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Home Care In Cedar Knolls, NJ

Home Care Cedar Knolls, 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 Morristown National Historical Park - Fort Nonsense Unit 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 Cedar Knolls, 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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“They had consistency. They took the caring way of caring for my husband.”

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“It has done everything it can. The care has been excellent. I like the fact that I don't need Paulette to come as scheduled and she is very accommodating that way. She is also very reliable and made it easier that she just lives down the street.”

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“I like that my mom looks very good because of the care she is getting. I like that they do what they say they are going to do. They keep their word.”

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“The way that they are, the politeness, and the contact people are very helpful. I like the professionalism, the staff and the people that take care of the elderly, they are very polite and concerned.”

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“They work with me on being flexible with hours. I like their flexibility.”

Mary A.
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“They are wonderful with her. Except for when she gets a new aide unexpectedly. I like most of the aides.”

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“The caregiver helps her with everything. They help her with bathing and dressing. They also help with eating and making sure she takes medications. They could work on communication with the families and follow up's with the families about staff.”

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“They have helped me the most by being there to help my mom to do exercises and take her to the bathroom. I like that they are always prompt and helpful to my mother.”

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“They've made my experience with them positive by being very friendly. I'd recommend them more if they had caregivers who would take more initiative in helping around the house.”

Jason L.
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“We have several different aides that come help. I would like them to stop having a increase in pay. They have been able to come when I have called needing emergency help.”

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“They provided the care that my father needed to be able to stay in his house. The quality of substitute aides needs to be improved.”

Lee B.
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“They did everything possible for my Mother. The aid was outstanding.”

Robert F.
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“They have made life easier because I watch out for my grandchildren and they care for her during that time. I like that they come out when they say they will and they let us know if they are running late.”

Elaine R.
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“They make sure that he's safe. I like the owner's response if I ever need anything.”

Angela G.
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“My dad needs companionship, I cannot give it to him. For me what would help would be more cooking. That would be appreciated by my father. I would make sure that they would warm the food and serve it out.”

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“The aide is exceedingly helpful. I like everything about this agency. The aide is very caring.”

Jan G.
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“Paulette and her team provide the best care, always. They even have a school that trains and certifies caregivers.”

Ruben T.
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“Having more people available when people come in would be good. They weren't really able to help us in our time of need.”

Diane G.
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“She is difficult to deal with and it can be hard to manage the mood swings. They need to be a little more educated about how to deal with people who have Alzheimer's. They are dependable.”

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“They answer when I call and they help me when I have questions. They review everything. When people can't work they find someone else to cover. The aides are lovely. The woman I deal with is always available. She helps in any what that she can. She is willing to take over.”

Jodi B.
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“I have to work so I can't watch John. It is nice that the caregiver is right there all the time. I like Paulette the owner because she is very prompt. She practically answers call herself.”

Barbara R.
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“They help her with everything. They wash her up, they take her to the bathroom, they dress her. They prepare something for her to eat. They are dependable. They are responsible. They always seem to have a good caregiver for my mom.”

Michele M.
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“I always was able to get good service for my dad with Always Best Care of Flanders, New Jersey. Paulette, the owner, is very professional and helpful.”

Erna
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“The agency was always very good in getting someone to come over even when the regular caregiver could not come.”

Ingrid
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“They take care of my uncle for me. They are reliable. They are respectful. They are very good.”

Joseph C.
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“If I have any questions they come and talk to me and it is convenient and easy to work with. Whenever I call they are very courteous and they answer my question and advise me.”

Martha P.
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“They help with the everyday thing around the house. They take care of personal needs. I like the personal service.”

Harriet B.
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“It gives me peace of mind because I work full time. They are very in tune to what my mother's needs are.”

Linda D.
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“They come and help him with daily living. They fix his bed and give him food. He can't do those things on his own. They could accommodate better for Spanish-speaking people to come into the home a little more. It is difficult with the language barrier sometimes.”

Javier V.
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“They helped her out the most by being here to make sure was safe. They were dependable.”

Dennis T.
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“I was able to get a good night's sleep and the caregiver was wonderful with my dad. He was very nice and became part of the family for that week. They could improve on their price.”

Giavanni B.
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“They have helped because it makes it so that I don't have to do everything. They could pay the aides more.”

Tammy B.
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“The caregiver we have is very well-trained. They have compassionate care.”

Alan D.
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“They send me nice people, and they give me a peace of mind. I like the owner.”

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“Paulette was here for a ten hour stretch when I took a trip to New York. We've only used them twice so far, but we've been very pleased. They're able to fit my schedule into their schedule.”

Ron G.
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“I couldn't get through the day without them, they take care of all of her needs when I am gone. The girls that come over are great and take good care of my mother-in-law.”

Joan H.
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“I can't walk, and I am in perpetual care. They respond flexibly to requirements.”

Philip S.
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“They mostly gave her morning care. I have a herniated disc, so that helped. They walked her to the living and made sure she was clean before they left. They were always prompt and took good care of my mother. If they noticed anything out of the ordinary, they let me know.”

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“He's more alert and active. He looks forward to seeing the caregiver every day. The caregiver is excellent and very attentive to my dad and my aunt.”

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“She seemed to like the caregivers. One of the caregivers decided to quit and the second caregiver worked for us for a few days and then she quit. The owner herself gave excellent service. The owners seem to be very conscientious about the kind of service that is provided.”

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“Knowing I had someone there to take care of her was a big impact and very helpful. I didn't have to be there 24/7. I was still worried because of the few times they didn't get there. They cancelled a few times without letting me know until it was too late and they couldn't get a replacement.”

Connie C.
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“Their reliability has helped the most. They take care of my loved one very well. They have been always been reliable.”

Judith A.
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“My family and I were very pleased with the care provided to my Mother in Law during her last days by Always Best Care. The Care Givers were terrific. They took a very difficult situation and made it much better.”

