me find immediate coverage and then continuing day care. I don't know what I would have done without their assistance. It is a pleasure to deal with Greg on the phone (he is my contact person). He is always available, concerned and honest. I cannot recommend this company highly enough.”

Kathy B.
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“Greg and his wife, Robin, have been providing care for my mother. All of the aides that have worked with my mother have always arrived on time and have been wonderful. Greg and Robin have gone out of their way to always provide care and help me with any questions and figuring out how best to meet my mother's needs. They are warm and go above and beyond to be sure that my mother is happy and that all of her care is provided for. Because I do not live near my mother, I needed a service that I could rely on all of the time. I have found this with their services. I absolutely recommend using their services. You will not be disappointed.”

Susan B.
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“Always Best Care of Basking Ridge proved to be most helpful to our family and family member who needed the care. They were easy to work with to arrange the right individual to assist in our situation. The member of their team was terrific.”

Jim G.
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“My husband had a series of illnesses and needed much attention during the night, which meant I didn't sleep. Caring for him during the day was exhausting and I was becoming irritable. Always Best Care arranged for 2 staff members who shared 6 12 hour night shifts. They were reliable, professional and caring. Greg checked in frequently to make sure all was well. It was a life-saver for me. I would recommend this agency without hesitation.”

MAureen C.
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“Always Best Care owners Greg and Robin have enabled me to give the best in home care possible to my significant other.Caregiving after sudden life altering injury creates not just one person with a progressive need for care, but also a caregiver with great ongoing needs for support. Respite care particularly, becomes a lifesaver when the caregiver needs time off. Greg and Robin stepped in and provided companionship and a high level of service that was, and still is, a great source of peace of mind for both of us. They are professional, very responsive, and committed to their client. I highly recommend them, and would want this level of care for any loved one.”

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“Greg, Robin and the staff at Always Best Care of Basking Ridge have been great. We reached out to them while looking for night care for our mother, My mother has had a great relationship with all of the aids that have worked with her as well as with Greg and Robin, the owners of this Best Care. Greg is always available when a question arose or we needed help with any aspect of caring for my mother who has a lot of needs. Greg and Robin have gone out of their way to be there and do everything possible and more to help us. And they continue to help us as my mother's needs change. I would high recommend using Greg and Robin. I highly doubt that you can find a more committed and warm couple to help you with caring for the elderly.”

S B.
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“The service and care that Greg and Robin provide is outstanding! They really listened to our needs and matched an aid that we would feel comfortable with! Also Greg and Robin truly care about their clients and go above and beyond with follow up calls and expertise advice! I highly recommend Always Best Care! Thanks Greg and Robin!”

Caroline S.
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“Robin and Greg are hands down the best employers anyone can ever wish for, they pay attention to what you need as a caregiver in order to carry out your duties effectively. They are open to work with you and are constantly training you to become the best version of yourself as a caregiver . I have no regrets working with this agency and I hope it continues this way.”

Nnena N.
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“Our experience with Greg & Robin was top notch. They were professional, very knowledgeable and courteous and they made us feel like dear friends. My mother needed a short-term aide and we decided on a live-in for two weeks. My mother enjoyed her new friend and raved about the wonderful care she was receiving. Different family members witnessed the aide’s genuine caring and concern for our mother. I highly recommend Always Best Care of Basking Ridge.”

Sue L.
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“All positive experience with Robin and Greg . They truly are like family. All the aides they have given us are very caring women.”

badknee08
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“Our aunt needed care but all of us are out of state. We called Greg and Robin and they took care of everything that needed to happen. Even when things went sideways they were right on top of it whether minor or emergecy. So caring and committed to her well being. Could not do it without you..Kudos to all and thanks Victoria”

Ruthann H.
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“Always Best Care provided aides who would come to my mother-in-law's apartment in an independent living setting and help her with meals, organization and shopping, 3-5 times per week for 4 hours per day. Robin and Greg, who run the agency, made sure staff arrived on time and frequently checked in to provide us with information about my mother-in-law or seeking feedback about their staffing. The caregivers were great! They provided the nutritional, emotional and social support that my mother-in-law desperately needed. Always Best Care was always very responsive to requests, and Greg and Robin have become like extended family to us. If you are considering hiring aides for a family member, this agency will not disappoint. Just meet with them and you will see the difference between them and other agencies.”

