Connecticut - Southern

Fairfield, Middlesex & New Haven


Carol Raitanen

Publisher's Note

Welcome to Seniors Blue Book's new home page for Southern Connecticut. Here you will find the latest information on senior care, housing, resources and local events for your community. This site compliments our local Seniors Blue Book and our edition for professionals, the Discharge Planners Resource Notebook. Feel free to email us and let us know how we can help you. We look forward to hearing from you soon! Carol Raitanen, Publisher

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Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging

Area Agencies on Aging 1000 Lafayette Blvd, Bridgeport, Connecticut, 06604

The Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging (SWCAA) is a private, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1974. As a designated Area Agency on Aging, according to the Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended, SWCAA is a funding source for federal and state dollars for the elderly in the fourteen town region of southwestern Connecticut.Funding supports services such as nutrition, in-home, legal, health, adult day care/respite, transportation, senior centers and outreach/social support. SWCAA researches and evaluates elderly issues, offers community education related to the needs of the elderly, and serves as an advocate for older individuals

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Priority Care of Connecticut

Non-Medical , Manchester, Connecticut, 06042

Our Companions provide the support and assistance that will enable you and your loved ones to remain independent. Our goal is preserving their dignity and helping them enjoy a good quality of life.All our staff are carefully screened using a comprehensive national background check. All our caregivers are bonded and insured. Our caregivers are specially trained to work with Alzheimers and hospice clients.

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ElderLifeCare Planning

Assessments 455 Boston Post Rd Ste 205, Old Saybrook, Connecticut, 06475

The coordination and oversight of ones well-being is of paramount importance to us. The challenge is that most of us dont admit when we need help and this is no different for our Elders or for anyone caring for a loved one. Sometimes we are unaware that we need support. Imagine you are not alone and you have the guidance and support you need to make appropriate choices as time marches on and other concerns arise. Care Management is the heartbeat of our Life Care Plans. We provide hourly services and short term contracts as well.We treat families as our own. We are the liaison for our clients advocating on their behalf, overseeing care coordination, and supporting their loved ones who are concerned and overwhelmed. We assist families in crisis from the emergency room visit or hospitalization, as they transition home with care or to short term rehab and we facilitate the best possible placement to a long term care facilities.We also offer assistance in accessing government benefits and other programs that may be available.

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RWC, LLC, Attorneys & Counselors At Law

Veterans Benefits Attorney 330 S. Main St., Middletown, Connecticut, 06457

 Women-owned and operated law firm that focuses inthe areas of Elder Law, Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Probate,Medicaid/Title-19, and Real Estate Closings. Our friendly staff is ready towalk you through our appointment procedure and set up a time that works bestfor you and your family. 

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Articles Written By Local Businesses

A Campus of Care

Exploring options for an assisted living facility can be daunting. Potential residents and families often become overwhelmed with all the options that are becoming available. One may wonder what the differences are between a retirement community, an assisted living community, enriched housing, a memory care community and a skilled nursing facility. What do they all mean?A Continuum of Care community is one that partners with levels of care on their campus as people age or become more compromised. It often begins, but not exclusively, with a retirement community. Within the community will be an Assisted Living component and a skilled nursing component. As the resident needs more help, they are moving within the community with the support of a comprehensive healthcare team that knows them well. This has become the trend in long term health care.The advantage to living in such a community is the promise of caring for your loved one through their elder years. The care team is always available to provide help and support not only to the family and the resident, but to one another, so as to offer the best possible person centered care. Another advantage is that the residents care community remains the same. This is convenient for them as well as their family members.Many assisted living facilities that are not a part of a continuum or campus of care refer to particular skilled nursing facilities. Be sure to ask what their policies are in terms of criteria for discharge and support during the process. Do not be afraid to ask these questions as they pertain to the care and well being of your loved one. Most facilities arevery helpful and have staff that specifically help with transitioning.A Campus of Care or a Continuum of Care Community is the most convenient and often the best option when looking for a residence for your loved one. As people are living longer and healthier into their elder years, this safety net may be just what most offers the security families need.This article was submitted by Maria Scaros-Mercado, Executive Director at The Greens at Greenwich, 203-531-5500 and Ship Hajdari, Community Outreach Nurse Liaison at Greenwich Woods Rehabilitation & Health Center, 203-531-1335.

