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Home Care In Glen Ridge, NJ

Home Care Glen Ridge, 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 The Stuart Richardson House (1941) by Frank Lloyd Wright gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Glen Ridge, 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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“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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“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 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.”

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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.”

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

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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.”

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

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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

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

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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.”

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

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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.”

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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.”

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

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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.”

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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.”

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

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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.”

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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.”

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

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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!”

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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!”

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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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“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.”

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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.”

Sana K.
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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 Glen Ridge, 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 Glen Ridge, 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 Carteret 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 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 Fitzgerald's 1928 or visit Glen Ridge Historic District, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in Glen Ridge, 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 Glen Ridge, 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 Glen Ridge, 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:

  • United Methodist Communities at PineRidge of Montclair
  • Assisted Living Locators of Greater Essex County and Northwest New Jersey
  • Little Nursing Home
  • Horizon Manor
  • The Willows Home
  • Horizon Manor
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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 Glen Ridge, NJ 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

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North 2 girls tennis tourney finals roundup, 2023: Millburn, Ridge, Bernards, Glen Ridge win

Second-seeded Glen Ridge won its first sectional title since 2013 as it topped fourth-seeded Whippany Park, 4-1, in the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1 tournament finals on Monday afternoon in Montclair.Every winner from every sectional tournament advances to the group championships on Thursday at Mercer County Park.Complete Box Score »Riley O’Sullivan grinded out a 6-2, 5-7, (10-6) win over Audrey Rha at first singles....

Second-seeded Glen Ridge won its first sectional title since 2013 as it topped fourth-seeded Whippany Park, 4-1, in the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1 tournament finals on Monday afternoon in Montclair.

Every winner from every sectional tournament advances to the group championships on Thursday at Mercer County Park.

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Riley O’Sullivan grinded out a 6-2, 5-7, (10-6) win over Audrey Rha at first singles. At third singles, Tessa Rothmann beat Ashely Carnicella 6-4, 6-3, while first doubles Siena Atkinson and Adina Foster scored a 7-5, 6-0 win against Kayleigh McArdiei and Audrey Lee.

Second doubles Michelle Plaisted and Hazel Tat shut out Maria Day and Audrey Kuo as well, 6-0, 6-0.

For Whippany Park, Amanda Wickenheiser defeated Sophia Appelbaum-Roth, 6-2, 6-0.

Whippany Park is now 10-3 on the year while Glen Ridge is 11-5.

Stay tuned for the rest of the group finals recaps on Tuesday.

Group 2: Bernards 3, Mendham 2

Top-seeded Bernards, No. 19 in the NJ.com Top 20, defeated second-seeded Mendham, 3-2, in Bernardsville.

Bernards (13-2) won at second and third singles as well as second doubles. At second singles, Milena Perisic defeated Maya Gieszxzynski, 6-1, 6-4, third singles Claire Ren beat Siena Tiboni, 6-2, 6-1, and second doubles Olivia Rosenthal and Katarina Perisic recorded a 6-2, 6-2 win over Maya Vinu and Arianna Begliomini.

For Mendham (12-4), Sofia Cicarone edged Elizabeth Chen, 7-5, 6-3, and first doubles Anneliese Scala and Lilana Hurley edged Julianna Danial and Tiffany Zhang, 0-6, 6-3, 10-5 in comeback fashion.

Bernards (13-2) last won a sectional title in 2006 on the end of a three-year run coming out on top.

Group 3: Millburn 3, Montgomery 2

Top-seeded Millburn, No. 4 in the NJ.com Top 20, defeated third-seeded Montgomery, 3-2, in Millburn.

This was a rematch of the sectional final from a year ago, won by Montgomery. Millburn’s last title came in 2020.

Angelina Lei for the Millers (15-3) defeated Maya Konyukhov at first singles, 6-2, 6-0, Olivia Li beat Viktoria Leopold at second singles, 6-1, 6-2, and second doubles Tushita Malik and Alisa Sahovic edged Karina Konyukhov and Tongxin Xiao in the clincher, 4-6, 6-4, 10-5.

