Connecticut - Southern

Fairfield, Middlesex & New Haven

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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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Nutmeg Pharmacy New London

Immunization Centers 345 Broad Street, New London, Connecticut, 06320

Nutmeg Pharmacy Group are locally-owned community pharmacies dedicated to providing outstanding customer service at an affordable price. We are your one-stop shop for all your pharmacy, health and wellbeing needs in Eastern Connecticut. At Nutmeg Pharmacy, you can count onpersonal attention provided by our caring, bilingual staff.Visit us today and experience the Nutmeg Pharmacy difference.

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Nutmeg Pharmacy Centerbrook

Home Medical Equipment & Supplies 33 Main St, Centerbrook, Connecticut, 06409

Nutmeg Pharmacy is a locally-owned community pharmacy dedicated to providing outstanding customer service at an affordable price. We are your one-stop shop for all your pharmacy and medical needs. At Nutmeg Pharmacy, you can count on personal attention provided by our caring, bilingual staff. Visit us today in Higganum, Centerbrook, Moodus or Taftville to experience the Nutmeg Pharmacy difference.Opening in New London Early 2021.

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Uplifts

Stair Lifts 46B Plains Industrial Rd , Wallingford, Connecticut, 06492

UpLifts, LLC is family owned and operated. Together, we have over 20 years of experience in the home accessibility field. We are proud to provide a personal yet professional experience by listening to your needs and recommending appropriate and affordable solutions. Our products and services include stairlifts, wheelchair lifts and ramps.Uplifts offers extremely competitive and affordable pricing options that give you the freedom to choose between purchasing and renting the equipment you need.

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UB Clinics: Naturopathic Medicine

Health & Wellness 60 Lafayette St, Bridgeport, Connecticut, 06604

The University of Bridgeport's Naturopathic Medicine Clinic offers team-based medical care with a focus on patient education and the use of natural and preventive diagnostics and therapeutics. Clinical supervisors are Connecticut-licensed naturopathic doctors (NDs) who, with the assistance of student interns, provide patients with comprehensive naturopathic care. Naturopathic doctors are trained in medical sciences, naturopathic philosophy, and the prescription of natural medicines, and are licensed to diagnose and treat disease. Naturopathic medicine is optimal for the treatment of common health complaints, specializing in disease prevention as well as treatment of chronic illnesses. A naturopathic assessment will take into account the physical as well as mental, emotional, social, dietary, and environmental aspects of your health. Treatments are safe, evidence-based, and designed to meet each patient's unique needs. The naturopathic team will take into account any relevant medical and pharmaceutical care and can collaborate with other health care providers as necessary. Services include:Botanical (herbal) medicineClinical nutritionHomeopathyLaboratory diagnosticsPhysical medicineMind/Body medicineHydrotherapyClinic services are provided for adults and children. Same day and next day appointments are available.Open to General Public.

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Choosing to Remain at Home

Choosing to Remain at HomeLet our advance worryingbecome advance thinking andplanning. Winston ChurchillSome of us worry about the future but do nothing about it; some of us ignore it and hope for the best; and some of us are committed to a vision of the future and plan for it.As we grow older, most of us would like to remain in the comfort of our own homes and communities, having services brought to us. But that is often not viable without planning to make it a physical and financial reality. And planning is often avoided as we fear the possibility of losing our independence and needing support services.Until recently, aging adults had very few options to remain independent purchasing long term care insurance, moving to a retirement community, or paying out of pocket for care. Fortunately, things are changing and new models of long term care and planning have emerged.There are Stay at Home programs which offer support, advice and referrals for services. They do not provide care which leaves a client on his own to arrange for needed services and health care. This becomes particularly difficult with an illness or a health crisis. However, there is an alternative called Continuing Care at Home programs which combine asset protection with guaranteed care across all services. There are options that offer full spectrum services for those without long term care insurance or services that can be combined with existing long term care insurance.The programs provide a care manager who can help arrange for services when needed, either on a planned or unexpected basis, and who can serve as an advocate when navigating the health system. The programs also provide social and cultural activities in the local community rather than within the walls of a traditional retirement community.Senior Choice at Home is one of the first programs in Connecticut and the only one in Fairfield County to provide this option. Senior Choice at Home is a membership-based, long-term asset protection and healthcare services program eliminating the need to move to a retirement community. Senior Choice at Home members are enjoying the benefits of social and cultural activities as well as peace of mind that services they trust are there when they need them.and they will not need to burden their children down the road.Depending on your situation, there may also be tax advantages of joining. To learn more about Senior Choice at Home and how it might fit with your plans to remain in your home and community, please call 203-365-6491 or email SeniorChoiceHome@jseniors.org

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MEDICARE MADE SIMPLE? REALLY?

