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Given the choice, most of us want to stay in our homes. Sometimes, people need help to remain at home. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

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“Staff is great there a great place to work and call your workplace”

Babispyce S.

“I’ve been a nurse for over 40 years, and I am currently a nursing professor. When my mom was recently in the hospital, I knew it would not be possible for her to be completely on her own right away. She loves where she resides and enjoys all of the activities that are offered. My goal was to get her back into her apartment as soon as possible with the support she needed to increase her strength and return to her prior level of wellness she had before she went into the hospital. She was used to walking a couple miles a day. When I reached out to ABC I made it clear that my mom would need somebody who would be willing to walk with her in the morning, and in the evening enabling her to get back to her baseline. I would like to complement all of the staff at ABC who provided my mom such wonderful support after two weeks she returned to her baseline and remained in her apartment. She really enjoyed all of the staff that were with her , they were professional they encouraged her to walk, drink fluids, eat and were instrumental in assisting her to reach her prior level of independence. I would strongly recommend ABC to anybody who is in need of support for their loved one.”

Robin Y.

“Mom’s care needs have been progressing over the past month - increased difficulty standing. walking, decreased appetite, increased incontinence. (Part of the expected declining process per her Dr.) Tara has been wonderful in adapting to Mom’s changing needs as they develop and a very helpful partner in troubleshooting. brainstorming how to adapt to best support Mom. It’s also been helpful in my regular communication with Mom’s Dr, to let her know in detail what has come up and how we have approached. Thank you (again) for your talented staff!”

Jeremy H.

“Outstanding personal service from this company. All of the caregivers were personable and provided outstanding care to our aunt. I would highly recommend them to anyone who has an elder family member in need. Also, the staff that helped to set up their services was outstanding as well. They made the decisions easy to understand with no hidden agenda. Thank you again to "ABC!"”


“You can't go wrong with this crew. Extremely patient and caring.”

Daniel S.

“Caring for family can be difficult and challenging at times. It's so nice to know that Always Best Care Senior Services is there to help!”

Cathy K.

“Taylor, John, and Kristine and their crew are the best. They are patient, understanding, and a joy to work with.”

Daniel S.

“Sabina always has a pleasant, caring, and respectful attitude. I feel she treats me as she would as her own mother. She treats me the way she would like to be treated. We are a good “team” together.”

Tracy H.

“Diana has a total commitment of compassion, empathy, and respect for myself and my family. My daughters feel she is truly a tremendous caregiver. They know I am in good hands. She acknowledges with commitment of my physical, emotional, and practical needs, my quality of life has excelled due to Diana’s help. I look forward to her presence everyday her attitude is exceptional, Diana comes to work daily with a smile on her face. She enters the front door, singing softly ready to work. She has never taken a day off, I have had many caregivers, but Diana is truly the best!”

Anne H.

“Tina has been with us since the start, caring for my mom. Tina has nothing but my mom’s best interest at heart. She continues to go above and beyond to care for my mom, and ensure anyone else who may be there also understands my mom’s needs. Tina has even gone so far to rearrange her schedule or give up her free time to stay with my mom to avoid her having someone that doesn’t know her. I can see that she genuinely cares for my mom, and treats her as if she was her own family member. That also goes both ways, my mom lights up when she sees Tina. We consider Tina part of our family.”

David L.

“Always Best Care helped our family get through a very difficult time with my mother's care. Kristine and Taylor are a pleasure to work with. They are very knowledgable and had the answers to all our questions. They were able to help with all aspects of the care we needed. I highly recommend them.”

John S.

“Kristine and John are extremely caring and compassionate about helping their client's and family and making sure they receive the best care available. Highly recommended!”

Greg G.

“We needed some home care services for Dad who has dementia, and we made the right decision to trust ABC Senior Services for this support. Dad was lined up with a caregiver who was attentive and helpful, and she and Dad really hit it off. The management and administrative staff from ABC were also very effective and professional. You'll make a good decision to go with ABC Senior Services...”

Liam M.

“I approached Kristine regarding care for my elderly father. Even though he was outside her service area, she helped to find resources for us. Her commitment to providing outstanding care is only surpassed by her desire to help others. Thank you Kristine!”

Matt B.