Mike H.
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“A year ago it became clear that my 90 year-old father and 87 year-old mother could no longer remain in their home of 53 years without assistance. They lived in an area where caregivers are very hard to find. After much searching, I found Always Best Care Basking Ridge. While Mom and Dad did not like the idea of having anyone come into their home to care for them, Greg LaVersa was patient and understanding and helped me convince them that they would be well cared for. The caregiver that Always Best Care provided cared for Mom and Dad for a year, always caring and showing compassion. But most of all, she treated Mom and Dad with dignity. The amount of care increased with time, my brother moved in to assist with the care and eventually both of my parents went on home hospice. But throughout it all, Always Best Care Basking Ridge was there caring for Mom and Dad and granting them their wish to die at home. I promised Mom and Dad that they would remain at home until the end and that promise was fulfilled thanks to Greg, Robin and their wonderful caregiver. I would not hesitate a moment to recommend them to anyone in the Somerset Hills area of New Jersey who is looking for home care.”

Jena F.
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“Greg and Robin have been a true gift to me in taking care of my father for the last 2 years. I don’t know where I would be without them and I don’t say that lightly. They have provided top notch service, are amazingly responsive and provided an amazing aide for my father. My father’s aide is always arrives on time and they get along very well. Whenever I need to switch a shift, they answer me immediately. They go above and beyond whenever something is needed. Can’t recommend enough!”

Patty C.
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“Greg and Robin have been a true gift to me in taking care of my father for the last 2 years. I don’t know where I would be without them and I don’t say that lightly. They have provided top notch service, are amazingly responsive and provided an amazing aide for my father. My father’s aide is always arrives on time and they get along very well. Whenever I need to switch a shift, they answer me immediately. They go above and beyond whenever something is needed. Can’t recommend enough!”

C. H.
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“I needed a home health aide to care for my wife while I was at work. What I found was a caring and knowledgeable partner. Greg and Robin not only provided the aide but helped me better understand the progression of the disease; what I needed to make house safer and most importantly, I felt supported emotionally. When the aide called EMS because my wife had fallen, Greg got to the house before I did. When the aide had an emergency and couldn’t show up, Robin came to house. So, I would strongly recommend Always Best Care.”

TonyMm
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“I have been using Always Best Care for over a year to assist me with my mother’s care. My mom has advanced dementia and requires full care as well as individualized one on one assistance with tasks and activities Her caregivers are gentle, patient and caring and I couldn’t be more pleased.”

Michelle T.
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“Thanks for everything! I never feel like I can't call and discuss events or changes with you. You are all very caring and responsive and my mother is happy (or at least accepting) of the help and company of Victoria.”

Kelly B.
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“Our brother a physician is a fully disabled Veteran . We considered ourselves lucky to have found Always Best Care to help us with his care. Simply put .....they are good and honest people. Thank you Greg and Staff. With our sincere gratitude, Dr. John Lampidis and family”

John L.
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“We couldn’t be happier with how Greg and Robin have helped us with our brother’s care. It’s been only a few months that we have been associated with them but it’s been such a huge difference and benefit to my brothers life! Greg is such a caring and thoughtful person and is making sure everything is going right for our brother. We feel really lucky to have found them! They really do go the extra mile! Really Great people!”

Effie M.
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“Although we where only in need of Always Best Care's services for just a short period of time. We where extremely happy and confident in the service providers sent to care for our loved one. The owners, Robin and Greg love what they do and it shows in all that they do. Have confidence that your needs will be completely met by the Care Providers, and the Owners, they all go above and beyond to provide it.”

Wonderful S.
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“The attention to detail by owners Robin and Greg cannot be matched. I made one call to them, and they just handled everything that my father in law needed. The line of communication was consistently open, and our family was informed every step of the way with every detail of their service. They made a 90 year old man happy and that is all that I can ask for!”

Tony C.
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“Greg has been so amazing helping my family, let alone his amazing staff. They don't just meet expectations they go above and beyond. We would have been lost without them.”

Carrie Z.
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“My mother has been a client since Feb 2017. Mother's aide, Alexandra, has become mom's friend, not just her daytime caregiver. Greg and Robin have gone way beyond expectations of their service to assure that mom gets to her appointments on time and that Alexandra has enough instructional support to be able to do her job w/my mother. Knowing that mom is safely cared for during the day while we, her children are at work, has eased our family's worries greatly.”

