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IN CELEBRATION OF OUR DADS
FEATURE ARTICLE: Alzheimer's The Emotional Roller Coaster Ride
Long Term Care Insurance
Kudos From Kelly
Alan Weiss on Balance
87 Year Old Woman Named Rose
Providers We Love




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FEATURE ARTICLE 
Alzheimer's The Emotional Roller Coaster Ride
By Bob DeMarco | Alzheimer's Reading Room
 

I must remind myself that the hard to comprehend behaviors being expressed by a person living with Alzheimer's are part of the disease, and are not a deliberate bad act on the their part.
 
It is difficult to describe the range of emotions an Alzheimer's caregiver might feel or experience in a single day.

Imagine being happy and then sad, caring then angry, focused then frustrated - an almost endless stream of feelings and emotions that conflict.

The caregiver often lives an anxiety filled life day-after-day.

I doubt that many people outside "the Front Row" think about or consider this. Those outside the front row are normally too busy living their own life.

Take me for example. I doubt that I communicated the amount of anxiety I felt in any given day to many people.
Oddly, the only way most people could find out the way I felt and the way I was thinking was by reading this blog.  I say odd because it is likely that the people that read this blog on an ongoing basis knew more about me than my close friends and people I see daily.


Long Term Care Insurance - Monthly Feature Beata Everett, Long Term Care Insurance Specialist

How and When to Make Changes to Long Term Policies

Many times when people purchase long-term care insurance they might not use the policy for 10 or even 30 years. Therefore, when making such a significant purchase, it is critical that adequate benefits are in place. A critical component is making sure the daily benefit is sufficient to cover the cost of care in the area. Another key part of a LTCi policy is the elimination period.

Most people purchase a 90-day elimination period, which works like a deductible. When selecting the elimination period, be certain you are able to cover the initial out of pocket costs before the insurance company will begin to pay benefits.

It is important to understand that once benefits are purchased, they cannot be increased in the future.  If this were the case, people would buy lower coverage initially then increase their benefits when they need care. However, people are able to decrease benefits on most policies whether due to costs or personal preference.

Best Regards, Beata Everett.
Long-Term Planning Associates, LLC
Tel: (203) 331-1818 Ext. 2
Fax: (866) 297-7758
Email: BEverett@LTPlan.com
Web:  www.LTPLAN.com

Kudos from Kelly
 KUDOS from Kelly
  By Kelly McNamara

Laura Lorenzo Sorenson: Laura is our ambassador in the community. With her indomitable spirit, she regularly visits our present and future referral sources. She educates providers and families and helps discharge planners in rehab facilities to smooth the journey of their residents from the facility to home, by attending to all the details involved in insuring the patient returns to a safe environment. Laura has also been instrumental in solidifying our formal referral relationship with the highly regarded Kindred at Home, Medicare home health agency.

Laura's schedule involves her working for us 3 days a week, the remainder of her week devoted to her 3 young children, all talented budding musicians like their dad.  

We are so pleased that Laura is a valuable enthusiastic and helpful member 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...!! 

 Alan Weiss on Balance  
  • If you're uncomfortable with strangers, just ask a question or two and allow them to talk. About 99.9% of people on airplanes talk about themselves at length, given the opportunity.
  • It's not how long you sleep; it's how soundly you sleep.
  • Don't confuse work with results. A great deal of work we self-impose doesn't lead to any result.
  • If you can't learn anything at all during a class, an excursion, or an experience, whose fault is that?
  • I love animals, but I'm not happy with dogs in high-end restaurants. The act seems to be more of an affectation of the owner that a treat for the dog.
  • If someone isn't returning messages, after a third voice mail doesn't work, send a hard copy letter: "Sorry I couldn't reach you, I'm here if you need me." Then move on, don't be desperate.
  • Beware of needy people. Every time you give them the attention they crave, you simply feed their neediness still more. It's a fire that can't be doused, a thirst that can't be quenched.
  • An abundant mentality means volunteering your time and expertise for others, beyond your family, and without expectation of any kind of return favor.
  • Death forgives so many flaws, but it's a pretty huge price to pay as compared to simple good behavior in the meantime.
Alan is a friend, colleague and international business consultant

  87 Year Old Woman
  Named Rose  

The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn't already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder.

I turned round to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being.

She said, "Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I'm eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?"

I laughed and enthusiastically responded, "Of course you may!" And she gave me a giant squeeze.

"Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?" I asked.

She jokingly replied, "I'm here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids..."


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.

Most of these services can be found in any certified agency. And there are several hundred such agencies in CT.

But Kindred/Gentiva distinguishes itself in countless ways:
 

 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.  
We are Always There!