“I have known Kristine Lajeunesse for many years now through business networking and she and her Team at Always Best Care are very caring and professional and exactly who you would want on your side if you have a loved one who needs help!”

Ann B.

“The client care at Always Best Care Senior Service is outstanding”

Kimberly O.

“Rosemary has many great qualities. She is a hardworker, sensitive, has a giving nature and has an immense desire to help my father. Reliability is vital trait in Rosemary. When my father was in the hospital and came home she immediately wanted to be by his side. My father has come to rely and depend on Rosemary. She is always on time whether it is giving medication or administering food and often encourages my father and helps my father maintain his dignity”

Denise D.

“Always Best Care provides caregivers to our building on a regular basis when we are short staffed. Due to our licensing, we can only have CNAs on the floor and Always Best Care has provided excellent CNAs every time we need some extra help. All of their CNAs have been helpful, willing to go above and beyond for our residents and we always have great responses from our own CNAs and supervisory staff. I am so thankful to Michelle and Wilda who will always staff a shift that I need, even if I call 30 minutes before the shift starts. You’ve been such a huge help!”

Kaytee S.

“I have known John and Kristine Lajeunesse for almost 20 years and when my dad needed care following a diagnosis of dementia, I knew there wouldn’t be anyone better to call than them. The caregivers that have worked with my dad have been wonderful. They are true saints to my family, allowing us the knowledge that Dad is okay to stay at home. They have navigated all of the changes in his cognitive state with grace and kept my father’s dignity in place. He was always a very active man and the caregivers have managed to keep him active, even as his health declines.”

Belinda F.

“Always Best Care helped me to get care lined up for my uncle, after I received their information from a close friend of mine that also used their agency. My uncle was a very proud man and did not want help from anyone, including family. Taylor met with me and spent time getting to know the ins and outs of my uncle’s care as well as his personality. She asked about his background so that they could look for a caregiver with similar interests. Although he took a turn for the worse rather quickly, the short time care was provided was wonderful. Thank you for your help and compassion.”

Karel O.

“My dad’s caregiver is great. He is a man of few words, but she is able to get him talking about all aspects and experiences of his life. They go out regularly and she encourages my dad to participate in the activities put on by the community he lives in. They run errands, go out for meals, or go for a drive just to get a change of scenery. I was nervous at first about how my dad would take having a caregiver come in to help him, but he seems so happy and has great things to talk about after his time spent with his caregiver.”

Martin F.

“Thank you, Kristine - I am very appreciative of the professional manner with which you and your organization operates. From the initial phone and in-person conversations with Taylor, to the ongoing support of my mother's care - it's been thorough, timely and well managed. I am also struck by how the home-health employees conduct themselves. They are reliable/responsive *and* responsible, and making every effort to work through the challenges day to day with my mother. Thanks for the great job you and your organization are doing. It means a lot to me, especially during this trying time! Best Regards”

Anna T.

“I wanted to take a moment to thank you and your staff for all of your hard work and dedication to their clients. When my parents finally realized they needed help in their home, I chose ABC as the company I felt would be the best fit. Yes, we have had some ups and down, but when you paired Leah with my parents, it was truly a blessing. My parents love her. She genuinely cares for them and they speak highly of her work ethic. As my mom says, “she is too good to be true”. I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your working with me to find the right fit. Well on our end, Leah fits like a glove and I hope she feels the same. She is a special person so I wanted to acknowledge her hard work and dedication to my parents. It makes me feel more at ease knowing there is someone coming to the home to properly care for them. Again I want to thank you all and encourage you to keep up the good work.”

Craig F.

“My family provides the care to my mother 24/7, we called Always Best Care to provide respite care to my mom while we took some time to ourselves for a weekend. Mom’s caregiver, Gloria, was great and she had the perfect disposition to work with my mom. She was attentive and kept mom well fed and engaged during the time we were away. We would definitely call Always Best Care again when we need some time away.”


“The caregiver that helped my husband and I were so kind to us both, especially to my husband while I spent some time in the hospital and rehab. Our caregiver brought my husband to see me every day while I was at the hospital and at rehab, I knew he was in excellent hands and I could focus on getting stronger again.”

Heather R.

“i really like my caregiver, Victor very much. Victor is a very patient and observant aide who knows when I need his help. I knew from the first day meeting him that we would get along very well.”

