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Home Care In Verona, NJ

Home Care Verona, 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 View of San Giorgio in Braida 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 Verona, 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.”

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.”

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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”

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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 Verona, 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 Verona, 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 Verona 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 Miele's Italian Restaurant or visit Monument To Berto Barbarani, 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 Verona, 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 Verona, 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 Verona, 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:

  • Verona Senior Citizens Housing
  • Senior Citizen Center
  • Assisted Living Locators of Greater Essex County and Northwest New Jersey
  • Senior Care Authority of New Jersey
  • Arbor Terrace Roseland
  • Green Hill Senior Living and Rehabilitation
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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 Verona, 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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Verona Resident Nominated As Commissioner Of NJ Department Of Banking And Insurance

Governor Phil Murphy today announced his nomination of Verona resident Justin Zimmerman as commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance. As commissioner, he will lead the department in regulating the banking, insurance, and real estate industries as well as operating Get Covered New Jersey, the state’s official health insurance marketplace. Zimmerman currently serves as acting commissioner of the department and will continue to serve in his current role pending his confirmation by the Senate.“Justin Z...

Governor Phil Murphy today announced his nomination of Verona resident Justin Zimmerman as commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance. As commissioner, he will lead the department in regulating the banking, insurance, and real estate industries as well as operating Get Covered New Jersey, the state’s official health insurance marketplace. Zimmerman currently serves as acting commissioner of the department and will continue to serve in his current role pending his confirmation by the Senate.

“Justin Zimmerman has been an asset to the Department of Banking and Insurance since day one of my administration, and I have no doubt he will continue to do an excellent job in his role as commissioner,” said Governor Murphy. “In addition to the time he has already spent serving as acting commissioner, Justin’s prior experience as the department’s chief of staff makes him more than qualified for this position. His skilled leadership and thorough understanding of banking and insurance policy have helped countless residents throughout our state and will serve him well as he continues to lead this department.”

“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to serve as commissioner in an administration that is dedicated to improving the lives of New Jerseyans,” said Department of Banking and Insurance Acting Commissioner Zimmerman. “It is an honor to be nominated to lead the department’s committed public servants as we continue our efforts to protect residents, enable access to quality, affordable health insurance and ensure that the department’s regulated entities operate in accordance with the law. I thank the governor for his confidence and for this opportunity, and I look forward to continuing to work on behalf of the Murphy administration to create a stronger and fairer New Jersey.”

Zimmerman joined the department in January 2018, serving as the department’s chief of staff, where he oversaw the executive management team and managed all aspects of the department’s policy implementation under the direction of former Commissioner Marlene Caride. Following Commissioner Caride’s recent departure to join the judiciary as a judge of the New Jersey Superior Court, Zimmerman took on the role of acting commissioner.

During his tenure as chief of staff, the department developed and implemented numerous consumer protections and programs impacting countless New Jerseyans, including New Jersey’s out of network law, student loan protections, mortgage servicers licensing, expanded reproductive health care access, and Get Covered New Jersey.

Prior to joining Governor Murphy’s administration, Zimmerman served as chief of policy and legislation to the New Jersey state Senate president pro tempore, where he focused on expanding access to quality affordable health care for New Jerseyans, and the expansion of voting rights and civil rights. He began his career as a public servant working as a briefing aide to Governor Jon Corzine and director of legislative and intergovernmental affairs for the New Jersey Department of State.

Zimmerman was born and raised in New Jersey, growing up in Essex and Union counties. He received his bachelor of arts from the University of Mary Washington. He lives in Verona with his wife, Laura, and their two children.

Sip Holiday-Themed Cocktails At 'Miracle' Pop-Up Bars In NJ

NEW JERSEY — Want to toast this holiday season in style? Miracle, a popular pop-up cocktail experience, has decked the halls at six New Jersey bars with plenty of decorations, and a full menu of themed drinks.The Miracle concept, launched in New York City nine years ago, has expanded to bars across the country - and Garden State revelers can share in the cheer.“With kitschy holiday décor, professionally-developed cocktails and the nost...

