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In This Issue
Featured Article: Dotty's Ten Tips for Communicating with a Person Living with Dementia
Farewell to Bess!
Funding Obamacare by Home Health Medicare Co-pay
Lessons from Boston: The Power of Helping Others
Kudos From Kelly
Providers We Love
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Sweetie (see Kudos)
(thanks Antoinette)

Latoya Scott
(thanks Leona) 
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Bridget and Kids Collage
Photo top: Bridget Ackeifi and her beautiful daughters Meagan, 8, and twins Mary Anne and Grace Anne, 6 years.  Last snowfall of 2013. Bridget is a full time RN student and a wonderful mother and employee.
"One always has time enough, If only one will apply it well."

~ Johann Wolfgang  Von Goethe

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"Children are the living messages
a mother sends to
a future she will
not see."

~ In gratitude to every mother everywhere

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Left photo above:
Bride and Groom, Basil and Alyssa. 
Right photo above:
Kelly and her sister in law Marissa at Basil and Alyssa's wedding. 
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"Excellence is... 
caring more than others think is wise;

risking more than others think is safe; dreaming more than others think is practical; expecting more than others think is possible."


~ Winston Churchill


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Lillilan and Grace Collage
Left photo above:
Lillian enjoying the sunshine! 
Right photo above:
Grace shopped till she dropped! 

"When we lose the right to be different we lose the privilege to be free."


~ Charles Evans Hughes

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"Just because a man died for it, doesn't mean it's true."


~ Oscar Wilde
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Regina, Bail and Grandom at Wedding Collage

Left photo above: Regina and Basil's grandmother dancing. Right photo above: Bail, groom, cutting a rug with his 92 year old grandmother Lydia. 

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Featured Article:  

 Dotty's Ten Tips for Communicating with a Person Living with Dementia

By Dorothy DeMarco


Note: My friend and colleague Bob DeMarco was a caregiver for his mother Dotty who lived with Alzheimer's for 8 years in Florida. Dotty went to Heaven on May 25, 2012. Many thousands of us across the globe shared Bob's pain since we all benefited from his practical wisdom on caring for people with Alzheimer's, which we do every day.


He now is proud to offer his advice, as his remarkable mother would give us all were she still among us.  


Here, then is Dotty's first "column from heaven"


Hi, I'm back, did you miss me? Yeah, I'm still sitting' up here on my cloud.


Once I get done giving you some advice from an actual person that lived with Alzheimer's, I am going to go eat. You never get hungry up here. You know, as I look down on y'all I keep coming to the same conclusion, you really don't have a clue on how to deal with someone living with dementia.


Try taking a few deep breaths and keeping it simple.


Bobby believes that Alzheimer's patients are capable of more than most people can imagine. Well he is right about that. That's my boy Bobby.  


Up here we keep wondering, why you don't you just start helping us live our lives instead of worrying about all the stuff you can't control?

Here are 10 communications tips you can use to help improve the life of both you, and the person living with dementia. Please note, I used the word living.


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Bess Portrait
Farewell to Bess!

Bess Schnipper, 99, of West Hartford, beloved wife of the late William Schnipper, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 09, 2013 at St. Francis Hospital. Bess was born in Brooklyn, NY and she was a resident of Valley Stream, Long Island for 50 years before moving to West Hartford over 6 years ago. Bess was very active in Hadassah and was an avid knitter and Scrabble player, and had a healthy appetite for chocolate. She loved to travel throughout the world and was a very sharp and humorous woman who was always ready with a witty reply even into her later years. Her son Michael Schnipper and his wife Ida, of Unionville, and her grandchildren Sara and Matthew Schnipper survive her.


The family would like to express their gratitude to Lydia and Regina of Always There Home Care and all the staff at Hoffman Summerwood Community for their compassionate care of Bess. 


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Leaf Funding Obamacare by Home Health Medicare Co-Pay: A Study in Unintended Consequences    

The budget that President Obama submitted to Congress last month contains a call for, among other things, an increase of $1.4 billion in discretionary spending for the administrative expenses related to implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). In a budget that claims to reduce the deficit, where is all this money coming from?


