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Home Care In Bristol, CT

Home Care Bristol, 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 Sailor's Refuge 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 Bristol, 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.

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“ABC provides a person to cook and do laundry for my mother. The people I have spoken to at the agency have been extremely helpful but more importantly kind and understanding. I have gotten quick responses to any inquiries I have made. The caregiver has been more than flexible and provides reliable help for my mother. I am feeling confident my mother is getting quality care to help her stay in her home.”

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“We appreciate all that you did and would have loved to have Seth with us longer than we did. This was very sudden and in Gods hands I guess. Her last meal was the pasta you made. We tried it too. It was excellent. So you provided her favorite meal. Thank you for that. We would recommend you to anyone who is in need of such services. Be well.”

Kevin J.
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“We appreciate all that you did and would have loved to have Seth with us longer than we did. This was very sudden and in Gods hands I guess. Her last meal was the pasta you made. We tried it too. It was excellent. So you provided her favorite meal. Thank you for that. We would recommend you to anyone who is in need of such services. Be well”

Melinda M.
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“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.
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“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.”

Anita
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“Thank you so much for all the incredible attention you gave our family and dad during his illness. We are so grateful that your service was available and that you were all true to your words - you were there to help EVERY step of the way - Our words don't seem enough to express our gratitude. We will miss you all but never forget and we tell everyone we know about your agency and staff.”

Nancy S.
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“Thank you so much for all the incredible attention you gave our family and dad during his illness. We are so grateful that your service was available and that you were all true to your words - you were there to help EVERY step of the way - Our words don't seem enough to express our gratitude. We will miss you all but never forget and we tell everyone we know about your agency and staff”

Nancy S.
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“To honor Bob's memory, enjoy a round of golf, share your music with others, make your town a better place, have coffee with a friend, help someone in need, and fill every day with two days' worth of life! The family would like to thank caregivers Pauline and Yvette of Always Best Care of Bristol and Hartford Healthcare at Home for their extraordinary care.”

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“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.
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“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.”

Dan A.
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“Thank you for the excellent care given to my mom. It was a huge weight lifted off my shoulders knowing that Cynthia was there to care for her. Mom was very fond of Cynthia as well as the rest of the family.”

Sue L.
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“The Renchy family of Guilford would like to thank the staff and caretakers at CT Hospice of Branford and the CT Hospice Homecare as well as the staff and caretakers from Always Best Care. A special thank you to Sue Dow who helped the family navigate the homecare process over the past several years.”

Renchy F.
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“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.
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“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.
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“Rick/Heather, Thank you for providing excellent customer service !! I have received several emails and phone calls from caregivers who have provided positive feedback about the aids that you deploy to their loved ones (my consumers). This can only be a reflection of your hiring practices and the training that you provide, we appreciate the excellent quality of service.”

Lee M.
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“I am a past client of this provider 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.”

Caitlin M.
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“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.”

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“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.”

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“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.
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“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.
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“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.
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“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.
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“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.”

Christie A.
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“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.”

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“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.”

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“I have a very good providers from this Company”

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

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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.

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When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

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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.

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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 Bristol, 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 Page 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 Chef's Table or visit Old Post Office, 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 Bristol, 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 Bristol, 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 Bristol, 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:

  • Shady Oaks Assisted Living LLC
  • KindCare Assisted Living
  • KindCare Assisted Living
  • Sheriden Woods Health Care Center
  • Village Green of Bristol
  • Countryside Manor of Bristol
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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

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

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Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider

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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 Bristol, 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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What is Bristol, CT Known For? 5 Things to Love About This City

Living in Bristol, Connecticut, encapsulates a fusion of community pride, sports enthusiasm, and a cozy suburban lifestyle. In central Connecticut, this city thrives on a tight-knit community spirit combined with a range of urban amenities, picturesque parks, and a charming downtown area which offers a balanced lifestyle. So whether you’re searching for apartments in Bristol, ...

