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Home Care In Frenchtown, NJ

Home Care Frenchtown, 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 S.C. Worman Memorial Fountain 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 Frenchtown, 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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“I am a past client of this provider When my mother found the day to day chores of independent living challenging, we brought in a home health aid from Always Best Care 4 days a week. Little did we know we were growing our family. The service Greg and Robin provided us exceeded our expectations. They often went above and beyond to ensure my mom stayed happy and healthy living in her home and kept me in the loop via phone calls and texts when questions arose.. The home health aid was extremely conscientious and attentive The companionship she provided kept mom engaged and active. And when mom transitioned to assisted living, Sarah was there every step of the way to help the move go smoothly. We feel so lucky to have found Greg and Robin and certainly have benefitted from working with folks within and familiar with our community. We look forward to keeping in touch.”

Pamela
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“I am a past client of this provider 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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“I am a current client of this provider What a relief to find Always Best Care. My 84 year old mom raves about Robin and Greg and the thoughtful, thorough and professional care they both give. Their years of experience have helped her- and my brothers and me- navigate the changes she is going through as her vision and balance decline. They really are the BEST!”

GLA22
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“What a relief to find Always Best Care. My 84 year old mom raves about Robin and Greg and the thoughtful, thorough and professional care they both give. Their years of experience have helped her- and my brothers and me- navigate the changes she is going through as her vision and balance decline. They really are the BEST!”

Gayle A.
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“I am a past client of this provider 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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“I am a past client of this provider 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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“I am a current client of this provider 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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“I am a current client of this provider 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 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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“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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“I am a current client of this provider 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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“I am a current client of this provider 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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“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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“I am a past client of this provider 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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“I am a current client of this provider 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.”

SB
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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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“I am a current client of this provider 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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“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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“I am a past client of this provider 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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“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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“I am a current client of this provider 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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“I am a past client of this provider 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.”

NeedHelp27
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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 am a current client of this provider 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!”

chenderson12
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“I am a past client of this provider 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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“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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“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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“I am a past client of this provider 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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“I am a current client of this provider 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.”

Carrie Z.
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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.”

Janet T.
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“I am a current client of this provider 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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“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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“I am a current client of this provider 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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“Other 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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“Very Caring , reliable and Greg is there to address your every concern.”

Mallory 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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“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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What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Frenchtown, 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 Frenchtown, 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 Frenchtown 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 Bamboo House or visit Uhlerstown-Frenchtown Bridge, 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 Frenchtown, 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 Frenchtown, 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 Frenchtown, 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:

  • Independence Manor Hunterdon
  • The Lambertville Estate
  • Complete Care at Brakeley Park
  • Brandywine Living at Pennington
  • Country Arch Care Center
  • Econotech Development Co
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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 Frenchtown, 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 Frenchtown, NJ

‘Casual and beautiful’: Restaurant and bar opens with social purpose at former Frenchtown Inn

FRENCHTOWN, N.J. – A unique partnership among chefs, curators, culinary entrepreneurs and activists has led to a new dining venture at a landmark restaurant site in Frenchtown, New Jersey.The former Frenchtown Inn, which shuttered in 2022 at 7 Bridge St., has found new life as FiNNBAR.Led by Cal Peternell, a best-selling cookbook author and the former head chef at Alice Waters' influential Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, FiNNBAR offers a seasonal, produce-driven and locally sourced menu of Italian and Mediterranean ...

FRENCHTOWN, N.J. – A unique partnership among chefs, curators, culinary entrepreneurs and activists has led to a new dining venture at a landmark restaurant site in Frenchtown, New Jersey.

The former Frenchtown Inn, which shuttered in 2022 at 7 Bridge St., has found new life as FiNNBAR.

Led by Cal Peternell, a best-selling cookbook author and the former head chef at Alice Waters' influential Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, FiNNBAR offers a seasonal, produce-driven and locally sourced menu of Italian and Mediterranean inspired dishes, as well as a full bar with local beers and ciders, carefully chosen wines and well-made cocktails, according to a news release.