NEW JERSEY — Want to toast this holiday season in style? Miracle, a popular pop-up cocktail experience, has decked the halls at six New Jersey bars with plenty of decorations, and a full menu of themed drinks.

The Miracle concept, launched in New York City nine years ago, has expanded to bars across the country - and Garden State revelers can share in the cheer.

“With kitschy holiday décor, professionally-developed cocktails and the nostalgic energy of the best office party you’ve ever been to, Miracle is sure to get even the grouchiest grinch in the holiday spirit,” the official website boasts.

The experience is tailored for sharing with friends (and sharing on social media), with festive decorations and cocktails with names such as Snowball Old Fashioned, Christmas Cricket, The Krampus, and Carol Barrel.

You can also purchase uniquely-shaped mugs and glassware to add even more holiday flair — including a dinosaur with a Santa hat, and a cheery unicorn. And at the end of the 2023 season, Miracle will donate 10 percent of net proceeds from the sale of three of those mugs (Santa’s Pants, Christmas Carol Barrel, and Santa’s Head) to the nonprofit Seva Foundation.

Seva is a global eye care organization, which works with local communities around the world to develop programs to preserve and restore people’s sight.

Reservations are encouraged at each individual bar, as they fill up quickly, and the price of drinks and gifts will vary by location.

Here are the details for the six Miracle pop-up bars in New Jersey, as well as links to social media for more photos and information:

Located at The Loaded Spoon (108 Schanck Rd, Freehold, NJ 07728). Open from now until Jan. 1.

Hours: Mon-Wed 4 p.m.-11 p.m. / Thurs 4 p.m.-1 a.m. / Fri 4 p.m.- 2 a.m. / Sat 11 a.m.- 2 a.m. / Sun 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Reservations available here.

Located at Franklin Social (292 Barrow St, Jersey City, NJ 07302). Open from now until Jan. 1.

Hours: Mon-Thurs 4 p.m.- 12 a.m. / Fri 4 p.m.- 12 a.m. / Sat 11 a.m.- 12 a.m. / Sun 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Reservations available here.

Located at Catherine Lombardi (3 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901). Open from now until Dec. 31.

Hours: Sun-Thurs 4:30 p.m.- 9 p.m. / Fri & Sat 4:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. Reservations available here.

Located at Cowan's Public (229 Centre St, Nutley, NJ 07110). Open from now until Jan. 1.

Hours: Mon-Thurs 4 p.m.- 12 a.m. / Fri 4 p.m.- 1 a.m. / Sat 11 a.m.- 1 a.m. / Sun 11 a.m.- 11 p.m. Reservations available here.

Located at The Parkside Social (706 Bloomfield Ave, Verona, NJ 07044). Open from now until Jan. 1.

Hours: Mon-Thurs 4 p.m.- 11 p.m. / Fri 4 p.m.- 12 a.m. / Sat 11 a.m.-12 a.m. / Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Reservations available here.

Located at Gus’ Last Word (191 Valley Blvd, Wood-Ridge, NJ 07075). Open from now until Jan. 1.

Hours: Mon-Thurs 4 p.m.- 11 p.m. / Fri & Sat 4 p.m.- 12 a.m. / Sun 12 p.m.-9 p.m. Reservations available here.

Verona Financial Advisor Indicted

TRENTON — Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin and Interim Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Al Garcia announced today that an Essex County man has been indicted on charges related to the financial exploitation of a 90-year-old woman, after the suspect allegedly abused his authority over her finances to steal tens of thousands of dollars from the victim.John Boston, 47, of Verona, has been indicted by a state grand jury on one count of theft (2nd degree) and one count of theft by failure to make required disposition (2nd degree), follow...

TRENTON — Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin and Interim Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Al Garcia announced today that an Essex County man has been indicted on charges related to the financial exploitation of a 90-year-old woman, after the suspect allegedly abused his authority over her finances to steal tens of thousands of dollars from the victim.

