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Home Care In Madison, CT

Home Care Madison, CT

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, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Robert M. Bashford House gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many 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 far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Madison, CT is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-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. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

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 services, Always Best Care is here to help.


“Bessie has been an exceptional Health Care Provider. She takes such pride in her work and truly cares about the people she is in contact with. She is dedicated, diligent, and is devoted to her job assignment. She not only takes care of my Mom, but she goes above and beyond her call of duty. Bessie has a unique ability to connect with every person she meets. No day goes by that my Mom is not pampered. Bessie make sure she's always comfortable. She makes exceptional meals for her 3 times a day, cleans her clothes, gives her showers, washes her hair and makes her look amazing every single day. Bessie is so beneficial to our family we can't imagine our family without her. I myself and my family members could never do what she does for our Mom. She has been with my mom and our family for almost 1 year and we don't know what we would do without her, she truly is a gift from God. She not only takes care of my Mom daily, nightly and weekly, she also takes care of her personal life and whatever life throws at her. She is a devoted caretaker and should be recognized with the utmost respect. Her dedication to improving the health and well-being of my Mom is commendable. You can't find anyone as special as she. Her life commitment has touched our lives through her delivery of exceptional care in a compassionate, respectful, and safe manner on a daily basis. She has become a member of our family and she has shown us the meaning of adaptability. Her strong faith in God, Forgiveness, and Believing in each other makes her the great person that she is. On behalf of our family, we would like to thank you for the extraordinary care and services your company has provided to us. Thank you for all you do”

Debra T.

“We used Always Best Care for my mother. They provided basically anything we needed a few hours a week, they were very thorough in asking about my mother's condition, and what were the needs that were required. It's more like bathing, medication, and companionship. We used them for about a week.”


“Thank you again to you, Susan and the rest of the care-givers and staff of Always Best Care for the outstanding service you have provided for our parents. ABC provided professional, first-class support that allowed our parents to remain in their home while relieving of us of concern for their care and is something we will never forget. You can be sure we will happily refer any family member or friend that is seeking care at home to Always Best Care.”

Madison R.

“Dear Rick, Over the past three plus years, my father Joseph Ceuch has lived at home assisted by the caregivers from your company Always Best Care of Greater Bristol. This letter is a personal thank you from my father and the entire Ceuch family on how your caregivers treated and attended to my father during this time. The caregivers became part of our extended family who shared in countless family events resulting in beautiful lasting memories. Caregivers Frances Boateng, Jeremy Turner, and Yanice Hernandez were awesome in their care of my father. I want to especially acknowledge Francis as a person who went above and beyond his responsibility and became part of the Ceuch inner circle. It was not uncommon for Francis on his off days to stop by during a family picnic to say hello...he is truly loved by my father. Again, I want to thank you for the loving care your caregivers provided my father. I would highly recommend your company to anyone interested in having a caregiver attend to a loved one. Thanks again”

Gregory C.

“Heather, I just wanted to thank Always Best Care in helping to provide care for my step father, Daryl. It's unbelievable how the progression of his illness happened so quickly, however, Always Best Care was always ready to provide the level of care he needed as it increased. Most importantly, I'd like to thank his aide, Sue Malasics. She was wonderful to Daryl and took great care of his needs. I knew I did not have to worry with Sue there with him. She was always cooking wonderful homemade meals and desserts and I was happy to see how happy she made Daryl. I think she is a wonderful asset to Always Best Care. Should I know of anyone needing help in the future, I would recommend Always Best Care and Sue Malasics.”

Milissa K.

“My mother was bedbound for months and had serious health related issues including kidney failure. My mother was also very demanding about her care and who she would allow into her home. After several attempts with various in-home care agencies my mother really responded well to Always Best Care Senior Services of Greater Bristol and we cant thank them enough for the high level of compassionate care they were able to provide during my moms final months.”

Liam C.

“I am a past client of this provider My journey with Always Best Care began with a visit from the owner and office manager. Soon after, I was introduced to the caregiver who would provide care for me. All 3 persons seemed very knowledgeable, experienced anf caring. I was certainly provided with quality service and much respect and compassion.”