For Montgomery, Nicolette Shackelford and Riyaa Chandane topped Vasuda Madhusudan and Driti Ayinala, 6-2, 7-5, and Maria Mathew won against Zoe Kremmidas. The Cougars are 8-7.

Group 4: Ridge 4, Westfield 1

Top-seeded Ridge, No. 5 in the NJ.com Top 20, won 4-1 against second-seeded Westfield in Basking Ridge.

The title is the Red Devils’ first since 2016. Westfield won the crown a year ago.

Ridge swept all three singles positions as Jordan Lee shut out Emily Shabinaw, 6-0, 6-0, Isabel Su defeated Bianca Vesuna, 6-1, 6-4, and Kate Henderson edged Lauren Roszak, 4-6, 6-1, 10-6.

Ridge also secured a 6-1, 6-2 victory at first doubles by Maya Iglesias and Kirtana Hariharan over Lola Geoghan and Natalie Debowski.

Westfield (8-6) got its win at second doubles as Alexa Bloch and Anna Luchsinger downed Sabrina Schwarz and Srija Inampudi, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 10-8.

Ridge is 11-2.

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Glen Ridge Football Edges Out Verona, 8-7

On Saturday afternoon, Verona football traveled to Glen Ridge to play in a competition that was as challenging physically as it was mentally. The teams dueled through frigid rain and thick mud, and though Verona fought for every yard, they came up just short of a victory.Verona elected to receive the ball at the start of the game, and #23 Zach Garmont returned the ball to the 40-yard line. An offsides penalty on Glen Ridge originally moved Verona forward, but a botched snap followed up by a sideline interception caused the drive to en...

On Saturday afternoon, Verona football traveled to Glen Ridge to play in a competition that was as challenging physically as it was mentally. The teams dueled through frigid rain and thick mud, and though Verona fought for every yard, they came up just short of a victory.

Verona elected to receive the ball at the start of the game, and #23 Zach Garmont returned the ball to the 40-yard line. An offsides penalty on Glen Ridge originally moved Verona forward, but a botched snap followed up by a sideline interception caused the drive to end in a turnover. Tackles by #22 Dean Algieri as well as penalties by Glen Ridge forced a Ridger punt to the 15-yard line. On offense, rushes by #44 Bodie Maisano got Verona to the 35-yard line. Verona’s drive however resulted in a punt due to numerous gang tackles. While punting, a penalty on Verona brought the team into their own red zone, but another punt by #2 Kieran Patel led Glen Ridge to start at the 38-yard line. Glen Ridge’s counter-offensive would be stopped by tackles from Maisano, Algieri, and #52 Shane Costigan. During the fourth down punt, #12 Ethan Fersch put out his hands and just managed to block it, giving Verona great field possession at the 25-yard line. A rush by Maisano got Verona within 5 yards of a touchdown and on the next play #10 Connor Demasi threw a pass to Garmont to give Verona the lead. Patel’s extra point made the score 7-0. When kicking off to Glen Ridge, a reverse return was very close to being a score, but #13 Salvatore Santos-DiTrani saved a touchdown by tackling the returner #3 Brad Foster at the 50. Gang tackles, penalties, and individual tackles by #11 Jesse Wagner resulted in another Glen Ridge punt. This punt was out of bounds, so Verona started at the 50. To close out the quarter, Maisano barrelled through defenders to get Verona to the 45.

In the second quarter, a botched snap followed by a pass to Garmont that just nearly missed resulted in Patel punting the ball to the Glen Ridge 6-yard line. Tackles by Fersch, Maisano, and #81 John Paul Alfano, as well as another botched snap forced Glen Ridge to punt back to Verona at the 48-yard line. A 5 yard rush by Maisano got Verona to the Ridger 47. Another rush by Maisano and a catch from Garmont moved the chains past the 30-yard line. However, a fourth down conversion by Verona fell incomplete and Glen Ridge took over the ball. Nevertheless, Ridger incompletions and a tackle for a loss by Maisano caused a Glen Ridge punt to the 10. Passes to #5 Gianluca Checchetto, as well as rushes by Maisano did generate some yardage, but Verona was short of the first down and punted to the Glen Ridge 39-yard line. Tackles by Fersch, Garmont, and #20 Jayden Nigro, as well as good pass coverage by Wagner, developed a Glen Ridge turnover at the 20-yard line. A rush by Maisano capped off the first half with Verona still holding a one score lead.