John E.
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“I am extremely pleased with the care provided by Always Best Care to my husband. Their caregivers were very professional in every aspect of the care. They were compassionate, punctual, and treated my husband and all other family members with respect. They made his passing easier than expected. Thanks again!”

Pam W.
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“For almost two years, we have been using Always Best Care’s In-Home Care services to aid in my father's care needs. I live around an hour away from his place and can’t see my dad every day. But I am glad that someone reliable is there to take care of him.”

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“With Always Best Care, I had peace of mind that my dad was cared by someone professional and experienced. I was assured that all his need and demands were fulfilled on time. Thanks to the entire team!”

David R.
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“It is very reassuring to know that my mother is being cared for by someone who is so compassionate and understands her needs. She was diagnosed with dementia last year and had almost lost interest in everything. Thanks to the wonderful caregivers of Always Best Care, she is once again smiling and laughing like before.”

Kevin T.
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“Always Best Care did an outstanding job helping me through the process of understanding all their care options. I appreciate everything they've done and continue to do and I highly recommend them to all.”

Connie M.
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“Thank you Always Best Care for sending Joanna to care for my father post his double knee replacement surgery. Due to my frequent business trips, I wasn’t able to provide him the care he needed. I am glad I found Joanna who is extremely cordial and know her duties well.”

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“Because of the good care that my parents are receiving, they are able to stay at a nicer facility with a lower level of care. Always Best Care makes up the difference in care. I have referred my friends numerous times because of the office staff.”

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“Always Best Care is one of the best home care organization whose services I have ever received. Before hiring ABC, I went to so many other institutions but was not satisfied with any of their services. But ABC’s whole staff welcomed me and discussed a detailed plan with me for my mother’s recovery. Thank God. My mother is in safe hands now! Thank you Always Best Care!”

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“It is very reassuring to know that my mother is being cared for by someone who is so compassionate and understands her needs. She was diagnosed with dementia last year and had almost lost interest in everything. Thanks to the wonderful caregivers of Always Best Care, she is once again smiling and laughing like before.”

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“From what I received as a feedback from my parents the staff is very friendly, the food is good , and they have made some good friends there.”

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“I had two different caregivers and they each worked a week. I was not strong enough to provide the care that was needed. I didn't want to restrict him, so I had help to allow him to get up whenever he wanted. I had to work, go to the store, and do my laundry.”

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“Our caregiver is excellent but I don't think they get enough support from the office. The services give me peace of mind knowing my loved one is being cared for properly.”

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“My only problem with the agency is that my caregivers call out every other week, so I don't have someone for two weeks. Since I had a stroke and I had to go on disability, I had to give up my car, so they drive places for me.”

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“Always Best Care was involved with the JACC Program, and now they aren't. My last caregiver was wonderful, so it'd be good if they were all like that. The caregiver I had was wonderful and did an excellent job.”

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“From what I received as a feedback from my parents the staff is very friendly, the food is good , and they have made some good friends there. - Sana Kniess”

Sana K.
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“From what I received as a feedback from my parents the staff is very friendly, the food is good , and they have made some good friends there.”

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“Always Best Care is a good company. They provided quality care for me. I had a caregiver that was excellent through Always Best Care. She was perfect for what I needed, and she definitely improved my life.”

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“Your manager is always nice and flexible, and the caregivers are sweet and wonderful. - Leta J.”

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“I truly believe that without the help of Always Best Care, keeping my mother at home alone would have not been possible. Their caregivers take care of my mother exactly the way I would have if I was home. They help my mother with her bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, walking, and more. When my mother falls asleep, they take care of chores like dusting and vacuuming. When they are with my mother, I never feel worried. In such a short span of time, they have become a part of our family. Always Best Care has definitely surpassed my expectations. I highly recommend their services.”

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“Very good senior care service. Very dedicated and competent people, I am happy I have the pleasure of knowing and working with them. I recommend their home care service in Flanders.”

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“The people from Always Best Care are very accurate, very concerned and very caring people. They listen to my needs and concerns as well as my mother's wants. Then they offer the exact person I need for my mother's care. This is the first time that I had somebody who is the owner and a nurse that shows up unexpectedly to check out that everything is doing well and that I think is wonderful. I recommend them to everybody.”

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What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Cedar Knolls, 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 Cedar Knolls, 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 Malapardis 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 Seasons 52 or visit Historic Speedwell, 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 Cedar Knolls, 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 Cedar Knolls, 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 Cedar Knolls, 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:

  • Veterans Home Care
  • Spring Hills Morristown - Assisted Senior Living Facility in New Jersey
  • Arbor Terrace Morris Plains
  • Sunrise of Morris Plains
  • BrightStar Care Morris County
  • Arden Courts - ProMedica Memory Care Community (Whippany)
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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.

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A 102-year-old toy story: Cedar Knolls company among NJ toy makers at Toy Fair

When the Amloid toy company was born in 1916, the founders were making toys out of a garage in Lodi, across from a goat farm.Now, 102 years later, the fourth generation of this family-owned business have grown the company into a top player in the construction building-block category, while carrying on its tradition of producing the most loved toy at the Jersey shore — the plastic beach pail.Their secret for surviving for over a century in the highly competitive, winner-takes-all world of toy manufacturing? ...

When the Amloid toy company was born in 1916, the founders were making toys out of a garage in Lodi, across from a goat farm.

Now, 102 years later, the fourth generation of this family-owned business have grown the company into a top player in the construction building-block category, while carrying on its tradition of producing the most loved toy at the Jersey shore — the plastic beach pail.

Their secret for surviving for over a century in the highly competitive, winner-takes-all world of toy manufacturing? Keeping control of its production while the rest of the toy world was outsourcing it to China.