Dorothy W.

“Our sister, Barbara has early-onset dementia , and was in sudden need of a personal care assistant until placement in a quality skilled nursing facility became available. We reached out to home health care agencies in her local area but, by this point, had already worked with several agencies for med reminders for Barbara (and 24/7 care for our Mom in another area of CT) and were a bit skeptical that that we’d find one that could provide consistent quality of care.When I spoke with Rick Downey of Always Best Care Senior Services in Bristol, he conveyed both confidence in his knowledge of health care and empathy in understanding the frustrations that families experience when seeking quality care for their loved ones. We were next contacted by their care coordinator,Heather Kozikowski, who came to our sister’s home to conduct an assessment and further explain the services offered by Always Best Care.A further testament to the exceptional quality of Always Best Care is the service and care we’ve received after Barbara is no longer a client; our thanks to Always Best Care for the excellent care of our sister, and the peace-of-mind it afforded our family knowing that she was in such kind and competent hands!”

Susan W.

“I am a retired registered nurse, and for several years, I have been the primary caregiver for my husbamd/ My husband suffers from dementia and is aphasic. On a Saturday morning in October of 2015, a sudden change in my health required an emergent hospitilization, which late resulted in an extensive rehabilitation stay. Upon my hospitalization, my son reached out to Always Best Care Senior Services of greater Bristol. The Always Best Care team assessed my husband, his needs, and had his care staffed within hours of my son's call. The care provided to my husband has been exceptional. The caregivers as well as the office staff have been attentive to our needs and have met all of our expectations. I would highly recommend Always Best Care to you and anyone who is in need of care for their loved one.”

Pope A.

“I had a very good experience ! I really appreciate the service that your company, Always Best Care, offered our family and especially the caring, loving attitude that Amber and Natalie displayed to Carol at all times. They were outstanding and you should be proud to place them in any situation with the full expectation they will represent your firm in a most professional manner. Thanks again for all your help.”

Kevin N.

“My journey with Always Best Care began with a visit from the owner and office manager. Soon after, I was introduced to the caregiver who would provide care for me. All 3 persons seemed very knowledgeable, experienced anf caring. I was certainly provided with quality service and much respect and compassion.”


“Dave and staff, thank you or consistently caring and comforting my Mom. Your quality of care will be recommended to others. You went above and beyond what was expected.”


“I have a very good providers from this Company”

elizabeth S.

What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Madison, CT?


Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is 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 gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Types of Elderly Care in Madison, CT

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal 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.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

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.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

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 local activities, such as visiting James Madison Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care

Respite Care Services

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 nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local The Statehouse or visit Harold C. Bradley House, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, 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.

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Benefits of Home Care in Madison, CT

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:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

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 - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

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, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in Madison, 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 a nursing home. 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 and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often 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 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.

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Affordable 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.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your CT's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
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Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

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 Madison, 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.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.

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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • Oak Park Place Madison East
  • BrightStar Senior Living of Madison
  • Assisted Living Madison WI
  • Eden Vista Madison
  • Renaissance Senior Living of Hilldale
  • Madison Pointe Senior Living
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care 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:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way


A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Madison, CT 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Weekend road trip: Madison, Connecticut

Among New England states, Connecticut tends to fly under the travel radar. It might not have the sprawling national parks of Maine, the celebrity allure of Cape Cod, or the quirkiness of Rhode Island, but the state is full of sweet, easy-to-navigate towns that are made for weekend road trips.Case in point: Madison, almost smack-dab in the middle of Connecticut’s southern coast on Long Island Sound.The town, a suburb of New Haven, was named in honor of James Madison. In eccentric New England fashion, the moniker was sugges...

Among New England states, Connecticut tends to fly under the travel radar. It might not have the sprawling national parks of Maine, the celebrity allure of Cape Cod, or the quirkiness of Rhode Island, but the state is full of sweet, easy-to-navigate towns that are made for weekend road trips.

Case in point: Madison, almost smack-dab in the middle of Connecticut’s southern coast on Long Island Sound.