Some of it - $730 million -will come from instituting $100 co-payments for Medicare patients who use home health care. Home health care is primarily for patients who need frequent care that requires the attention of a physical, occupational, or speech therapist, or a nurse on a part-time basis, but does not require the patient to be hospitalized. The patients are homebound, and have difficulty accessing outpatient care in the usual settings. In fact, home health care is a significant factor in keeping patients out of the hospital.


Always There Home Care is a non-Medicare agency but we collaborate with Medicare Home Health agencies frequently. Most of our clients require short term Medicare skilled home care at some point in order to remain safe at home and avoid hospitalization.


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 Lessons from Boston:  
The Power of Helping others
By: Alan Weiss   

The tragedy at the Boston Marathon demonstrated clearly our capacity and willingness to help others without spending time debating the need. Strangers, bystanders, passers-by, employees of businesses all rushed to assist people who needed aid, sometimes savings lives in those acts.


People were compliant with authorities' requests to stay at home, despite inconvenience and lack of information. There was no whining, no law suits, no demands for exceptions.


Enough people have written about the circumstances and content of what transpired. I want to talk about the process. We are all capable of such charitable and selfless acts every day, but we often deny or elide them in our behavior as we would omit a "silent" part of speech. The contractions in our speech become contractions in our behavior, and sometimes we're the poorer for it. How often are we providing a compliment for someone doing a good job and not expecting the praise? How difficult is it to say "thank you" to a vender or delivery person? I'm constantly amazed at people who request of me a free sample or a correction in an address without so much as a "please" or "thank you."


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Kudos from Kelly


KUDOS from Kelly

By Kelly McNamara


This month we will honor our "Newbies". These are caregivers, referred to our company by our best performing and much loved caregivers, who already have established themselves as superior caregivers in a very short amount of time.


Ayele Sweety Akutu (Sweety, to most of us)
Sweety took on the tough job of coming into a case following the sudden departure of the previous caregiver. Usually we like a more smooth transition, but we had no choice in this case. Sweetie did an extraordinary job of quickly learning the important aspects of her client MT's care. This client had been ours for several years now and is very very special to us, so our expectations were high! Sweetie quickly became proficient at all the care and monitoring tasks, since careful regular checking in on MT's status is what keeps her out of the hospital. But aside from these clinical tasks, Sweetie is a great listener, and conversationalist, and a wonderful cook, since MT has been a cook for most of her 99 years and appreciates good food. In a relatively short time they have become friends. We are honored to have you join our company Sweetie, and hope you will be with us a long, long time.


Lovelace Ohene Agyekum
Lovelace was referred to us by her sister Lydia, a long term and much-admired caregiver who has been with us since our company started. We could not think of a better recommendation, so we were happy to hire her then put on her call until a more permanent case came along. She was amazingly flexible in filing the on call role, then recently took on a gentleman JV, who lives is a lovely country setting in western CT. Love (as she is affectionately called by the family members and clients) has done a wonderful job of encouraging her client to move, keep up with his therapy, enjoy the lovely outdoors in his beautiful home, and stay safe. She works well with the staff from the Medicare home care company (All About You Home Care) as we all watch for complications while maintaining his health status to the best of our ability. She has quickly become a valued asset to the family members as they mange the care for their parents, a tough but rewarding challenge for all. Thanks so much, Love, for all you do every day!


All caregivers mentioned in this column will receive a gift card and our sincere appreciation! 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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leaf Providers We Love    

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


All About You Home Care Services

Naugatuck, East Haven and Torrington

All About You has dedicated professionals, specializing in providing quality home health care. RN's, LPN's, nurse's aides, homemakers, social workers and speech, physical and occupational therapies are all available to meet any needs. They also provide case management to help patients and families navigate the health care system. Medicare and all insurance plans cover their services. They will handle your particular requirements in a professional, confident manner. Every patient and family has unique needs their dedicated personnel can provide families with an individualized care plan reflecting all their health needs. For our clients and friends, high quality physical and occupational therapy and rapid response service on weekends especially are essential elements of a great Medicare home care agency. It is a privilege to be referral partners with All About You Home Care. 


 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 


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: 800.348.0485 or visit

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