They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that’s how it should be – a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.
However, as seniors grow older, sometimes they cannot live independently without someone by their side to provide care. Unfortunately, some older Americans aren’t able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today’s world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That’s where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.
Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live in the comforts or their home rather than in an assisted living community. Home care in East Hartford, CT is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.
Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they age. We are proud to have helped tens of thousands of seniors to maintain a higher level of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of home care available so that they may live happily and independently.
Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients’ lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a “one size fits all” approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs.
The Always Best Care difference lies in life’s little moments – where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can’t quite keep up with life’s daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home care services in East Hartford, CT. Always Best Care is here to help.
Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliché, it’s especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.
The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.
At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.
To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:
If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes or Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s.
Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.
Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite activities and hobbies while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.
According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy other activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress helps reduce the risks of caregiver burnout.
When it comes to non-medical home care, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior’s daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible. If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.
Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:
While it’s true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.
In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.
How much does a senior’s home truly mean to them?
A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home’s emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior’s home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in East Hartford, CT, seniors don’t have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.
Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors’ health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors’ quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.
For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom – much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.
More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it’s usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.
With Always Best Care’s home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in East Hartford, CT gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.
In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you’re worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.
Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.
At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.
When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver’s role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.
Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors’ minds and give them something in which to be excited.
At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in East Hartford,CT understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior’s day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.
Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.
Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.
The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:
An assessment of your senior loved one
An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home
Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs
Town of East Hartford acquires COVID-19 test kits for distribution to East Hartford residents - Distribution postponed until further notice**The Town has recently been informed that the scheduled shipment of tests into Connecticut has been delayed. Until the tests are delivered our planned distribution will be postponed. Please standby, updates will be provided as soon as the status of delivery is shared with the Town. Thank you all for your patience and please continue to check our Town website and social med...
Town of East Hartford acquires COVID-19 test kits for distribution to East Hartford residents - Distribution postponed until further notice
**The Town has recently been informed that the scheduled shipment of tests into Connecticut has been delayed. Until the tests are delivered our planned distribution will be postponed. Please standby, updates will be provided as soon as the status of delivery is shared with the Town. Thank you all for your patience and please continue to check our Town website and social media pages for all COVID-19 updates**
East Hartford, CT — On Monday December 27th, 2021 Governor Lamont announced the distribution of 3 million free COVID-19 at-home test kits to municipalities across the state. In an effort to get these vital test kits to our residents as soon as possible the Town’s Health and Fire department will distribute more than 5,000 test kits on Thursday December 30th, 2021 from 12pm – 5pm at East Hartford High School (EHHS) and the Connecticut IB Academy (CIBA).
The test kits will be distributed through a drive thru system on a first come first serve basis. Residents are asked to show proof of residency. Acceptable proofs of ID include a state issued ID or other documentation of address in East Hartford. In an effort to avoid large groups showing up at the distribution site we encourage just one representative of the household to collect a test kit. If individuals do not have a vehicle, walk ups will be accommodated.
We recognize the number of test kits provided to each town is a very limited supply intended to help individuals experiencing delays in getting tested with the ongoing surge of infections due to the Omicron variant”, said Mayor Mike Walsh. “Therefore, we ask residents to help us prioritize providing these kits to individuals who are currently experiencing symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, came into close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID- 19 within the last 14 days, and are having a difficult time acquiring a test.“
There will be a max of 2 test kits per vehicle. Each test kit contains (2) COVID tests.
Please be advised the entrance to the distribution site is the Forbes Street entrance to the high school and the exit out through Leonard Drive. If a person has a positive test for COVID-19, the recommended time to isolate from others is five days from the date of the test if you have no symptoms, or at least five days from symptom onset. It’s recommended to continue to stay home beyond five days until your fever resolves and other symptoms are improving.
For further guidance on isolation and quarantine recommendations, visit the Health Department website. For other inquiries or to speak with a public health nurse, please contact the East Hartford Health Department at 860-291-7324.
East Hartford, CT—The Town of East Hartford advises residents to take steps to protect yourself and your family as COVID-19 community transmission continues to increase in Connecticut. The number of cases among East Hartford residents has nearly tripled during the last several weeks to an average daily rate of approximately 85 per 100,000 and lab positive rate of approximately 8 percent. If you are experiencing symptoms of illness that are suggestive of a COVID-19 infection, or have been informed that you were in contact with a person ...
East Hartford, CT—The Town of East Hartford advises residents to take steps to protect yourself and your family as COVID-19 community transmission continues to increase in Connecticut. The number of cases among East Hartford residents has nearly tripled during the last several weeks to an average daily rate of approximately 85 per 100,000 and lab positive rate of approximately 8 percent. If you are experiencing symptoms of illness that are suggestive of a COVID-19 infection, or have been informed that you were in contact with a person that had COVID-19, getting tested is important to help reduce further spread to your loves ones, especially as we plan for upcoming holiday gatherings with family and friends, said Mayor Mike Walsh. Even as Omicron is becoming the predominant circulating variant, vaccinations remain one of the safest and most effective ways to protect yourself from COVID-19 infection, especially among persons with underlying medical conditions that increase their risk of severe disease.