The town, a suburb of New Haven, was named in honor of James Madison. In eccentric New England fashion, the moniker was suggested by a wealthy sea captain and stuck even though the country’s fourth president had no connection to the state.

With a population of 17,000 spread across its 36 square miles, a pedestrian-friendly downtown, and sandy beaches, Madison today feels lively and familiar, without overcrowding.


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How to get to Madison, Connecticut

Madison is about 16 miles east of New Haven and 38 miles south of Hartford. The trip takes 2 ½ hours by car from most points in the Hudson Valley. From the mid and lower Valley, take I-84 East, CT-25 South, and I-95 North. From points north, take I-90 East to I-91 South and CT-81 South.

Day 1: Shorelines, self-care and showtime

Get your morning start at Cohen’s Bagel Company. Its menu features — wait for it — about two dozen varieties of bagels that are every bit as good as what you’ll find in Manhattan or Brooklyn. The Avocado Smash, with mashed tomato and avocado on a jalapeno or “cheddar everything” bagel, is both tasty and filling.


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Only 1 ½ miles away, Hammonasset Beach State Park is popular for its beach, camping and nature center. West Beach is its longest and most scenic. For those who prefer sun with a side of shade, the park is also home to multiple walking trails, including the short but sweet, ADA-accessible Shoreline Greenway Trail. Kids will love hunting for seashells along Meig’s Point, where thousands of empty shells from razor clams, periwinkles, quahogs, false angel wing and other species get trapped against the shore.

Once you’ve gotten your fill of vitamin D, head 2 ½ miles west into downtown Madison. Have lunch at Life Bowls, which serves a large menu of healthy smoothies, acai and pitaya bowls, salads, and toasts. The Maui Wowie is a blast of nutritious flavor, including acai, blueberries, pineapple, goji berries and shredded coconut.

If you’re still pleasantly full from breakfast, skip straight to dessert at Ashley’s Ice Cream, which serves frozen dairy and nondairy treats made with a velvety custard base. The seasonal flavors, like peach and black raspberry, are worth the indulgence.


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Plan in advance for a post-lunch treatment at one of the town’s handful of spas. Top choices include Celtic Healing Arts and Aroma Massage for massages, and Jennie Fresa for facials. Aria Dermspa offers medical aesthetic treatments in a soothing atmosphere.

Most restaurants in Madison close dinner service at 9 p.m., so it’s best to go on the early side. Steamed, on Boston Post Road, makes an assortment of Chinese dumplings, noodles and buns, plus boba tea. Over on Wall Street, Jia Mei Asian Kitchen boasts a budget-friendly selection of Chinese soups, stir-fries and rice dishes, plus Thai curries.

In the evening, take in a show at Madison Lyric Stage. On the grounds of the historic Deacon John Grave House, one of the town’s oldest buildings, this professional theater company presents musicals, operas, plays and concerts. Or kick back and watch a first-run or vintage movie or live-broadcast opera at Madison Cinemas.


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Day 2: Nature, history and downtown shopping

Rettich Preserve encompasses 11 acres of woodland and meadows teeming with wildflowers, close to the banks of the Hammonasset River. Because of its proximity to I-95, which hums with traffic by 9 a.m., it’s best to hit Rettich Preserve in the early morning or early evening.

Back in town, pick up breakfast at Meriano’s Bake Shoppe. The 35-year-old, family-owned bakery sells mouthwatering Italian pastries like sfogliatelle, pasticiotti, pignoli, and the Naples-meets?New England lobster tail: a layered-pastry horn stuffed with ricotta cannoli filling.


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Walk it off through the Madison Green Historic District, a town green surrounded by historic architecture. While it’s typically open only on Wednesdays, the Allis-Bushnell House, built in 1785, sometimes offers weekend programming. It provides a fascinating peek at how residents lived during different periods: Colonial, Revolutionary War, Civil War and Colonial Revival. The perennial gardens are lovely.

