In This Issue
FEATURE ARTICLE: Why do persons with Alzheimer's act so odd? Why are the behaviors so disconcerting and unsettling to us?
Marianna Turns 101!!
Dawn Reed Finds Joy in Service following Tragedy
Un-Complicating Long-Term Care Insurance
Kudos From Kelly
Providers We Love
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Photos in top banner: Nijhea and Ryan, Regina's grandson; Grace, Mary Dolan's daughter, trying out the new hammock at home.   
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Featured Article
Why do persons with Alzheimers act so odd? Why are the behaviors so disconcerting and unsettling to us?

By Bob DeMarco | Alzheimer's Reading Room
Previously I wrote, Dotty Loves Flowers.

There are twelve comments under the article.  Twelve really good comments. The comments made me laugh, they made me smile, they made me feel good.

They also reminded me that we all have a lot in common; and that, we are not alone.

Within her comment Jocelyn wrote, "Why is it that it is usually the little things that are so annoying?"

This reminded me how fortunate I was back in the beginning.

Just the right people listened to me vent, smiled as they listened, and shared their own similar experience with me. This is when I learned, for real, that I was not alone. This simple understanding lifted a huge burden off my back.

Learning, for real, that I was not alone empowered me.

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Photos right: 1. Nijhea with the big lobster; 2&3. Marianna was excited by her cake!; 4. Sweetie and the big lobster; 5. Sweetie, Regina and Tom; 6. Gloria and Marianna; 7. Marianna and Tom; 8. Gloria and Marianna; 9. View of the birthday table; 10. Tom showing Chris, Mabel's son, the big lobster; 11. Mabel and her son Chris.

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 Dawn Reed Finds Joy in
 Service Following Tragedy
Dawn is Always There Home Care's Director of Care Coordination.  She is also president/founder of Jayden's House Inc. This organization's mission is to raise awareness for window safety, prevention of accidents and to provide education to reduce the annual number of window injuries and fatalities.

Dawn's ultimate goal is to build and manage a community center for youth (5 years- 18 years old) in need of support, peer mentoring educational programs and to continuously raise awareness in order to prevent window injuries.

Jayden's House Inc. is a tribute to Dawn's nephew Jayden who tragically lost his life 5 years ago at the age of two due to a window injury.

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 Un-Complicating Long-Term
 Care Insurance 

At Always There Home Care we are continuously seeking resources in the community to assist our clients, their families and seniors across the state.

North Star Advisors came to our attention recently and we are very impressed with their range of affordable options to help seniors (and their children) better understand Long Term Care insurance.  Here, one of the owners explains on more detail how very helpful they can be.

What to do if a loved one needs care? Where do you find services to support them at home or someplace else and who will pay for it? Will a health crisis bankrupt the retirement savings? Even if you have long-term care insurance, how do you coordinate care and payments? It is daunting to face the emotional and financial crisis, even if you think you are prepared. Decisions you make early on can affect the choices you have later.

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Kudos from Kelly
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  by Kelly McNamara
Laura Motyl: Laura has been an employee with us since January and during that time, she has taken on hospice cases, as well serving several other clients both live in and hourly.  She has been well received by all the clients and families for whom she has cared.  She also was highly regarded by the staff at the hospice caring for her client.

In addition to her caregiving assignments, Laura  has also assists as a senior caregiver in doing supervision visits, and as an office helper, taking on tasks as filing, phone calls and helping to pack up the office for our upcoming move.  Every team and company needs "utility players", people who can assume several different roles and are wiling to take on new tasks even when it means learning a few new skills. We are very fortunate to have Laura as a valued member of the team in whatever role she takes on.  Thanks for all you do, Laura!

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

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. A team of physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, music therapists and volunteers provide compassionate clinical Seasons Hospice is a community-based organization with a mission to find creative solutions that add quality to end-of-life care. It has special programs that go above and beyond traditional 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

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