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 Rocky Hill, 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 Rocky Hill, CT. Always Best Care is here to help.
Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, 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 Rocky Hill, 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 Rocky Hill, 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 Rocky Hill,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
Multistate operators are increasingly buying up cannabis shops and other marijuana-related businesses across the country, including in Connecticut, as more states legalize recreational use of the drug.Since 2016, the number of cannabis dispensaries purchased by multistate operators has increased nationally every year, according to data from Cannabiz Media. Cannabiz Media has been tracking cannabis and hemp licenses since 2015, compiling data on companies and transactions into its own “Cannabiz Intelligence” database....
Multistate operators are increasingly buying up cannabis shops and other marijuana-related businesses across the country, including in Connecticut, as more states legalize recreational use of the drug.
Since 2016, the number of cannabis dispensaries purchased by multistate operators has increased nationally every year, according to data from Cannabiz Media. Cannabiz Media has been tracking cannabis and hemp licenses since 2015, compiling data on companies and transactions into its own “Cannabiz Intelligence” database.
The company recently published an analysis of how publicly-traded multistate operators were adding to their portfolios to determine the number of dispensaries that have been opened and which were bought.
Of the 8,904 cannabis companies in the U.S., 1,048, or almost 12%, are owned by public companies. Cannabiz Media found that 338 dispensaries changed hands over the past few years with 29 multistate, publicly-traded companies involved in the transactions.
The number of stores changing hands has increased every year since 2016, per data from Cannabiz Media. In 2021 there were 185 dispensaries that changed hands, up from 53 in the previous year. Already 44 have been bought and sold through three months in 2022.
While Connecticut’s recreational market isn’t even off the ground yet, companies with a presence in the state’s medical marijuana sector have been buying dispensaries both in and out of the state, according to Cannabiz Media’s acquisition data. Nine of the state’s 18 cannabis dispensaries have been purchased by public multistate operators since the medical program began.
Trulieve, which has 171 dispensaries in the country, purchased 54 of them, including The Healing Corner dispensary in Bristol back in 2019.
Chicago-based Verano Holdings Corp. purchased Willow Brook Wellness medical dispensary in Meriden in November and said it intends to also buy Waterbury dispensary Caring Nature. Per Cannabiz Media’s data, Verano purchased 22 of its 95 national dispensaries, almost a quarter of its total stores.
Massachusetts-based Curaleaf, which operates four medical dispensaries in Connecticut and a medical grow facility in Simsbury, purchased 15 of its 130 U.S. dispensaries. The company has one of the largest national cannabis footprints along with Trulieve.
Acreage Holdings, a New York multistate operator, owns three dispensaries in the state that it plans to rename under its “The Botanist” brand. The company has purchased 11 of its 31 national cannabis dispensaries, more than a third.
Dispensaries aren’t the only business type being bought up, though, and all of the state’s medical grow facilities are now owned by out-of-state companies.
In 2019, Chicago-based Green Thumb Industries announced its acquisition of Advanced Grow Labs, which owned a cultivation and production facility in West Haven. GTI also purchased the BluePoint Wellness dispensary in Branford and later opened another in Westport. The company has 73 such licenses in the country, of which it purchased 26 of them.
Theraplant, one of the state’s other medical growers with a facility in Watertown, was bought by New York-based Greenrose Holding Co. in March 2021. Verano closed on an acquisition of Connecticut Pharmaceutical Solutions Inc. (CTPharma) in December. CTPharma has a cultivation and production facility in Rocky Hill as one of the state’s four licensed medical cannabis growers.
The multistate operator data from Cannabiz Media doesn’t include Fine Fettle, which is based in Connecticut but has recently entered the cannabis market in other states. Fine Fettle is privately held and also operates dispensaries in Massachusetts and was recently awarded a license in Georgia.
Most states with either medical or recreational cannabis programs have limits on the number of licensed stores, like Connecticut’s municipality population guidelines about how many stores a town or city can host.
Ed Keating, co-founder of Cannabiz Media, explained that these limited license markets are more attractive to multistate operators because they’re more predictable and regulated. As such, more stores have been acquired in these limited license states than in unlimited license states.
“States put these (limits) in for various reasons, but it's a way to essentially manage the industry pretty tightly,” Keating said. “The downside is it can create an oligopoly or an oligopolistic situation where you have a handful of undifferentiated providers who can carve up the market and that's one of the reasons why they’ve been attractive (merger and acquisition) targets.”
The idea of multistate operators coming to Connecticut isn’t new.
Some advocates have concerns about these large companies having an oversized footprint in Connecticut’s legal cannabis market.