“We zigged when essentially everyone else zagged,” says Chief Executive Officer Michael Albarelli, the third Michael Albarelli in his family to lead the company.

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Amloid, now based in Cedar Knolls in Morris County, is one of more than 1,000 toy makers gathering in New York City this week for the annual North American International Toy Fair. It’s the place where manufacturers go to promote their toys and try to grow their businesses and boost sales.

Last year ended on a disappointing note for the industry. Weak holiday results caused sales for the full year to grow by just 1 percent, well below the optimistic 4.5 percent forecast by sales tracking and research firm The NPD Group.

Manufacturers say that they're expecting 2018 to be a much better year, pointing to new products and broader distribution.

For Amloid, it also will be where they tell the toy industry, "Hey, look at how we’ve grown."

“This will be our largest presence ever at Toy Fair." Albarelli said. “We want to represent this company that’s aggressively growing,” he said.

They join a group of North Jersey-based toy companies, including Alex Brands in Fairfield and Epoch Everlasting Play in Parsippany, that are exhibiting at Toy Fair and that say they expect sales growth in 2018.

Declines in 2017? Look at Toys R Us

The September bankruptcy filing by Wayne-based Toys R Us was one of the reasons for the decline in 2017. Manufacturers believe it created the wrong impression among consumers that Toys R Us had gone out of business. Fewer shoppers in Toys R Us stores meant fewer impulse toy purchases, hurting a range of manufacturers.

Toys R Us this month began going-out-of-business sales at 168 stores. The fate of the company’s approximately 700 remaining stores depends on its success in getting its reorganization plan approved by its lenders, creditors, and the bankruptcy court.

The Toys R Us bankruptcy has manufacturers, ranging from the two largest, Hasbro and Mattel, to the smallest companies, talking about the importance of not depending too heavily on any one retailer.

"It's hard to predict what happens in the marketplace in the long run, so you have to make sure in today's world that you're really diversified so the consumer can get your products when and where they want them," said Michael Varda, president and chief executive of Epoch Everlasting Play in Parsippany, formerly known as International Playthings.

Predictions for 2018 are up

At Toy Fair, Epoch, which sells the popular Calico Critters playsets featuring woodland critters, is introducing a new "Town series" of more sophisticated woodland creatures who live in the city and who are designed to appeal to older girls, ages 6 to 9.

After first selling Calico Critters in Toys R Us, Epoch has broadened distribution of that brand, selling them at Walmart and regional chains such as Meijer, and in specialty retailers and online. "We expect sales to nearly double this year," Varda said.

Neil Friedman, president and chief executive of Fairfield-based Alex Brands is also expecting 2018 to be a good year. "We're very excited about this year because we have a lot of newness," Friedman said. "We've been working very hard toward adding creativity and innovation," he said.

New products this year include a collapsible football that fits in a pocket, and foam puzzle balls that come apart to reveal a smaller ball inside, as well as additions to the company's arts and crafts lines.

Bob Wann, a member of the executive board of the Toy Industry Association, which hosts the toy fair, and the chief executive of Wisconsin-based manufacturer PlayMonster , said the fair "is an extremely importance showcase" for toy makers. In addition to bringing retailers and manufacturers together for meetings, he said, it also is an opportunity to spread the word to consumers, through media coverage of the fair, about toys that are likely to be in demand during the holiday season.

Heading into Toy Fair, Michael Albarelli, and his brother Joseph Albarelli, the chief operating officer of Amloid, said the fair gives them an opportunity to meet top executives of the retail chains that sell their toys. They believe the diversity of retailers who sell Amloid products, from mom and pop beach shops, to drugstores, dollar stores and supermarkets, to national giants like Walmart, Kmart, Target, Toys R Us and Costco protects their company from market swings.

The fact that they own their own manufacturing facilities, in Mexico, also has kept the company in the game this long.

A local success story

Amloid made its plastic toys in a factory in Saddle Brook up until 2002, keeping its production in the United States long after other toy makers had shifted to China. Prior to 2002, the company had a joint venture with a Mexican manufacturer to share toy molds. That gave the company contacts and experience in Mexico, and enabled it to shift production to Mexico when it closed the Saddle Brook plant.

“A lot of companies like ours — plastic processors in the United States — either went out of business and closed their doors,” or outsourced their production to Chinese factories, Albarelli said. Moving production to Mexico, rather than using Chinese factories, allowed Amloid to keep control of quality and costs, and keep its distribution centers and offices in this country. They also don’t have to worry about shipping headaches and costs connected with overseas shipping.

Each of the family’s four generations has played a role in giving Amloid more than a century of success. Anthony Barberia, the great-grandfather, had the entrepreneurial spirit to launch a company from nothing. Michael Albarelli, the grandfather, expanded the company's expertise in injection molding in the 1940s, after returning from World War II.

The company is credited with making one of the first plastic beach pails on the market, and it came up with the then ground-breaking idea of selling collections of beach toys in net bags for easy storage.

The next Michael Albarelli, the father of the current chief executive and chief operating officer, made the tough decision to close the Saddle Brook factory and relocate operations to Mexico to keep the company alive. He remains involved with the company, overseeing manufacturing operations.

Now, as the current executives of the company, Michael, 38, and Joseph, 35, are steering Amloid into new category with explosive growth potential — molded plastic construction bricks similar to Mattel’s Mega Blox or Lego’s Duplos — larger sized bricks designed for toddlers and children too young for the mini Lego bricks.

Amloid started making its version of construction bricks five years ago and got a early boost when Costco placed a big order for the toys. Preschool building blocks now represents over 50 percent of the company’s sales and is contributing to the Amloid’s double-digit annual growth, Michael said.

“We’re the number three player market share wise in the U.S. domestic market” for the building blocks junior construction category, he said.

