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Home Care In Flemington, NJ

Home Care Flemington, 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 Historic Hunterdon County Courthouse 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 Flemington, 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 Flemington, 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 Flemington, 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 Mine Brook 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 Dolce Restaurant or visit Samuel Fleming House Museum & Gardens, 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 Flemington, 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 Flemington, 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 Flemington, 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:

  • Kappherman
  • Independence Manor Hunterdon
  • Hunterdon Care Center
  • Griswold Special Care
  • Traditions Residential Health
  • Flemington Fields
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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 Flemington, 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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Zoning Changes Passed by Flemington Borough Council

FLEMINGTON, NJ - The Flemington council voted on and passed ordinances that changed and adjusted existing zoning map distinctions in the borough at the Sept. 11 meeting.The ordinances were sent to the borough council and mayor from the planning board. They were held for public hearing and then subsequently discussed by council and voted on.Ordinance 2023-23 amends the zoning map for Flemington according to the changes laid out. This includes the reassigning, or rezoning, of certain district blocks and removing an overlay distri...

FLEMINGTON, NJ - The Flemington council voted on and passed ordinances that changed and adjusted existing zoning map distinctions in the borough at the Sept. 11 meeting.

The ordinances were sent to the borough council and mayor from the planning board. They were held for public hearing and then subsequently discussed by council and voted on.

Ordinance 2023-23 amends the zoning map for Flemington according to the changes laid out. This includes the reassigning, or rezoning, of certain district blocks and removing an overlay district.

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“In general, the master plan over the last 13 years has encouraged simplification of the map,” council member, and member of the planning board, Susan Engelhardt said. “Very often, the master plan will send out recommendations. But we basically finally got around to be able to actually incorporate those recommendations.”

The 2022 master plan is a document created by the Flemington planning board that details elements all related to examining the borough. It includes goals and objectives, land use and economic development.

Ordinance 2023-24 amends the Village Artisan District, which is located around the Stangl and Fulper roads area. It redefines the permitted principal uses of the district.

Engelhardt explained that some other changes include dissolving the Professional Office district, or PO district, which was located mainly around the area in close proximity to the county courts and administration offices, and incorporating it into the Transition Residential and Downtown Business districts.

“So basically as markets change, we felt like the PO district was a bit outdated and a little limiting to what could go there,” Engelhardt said.

Changing the zoning is meant to allow for more things that the public has brought to the planning board, including entertainment and things to do in town.

“We also are trying to encourage the things that we keep hearing people say they want in town,” Mayor Marcia Karrow said.

The mayor stated that the executive director of the Flemington Community Partnership, Robin Lapidus, spoke to the planning board to advocate for more things in town for people to do, instead of more housing.

“So this zoning, a lot of the zoning encourages that,” Karrow said.

The Flemington Community Partnership is a local nonprofit and business improvement district, which functions as a downtown management organization.

“There was just some cleaning up to do, but for the most part the changes that are on this map are reflective of the use changes that we also updated in the ordinances,” Engelhardt said. “That's why we're doing all of these kind of at the same time, because it all works together. Because we want to make sure one thing is the same as the other.”

The public is always able to come to the planning board to file a variance, Engelhardt said.

“It's impossible for any master plan to predict every single idea and use that somebody may want to put in this location or that location,” Engelhardt said. “But we can interpret, like I said, economic changes or just the needs and wants and desires that people have expressed through the master plan process, and try to make the zoning reflect those needs and requests as best we can.”

Ordinance 2023-25 creates a public art committee to oversee art that would be in public spaces.

Council president Jeremy Long said he is excited for the committee to be formed and for public art to be featured in Flemington.

“This, I think, will be a breath of fresh air,” Long said.

The committee will consist of a member of the planning board, a member of the council, a representative from the Flemington Historic Preservation Commission and two members of the public, one of which must have a background in art and one must be from Flemington.

Lastly, Ordinance 2023-26 was passed and amends a section entitled “definitions.” The changes are meant to create better definitions for zoning code.

Sip & Stroll on Stangl brings cheer to Flemington business owners, artisans, community members

On Thursday, June 15, the temperature in Flemington was a comfortable 77 degrees at 5 p.m. A light wind pushed billowy clouds gently across a clear blue sky. The conditions were perfect for those who came out for the borough’s Sip & Stroll event on Stangl Road.That evening, adults sipped alcoholic beverages as they -- you guessed it -- strolled along the street in the historic Hunterdon County community.Lone Eagle Brewery poured seasonal c...