Come lunchtime, the Historic District often has a couple of food trucks parked near the Madison Youth & Family Services building on School Street. At RJ Café Bistro, find classic sandwiches, like curry chicken salad and turkey and avocado. Vegetarians and meat lovers alike will enjoy Madison Cheese Shop & Café, which serves a range of gourmet grilled cheeses and cold sandwiches, plus cheese and charcuterie boards.

After lunch, shop downtown. RJ Julia Booksellers is a larger-than-it-looks repository of fiction and nonfiction. Water Street Jewelers sells artisanal and luxury collections, plus custom designs. Pick up squirrel-proof bird feeders and other supplies, including optical birding equipment, from the Audubon Shop. Off the main avenue, along Wall Street, stop in Robertson Madison for designer casual clothing, and the Wine Thief, where you’ll find globally sourced wines, including a powerhouse selection of French grapes.


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As the sun fades, drive to Wharf Beach and walk the flagstone pier, where you can watch boats bobbing in the ocean. On the grand wraparound porch of The Wharf at the Madison Beach Hotel, savor a cocktail while watching the sunset blanket the coast.

Wrap up your trip with a leisurely dinner at Café Allegre. This chef-owned restaurant shines a spotlight on updated Italian favorites like arugula salad, served with a creamy wheel of burrata, pomegranate seeds, and peaches; and capellini with lobster in a tomato cream sauce. Ask for the stuffed, fried artichoke, even if it’s not on the menu.

Where to stay in Madison

Most Madison lodging, even short-term rentals, run $250 or more per night in the high season. Outdoor enthusiasts and budget travelers can opt for camping at Hammonasset State Park or a cozy cottage in nearby Clinton.


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The Homestead represents a thoughtful approach to craft lodging. Rooms are generously sized, with modern bathrooms. The inn has dozens of other considered touches, including multiplug units and USB ports on both sides of comfortable beds, in-room record players, plentiful free-choice snacks, outdoor seating areas with fire pits, and a freshly prepared, self-serve breakfast.

The Madison Beach Hotel, part of the Hilton Curio portfolio, has ocean views, nautical-inspired guest rooms and a spa where you can relax with a body scrub, facial or massage. The building is fashioned after the grand seaside inns of the Victorian era.

Developer proposes to build 3-story office building on Wall Street in Madison near former Moxie

MADISON — A developer proposes to build a three-story, nearly 13,000-square-foot office building on Wall Street, on two lots just south of the former Moxie restaurant.A site plan review and Downtown Village District major alteration applications were submitted to the Planning and Zoning Commission by Saltwater Properties Group, LLC and Saltwater Properties Group II, LLC.The Planning & Zoning Commission has scheduled a public hearing on the applications for Thursday, Dec. 21.The 12,836-square-foot Principle Weal...

MADISON — A developer proposes to build a three-story, nearly 13,000-square-foot office building on Wall Street, on two lots just south of the former Moxie restaurant.

A site plan review and Downtown Village District major alteration applications were submitted to the Planning and Zoning Commission by Saltwater Properties Group, LLC and Saltwater Properties Group II, LLC.

The Planning & Zoning Commission has scheduled a public hearing on the applications for Thursday, Dec. 21.

The 12,836-square-foot Principle Wealth Partners offices would include a 3,400-square-foot cellar; 3,100-square-foot first floor, 3,400-square-foot second floor and a 2,896-square-foot third floor.

There will be a patio and pergola in the rear of the building, along with 31 parking spaces.

The proposal requests a reduction in the required 36 parking spaces for this project, per the Zoning Standards Schedule. The additional five spots would be located on Wall Street and the municipal lot.

On Tuesday, July 11, the project went before the Advisory Committee on Community Appearance.

“It was a preliminary discussion,” said Erin Mannix, town planner.

Discussions centered around the shapes of the windows and the elevator shaft.

“They ultimately felt that the scale of the building was appropriate for the existing street scape, but wanted to see more detailed renderings, including a street view with adjacent buildings,” Mannix said.

Developers will go before this committee again on Tuesday, Nov. 14, for more specific feedback, according to Mannix.

They also went before the Zoning Board of Appeals in September for a height variance.