The historic riverfront structure, dating to the mid-1800s and originally known as the Warford House, has been renovated by architect Michael Burns and acclaimed designer, William Welch. The space features a long, restored wooden bar true to its historical era, as well as dining rooms with views of the Delaware River.

In addition to providing a welcoming place to drink, dine and gather, FiNNBAR is partnering with Studio Route 29, a Frenchtown-based non-profit art center for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Artwork by studio artists will be continuously on display, and a majority of FiNNBAR's profits go directly to Studio Route 29.

Additionally, the restaurant is close to ArtYard, a center for art exhibition and performance, founded by one of FiNNBAR’s four partners, Jill Kearney.

FiNNBAR’s chef, Cal Peternell, grew up on an 80-acre farm near Readington Township and has returned to his New Jersey roots.

Peternell takes inspiration from the years that he spent eating and painting in Tuscany, the decades that he spent crafting farm-to-table menus in Berkeley and the “local farmers wherever he goes,” the release states.

FiNNBAR continues the celebration of farmers and the food that they grow.

“The food will be casual and beautiful, surprising yet not unfamiliar, with options for snacking and drinks, eating a quick meal at the bar, having multi-course celebrations with a tableful of friends,” Peternell said. “Bringing this new concept and my experiences in Berkeley, to my home state of NJ, has been especially personal and exciting as my next chapter.”

FiNNBAR’s additional partners are two highly experienced restaurant entrepreneurs, Erik Oberholtzer and Antoinette Marie Johnson, who bring a wealth of experience to hospitality restaurant projects with an emphasis on supporting farmers, equitable workforce development and sustainable businesses that help local communities thrive.

Oberholtzer is one of the founding partners of Los Angeles’ Tender Greens, a successful and highly respected pioneer in the cultivation of partnerships between local farmers and chefs.

Johnson launched a non-profit greening group in South Philadelphia that focuses on the transformation of abandoned properties, and she later founded Cohere, a nationwide creative agency that helps restaurants realize their visions with branding and marketing.

FiNNBAR’s February menu features dinner selections such as spaghetti alla puttanesca with tomato, olives, capers, anchovies & hot red pepper ($18), torchio pasta with arugula pesto, Full Belly Farm sun-dried tomatoes and Jersey Artisan ricotta ($18); and crispy duck confit with cavolo nero, celery root purée and sage salsa verde ($35).

Other menu highlights, each priced $12, include a very crunchy salad of raw winter vegetables and Pink Lady apples with anchovy dressing; Roots to River Farm radicchio with gold beets and ranch dressing, fried butternut squash with turmeric and yogurt sauce; bittersweet chocolate pot de crème; and apple and sour cherry crisp with cream.

FiNNBAR reflects the communal approach Kearney has developed through her work in the Frenchtown community.

Immersed in art since childhood, Kearney started bringing people together with arts programming in 2000 and has since deepened this focus as the founder of Frenchtown’s ArtYard.

FiNNBAR's management team believes that the diversity of ideas, experiences and cultures that the restaurant's employees contribute to the business helps them be better.

The business strives "to create a place where all people feel comfortable and safe in an environment that supports mutual respect, fosters professional and personal fulfillment," while rejecting harassment, intimidation and hate.

“My wish was twofold: to create a warm, welcoming gathering space that serves delicious real food, and to use this platform as a way to support Studio Route 29, a non-profit that is fostering community, creativity and kindness a few blocks away in Frenchtown," Kearney said.

For the latest FiNNBAR updates, follow the business’ pages on Facebook and Instagram. Info: finnbarjersey.com.

These Towns in New Jersey Have a Rich Cultural Heritage

New Jersey, a state filled with as much history as the founding of America, as the third state to ratify the US Constitution in 1787, also has plenty of small towns to match. With some being holdovers from The Thirteen Colonies, these communities still contain an old American spirit. Whether exploring the famous town of Princeton with its namesake University or the coastal town of Cape May, each town holds a rich cultural heritage. As proof...