The company has licensing deals with the Crayola crayon brand to make Crayola building blocks sets that are sold in clear plastic crayons, and with the Tonka truck brand for truck themed building sets.

“The fact that we’re still owned by the same family — we’re extremely proud of that,” he said. “We’re going to give it our best effort to keep it around and relevant as long as we can.”

Morristown, NJ residents giddy over Amazon Fresh opening (Opinion)

The first time I noticed the empty Toys "R" Us in Eatontown turning into something new, I was excited. Empty stores scare me. They remind me of how the retail landscape is changing so rapidly and they also just look bad.So I’m pretty happy that there’s an Amazon Fresh opening up near me. And now I hear about a new one in Morristown.I’m not really sure if people are excited about the prospect of an Amazon fresh opening or if they are just excited that it’s not another housing development. Regard...

The first time I noticed the empty Toys "R" Us in Eatontown turning into something new, I was excited. Empty stores scare me. They remind me of how the retail landscape is changing so rapidly and they also just look bad.

So I’m pretty happy that there’s an Amazon Fresh opening up near me. And now I hear about a new one in Morristown.

I’m not really sure if people are excited about the prospect of an Amazon fresh opening or if they are just excited that it’s not another housing development. Regardless, the news that an Amazon fresh would be opening near them got Morristown residents abuzz on Instagram.

I know how they feel. Even though there are plenty of supermarkets really close to the Amazon fresh it will be opening in my neighborhood as well as the one in Morristown, it’s exciting to see something opening there besides new apartments or another huge health center.

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Every time I drive by I look to see how far they are in the construction project.

Why is it that people are excited about Amazon fresh? I mean do we really need another grocery store here in New Jersey?

I always thought that a lot of people in New Jersey had an anti-Jeff Bezos feeling. Or that they had the same negative thoughts towards Amazon that a lot of people have towards Walmart. You know, the “they’re taking over the world“ type of thing.

But it appears that all over New Jersey, although Amazon is closing their other retail stores, they are concentrating on supermarkets and they’re popping up like mushrooms in NJ.

The word on the street is that Amazon fresh will be opening in Cedar Knolls Plaza at 235 Ridgedale Avenue in Morristown.

Apparently, much of the excitement about the Morristown location is that this space has been an “empty wasteland“ for a long time and some people are really excited for anything at all to be moving into the spot. No one wants to see abandoned buildings or empty strip malls in their town.

“That strip mall is a dump. Anything would be an improvement,” is just one of the comments that I found on Instagram regarding the new store.

On the other hand, some community members have said that there are already so many supermarkets there in such close proximity to that plaza and others have complained that they wished it had been a gym opening there instead of an Amazon Fresh.

However, if you check out the Morristown New Jersey Instagram page, you’ll see that most people are pretty excited about the news. Would you be happy if I knew Amazon Fresh was opening up near you? Or would you be happier if it was something else? A gym? A new housing development? An urgent care?

Opinions expressed in the post above are those of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Judi Franco only.

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Hanover Crossroads in Cedar Knolls, NJ, Sees First Tenants

CEDAR KNOLLS, NJ—Recent openings by AutoZone, QuickChek and MedExpress Urgent Care, the first tenants at in Cedar Knolls, NJ, mark a significant milestone for the new shopping center. Additional leases this spring by T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods, Five Below and ULTA Beauty have further enhanced the property’s mix of high-profile national retailers.Currently under development by Teaneck, NJ-based Key Properties...

CEDAR KNOLLS, NJ—Recent openings by AutoZone, QuickChek and MedExpress Urgent Care, the first tenants at in Cedar Knolls, NJ, mark a significant milestone for the new shopping center. Additional leases this spring by T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods, Five Below and ULTA Beauty have further enhanced the property’s mix of high-profile national retailers.

Currently under development by Teaneck, NJ-based Key Properties, the 107,000-square-foot shopping center is revitalizing a key Morris County commercial corridor. The project is nearly 80-percent leased, with several additional tenant announcements expected in the coming weeks.

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Steve Lubetkin is the New Jersey and Philadelphia editor for GlobeSt.com. He is currently filling in covering Chicago and Midwest markets until a new permanent editor is named. He previously filled in covering Atlanta. Steve’s journalism background includes print and broadcast reporting for NJ news organizations. His audio and video work for GlobeSt.com has been honored by the Garden State Journalists Association, and he has also been recognized for video by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has produced audio podcasts on CRE topics for the NAR Commercial Division and the CCIM Institute. Steve has also served (from August 2017 to March 2018) as national broadcast news correspondent for CEOReport.com, a news website focused on practical advice for senior executives in small- and medium-sized companies. Steve also reports on-camera and covers conferences for NJSpotlight.com, a public policy news coverage website focused on New Jersey government and industry; and for clients of StateBroadcastNews.com, a division of The Lubetkin Media Companies LLC. Steve has been the computer columnist for the Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey, since 1996. Steve is co-author, with Toronto-based podcasting pioneer Donna Papacosta, of the book, The Business of Podcasting: How to Take Your Podcasting Passion from the Personal to the Professional. You can email Steve at [email protected].

JLL completes two transactions for 14,000 square feet at 240 Cedar Knolls in Morristown-Parsippany corridor

GLT Construction of NJ is relocating its New Jersey office within Parsippany to 240 Cedar Knolls. The relocation was to accommodate the steady growth GTL has experienced year after year. GTL also has as an office in White Plains NY, which covers the metropolitan area.In addition, p–value communications, a medical communications firm serving the healthcare industry, signed a new lease for 10,739 square feet of space and extended its existing commitment through January 31, 2027. The company – which has been a long-standing t...

GLT Construction of NJ is relocating its New Jersey office within Parsippany to 240 Cedar Knolls. The relocation was to accommodate the steady growth GTL has experienced year after year. GTL also has as an office in White Plains NY, which covers the metropolitan area.

