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IN CELEBRATION OF OUR HERO MOMS
FEATURE ARTICLE: Caregiver Life - Why Do We Try and Make Alzheimer's Patients Act Normal?
Long Term Care Insurance
Kudos From Kelly
Five Science-Backed Strategies for More Happiness
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1. Marissa, mom of Ryan, carrying Ryan's sibling to arrive in September.  Busy physician. Best daughter in law in the world!   2. Mabel, mom of the irrepressible and very cool Chris. Keeper of the caregivers at Always There, crisis manager, and all around support of the company.   3. Katie, former teacher now full time mom of the remarkable ZoŽ, our regular dose of overwhelming joy each month.  4. Julie, Amazing and strong and much loved sister in law, artist, new widow and adoring grandmother (Gigi) to Charlotte and Zoe (Charlotte is the one shown in the pic).  5. Jessica, our e-newsletter guru.... mom of Emma and Lillian.  Designer by Day, Artist at Heart. 6. Arlene Dolan, grandmother of Luke and Grace. Lovely children of Mary, our tireless newsletter graphic designer.  7.  Mary, mom of Grace and Luke.  In addition to the amazing work she does for our monthly newsletter, she is also a military mom.  Her husband Matt is presently stationed far from home but stateside.  He will be off to the Middle East soon.  Many prayers will follow him.














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FEATURE ARTICLE 
Caregiver Life - Why Do We Try and Make Alzheimer's Patients Act Normal? 
By Bob DeMarco | Alzheimer's Reading Room


There is a tendency for caregivers to try and make Alzheimer's patients act the way we do - in our own real world. In a sense, to convince the dementia patient that what they are doing is wrong, and they shouldn't be doing it.



There is a strong tendency for Alzheimer's caregivers to assume that they can't do anything about the often "odd" behaviors that dementia patients engage in.

If you read message boards on the Internet you will find that caregivers often complain about these sometimes challenging behaviors to anyone who will listen. This practice is often referred to as venting. Blowing off some steam.

A very common practice for caregivers, we all do it.

As a result, caregivers often come to the conclusion that nothing can be done about these strange, sometimes mean, behaviors that dementia patients engage in. As a result, caregiving becomes both stressful and burdensome.
  • If we view the behaviors of Alzheimer's patients from our own "real world" perspective they do seem dysfunctional.
  • They often make us feel angry, confused, and lead us to the conclusion that there is nothing we can do about it.

    On the other hand, if we come to the realization that many of these behaviors are common to Alzheimer's patients we might come to the conclusion that the brain of a person living with dementia functions differently that ours.

Long Term Care Insurance - Monthly Feature Monthly Long Term Care Insurance Update from our expert contributor: Recommendations with HIPPA Beata Everett, Long Term Care Insurance Specialist

Over the years HIPAA has been providing an increasing amount of guidelines for medical providers to use to help protect patients and their private information. Insurance companies and insurance agents are all required to follow HIPAA rules, one of which is not allowing access to insurance policy information to anyone except for the client.

Generally, the insurance companies have a Friends and Family form that allows clients to complete and sign to provide permission for the insurance company to speak to whomever they list on the form.  In our practice, we find that this is a critical step to take at the time of claim.


Kudos from Kelly
 KUDOS from Kelly
  By Kelly McNamara


Stacy Jane Soumahoro: Stacey has only been with us for five months but she has already distinguished herself by the unique care she has provided to a very special client as well as the support to his wife.

Mr. S., the fortunate recipient of her care on weekend nights, especially appreciates her kindness and patience.

We are certainly happy that she is a true night person and available every weekend. Continuity is very important to us and even more so to our clients.

Special kudos for never missing a shift even in the winter!

Our clients deserve more than simple competence and skills. They deserve special attention, and a caregiver attuned to their particular needs.

Stacy's blend of patience, maturity, kindness, and concern combined with a lovely attitude and sense of humor make her a wonderful caregiver for Mr. S.

Thanks so much Stacy for all you do. It's great to have you aboard!

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...!!

 Five Science-Backed
 Strategies for More Happiness 
By: Kira M. Newman, syndicated from Greater Good, Apr 29, 2016 
 
Did you know that happiness has its own holiday?

Four years ago, the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed March 20 to be the International Day of Happiness. It's easy to understand why they see happiness as something to celebrate: Happy people are healthier; they get sick less often and live longer. Happy people are more likely to get married and have fulfilling marriages, and they have more friends. They make more money and are more productive at work. Based on decades of research, it has become clear that happiness is not just a personal issue; it's a matter of public health, global economics, and national well being.

Fortunately, research suggests that happiness is something we can cultivate with practice. The Greater Good Science Center has collected many happiness practices on our website Greater Good in Action, alongside other research-based exercises for fostering kindness, connection, and resilience. Below are 11 of those happiness practices, grouped into five broader strategies for a more fulfilling life.

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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  

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.
 

 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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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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