New Jersey, a state filled with as much history as the founding of America, as the third state to ratify the US Constitution in 1787, also has plenty of small towns to match. With some being holdovers from The Thirteen Colonies, these communities still contain an old American spirit. Whether exploring the famous town of Princeton with its namesake University or the coastal town of Cape May, each town holds a rich cultural heritage. As proof of its unique and rich history, set out and discover seven must-see New Jersey towns that embody the cultural heritage of the state as a whole.

Frenchtown

Though the Lenni-Lenape tribe lived on the land for years, Frenchtown was not formally created until 1867. Before then, a hamlet existed since the rumblings of the American Revolution. Eventually, coming into the hands of a wealthy Frenchman, Frenchtown gained its identity from the vast influx of families from France.

Now known today for its many colorful events, such as the Zombie Crawl and Christmas tree lighting, Frenchtown is one of the most popular destinations in New Jersey. Visitors can now walk over the Delaware River using the lovely Uhlerstown-Frenchtown Bridge, which marks the state line between Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Once finished, stop by the historical district and take in the old-fashioned beauty of the protected 19th-century buildings kept in their original architecture. Lined with historic shops, such as The Sunbeam General Store or The Frenchtown Bookshop, it is here, upon closer inspection, that Frenchtown manages to hold onto a charm deep from its past.

Friendliest Towns In New JerseyA state that has welcomed outside guests for so long has friendliness in its nature.

Princeton

Needing no introduction, Princeton is known internationally for its Ivy League titan, Princeton University. Housing some of the Founding Fathers, the town has become somewhat of an intellectual and historical capital. Despite having roots before the American Revolution, Princeton existed as two separate municipalities before 2013.

Nevertheless, the sheer number of buildings and sites where an important figure walked or lived is staggering. Likely to fill an entire list by itself, the most noteworthy landmarks are that of the Einstein House, from which the man himself lived from 1936 to his death, and the Grover Cleveland House. While it is true that Princeton gained its reputation from the university, landmarks not found on university grounds are still plentiful. The best example of this is Princeton Battlefield State Park, where General Washington defeated the British Regulars in a shock victory.

All in all, Princeton's history is now inseparable from its university. For better or for worse, Princeton as a town offers so much more than just its institution.

Montclair

The tale of Montclair is a curious one. Coming into being out of a dispute for an extra railroad in 1868, Montclair became a popular hub for housing right next to the mountains. The vision for the town was to be a tranquil countryside where the wealthy elite from nearby NYC were to retreat.

As the decades went by and the faces changed, Montclair also became home to a rising kind of artistry. Writers, painters, and all people of arts and literature sought to be left alone and inspired by Montclair's crystal beauty. As art began coalescing in this tiny sanctuary, a world-class art destination, the Montclair Art Museum (MAM), soon emerged. Hosting a collection of more than 12,000 works, MAM has been luring the creative kind to Montclair since 1914.

Cape May

A Victorian town by the coast and a colossus in history, Cape May's story is built on rough times and indomitable spirit. Much like Montclair, many of NYC's elite flock to the area for scenic views and quietness. But unlike Montclair, Cape May represents a salty-aired haven with smooth sands, seagulls, and deep blue waters. Attracting the sea-loving since the 18th century, the story of Cape May can be said with a simple sentence: progress and destruction. Every time the municipality grew, so did the natural disasters to keep it in place. Having had enough of this, a fundamentalist minister named Carl McIntire purchased many of the surviving Victorian-era buildings and relocated them to protect them in case nature struck again. This small act of kindness carried these properties well into the 21st century.

Transforming the town into something greater, Cape May's wondrous locations and sights come straight from the past. Firstly, the famous Cape May Lighthouse, which offers guided tours of the 165-year-old structure, illuminates the minds of all who see it. Finally, no town tour is complete without seeing the 1879 Physick House Museum, a preserved "Stick style" mansion that details the life of the prominent Physick family.

Secaucus

Bolstering the title of New Jersey's shopping Mecca, Secaucus is a more modern town. Becoming an official town in 1917, this once-small farming and ranching community exploded into a renowned commuter hub. Although near one of the most famous cities in the world, Secaucus represents where green grasses and meadows meet the new urban and concrete.

