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Featured Article: The Growth of One Alzheimer's Caregiver
Farewell Vilma!
How Pets Help Senior Citizens
Kudos From Kelly
Providers We Love
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"We can never thank all of you at Always There Home Care enough. It can be difficult to help an elderly relative when we live so far away. But you all extended yourselves time and time again. Wonderful attentive and caring staff, of course. But also help with home repairs, dealing with storms, managing her medical care, loving her animals, even holding animal funerals! The birthday parties, the holiday celebrations, the field trips, the pet therapy visits were all so special to her. We know how much you all cared about her and it brought us wonderful peace of mind. Thanks for being such an important part of Vilma's life for all those years and of our lives as well.  

Hardy and Karla Homich, Mathews Virginia.
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The Growth of One Alzheimer's Caregiver. I Wish.....  

Alzheimer's Reading Room By Bob DeMarco


Once I entered the Alzheimer's world I learned something fascinating -- my mother is full of feelings and emotion. I learned that I could connect with her....


I am an Alzheimer's Caregiver. My mother Dorothy, 93 years old, suffers from Alzheimer's. We live our life one day at a time.

This is not a lament. I have no any regrets when it comes to caring for my mother. However, I often wish I had known more about Alzheimer's when the diagnosis came in. I wish I knew what to do from day one. I wish....


I now know there are lots of things I could have done to improve the quality of life of my mother. I could have focused sooner, years earlier, on her feelings and capabilities. Instead I focused on learning about Alzheimer's disease, the science, treatments, and how to deal with this new crazy behavior. I was trying to understand and take control of the situation. I wish I knew more about Alzheimer's before it came into our lives.


I now know I was making mistakes. They were not intentional, but still mistakes.


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baby lillian 
"No day is so bad it
can't be fixed
with a


~ Carrie Snow  


Announcing the arrival of Lillian Elizabeth. Beautiful new assistant to our electronic newsletter Guru, Jessica Krumenacker and her husband Mike. Lillian is their first child. And she encourages all of us to fit naps into our day!

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Leaf Farewell Vilma!  

Vilma E. Beyer, 91, wife of the late Walter E. Beyer, died Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at MidState Medical Center. Born in Meriden on March 22, 1920, she was the daughter of the late George and Mary (Bizon) Homich and was a lifelong Meriden resident. She graduated from Meriden High School, Class of 1938 and attended Miss. Marchand's Secretarial School. Mrs. Beyer was employed by the Greater Meriden Chamber of Commerce for 26 years, retiring in 1982.


She was a parishioner of St. Mary Church and was a member of the Church Council. She was also a member of the St. Elizabeth Society, Meriden Council of Catholic Women, AARP Chapter 2654, and was an avid traveler, having visited most of the European countries, as well as Central America and the Islands. She was a volunteer for the Humane society for many years.


She is survived by her niece, Sara Sue Wells and her husband Collis of Northport, AL; nephew, Lt. Col. George H. Homich, USAF Ret., and his wife Karla of Mathews, VA; two grand nieces, Lauren Giddings of Gloucester, VA and Ashley Kizler of Alexandria, VA; grand nephew, George H. Homich, Jr. of Portsmouth, VA; two great-grand nieces, Emily Denton and Hannah Rose Denton; and great-grand nephew, Alexander H. Giddings, all of Gloucester, VA. Vilma was predeceased by a brother, Lt. Col. George E. Homich, USAF Ret., and her sister, Mary M. Homich.

Vilma was one of our first clients and also our favorite. We weathered many storms together, and helped her through some tough times. She was an elegant survivor. She taught us all that one is never too old to enjoy lovely clothes, great hair and makeup, fun visits from friends, and even a special boyfriend! We joyfully celebrated three birthday parties in her honor, and were looking forward to the fourth, before she was taken away from us, far too soon. Vilma loved animals of all kinds, chocolate, mass on TV or in person, hats, good skin creams, funny movies, children, and most of all, her wonderful family. It was the greatest honor to care for her for over 3 years, and to have her become part of our family. We will all miss her so very much! 


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Up and Dancing Bright and Early! 



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  By Rebecca Sweat 


"Nick has brought a lot of love into my life," says Mary Miller, a retired schoolteacher from Phoenix, Ariz. "Even if I'm having a really bad day, I always feel better after a few minutes of snuggling on the sofa with Nick." 

