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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ElderLifeCare Planning

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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Mind Matters Day Care for Adults

Respite Care 220 Old Boston Post Rd, Old Saybroook, Connecticut, 06475

Mind Matters Wellness Centers in Old Saybrook and Groton provide day care for adults affected by dementia and memory loss. Our participants enjoy activities tailored to their individual interests. We believe in offering a nurturing environment and maintaining a small group setting to foster social interaction and maintain high quality care.

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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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UB Clinics: Chiropractic

Pain Management 60 Lafayette St, Bridgeport, Connecticut, 06604

The University of Bridgeport's Chiropractic Clinic offers a conservative, drugless, non-surgical approach to healthcare. We treat a wide range of conditions and injuries (those that involve interactions between nerves, muscles and the skeleton), including wellness, preventive, and health education services. Patient-centered care is provided by Chiropractic interns working under the supervision of licensed and experienced chiropractic physicians. Services include:Manual manipulation to restore normal joint motionHands-on soft tissue and muscle therapiesPhysiotherapy modalitiesExercise and rehabilitation servicesSpinal stabilization and balance therapiesErgonomic consultationStress managementPersonalized nutritional and dietary counselingCommunity health education and healthy lifestyle counselingScientific evidence supports the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment for many conditions including low back and neck pain, headache, sprain/strain injuries, postural imbalances and others.Our holistic model of care that combines the best available evidence, the clinical expertise of the practitioner and the needs/desires of the patient. Your customized care management plan is formulated from an appropriate diagnosis that includes measurable goals to reduce/eliminate pain, restore function, and decrease future re-occurrence. Clinic services are provided for adults and children. Same day and next day appointments are available.Open to General Public.

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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: kimberlykares3293@gmail.com 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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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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Building the Case for Home Care

Building the Case for Home CareThere are many misconceptions about home care. This article explores two of the most common questions: when is it indicated; and how is it paid for?When should you consider home care? There are two catalysts for home care: 1) medical need; 2) custodial need. Medical need typically follows a hospitalization or acute illness leaving you in need of highly skilled home care to help you improve your condition. Physicians must order home care services. The services are designed to improve your medical health to maximum improvement status. Often the intervention helps you regain your strength and stability after a period of illness. Thanks to a lawsuit brought by the Center for Medicare Advocacy, medical home care may now be paid by Medicare to prevent or slow the decline in condition. Custodial care may be indicated when a person is struggling to manage everyday tasks such as toileting, bathing and medication management or household tasks including homemaking, meal preparation or money management. It is more difficult to pinpoint that moment when custodial care is needed. Barriers may exist that prevent an individual from seeking assistance. Caregivers may feel guilt when they can no longer provide all necessary care. Seniors may feel that money saved over their lifetime should not be squandered away on their personal needs. It is sometimes difficult to accept ones frailty and the perceived loss of independence.How is home care paid? Medical care is often covered by Medicare and Medigap plans. Most care is limited in duration and ends once the patient has met an improvement threshold as determined by a physician. Keep in mind that medical care makes no provision to help you manage household activities as described above. Custodial care is paid for by the individual, family, Long Term Care (LTC) Insurance (if you have a policy) or Medicaid. Long Term Care Policies vary widely based on coverage and cost. A relatively small percentage of todays seniors have LTC insurance although more baby boomers are considering the option. Medicaid will cover custodial care only after you have impoverished yourself. Medicaid requires an individual to use their own assets before Medicaid begins. An individual can have no more than $1,600 in cash to qualify. Connecticut offers seniors with somewhat higher assets limited access to home care with certain restrictions. Visit www.SWCAA.org , CT Home Care tab for more information.

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Home Health Care and Home Care Services

Home Health Care and Home Care ServicesHome health care is provided by skilled medical professionals, such as nurses, therapists and medical social workers, and includes a wide range of services that are provided in your home to treat an illness or injury. The focus of home health care is to help you get better, regain your independence and become as self-sufficient as possible. Many times, home health care is less expensive, more convenient than and as effective as the care you would receive in a hospital or a skilled nursing facility. It often follows a doctors visit or a stay at a hospital or rehabilitation facility. For Medicare beneficiaries, doctors orders are needed to initiate home health care, and you must be considered temporarily homebound. If your doctor or referring health care provider determines that you are a candidate for home health care, they should give you a list of agencies that offer these services and allow you to choose the one you would like to use. A home health care agency will make an appointment to visit you at home, ask pertinent questions about your health and do an assessment of your medical situation. The home health care professional will talk to your doctor about your care and coordinate services. Examples of home health services include monitoring of serious illness or unstable health, wound care, intravenous therapy, injections, pain management, medication management and physical, occupational or speech therapy. Your home health care provider will regularly check what you're eating and drinking, monitor your blood pressure, heart rate, breathing and temperature, make sure you are taking your medications correctly, ask if youre having any pain, check your home for safety precautions and teach you about self-care to encourage you toward greater independence.Home care services are the non-medical services that can help maintain your quality of life while living at home in a comfortable environment. Assistance can range from companionship to hands on care, depending on the need. This can be accomplished by regular weekly visits or by a 24/7 live-in caregiver. Help which can be provided includes assistance with dressing, bathing, mobility, feeding or meal preparation, medication reminders, light housekeeping, shopping and errands. Often this kind of assistance allows a person to remain in their own home, with appropriate help, as an alternative to relocating to a residential facility. Some home health care agencies can provide both medical care and non-medical home care services for their clients. Other agencies offer non-medical home care services exclusively. Both home health care and home care agencies have the goal of keeping you safe, comfortable and healthy at home.Submitted by Theresa Santoro, MSN, RN, CHCA, President & CEO, Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association.

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