Verona kicked off to start the second half and Glen Ridge began their drive slightly past their 30. Gang tackles by Verona held back the drive, but penalties on Verona kept it going. Finally, a screen by Glen Ridge resulted in their first touchdown of the day. A successful 2-point conversion gave Glen Ridge an 8-7 lead. A return from Garmont started the drive at the 32-yard line. Jumps and maneuvering by Garmont nearly got Verona to the 50, but it was called back to the 35 due to a penalty. Another penalty on Verona moved them back 5 yards to the 30. Multiple consistent rushes by Garmont then finally got Verona across the 50-yard line into Ridger territory. Unfortunately for Verona, its progress would stop there as swarms of Glen Ridge defenders limited Verona’s rushing ability. Patel’s punt then brought the ball to the 13-yard line. Group tackles by Verona brought the 3rd quarter to a finish.

At the start of the 4th quarter, tackles by Costigan and Santos-DiTrani looked like they were going to cause a Glen Ridge stop, but a pass across the middle kept the drive going. Finally, a tackle by Maisano, followed by pressure in the pocket from #50 Aidan Cifaretto forced the conclusion of Glen Ridge’s drive. A jumping return from Garmont got Verona to the 25. After an incomplete pass, a sack, and a penalty, Verona found itself in a third and long. A 40-yard pass to Garmont then brought Verona back nearly to the 50. A rush by Maisano crossed midfield and Verona looked poised to put points on the board. Unfortunately, a wet ball slipped out backfield and was recovered by Glen Ridge. Verona’s defense refused to give up and tackles by Alfano, Wagner, and Costigan turned the ball over one more time. Despite a 7 yard pass to Garmont, Verona could not convert on fourth down and Glen Ridge kneeled the ball to close out the game, an 8-7 loss for Verona.

“The loss against Glen Ridge was just an ugly loss,” said Captain Shane Costigan. “ We can say there were excuses but to win a football game you have to want it, and to win against Hanover we need to want to win.”

Next Friday, Verona will take on rival Hanover Park at Sellitto Field at 7 p.m. The game will be Verona’s senior night as Verona football seeks to give the students an underdog victory on this day. One thing is for certain, and that is Verona will continue to give 110% to close out this year.

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Rabid Skunk Bites Human In Bloomfield Near Border Of Glen Ridge

The bitten person received immediate medical attention and treatment after the encounter, Bloomfield officials said.BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A skunk that bit a human near the border of Glen Ridge last week has tested positive for rabies, authorities reported Friday.According to a statement from Bloomfield Township officials:“This past weekend an individual was bitten by a wild skunk in the area of Bloomfield and Glen Ridge, prompting a rapid and comprehensive response by the township. The skunk was...

The bitten person received immediate medical attention and treatment after the encounter, Bloomfield officials said.

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A skunk that bit a human near the border of Glen Ridge last week has tested positive for rabies, authorities reported Friday.

According to a statement from Bloomfield Township officials:

“This past weekend an individual was bitten by a wild skunk in the area of Bloomfield and Glen Ridge, prompting a rapid and comprehensive response by the township. The skunk was confirmed to have tested positive for rabies, highlighting the importance of swift action to safeguard public health and safety … Animal control officers were dispatched promptly to address the skunk encounter, ensuring the animal was contained and removed from the area to prevent further risks to the community.”

The bitten person received immediate medical attention and treatment after the encounter, officials said.

The exact location of the incident wasn’t noted in a statement from the township. However, Bloomfield isn’t the only Essex County township to report rabid skunk encounters; others have been seen in Montclair over the past years.

“Upon receiving reports of the skunk bite, the Bloomfield Health Department immediately coordinated efforts with local animal control authorities to ensure a prompt and effective response to this unfortunate incident,” Bloomfield Mayor Venezia said.