Johnson L.

““I want to give a huge thank you for the care that Always Best Care provided over the last year and a half. They started out assisting just my dad since he was wheelchair bound and then began providing care to my mom as well who had advanced dementia. The two ladies that helped them both did an amazing job and gave me the confidence that they were being well cared for since I live on the other side of the country. Up to my dad’s passing, his caregivers were there for him to provide comfort and companionship while managing my mom’s emotions as well during the difficult time my dad had. Being a nurse myself and in the healthcare field for a while, I had high expectations which were exceeded by the caregivers and office staff of Always Best Care.”

harry B.

“Both of Mom’s caregivers are exceptional. They are always professional, calm and extremely patient with my mom. They know how to keep her calm and to manage her anxiety. My whole family is very grateful, knowing that Mom is getting really competent care, great meals and friendly companionship. Thank you.”

Kathleen F.

“My husband had care from Always Best Care until he passed away. Thankfully he is on his "next journey" and finally pain free, while he was here with us, his caregiver, Craig, did an amazing job caring for him and was here to help us from our first day of services. Craig always managed to get my husband to share stories from his time in the war that even I had not heard before. It was a great way to get to know more of my husband so his memory can continue with others around him.”

Beth F.

“I am very pleased with the care that Craig gave to my husband. My husband enjoyed having another man to talk to instead of conversation only between him and I. Craig managed to keep him occupied and safe so that I could go and get some time to myself, allowing me peace of mind that my husband was in great hands”

Sonia T.

“I hired Always Best Care to help my mom who was living with me at home. She was diagnosed with dementia and within 3 months she could hardly do much for herself anymore. I was able to continue working full time while my mom received care from Always Best Care. We had the same caregiver from day 1 and she was absolutely amazing. She kept everyone in the loop with any changes my mom experienced and the regular in person and phone check ins were a great added support to myself and my family. Thank you ABC for all the help and compassion that you showed my mom until her passing.”


“They are very caring and easy to deal with. They work with the family and the patient to see that the patient has what is needed for their care. In all we had a good experience with Best Care.”

Elaine G.

“Our caregiver is the absolute best, you all got lucky finding her.”

Bob G.

“Anything from Always Best Care is good to have. The care from them has given me my life back. I wasn’t expecting a perfect match on the first caregiver, but Always Best Care did a very good job.”

Claudia B.

“We have been using the services of ABC for almost three years, and I have worked personally with John, Kristine, Taylor, Michelle and Wilda, as well as the many wonderful caregivers who have attended to my mother’s needs with great care and attention. Throughout this time, my mother’s care needs have changed many times, and they have always been very responsive to any requests, including the directives of the hospice nurses that work in concert with all of them. Taylor and Michelle are incredibly diligent about keeping on top of issues that arise day-to-day, and running their questions and concerns by me. I remain a loyal customer to ABC because I feel that my mother is getting really great care, and will continue to see the warm, friendly faces she has come to know and trust today and every day. At 94 yrs old, my mother is quite dependent on the care providers for almost all her needs, and they always show up and make her feel safe and secure.”

Rachel C.

“It has been a true pleasure working with you and your organization. You all demonstrate empathy and compassion in caring for frail elderly family members and insure distant families are comforted knowing you are there.”

Steve S.

“Mom’s caregiver is a part of the family, we absolutely love her!”

Joe L.

“Always Best Care has done a fantastic job in providing us with at-home care for my step-mother while we prepared for her transition to move permanently to a skilled nursing facility. With their help, she was able to spend a full six months at home before moving. We would not have been able to do it without them. All the caregivers we have met and used have been kind and attentive, frequently going the extra mile, whatever that may be on any given day. The office staff is friendly, empathetic and very diligent in keeping all parties informed of all aspects of day-to-day care. They are knowledgeable, respectful and efficient. I would not hesitate in recommending them to anyone who is looking for help in keeping their loved one at home for as long as possible.”

Sarah C.
 In-Home Care Andover, CT

How does In-home Senior Care in Andover, CT work?

Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.

At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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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.

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

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, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Andover, 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.

Healthy Living
Healthy Living

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.


For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

Cost and Convenience
Cost and Convenience

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in Andover, CT gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care Plans

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:

Veteran's Benefits
Veteran's Benefits

Aid and Attendance benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance

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.