On Thursday, June 15, the temperature in Flemington was a comfortable 77 degrees at 5 p.m. A light wind pushed billowy clouds gently across a clear blue sky. The conditions were perfect for those who came out for the borough’s Sip & Stroll event on Stangl Road.

That evening, adults sipped alcoholic beverages as they -- you guessed it -- strolled along the street in the historic Hunterdon County community.

Lone Eagle Brewery poured seasonal craft beer, there were spirits and frozen drinks to be had at Skunktown Distillery and sangria -- featuring Old York Cellars -- was served at the Blue Fish Grill. All of these beverages could be enjoyed on premises or taken off-site in “to-go” cups.

More than just drinks

But Sip & Stroll is by no means an adult-only affair. In fact, the event -- part of a seasonal series which kicked off in April and will be held on the third Thursday of each month through September -- is intended to appeal to all members of the community. There were activities for attendees of all ages.

“In my estimation, while drinks are available, it’s not really an event that is focused on ‘drinking,’” said Robin Lapidus, executive director of Flemington Community Partnership. “It’s much more about moving around to explore different areas and experiences in the Arts and Cultural District -- it has a ‘first night’ like feel -- and Stangl Road is very much like a ‘greenway’ with grassy spots and beer gardens and music tents and ice cream and patios. While we do have some seating, the event by design, is about strolling and getting immersed in smaller events in one night.”

She also noted, “The Bluegrass Jam inside DIY is an alcohol-free space where artists are very focused on jamming and learning from each other -- people bring rare historical instruments, some handmade, and some off the shelf but it’s not about drinking at all.

“There are activities for kids including some quieter inside spaces with vintage Atari machines but overall, it’s like a night out on the town where there is something for everyone, every age, every pocket-book, and where all are welcome to find some awe and fascination.”

The June Sip & Stroll event was near nirvana for artists, who sold their wares from tables set up on the edge of the sidewalk. Shops kept doors open for those who were interested in making twilight purchases or just browsing.

Musicians performed under tents in front of businesses and on grassy patches that separate shops. Parents pushed ice cream-eating children in strollers. Youngsters rode bikes and tossed beanbags onto corn hole boards. Couples and friends settled into Adirondack chairs or gathered around bistro tables or brightly-colored picnic tables to relax, chat or listen to music. The event was indeed a family affair and, for some, that meant sipping and strolling with their leashed dogs.

The June event, which ran from 5 to 9 p.m. and billed as a “celebration of Summer and Pride,” featured a DJ dance party and amplified acoustic and electric music played by many, including groups of high school students, who showed up with family and friends.

Business owners and area residents are equally excited about the Sip & Stroll series.

Bob King, co-owner of Lone Eagle Brewing and a committeeman in Raritan Township, said the Sip & Stroll events are great for business and the community. King, a proponent of the open container law in the borough, said, “People are looking to get out and have an experience in a fun and responsible way, and we’re providing that here.”

Toby Chernesky, a self-described disco diva who performed at the event, said “I love doing stuff in this town.” The graduate of Hunterdon Central High School said, “I like being around people I know. I like for people to see how I’ve progressed.”

Chernesky, who studies voice performance at New York University and performs at venues in New York City, said he started singing at Gabby’s Pizza (outdoors with a karaoke machine) during the pandemic and will “forever be thankful” for getting his start there. “I love doing stuff in this town! Great things are happening here and I’ll always be happy to perform here.”

Ben Weinman is a Flemington resident attended the event with his children.

Weinman, who is a heavy metal guitarist (The Dillinger Escape Plan), said he and his family have lived in the borough since late 2017. Work wise, he benefits from the proximity to New York City and Philadelphia. He said he enjoys the quiet of the community and noted “it’s a great place for kids.” But, he said, he felt there “was not much to do here .... then I came to this street.”

Weinman said he loves the events on Stangl Road and is heartened by the sense of community here. Here, he said, “a farmer and an artist will have coffee together.” This place is special. He said, “Everyone has a common interest in rejuvenation ... development of the area.”