Janet T.
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“Always Best Care took away most of the stress I was having with the care of my 98 year old mother. They got to know my mother. This meant that they just didn't send someone to watch her, but someone who would understand her likes and dislikes. At 98 she is very set in her ways but they did a great job finding someone who took the time to understand her quirks, but also keep me informed of any changes. I can't thank Greg and Robin enough for being so understanding and for the care they have given to my mother. I highly recommend Always Best Care if you need any assistants in the care of someone you love.”

Jean G.
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“The attention to detail by owners Robin and Greg cannot be matched. I made one call to them, and they just handled everything that my father in law needed. The line of communication was consistently open, and our family was informed every step of the way with every detail of their service. They made a 90 year old man happy and that is all that I can ask for!”

Clang
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“Greg has been so amazing helping my family. Let alone his amazing staff. They don't just meet expectations, they go above and beyond. We would have been lost without them.”

Kathryn B.
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“My mother has been a client since Feb 2017. Mother's aide, Alexandra, has become mom's friend, not just her daytime caregiver. Greg and Robin have gone way beyond expectations of their service to assure that mom gets to her appointments on time and that Alexandra has enough instructional support to be able to do her job w/my mother. Knowing that mom is safely cared for during the day while we, her children are at work, has eased our family's worries greatly.”

Elizabeth
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“I would like to recommend the services of Always Best Care from personal experience through the tremendous care that our Father received during the last few months of his life. Greg and his team understood my Father's needs at a time when the caregivers we employed before Always Best Care were struggling to meet our expectations. Greg and my family had numerous conversations and follow up concerning schedules, specific caregiver personalities comparable with our Father, assistance during rehabilitation, and homebound assistance with our families primary caregiver. We were grateful for the patience the caregivers showed for our Father. Greg's ability to connect with our father was extraordinary. Frequent visits and personal check ins to his home made our care for him that much easier in what can be an overwhelming experience. Frequent long distance conversations kept me in touch with his care, progress of his health, and his personal needs. Greg is a unique businessman in that his connection with his clients is personal. Greg shared with us the progress of a close personal relative that was going through the same medical challenges as our Father. This foresite gave us a perspective into our eventual preparations and transitional stages that helped us cope a bit better till the end of Dad's life. Greg's upbeat personality was encouraging to my Father. He had many conversations about Baseball.my Dad's favorite pastime. Greg and his team attended our Dad's funeral which we thought was a kind gesture to our family. There were challenges along the way since this was a unique situation for all of us. Greg's team as well as his wife were very involved from the beginning. I hope this gives sheds some light on the culture of this small business.”

Mike H.
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“Very caring, reliable and Greg is there to address your every concern.”

Mallory C.
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“I have known Robin LaVersa my whole life and Greg LaVersa for over 20 years. As individuals they are amazingly kind hearted and dedicated family people. Together their integrity and loyalty is overwhelming. I would trust them with the care of any family member as I have seen them take care of others in their lives without hesitation or complaint. To say you are in good hands with them is an understatement.”

Lenore P.
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“Nikki does so much more than what is checked off. She talks to dad and gets him interested and responsive.”

Juan N.
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“Robin and Greg are incredibly warm and engaging individuals. They clearly are in this business because they truly care about people. I've seen them both work with the elderly eliciting smiles and laughs and, more importantly, trust. Robin manages the office. She is very organized and never misses a beat. If she has committed to something, it is as good as done. I highly recommend their business because I recommend them as individuals. You and your loved one will be in good hands!”

Jody T.
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“Robin and Greg LaVersa of Always Best Care go above and beyond our expectations for our family. The home health aides they have provided have been wonderful. The care and assistance that they provide for your family member give you peace of mind as you go about your day. The caregivers that we have had treat my mother as they would their own mother or grandmother. Would highly recommend their services.”

Donna C.
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“I have been very impressed by the attention this Always Best Care office pays to ensuring their clients receive the best possible care. They are very selective with the caregivers they hire. They do a very thorough job of monitoring their cases to ensure that the needs of the client are being met. If your family member needs care to help them get safely through the day, you should contact Always Best Care.”