Private Insurance
Private Insurance

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.

Life Insurance
Life Insurance

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.

Respite Care Andover, CT

During your Care Plan consultation with Always Best Care, your Care Coordinator will speak with you about in-home care costs and what options there may be to help meet your budget needs.

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 Andover,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.

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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 Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

An assessment of your senior loved one


An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home


Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs


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.

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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Channel 3 Kids Camp site in Coventry is for sale after no partner found to operate it

The former Channel 3 Kids Camp in Coventry site is for sale, according to a statement from the board of directors of the Almada Lodge –Times Farm Camp Corp.“While it had been the desire of Almada Lodge-Times Farm Camp Corporation to have the former site of Channel 3 Kids Camp in Coventry remain a camp to serve youth throughout Connecticut, we unfortunately have not found ...

The former Channel 3 Kids Camp in Coventry site is for sale, according to a statement from the board of directors of the Almada Lodge –Times Farm Camp Corp.

“While it had been the desire of Almada Lodge-Times Farm Camp Corporation to have the former site of Channel 3 Kids Camp in Coventry remain a camp to serve youth throughout Connecticut, we unfortunately have not found an appropriate partner willing to make the investment to take on this initiative,” Jillian Wood, chair of the corporation board of directors said in a statement.

“That is why the property has been publicly listed for sale through Coldwell Banker Real Estate, in the hope that a buyer is found that is willing to preserve the natural beauty and tranquility of the site for future use,” Wood said.

The camp’s board of directors had previously said it hoped to see the camp continue to fulfill its mission of providing recreational opportunities for children in need. The camp was closed last summer.

The COVID shutdown and other issues also challenged the camp.

Wood said that when a sale is complete, it is the board’s desire to use a portion of the proceeds to create an endowment that “can be administered by an appropriate foundation—that will support children’s programming and promote diversity, acceptance and environmental appreciation, as Channel 3 Kids Camp always did.”

The camp began more than 100 years ago, when Harrison B. Freeman Jr., a Hartford lawyer and state legislator, offered the property to a Hartford assistance organization caring for city children, according to a Connecticut Explored article. Freeman later deeded it to the Almada Lodge or the Times Country Camp, the charitable organization established to operate the camp.

“I sincerely want to thank all the dedicated staff, volunteers and supporters who made the Almada Lodge-Times Farm Camp/Channel 3 Kids Camp such a wonderful and rewarding experience for the youth we served for more than a century,” Wood said.

The Andover camp had offered recreational and educational camp experiences for children and adults regardless of economic, physical or developmental challenges for a century.

“Kids have been trundling out to a spot along the Skungamaug River in Andover since 1910, arriving at first by horse or train, then by trolley, bus, and car. The name of the place has changed a few times too—from the Almada Lodge, to the Times Farm Camp, and finally to the Channel 3 Kids Camp—but one idea has remained constant: giving kids a summer camp experience regardless of their backgrounds,” Kevin Flood wrote on the Hartford History website.

School districts get grants to help with students’ mental health

Rep. Joe Courtney spoke with school leaders in Eastern CT about the challenges students are currently facing.ANDOVER, CT (WFSB) - Multiple school districts in Connecticut received grants to improve the mental health of students.A roundtable discussion at Andover Elementary School happened Monday morning to tackle the challenges of children’s mental health.“Our youngest kiddos are coming excited to be at school, but with some emotional regulations sometimes,” said Principal Taylor Parker, Andover Element...

Rep. Joe Courtney spoke with school leaders in Eastern CT about the challenges students are currently facing.

ANDOVER, CT (WFSB) - Multiple school districts in Connecticut received grants to improve the mental health of students.

A roundtable discussion at Andover Elementary School happened Monday morning to tackle the challenges of children’s mental health.

“Our youngest kiddos are coming excited to be at school, but with some emotional regulations sometimes,” said Principal Taylor Parker, Andover Elementary School. “Whether that’s from a result of COVID or just society pressures, family dynamics, I think kids are excited to be here, but sometimes need some extra support.”

Students got that extra care in the form of mental health support funding from the American Rescue Plan.

Mental health specialist grants will give some schools the opportunity to enhance their mental health services.

“It gives our school psychologist more time in the building whether it’s in the classroom and she can support with lessons or it’s really just setting up certain spaces,” Parker said.

