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Home Care In Plainville, CT

Home Care Plainville, 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 Plainville Historic Center 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 Plainville, 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 Plainville, 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 Plainville, 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 Norton 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 New Mill Restaurant or visit Farmington Canal Marker, 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 Plainville, 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 Plainville, 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 Plainville, 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:

  • BellMarie Assisted Living
  • Apple Rehab Farmington Valley
  • Victorian Gardens Residential Care Home
  • Community Residences Inc.
  • Shady Oaks Assisted Living LLC
  • KindCare Assisted 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 Plainville, 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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Plainville pilots four-day workweeks for municipal staff, joining list of other Connecticut towns

This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigatePLAINVILLE — The club is small but it's growing, and members believe that will continue.In this case the club is towns in Connecticut that are piloting or committed to four-day workweeks for municipal employees.Plainville started its pilot program on Monday and will decide in February whether to make the switch to longer days with Town Hall closed on the weekend and Fridays permanent.NEW YEAR SALE: Only 99¢ for Unlimited Digital Access! ...

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PLAINVILLE — The club is small but it's growing, and members believe that will continue.

In this case the club is towns in Connecticut that are piloting or committed to four-day workweeks for municipal employees.

Plainville started its pilot program on Monday and will decide in February whether to make the switch to longer days with Town Hall closed on the weekend and Fridays permanent.

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"It's about retention and recruitment and the concept of a work-life balance," Plainville Town Manager Michael Paulhus said Monday.

Paulhus said the town will take the time between now and February to gather input from residents and employees to see if they should make adjustments and the move permanent.

In Vernon the town began its pilot program a year ago and doesn't have a date set for declaring the change permanent, as it implements tweaks that town officials believe will make the move better for residents and employees.

But Town Administrator Michael Purcaro is very happy with the results for both sides of the equation so far, as residents have extended hours during the day to visit most town departments, and the town has a leg up on attracting and retaining quality workers.

Purcaro said that what works for one department might not work for another, so the town is taking its time to try and get it right for everyone involved.

"This is an opportunity to to make adjustments and make sure it works for the residents. It has to be organic so that it can evolve," Purcaro said, adding that residents should rest assured that no one is getting paid to work fewer hours.

But the issue of work-life balance in a "fiercely competitive" job market is also at play, and Purcaro believes other towns will have to follow suit or risk losing employees.

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"When one town does this others have to consider it automatically," he said. Neighboring Ellington has already implemented a pilot program.

For Purcaro, that's because for the first time in American workforce history five generations of people — from Boomers to Millennials — are in the work force and while they have differing needs, they all agree on one thing: quality of work-life balance.

"That's why municipalities need to be creative in hiring," he said.

Tolland initially made the switch to a four-day, 40-hour workweek in 2009 to save on energy costs and increase access for residents before- and after-work. But Town Manager Brian Foley agreed that it gives them an edge, too.

"It's also become a competitive advantage in hiring quality candidates, as many more towns are offering the 40 hour, four day week," he said. "Most candidates find that desirable."

Plans are also in the works for a possible pilot program in Simsbury, where departments are now collecting data on the number of visits. Interim Town Manager Lee Erdmann said that the data collection will continue until February.

But not everyone is on board yet.

In Hebron, Town Manager Andrew Tierney said there are no plans for any changes.

"We're a pretty busy town so we're open five days a week," Tierney said. "I don't think we're going to consider going to four days a week."

Tolland football survives Plainville's late surge to win season opener

TOLLAND — Alex Backus had to sweat out the first game of his second tenure as Tolland football coach Thursday, and not just because of the warm and humid weather.In a one-possession game, Backus' defense came up with three red zone stops in the fourth quarter with Nate Howe knocking away a pass on an untimed play to end it as Tolland held on to defeat Plainville 22-16 in a seaso...

TOLLAND — Alex Backus had to sweat out the first game of his second tenure as Tolland football coach Thursday, and not just because of the warm and humid weather.

In a one-possession game, Backus' defense came up with three red zone stops in the fourth quarter with Nate Howe knocking away a pass on an untimed play to end it as Tolland held on to defeat Plainville 22-16 in a season-opening CCC Tier IV game.

"I enjoyed it all the way," Backus said with a smile. "But I told the team afterwards that we need wins like this to show that we are battle tested. You can't be a frontrunner. When things don't go your way you can't crumble.

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"There will be games that will go back and forth and you have to build that internal grit to come out on top. You build trust and confidence in those tough situations where the next time they come around you know, 'We've got this.' "

Eamon Sheehan had a pair of interceptions for Tolland and his deflection in the end zone stopped a Plainville scoring bid. Jack Fearney was another defensive standout.

The Eagles gave up 302 total yards but didn't break when they needed to stay together.