Dan C.
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“We interviewed 3 different agencies before hiring Always Best Care in Basking Ridge. Greg made us feel comfortable, and we knew our parents would be in good hands. Our fabulous caretaker has been with our family for 7 months. She has become an important part of our family.”

Robin B.
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“My mother has been a client since Feb 2017. Mother's aide, Alexandra, has become mom's friend, not just her daytime caregiver. Greg and Robin have gone way beyond expectations of their service to assure that mom gets to her appointments on time and that Alexandra has enough instructional support to be able to do her job w/my mother. Knowing that mom is safely cared for during the day while we, her children are at work, has eased our family's worries greatly.”

ElizSH
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“Always Best Care took away most of the stress I was having with the care of my 98 year old mother. They got to know my mother. This meant that they just didn't send someone to watch her, but someone who would understand her likes and dislikes. At 98 she is very set in her ways but they did a great job finding someone who took the time to understand her quirks, but also keep me informed of any changes. I can't thank Greg and Robin enough for being so understanding and for the care they have given to my mother. I highly recommend Always Best Care if you need any assistants in the care of someone you love.”

Jean G.
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“Robin and Greg have been and continue to be a great help to me whenever I have questions about my mothers care. They go above and beyond on a regular basis!”

Cathleen P.
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“Robin and Greg have been and continue to be a great help to me whenever I have questions about my mothers care. They go above and beyond on a regular basis!”

Cathleen C.
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“The owners Robin and Greg are exceptional. I highly recommend sending your loved one to them. They provide excellent caregivers and are willing to bend over backwards to make sure that your family member's needs are met.”

cwag1689
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“To Whom it may concern I would like to recommend the services of Always Best Care from personal experience through the tremendous care that our Father received during the last few months of his life. Greg and his team understood my Father’s needs at a time when the caregivers we employed before Always Best Care were struggling to meet our expectations. Greg and my family had numerous conversations and follow up concerning schedules, specific caregiver personalities comparable with our Father, assistance during rehabilitation, and homebound assistance with our families primary caregiver. We were grateful for the patience the caregivers showed for our Father. Greg’s ability to connect with our father was extraordinary. Frequent visits and personal ”check ins” to his home made our care for him that much easier in what can be an overwhelming experience. Frequent long distance conversations kept me in touch with his care, progress of his health, and his personal needs. Greg is a unique businessman in that his connection with his clients is personal. Greg shared with us the progress of a close personal relative that was going through the same medical challenges as our Father. This foresite gave us a perspective into our eventual preparations and transitional stages that helped us cope a bit better till the end of Dad's life. Greg’s upbeat personality was encouraging to my Father. He had many conversations about Baseball….my Dad’s favorite pastime. Greg and his team attended our Dad’s funeral which we thought was a kind gesture to our family. There were challenges along the way since this was a unique situation for all of us. Greg’s team as well as his wife were very involved from the beginning. I hope this gives sheds some light on the culture of this small business.”

Mike D.
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“Nikki does so much more than what is checked off. She talks to dad and gets him interested and responsive.”

Juan N.
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TESTIMONIALS

“Robin and Greg LaVersa of Always Best Care go above and beyond our expectations for our family. The home health aides they have provided have been wonderful. The care and assistance that they provide for your family member give you peace of mind as you go about your day. The caregivers that we have had treat my mother as they would their own mother or grandmother. Would highly recommend their services.”

Donna C.
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“Robin and Greg are incredibly warm and engaging individuals. They clearly are in this business because they truly care about people. I've seen them both work with the elderly eliciting smiles and laughs and, more importantly, trust. Robin manages the office. She is very organized and never misses a beat. If she has committed to something, it is as good as done. I highly recommend their business because I recommend them as individuals. You and your loved one will be in good hands!”

Jody T.
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“Very Caring , reliable and Greg is there to address your every concern.”

Mallory C.
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“I have known Robin LaVersa my whole life and Greg LaVersa for over 20 years. As individuals they are amazingly kind hearted and dedicated family people. Together their integrity and loyalty is overwhelming. I would trust them with the care of any family member as I have seen them take care of others in their lives without hesitation or complaint. To say you are in good hands with them is an understatement.”