It was an $825,000 investment in children’s mental health over the next three years.

The Connecticut Department of Education awarded the grants to dozens of districts.

The money was said to be a game changer.

The principal of Scotland Elementary School said the small school did not have any mental health services. Next year, with its mental health services, it will be able to put a large focus on its pre-K mental health services.

“They’re COVID babies,” said Anne Anowles, principal, Scotland Elementary School. “They were born during COVID and they just do not have the social skills.”

Monday morning, Rep. Joe Courtney met with school leaders at the roundtable discussion to discuss the challenges students face, specifically mental health issues. He met with representatives from the Andover, Columbia, Coventry, East Hampton, Marlborough, and Scotland school districts.

The specialists were expected to be a helpful tool within schools to help students manage anxiety and depression.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that in 2021, 42 percent of students across the country felt persistently sad or hopeless.

Andover Elementary School psychologist Kara Ormsby said COVID may have played a role in children’s development, but the need for mental health services has always been there. She said tackling the issue in elementary schools will create a solid foundation for students.

“Trying to teach students skills at the elementary level, they’ll be able to build that foundation of knowledge and social and emotional regulation skills so when they’re older, they can function more independently,” Ormsby said.

The grants were said to cover the years 2024 to 2026. They will also help enhance mental health services over the summer.

In all, 72 schools across the state received the money.

A breakdown of how much money each district received can be found on the state’s website here.

Multiple school districts in Connecticut are receiving grants to improve the mental health of students.

New funds are available to address the mental health of local students.

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COVID-19 in CT: Andover superintendent highlights school district's success keeping students in classrooms

Superintendent of Andover Public Schools Valerie Bruneau said the community came together to make it work.ANDOVER, Conn. — While the pandemic has forced many things to change in our lives, the women and men at Andover Public Schools have made it their mission to push through.Connecticut had its first confirmed cases of the virus in early March 2020, and a short time later, all schools canceled in-person learning for the remainder of the semester. The question remained: How would schools reopen in the fall?Superinte...

Superintendent of Andover Public Schools Valerie Bruneau said the community came together to make it work.

ANDOVER, Conn. — While the pandemic has forced many things to change in our lives, the women and men at Andover Public Schools have made it their mission to push through.

Connecticut had its first confirmed cases of the virus in early March 2020, and a short time later, all schools canceled in-person learning for the remainder of the semester. The question remained: How would schools reopen in the fall?

Superintendent of Andover Public Schools Valerie Bruneau said by the time she came on board in the summer, the district had already started its planning process.

"Before the school year even began we had a reopening committee," said Bruneau. "We were looking not only in our neighboring towns and communities but all over the nation to try and see what the best mitigation strategies were going to be."

Andover Public Schools opened in September and Bruneau said the schools have remained open 94% of the time.

Bruneau acknowledged that leading up to the school year, people were fearful about how to return safely to the classroom. It wasn't just in Andover.

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Many teachers and unions called on the state for protocols in spring 2020 for reopening. Schools never went back to in-person learning that semester, and over the summer, the state's Department of Education provided guidelines for teachers and school administrators to reopen safely.

In September, the Connecticut Education Association, which represents over 60,000 educators in the state, once again called on the state to implement certain safety policies. The CEA stated at the time that towns and cities across the state were ignoring COVID-19 safety protocols.

Bruneau said she had the support of the Board of Education and the community had come together to all "be on the same page" when it came to reopening. She said the cooperation was unique, resulting in a successful reopening.

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Valerie Bruneau

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When asked what other communities could learn from Andover, Bruneau cautioned to say that since Andover is a small town, not every other city or town in the state could do what they did.

"We called in parents to say, 'Hey, we need help with the children staying social distanced on buses'," said Bruneau.

The call to action resulted in more parents bringing their children to school themselves, leaving more room on the buses.

Bruneau also cited 'trust' as one of the main ingredients for the district's success with reopening their schools.

When it came to negotiating teacher contracts with the union, Bruneau said that she had only been on board for three-and-a-half months. But, everyone had come to the table and a few weeks later Bruneau said they had a four-year contract and a "memorandum of understanding".

Nor’easter in Connecticut | How much snow has fallen so far?