“The rules for Wall Street state that there is an average height maximum that we may slightly exceed based on the proposed grading level required on this lot,” said Robert Paolucci, founder and CEO of Principle Wealth Partners.

“We have small dormers on the building, similar to many residential properties on the street, which required a 4-foot height variance, which they approved,” he said.

Paolucci purchased the quarter-acre lot in the spring. It is 64 feet wide and over 100 feet deep.

“The land requires a significant amount of fill and grading in order to raise it closer to street level,” said Paolucci.

“There’s a beautiful tree in front of the lot that we’re going to work around,” he said. “We’re going to keep that intact.”

Paolucci said he is building is a “residential looking, commercial building that blends seamlessly with the other properties on Wall Street.”

“From every aspect, whether it be the inside or outside, it’s going to have residential quality finishes, residential flooring, fixtures,” he said.

The material list for the project includes a foundation of thin stone veneer in Gray Liberty Stone, exterior siding of 7-inch exposure lap siding, white exterior trim and panels, aluminum storefront windows and a decking of solid wood Ipe.

Proposed plant materials for landscaping include shadblow and honey locust trees; boxwood, dwarf fothergillia and arrowwood shrubs and creeping lilyturf, Juniperus chinensis sargentii groundcoverings, in addition to native varieties of perennials.

There would be a total of 31 offices.

“This is going to be built to blend in,” Paolucci said.

The application includes demolition of two existing structures on lots 36 and 37 at 48A and 48B Wall St. prior to commencing construction.

The structure on 48A Wall St. is a 560-square-foot one story, bungalow and 48B Wall St. has a 1,050-square-foot Cape Cod style, vinyl sided house on site.

Paolucci said he is proud of the local team he has brought together for the project.

That team includes architect Gregory Nucci of Point One Architects, Madison and Old Lyme, along with Madison-based John Cunningham, TEC Landscape Design; Madison Earth Care; Paul Coady Construction LLC and Michael Ott, Summer Hill Engineers & Land Surveyors, P.C.

Paolucci moved to Madison in 2020 with his family and said, “I have a very vested interest in town, making sure it looks the way the town wants it to look.”

“I want to make sure Madison is what it’s supposed to be, which is a quaint New England town that has buildings and structures that match the charm of the town,” he said.

“I’m going to build something that adheres to those requirements.”

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Judge Says Madison Must Reconsider The Ledges Special Permit

MADISON — Special permit approval for a seven-unit condo complex in Madison must be revisited, after a state Superior Court judge ruled the Planning and Zoning Commission didn’t properly consider the project’s septic system or environmental impact in its decision.In his July 21 ruling, Judge J. Wilson said the commission did not consider the issue within its “purview,” instead deciding it was regulated by the local health department....

MADISON — Special permit approval for a seven-unit condo complex in Madison must be revisited, after a state Superior Court judge ruled the Planning and Zoning Commission didn’t properly consider the project’s septic system or environmental impact in its decision.

In his July 21 ruling, Judge J. Wilson said the commission did not consider the issue within its “purview,” instead deciding it was regulated by the local health department.

According to the ruling, the Connecticut Public Health Code requires that sewage and septic systems comply with public health code and meet the approval of the local health director.

Wilson said the legislature has tasked municipal zoning commissions located within coastal areas with the role of considering impacts on coastal resources, under the Coastal Management Act.

“The consideration of coastal resources is an entirely different ‘purview’ than that of the local health department’s consideration of public health because the CAM act prioritizes the conservation of coastal resources,” he wrote.

The Ledges project at 856 Post Road would rehab an existing 5,600-square-foot house into two condos and build two duplexes and a “gatehouse” residence on the 1.81-acre site. Two years ago, the project’s public hearings drew opposition partly because blasting would be needed to make space for a septic system and water main.

In court documents, plaintiffs William Downes and Laura Downes, who are neighbors of the property, argued that “the CAM act required the commission to consider all potential impacts on coastal resources, however, the record did not reflect that the commission considered any impacts at all.”