Living in Bristol, Connecticut, encapsulates a fusion of community pride, sports enthusiasm, and a cozy suburban lifestyle. In central Connecticut, this city thrives on a tight-knit community spirit combined with a range of urban amenities, picturesque parks, and a charming downtown area which offers a balanced lifestyle. So whether you’re searching for apartments in Bristol, homes for sale, or want to learn more about what Bristol is known for, this Redfin article will be your guide.

1. ESPN headquarters

Bristol is known globally as the headquarters of ESPN, the prominent sports entertainment network. The city proudly hosts the sprawling ESPN campus, a hub for sports broadcasting, where innovative programming and coverage of various athletic events are produced. ESPN’s presence in Bristol solidifies the city’s identity as a prominent center in the sports media world.

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Every year, Bristol hosts the Mum Festival, a beloved event celebrating the city’s heritage as the “Mum City.” This festival boasts a parade, carnival rides, live music, and diverse food vendors, drawing the community together while attracting visitors from far and wide.

3. Manufacturing history

Bristol has a rich history in manufacturing, particularly in clock-making and spring manufacturing. The city was once home to the E. Ingraham Company, a prominent clock manufacturer, and the New Departure Manufacturing Company, known for its ball bearings. These industries played a significant role in shaping Bristol’s identity.

4. Lake Compounce

Being the oldest continuously operating amusement park in the United States, Lake Compounce holds significant attraction in Bristol. Furthermore, the park offers a mix of thrilling rides, water attractions, and live entertainment. Its long history makes it a popular destination for locals and tourists.

5. Arts and culture

Bristol is home to the Bristol Historical Society and the New England Carousel Museum, both of which showcase the city’s cultural heritage. Additionally, the Carousel Museum features a remarkable collection of antique pieces and offers educational programs. These institutions contribute to Bristol’s vibrant arts and culture scene.

Bristol Health seeks community help to stabilize dire finances following COVID-19 pandemic

Bristol Health is seeking donations from the community to help build its depleted cash reserves as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.The community-owned hospital was created in response to the influenza outbreak of 1918, but saw its finances hard-hit more than a century later by the peak COVID pandemic years, in part due to several million dollars of federal loans that need to be paid back.“That money started to be taken out of organizations’ Medicare payments,” said Kurt Barwis, president and CEO of Bristol H...

Bristol Health is seeking donations from the community to help build its depleted cash reserves as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The community-owned hospital was created in response to the influenza outbreak of 1918, but saw its finances hard-hit more than a century later by the peak COVID pandemic years, in part due to several million dollars of federal loans that need to be paid back.

“That money started to be taken out of organizations’ Medicare payments,” said Kurt Barwis, president and CEO of Bristol Hospital and the health network. “So if you provided a Medicare service, almost two years ago, they started taking it back at a rate of 25% of your payment. And then that went up to 50%. And then, ultimately, if you didn't pay it back … it got transformed into a 60-month loan.”

The federal government was taking back cash even as hospitals were going through the loan application process, leaving the health system’s cash flow strained, he said.

So the hospital system is turning to the community for help.

In a fundraising letter to the community obtained by Connecticut Public, Barwis said the health system, which includes a hospital and over 100 provider networks in 20 locations in Connecticut, has until September to build up its cash reserves to meet the requirements of bond lenders.

“I'm hoping to reach individuals who have had great experiences in our organization, who feel really comfortable giving to us and supporting us, and helping us regain our balance sheet and financial stability so that we can be here for another 100 years,” Barwis said.

Despite being cash strapped, Barwis said Bristol Health is on track to break even this year following sharp cuts on expenses. He hoped to raise $1 million from donors in the community, which is two days worth of on-hand cash.

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Hundreds remain without power in CT after winter storm

This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigateCold temperatures will greet the state Monday after a winter storm hit the state over the weekend, with heavy rain expected to hit the state midweek, officials said.Connecticut saw a storm that brought inches of snow, sleet and rain taper off Sunday afternoon.The National Weather Service said it would be cold Sunday night and ...