There are hundreds of thousands of other senior citizens across the country who feel the same way about their pets. But the scientific community has also started weighing in on the subject-and its praise almost equals that of the owners.


Animals Provide Family and Friendship

"Pets are an important form of social contact," says Dr. Alan Beck, director of the Center for Human-Animal Bond at the School of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University. "For older people who may be less mobile and who have few or limited companions, animals provide family and friendship, something to care for and to be recognized by."


Everyone, young and old, he says, has a real need to nurture something or someone. "This need to nurture does not stop when our children are grown or are no longer babies, or when our grandchildren are grown," Beck says. "The nice thing about a pet is that she may grow older, but she will never grow up. She will always be your baby."


Studies Show Pets Boost Physical Health

A growing number of researchers believe that pets also help boost physical health. Over the last two decades, studies have linked pet ownership with increased chances of survival after a heart attack and reducing blood pressure. Others have shown that pets can sometimes help people with Alzheimer's.


According to Dr. Lynette Hart, associate professor at the University of California


"Nick has brought a lot of love into my life," says Mary Miller, a retired schoolteacher from Phoenix, Ariz. "Even if I'm having a really bad day, I always feel better after a few minutes of snuggling on the sofa with Nick."


There are hundreds of thousands of other senior citizens across the country who feel the same way about their pets. But the scientific community has also started weighing in on the subject-and its praise almost equals that of the owners.


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"blessed is the person who has earned
the love of an old dog"  


~ Sidney Jeanne Seward  


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Kudos from Kelly

KUDOS from Kelly

 By Kelly McNamara     


Stella Asante  Stella had the privilege of being V B's caregiver for the past year and also her final caregiver. She brought so much life into what turned out to be V B's final year. The extra special holiday celebrations with her wonderful family joining her and V B for the festivities. A new large tree at Christmas, a sumptuous Thanksgiving feast, a puppy to cuddle and sleep on her lap. The wonderful food she prepared every day since she is such an amazing cook was much appreciated by V B. Her weight during Stella's care was at an all time high! And finally, sharing V B's final night and staying with her through the ambulance ride and being with her when she died. Caring for VB for a year then making sure she did not die alone but in the company of someone who cared about her so much defines excellence in care giving. Thanks Stella for dong such a wonderful job!


Ellen Ofosu
Ellen is a relatively new employee and is already off and running and doing a wonderful job as a live in with a new client. W C. Ellen's maturity, her well-developed care skills, her ease of conversation and attentiveness combine to make her not only a wonderful professional caregiver but also a great companion to W. C. It was very important to this client as well as to her family that she return to her own home following a long stay in the rehabilitation facility. Ellen and W C are already quite fond of each other and we are hopeful the good care she provides will prevent any further hospitalizations. 


All Kudos caregivers will receive a gift card and our gratitude. Many many thanks to all of you for once again extending yourselves to ensure that we are of course.... Always There..!! 

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Until one has loved
an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.


Anatole France 


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We are privileged to have received referrals from and be able to coordinate care with many Assisted Living facilities, rehab facilities, and Medicare Home Care and Hospice agencies. Our growth is in large part due to the trust the staff in these organizations have put in our caregivers.  We are likewise impressed with them and we are committed to referring to them on a regular basis. 


Arbor Rose, Assisted Living, New Britain  

Long a favorite facility of ours, Arbor Rose boasts a wonderful and caring group of staff, activity folks who keep life interesting for residents and a very welcoming environment for our pet therapy program. Our caregivers who are providing service for some residents at Arbor Rose have determined that Arbor Rose serves the best food and has the friendliest and most attentive dining staff of any facility in which they've worked. High praise indeed! Arbor Rose is the perfect environment for those who want to age in place gracefully and well cared for. Thanks to our colleagues at Arbor Rose for their continued support and trust in our caregivers. It is always a pleasure to work with all of you!

