In This Issue
Featured Article: The Holiday Dilemma, Should Mom Attend?
The most Dangerous Room in the House
All About You Home Care
Kudos From Kelly
Providers We Love
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Winnie Khayile

(Thanks TK)

Docia Appiah

(Thanks Antoinette)

Thozama (Precious) Ntuli

(Thanks TK)

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"Know the rules well so you can break them effectively."

~ Dalai Lama XIV

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Above photos: Grace Dolan and her aunt Barbara; Lillian and Jessica Krumenaker; Gentry Eramian. A birthday/Halloween cake Mary Dolan made for Grace's 2nd Birthday party; TK'sAbove photos:

kids Omule and Vamond JR

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"Real generosity toward the future Lies in giving all to the present."


~ Albert Camus

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Be what you are.

This is the first step toward becoming better than you are.


~ J.C. Hare

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Above photo: Lillian and her father,
Mike Krumenacker

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"To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven." ~ Johannes A. Gaertner



To our friends, colleagues, family, &
especially our clients and their loved ones. 


We are grateful to all of you for your support, your sympathy in times of sadness and loss, your pride in us when our news is good.


We are honored to be entrusted with the care of so many seniors and the privilege of supporting their loved ones. Special thanks to those of you who read, and express appreciation for our newsletters.


Finally, many, many thanks to our wonderful caregivers.  Without your selflessness, special brand of caring, and willingness to go the extra mile, we would be no different from our many competitors.

It is all of you who make the lives of our clients and their loved ones wonderful beyond their expectations.


Our sincere thanks to you for your amazing contributions to our special company, and to your families for the sacrifices they make while you serve others.


We know this is much more than a job for you. We are nothing without all of you. Our very best wishes to you.


~ Regina and Kelly


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Featured Article: The Holiday Dilemma, Should Mom Attend?

By Marilyn Raichle, a regular contributor to Alzheimer's Reading Room    


As the holidays approach, we again have the discussion.. Is it too much for her? Too stressful to be in an unfamiliar place away from her comfort zone?  


Will she want to leave early? - Unfair to her sister who lives in a nearby retirement home and who will want to stay longer.


And the unspoken question - Why bother, when she won't remember it anyway?


But it's Thanksgiving...


I feel so strongly that Mom, if at all possible, should continue to be a part of our life - especially major celebrations.


Am I being selfish or inclusive?


Am I thinking more of me and my need to keep Mom part of my life and less of her peace of mind?


Increasingly, when away from home too long, she becomes anxious, wondering where she is and why she is there.


"Do I have to stay here?" 


She asks, impatient to return to the security of her small home.


And there have been occasions where taking Mom would have been unwise. As much as she loves the water, a very long trip to a family reunion at the beach was in that category.


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Room in the House 


One of the most frequent questions we receive is "How can I prevent a fall?" (Or another fall) This article explores important safety aspects of bathrooms.


According to a research report by the Home Safety Council, preventable home injuries are the fifth largest cause of death in the U.S., and safety researchers point to the bathroom as one of the most dangerous zones in the house.


Here are five threats that often trip up (sometimes literally) the unwary:


1. Water, water everywhere - It's the water-in the sink, tub, and shower -that is the number-one danger in the bathroom. The reality is, water doesn't always stay where it should. Poorly fitting shower curtains and simple wet feet are two of the biggest causes of water winding up on the bathroom floor. The ideal shower has a shatterproof glass door, rather than a curtain. Failing that, you can minimize leaks by hanging a curtain liner that falls inside the tub and a second, decorative curtain that falls outside. To stop slips place strips of adhesive nonslip decals on the shower or bathtub floor. Keep a nonskid rug on the floor next to the shower/bath exit and in front of the sink. Basic scatter rugs are themselves a tripping hazard; look for ones made to absorb moisture and stay in place on the floor. The memory foam rugs sold in all bath shops are both comfortable as well as slip proof.


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Congratulations to all our colleagues at All About You Home Care for earning a coveted spot among the top 25 % Elite of Medicare home health agencies in the country !!


The 2013 Homecare Elite is the compilation of the most successful Medicare home care providers in the U S A. Now in its seventh year, this market-leading review names the top 25% of agencies based on performance measures. This year those measures include quality of care, quality improvement, patient experience, process measure implementation, and financial management.


OCS Homecare (originally Outcome Concept Systems, Inc.) National Research Corporation uses publicly available data from Home Health Compare and the CMS Cost Reports to create the Homecare Elite List of agencies. Five domains of performance were cumulatively analyzed-quality of care, quality improvement and consistency, patient experience (HHCAHPS), process measure implementation, and financial performance.


Agency performance in each of the domains was compared against the performance of other organizations in their state and nationwide (including U.S. territories). The domains were combined into one overall score, using a weighting methodology that gives the greatest importance to quality of care. The top 25% of agencies in each region, both facility-based and free-standing, were identified and added to the national list.


Nice work, AAY!!! 


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Kudos from Kelly



KUDOS from Kelly

By Kelly McNamara




Pinkie Nonhlanhla Mdletshe 

Pinkie was only with our company for a short time when we placed her with a lovely lady, NC, who had been independent all her life. A teacher for decades, she had built a wonderful legacy of hundreds of happy successful adults who had been her former students.    


NC wanted more than anything else to leave the nursing home and return to her lovely home. Alone.   However, as much as she wanted to be totally independent, she was clearly in need of some assistance at home.   

Read more about Pinkie here 


TK Njapha 

It seems there is always more caregiver and client support work where we require assistance on a daily basis. TK joined the company several months ago and has been fairly busy pitching in as hourly caregiver for new cases as well as for existing live in cases where the caregiver needed a break. She helps out in many other ways as transporting live in caregivers to and from cases, providing clients with rides when needed, and being an all around major helper. Read more about TK here 


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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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 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. For 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. All About You has included as part of their network of services, APRNs who make house calls for those patients unable to travel to a doctor, as well as performing any testing required. 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

We are Always There!