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Cold temperatures will greet the state Monday after a winter storm hit the state over the weekend, with heavy rain expected to hit the state midweek, officials said.

Connecticut saw a storm that brought inches of snow, sleet and rain taper off Sunday afternoon.

The National Weather Service said it would be cold Sunday night and Monday, with overnight temperatures in the low to mid-20s before sun brings them up to the high 30s.

The NWS said Monday night would also be in the low 20s, but Tuesday morning would see the beginnings of a storm move into the state. It said Tuesday would bring rain and temperatures in the mid-40s, and that rain would get heavier as day turns into night.

It issued a hazardous weather outlook for Tuesday night into Wednesday, saying "A storm system likely brings a period of heavy rain to the region Tuesday into Wednesday. Given the saturated soils, elevated streamflows, and a melting snowpack, urban and poor drainage flooding appears likely, with significant river flooding possible."

The NWS said the rain would clear up by Wednesday night in most parts of the state.

Eversource, the state's largest electricity provider, reported about 170 power outages as of around 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Most of those outages were in Avon and Stafford. In Simsbury, West Hartford and Granby, where hundreds of outages were reported earlier in the day, power had been mostly restored by mid-afternoon Sunday.

Eversource spokesperson Jamie Ratliff said the outages appeared to be weather-related, likely due to trees falling on wires.

United Illuminating, which serves the greater Bridgeport and New Haven areas, said there were no outages in its coverage areas.

The season's first winter storm began Saturday night and brought several inches of snow along the coast and up to a foot in northern areas of Connecticut.

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By 11 a.m. Sunday, the National Weather Service reported that Hartford County had the highest reported snowfall. North Granby had 11 inches and West Hartford had 10 inches of snow. Canton had 9.5 inches and Windsor had 8.5 inches, the weather service said. In Tolland County, 6.5 inches was recorded in Staffordville and 6 inches in Tolland, the weather service said.

In Fairfield County, 4.5 inches were measured in Greenwich, 4 inches in Redding, 3.5 inches in Stamford and about 3 inches in New Canaan, Wilton and Norwalk as well as at Sikorsky Airport in Stratford on Sunday morning.

The precipitation tapered off overnight, but redeveloped by mid-morning Sunday.

Early Sunday afternoon Gary Lessor, of the Connecticut Weather Center at Western Connecticut State University, said the worst of the storm was over by 11 a.m. and expected the state would only see an additional 1 or 2 inches of snow.

"The steady, heavy stuff is long gone," Lessor said. "There will probably be some scattered, start and stop, and minor accumulations (of snowfall)."

Periods of rain, snow and sleet were expected along the coast until early afternoon.

Brian Spyros, the Connecticut Airport Authority's public information officer, said about 20 percent of flights were canceled and 34 percent were delayed Sunday at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks.

Spyros said travelers should monitor the status of their flights with airlines before heading out, as delays and cancelations were still possible, but said most of the affected flights would be in the morning.

Lessor said forecasters are already switching their attentions to a potential storm on Tuesday.

"Rain will start Tuesday afternoon and may briefly start snowing," he said. "Then strong, gusty winds will be present Tuesday evening into the night."

The coastline could see 50 to 60 mph gusts while inland could experience 30 to 45 mph winds on Tuesday, Lessor said.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

Bristol Eastern’s Rivoira, Richardson inducted into CT Volleyball Hall of Fame

BRISTOL — The Connecticut Women's Volleyball Hall of Fame recently held an induction ceremony in November to recognize and honor the achievements of those who have contributed to the enhancements of women's volleyball.Two women from Bristol were honored into the Hall of Fame including Stacy Rivoira for Scholastic Coach and Coral Richardson for Honorary Nominee. Rivoira and Richardson join Gail Ericson, also of Bristol, who was nominated for Scholastic Coach in 2009.All three inductees graduated from Bristol Eastern High S...