"The game's on the line and you have to make a stop," Sheehan said. "There's no option but to make a play. If you don't make it, you lose.

"You have to have that toughness inside of you. You become a new person when you're out there. You try harder than you ever thought you could."

Tolland scored first following Sheehan's first interception as Ryan Caminiti connected with Howe on a 40-yard strike with 2:26 gone. Plainville took a lead in the second quarter on Dom Abarno's 24-yard pass to Peter Bocompani and Marcus Kiley's conversion run. Caminiti's seven-yard screen pass to AJ Cady put the Eagles back in front and Matt Tybor's conversion sneak made it 14-8. It stayed that way until Kyle VanDeventer capped a 67-yard drive on the first possession of the third quarter with a 23-yard burst with Cady's conversion making it 22-8.

The Blue Devils got back within eight with 3:22 left in the third quarter on Kiley's nine-yard touchdown run. The rest of the way, Plainville knocked on the door only to see Tolland turn it away.

"Defense is the heart of our team," Backus said. "We're going to do what we do on offense. There's a learning curve on offense, but the defense has been in place for almost a decade. We ran this system when I was the head coach (2016-17), when Scott Cady was head coach (2018-19), and a little bit when Mitch Egazarian was head coach (2020-22). So they're ready to go in these situations."

Kiley was stopped two yards short of a first down at the Tolland 5 on the first play of the fourth quarter. The Eagles were able to get out to midfield but a holding penalty stalled the drive. Joe Vasquez's 61-yard punt return gave the Blue Devils the ball at the Tolland 9. On fourth-and-goal from the 5, Sheehan stepped in front of a Plainville receiver to knock the ball away and give Tolland the ball back with 6:22 left.

But the Eagles went nowhere and a blocked punt went out of the end zone to make it 22-16 with 4:28 to go. Plainville got the ball back and converted a fourth-and-11 and a third-and-nine to get to the Tolland 30. Two sacks of quarterback Abarno and an incompletion brought up fourth-and-23 with 16 seconds remaining. Somehow, Abarno found Vasquez for 25 yards and a first down at the 18 with six seconds to go. The clock stopped on the first down and then restarted and ran out. But after a discussion between the officials Plainville was given one more play. Howe knocked away Abarno's try to end it and deny the Blue Devils a chance at their first win since 2021.

"Hats off to Tolland, they capitalized when they needed to," Plainville coach Tim Shea said. "But this is the most mistakes I've seen my team make in 14 years as a head coach. It's very frustrating. There were a lot of times we were our own worst enemy. We tried to turn it on late but you can't do that.

"It's a new year and the kids have to want it, they have to do it. We'll prepare for next week and E.O. Smith and we'll get it done."

Kiley rushed for 120 yards on 25 carries for Plainville. Abarno was 11-for-23 passing for 169 yards with the two interceptions. Vasques had six catches for 96 yards and Bocompani had four catches for 68 yards.

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VanDeventer finished with 100 yards on the ground on 20 carries while Caminiti was 8-for-15 for 108 yards and two interceptions. Cady had a team-high three catches.

Tolland takes on Platt at Falcon Field in Meriden Sept. 15.

"This is big because we showed we can compete and we can win," Sheehan said. "We showed we can deal with tough situations and get through them."

Player of the Game

Eamon Sheehan, Tolland: Had a pair of interceptions for Tolland and his deflection in the end zone stopped a Plainville scoring bid.


"The game's on the line and you have to make a stop," Sheehan said. "There's no option but to make a play. If you don't make it, you lose." -- Sheehan

Tolland 22, Plainville 16

Aldi To Open Store In Plainville: Realtor

The Plainville location off Interstate 84 is relatively close to Farmington, Southington, Bristol and New Britain.Patch Staff|Updated Fri, Jan 26, 2024 at 5:02 pm ETPLAINVILLE, CT — A prominent shopping plaza in Plainville will have a major hole filled in the form of an international grocery chain coming to town.That's because an ...

The Plainville location off Interstate 84 is relatively close to Farmington, Southington, Bristol and New Britain.

Patch Staff

|Updated Fri, Jan 26, 2024 at 5:02 pm ET

PLAINVILLE, CT — A prominent shopping plaza in Plainville will have a major hole filled in the form of an international grocery chain coming to town.

That's because an Aldi supermarket is planned for the Connecticut Commons plaza at 282 New Britain Ave., Plainville. There are currently 31 Aldi's in Connecticut.

The store was announced earlier this month by the real estate broker involved with the deal, Fairfield-based True Commercial Real Estate LLC.

True said the deal was finalized by representatives Tyler Lyman and Jason Wuchiski for the store, which is expected to be 21,070 square feet.