The whole town looks as if time stopped in the 1950s, but it still has progressed enough to offer landmarks and locations that have drawn the gaze of tourists. Although the famous Secaucus Outlets closed in 2015, The Plaza still offers a specialty shopping experience that successfully competes with New York City's Empire Outlets. Visitors or commuters can then stand in awe while in the presence of the historic and unique Secaucus Junction rail station.

Weehawken

Meaning "maize land" in Algonquian, Weehawken distinguishes itself from its peers by obtaining townhood in 1609. Later, it acted as a strategic advantage point from which the American patriots could keep an eye on the British.

Weehawken today, however, has turned on its revolutionary roots, and has become prime real estate on the Hudson Waterfront. Still retaining those precious moments of history in its soil, Weehawken has a plethora of culturally significant sites. One is Hamilton Park, where Alexander Hamilton participated in a duel that eventually ended his life. Another point of interest is The "Horseshoe" site and its many artistic hairpins. Marking a historic residential area, the site is known as Shippen Street, providing a scenic view and a refreshing take on urban creation.

Cranford

A sleepy town named and influenced after a child's misspelling in 1849, Cranford may not be as populated or modern compared to the others in New Jersey, but what it has is spirit. This tiny stretch of land houses many historical sites, buildings, and properties to its name. The most famous of which once played a pivotal role in the American Revolution, including, but not limited to, The Revolutionary War Cantonment Site and The Revolutionary Hospital Site. Still, Cranford owns much more history than just the sites and building blocks of the nation.

Containing a wellspring of other landmarks that showcase beautiful Federalist architecture, the people of Cranford also have managed to get their own Crane-Phillips House on the National Register of Historic Places. In the style of the first American architect, the Cranford Historical Society tours the Victorian cottage to showcase life from the distant past. Cranford, a small town that, on first impression, looks quite boring, is a hidden oasis for lovers of history, archeology, and nature.

Coziest Small Towns In New JerseyMost famous for its boardwalk beaches and Atlantic City casinos, New Jersey may surprise you with its quaint seaside towns and cozy atmosphere.

Having deeper roots than many, the strange, bright, and significant towns of New Jersey manage to chug along and defeat what threatens their legacy. A legacy is irreplaceable and indispensable to the many havens of history and culture that have planted and grown themselves on New Jersey's soil. Stretching from the coast to the hidden and forested, these towns may have no comparison anywhere else in America. May they stand as proud and rich as they are today for years to come.

By the Way: Frenchtown painter’s lunar fascination on full display

We’ve learned so much about the moon since Neil Armstrong first set foot on it in 1969 but its mysterious attraction is still very real.Scientific exploration has painted it as a not very welcoming place, a mere pit stop on the way to the planets. It’s sandy and cold with mountains, valleys and craters formed by flying space rocks — a celestial desert with no trace of green cheese.And yet this arid globe that has for eons fascinated both poets and scientists continues to draw many of us to our windows when the...

We’ve learned so much about the moon since Neil Armstrong first set foot on it in 1969 but its mysterious attraction is still very real.

Scientific exploration has painted it as a not very welcoming place, a mere pit stop on the way to the planets. It’s sandy and cold with mountains, valleys and craters formed by flying space rocks — a celestial desert with no trace of green cheese.

And yet this arid globe that has for eons fascinated both poets and scientists continues to draw many of us to our windows when the sky darkens. I am one.

I was especially excited to see the full moon, which was undeniably pink during June’s first weekend. The Lenape called it the strawberry moon and it continues to shine each June on our fields of glistening berries set like jewels in their dark green foliage.

The full moon, whether pink or not, in the dark skies is a majestic sight and a powerful one, considering its rhythmic pull on the tides, its effects on the female body, other human and animal sensitivities and its guide for planting crops. Even acknowledging the truth about its surface doesn’t diminish its magic for me.

And it certainly has not diminished its draw for my friend, artist and musician Joe Coco, who, turning to the heavens for inspiration, has been painting the full moon for 50 years. Not only does he share nature’s beauty with his paintings, but he also teaches art in an especially dynamic way.