BRISTOL — The Connecticut Women's Volleyball Hall of Fame recently held an induction ceremony in November to recognize and honor the achievements of those who have contributed to the enhancements of women's volleyball.

Two women from Bristol were honored into the Hall of Fame including Stacy Rivoira for Scholastic Coach and Coral Richardson for Honorary Nominee. Rivoira and Richardson join Gail Ericson, also of Bristol, who was nominated for Scholastic Coach in 2009.

All three inductees graduated from Bristol Eastern High School and coached in Bristol.

“All the sports and teams that I have had the luxury to play on specifically the sport of volleyball helped me grow as a person and athlete and provided me with positive influences in my life,” Coral Richardson said. “When you love something, it is hard not to strive to do your very best.”

Richardson began playing volleyball in 1974 during her senior year at Bristol Eastern High School. In 1975, she went on to play volleyball at Southern Connecticut State College for

four-years. The Owls won the 1977 New England Volleyball Championships.

Richardson also played basketball for four-years and softball for one year at SCSC.

Upon graduation, she continued to compete in numerous tournaments traveling throughout the northeast with the New England Yankee Volleyball Association and in 1990, she began competing in National USA Volleyball tournaments.

Richardson has also competed in the Huntsman’s World Senior Games in Utah over the last twelve years and has been awarded six Gold medals, two Silver medals and two Bronze medals. A highlight in Richardson’s senior career was qualifying for the Senior USA team that traveled to New Zealand to compete in the World Master’s games.

Richardson has continued her playing career as she is still involved in the beach and grass volleyball circuit. However, her playing career is not the only thing that made her eligible for the hall of fame. Richardson is also an accomplished coach that coached at Bristol Central during the 1980’s as well as an official.

Her coaching career spanned over two decades as she also coached AAU and USA Juniors Club in Connecticut. She has also officiated high school, AAU, USA Club and NCAA volleyball matches.

Richardson resigned in 2001 and has since found a passion for Pickleball.

Rivoira, on the other hand, is a Bristol, Connecticut native and 1988 Bristol Eastern High School graduate. While at Bristol Eastern, Rivoira was a four-year participant in the volleyball, basketball and tennis programs.

She was a three-year starter and senior captain in all three sports. She also won three state championships at Bristol Eastern, two in 1986 and 1987 for the volleyball team and one in 1987 for the girls basketball team.

Upon graduating, Rivoira went on to play volleyball at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. A four-year starter for the Skyhawks, she was named captain her senior year, as well as being selected to the Northeast All-Conference team.

Rivoira would continue her athletic career as a volleyball coach at her alma mater Bristol Eastern, coaching for twenty-three seasons, the last thirteen as a varsity head coach. She was an assistant coach to Gail Ericson winning the 2005 CIAC Class L State Championship.

In 2006, her first year as the head varsity coach, the Lancers went 25-0 and won the CIAC Class L State Championship. In those thirteen seasons, her teams made it to the CIAC State Tournament quarterfinals or better eleven times, won twelve Central Connecticut Conference South Championships, four Central Connecticut Conference Championships and two CIAC Class L Championships in 2006 and 2012.

She coached over forty-six All-Conference players, sixteen CIAC All-State players and one Hartford Courant Player of the Year. She compiled an overall record of 248-56, posting a 143-5 record in the CCC South matches.

Rivoria also went undefeated in the CCC South her final eight seasons, winning her last ninety matches. She was inducted into the Bristol Sports Hall of Fame in 2021.

Rivoria credits her father, Dave Mills, for being a clear role model and influential coaching figure in her life. Mills was a football coach at Bristol Eastern High School for twenty-six years and consistently demonstrated strong moral character, maintained high expectations, a tireless work ethic and an undeniable desire to make a difference in every life he touched.