With the Medicare annual election period right around the corner its that time again when your mailboxes will be filled with fliers and ads from every insurance company you have heard of and some you may not have heard of; but the question is? What do I need to know?Oct. 1st - This is the time when brokers and insurance company representatives can tell you about their plans details, but no selling allowed!Oct. 15th thru Dec. 7th AEP, is the election period in which a Medicare beneficiary may shop around and make a change to their current MAPD plan, which stands for Medicare Advantage plan (HMO or PPO type Plan) with Prescription Drugs, or they may elect a plan for the first time if they hadnt done so previously. If a beneficiary is on a Medicare supplement and a stand-alone Part D drug plan, they may change their plan to a MAPD plan and vice-versa. It is important to know that the last plan you enroll in is the plan that will be in affect for Jan. 1st.Jan. 1st thru Feb. 14th is also an election period called the Medicare Advantage Disenrollment period. This period is a time where a beneficiary who has a MAPD plan can switch from the MAPD and go back to Original Medicare with a Medicare supplement and a Part D Rx Plan. Coverage would start on the first of the following month.How to pick a plan? What company? $100 vs $0 premiums?Words of advice: Be sure to find a plan your doctors accept, and make sure all your prescriptions are covered. Find a broker who represents all the companies who offer MAPD plans, and multiple Medicare Supp. plans so you can have choices.When shopping for MAPD plans take careful notice of your Out Of Pocket Maximum, this is the part where during one calendar year it is the most you are responsible for paying in co-payments and co-insurances for the medical expenses covered by your plan. Prescription co-pays and co-insurances have their own guidelines. Supplement or Medigap Plans vs. MAPD plans?Medigap supplement plans are going to run around $220 a month in premium but have little or no co-pays or coinsurance during the year for qualified Medicare expenses not fully covered by Original Medicare.Medigap plans do not have prescription coverage but must be purchased separately for around $25 to $45 a month.MAPD plans will have a co-pays for doctors and hospital visits and typically will have a network, so it is very important that you check with your doctors to make sure they except the plans. A plan that has no premium will have a larger out of pocket maximum, and a MAPD plan that has a $100 premium will have less of an out of pocket maximum.Can I get some help paying for all this?The answer is YES: Its called the Medicare Savings Program.If you are married and make under $3266 a month in income, or $2413 as a single, you will no longer have to pay the Part B premium that is deducted from your Social Security Check every month, and you will also get Prescription help.Paying less than $7 dollars a month for brand named drugs, and about $2 dollars for generics.If you make below 2,069.11 as a single and $2,802.08 as a couple, you are also entitled to extra benefits that will help you with co-payments and co-insurances in hospitals and doctor visits.More info can be found on the following information on Www.figlarinsurance.com, www.medicare.gov, and www.ct.govThis article was submitted byMarc Figlar, Certified Senior AdvisorMarc can be reached at 203-394-3447

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The Advantage of Having Rehabilitation Care Close to Home

When its time to leave the hospital following illness, injury or surgery, youll need specialized care to regain your strength and mobility. If these services arent readily accessible and convenient to your home, youll have to search for qualified care, and contend with travel to and from the rehab center for days or weeks, possibly in inclement weather. Family members wishing to be involved in your care may also find these logistics challenging. People who live in a retirement community offering on-site rehabilitation services have a much easier time transitioning from hospital to home.Short-term nursing and rehab services, right where you live:When you choose to live in a continuing care retirement community, youll enjoy an independent retirement lifestyle filled with cultural, educational and recreational opportunities. Some offer on-site rehabilitation services. So if the need for short-term rehab care should arise, or if you plan to have surgery at a specific time, you can dovetail these services to maximize your comfort and convenience, and improve the likelihood of a successful outcome.Rehab services at a good retirement community should be led by a Medical Director who is also a medical doctor. At a minimum, the program should include physical, occupational and speech therapies. The rehab team should monitor your progress and adjust your care plan as needed. The best service providers will meet with you ahead of time, review your clinical information, lead the admissions process, and guide you every step of the way. They should consult with your family and personal physicians as well. The staff might include:Medical DirectorDirector of NursingRegistered NursesLicensed Practical NursesDieticianSocial WorkerTherapeutic Recreation DirectorLicensed Speech, Occupational and Rehabilitation TherapistsAdditional considerations:Look for staffing ratios that exceed state and national standards. Inquire about the centers capacity to handle clinically complex therapies, such as post-surgery recovery, cardiac/pulmonary rehab, or joint replacement rehabilitation. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have a 5-star rating system. Ask about this and any other ratings your prospective rehabilitation center has earned. You should also ask whether therapy is available seven days a week, and if the center accepts direct admission or requires an entrance fee.Finding the right community that offers these high-caliber rehabilitation services on site can make living in retirement not only more enjoyable, but more convenient as well.This article was submitted by an affiliate of The Health Center at Meadow Ridge, 100 Redding Road Redding, CT.For information, call 1.866.780.0312 or visit MeadowRidge.com.

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MAKING MOVING EASY

Two of the toughest decisions a home owner can make is, 1) Is this the right house for my family and me to buy?, and then years later, 2) How am I ever going to get this house ready for sale?! To move from a larger home to a smaller home can seem like an unbearable and hugely daunting task. It doesnt have to be that way. Family homes filled with generations of keepsakes and memorabilia can leave the sellers pushing the, Where do I start?! panic button. Once a homeowner has made the decision that taking care of their home has become a burden and the downsizing option is looking more and more appealing the actual move itself should not stand in the way of that journey to an easier and less complicated life style. Also, if the home seller has no family members in the area to help them begin the task of making their home sale ready this can add to idea that moving is an undoable project. The tricks to getting the home ready is organizing, storing, donating, tag sales, consignments, gifting, hauling, handymen work, staging and arriving at a satisfying ending at the closing table. If one takes this step by step or my personal favorite, room by room, it becomes very manageable. The client should not look at the project as one big chore but a series of smaller tasks. It is amazing how much better a homeowner feel when they begin to see progress! It is key to have the right people with good references that offer the above services assisting at the right time of the getting things ready process. The most important result after all is done is received at the closing table where the sellers will reap the rewards of a great outcome of a more saleable home.This article was submitted by Jennifer OConnell, The Magyar Team, William Raveis Real Estate, 45 Field Point Road, Greenwich, Ct. 06830, Email: jennifer.oconnell@raveis.com, Cell:203-249-1948

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