Joe, who lives in Frenchtown N.J., with his wife, Anne, is a professor at Centenary University in New Jersey. His work is exhibited at many major art museums including MOMA & DeYoung in San Francisco, the Guggenheim in New York, Philadelphia Museum of Art and at Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial in Japan.

Early last month I went to the 50th anniversary celebration of Joe’s Full Moon Series. Sixty-two of his paintings and drawings cover the walls of the Brig O’Doon Coffee House in Ottsville. They represent about half of the entire series which he has painted in New Jersey, New York, Arizona, Portugal and Italy. He has had 108 solo exhibits in Europe and the United States.

Joe has painted the last full moons of every year since 1972. He started his series in December that year on the day the full moon rose. Since 2000, he has included paintings of the January full moon with an image portraying what he believes the new year will look like.

The series shows his fascination with astronomy, astrology, mythology, geography and autobiography. This is believed to be the first-ever series dedicated to the study of the moon by a single artist.

It’s not just a collection of paintings of yellow balls in the night sky, it’s a record of emotions and happenings sustained by the regular and predictable return of the moon, while still revealing what’s going on in the artist’s mind.

To think about Joe is to think energy. During his Brig O’Doon presentation, he hopped from painting to painting, explaining to locals and tourists with a great flow of words the challenges and pleasures of his work. As a person he is an interesting mix of Old World formality and American enthusiasm. The series is accompanied by a CD of 13 instrumentals composed for the series as well as a second CD of songs from Coco albums inspired by the moon. His new book, “I Paint the Moon,” is available from Print-on-Demand lulu.com.

Kathryn Finegan Clark is a freelance writer who lives in Durham Township. She can be reached at [email protected].

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NEW MEMBERS TAKE SEATS ON STATE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE

IMMEDIATE RELEASEPO Box 330Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0330Contact: Jeff Wolfe P: (609) 913-6559 C: (609) 433-1785E: [email protected], DeFrange Fill Positions at Reorganization Meeting(TRENTON) – Cumberland County nursery owner/manager Robert Blew and Hunterdon County nursery owner David DeFrange II were sworn in to their terms on the New Jersey State B...

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Blew, DeFrange Fill Positions at Reorganization Meeting

(TRENTON) – Cumberland County nursery owner/manager Robert Blew and Hunterdon County nursery owner David DeFrange II were sworn in to their terms on the New Jersey State Board of Agriculture during the monthly meeting of the Board in Trenton on Wednesday, June 28. The session also included the annual officer reorganization where Burlington County’s Paul Hlubik was elected President and Somerset County’s Debbie Norz was elected Vice President.

“Robert Blew’s farming expertise and experience provide an extraordinary benefit to the Board and to the entire agricultural community,” New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher said. “Dave DeFrange’s service on the current board, along with his professional background, gives him a unique perspective with present issues and in advancing agriculture in the future.”

Blew has been an owner/manager of Centerton Nursery for 18 years. His primary responsibilities have been product development, marketing, and digital content among other duties. Centerton Nursery is a third-generation operation that delivers more than 1,600 plant varieties to more than 900 dealers in 32 states while serving the independent garden center industry. Blew, along with siblings Donald, and Amy, operate the family business that was started in 1974 by their grandparents, and continued with their father Denny.

Robert Blew is a Penn State University graduate with a degree in agricultural business management. He and each of his siblings have been involved in the nursery operation since they were young. Blew is a member of the Cumberland County Board of Agriculture, the New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association and is a graduate of the New Jersey Agricultural Leadership Development Program.

DeFrange was re-elected to a second term on the board and has served as State Board President for the last two years. He has owned and operated Copper Creek in Frenchtown, NJ for 29 years that began as a landscape design, installation, and maintenance company. Soon after he purchased his farm in Frenchtown, DeFrange began experimenting in tree production on his site, commencing his journey as a nursery grower. Most recently, his production work has focused on utilizing more sustainable plants and innovative techniques for green infrastructure projects in urban environments.