John Boston, 47, of Verona, has been indicted by a state grand jury on one count of theft (2nd degree) and one count of theft by failure to make required disposition (2nd degree), following an investigation by the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor’s (OIFP) Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU). The investigation began after a referral from the Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman. At his arraignment last month in state Superior Court in Essex County, Boston pleaded not guilty.

According to the investigation, Boston, a registered financial advisor at the time, signed a contract with the victim, agreeing to assist in managing her affairs and assets. However, the defendant never obtained authorization from his employer to take on the victim as a client, failed to notify his employer and failed to register the victim as a client, as required by the federal Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Boston then signed a durable financial power of attorney with the then-90-year-old victim on or about June 27, 2017, and it is alleged that through a series of transactions, including ATM withdrawals and bank transfers, Boston diverted more than $75,000 from the victim. It is alleged that Boston used his own debit card to withdraw the money and spent it on his own bills and purchases for himself and his family. Meanwhile, according to the investigation, he defaulted on the victim’s bills and neglected her care and wellbeing.

“Victimizing our senior citizens under the guise of providing professional services occurs too often, and the effects on the victims and their families can be devastating,” said Attorney General Platkin. “No one should have to fear losing their life’s savings or their home because someone purporting to be a professional violated their duty and trust. We will continue to hold accountable those who commit elder abuse.”

“We have resources in place whose sole mission is to eradicate this type of exploitation,” said Interim Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Garcia. “We are steadfast in investigating and prosecuting these cases. If you target our elderly, you will get caught, and you will face justice.”

Second-degree charges carry a sentence of five to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison and a fine of up to $150,000.

The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Deputy Attorney General Lawrence Krayn is prosecuting the case for the OIFP – MFCU, under the supervision of Assistant Bureau Chief Michael Klein and Bureau Chief Heather Hadley. Detectives Little Trenard and Chantel Blake led the investigation, under the supervision of Lt. Jarek Pyrzanowski, Lt. Joseph Jaruszewski and Deputy Chief Rich King. Investigator SeRonne Anderson and Analyst Keira McRae-Wiggins also played integral roles in the investigation. Interim Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Garcia thanked his staff for their work on this case, and to the Long-Term Care Ombudsman for the referral.

New Jersey MFCU’s total funding for federal fiscal year (FY) 2023 is $9,418,641. Of that total, 75 percent, or $7,063,984, is awarded under a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The remaining 25 percent, totaling $2,354,657 for FY 2023, is funded by the State of New Jersey.

OIFP’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit specifically protects Medicaid beneficiaries and the Medicaid Program from fraud, waste, and abuse. Further, the Unit may review complaints of abuse or neglect of patients or residents in care facilities regardless of the funding source. To report fraud, abuse or neglect, please email [email protected] or call 609-292-1272. If you are concerned about insurance cheating in general, and have information about insurance fraud, you can report fraud anonymously by calling the toll-free hotline at 1-877-55-FRAUD, or visiting www.NJInsurancefraud.org. State regulations permit a reward to be paid to eligible persons who provide information that leads to an arrest, prosecution, and conviction for insurance fraud.

Today is the International Day of the Girl, and it was a big day for a nonprofit founded by a Verona resident a decade ago.

Allison Wright’s ESchool4Girls rang the opening bell at the NASDAQ stock exchange in midtown Manhattan. The nonprofit is dedicated to building the next generation of female entrepreneurs and leaders by helping them to understand what they could accomplish with an entrepreneurial mindset. Its flagship program is a two-week summer session at New York University aimed at high school students from under-resourced and minority backgrounds.

ESchool entrepreneurs learn in a hands-on, step-by-step framework to develop ventures focused on identifying and solving today’s real-life problems. The program covers personal skills, as well as professional and business development in a collaborative pre-college environment that allows students to engage with successful entrepreneurs, college professors, and corporate leaders.

