In This Issue
FEATURE ARTICLE: On Sudden Heartbreaking Loss...
The Incomparable Yogi Berra 1925- 2015
Secrets about Alzheimer's That Everyone Should Know
Kudos From Kelly
Providers We Love
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Photos in top banner: Chris at Family Fun Day in New Haven, sponsored by Dawn Reed's Jaden's House charity; Ryan's first apple picking trip.

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Featured Article:
On Sudden Heartbreaking Loss.

By Regina McNamara

A larger than life brother leaves a legacy of service, generosity,
loyalty and unconditional love.
 
It often seems we speak too much of death in our newsletter. Such is the reality of caring for the elderly. But the vast majority of our clients' deaths, including my mother's 3 years ago, were expected passages in peace and comfort.  It is what we all hope for and expect will be our end. There is time for family members to say good-bye to "settle affairs", to plan funerals.

It is not the way my brother Michael 's life ended. 

On Monday September 28, he suddenly collapsed in his home and died instantly. Without warning, our family lost a brother, an uncle, a husband and father of four, grandfather of two.   He left hundreds of friends and colleagues.

The Incomparable Yogi Berra 1925- 2015    
Yogi Berra if of course known for his extraordinary baseball career. He was a catcher, manager, and coach who played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball, all but the last for the New York Yankees. He was the mainstay of 10 Yankees championship teams and as a manager led both the Yankees and the Mets to the World Series.  He was known for his famous quotes as:

"You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough for six." ; "Pair up in threes." ; "We made too many wrong mistakes." ; "You can observe a lot just by watching." And "It ain't over till it's over."

It is indeed over for Yogi Berra now.  He died peacefully at his home on Sept 20.  But his legacy includes far more than an outstanding baseball record and a silly wit. He was a modest but extraordinary humanitarian devoted and actively involved in many charities.
He founded and taught for many years at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, located on the Montclair State University campus. For decades, Yogi and his late wife, Carmen (they were married for 65 years) hosted celebrity Golf Tournaments to raise money for the museum, which, in addition to being a sports museum, runs sports-based character and leadership development programs for students, partnering with local high schools and their athletes.  Yogi took a special interest in children with special needs and included them in all his charity activities.

There are many gifted athletes worldwide.  Their talents and accomplishments are well known.

Yogi Berra however will long be remembered for the impact that he and his family had on the youth of this country, especially the less fortunate.

Talented and gifted? No doubt.  But also kind, compassionate and committed.  And one of a kind. ■

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Secrets about Alzheimer's  
That Everyone Should Know.  
By Bob DeMarco | Alzheimer's Reading Room | www.alzheimersreadingroom.com

Let me make this simple - Alzheimer's and dementia patients are capable of More Than We Can Imagine.

When you ask someone, What is Alzheimer's, they will usually use the word memory. They assume that a person living with dementia can't remember. They honestly believe they can't remember anything.

This is far from the truth.

It is true that Alzheimer's and dementia patients will soon forget the right now, and they will be unable, for the most part, to remember any new information. This does not mean they will forget everything even as the disease progresses.

Alzheimer's patients usually forget how to brush their teeth, and the importance of taking a shower. In fact, the majority of Alzheimer's patients don't want to take a shower they need guidance.

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Kudos from Kelly
 
 KUDOS from Kelly 
  by Kelly McNamara
  
Faith Sibiya Nozipho: Faith has been the caregiver or Fran M for over three years.  During that time Faith has been an integral part of both Fran's life as well as becoming a member of her family.  Initially, Faith's client was at a late stage of Lewy Body Alzheimer's, a rare form of Alzheimer's which has an effect on both physical abilities as well as speech, cognition and overall management of activities of daily living.  Over the years, the family has been amazed at Fran's progress.  Instead of a steady decline in both cognitive and physical abilities, she has had periods of remarkable improvement.  She has been able to enjoy frequent visits from family members, regular hair appointments and is an active participant in the facility's exercise program.

Faith is the first caregiver to be taken on an all expense paid vacation with her client's family members.  This is just one indication of how very special she has become to both her client and the family.

We are very fortunate to have Faith as the permanent caregiver for her beloved client and a wonderful support to the family.

Many thanks to you, Faith... We are so proud to have you as part of our team.

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 www.AlwaysThereHomeCare-CT.com.


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