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FEATURE ARTICLE: 6 Tips To Guide You When Visiting Your Loved One in Memory Care
Long Term Care Insurance - Monthly Feature
Kudos From Kelly
Techniques For Balance
How Smartphones Are Killing Conversation
Providers We Love

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6 Tips To Guide You When Visiting Your Loved One in Memory Care
By Rachael Wonderlin | Alzheimer's Reading Room
You just dropped off your loved one at a memory care community.You're experiencing a range of emotions right now: sadness, guilt, anxiety, and maybe even a little relief. 
It's completely normal to have these feelings. When you go to visit your loved one it's going to be a little different. He or she won't have been with you all day, and you're no longer his or her 24- hour caregiver.

Here are some tips to help guide you when visiting your loved one in memory care.

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1. Know what time of day is the best time to visit.

As you know from caring for your loved at home, there are certain times of day that he or she is more anxious, upset, and confused.

Generally, residents in a memory care facility are more confused later in the day. We call this type of behavior "sundowning." 

Most people are tired by the late afternoon, and it's no different for people with memory problems. If you can, try visiting before your loved one sits down for dinner.

Long Term Care Insurance - Monthly Feature Insurance Options Beata Everett, Long-Term Care Insurance Advisor

There are a variety of ways to hedge against the cost of needing long-term care. Traditional long-term care insurance (LTCI) policies have been available for many years. However, hybrid policies and life insurance with LTC riders have become more popular within the recent years.  
Each type of plans has its advantages and disadvantages.

Some components to consider are:
  • Is the premium lump sum or ongoing,
  • Are rates guaranteed,
  • Is there an inflation rider so benefits increase over time
  • What happens to premium paid in once the person passes.
With each type of plan, people can purchase minimal coverage to partially cover the cost of long-term care services, or they can buy very rich benefits to know they are covered regardless of the type of services they will need. Many variables make up a LTCi plan and the plans really can be customized to meet all the clients' predicted needs for future care.

Long-Term Planning Associates, LLC 
Tel: (203) 331-1818 Ext. 2   
Fax: (866) 297-7758 

Every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's Disease and 5.1 million Americans age 65 and older have Alzheimer's... Make sure you are protected for whatever the future may bring.

(The 2015-2016 Sourcebook for Long-Term Care Insurance Information)

Kudos from Kelly
 KUDOS from Kelly
  By Kelly McNamara

Batheni Chiliza and Nicole Kelsey: Batheni and Nicole shared a live in position caring for an amazing and interesting couple in their 90s who were growing increasingly frail. Their care also extended to their large dog and two cats. They each worked very diligently to meet the ever increasing care needs of the couple AC and WC, and both these caregivers were much loved by not only the couple, but by their family members as well.  The couple enjoyed car rides, trips to church and dining out in their community. The caregivers perfected their cooking skills and enjoyed sharing meals with the couple as well. Once they each began to decline, the couple required more careful monitoring, and both Batheni and Nicolle utilized all their considerable clinical skills in maintaining their safety at home.

We so appreciate the wonderful care and energy these two devoted caregivers provided to this couple. They helped them remain in the home they loved with their support and care. Batheni and Nicole, you were a truly amazing team. Special thanks from all of us!

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...!! 

 Techniques For Balance
   By Alan Weiss    
  • Don't obsess. Take action once and move on, or forget about the incident. (If you keep taking action you become obsessive/compulsive, not good.)
  • Pain is unavoidable. Suffering is voluntary.
  • Don't pity the martyrs, they love the work. (George Ade)
  • If you want a favor, first do a favor for that same person. There is no such thing as a free lunch. (Robert Heinlein)
  • If you don't know your destination, believe me, you're not making good time. Objectives precede alternatives.
  • Common sense is highly valuable (and becoming somewhat rare). Simplify, don't complexify. (Don't send letters, that's one of my neologisms.)
  • Who do you know who's having troubles to whom you haven't sent your best wishes or offered support recently?
  • The current books on why ego is somehow "bad" are written by people who either have tremendous egos or inferiority complexes. Spend your time on more positive philosophy. No one hunts for a humble lawyer, doctor, or consultant.
  • Do you realize that dogs are so amazingly able to please you because they're acting in their own self-interest? Not a bad lesson for management.
  • I've never seen a facial piercing of any kind that was attractive or even neutral. No, I don't think that's generational.
  • Remove from your lexicon the phrase, "I am struggling with," and, "I'm overwhelmed." These aren't statements of fact so much as self-fulfilling prophesies.
Alan is a friend, colleague and international business consultant

 How Smartphones Are
 Killing Conversation
  By Jill Suttie, syndicated from Greater 
  Good, July 31, 2016 

What happens when we become too dependent on our mobile phones? According to MIT sociologist Sherry Turkle, author of the new book Reclaiming Conversation, we lose our ability to have deeper, more spontaneous conversations with others, changing the nature of our social interactions in alarming ways.

Turkle has spent the last 20 years studying the impacts of
technology on how we behave alone and in groups. Though initially excited by technology's potential to transform society for the better, she has become increasingly worried about how new technologies, cell phones in particular, are eroding the social fabric of our communities.

Her latest book, .Reclaiming Conversation is Turkle's call to take a closer look at the social effects of cell phones and to re-sanctify the role of conversation in our everyday lives in order to preserve our capacity for empathy, introspection, creativity, and intimacy.  

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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