A spirited community

According to Lapidus, the open container conversation was had between the Flemington Community Partnership, local businesses, commercial property owners, police, council, and former Mayor Betsy Driver. Lapidus said, “It was a long conversation that went on for at least two years with a high degree of buy-in before it came before the borough council. The goal was always about revitalization and economic development.” She continued, “As Liberty Village the first outlet mall faded into the background as it was no longer unique or comparable in design and amenities to all of the new destination outlet malls everywhere, Stangl Roal had a few property owners who saw the value of repurposing buildings and attracting artistic, cultural, and wellness-oriented businesses.”

The Sip & Stroll was approved by resolution in March 2023 for six months on a trial basis and was brought forward by the Flemington Community Partnership board trustee Tony Parker, who also sits on the council, and was welcomed by Mayor Marcia A. Karrow.

Karrow said, “Sip & Stroll is another avenue to showcase our arts and cultural opportunities in Flemington. Its success is due to having a vibrant business and cultural district with business owners who are willing to work together to make a monthly night out entertaining for everyone. Flemington continues to look for interesting and fun ways to bring economic vitality to all of our business districts.”

Lapidus said, “The Sip & Stroll is the result of business owners working together in the spirit of many hands making light work -- our businesses showcase what they do best and attract their fans and loyal customers and then those people explore other places on the block and we just keep mixing it up.”

With eyes wide open

What was absent from this event was any evidence of public drunkenness. And, although Lapidus said that public drunkenness was never a concern, she said the community moved forward with “eyes wide open.” She said, “We were cautiously optimistic to test the waters and do it on a trial basis. The same is true for Open Container, we never had naysayers, but there were discussions at the council meeting where it was proposed to limit the dates and the times from Friday through Sunday.”

And, public safety was always front and center. “We are always concerned about public safety at events. An officer is assigned to the Sip & Stroll on-site and on-foot to be helpful and to show a strong community presence. We greatly appreciate their help, and we work closely as a team in close communication, which is the best way to produce meaningful community events.”

And that’s not all

In addition to the Sip & Stroll events, Flemington hosts farmers markets, historic house tours, ghosts tours, car shows and more. The borough’s sixth annual the Corn, Tomato and Beer Festival will be held on Aug. 12 from noon to 8 p.m. For a complete list of upcoming events, click here.

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New Jersey Storytelling Festival Features Outstanding Storytellers in Flemington

The Garden State Storytellers League Photo Credit: The Garden State Storytellers LeagueChaya Willick Photo Credit: Chaya WillickRhonda Hansome Photo Credit: Rhonda HansomeKELLI DUNHAM Photo Credit: KELLI DUNHAMPublishedSeptember 24, 2023 at 7:00 AMThe New Jersey Storytelling Festival is a celebration of the art of st...

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PublishedSeptember 24, 2023 at 7:00 AM

The New Jersey Storytelling Festival is a celebration of the art of storytelling which will take place in the Flemington arts & cultural District on Saturday, September 30 from 12 PM to 5:30 PM. It brings together storytellers from various backgrounds and cultures to share their unique stories with the audience. The festival features a diverse range of storytelling styles, including spoken word, music, and performance. It is a captivating and enriching experience for all who attend.

The storytellers are from such well-known storytelling shows as The Moth, Risk!, The Liar Show, Yum's the Word, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Stories From the Stage, Story Collider, and many others

For the next week, we will feature each day some of the most well-known storytellers who will be at the New Jersey Storytelling Festival.

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Here today's featured storytellers:

KELLI DUNHAM is the nonbinary ex-nun nurse storyteller so common in modern Brooklyn. Kelli has appeared on the Moth Mainstage, Showtime's Penn & Teller Bulls**t, BBC's Religious and Ethics Hour, the Discovery Channel and is the author of seven hilarious nonfiction books about not humorous subjects including puberty, grief and death.

The Garden State Storytellers League was founded in 1982 by Gwendolyn Jones, Professor Emerita, The College of NJ, and professional storyteller. Currently, monthly meetings and Story Swaps are held on ZOOM. In addition to the stories told, storytelling techniques and strategies are explored in the form of short instructional sessions presented by members. GSSL storytellers perform “in-person” at various venues which include schools, museums, libraries, fairs and festivals, senior citizen clubs, and adult communities. Youth storytellers are encouraged to perform to Keep the Art of Storytelling Alive and Well !!!