The event at Elm Ridge Park backed up traffic on Elm St. for more than an hourROCKY HILL, Conn. — Dozens of municipalities across Connecticut spent Monday catching up on distribution events, handing out thousands of COVID-19 testing kits to residents.The kits are coming from a state shipment that arrived on Friday, bringing in 426,000 kits for all of Connecticut.Rocky Hill held its distribution event at Elm Ridge Park at 9 a.m., finishing in just about an hour. Due to the high demand, traffic started backing up aro...
The event at Elm Ridge Park backed up traffic on Elm St. for more than an hour
ROCKY HILL, Conn. — Dozens of municipalities across Connecticut spent Monday catching up on distribution events, handing out thousands of COVID-19 testing kits to residents.
The kits are coming from a state shipment that arrived on Friday, bringing in 426,000 kits for all of Connecticut.
Rocky Hill held its distribution event at Elm Ridge Park at 9 a.m., finishing in just about an hour. Due to the high demand, traffic started backing up around 7 a.m., closing down Elm St. throughout most of the event.
"Everybody should have at least one test I think in their house in the event that they have to go somewhere," said Anne Alden of Rocky Hill, who was on location long before the event started.
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Alden even made a morning out of it. She got out of her car and started walking around the park until the line moved
"You know why sit there in a car when I can walk," Alden said.
Thought the line wrapped around the park for more than an hour, the 1,500 testing kits went quick.
"We did about 625 in about 20 minutes, so they’re going very quickly," said Mayor Lisa Marotta of Rocky Hill.
The town just got their hands on the testing kits over the weekend and they spent all that time planning for this event. It’s something the emergency management director said takes a lot of work.
"As far as state coordinators, who’s doing what, when you can go to the distribution centers and pick up or when they’re going to be delivered, so there is a lot," said Stephen Pendl, Director of Emergency Management for Rocky Hill.
The town hopes to host another test kit distribution event soon. They do plan on doing a similar drive-thru to hand out N-95 masks this month. But they need more supply from the state and the federal government.
“We are hoping that there will be more testing kits coming out and absolutely we I'll keep the public informed as soon as we get that information," Marotta said.
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A developer is planning more than 200 apartments along with retail and commercial projects at the former Ames headquarters, a high-visibility site in Rocky Hill that’s been derelict for 20 years.Hamden-based Belfonti Companies LLC plans to demolish the 250,000-square-foot office building and replace it with 213 apartments, making it among the largest new residential projects in central Connecticut.Rocky Hill officials have worked for years to find a new use for the abandoned 12-acre Ames site. After prolonged talks with t...
A developer is planning more than 200 apartments along with retail and commercial projects at the former Ames headquarters, a high-visibility site in Rocky Hill that’s been derelict for 20 years.
Hamden-based Belfonti Companies LLC plans to demolish the 250,000-square-foot office building and replace it with 213 apartments, making it among the largest new residential projects in central Connecticut.
Rocky Hill officials have worked for years to find a new use for the abandoned 12-acre Ames site. After prolonged talks with the developer, the planning and zoning commission this month approved a special permit.
Mayor Lisa Marotta said this week that Belfonti’s plan will help all of the surrounding area as well.
“This site is right across from our town Green, our Memorial Day parade goes right by it. Now we’ve gotten to the point where we won’t have to look any longer at the awful blighted building we’ve been staring at for 20 years,” Marotta said.
Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration last year put up $500,000 toward environmental cleanup, and the state department of economic and community development may provide another $500,000 to $1 million.
Belfonti hasn’t specified a start date or a completion target, but told planners it intends to put up 93 one-bedroom apartments and 120 two-bedroom units. They would be leased at market rate except for 10 percent of the project, which will be designated for workforce rental rates.
The project will include about 11,000 square feet of commercial office space and 10,000 square feet of retail or restaurant space.
“This is a mixed-use development that ticks off all the boxes — we need housing, we need retail space,” Marotta said. “This lot is the last large property that can be redeveloped. It’s going to be done with a lot of green space, a beautiful pocket park and new sidewalks above and beyond what we could ask for as a municipality.”
The property is along Route 99 at Route 160, and has been an eyesore in town since Ames shut down its chain of department stores in 2002.
Marotta said redeveloping it is a key part of a larger five- to 10-year plan to create a village center for Rocky Hill.
“We’re looking for a place where people can walk, gather or ride bikes at the beginning of our downtown — because we don’t have one,” she said. “The vision is to start creating a space where people pull up to commercial establishments and can walk around.
“Maybe there will be some infill development along the Silas Deane. And our goal this year is to connect to the riverfront. We can start building our sidewalks off this development,” she said.
Belfonti has smaller projects underway in Manchester, Groton, Hamden, Middletown, Litchfield, Ellington, Watertown and Guilford, along with other large-scale ones in Miami and Revere, Massachusetts.
