Business & Finance

Fair Lawn's Visiting Companions & Caregivers of New Jersey: Services to Assist Caregivers


FAIR LAWN - The holidays are extra tough on caregivers but one local agency, Visiting Companions & Caregivers of New Jersey, has the answer, not to mention a great gift idea that can last the whole year.

"We work with families who do not want the stress of caregiving but want to see their loved ones thrive outside of the nursing home," Kelvin Akpovwa, a registered nurse, said.

Akpovwa is the vice president of service development for Visiting Companions & Caregivers of New Jersey, 21-00 Morlot Ave., Fair Lawn.

Sign Up for E-News

In a recent survey conducted by Alzheimer NJ, findings were no surprise: New Jersey residents are stressed by their caregiver responsibilities. 

  • Women caregivers outnumbered men, with 33% of women and 25% of men serving in that role. 
  • Alzheimer’s is taking a toll on New Jersey caregivers’ lives. More than four in five (85%) said that caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease has had a negative impact on their emotional health. Women are hit harder than men, with more women (42%) than men (31%) saying it has affected their emotional well-being “a great deal.”
  • Family relations are also put under pressure. Overall, 72%, or nearly three in four, said their family relations are strained by caregiving, with that concern being voiced fairly equally across all age groups.
  • One of the contributing factors to caregiver stress and strain is the amount of time it takes, in addition to normal daily tasks. The survey shows that 51% of caregivers spend more than 20 hours per week on caregiving activities. Overall, 27% devote more than 40 hours per week toward caregiving activities.

Akpovwa said his company offers a "unique service called Assisted Living at Home" and called it "the only care program in this part of the state that relieves the family caregiver's stress."

The program works as follows:

  • There are no minimum number of hours required to receive services from the agency.
  • They can begin services within four hours of the first phone call so there is no waiting for care.
  • Clients pay for the type of care they truly need--only--that is why the around-the-clock care companionship rates range from $9.95 to $13.95 per hour.
  • The dementia clients are guaranteed they will never be cared for by someone they have never met and there will not be a different face or a different caregiver each day.
  • All clients receive a free membership to the Caregiver Relief Network, the sole global platform that promotes caregiving as a gratifying experience.

Visiting Companions & Caregivers of New Jersey Facebook page:

Akpovwa said there is a 24-hour phone number, as well: (201) 300-6565.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Fair Lawn/Glen Rock

Conversations with Joan Herrmann: Think Independently, Create Limitless Opportunity

There is great power in independent thought, although these days, it seems group think is what we seem to get. Just because you hear it on the news or from a pundit doesn't mean it's true. In this conversation, Joan takes a look at how we can train ourselves to think more independently and challenge ourselves to get to our personal truth.

Q. I think people like to be accepted and ...

Belmar Parasail: Soar Into Summer with a High-Flying Adventure Along the Beachfront

July 14, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — As Belmar finally basks in picture-perfect weather, it may be time to check off a summer activity on your bucket list. And for many, parasailing is one of those “must-do” experiences.

At Belmar Parasail, the season is in full swing, offering boat trips from the Belmar Manutti Marina to the beachfront where passengers are lifted 500 feet above the Atlantic Ocean ...

Morristown Happenings: Things to Do in Morristown This Weekend; July 14 - 15

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Jump for's the weekend! Don't let Friday the 13th scare you away, there are lots of fun things to do in and around town this weekend! Have a great weekend everyone!

Saturday July 14

Tri harder Triathlon; Ginty Pool and Ginty Field; 8:30am

25th Annual George Gramby Softball Game; Cauldwell Playground; 9am

Urban Farm Stand is Open; 14 ...

Glen Rock Police Blotter - July 16

July 16, 2018

During the period between July 9 and July 15, 2018 members of the GRPD handled 255 calls for service, the highlights of which included:

July 9 -10:35 AM – During the course of a motor vehicle stop, P.O. Tarantino arrested a 34-year-old male out of Newark, NJ on an outstanding Passaic County warrant for unpaid child support. The male was transported to the Passaic County Jail and turned ...

New Restaurant Buys ‘Pocketed’ Westfield Liquor License

July 12, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council approved the transfer of a liquor license to Westfield Hospitality LLC for its Westfield Fish & Brew Company during the council's meeting Tuesday night. The license had been bought from Jeffrey’s when it closed in 2014 and remained unused, or “pocketed,” by that owner until now.

Though the restaurant does not ...

Murphy Administration Takes Action to Help Smokers Quit

July 16, 2018

Eliminates Prior Approval for Medicaid Tobacco Cessation Medications; Counseling Options to be Expanded

TRENTON, NJ – The Murphy administration on July 16 announced new steps to help New Jersey Medicaid recipients quit using tobacco by making it easier to receive tobacco cessation medications and counseling.

“Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death and disease ...

Glen Rock Green Team Hosts "Plastic Ocean" Movie Screening July 31

GLEN ROCK, NJ - The Glen Rock Green Team Interns will be hosting a movie screening of the documentary “Plastic Ocean”  on July 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the Borough Hall Council Chambers. Refreshments and food will be provided before the movie and a question and answer session will take place after the movie.

This life changing documentary is about the growing amounts ...

Take the 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey

How often do you read TAPinto?  Have you downloaded the TAPinto APP?  These are a few of the questions for readers in our 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey.

We want to hear from you!

The survey will take less than five minutes to complete and will help TAPinto better serve you. 

Take the 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey.

Thank you.  We appreciate your support and ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, July 21, 11:00 AM

The Hermitage Museum, Ho-Ho-Kus

Food Truck Festival at The Hermitage

Arts & Entertainment


Sat, July 21, 11:00 AM

The Hermitage Museum, Ho-Ho-Kus

Food Truck Festival

Arts & Entertainment Education Food & Drink


Sun, July 22, 1:00 PM

Cadmus House, Fair Lawn

Cadmus Museum Open House

Arts & Entertainment Education


Sat, August 11, 10:00 AM

Hermitage Museum, Hohokus

Hermitage Museum Outdoor Craft Show

Arts & Entertainment

5 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer

According to the L.A. Times, the average American uses an estimated 98 gallons of water EACH day.  

Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains.

1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us still leave the water running while we shave or brush our teeth?According to ...