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“Please make sure that your pets are up-to-date with their rabies vaccines and if your pet is bitten, please make sure to contact your veterinarian immediately,” Venezia continued. “We appreciate the cooperation and understanding of our residents as we work together to prevent potential health risks and maintain a safe community for all.”

The Bloomfield Health Department and animal control are actively monitoring the surrounding areas daily for any unusual activity and remain in communication with the State of New Jersey Department of Health Division of Communicable Disease Services regarding the situation.

Bloomfield officials said people can report unusual animal behavior, bites or encounters with potentially rabid animals to animal control authorities.

“If you are bitten, please make sure to contact the Bloomfield Health Department at (973) 680-4024, as well as your primary care provider/emergency care services,” officials said.

People should be careful when interacting with unfamiliar or wild animals, officials reminded local residents.

The township also provided the following safety recommendations:

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Glen Ridge takes down Technology - Boys basketball recap

Game LeadersPointsNash Saint Fleur #0 Technology17 #12 Ryan LawGlen Ridge13ReboundsJaylin Jean #21 Technology4 #12 Ryan Law12StealsKeiyon Reid #15 Technology3 #21 Jacob JavierGlen Ridge3Sat, January 13, 2024, 11:30am 1 2 3 4...

Game Leaders

Points

Nash Saint Fleur #0

Technology

17

#12 Ryan Law

Glen Ridge

13

Rebounds

Jaylin Jean #21

Technology

4

#12 Ryan Law

12

Steals

Keiyon Reid #15

Technology

3

#21 Jacob Javier

Glen Ridge

3

Sat, January 13, 2024, 11:30am

1 2 3 4 Final

Technology (3-9)

15 6 9 5 35

Glen Ridge (6-6)

12 19 21 10 64

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Player Stats

Technology

2PT 3PT FTM FTA PTS REB AST BLK STL GP
Nash Saint Fleur 7 0 3 3 17 1 1 1 1 1
Justin Crespo 1 0 1 2 3 3 0 0 1 1
Makai Knights 1 0 1 2 3 3 0 2 1 1
Adedeji Bolaji 1 1 1 4 6 2 0 0 0 1
Kasir Washington 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Keiyon Reid 1 0 1 2 3 1 3 0 3 1
Jaylin Jean 0 0 1 2 1 4 0 1 0 1
Jadayne King 1 0 0 2 2 1 0 1 0 1
Totals: 12 1 8 17 35 16 4 5 6 8

Glen Ridge

2PT 3PT FTM FTA PTS REB AST BLK STL GP
Zach Berner 2 0 0 0 4 3 1 0 1 1
Jake Machemer 2 2 2 4 12 3 0 0 1 1
Jacob Javier 4 0 3 4 11 2 3 0 3 1
Liam Cooney 1 1 0 0 5 1 2 0 1 1
Zach Konetzni 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 1
Ryan Law 6 0 1 1 13 12 3 1 2 1
Oliver Kleinberg 2 1 0 0 7 1 5 0 2 1
JP Labadia 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 1
Griffin Koenig 1 0 0 0 2 3 1 0 1 1
Aidan Gage 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 1 1
Jayraj Pasricha 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 1
Luke Renoff 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1
Chris Cabrera 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 1
Matthew McCormack 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Charles Loeb 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1
Totals: 23 4 6 9 64 34 20 1 13 15

Team Stats

T GR
Defensive
Rebounds 20 -
Assists 4 -
Blocks 5 -
Steals 6 -

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Retiring Doctor Bids Montclair, Glen Ridge Patients A Fond Farewell

When the new year arrives, it will be the first time since 1946 that a "Dr. Douglas" won't be practicing in the Montclair/Glen Ridge area.|Updated Thu, Dec 14, 2023 at 9:11 am ETMONTCLAIR, NJ — When the new year arrives, it will be the first time since 1946 that a “Dr. Douglas” won’t be practicing in the Montclair/Glen Ridge area.Elaine Douglas, a well-known family physician in Essex County, recently announced her plans to retire. She currently practices out of Vanguard Medical Group&r...