Lenore P.
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“I have been very impressed by the attention this Always Best Care office pays to ensuring their clients receive the best possible care. They are very selective with the caregivers they hire. They do a very thorough job of monitoring their cases to ensure that the needs of the client are being met. If your family member needs care to help them get safely through the day, you should contact Always Best Care.”

Dan C.
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“Greg and Robin have been a true gift to me in taking care of my father for the last 2 years. I don’t know where I would be without them and I don’t say that lightly. They have provided top notch service, are amazingly responsive and provided an amazing aide for my father. My father’s aide is always arrives on time and they get along very well. Whenever I need to switch a shift, they answer me immediately. They go above and beyond whenever something is needed. Can’t recommend enough!”

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What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Annandale, NJ?

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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.

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When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

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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.

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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 Annandale, NJ

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 Annandale Community 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 Incheon Restaurant or visit The Pines Historical Marker, 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 Annandale, NJ

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 Annandale, NJ, 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 NJ'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 Annandale, NJ 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:

  • Renaissance of Annandale
  • Arden Courts - ProMedica Memory Care Community (Annandale)
  • Brightview Woodburn - Senior Assisted Living & Memory Care
  • Beverly Assisted Living
  • Sleepy Hollow Healthcare Center
  • August Healthcare at Leewood
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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

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A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive

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Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider

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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 Annandale, NJ 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Latest News in Annandale, NJ

County Commissioners Tour ExxonMobil’s Annandale Research Facility

ANNANDALE, NJ - The Board of County Commissioners continued its business and local economic site visits and tour of Hunterdon County with a familiar stop in the gas/oil industry, at ExxonMobil, with its Annandale Global Research campus and laboratory on Rt. 22 that is making innovations in the renewable and clean energy realm.The corporation’s Annandale campus has been ExxonMobil’s center of fundamental research and science innovation for the past 38 years. Three Hunterdon officials visited the site – director Susan ...

ANNANDALE, NJ - The Board of County Commissioners continued its business and local economic site visits and tour of Hunterdon County with a familiar stop in the gas/oil industry, at ExxonMobil, with its Annandale Global Research campus and laboratory on Rt. 22 that is making innovations in the renewable and clean energy realm.

The corporation’s Annandale campus has been ExxonMobil’s center of fundamental research and science innovation for the past 38 years. Three Hunterdon officials visited the site – director Susan J. Soloway, commissioner Zachary Rich and county administrator Kevin Davis. They learned that ExxonMobil scientists, engineers and technicians are working to develop the next generation of energy solutions to address hard to decarbonize sectors, such as commercial transportation, power generation and manufacturing.

Through 10 months of this year, Soloway has made many rounds to large and smaller employers across Hunterdon County.

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After the visit to Annandale’s energy research hub, she said, “Not only is ExxonMobil a major employer in the county, but it is fascinating to learn that the nearly 1,000 scientists, engineers and technicians on the Annandale campus are working to develop the next generation of energy solutions. We had the opportunity to see firsthand some of the breakthrough innovations underway.”

Rich, Soloway and Davis met with scientists focused on carbonate fuel cells for carbon capture, electrochemical cell battery storage, algae biofuels and advanced genomics for nature-based carbon capture.

The county commissioners noted that ExxonMobil’s deep connection to Hunterdon County traces back decades. Standard Oil of New Jersey, which became Exxon, had its statutory headquarters in Hunterdon County for many years, and the company annually held its shareholder meetings at the Palace Theater for 15 years in the early part of the 20th century.

“The company is not just preparing for a future with alternative energy resources,it is leading the way in the industry through its scientific research taking place right here in Hunterdon County,” Rich said. “We are proud the company chooses Hunterdon County for this far-reaching and important work.”

In addition to business and corporate site visits, as liaison to the County Office of Economic Development, Soloway stopped at ExxonMobil as she continues on her 2021 Community Tour, highlighting commerce, agriculture and community achievements around Hunterdon County. This series of greetings, introductions to industry and reviews included stops in Raritan Township, the Town of Clinton and Readington, recognizing Hunterdon County’s three communities designated as the safest towns in which to live in New Jersey, by Safewise.com.