In addition, p–value communications, a medical communications firm serving the healthcare industry, signed a new lease for 10,739 square feet of space and extended its existing commitment through January 31, 2027. The company – which has been a long-standing tenant of 240 Cedar Knolls – has reconfigured its space needs to adapt to the changing demands of a hybrid workforce.

Located within the Cedar Knolls Corporate Center, with easy access to routes 10 and 24, interstates 287 and 80, 240 Cedar Knolls houses a diverse roster of tenants. The property is situated on 14 acres of landscaped grounds and recently upgraded amenities to include a full-service café, fitness center with lockers and showers and a conference center. Renovations carried out by Highstone Equity Group refreshed the building’s common areas to create bright and welcoming space with onsite management prioritizing tenant comfort and security.

A JLL leasing team led by executive managing director Frank Recine and vice president Colleen Maguire represented landlord Highstone Equity Group in the transactions. Recine and associate vice president Nicolas DeCotiis represented GLT Construction in its lease, while p-value communications was represented by senior vice president Chris Conklin and brokerage coordinator Maria Casaliggi, also of JLL.

“These transactions demonstrate the leasing momentum for superior-quality assets with best-in-class ownership,” said Maguire. “Highstone Equity Group has positioned 240 Cedar Knolls to accommodate the needs of new and existing tenants seeking to provide a collaborative environment for tenants.”

Elazar Hamel, founder and managing partner of Highstone Equity Group, said: “It is a pleasure to maintain p–value communications as a tenant and welcome GLT Construction to a property that provides a leading tenant experience. 240 Cedar Knolls Road is an ideally located property with a package of amenities that distinguishes it among the Class-A offerings in the market.”

“Both the p-value communications restructure and GTL lease needed to be negotiated and executed simultaneously in order to accommodate the space,” said Recine. “It was a pleasure working with all parties involved. There was a real concerted effort to get it completed in a short timeframe.”

The JLL leasing team is currently marketing availabilities at 240 Cedar Knolls, catering to small and mid- size companies ranging from 1,500 square feet to 10,000 square feet.

JLL is a leader in the northern/central New Jersey commercial real estate market, with more than 1,260 professionals and support staff providing agency leasing and property marketing, tenant representation, industrial services, strategic consulting, occupancy planning, workplace strategies, project and development services, property and facility management, and investment sales/capital markets debt and equity services to New Jersey’s leading corporate tenants, investors and landlords. The firm, which assists clients from five full-service offices in Parsippany, Iselin (Metropark), Princeton, Morristown and East Rutherford, also acts as a local service provider for JLL’s global and national corporate clients in need of real estate assistance in New Jersey. NJBiz ranked JLL’s New Jersey operations as the No. 1 commercial real estate brokerage in the Garden State in 2020.

Cedar Knolls' H2Ocean: Masterful seafood and ambience to match

h2oceanmain.JPGCrispy wild king salmon with cauliflower puree, caper berries and ice wine vinaigrette at H2Ocean in Cedar Knolls.(David Handschuh | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)Theme restaurants often run to extremes, with cutesy decor that screams the motif.H2Ocean, however, shows restraint by not going overboard with the nautical accents that complement its name. They're handled as tastefully as the cuisine at this upscale seafood establishment.The mood is set with such touches as...

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Crispy wild king salmon with cauliflower puree, caper berries and ice wine vinaigrette at H2Ocean in Cedar Knolls.

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Theme restaurants often run to extremes, with cutesy decor that screams the motif.

H2Ocean, however, shows restraint by not going overboard with the nautical accents that complement its name. They're handled as tastefully as the cuisine at this upscale seafood establishment.

The mood is set with such touches as napkins and banquettes in a dark sea blue, a spiky sea urchin lamp mirrored by a march of sea urchins up a wall and a diver's helmet on display at the raw bar, where you can sit and watch an expert shuck oysters.

The restaurant specializes in high-class components for its dishes; no farmed fish here.

Preparation by executive chef Jarrett Bennett is leagues ahead of the ordinary fried this 'n' that, which many associate with seafood establishments. The restaurant was opened in August by the husband-and-wife team of Sylvia Lasalandra-Frodella and Michael Frodella, executive director of the Park Avenue Club in Florham Park. The two previously owned Bruschetta and Bacchus in Fairfield.

Lasalandra-Frodella took a break from the business to work with actress Brooke Shields in seeking passage of the Melanie Blocker Stokes Mothers Act, geared to supporting women like them who suffered from postpartum depression.

But seafood always was in the back of her mind. She and her husband had mulled opening a seafood restaurant, and an opportunity arose for a prime location with the closing of long-running Il Giardino in the Cedar Knolls section of Morris County's Hanover Township.

"We love seafood," said Lasalandra-Frodella, but that doesn't mean just any seafood. Wild-caught, "off-the-hook" fresh is all that interests her. There's no branzino (European sea bass) on the menu, she said, because it would have to be imported frozen from Europe.

"If I open a restaurant in Europe, I'll do branzino," she said, chuckling.

Bennett, a Culinary Institute of America grad, got his start with the Frodellas in Fairfield, then went on to Manhattan, Las Vegas and points west, where he worked for celebrity chef Michael Mina.

He invents new identities for fish, such as enhancing perfectly pan-seared red snapper ($26) with a sophisticated saffron fennel cream sauce that plays up its flavor.

Black truffle and mascarpone make the lobster mac and cheese ($15) out of the ordinary. An ice wine vinaigrette puts an edge on wild king salmon ($28), with cauliflower and caper berries adding yet another dimension that lifts this fish from the realm of the familiar.

Super-creamy New England clam chowder ($8) has a clam fritter centerpiece that adds a distinctive touch. Crispy potato-crusted sole ($27) is slightly bland, despite its excellent caviar beurre blanc, because it's served over a crab mash. More of the sauce would have made a welcome demarcation to really define the virtues of this selection.