He demanded accountability and worked hard to be a knowledgeable and educated coach who passionately displayed his love of coaching whenever he stepped on the field.

Connecticut aims to foster local pride with 'Make It Here' campaign

Inside the Bristol Bazaar, long tables are covered with handmade products from more than 50 vendors, arranged beside Christmas trees, garland and other festive decor.The business is a showcase for local makers, and it features everything from handmade earrings to succulents in animal-shaped pots.Care Verikas and her husband opened the space in July. And while it hasn't been open long, it's the kind of place state officials want to highlight in their new push to shape Connecticut's image.Gov. Ned Lamont and staff from the...

Inside the Bristol Bazaar, long tables are covered with handmade products from more than 50 vendors, arranged beside Christmas trees, garland and other festive decor.

The business is a showcase for local makers, and it features everything from handmade earrings to succulents in animal-shaped pots.

Care Verikas and her husband opened the space in July. And while it hasn't been open long, it's the kind of place state officials want to highlight in their new push to shape Connecticut's image.

Gov. Ned Lamont and staff from the Department of Economic and Community Development recently visited the market to launch the state's new "Make It Here" branding campaign. Two of their goals for the initiative are to increase state pride, and create a clear-cut identity for Connecticut, said Anthony Anthony, the state's chief marketing officer.

“We want people to recognize that there's a lot more to this state than they expect," he said.

Connecticut businesses are a major focus of the campaign, which highlights products made in the state, ranging from helicopters to renowned pizza.

Advertisements will appear on billboards, on Metro-North trains and at Bradley Airport. The campaign also includes social media ads, public contests, grants and "experiential" opportunities, according to an announcement.

“The thing for me that’s amazing is the exact focus on people that are making things with their hands in the state,” Verikas said.

The state's last branding effort, the “Still Revolutionary” campaign, which ran from 2012 to 2019, was less focused on the local economy.

Chris DiPentima, CEO of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, said he's excited to see businesses highlighted in the new ads.

“I think it will really help charge the business community cause," he said. "There's a lot of optimism out there amongst our membership.”

The new marketing push was prompted in part by a recent survey that suggests local pride is lacking in Connecticut. Only about half of residents who responded to the poll said they're proud of the state. Less than a quarter said they would recommend Connecticut to others, even though most said it's a good place to live.

“Pride is what our new state brand and the ‘Make It Here’ campaign is all about,” Lamont wrote in a LinkedIn post. “I want the world to know who we are, what we do, and what we stand for, and for our residents to be proud of it.”

The department set aside $1.8 million to develop the new brand and pay for advertising.

“We are trying to be as efficient and prudent with our usage of taxpayer dollars as possible,” Anthony said.

The campaign includes a short video, titled "The Makers Manifesto," which bills Connecticut as a place of "artistic triumphs" and "scientific breakthroughs in medicine and aerospace." A narrator adds that the state is also "one of the best places on earth to build a family, a business, a home."

Nick Lurie, a marketing professor at the University of Connecticut, said the campaign targets several audiences. But there's a risk the state's messaging might be too broad.

“They're trying to appeal to both businesses and families, kind of all takers," he said, "and maybe they have to as a state government, but it's not going to be as effective as if they could be more targeted."

Verikas said's she excited about one distinctive feature of the campaign: the new logo. It looks like a letter “C” with a sideways "T" cut into it. Businesses can change the color and incorporate their own branding.

Verikas said the logo can be unifying for the business community.

“It shows that we're still all in this together,” Verikas said. “Yes, we're all doing the same thing, but you can have your own spin on it.”

The state plans to survey people again in a year to gauge how Connecticut’s image has changed.

When she was launching her market, Verikas found it hard to make business connections and get help developing her concept. With Connecticut's new marketing push, Verikas said she thinks it'll be easier for entrepreneurs to find resources in the future.

“I think that helps tremendously,” she said. “And I think our mission just really aligns with what the state is now working towards and working on.”

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