Wright (second from right, above) attended the NASDAQ event alongside Program Coordinator Emily Sebiri, with alumni Aminata Drame, Lula Torres, Yaleza Fernandez, and Ashanti Bruce. “To say I am ecstatic about our future is putting it lightly,” said Wright, who as Allison Sebiri graduated Verona High School with the class of 1983. “I know that we can do this and I know that our future is in great hands with these amazing women.”

“When I started ESchool for girls 10 years ago,” she added, “I could only have imagined standing up on that stage with some of our alumni to show the world the power of girls for today and the future.”

Football Falls Short In Opener

Friday evening was the opening of high school football in New Jersey. In this Week Zero contest, Verona faced Lakeland Regional in a true nail-biter to the very end.Verona received the ball first but was unable to drive down the field and was forced to punt. Lakeland Regional proceeded to call a series of runs, slowly making their way downfield. The drive was stalled with tackles by #50 Aidan Cifaretto (guard, defensive tackle), #44 Bodie Maisano (running back, linebacker), and #13 Salvatore Santos-DiTrani (receiver, safety), as well ...

Friday evening was the opening of high school football in New Jersey. In this Week Zero contest, Verona faced Lakeland Regional in a true nail-biter to the very end.

Verona received the ball first but was unable to drive down the field and was forced to punt. Lakeland Regional proceeded to call a series of runs, slowly making their way downfield. The drive was stalled with tackles by #50 Aidan Cifaretto (guard, defensive tackle), #44 Bodie Maisano (running back, linebacker), and #13 Salvatore Santos-DiTrani (receiver, safety), as well as a tipped ball by #22 Dean Algieri (receiver, outside linebacker). However, Lakeland Regional steadily progressed forward, throwing a pass in the center of the field to score a touchdown. An extra point caused Verona to be down 0-7. Upon receiving the ball, Maisano ran for a 20-yard kick return and then ran the ball nearly to the 50-yard line. Capitalizing on this, #10 Connor Demasi threw a pass to #23 Zach Garmont (receiver, safety, cornerback), who proceeded to run 35 yards to the Lakeland 15.

The second quarter started off with Verona only 10 yards away from the end zone, but a wall of Lakeland defenders stopped Verona on a 4th and 1. Lakeland’s momentum was slowed by tackles from Algieri and # 32 Luke Freedman (linebacker), playing his first varsity game. Finally, a botched snap caused a Lakeland punt. Afterwards, Verona and Lakeland both traded possessions, both punting due to strong defense. However, after another punt by Verona, Lakeland drove the ball down all the way to the Verona 15. It looked like Lakeland was all set to score when Garmont intercepted the ball and ran 80 yards for a pick-six. An extra point set the score tied at 7-7. Lakeland responded by throwing the ball 40 yards downfield, but then Cifaretto recovered a fumble, turning the ball back to the offense. Despite a 20-yard throw to #5 Gianluca Checchetto (receiver, cornerback), Verona was unable to score in such limited time, closing out the second quarter.

During halftime, the Verona Marching Maroon and White performed parts one and two of their show, “Bach and Roll”, and the Verona Cheerleading Squad performing their 2023 routine. #20 Jayden Nigro (receiver, outside linebacker), who had suffered a minor injury earlier in the game, prepared to return in the second half.

At the start of the second half, Lakeland was unable to gather steam due to tackles from Checchetto, Nigro, and Maisano. On offense, receptions by Michael Demasi and Garmont brought Verona inside the red zone, but Verona was unable to score. Vigorous defense by Verona managed to slow the Lakeland advance. Particularly of note were numerous tackles by #11 Jesse Wagner (receiver, cornerback), a tackle for a loss by #81 John Paul Alfano (receiver, linebacker), and consistent pocket pressure by #12 Ethan Fersch (tight end, defensive end). Lakeland was forced to settle for a field goal with 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, drawing up the score at 7-10.