Chaya Willick began telling stories at the 2008 New Jersey Storytelling Festival when she filled a slot in the lightning round for a sick teller. Since then, she's traveled the world, telling stories and putting on shows. It's wonderful to be back where it all began!

Rhonda Hansome has opened for Anita Baker, Diana Ross and Aretha Franklin. She hosted Laughing Liberally Off-Broadway in Indictment Excitement. Every Monday on Sirius XM, Rhonda is John Fugelsang’s guest. She anchors the Politipod podcast Real Newz and writes Politoonitics cartoons. Rhonda’s an award winning director who likes telling stories.

Top Storytellers to Appear at New Jersey Storytelling Festival

Ken KarnasPhoto Credit: ArchiveJohn "Gemini" LombardiPhoto Credit: ArchiveMarie LoBiondoPhoto Credit: ArchiveKathryn WeidnerPhoto Credit: ArchiveThe New Jersey Storytelling Festival is a celebration of the art of storytelling which will take place in the Flemington arts & cultural District on Saturday, September 30 from 12 PM to 5:30 PM .It br...

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Kathryn WeidnerPhoto Credit: Archive

The New Jersey Storytelling Festival is a celebration of the art of storytelling which will take place in the Flemington arts & cultural District on Saturday, September 30 from 12 PM to 5:30 PM .It brings together storytellers from various backgrounds and cultures to share their unique stories with the audience. The festival features a diverse range of storytelling styles, including spoken word, music, and performance. It is a captivating and enriching experience for all who attend.

The storytellers are from such well-known storytelling shows as The Moth, Risk!, The Liar Show, Yum's the Word, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Stories From the Stage, Story Collider, and many others

For the next week, we will feature each day some of the most well-known storytellers who will be at the New Jersey Storytelling Festival.

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Kathryn Weidner has been telling tales all her life. Joining the profession of Storytellers has been an opportunity to read and retell great tales with a little embellishment of props and audience participation. School assemblies to assembled senior citizens, the young and the young at heart can join her with fables, folktales, legends and lore. Storytelling has been a side profession for 20 years with help from two growing sons and many thanks to our counties great libraries and librarians. Recently Kathryn has performed at The Moth in LA and NYC . She didn't win, but did fair to middlin' and wants to keep at it.

Ken Karnas shares Fairy tales, legends, folklore, memoir--he loves them all! As a teacher, Ken quickly discovered that kids learned almost anything if it was wrapped inside a story, and he utilized storytelling throughout his 42-year teaching career to enhance every academic area he taught. I addition to using storytelling as an educator, Ken has shared his tales to audiences of all ages in libraries, museums, parks, and at Tellabrations and storytelling festivals. In addition, Ken has conducted workshops on memoir and storytelling in the classroom.

John "Gemini" Lombardi was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. With his quick sense of humor and witty personality, Gemini decided to start performing at the young age of eleven. He took his act to streets of New York City, where his only audience was a crowd of passersby and neighbors. With his energetic charisma and quick wit, he brought the crowd to tears of laughter. It was then he began his professional career in comedy.

Maria LoBiondo believes that a story is a heart-to-heart gift shared between teller and listener, connecting generations in the moment together. She began practicing the oral tradition of telling multicultural folk and fairy tales when expecting her second child; her daughter is now 29 years old. Her engaging style and lively expressions have delighted listeners in classrooms, libraries, religious settings, and festivals.

Tornado Confirmed In NJ As Next Storm Moves In: Latest Updates

One tornado touched down in Somerset County, and another may have moved into Warren County from Pennsylvania according to early surveys. Patch Staff|Updated Tue, Jun 27, 2023 at 7:56 pm ETThis story was last updated at 6:12 p.m. Tuesday.NEW JERSEY — Authorities have confirmed at least one tornado touched down in New Jersey as a result of Monday's storms, as residents brace for another round of severe weather expected to bring high winds and rain Tuesday.The NWS confirmed a tornado touched d...

One tornado touched down in Somerset County, and another may have moved into Warren County from Pennsylvania according to early surveys.

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|Updated Tue, Jun 27, 2023 at 7:56 pm ET

This story was last updated at 6:12 p.m. Tuesday.

NEW JERSEY — Authorities have confirmed at least one tornado touched down in New Jersey as a result of Monday's storms, as residents brace for another round of severe weather expected to bring high winds and rain Tuesday.