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Medicaid Spend down. Non-Medical Home Care

For those individuals who will need home care services and are in the process of a Medicaid spend down, consider an agency that you are able to transition to once you meet your income limit?To maintain continuity, one may consider a non-medical home care agency that provides services for both private pay and Medicaid home care clients. When you contract with an agency consider the issues that may arise once the spend down is complete. If your agency has not been credentialed by the Department of Social Services, you will be required to move to a home care agency that participates in the Medicaid waiver funded home care program (Connecticut Home Care Program for Elders (CHCPE).This transition can prove to be very disruptive to your loved one receiving care. For example, a key problem is lack of continuity. The care that has been provided is disrupted and the care will now be delivered from a range of unfamiliar caregivers. From the perspective of an elderly who may have short-term memory impairment and fears change, this can be very confusing. Your loved one typically develops an emotional bond with the caregiver that has been providing services. A bond is developed and a communication style is created fostering a sense of calmness. In addition, a daily routine is developed. The routine may include anywhere from eating breakfast and getting dressed in the morning, to assisting your loved one with their evening schedule.As the elderly population continues to grow, and life expectancy increases, these decisions should factor into heavily to assure a seamless home care transition for your loved one.Editors Note: This article was written by Mary Ellen Leviness (Care Manager) and Joe Campano, Care (Managing Partner) of Compassionate Care at Home. They can be reached at 203-433-4325.

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Home Infusion Therapy

Infusion therapy services are planned before a patient leaves the hospital or doctors office in conjunction with a nurse liaison. The ordered drug is prepared at a specialized pharmacy and shipped directly to the patients home. A plan for administering intravenous treatments includes diagnosis, type and length of therapy, severity of the illness, and the home infusion responsibilities for the patient, their family, and professional caregiver. Home infusion calls for time commitment, patience, and collaborative teamwork, but the time will vary depending on the illness.Infusion therapies provided in a home setting by a registered nurse may include the following:Antibiotic Treatment often given over 30 to 60 minutes using an IV dripSteroid Treatment usually a 2 hour infusionIntramuscular Injections (IM) Vitamin B 12 or Bicillin injections typically for the treatment of Lyme Disease With the assistance of a registered nurse experienced in infusion therapy, patients can be assured that they will be cared for by a qualified professional who will recognize their unique requirements and attend to them resourcefully.One to one personal care allows time for the patient to be able to understand their diagnosis more clearly, ask questions freely without time constraint, get to know and feel comfortable with their nurse. Continuity of care builds a trusting relationship and a solid understanding of what home infusion is all about. It enables opportunities to engage/teach patients about their own health while looking at the whole picture and educate when and where it's needed. The ability to communicate with pharmacies and doctors to inform them of how their patients are doing first hand and if a problem were to arise is important so it can be handled in an appropriate time frame. Communication between patient, nurse and doctor is vital for a successful outcome.For a more detailed plan you can call/text Kimberly direct at (203) 515.3293 or Email any questions to: and/or go online to read and get more information at: kimberlykares4u.comThis article was submitted by Kimberly Cossuto, RN, BSN, owner of Kimberly Kares LLC, an experienced infusion therapy service working with families throughout Fairfield and Eastern Westchester Counties.

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Chronic Illness and Quality of Life

When older adults receive a diagnosis for a chronic illness like diabetes, heart disease, or emphysema, their lives change at least a little. Chronic illnesses can affect seniors mobility, fall risk, energy, and ability to live independent lives. Maintaining relationships with friends and family may become challenging. Financial concerns can complicate life and bring added stress. Coping with these changes can affect how well we feel in general, and can impact our quality of life.An acute illness is one that lasts for a short time and may go away without any intervention, or with medications or surgery. Chronic illness recurs or persists for a long period of time and may last for a persons entire life. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), chronic diseases are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems.How can older people maintain their wellbeing and quality of life while facing chronic illness? Exercise is one of the simplest ways to maintain mobility, balance and strength, reducing fall risk. Exercise can also help lessen or even reverse the symptoms of chronic illness such as fatigue. Senior exercise classes can help strength and flexibility and also maintain social contacts.Staying connected with family and friends is important especially if activity is limited or a family member becomes a caregiver. These changes can affect relationships, and need to be acknowledged and worked through. Caregiving assistance from outside of the family may become necessary.Financial worries can add to the stress of chronic illness. Its important to discuss your concerns with your health care provider, who can direct you toward community resources to help navigate insurance and financial issues.Chronic illness is a part of life for more than three-quarters of older adults. Staying active, exercising, asking for assistance when needed, and staying socially connected can all help reduce stress and enhance quality of life.WRITTEN BY:Theresa Santoro, MSN, RN, CHCAPresident & CEORidgefield Visiting Nurse Association - Ridgefield CT203-438-4555

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