In the rest of the fourth quarter, players from both teams showed tremendous skill. While on punt return, Garmont outmaneuvered four players in his pursuit of a first down. Garmont then completed a 50-yard pass to Algieri putting Verona deep in Lakeland territory, but Verona was unable to produce points. Verona’s defense then held Lakeland from scoring any points, but could not stop them from running out the clock.

Verona will seek to improve their technique in next week’s bout against Madison. Madison is a strong team that went 6-3 last year. Verona will be their first competitor, as the Dodgers did not have a Week Zero game. The game will take place at Madison on Saturday, September 2, at 1 p.m.

(Photos copyright Kathleen Milano Seubert. Used by permission.)

2023 Board Of Education Election: The Candidates Respond

Mike Boone and Dominic Ferry are the two candidates running for one seat on the Verona Board of Education on Tuesday, November 7.To help readers to get to know the candidates, MyVeronaNJ interviewed both separately via Zoom last week. There were four questions that were the same for both the candidates, and another four that were specific to an individual candidate’s background, platform or public positions. You can read each candidate’s response to all eight questions on the pages below, which also include ways to learn m...

Mike Boone and Dominic Ferry are the two candidates running for one seat on the Verona Board of Education on Tuesday, November 7.

To help readers to get to know the candidates, MyVeronaNJ interviewed both separately via Zoom last week. There were four questions that were the same for both the candidates, and another four that were specific to an individual candidate’s background, platform or public positions. You can read each candidate’s response to all eight questions on the pages below, which also include ways to learn more about them on the web and social media.

Mike Boone Dominic Ferry

Both men have been residents of Verona for two decades and both have two children who have gone through, or are still in, Verona’s public schools. Boone, who has had a long career in communications, now leads operations for digital publications and marketing communications at Interpublic Group (IPG), a global advertising and marketing company. [Full disclosure: This reporter worked at The Wall Street Journal when Boone worked there, but we did not work in the same area or country.] Ferry, a native of Belleville, has spent 36 years in Nutley’s Water Department, where he is now assistant superintendent of public works. He also owns his own consulting company.

The Board of Education election is Tuesday, November 7. The candidates are listed on the back side of the mail-in ballot, along with a proposal to increase the amount of Verona’s open space levy to three cents per $100 of assessed value from two cents. The open space trust fund was created in 2019.

Representatives of two cancer support groups that got their start in Verona gathered in the center of town on Tuesday evening for a flag raising to mark breast cancer awareness month.

WINGS, which stands for for Women Inspiring Nurturing Giving Strength & Support, runs programs on the using the healing arts—music, art, movement, writing, and the like—to alleviate anxiety among women cancer patients before, during, and after treatment. On October 18, they will hold a session on nutrition, while their November 15 session will be about healing movement. All programs, which are held at the Verona Community Center, are free, but participants do need to register in advance.

The Minette’s Angels Foundation was created 20 years ago to honor a Verona resident and nurse who passed away after a 10-year battle against breast cancer. Ken McKenna, the widower of Minette Grosso McKenna, told those gathered for the flag raising about how the foundation has expanded over the last two decades. It continues to provide assistance to those in treatment and supports research, but it now offers three scholarships to nursing students and has expanded from Verona to serve patients across northern New Jersey. McKenna noted that the foundation has granted funds to Trinitas’ Comprehensive Cancer Center in Elizabeth to support the cost of wigs, lymphedema sleeves and gloves, mastectomy bras and prostheses. He stressed the importance of this assistance in a disadvantaged community where women too often have to choose between buying food and buying the medicine they need for their treatment.

Tonight, Wednesday, October 4, representatives of Minette’s Angels will be at Verona High School for the annual “Dig Pink” fundraiser held by the volleyball teams of Verona and Cedar Grove to benefit breast cancer research. The game begins at 7 p.m. On Thursday, October 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. the foundation will host “Real Panthers Wear Pink,” a benefit walk in Cedar Grove’s Panther Park.

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