HARTFORD, Conn — A winter storm with heavy, wet snow led to hundreds of school closings, canceled flights, and thousands of power outages across parts of Connecticut on Tuesday morning.Gov. Ned Lamont, who ordered all executive branch state office buil...

HARTFORD, Conn — A winter storm with heavy, wet snow led to hundreds of school closings, canceled flights, and thousands of power outages across parts of Connecticut on Tuesday morning.

Gov. Ned Lamont, who ordered all executive branch state office buildings closed during the nor’easter, called the storm a “unique winter storm” that will see big differences in snowfall depending on where people live.

“Some towns may receive significant snowfall total, while others may receive a fraction of that around or maybe even just rain,” he said.

So how much snow has fallen so far?

According to the National Weather Service, upwards of 11 inches of snow have been recorded in Granby and Hartland – with more coming down throughout the day. Winstead has seen more than 7 inches.

Most of the snow has concentrated north of Interstate 84 and in the northeast and northwest hills.

Manchester and Coventry have recorded more than 2 inches of snow, with multiple other municipalities including Vernon, Columbia and Andover nearing that mark.

More snow totals:

Granville, CT – 11.3 inches

Granby, CT - 11.3 inches

West Simsbury - 10 inches

Canaan, CT – 8.5 inches

Norfolk, CT – 8.6 inches

Suffield, CT - 5.5 inches

Lakeville, CT – 4 inches

Winsted, CT – 6 inches

Bradley Airport - 4.4 inches

Windsor Locks - 4 inches

Stafford Springs CT - 3.8 inches

Fairfield, CT - 3 inches

Staffordville, CT - 2.8 inches

East Litchfield, CT - 2.5 inches

East Hartford, CT – 2 inches

Mansfield Center – 1.93 inches

South Windham – 2 inches

New Milford - 1.8 inches

Watertown - 1 inch

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Periods of snow are expected to continue through the day and into the evening Tuesday, which could be when some of southern Connecticut gets into the action with snow accumulating more readily in the evening.

The snow is expected to wind down as the evening continues with flurries and light snow showers continuing into early Wednesday morning.


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After vow renewal, CT woman lost her husband to Alzheimer’s. Now she seeks to inspire caregivers.

A year ago this month, Lisa and Peter Marshall were set to wed.The Andover, Conn. couple was already married. However, Peter was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2018 and was struggling with memory loss. At this time, Peter was having a hard time remembering his more-than-decade-long marriage to Lisa.One night while watching TV, Peter surprised Lisa with an idea.“He pointed at the TV," Lisa remembered, and said, "‘Let’s do it.’ I said, ‘Do what? What are you ...

A year ago this month, Lisa and Peter Marshall were set to wed.

The Andover, Conn. couple was already married. However, Peter was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2018 and was struggling with memory loss. At this time, Peter was having a hard time remembering his more-than-decade-long marriage to Lisa.

One night while watching TV, Peter surprised Lisa with an idea.

“He pointed at the TV," Lisa remembered, and said, "‘Let’s do it.’ I said, ‘Do what? What are you talking about?,’ ... I looked at the TV and it was [a] couple getting married, and I said, ‘Do you want to get married?’ He said, ‘Yeah.’ He had this big grin on his face. I said, ‘Are you asking me to marry you?’ He nodded and he grinned and said, ‘Yes.’"

"When the person you love so deeply asks you twice and chooses you twice, it is remarkable,” Lisa said in a previous interview.

Their vow renewal in April of 2021 went viral, getting coverage from a number of national outlets such as the Washington Post, CNN and People.

However, in a matter of months, Peter’s health declined rapidly.

Lisa said the last couple of steps in his battle with Alzheimer’s were “horrific” for her as she watched him lose the ability to self-function. Suddenly, activities such as eating and showering became difficult for Peter.

According to John Hopkins medicine, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease mostly affects individuals between their 30s and 60s, and comprises roughly 10 percent of all Alzheimer’s-related cases.

“It was a very, very rapid decline. He flew through the stages [of Alzheimer’s],” Lisa said. “He went from being very present the day of the vow renewal, and within eight months, he was gone. It was just tragically quick.”

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Peter passed away at home, surrounded by his family, on Dec. 26, 2021. He was 56.