There are several healthcare providers and pharmacy sites that offer COVID-19 testing, including First Choice Health Centers, Intercommunity, Walgreens pharmacies, and CVS Minute Clinics. Please note there is a high demand for testing because of increased community transmission and people searching for testing prior to holiday travel and events. Individuals may need to schedule appointments in advance at locations within town or in nearby communities. Listed below are several options and available resources to assist residents with finding a testing site.
COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics:
The Town of East Hartford continues to offer COVID-19 vaccination clinics throughout town. During the week of December 27, the Health Department has partnered with the Department of Public Health and Griffin Health to offer two walk-in clinics for anyone five years and older, including booster shots. Both clinics will be conducted at Stone Academy located at 745 Burnside Avenue, East Hartford, CT 06108 during the following dates and hours:
The Health Department will continue to schedule pediatric and adult vaccination clinics as long as there is demand and will provide updates through the town website and social media. The clinic schedule is updated several times a week on the town website at this link. Additionally, information on upcoming clinics is posted regularly on the Town of East Hartford Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/townofeasthartford.
In addition to the clinics offered by the Town of East Hartford, individuals can use the following resources to identify healthcare providers, pharmacies, and other walk-in clinic events:
EAST HARTFORD — The city of Hatillo is the heart of Puerto Rico’s dairy industry as well as the site of an annual masked parade every December. A new Puerto Rican restaurant in East Hartford named in tribute to the city is owned by a Hatillo native.Eva Rivera’s origins can be seen in the store’s décor. A cow is Hatillo’s logo and little cows are scattered throughout the small restaurant, along with parade hats and little masks like those worn at the parade. One wall of the dining room is covered wi...
EAST HARTFORD — The city of Hatillo is the heart of Puerto Rico’s dairy industry as well as the site of an annual masked parade every December. A new Puerto Rican restaurant in East Hartford named in tribute to the city is owned by a Hatillo native.
Eva Rivera’s origins can be seen in the store’s décor. A cow is Hatillo’s logo and little cows are scattered throughout the small restaurant, along with parade hats and little masks like those worn at the parade. One wall of the dining room is covered with photographs of Puerto Rican landmarks and iconic Puerto Ricans, such as Roberto Clemente. The other wall is covered with photos from Hatillo’s Festival de las Máscaras.
A TV above the kitchen shows Spanish-language news, but if you ask the cashier, they will turn that off and turn on footage from the 2018 Festival de las Máscaras.
Rivera was the manager at Comerio, a Hartford Puerto Rican restaurant. She brought two Comerio chefs with her, Gladys Rivera (Eva’s sister) and Cristina Rivera, who is not related to the sisters. They make breakfast, lunch and dinner foods all day.
Abdiel Serrano, Eva Rivera’s nephew, who is a server at the restaurant, said the appetizers, which range from $1.50 to $5.50, are the most popular items on the menu. Traditional island favorites such as alcapurria de masa (pork-stuffed corn fritter), relleno de papa (ground beef-stuffed potato ball) and empanadillas in chicken, beef, spicy beef and pizza.
All the food is made from scratch in-house. Serrano said since opening in mid-December, the restaurant has become so popular with the locals that a few days, they have run out of food before closing time.
Daily entrees ($9 to $14) include chicharones (deep-fried pork chunks); beef stew; fried, breaded or chopped steak; fried or breaded pork chops; shrimp; snapper; and octopus salad.
The soup options ($6 to $9.50) change daily, with offerings including tripe mofongo, ham hock stew, shrimp soup and seafood soup. Each day has a special ($12) with choices such as stewed pork chops with split peas, stewed goat with lima beans, chickpeas and veal with Vienna sausage rice, cod salad with boiled bananas and chicken stew w($4 to $9); sides such as boiled bananas, fried fish, pork kabobs, hog gizzards and morcilla sausage ($2.75 to $8); and egg-based breakfasts with tortillas on the side ($4.50 to $7).
All food is available for eat-in or takeout. Because the price of takeout containers has increased drastically, the restaurant charges 50 cents more per dish for takeout food.
Although Hatillo is the newest restaurant in town, it has made its mark in the community. It is the restaurant sponsor of a team in the Los Amigos Softball League. “They just opened and they’re helping us out,” said the team’s manager, Jonathan Pacheco.