The NWS confirmed a tornado touched down in Somerset County on Monday night. Officials are also assessing the exact path of a tornado that damaged communities in Warren County and eastern Pennsylvania.

New severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued in parts of New Jersey as another line of showers and storms moves into the region, bringing the threat of flooding and high winds.

The National Weather Service issued severe thunderstorm warnings in Burlington and Camden counties until 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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"At 608 PM EDT, a severe thunderstorm was located over Evesham, or 11 miles east of Gloucester City, moving northeast at 20 mph," said forecasters.

Radar indicated wind gusts of 60 miles per hour are possible, and quarter-sized hail according to the NWS.

Storms began redeveloping in the area around noon, and will persist this afternoon and into the evening according to the National Weather Service. Isolated damaging winds, hail and flash flooding are all possible as another 1 to 3 inches of rain could fall, the weather service said.

Flood watches remain in effect in 11 counties, as the amount of rainfall Monday and so far Tuesday has swelled rivers and creeks. Part of Morris County is under a flood warning, as well, for the Rockaway River at Boonton Below Reservoir.

The counties under a flood watch are Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Warren, Mercer, Middlesex, Camden, Gloucester, and parts of Burlington and Monmouth counties.

"Remain weather aware, especially if your area received significant rain yesterday or last night," said the NWS.

Monday’s storms also saw severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings, as well as widespread power outages.

One tornado was confirmed in Somerset County on Monday. Another that caused damage in Warren County touched down somewhere between there and Martin's Creek, Pennsylvania according to the National Weather Service. The NWS is also investigating if wind damage in Hunterdon County was caused by a tornado.

Meteorologists said a tornado happened in the Bernardsville area of Somerset County, but did not have further details as to exactly where in their first report Tuesday afternoon.

Farther north, a tornado is confirmed to have damaged an area between Martin's Creek and Belvidere. Officials did not say exactly where the tornado touched down.

The National Weather Service also sent storm survey teams to a third location, investigating a path from Flemington to Readington in Hunterdon County where numerous trees and power lines were down. A storm spotter also reported damage to several houses and barns.

More details, including the path length and path width, will be available later Tuesday night according to the NWS.

All three counties were under a tornado warning on Monday evening. Weather radar indicated rotation in the area, and the NWS said their survey teams will investigate if the damage was caused by tornado activity or straight line winds.

National Weather Service forecasters said they do not expect Tuesday’s storms to be as strong as Monday’s, “but at least some isolated flash flood warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings can't be ruled out.”

Most of the Garden State is under a “marginal” risk of severe weather, save for the northeastern most point, which is anticipated to see a lower risk. That's compared to Monday's “enhanced” risk of numerous severe and persistent storms south of I-95, and the northern region's "slight" risk.

AccuWeather said locations along the Eastern Seaboard from North Carolina up through southern Vermont will experience this wet, windy weather into Tuesday evening "thanks to the influx of moisture from the Atlantic."

"Once again, damaging winds will be the most widespread risk, but downpours are also expected to be heavy during this time," AccuWeather.com forecasters added.

Wet weather with scattered storms is expected to linger in the state until at least mid-week, when the daily threat of thunderstorms significantly lowers from Thursday to Sunday.

Here is a look at the forecast through Friday around New Jersey:

Tuesday afternoon: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 70s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Humid with lows in the mid 60s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Humid with highs around 80. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.

Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy with showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then partly cloudy after midnight. Lows in the lower 60s. Northwest winds around 5 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.

Thursday: Partly sunny. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 80s. North winds around 5 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 60s.

Friday: Partly sunny. A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 80s. Chance of rain 30 percent.

Tuesday afternoon: Partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds and small hail. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Near steady temperature around 80. South winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy. Showers and thunderstorms likely in the evening, then a chance of showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds and small hail in the evening. Locally heavy rainfall possible in the evening. Humid with lows in the mid 60s. South winds 5 to 10 mph, becoming southwest after midnight. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Wednesday: Partly sunny. Humid with highs in the lower 80s. West winds 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 60s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday: Sunny. Highs in the mid 80s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 60s.

Friday: Mostly sunny. A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 80s. Chance of rain 30 percent.

Friday night: A chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Lows in the mid 60s. Chance of rain 50 percent.

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