Those who come along for the ride — but aren't into seafood — have a number of options from which to choose, including char-grilled prime New York strip ($36) and filet mignon ($32). There is a selection of sauces and, even more important, a guide to ordering how the meats should be cooked, so there's no confusion about what a patron will get by requesting medium rare (red, warm center) or medium (pink center).

More restaurants should do this; I've often found a communications gap in this area that either results in having to send the meat back to the kitchen or suffering through a cut that is too well-done.

Italian dishes also are available. The pastas and bruschetta are made by Lasalandra-Frodella's aunt, Lina Amati. Try her house-made meatballs ($9), with buratta and pine nuts.

Desserts ($8), the province of sous chef Michael Poli (with input from Lasalandra-Frodella as well), have a standout entry in the "off the hook s'mores." This is a reconstruction of our old summer camp marshmallow/graham cracker/chocolate favorite, with perfectly browned marshmallows presented on a hook over s'more gelato.

Key lime pie, with a fluff of Tahitian vanilla whipped cream, is the real deal, as good as any you'll find in Florida. For a different take on cheesecake, go for the salted caramel version.

Lasalandra-Frodella wants to give back to charities. During breast cancer awareness month in October, for instance, one of the dishes offered was deconstructed cannoli with pink cream. Since she won't tolerate using dyes, experiments ensued to find something that would turn the cream pink to sync it with the theme of the charity. Raspberries, which would seem a logical choice, made it gray. The final answer turned out to be beet juice, a perfect match for the cream with cannoli chips.

Going the extra mile is standard operating procedure at H2Ocean, where service is extremely accommodating. You'll feel pampered at this exciting new entry that works on so many levels, whether you sit at the drinks bar or the raw bar, order seafood or play it safe with meat or fowl. But if fish hasn't worked for you in the past, why not stretch a little and try it here? You just might get hooked.

IF YOU GO

H2Ocean Restaurant and Raw Bar, 41 Ridgedale Ave., Cedar Knolls; (973) 984-9594; h2oceanrestaurant.com.

HOURS: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays, 5-11 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays.

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Beloved Seafood Restaurant Closes In Morris Co. After Nearly A Decade

The owners of H2Ocean Restaurant & Raw Bar have officially confirmed the official closure of the restaurant.MORRIS COUNTY, NJ — H2Ocean Restaurant & Raw Bar in Morris County will officially close its doors after nearly a decade of operation after being purchased by a developer.The upscale Cedar Knolls restaurant, located at 41 Ridgedale Avenue, serves locally sourced seafood with classic dishes like a Maine lobster roll, Maine clam chowder, and wild seafood linguine, among dozens of other popular options....

The owners of H2Ocean Restaurant & Raw Bar have officially confirmed the official closure of the restaurant.

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ — H2Ocean Restaurant & Raw Bar in Morris County will officially close its doors after nearly a decade of operation after being purchased by a developer.

The upscale Cedar Knolls restaurant, located at 41 Ridgedale Avenue, serves locally sourced seafood with classic dishes like a Maine lobster roll, Maine clam chowder, and wild seafood linguine, among dozens of other popular options.

The restaurant was sold to a developer, according to owners Sylvia and Michael Frodella. The developer who bought the land on which H2Ocean sits is committed to working with the town of Cedar Knolls and has been given permission to build an assisted living facility.

"One concern many of you had was, 'Were you strong-armed?' the answer is 'no!' We were never bullied or intimidated through the entire process. It was a decision that we did not take lightly, however, it is the best decision for our family," Frodella wrote in her announcement of the closure.

H2Ocean, which opened in 2014, will close its doors on April 1, 2023. Frodella expressed gratitude to the restaurant's loyal customers, the Cedar Knolls community, and the entire Hanover Township for their support.

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"As you all know, H2Ocean managed to find ways to weather the storm of the COVID-19 pandemic. From re-inventing the restaurant by moving away from traditional dining, leveraging technology to offer online ordering, curbside takeout, and delivery services. However, it was because of our incredible staff, that H2Ocean managed to stay afloat during those difficult times," Frodella said.

While Frodella did not reveal the company's future plans, she did state that they will keep the H2Ocean name, logo, liquor license and all of its contents.

"H2Ocean Restaurant was proud to call New Jersey her home. New Jersey, is home to many wonderful restaurants. No need to travel to NYC! Let’s continue to show support to all the fine eateries, bars, and small businesses that continue to struggle operating with food cost, labor shortages, rent, mortgage, insurance costs and supply shortages," Frodella said.

H2Ocean Restaurant & Raw Bar will soon be posting a countdown to all specials, events and festivities leading up to the restaurant's closure, which can be found here.

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Rheumatology experts, Drs. Mark Tratenberg, David Widman, have joined region's most preferred orthopedic practice

Mark Tratenberg, D.O., and David Widman, M.D., form the new Tri-County Orthopedics Rheumatology Center, which offers care in Cedar Knolls, Bedminster and Bridgewater, New Jersey.CEDAR KNOLLS, N.J. , May 9, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Tri-County Orthopedics — the region's most preferred, recognized and awarded orthopedic practice — has expanded their services to include advanced rheumatological care with the addition of ...

Mark Tratenberg, D.O., and David Widman, M.D., form the new Tri-County Orthopedics Rheumatology Center, which offers care in Cedar Knolls, Bedminster and Bridgewater, New Jersey.

CEDAR KNOLLS, N.J. , May 9, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Tri-County Orthopedics — the region's most preferred, recognized and awarded orthopedic practice — has expanded their services to include advanced rheumatological care with the addition of Dr. Mark Tratenberg and, more recently, Dr. David Widman. Patients with rheumatic and inflammatory bone, joint and muscle conditions are encouraged to call (973) 538-2334. Specialized rheumatology care is available in Cedar Knolls at The Advanced Medical Center, 197 Ridgedale Ave., Suite 300, in Bedminster at 1590 Route 206 N. and in Bridgewater at 465 Union Ave., Suite C.