Owner Michael Belfonti told planners that the Rocky Hill project will include a pool, clubhouse and public amenity spaces. It will have nine buildings of apartments and five garage buildings, and engineers told the town that the 360 parking spaces will be shielded from public view.
Belfonti’s consultant team also told the town that the project should benefit stormwater management in the area, since much of the 12 acres is currently paved. That will be sharply reduced in the new plan, according to the developer.
Consultant Mark Forlenza of Brookfield-based Mark Forlenza and Associates said the target market for the new apartments will be young professionals as well as empty-nesters seeking to downsize from suburban houses.
ROCKY HILL — The nation’s oldest continually operating ferry is ready to begin its 367th season on the Connecticut River.The Rocky Hill-Glastonbury Ferry, operated by the state Department of Transportation, was set to ...
ROCKY HILL — The nation’s oldest continually operating ferry is ready to begin its 367th season on the Connecticut River.
The Rocky Hill-Glastonbury Ferry, operated by the state Department of Transportation, was set to begin service for the season on Saturday, according to a DOT statement.
The ferry’s opening came a month after the state’s other historic ferry, the Chester-Hadlyme Ferry, first set sail for the year, carrying cars and passengers across the Connecticut River.
The Chester-Hadlyme Ferry began seasonal operations on April 2, after a one-day delay due to technical maintenance.
Rocky Hill’s ferry saw a longer delay in opening due to high water levels on the river and mechanical issues, according to DOT.
“The Chester-Hadlyme Ferry began operations last month. As a result of high water level and mechanical issues, the opening of the Rocky Hill-Glastonbury Ferry was delayed,” the DOT opening announcement said.
It is not unusual for the Rocky Hill Ferry to open later in the season than the Chester-Hadlyme Ferry because of high water concerns, DOT said.
“The Rocky Hill-Glastonbury Ferry is the oldest continuously operated ferry in the country, and remains one of the most popular modes of transportation in our state,” DOT Commissioner Joseph Giulietti said. “The crews are ready and I know passengers are eager to head out across the Connecticut River by ferry. I hope you’ll come and join us this season.”
Both ferries will be open until Nov. 30 and welcome pedestrians, bicyclists and passengers with their vehicles, according to DOT.
Ridership on the ferries recovered last year, following a dip created by the COVID-19 pandemic and a temporary suspension of ferry rides in 2020, DOT spokesperson Josh Morgan previously said.
After the service was halted for a portion of the 2020 season, the ridership numbers for 2021 bounced back, with the ferries carrying a combined 40,183 vehicles and 89,831 passengers, according to DOT data.
NEWINGTON, CT (WFSB) - The pause on Connecticut’s gas tax may still be in effect, but it hasn’t slowed rising gas prices.Experts blamed the rise of crude oil prices as the markets react to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.The price increase wasn’t just in the in the state. Gas prices continued to rise across the country.The Connecticut average for a gallon of regular gas was $4.23, up 17 cents over the past week, according to AAA.Friday’s national average was $4.28, only 5 cents lower in Con...
NEWINGTON, CT (WFSB) - The pause on Connecticut’s gas tax may still be in effect, but it hasn’t slowed rising gas prices.
Experts blamed the rise of crude oil prices as the markets react to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The price increase wasn’t just in the in the state. Gas prices continued to rise across the country.
The Connecticut average for a gallon of regular gas was $4.23, up 17 cents over the past week, according to AAA.
Friday’s national average was $4.28, only 5 cents lower in Connecticut.
“Shut off at $100 and I am not even full yet. I mean, I have to get it so I don’t look at the price that much, but I know that is not normal for it to go that high,” said Lesa Moemeka of Rocky Hill.
AAA said Connecticut ranked 6th in terms of states that saw the prices spike the most.
The 25-cent state gas tax cut was still in effect, and it’s expected to be extended until December once Gov. Ned Lamont signs the new budget into law.
AAA said the cut is helping Connecticut’s prices stay lower than its neighbors.
Massachusetts is $4.30 per gallon. New York is $4.45.
“Crude oil prices rose right after the European Union announced a proposal to ban Russian oil imports within six months, so after that announcement the markets reacted and the price of crude oil went up,” said Tracy Noble, AAA of Greater Hartford.
Noble said people should try and save anywhere they can.
“Plan your routes, so have a conscious plan when you are going to be going around. Consolidate errands if you can. Also make sure you eliminate unnecessary things from your vehicle,” said Noble.
The less weight in a vehicle means the more gas drivers will save, especially as summer vacation approaches.
“We have to enjoy our lives. We have to live. So yeah, we are doing everything as it was before but we are feeling it for sure,” Moemeka said.
AAA surveyed more than 600 residents and the majority of people said they will not be changing their plans despite the price increases.
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