In a statement, Lyman said the location is perfect for the area, given its proximity to a major highway in the area.

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“Connecticut Commons is a regional center, drawing customers from a large territory due to its proximity to I-84," Lyman said.

"The one glaring missing piece was the fact that there was no grocer in the project. We made that use a priority and are excited to add ALDI to the tenant mix.”

The Plainville location off I-84 is surrounded by Farmington, Southington, Bristol and New Britain.

ALDI was represented by Tim McNamara & Kevin Daly of Cushman & Wakefield, while Tyler Lyman and Jason Wuchiski represented the landlord — Site Centers.

True has brokered 13 deals with Site Centers, according to True officials.

The site has been vacant since 2019, when an A.C. Moore crafts retailer shuttered.

The project now goes before town land-use boards for final approval before the store can be built and open.

Aldi is based in Essen, Germany, and has made significant gains in recent years in the U.S. and Connecticut.

The store offers off-brand and brand grocery items at significant discounts and is popular for people on a budget.

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New automated warehouse ramping up for Stop & Shops across CT, but there are technical hiccups

Three years after a new warehouse for Stop & Shop supermarkets prompted the closure of another in Connecticut, the grocery giant is absorbing a delay in its newest refrigerated facility ramping up to full operation outs...

Three years after a new warehouse for Stop & Shop supermarkets prompted the closure of another in Connecticut, the grocery giant is absorbing a delay in its newest refrigerated facility ramping up to full operation outside Hartford, which will be among the most advanced in the grocery industry.

Warehouse operator Americold confirmed this week it has begun operations at a massive new distribution center in Plainville which will be used by ADUSA Supply Chain. ADUSA's parent company Ahold Delhaize owns Stop & Shop, as well as four other major chains in Hannaford, The Giant Co., Giant and Food Lion.

Last week, however, Americold executives said they do not expect the Plainville warehouse to hit full throughput until the back half of 2025, as they work to iron out unspecified technical hiccups with the automated facility and another in Lancaster, Pa. Combined, the two facilities will distribute to 750 Ahold Delhaize stores in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.


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"The work being done inside these facilities is individual, case-pick selection, which is being completed by our automation systems," said Rob Chambers, Americold president, speaking last Thursday on a conference call. "This is a high level of complexity which is taking some additional time to achieve our desired service level."

More time is needed as well to properly integrate the new warehouse into the operations of ADUSA, Chambers added, without delving into details. Americold did not offer further details in response to CT Insider queries on the Plainville facility.

An ADUSA spokesperson responded Wednesday morning, describing the facility as still "in development" in an email to CT Insider.


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"ADUSA Distribution uses a combination of self-distributed and third-party warehouses to serve Stop & Shop stores in the Connecticut market," stated ADUSA spokesperson Dewaters. "When appropriate, the Plainville site will be added to the distribution network, bringing increased capacity. Where needed, there will be a seamless transition of services between warehouses, and we do not expect any disruption to service levels for Stop & Shop."

Americold has reported investing $325 million in development capital across the two facilities, and that ADUSA has committed to using the warehouses for an initial term of 20 years. Americold assigned a $155 million value to the Plainville warehouse in a 2023 filing with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, with the state of Connecticut approving $4.5 million in tax credits associated with the project under a pair of incentive programs.

Robotic 'waterfalls'

Located a few miles north of Interstate 84, the Plainville location is the first newly constructed warehouse in New England announced by Americold since 2018. The company opened a facility that year in Middleborough, Mass., designed to flash freeze nearly 40,000 tons of cranberries at a time that end up in Ocean Spray Craisins.


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The Americold building in Plainville stands 130 feet tall and spans more than 230,000 square feet, powered by fuel cells from Bloom Energy that produce electricity through a chemical process rather than drawing on the grid.

The facility has more than 30,000 pallet slots on two levels according to Primus, a Georgia company which helped design some of the sophisticated automation systems inside. Those include robotics that grab orders and steer them through "waterfall" and conveyor systems, and ultimately onto trailers for delivery to retail stores.

Dewaters did not address any specific impact on other warehouses used by Stop & Shop for perishable products, stating only that the company expects the new facility to add inventory capacity.

After ADUSA opened a modern new distribution center for non-perishable goods in Manchester in 2021, C&S Wholesale Grocers closed one in Suffield that had supplied area Stop & Shop supermarkets. While that came at a cost of 175 C&S jobs, Ahold Delhaize projected at the time that the new Manchester warehouse would support about 500 jobs.


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C&S sold the Suffield property the following year for $45 million to a warehouse real estate investment firm that has big distribution centers throughout the Northeast.

C&S has another major warehouse adjacent to Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, and a refrigerated warehouse about 45 minutes north of there in Westfield, Mass. A C&S spokesperson could not be reached immediately on whether it anticipates any impact of the new Americold facility on its South Windsor or Westfield facilities, or any others in the Northeast.