On the day of its 6-3 vote on the project, the commission received direction from then-town planner David Anderson that “septic system management was in the purview of the health department and not the commission.”

Wilson remanded the matter and directed the commission to “look to the record regarding the impact of the proposed septic system on coastal resources to inform its decision … on whether to approve or deny the special exception permit and the coastal site plan.”

The court also directed the commission not to reopen the hearing to take additional evidence.

“The commission is directed only to consider the existing evidence in the record,” the ruling stated.

Cate Hewitt is a reporter and Deputy Editor for CT Examiner. Hewitt covers planning and zoning issues.

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Public hearing to consider Madison steakhouse proposed for former Winter Club

MADISON — The fifth appearance before the Planning and Zoning Commission Nov. 16 could be the charm for this proposed high-end steak house.After a year and a half, the owner of La Foresta in Killingworth is again bringing his application for a restaurant at the former Madison Winter Club before the commission. This time, it will be a public hearing on the site pla...

MADISON — The fifth appearance before the Planning and Zoning Commission Nov. 16 could be the charm for this proposed high-end steak house.

After a year and a half, the owner of La Foresta in Killingworth is again bringing his application for a restaurant at the former Madison Winter Club before the commission. This time, it will be a public hearing on the site plan and a zone change.

Restaurateur Frasher Lulaj is seeking to rezone the 2.3 acre property at 251 Boston Post Road to a Planned Development District [PDD], which would allow a restaurant in the residential district. The former social club was a nonconforming use and without the PDD, a restaurant is not an allowed use.

Lulaj recently bought the social and dining club for $1.185 million.

In February, zoners approved the PDD overlay zone for property on Boston Post Road from the Winter Club to Barberry Hill Farm. Lulaj's latest application is to "land" the PDD on his property.

The site plan for the restaurant and zone change go hand-in-hand. The PDD would be limited to only the site plan as approved, according to land-use officials.

Called the Madison Oyster House, the new restaurant will serve “prime steaks and seafood,” according to Lulaj, who would not comment further. The name on the application is “My Four Boys LLC.”

The application indicates there will be little to no changes to the exterior of the building, except for landscaping. An accessory apartment, which is there now, is included in the application.

Additionally, the parking lot will be changed from asphalt to gravel with pavers, which will reduce storm water run-off from its the existing condition, according to the application. Two secondary driveways, one on Stonewall Lane and the other on Southeastern Post Road, will be closed off, the application states.

While most who spoke at previous PZC meetings were in support of the restaurant, many spoke out against the PDD, a floating zone. Opponents worry it would allow unfettered development on the scenic portion of Route 1. But zoners approved the PDD concept in February.

Only with PZC approval, the PDD may now be used on properties that fall between the Winter Club and Barberry Hill Farm.

A group of residents have proposed a text amendment to the zoning regulations that would prohibit a PDD from landing on any property within “a state designated scenic road.” A public hearing on the amendment took place at the Nov. 2 meeting, with deliberations set for Nov. 16.

If approved, that proposal would not affect the proposed steakhouse, as the parcel lies outside the scenic portion or Route 1.

Madison's Will Levis shines in debut for Tennessee Titans

The butterflies Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback Will Levis, who is from Madison, Connecticut, felt over the past two weeks disappeared Sunday.It showed as Levis threw four touchdown passes for a performance that matched what only two other quarterbacks did in their NFL debuts. Levis celebrated the last TD on his back with his arms in the air.Levis helped the Titans score their most points since 2021 in beating the Atlanta Falcons 28-23.“I’ve been dreaming of this moment as a kid my entire life," said...

The butterflies Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback Will Levis, who is from Madison, Connecticut, felt over the past two weeks disappeared Sunday.

It showed as Levis threw four touchdown passes for a performance that matched what only two other quarterbacks did in their NFL debuts. Levis celebrated the last TD on his back with his arms in the air.

Levis helped the Titans score their most points since 2021 in beating the Atlanta Falcons 28-23.

“I’ve been dreaming of this moment as a kid my entire life," said Levis, who finished with 238 yards passing. "Even to just touch the field in an NFL game, let alone get a win, is incredible.”

