In This Issue
Featured Article: Another Sudden Loss For Our Family
There is No Place Like Home
Kudos From Kelly
Alan Weiss Thoughts on his 70th birthday
Two New Ways to Reduce Your Personal Healthcare Costs
Providers We Love

Photos in top banner: Julie (AKA
"Gigi" ) and her granddaughter
Charlotte, Easter. ; Scott &
Marissa viewing the sunset in
Florida.; Ryan concerned about
his dad's choice of hats.


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Another Sudden Loss For Our Family 
By Regina McNamara

A mere six months after our family lost my brother Michael to sudden death, we have now lost our beloved brother Bill in a similar manner.

Though our pain is nearly unbearable, the prayers and wishes of our many friends and our large family have helped to ease our way.

The piece below, written so beautifully by Kelly, his niece, one  of our company owners , we share with all of you today.

Thank you Kelly, and thank you Bill. 
Obituary of William Fornaci
William J. Fornaci "Mr. Bill" passed away on Friday, March 25, 2016. He was 65. Born in Philadelphia, PA he was a resident of Longwood Florida before moving to Hawthorne, NJ 15 years ago.
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  There is No Place
  Like Home For a person
    living with dementia, there is no
    place like home  
by Bob DeMarco | Alzheimer's Reading Room
A person living with Alzheimer's disease can hear you and even respond to you.

What they don't do well is remember what  you just said.

I grappled with this problem for several years as I was constructing my own understanding of how Dotty was thinking (or not thinking) and feeling.

This is where I went to communicate most effectively with Dotty. 

In Alzheimer's World you listen closely to what a person living with dementia is saying.

You pay close attention to the look on their face.

You are looking for clues, cues actually, that will tell you how they are feeling.

Kudos from Kelly
 KUDOS from Kelly
   By Kelly McNamara
Shelly Ann Daley Kerr: Shelly occasionally jokes that she proudly has four names. Few of our caregivers can match that. She has been with us for over 2 years. Like many of our staff, she manages to juggle family and professional activities with a long, slow journey toward her nursing degree. She is a valuable caregiver for many reasons. She is, first of all a "true night person". Such talent in caregivers is not easily found. It takes energy, stamina, and adequate sleep during the day. It also requires activities to keep her occupied while her client sleeps intermittently between times when he needs her attention. Her current client, GS finds her company delightful during the long night hours.  She brings not only maturity, and obvious competence but also a unique ability to bring happiness to him while allowing his wife to enjoy a good night's sleep. When we asked our client's daughter what exactly made Shelly so special to her dad, she recounted her ability to sing and dance, keeping her dad entertained in the wee hours. Her unique ability to bring such joy to her client is much appreciated. It's no wonder she needs four names! Thank you Shelly for all you do for your special client and for all of us every night.

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...!! ■

 Alan Weiss Thoughts on
 his 70th birthday

My 70th birthday party was held last night at the Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center in New York City. I hope you'll indulge me in some thoughts and advice from these lofty heights:
  • Ignore the crowd and stay out of the herd. The overwhelming tendency is to try to mold you into everyone else. Resist that pressure with every ounce of strength you have.
  • Helping others to grow accelerates your own growth. Their success becomes your success. Life is not a zero-sum game.
  • Persuasion is the attempt to actively convince others. Influence is the capacity to demand that others pay heed. But presence is the manner and attitude that draw people to you who are eager to support your cause and seek your counsel.
  • No person is an island: I've never seen anyone who is really successful without a strong support system, be that family, friends, colleagues, spirituality, religion, and/or connections to passionate and positive causes.
  • Retirement is an ancient and irrelevant artifact. To deliberately stop contributing, creating, and providing value to others is unthinkable (and a slippery slope to irrelevancy and decline).
  • In the grand scheme of things, life is blazingly short. We condemn suicide, yet we seem to think nothing about throwing life away in part and piecemeal, a little at a time, through inaction and self-doubt. Liberate yourself each morning, like my dogs, charge into the yard and find out what's new and potentially rewarding for you!

Alan is a colleague and friend. He is an international business consultant with a wide range of strong opinions. ■   


 Two New Ways to
 Reduce Your Personal
 Healthcare Costs

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That disease is the high cost of prescription drugs.
A cost that takes its toll on human lives in many ways, not just in money but also in health itself.

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Blink Health is committed to ensuring that no one goes without the drugs they need to live a healthy, happy life.

Whether you have good insurance, bad insurance, or no insurance at all, Blink can save you money at over 60,000 pharmacies nationwide.

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 

Kindred Care at Home / Gentiva Home Health
Care Services, Stratford, Old Saybrook, Hamden, Farmington.

(Gentiva has now joined with Kimdred, a national sub acute care facility company to provide both high quality home health and facility care)
Their services include. Skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational and speech language therapy Neurorehabilitation, wound care, disease and pain management, medication management and education, patient education to promote self-management, and treatment for balance problems that can lead to fall risks. They maintain a special expertise in dementia 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 hours and live in care.

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