Last summer, Stop & Shop listed more than two-dozen Connecticut supermarkets from Greenwich to New Haven that were impacted by a C&S recall of chilled salad dressings and other products, blamed on a refrigeration system in which temperatures had exceeded minimum levels. Dozens more stores in New York and New Jersey were also affected by the recall.

The Plainville facility arrives as Ahold Delhaize continues to overhaul its Stop & Shop footprint, from retail stores to online sales and back-end distribution. Stop & Shop is the largest supermarket operator in Connecticut, averaging nearly 1,200 shoppers daily in December at each of its nearly 90 supermarkets in Connecticut, according to a CT Insider review of data based on mobile phone movements.


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In its annual results for 2023 reported earlier this month, an Ahold Delhaize executive said the company has as one major priority "a more deliberate and holistic reset of Stop & Shop" as it continues store renovations.

In January, Stop & Shop closed a store in Bridgeport which is being replaced by a Food Bazaar, while relocating another in Waterbury to a different plaza. Stop & Shop shuttered a store in Greenwich last year, one of multiple closures last year including stores in New York City and Highland Park, N.J.

In December, Ahold Delhaize sold to Getir its FreshDirect delivery service that offers service in lower Fairfield County, including a massive distribution facility in New York City. Ahold Delhaize acquired FreshDirect in 2021.

And Ahold Delhaize closed a fulfillment center last year in Jersey City, N.J., shifting order fulfillment to supermarkets and external partners. In an open letter issued Wednesday, Ahold Delhaize CEO Frans Muller said the company is shifting to "less asset-intense" operating models that offer the promise of boosting same-day delivery capabilities.


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"In the U.S., the completion of the self-distribution network is putting our brands fully in control of their own operations, so they can keep costs down and partner more closely with suppliers to improve product availability and freshness," Muller stated in a letter accompanying the company's annual report.

At the same time, supermarkets nationally have been reserving extra pallet space at Americold warehouses, as they work to be better positioned for any spikes in shopper demand four years after the COVID-19 pandemic. Just 16 percent of Americold's pallet slots are available today, a record low.

CEO George Chappelle Jr. told investment analysts last week that the company expects "throughput" in its warehouses to shrink in the first six months of this year as consumers limit spending and packaged food customers work through inventories, before rebounding in the back half of the year.

"We’re clearly stealing market share across the network," Chappelle said. "We do believe that when throughput comes back, we’ll see a lot of demand."


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Plainville 2023 football preview: Experience abounds as Blue Devils eye turnaround

[Vitals][They're Here][Reason to Cheer]All those guys above played last year; three of them are three-year starters. Lots of experience.[Reason to Fear]Even so, the Blue Devils still have a small senior class and are particularly young up front.[The Bottom Line]Plainville made the CIAC Class S playoffs in 2019 and won the school’s first playoff game. It was the last team out in Class M in 2021. Last year... well, with a slew of new players in the mix, not so much.The goo...


[They're Here]

[Reason to Cheer]

All those guys above played last year; three of them are three-year starters. Lots of experience.

[Reason to Fear]

Even so, the Blue Devils still have a small senior class and are particularly young up front.

[The Bottom Line]

Plainville made the CIAC Class S playoffs in 2019 and won the school’s first playoff game. It was the last team out in Class M in 2021. Last year... well, with a slew of new players in the mix, not so much.

The good news is that slew of new players, many of them underclassmen, did get experience in that winless 2022, and a big group of 2023 freshmen joins them. The Blue Devils expect to be better up front and more competitive throughout as they rebuild some of the depth that helped them succeed in past seasons.

Three-year starter Joe Vasquez was a coaches’ Class SS/S all-state defensive back last season, part of an experienced secondary; he was also a stellar return man in 2022. Plainville could rotate up to six defensive linemen and are also deep at linebacker.

Vasquez will also lead a receivers corps that will include a few juniors, including Peter Bocompani, and a sophomore, plus a junior tight end, Jacob Boucher. Quarterback Dom Abarno started seven games last year when M.J. Bakaysa was injured. The Blue Devils will use three running backs in different situations, including senior Marcus Kiley.

Shane McCormick and Bobby Wright are three-year starters on the offensive line. A couple of juniors and a sophomore should also see playing time along with senior Matt Michaud.

Sophomore Chris Rollo will handle the kicking.

The Blue Devils’ first three games are on the road, including a Connecticut High School Football Alliance game at Bethel in Week 3. Then their next five are home games. They’ll wrap up at Farmington on Thanksgiving morning.

[2023 Schedule]

** Division game * Conference game @ CT HS Alliance

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