When the new year arrives, it will be the first time since 1946 that a "Dr. Douglas" won't be practicing in the Montclair/Glen Ridge area.

|Updated Thu, Dec 14, 2023 at 9:11 am ET

MONTCLAIR, NJ — When the new year arrives, it will be the first time since 1946 that a “Dr. Douglas” won’t be practicing in the Montclair/Glen Ridge area.

Elaine Douglas, a well-known family physician in Essex County, recently announced her plans to retire. She currently practices out of Vanguard Medical Group’s location in Glen Ridge. Her last day in the office will be Dec. 18.

Douglas bid her patients and the community a fond farewell in a letter this week (read it below).

“This coming January 2024 will be the first time since 1946 that a Dr. Douglas will not be practicing in Montclair (and Glen Ridge). After careful consideration, I am announcing my plans to retire this December.

“As you may know, my father, Dr. Fred Douglas, was the first Dr. Douglas in Montclair and is the person on whose shoulders I have proudly stood. He had encouraged me to become a physician when I was in high school, but the idea of spending so much time in school did not appeal to me. I chose instead to get a degree in music education.

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“Not only did I enjoy teaching music, but also the job enabled me to take 2½ years off to be a full-time, stay-at-home mom…a gift for which I am forever grateful.

“When my daughter was about 2 years old, I started my master’s degree in social studies education. It was during my graduate studies that I developed an interest in medicine and thought about trying to get into medical school. But at the ripe old age of 27, I thought I was too old to change careers. After getting my master’s, I went back to teaching music. Even though I still enjoyed teaching, my interest in medicine grew. I saw the joy that practicing medicine gave my father. I saw how much he was loved by his patients and others who worked with him.

“I lost my teaching position in 1979. After 6 years of teaching elementary school music, I thought seriously about getting another teaching position, but I was still thinking about medicine. I decided to try to get into medical school even though I had not studied math or science since I was in high school. I took a chance and said to myself, I don’t want to be 50 years old and wonder, “Could I have done it?” I did 2 years of pre-med courses, and during the third year, I applied to medical schools – 10 years AFTER I thought I was too old to apply! Fortunately, I was accepted at my first choice – the University of Colorado, which was 6 miles from my house.

“I graduated on Memorial Day, 1986, and my father got to participate in the ceremony. I returned to Montclair and did my residency at Mountainside Family Practice, the same residency where some of the founding physicians of Vanguard Medical Group trained.

“Even though he never said so, I am sure that Dad delayed his retirement in the hopes that I would take over the practice he had worked so hard to build. We worked together for about 3 years before he retired. I continued to practice in the same home office that my father did until November 2017. However, the business of medicine was more than I could handle. I had known some of the original Vanguard physicians since residency, and I thought Vanguard would be a good fit for me. It turns out that I was right. Vanguard has given me the opportunity to continue to do what I love for longer than would have been possible otherwise.

“I still see some patients who started with my father. One of my 90+ year-old patients began seeing my dad when she was in her twenties. Another patient tells me that my father delivered her and that my mother was her home economics teacher. (Mom was one of the first Black teachers hired by the Montclair Public Schools, and after she retired, she helped me in the office.)

“With such a long history of taking care of so many in my community, deciding when to retire has been a difficult one, and I have put it off several times. I truly still love what I do, and I now understand how my dad felt about the practice of medicine.

“As I look back, I am grateful to my younger self for having the guts to take a chance on becoming a physician later in life. I am equally grateful to my patients. You have put your trust in me, and I am honored to have been a part of your healthcare journey.

“It is never easy to say goodbye, but I know that you will continue to be in good hands at Vanguard Medical Group. After I retire, please reach out to the Glen Ridge office at (973) 969-3800. You will receive priority scheduling with a provider who shares a similar medical approach and standard of care to my own standards and who also knows your medical history.

“My last day in the office will be December 18, 2023.

“It has been my pleasure to know you, and I wish you all the best in the coming years.

“Yours in good health, [Elaine Douglas].”

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