Annandale pastor receives pontifical honors

VashonStaff Writer/The Catholic SpiritANNANDALE — As part of the Diocese of Metuchen’s 30th anniversary celebration, Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski conferred pontifical honors upon nine diocesan priests, Jan. 29, during an evening prayer service held in the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, Metuchen.The bishop petitioned Pope Benedict XVI to bestow papal honors upon the priests in recognition of their outstanding service and significant contributions to the people of the diocese.For Msgr. Randall J. Vashon...

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ANNANDALE — As part of the Diocese of Metuchen’s 30th anniversary celebration, Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski conferred pontifical honors upon nine diocesan priests, Jan. 29, during an evening prayer service held in the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, Metuchen.

The bishop petitioned Pope Benedict XVI to bestow papal honors upon the priests in recognition of their outstanding service and significant contributions to the people of the diocese.

For Msgr. Randall J. Vashon, 56, the priesthood was a late vocation, but since being ordained 11 years ago, he has accomplished much.

“Under Father Vashon’s leadership, the number of seminarians studying for the diocese has nearly tripled. He has made several trips to Colombia, South America, to recruit seminarians who, please God, will soon be serving the diocese’s rapidly expanding Hispanic population,” Bishop Bootkoski wrote in recommending Msgr. Vashon to become a Chaplain to Pope Benedict XVI.

He added, "At my request, Father Vashon assumed additional responsibilities, becoming pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, one of our largest parishes, after its pastor was transferred." Vashon said being named a prelate of honor is not only a gift to him, but to the parish where he took his first steps to the priesthood.

It was in 1992 when Vashon was a parishioner and one of the youth ministers at Immaculate Conception that thoughts of the priesthood which began early in life took hold of him.

Born in Waterville, Maine, Vashon was one of three sons of Simone A. and the late Clarence G. Vashon. His brothers Jim and Wayne still live in New England.

Fostered by his family’s close relationship with parish priests, Vashon said his calling to become a priest began when he was in the third grade at St. Francis de Sales Elementary School in Waterville. One of the priests, who early on helped plant the roots of his vocation, was the late Franciscan Father Henry Madden, whom Vashon knew since he was 4.

“He was a good man, a good priest,” Vashon said. “He was always joyful and his family would come visit him a lot so you got to know his extended family as well. He concelebrated my first Mass and was part of my priesthood for my first few years.”

Because of his social life, Vashon’s interest in the priesthood began to wane when he was in junior high and Waterville High School, but thoughts of being a priest never left him.

"I was engaged to be married right out high school, much to my mother's chagrin," he said. "We dated throughout college and we broke up amicably. We are still good friends." After receiving an associate's degree from the University of Maine, Vashon began a career in the banking industry. He left Maine in 1981 for a job in Pennsylvania. His next position was in Parsippany, and then in 1990 he went to work for a friend whose office was in Beaver Brook, right across the road from Immaculate Conception.

While working in the banking field, Vashon said every once in a while he would think of the priesthood. Then start to ask himself, ‘Am I too old now? It is too late?’

“I started talking to then-Father Andy (Msgr. Andrew I. Szarlota). I was a little nervous. He said, ‘you should start applying to seminaries.’ After about a year of meeting with him I thought, ‘If I don’t do it now I will always regret at least not trying and see if this is for me.’

“The hard part was how do you leave a job and do that? But that is what we have to trust with God. Thankfully, I was given the grace to do this.”

Vashon enrolled in Holy Apostles College and Seminary, Cromwell, Conn. where he received a bachelor’s degree. He completed his seminary training at Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, Weston, Mass., where he earned a Master’s of Divinity degree.

He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Vincent De Paul Breen at the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, Metuchen, May 27, 2000. His first assignments were as parochial vicar of St. Joseph Parish, Bound Brook, and St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Old Bridge.

In January 2005 Bishop Bootkoski appointed Vashon as director of the diocesan Office of Vocations. Prior to being assigned to Immaculate Conception Parish in 2009, Vashon served as the director of the St. John Vianney House of Discernment, Hopelawn.

Vashon said he considers each parish assignment a milestone, “one of grace and hard to leave, but I have maintained friendships from each of them.”

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N.J. restaurant to create sensory safe night for those with special needs

If you stop in Harper’s Table in Annandale on Monday night for dinner, you might notice that the lights are a little lower, the music is a little softer and the menu features pictures.The Inclusion Dinner, “a sensory-friendly dining experience for those with and without special needs,” is all in an effort to create an atmosphere that is more comfortable for diners and children with special needs, specifically those with sensory processing difficulties.“We are always looking for ways to give back or provi...