EAST HARTFORD — The town of East Hartford will seek a state grant to help Goodwin University build a marina on the Connecticut River, part of a sprawling multi-phase development plan that also includes a riverfront hotel and restaurant, student housing and green space.The $2 million grant is from the state Department of Economic and Community Development. The town and university would cover the remainder of the total $4 million cost for the 32-slip marina.The town is working with Goodwin to fund infrastructure improvement...
EAST HARTFORD — The town of East Hartford will seek a state grant to help Goodwin University build a marina on the Connecticut River, part of a sprawling multi-phase development plan that also includes a riverfront hotel and restaurant, student housing and green space.
The $2 million grant is from the state Department of Economic and Community Development. The town and university would cover the remainder of the total $4 million cost for the 32-slip marina.
The town is working with Goodwin to fund infrastructure improvements needed for the marina, including moving utilities underground, conversion of street lights to LED and expanded access to multi-use trails.
The marina would provide facilities for people of all abilities to kayak, canoe and enjoy other activities, town officials say. The project is a good fit for the state grant, officials say, because the state emphasizes public/private partnerships and the planned development already has local, state and federal permits.
“Finally, the project location makes a natural linkage for the development plans at Rentschler Field,” according to town documents.
Pratt & Whitney recently sold the 300-acre former airfield to Massachusetts-based National Development, which has not announced plans for the property.
Pieces of Goodwin’s campus development already completed include a commercial/retail building at Main and Ensign streets that opened in May. Rebel Dog Coffee and American Eagle Financial Credit Union are tenants. Completed last year was a $10.5 million, 14,700-square-foot addition to the manufacturing annex at Connecticut River Academy, a magnet high school and one of three campus magnet schools the college runs with the state.
The state, which spent about $130 million to build the schools, funded most of the cost of the manufacturing center addition, Goodwin officials have said. The extra space is meant to expand high-tech manufacturing training, serving academy students and area school districts, officials said.
Still in the concept stage is a riverfront hotel with one or two restaurants on the site of a vacant restaurant at 125 Riverside Drive. The hospitality industry, however, has been hurting due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Todd Andrews, Goodwin’s senior vice president for economic and strategic development, said Monday.
“We’re still entertaining requests,” Andrews said of the potential development. “The problem is that whole industry has slowed down significantly.”
Also planned is a residential/retail building that would include student apartments. Andrews said university officials are talking with prospective developers and expect to announce plans within the next few months. The campus neighborhood now includes nothing larger than four-unit housing. Almost all Goodwin students are commuters and Connecticut residents, but officials say on-campus housing would attract students from farther away. The building also was to include market-rate and above-market-rate apartments.
Finally, a $4 million project designed to improve campus drainage continues. The work started at the Connecticut River outfall at 125 Riverside Drive, and work along Ensign Street to Main Street was completed in the summer, Andrews said. Work in the King Court/Crosby Street area is set for spring or summer of 2022, he said. The project complements ongoing state drainage improvements along Route 2.
Since 2009, when the current campus was built on the site of an abandoned oil storage yard, the private, nonprofit institution has been buying houses and land between Main Street and Riverside Drive. Andrews and university President Mark Scheinberg have said the ongoing development is meant to benefit students and East Hartford residents and to attract visitors. The plans proceed from a community-based outlook, they said.
The display takes kids on an adventure that includes a Holly Jolly Trolley, Operation Present Drop, and even Santa himself!EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Rick Bolash in East Hartford was not letting a gray, rainy Wednesday morning interfere with the Christmas display in his yard.Bolash is taking kids on an adventure that includes a Holly Jolly Trolley, Operation Present Drop, and even Santa himself! The kids can also mail a le...
The display takes kids on an adventure that includes a Holly Jolly Trolley, Operation Present Drop, and even Santa himself!
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Rick Bolash in East Hartford was not letting a gray, rainy Wednesday morning interfere with the Christmas display in his yard.
Bolash is taking kids on an adventure that includes a Holly Jolly Trolley, Operation Present Drop, and even Santa himself! The kids can also mail a letter to Santa.
Neighbor Liz Saunders tipped FOX61 off to the display with an email.
“It is the north pole," explained Bolash. "I have some animatronics –I try to get things that are unique."
The display is free for visitors who are encouraged to make a donation to the nearby St. Mary’s Foodbank if they can when they come. So far some three carloads of food have headed for families in need.
“With all the bad news that we see, unfortunately, this is a lot of good news,” said Saunders. "It makes me feel very fulfilled, very fulfilled that Rick is doing this and that we are reaching out to individuals in my local community who need assistance."
For Bolash, it’s all part of being a good neighbor at a time when he says we could all use some extra cheer.
“It is an awesome feeling, it really is," said Bolash. "Like I said, last year we had nothing with the COVID and everybody needed Christmas last year and we need it this year too."
The mailbox will be available with expedited mail service through Christmas Eve. Visitors can make a donation to the food bank at the display through January.
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