With the addition of two fellowship-trained, board-certified rheumatologists to their comprehensive team of specialists, Tri-County Orthopedics offers diagnosis and care management for rheumatic and autoimmune diseases that impact function and quality of life. Drs. Tratenberg and Widman form the Rheumatology Center of Excellence at Tri-County Orthopedics. Together, they have exceptional expertise in providing tailored care plans for a wide variety of rheumatic diseases to help their patients manage pain and difficulties and experience improvement in their lives and welfare.

To learn more about the Rheumatology Center at Tri-County Orthopedics, visit http://www.tri-countyortho.com or call (973) 538-2334 for an appointment in Cedar Knolls, Bedminster or Bridgewater.

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World Cup, Eid al-Fitr bring Egyptian extended family together

CEDAR KNOLLS — "Be prepared for screaming, a lot of screaming," Nancy Elrazzaz said as she welcomed visitors Friday morning.Elrazzaz's hands flew, as she shaped and fried "thousands" of falafel for her extended family, gathered to watch the Egyptian national soccer team's opening World Cup match against Uruguay.The crowd grew slowly, discharging men and women and even babies in red No. 10 jerseys. Nearly all of the 40 family members who packed the living room and kitchen had one name on ...

CEDAR KNOLLS — "Be prepared for screaming, a lot of screaming," Nancy Elrazzaz said as she welcomed visitors Friday morning.

Elrazzaz's hands flew, as she shaped and fried "thousands" of falafel for her extended family, gathered to watch the Egyptian national soccer team's opening World Cup match against Uruguay.

The crowd grew slowly, discharging men and women and even babies in red No. 10 jerseys. Nearly all of the 40 family members who packed the living room and kitchen had one name on their backs, that of Egypt and Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah.

"When the World Cup is on, we've always been into it," said Summer Elhendy, 22, a recent Rutgers graduate and one of the hosts. "We were going to watch it regardless, but Salah has given us a name," he said.

The family has always been into soccer and Egyptian culture, Elhendy said. "It's Ramadan...It brings all of it together. It was meant to be."

It was a double celebration for the family as the match fell on Eid al-Fitr, the festival that marks the end of Ramadan. Dunkin Box O'Joe and bulk packs of cookies fought for space on the dining room table with homemade traditional sweets and a box of Turkish Delight.

It's also Salah's 26th birthday, celebrated by the family with a fruit salad bearing his image in a heart-shaped mirror. His name was spelled out in sliced cantaloupe.

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The family, though anxious about the game, came together for a loud chorus of the Egyptian national anthem as Salah walked through the tunnel and on to the field.

Uruguay's first goal early in the first half was met by lots of offside comments in English and Arabic. Then the room was eerily quiet until the referee agreed with them and called offside. A celebration ensued with chants of "Ya rab," roughly "oh God" in Arabic.

"It's a 7.2 earthquake," laughed Elhendy.

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With the game still scoreless as the clock ticked, the family launched into a boisterous prayer song, praising God as they asked for help with the match.

Though it didn't seem possible to cram one more person into the sunken living room, Samir Elbassiouny said only about five percent of the New Jersey family was present.

Born in Egypt, Elbassiouny emigrated to Parsippany in time to start high school. He was elected mayor of Washington Township in Warren County in 2006 and served until 2011. He is the current president of the Warren County Board of Taxation.

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"I started working at IHOP as a busboy. I thought I was going to clean buses," said Elbassiouny. About 70 percent of those gathered for the game were born in the United States to immigrant parents, he said.

"You've got to give back, especially for our generation. The stigma Arabs and Muslims have, I want to be an example for all my nieces and nephews. We do this a few times a month."

Salah did not play Friday as he recovered from a shoulder injury sustained during the Champions League final on May 26. However, his blue-and-green cleats, boldly printed with "100,000" — the number of Egyptians worldwide — was proudly noted.

"He's so humble and so good," said Elrazzaz, a Whippany resident who works in medical records at Morristown Medical Center.

"He had a vision when he was little. He said, "I want to be famous.' He had so many big teams respect him. I love Mohamed Salah."

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But Salah appeared to be near tears on the bench as Jose Gimenez scored off a corner kick in the final minute.

"Way to take the oxygen out of the room," Elbassiouny said wryly.

Though the family tried to stay hopeful through 5 minutes of extra time, the preparations for Eid prayers had already begun.

It's traditional to wear new clothes for Eid. In the minutes after the match, most of the family changed from red jerseys to suits, dresses, and sparkling scarves.

"It's probably one of the best, most complete games I've seen them play, and undermanned too," Elbassiouny said of the Egypt team. "It's the biggest blessing on Earth for the family to share happy moments and sad moments, especially if you're away from your homeland. You keep them involved."

Staff writer Jane Havsy: 973-428-6682; [email protected]; www.dailyrecord.com/writerjane/

Industry Veteran Laura Yoars Joins Fingerpaint to Lead Account Service in Cedar Knolls, N.J., Office

Industry Veteran Laura Yoars Joins Fingerpaint to Lead Account Service in Cedar Knolls, N.J., OfficeYoars will lead and manage the account service team in first-in-class service to the agency’s clients.SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Fingerpaint, a full-service health and wellness marketing agency with five offices across the country and over 400 employees, has named industry veteran Laura Yoars as the head of account service in its Cedar Knolls, N.J., office.In her new role, Yoars will ove...