If you stop in Harper’s Table in Annandale on Monday night for dinner, you might notice that the lights are a little lower, the music is a little softer and the menu features pictures.

The Inclusion Dinner, “a sensory-friendly dining experience for those with and without special needs,” is all in an effort to create an atmosphere that is more comfortable for diners and children with special needs, specifically those with sensory processing difficulties.

“We are always looking for ways to give back or provide value to the community. It’s a mission of ours and I am fortunate to have a staff that is very engaged in these type of pursuits as well,” said owner Adam Rutkowski.

Rutkowski said he was inspired to run an event like this at Harper’s Table after reading about Massachusetts-based Autism Eats, which puts on similar events.

With the help of staff member Leah Barron, Rutkowski has organized several elements to make Monday night’s dining experience more friendly to those with sensory processing disorders and to educate members of the community about what it is like to experience sensory processing difficulties.

“This is just one night and we have the ability to service people who are in the area, and there are families that are impacted all over the state and the county. I hope that we can have more events like this that can make...people (feel) empowered by these opportunities,” she said.

Barron has created a photo guide to help children with special needs to understand how real-life scenarios can play out. The children will learn the processes of going to a restaurant and ordering food using the photo guide and will be able to ask questions in a friendly setting.

Therapists will also be on hand to not only provide support to those who need it, but to discuss with parents and caregivers strategies on how they can help in various day-to-day scenarios, Rutowski said.

“Honestly, we are really trying to create an experience for people with and without special needs to enjoy a night out with their families around people dealing with the same type of situations and in an environment where everyone will feel comfortable, free of judgment and full of understanding,” Rutkowski said.

Special events and dedicated days to creating a friendly and welcoming space for those with special needs have become more common over recent years. Six Flags Great Adventure has an Autism Day annually that is centered around creating a sensory-friendly day on the autism spectrum.

Chuck E. Cheese has also made most of its locations “sensory-sensitive” on Sundays. Many cinemas offer sensory-friendly screenings.

Rutkowski said he hopes that he will be able to host more inclusion dinners in the future, and hopes that the event will become even better over time.

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Meet the founder and owner of the new Hunterdon Hills Ballet

Meet Elaine Matthews, founder and owner of The Hunterdon Hills Ballet. For a small studio in a small town, Matthews has big goals for the school. A former member of The Pennsylvania Ballet and The Phantom of the Opera, and currently a part-time faculty member at Princeton University, Matthews says, "As a parent, I see now more than ever, the benefits of dancing."The amount of focus and discipline required will serve students in any path in life, aside from the obvious physical benefits. My...

Meet Elaine Matthews, founder and owner of The Hunterdon Hills Ballet. For a small studio in a small town, Matthews has big goals for the school. A former member of The Pennsylvania Ballet and The Phantom of the Opera, and currently a part-time faculty member at Princeton University, Matthews says, "As a parent, I see now more than ever, the benefits of dancing.

"The amount of focus and discipline required will serve students in any path in life, aside from the obvious physical benefits. My vision for HHB is to provide the highest quality of dance education through a wide range of programs and classes, for every type of student. I wish to inspire a love of dance in the community of Hunterdon County and beyond."

Hunterdon Hills Ballet is also going to give the town of Clinton its very own production of The Nutcracker.

The inspiration came from Clinton resident, Suzanne Lawn, Mother of Megan Lawn. Matthews recalls, "Suzanne came to me and said Clinton doesn't have a Nutcracker. For such a charming little town you would think that it would. It's every young dancer's dream."

After much consideration, HHB is going full steam ahead for Nutcracker, December 2017. Auditions will be held on September 9th & 10th and there will be a fundraiser at Beneduce Vineyards on June 23rd(tickets can be purchased online at HunterdonHillsBallet.com).

Hunterdon Hills Ballet will be opening its main location at the Shops at Beaver Brook, in Annandale, NJ. The space is over 1000 square feet with lots of windows and natural light and there is a waiting room with a window into the studio for parents.

HHB will also keep its original location which is shared with Hunterdon Pilates Center, owned by Connie Fazekas and Roseann Knabe, creators of the Exero System(exerosystem.com). This studio will be used to continue cross training dancers using the Exero machine, which is like a vertical Pilates reformer.