In addition to his industry work, DeFrange is a strong supporter of agriculture education, and volunteers with the FFA to promote agriculture at the high school level. He also serves on the agriculture advisory board for Delaware Valley University and is an instructor of horticulture at Mercer County Community College. DeFrange graduated from Delaware Valley University with a bachelor's degree majoring in Ornamental Horticulture and Environmental Design with a minor in Bioscience. He is also a graduate of the Agricultural Leadership Development Program Class 10. David is an active member of numerous professional organizations related to agriculture and the nursery and landscape industry. He currently is a board member for the New Jersey Agricultural Society and the Hunterdon County Board of Agriculture

Hlubik and Norz have each served on the board since 2019. Hlubik owns and manages Backacres Farms in Chesterfield, a hay and grain operation that encompasses 1,400 rented and owned acres. Norz and her husband Rich own and operate Norz Hill Farm and Market in Hillsborough.

The State Board of Agriculture comprises eight members who serve for four years. By law, at least four of its members must represent the top commodity groups in the state. For more information, visit www.nj.gov/agriculture/about/sba.

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The best small town for shopping in America is in Central Jersey, says USA TODAY

You probably won’t find a vintage menswear store, a gem store, a comical gift store and a record store on the same block in most towns. But that’s the case for Frenchtown, which was named the best small town for shopping in the country in USA TODAY'S 10Best Reader’s Choice travel awards.Frenchtown was announced as the winner June 17, followed by Rhinebeck, New York; Mo...

You probably won’t find a vintage menswear store, a gem store, a comical gift store and a record store on the same block in most towns. But that’s the case for Frenchtown, which was named the best small town for shopping in the country in USA TODAY'S 10Best Reader’s Choice travel awards.

Frenchtown was announced as the winner June 17, followed by Rhinebeck, New York; Montpelier, Vermont; Cape May; and Highlands, North Carolina. The borough was one of 19 U.S. towns nominated in the category by USA TODAY travel editors in mid-May. Anyone could vote once per day through June 6.

The win was an honor and thrilling for Frenchtown Mayor Brad Myhre.

“I thought we had good community brand recognition – people know Frenchtown locally – but there were some tough communities we were up against,” he continued. “This is really exciting for our town.”

Frenchtown is “a fun town with a wide variety of fascinating independently owned shops,” said 10 Best travel expert Marla Cimini.

Renee Olson, owner of comical gift store Sublime and secretary of the Frenchtown Business & Professional Association, agrees that the diversity of stores is what makes the local shopping scene one-of-a-kind.

“Our stores are home-grown and they grew up in this environment, so you could think there is a ‘secret sauce’ in Frenchtown that draws people here,” Olson said. “Our shopkeepers, and being in this wonderfully creative and somewhat unconventional environment that is Frenchtown, also adds a lot to what we’re offering.”

Some of those nearly 30 stores include menswear store The Junto Emporium; the Frenchtown Bookshop; the Sunbeam General Store for gifts, home goods and accessories; home de?cor store Dalla Terra; and home goodS store Modern Love.

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“Everyone is really curating their stores and that boils down to the personalities of the owners,” Olson said.

Despite the difficulties that small-town shopping has faced in the past two years - including the pandemic, inflation, online shopping and the labor shortage - the Frenchtown shopping scene is doing well. Two local stores, for instance, have opened additional locations in town.

Part of that is because the borough revamped zoning laws to make it easier for businesses to open without going through an expensive variance process, Myhre said.

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There also was a "huge' influx of visitors during the pandemic, Myhre said.

Olson, who opened Sublime in 2020,noticed the same thing, especially during the Christmas season.

“I think we had tremendous luck during the pandemic,” Olson said. “Especially once it got to the fall, people saw us as an outdoor mall, so they could go into a store and go back outside. These last two years, especially with the opening of (the alternative contemporary art center) ArtYard, is generating some really good buzz.

"To people who come here, the place is distinctive enough and rewarding in terms of what you can find that people can push past the economic struggles that we are having.”

Jenna Intersimone has been a staff member at the USA TODAY Network New Jersey since 2014, after becoming a blogger-turned-reporter following the creation of her award-winning travel blog. To get unlimited access to her stories about food, drink and fun, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.

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