The Titans (3-4) snapped a two-game skid in their lone stop at home in a seven-week span ahead of a three-game road swing.

“This was a big win for us, important win at this point in the season,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said with a trip to Pittsburgh up Thursday night.

This win came on alumni weekend as the Titans wore Houston Oilers' throwback uniforms down to an oil derrick logo at midfield with the old nickname in each end zone.

Levis was cheered when introduced as the starter. He became the seventh rookie quarterback to start this season, the most to start in the first eight weeks since the NFL merger — excluding the 1987 strike season. Six rookie quarterbacks started in that span in both 1971 and 2021.

The Titans quarterback became the third rookie to start in the AFC South alone, joining the Colts' Anthony Richardson and the Texans' C.J. Stroud. Then Levis joined Marcus Mariota in 2015 with the Titans and Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton as the only quarterbacks ever to throw four TD passes in their debuts.

“We obviously knew he could do what he did today," Titans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins said despite not practicing much with Levis. "And that’s how he practices. That’s how he approaches the game.”

Two-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons had two of Tennessee's six sacks, including a strip-sack of Desmond Ridder that the Titans turned into a touchdown. Harold Landry had two sacks as well.

A three-time All-Pro wide receiver, Hopkins finished with 128 yards and three TDs on four catches. Nick Westbrook-Ikhine caught Levis' fourth TD pass, a 33-yarder in the fourth with the rookie throwing off his back foot. Derrick Henry also ran for 101 yards.

Atlanta (4-4) came in atop the NFC South. The Falcons dropped to 1-3 on the road this season.

Ridder was evaluated for a concussion after being sacked five times before halftime. He was announced as having been cleared, but he didn't return.

The Falcons switched to Taylor Heinicke in the third quarter. Atlanta coach Arthur Smith, who spent 10 seasons with the Titans before the Falcons hired him in 2021, said this is why Heinicke is on the roster.

"We’re always going to be cautious, and I’ll be conservative,” Smith said of a player's health.

Heinicke threw for 175 yards, driving Atlanta to points on four of his first five possessions. He pulled Atlanta within 28-23 with 3:46 left with an 8-yard TD pass to Scotty Miller. When the Falcons got the ball back with 2:19 left and no timeouts, they turned it over on downs.

Vrabel stuck to his promise, playing second-year quarterback Malik Willis. He came in on the fifth play of Tennessee's opening series and fumbled the snap. Calais Campbell recovered for Atlanta at the Titans 28. Atlanta was held to the first of three field goals by Younghoe Koo.

The Titans stuck with the No. 33 pick overall in April out of Kentucky. He showed why they traded up for him throwing more TD passes through three quarters than Ryan Tannehill (two), who started the first six games.


By catching Levis' first NFL TD pass, Hopkins has done that for four different quarterbacks tying Marvin Harrison and Joey Galloway for the most such receptions in league history.

Hopkins was wide open for a 61-yard catch, putting the Titans up 21-9 late in the third quarter, becoming the first Titans receiver with three or more TD catches since Kenny Britt on Oct. 24, 2010, against the Eagles. That tied Hopkins' career high for TD catches in a game.


The Titans made clear they didn't appreciate Willis being booed when he came out for a run out of the shotgun just before Levis' second TD pass. Vrabel was seen trying to quiet the fans.

Levis said that left a “sour taste in all of our mouths" and that Willis will be a big part of helping them win this season.

"So let’s just come correct next time as fans and treat him correctly,” Levis said.


Atlanta defensive lineman Grady Jarrett hurt a knee early and didn't return. His replacement LaCale London went down early in the third quarter with an injured knee. Fullback Keith Smith did not return with a concussion. Falcons wide receiver Drake London hurt a groin.

The Titans lost right tackle Chris Hubbard to a concussion late in the first half. LB Joe Jones hurt a hamstring and didn't return for the second half.


The Falcons return home to host Minnesota.

The Titans already have turned their attention to Thursday night's trip to Pittsburgh.


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