Vitas Hospice, Waterbury, Fairfield, Hartford

We are always proud to refer our clients to Vitas Hospice. Their beautiful new acute care inpatient unit at St Mary's is just another reason to refer folks there who are struggling with their family members café under hospice. Vitas has distinguished itself on its response time, its amazing and unique Veterans program and its commitment to providing continuous care (24 hour care by Vitas staff LPNs or CNAs at Medicare's expense). Continuous Care is provided by Vitas when clients are actively dying or need short-term symptom management. The vast majority of people have expressed their desire to end their lives at home in peace and comfort. Vitas excels in this area. We are proud to be a referral partner.


Seabury Active Living Retirement Community, Bloomfield

One of Connecticut's first retirement communities, Seabury has grown impressively from its original facility. The sprawling campus now boasts several individual residences, from apartments to substantial single homes. Their memory care unit is superb. The surroundings provide lovely views in all seasons. An immense fitness facility, including a large pool promotes continued fitness of older adults. Seabury boasts an impressive participation of its residents in the fitness facility. Seabury also has an innovative Life Care program and Seabury at Home service. Their home care program provides both Medicare as well as home private duty services for the community and surrounding area. It is a privilege to work in co-operation with them.


Emeritus Assisted Living in Glastonbury, Buckingham Estates 

A truly special community, dedicated entirely to those with memory cares issues; Buckingham/Emeritus has truly distinguished itself in the market. One has only to visit, to see the happy residents and very caring staff and management who have all who received special training in Alzheimer's and other memory care conditions. It is an honor to serve their residents and work with their great staff!


Emeritus also has facilities in Woodbridge, South Windsor, and Rocky Hill.They were recently voted the Best Assisted Living Communities in CT. It is easy to see how they earned this award. All their facilities boast lovely exteriors, inviting interiors, personable, helpful and competent staff, great food, and varying levels of care to meet the specific needs of an aging population.


Miller Memorial Community, Meriden 

Another long-term favorite of ours, Miller boasts extraordinary therapists and nursing staff who work wonders for patients undergoing rehab there. They do such a great job, we are happy to continue to help their patients return to their normal lives at home. Miller boasts an active and effective short-term rehab in addition to high quality long-term care. In addition Miller operates an active outpatient rehab facility for folks who have been discharged to home but miss the folks at Miller and can receive the same quality therapy in an outpatient setting. Our clients continue to visit after discharge, just to see their friends on the staff again!


VNA Healthcare

Established in 1901, VNA Health Care provides home health care, hospice and independent living services to more than 60 towns throughout Greater Hartford and Waterbury communities. They provide a full range of Medicare covered services including nursing therapy and Hone health aides. They also hold wellness clinics throughout the state, meals on wheels, telemonitoring so that their patients health conditions can be monitored remotely thus preventing hospitalizations. They have a wonderful hospice program (with pet therapy!) They also have specialized programs in cardiac care and Geriatric care management. With a century of experience a coverage area that spans the state of CT, and a wonderful caring and professional staff, they are well equipped to meet all your skilled nursing needs at home. The easiest way to inquire about their services is to call



We take our recommendations of providers very seriously. Please consider our favorites in deciding care for yourself or your family members. We would choose any of them for our loved ones.

 About Always There Home Care

Always There Home Care provides compassionate, dependable and professional one-on-one care for seniors who need assistance in the comfort of their homes or residential care communities.  Services from highly qualified and trained caregivers range from companionship, meal preparation and incidental transportation to personal care, medication management and RN-directed case management. Available 7 days a week, services range from a few hours a day to 24-hour care.

Always There Home Care understands that every situation is unique and creates individualized care plans to help improve a client's quality of life.

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Our caregivers are totally committed, highly qualified and carefully
selected individuals who are personally and thoroughly screened, bonded and
insured. Most are Certified Nurse Assistants or Home Health Aides. Most
importantly our caregivers are dependable and extraordinarily caring of others.
In addition to their previous experience, our caregivers receive continuous training
that includes dementia, hospice care, home safety, nutrition and other topics related
to seniors. These highly qualified and trained caregivers are ready to help you and
your loved ones with a variety of daily activities such as:

Personal care   /  Meal planning and preparation

Transportation to doctor appointments and other errands

Caring companionship   /  Light housekeeping

Medication reminders  /   Information and referral services   

Our personalized, nurse- supervised services are available 7 days a week and can range from a few hours a day to 24 hour and live in care.

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For more information or service needs, call 24 hours a day at: 203-879-6675
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