Industry Veteran Laura Yoars Joins Fingerpaint to Lead Account Service in Cedar Knolls, N.J., Office

Yoars will lead and manage the account service team in first-in-class service to the agency’s clients.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Fingerpaint, a full-service health and wellness marketing agency with five offices across the country and over 400 employees, has named industry veteran Laura Yoars as the head of account service in its Cedar Knolls, N.J., office.

In her new role, Yoars will oversee client relationships and account service, and she will strategically lead clients and agency teams to create conversation-shifting campaigns. Yoars brings two decades of marketing experience to the agency, and as the New Jersey office continues to expand its East Coast clientele, Yoars will act as an integral member of the leadership team at Fingerpaint.

“We are very happy to welcome Laura to the Fingerpaint team,” said Bill McEllen, Fingerpaint partner. “Our New Jersey office has produced amazing, award-winning work, all while maintaining substantial growth. I think Laura’s experience and leadership will help to foster its continued growth trajectory.”

“I am incredibly excited to have the opportunity to be part of a team that is building something amazing,” said Yoars. “When I learned more about the philanthropic core of Fingerpaint, I knew it was a special place to be. Finding a company that actually walks the walk and gives back to the community makes the job feel that much more rewarding.”

Yoars joins Fingerpaint from Manifest, where she was the senior vice president of client services. During her time there, she built and maintained trusting client relationships that were successful for both clients and agency partners alike. Yoars cut her teeth in healthcare at TBWAChiatDay, where she discovered the impact of impressive, unexpected creative. She also held a leadership role at Digitas, where she led data-driven, market-disrupting campaigns on behalf of her clients. Her experience spans a vast variety of therapeutic categories in the health and wellness space as well as major brands in the consumer space, such as Staples, Discover, United Airlines, and Johns Hopkins University.

“We knew when we met Laura that she would be the perfect fit for Fingerpaint,” said Mark Willmann, head of the Cedar Knolls office. “Her set of values, coupled with her amazing skill set, made it clear she was the team builder and leader we were looking for in our growing office.”

About Fingerpaint:

Reset your expectations of a health and wellness agency. Independent by design, with integrated talent across five offices in New York, Pennsylvania, Arizona, New Jersey, and California, Fingerpaint, built on a foundation of empathy, at its core is committed to creating and executing meaningful brand experiences that are never paint by number for healthcare providers, care partners, and patients.

In 2020, Fingerpaint acquired 1798, a market access and commercialization firm located in La Jolla, Calif., adding to its portfolio of services in support of biopharma customers. The agency also launched Photo 51, a cell and gene therapy consultancy. Fingerpaint was named 2019 Agency of the Year by Med Ad News, and in 2018, it won the Heart Award from Med Ad News for its commitment to philanthropy and social causes. Additionally, it has been on Inc. Magazine’s list of the 5,000 Fastest-Growing Companies for the past eight years. Visit us at http://fingerpaint.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

High-End Hardcore Gym, Iron Culture, Hosts Grand Opening Event in Cedar Knolls, N.J.

"After over a year in the making, we couldn't be more excited to mark the grand opening of Iron Culture. We're striving to recruit and build an entire community of like-minded fitness enthusiasts, and our exquisite facility reflects our commitment to grow in New Jersey," said Managing Partner Arthur Imperatore. "We’re striving to recruit and build an entire community of like-minded fitness enthusiasts, and our exquisite facility reflects our commitment to grow in New Jersey," said Arthur Imperatore, ma...

"After over a year in the making, we couldn't be more excited to mark the grand opening of Iron Culture. We're striving to recruit and build an entire community of like-minded fitness enthusiasts, and our exquisite facility reflects our commitment to grow in New Jersey," said Managing Partner Arthur Imperatore.

Located at 8 E Frederick Place in Cedar Knolls, Iron Culture's new facility has attracted members and guests from across the tri-state area – from as far away as Philadelphia, the Jersey Shore, Rockland County, N.Y. and beyond. Iron Culture has also attracted visits from the fitness community, including 2018 Mr. Olympia Shaun Rhoden and other top bodybuilders like Guy Cisternino, Steve Laureus and Shaun Clarida.

Since its soft opening earlier this spring, the gym has attracted over 400 members and over 7,200 Instagram followers, where staffers frequently post images of its results-oriented members and first-class equipment and setup.

Imperatore, vice chairman of NY Waterway and president of Romulus Development Corp., and a bodybuilder himself, is the visionary behind Iron Culture, along with partners Sergio Granados and Charles Addessi. Imperatore and his team pumped $250,000 into the facility's "makeover," while an additional $250,000 went into leading equipment from brands like Arsenal Strength, Life Fitness, Matrix and Rogue.

From concept to renovation and a spring 2019 launch, the project took less than one year to complete. Iron Culture was born out of Imperatore's personal mission to foster hope and healing through fitness.

"After tragically losing my son Justin, a former college lacrosse goalie, in the fall of 2018, I was motivated to create a new fitness community that emphasizes personal transformation through weight training and strength conditioning. Iron Culture is the realization of that goal," said Imperatore.

Imperatore now aims to assist those who struggle with addiction and mental illness by creating a total wellness community that emphasizes strength and weight training. Imperatore dedicated a plaque to his late son at the gym during the public grand opening event.

ABOUT IRON CULTURE The Cedar Knolls, N.J.-based Iron Culture is an independent, owner-operated, community-based gym founded by three partners – Arthur Imperatore, Sergio Granados and Charles Addessi – who share a passion for hardcore training and a vision to offer members a unique fitness experience, exceeding what corporate chains and small studio gyms can offer. Iron Culture quickly drew over 400 members, backed by its four core values: vision, passion, execution and transformation. The gym offers powerlifting, bodybuilding, cardio, weight management, a recovery and nutrition program, on-the-go meals, military and student discounts, competitive pricing and more. Find IC on Instagram @ironculturenj. For more information, visit http://www.ironculturenj.com.

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