Now, four months after his passing, Lisa is writing a book in hopes of helping others on their journey with Alzheimer's. She’ll also be honored next month for her active role in the community with an award from the Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

'Find joy. No regrets.'

Lisa said it was incredibly hard at first following Peter’s passing, but allowing herself to go through the grieving process has been instrumental.

“At first it was terrible, I lost 15 pounds immediately. I couldn’t even chew. The physical pain of grief; I just wasn’t expecting it,” Lisa said. “You have to honor where you are in the grieving process. Whether it’s anger or you feel lost or you’re just so devastated. You have to recognize the emotions and go through them because you can’t go around them.”

“I still cry everyday. I still miss him terribly and ask him often, ‘What should I do in this situation?’ I’m moving through the grief as I know I need to,” she added.

Since losing Peter, Lisa said she has been able to slowly start doing things that she says she has “neglected.” Some of those activities include spending time with friends and family, going on trips and focusing on her physical health.

“Now, I feel a little bit lighter [and] a little bit freer. I’m doing some things for myself and getting to know myself again. Getting acquainted if you will,” Lisa said.

Part of the grieving process can be surmised in a quote written throughout Lisa’s blog “Oh Hello Alzheimer’s” and tattooed on her arm: “Find Joy. No Regrets.”

For Lisa, the quote is about finding joy in the moments that you shared with your loved ones while knowing that you provided the very best for them.

“When you’re in the throes of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, it may be difficult to find joy because you’re consumed by the disease. You’re consumed by the negativity of all the things that you’re losing. It was hopeful for me to find and focus on the things that Peter could still do,” Lisa said. “My goal, the day after Peter’s death, was to feel as though I had no regrets and that I gave him a beautiful life, and I do feel that.”

Helping other caregivers

Following the success of the blog, Lisa said she is writing a book that she hopes to have on shelves by the end of this year. In the book, Lisa said she goes into her relationship with Peter and offers a number of tips to help caregivers aiding those with dementia-related illnesses.

Lisa said the book is a “love story from when we met all the way until his death,” but also delves into taboo topics that aren’t easily accessible for caregivers such as intimacy with a partner with Alzheimer’s.

The “Oh Hello Alzheimer’s” blog is still continuing too, despite what Lisa says is her and Peter’s journey being over. The blog, which had been used to keep the public up-to-date on Peter and Lisa, is “taking on a different flavor” and has become a tool to help those affected by Alzheimer’s.

“I felt it was sort of fizzling out. Peter and my journey is over, and the blog was all about our journey,” Lisa said. “I’ve struggled to come up with things to talk about but whenever I talk about what I’m doing now and how I’m doing now. The outpouring of support is surprising because caregivers are so hungry for hope on the other side. I didn’t realize that was going to happen.”

Lisa hosts monthly virtual Zoom sessions through her blog that offer a space for those affected by Alzheimer’s to voice their stories and share advice for others who may be going through the same experience.

“It was just so shocking how many people were connected through the blog because of that vow renewal and how many people are affected by Alzheimer’s and other related dementias,” Lisa said. “It’s just insane.”

Outside of her writing, Lisa has joined a coalition started by the Department of Health that looks at gaps in supporting families dealing with Alzheimer's and other dementia-related illnesses as well as creating awareness for related topics such as brain health, early detection, caregiving and family support. Lisa is currently a co-chair on the caregiver and family support arm of the project, which is comprised of caregivers, public officials and medical professionals.

On May 13, Lisa will be honored at the Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association's Celebrating Hope fundraising gala for her active work in the Alzheimer's community. She will be given the 'Resilience and Hope award.'

“I’m just so humbled. It’s so sweet," Lisa said. “It’s such an honor to be honored. I love that it’s celebrating hope.”

“What’s amazing about Lisa is in the midst of grief and healing, she still helps other caregivers who are on the dementia journey. Lisa was the top fundraiser in our state last year for our Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s, she still blogs on 'Oh Hello Alzheimer’s' and she is now involved in Advocacy at our chapter," said Ginny Hanbridge, Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association's Connecticut Chapter. "For all these reasons and more we are pleased to honor her with the ‘Resilience and Hope' award at our Celebrating Hope benefit."

The Alzheimer's Association offers 24-hour support for people living with dementia, their caregivers and family members. The service can be reached by phone at 800-272-3900.


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