In This Issue
FEATURED ARTICLE: What's the Difference Between Alzheimer's and Dementia?
Five (5) Lessons About the Way We Treat People! (Part 2)
Check out that Charity before you Donate
Palliative Care Is Not Hospice
Kudos From Kelly
Providers We Love
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Featured Article:
What's the Difference Between Alzheimer's and Dementia?

By: Dr. Robert Stern
There is great confusion about the difference between dementia and Alzheimer's.

In a nutshell, dementia is a symptom, and Alzheimer's is the cause of the symptom.

When someone is told they have dementia, it means that they have significant memory problems as well as other cognitive difficulties, and that these problems are severe enough to get in the way of daily living.

Too often, patients and their family members are told by their doctors that the patient has been diagnosed with "a little bit of dementia." They leave the doctor's visit with a feeling of relief that at least they don't have Alzheimer's disease (AD).

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Five (5) Lessons About The
Way We Treat People! (Part 2)

2. Second Important Lesson - Pickup in the Rain

One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rain storm.  Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride.  Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.  
A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960's.  The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab.  She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him.

Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door.  To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home.  A special note was attached.  It read:

"Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night.  The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits.  Then you came along.  Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband's bedside just before he passed away...God Bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others."

Mrs. Nat King Cole  ■
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 Palliative Care Is Not Hospice

But they can work together for the patient and family

Palliative Medicine is compassionate care of the whole person and those who love and care for the person. This means that the patient and family's physical, emotional and spiritual needs are considered, with an emphasis on preserving dignity and improving their quality of life. Palliative Medicine can be provided along with aggressive, curative medical care and offers the possibility of healing when cure may not be possible.

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 KUDOS from Kelly 

  by Kelly McNamara


Beatrice Edwards: It's rookie time again!  Last month we honored a long-term caregiver, one of our best and we are so happy she has remained with us for years.  But a growing company needs new people as well, so this month we are pleased to note that one of our very new employees was competent and flexible enough to truly hit the ground running!  Beatrice was assigned a case the very week she was hired.  We needed her for a very special client with complex needs, With wisdom, maturity and a calm, gentle manner she spent the day with this lovely lady, providing all the care, comfort and companionship she so deserved.  When the "regular " live in caregiver praised her we knew Beatrice was a real keeper!  She helped out with a few other relief cases and one hourly case with a special gentleman who was totally charmed by her and enjoyed an outing to one of his favorite places with her.  We look forward to assigning her to a regular case very soon.  Welcome aboard Beatrice!

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 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

Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care, Middlebury CT
Founded in 1997, Seasons is the fifth largest Hospice provider in the nation. Providing high quality clinical and compassionate care to patients and families in 15 states through 20 Medicare-certified home care clinical operations and 10 Hospice Inpatient Centers. In 2012, Seasons caregivers served more than 16,000 patients of all ages totaling more than 1 million patient days

The Seasons Hospice team believes we should all be born into and leave the world in comfort, warmth and love.  The caregivers at Seasons Hospice hold steadfast to placing patients and their loved ones at the center of hospice 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!