"The dance world has evolved, and almost all professionals use some method of cross training to avoid injury and maintain strength," says Matthews. This will be offered to dancers starting at age 10, helping them get into pointe shoes faster and more safely, all the way up to pre-professionals, professionals and adults.

This summer, HHB will be running several dance camps/intensives at the studio, as well as a Musical Theater Intensive, whose faculty will include:

Dara Adler (PA Ballet, Paul Taylor Company, B'way: Phantom of the Opera), Chelsea Arce (B'way: Paramour), Holly Ann Butler, (B'way: On the Town, How to Succeed..., Grease), John Cudia, (B'way: Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Les Miserables) Bruce Winant (B'way: An American in Paris, Chicago, Phantom of the Opera), and more.

At The Pennsylvania Ballet, Elaine Matthews performed roles as a soloist in such ballets as Matthew Neenan's "Le Travail", Ben Stevenson's "Cinderella" and Paul Taylor's "Company B", until joining the Broadway National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera.

Elaine has taught master classes through The Broadway Connection in over ten major cities in the U.S. including Los Angeles and New York City. She is on the judges panel for Starbound National Talent Competition and often collaborates with her husband, Broadway vet Sean MacLaughlin.

Hunterdon Hills Ballet's main location is 1465 RT. 31 South, Annandale, NJ 08801. Its secondary location is 65 Old Highway 22, Suite 1, Clinton, NJ 08809. The studio website is HunterdonHillsBallet.com and studio phone number is 973-529-2840.

This item was submitted by the Hunterdon Hills Ballet.

Annandale and Milford churches share volunteers, financial assistance

Immaculate Conception Church near Annandale has been sharing volunteers and financial assistance with St. Edward the Confessor parish in Milford this year. Both are part of the Catholic Diocese of Metuchen.Immaculate Conception paid the bill to rewire the electricity in one of St. Edward’s buildings, and volunteers from Immaculate Conception are helping to renovate parish buildings at St. Edward, said Ed Ronco, business manager at the Clinton Township church.This week, Immaculate Conception and St. Edward volunteers are p...

Immaculate Conception Church near Annandale has been sharing volunteers and financial assistance with St. Edward the Confessor parish in Milford this year. Both are part of the Catholic Diocese of Metuchen.

Immaculate Conception paid the bill to rewire the electricity in one of St. Edward’s buildings, and volunteers from Immaculate Conception are helping to renovate parish buildings at St. Edward, said Ed Ronco, business manager at the Clinton Township church.

This week, Immaculate Conception and St. Edward volunteers are painting the interior of the St. Edward religious education building, he said.

In return, volunteers from St. Edward helped with Immaculate Conception’s parish festival in June. “They sent a lot of people up here,” Ronco said.

The Rev. Randy Vashon, administrator of Immaculate Conception, describes the help the two parishes give each other as “a sister relationship.”

“It’s just cooperation,” said the Rev. Krzysztof Kaczynski, administrator of St. Edward.

The diocese recently assigned Deacon Bill Barr to serve St. Edward parish. Before he became a deacon, Barr and his wife were Immaculate Conception parishioners.

The diocese sent Barr to St. Edward because “there was a need for someone down there,” and Barr lives nearby, Ronco said.

Immaculate Conception has about 2,600 families registered, while St. Edward has about 400, according to the parishes’ most recent counts.

St. Edward is not a poor parish, Ronco said. “They’re a developing parish,” he said. “It’s growing.”

“They’re managing on their own,” added Vashon. “They don’t need us.”

Vashon said his parishioners want to help at St. Edward because they know Kaczynski, who was an assistant pastor at Immaculate Conception for several years before he became St. Edward’s administrator.

“People who have come to know and love Father Krzys when he was here, see him in the parish and want to help,” Vashon said.

“We are very grateful,” Kaczynski said. But he insists: “It’s not about me.”

Both Vashon and Kaczynski said cooperation between Catholic parishes is common. Vashon said Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Whitehouse Station used to help a parish in Perth Amboy.

St. Edward sends financial aid to a parish in Africa, and the Diocese of Metuchen, which includes about 100 other churches in Hunterdon, Warren, Somerset and Middlesex counties, helps a diocese in South America, Kaczynski said.

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