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Home Care In Middlefield, CT

Home Care Middlefield, 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 Middlefield Historical Society 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 Middlefield, 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.


“The level of dedication Crystal has to her work is amazing!! I cannot say how impressive the effort and the results Crystal has displayed over the last several months, how lucky I feel to have her apart of my mother’s weekly life. Crystal has established trust, friendship, and a sincere companionship with my mother who, not so long ago, was so adamantly opposed to having anyone in her house. When speaking with Crystal and my mother, I could hear the excitement in Crystal’s voice when she shared her success in getting my Mom out of the house. Can’t thank you enough!!”

Bob H.

“Always Best Care of Central CT is helping me with my mom who is 92 and still living on her own. The in-home care they are providing is the best. Without the assistance they are providing us in Enfield this would be overwhelming.”

Bob R.

“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!"”


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

Daniel S.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.”


“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“I appreciate that they always accommodate me and have someone here to drive me, even if I only call them the day before. I’m so glad I was able to find them, because I didn’t know what I was going to do. I just lost my sister and she helped me out a lot.”

Donna .

“I appreciate that they always accommodate me and have someone here to drive me, even if I only call them the day before. I’m so glad I was able to find them, because I didn’t know what I was going to do. I just lost my sister and she helped me out a lot.”

Janey B.

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


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


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


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


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

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Types of Elderly Care in Middlefield, 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 Peckham 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 Fire at the Ridge or visit General Mansfield House, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in Middlefield, 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 Middlefield, 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 Middlefield, 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:

  • Visiting Angels
  • Newfield Rest Home Inc
  • The Village at South Farms
  • The Residence at Ferry Park
  • Oasis Senior Advisors South Central & Southeastern CT
  • East Ridge Residential Care
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

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


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


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


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

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

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Middlefield, 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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Rich Farm Ice Cream opens new Middlefield shop with slow-churned, small-batch treats

After 20 years working in "corporate America," Jill Serra decided it was time for a career change.The Seymour resident spent Thursday afternoon setting up the latest addition to the Rich Farm Ice Cream franchise at 1 Lorraine Terrace in Middlefield, where Wood and Smoke BBQ used to run seasonally until ...

After 20 years working in "corporate America," Jill Serra decided it was time for a career change.

The Seymour resident spent Thursday afternoon setting up the latest addition to the Rich Farm Ice Cream franchise at 1 Lorraine Terrace in Middlefield, where Wood and Smoke BBQ used to run seasonally until 2019. Serra opened up her business in tune with the July 4 holiday, just as the original stand in Oxford did. She held a soft opening to work out any kinks the next day, and enjoyed a fair number of customers hungry for the cold treats on hot summer days.

“I’m excited about this new beginning [and] new chapter in our lives,” she said.

Serra has long been a fan of the company’s slow-churned, small-batch ice cream since it opened its first stand in Oxford in 1994. Her personal favorite flavors are black raspberry and coconut. The five-generation family farm dates back to 1950, and was originally named Ajello’s Farm, after Raffaele Ajello, the great-grandfather of Dan Rich, who launched the ice cream business adjacent to the farm. Rich Farm has three other ice cream stand locations in Connecticut (Oxford, Bristol and Brookfield) and another in Placentia, Calif., run by a family member.

Serra said she and other franchise staff members had been searching for a new location for a couple of years before the Middlefield location came on the market. The location provides the same open atmosphere as the other locations, with cows grazing nearby and six picnic tables, Serra said, and customers are already bringing blankets and sitting out on the grass while their kids run around.

“... I am excited to be part of the [Rich Farm] family. It’s a high-traffic location and has a good feel,” she said.

Serra passed her health department inspections last week, and, in the run-up to the holiday weekend, spent most of her time making batches of ice cream. The stand will be open daily from noon to 9 p.m. through Dec. 22.

To ensure brand consistency, the location will carry the same two dozen everyday flavors as the other shops, as well as seasonal flavors such as Irish cream (in March), Cowabunga (June), and upcoming fall blends, including pumpkin Oreo and caramel apple.

There is also a rotating list of specialty flavors, such as salted caramel bacon, lemon meringue pie, cinnamon bun, Hawaiian cow, Fluffernutter and the popular Jersey cow.

Besides traditional ice cream, which uses all-natural ingredients, dairy-free and sugar-free options are also available including dairy-free chocolate peanut butter swirl. The ice cream contains no corn syrup, growth hormones, polysorbates or phosphates, Serra said. Serra notes she will have fresh waffle cones daily and expects to soon add soft serve to the menu. She will also make ice cream cakes and other holiday treats the parent company is already known for, such as ice cream cannolis and ice cream pies.

"I believe in the product," she said. "It’s a premium mix that we use that makes the ice cream very rich and creamy. And it's just delicious."

That product has earned Rich Farm multiple accolades on both the state and national levels. Hearst Connecticut readers voted Rich Farm as the state’s best ice cream shop in 2021 and 2023, and this year it was featured on Yelp's list of the country's top 100 ice cream shops based on customer reviews. Rich Farm Ice Cream was also recognized as a Dairy Farm of Distinction by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture.

Rich Farm Ice Cream is unlike other ice cream shops, Serra said. “We use high- quality ingredients and it’s made fresh daily on premises."

The Middlefield location will be open on Friday from 5 to 9 p.m., Serra said. Starting Saturday, the shop will be open from noon to 9 p.m. daily. For information, visit Rich Farm Ice Cream, Middlefield on Facebook.

Middlefield couple finds success with hand-poured, 100 percent soy Ronnie’s Candles

MIDDLEFIELD — Gary and Laurie Bullock of Middlefield were bored of doing puzzles and playing Scrabble during the early days of the pandemic, so they decided to try making candles.Laurie Bullock used to make candles for fun in the '90s by melting wax and pouring it into molds. “We had some candle making supplies on hand and bought more. We tried our hand at it and they came out absolutely horrible,” she recalled.Gary Bullock immediately went down a rabbit hole of online research. They kept at it until they perf...

MIDDLEFIELD — Gary and Laurie Bullock of Middlefield were bored of doing puzzles and playing Scrabble during the early days of the pandemic, so they decided to try making candles.

Laurie Bullock used to make candles for fun in the '90s by melting wax and pouring it into molds. “We had some candle making supplies on hand and bought more. We tried our hand at it and they came out absolutely horrible,” she recalled.

Gary Bullock immediately went down a rabbit hole of online research. They kept at it until they perfected the art — and science — of making candles.

“He went into serious research mode in the bowels of our basement at 4 o’clock in the morning. We started doing soy [candles] and we really enjoyed it. We decided to wrap up our DJ business and try something new,” Laurie Bullock said.

Using soy wax flakes sold in 50-pound bags and fragrance oils sold by candle companies, they came out with their first candle, Lavender Fields, in November 2020. A year later, they officially launched Ronnie’s Candles with a line of 14 candles in various scents.

Today, they have about 55 scent varieties of candles available in glass mason jars or tins. Just about all the scents are also available as melts. The couple has an online shop, and also sells its candles in seven local shops.

They ship all over. The furthest their candles have traveled to are South Korea and India.

Gary Bullock is the candle maker, and chandler, and handles the website and technical issues for the business, while his wife helps with labeling, creating arty event signage and logistics like phone orders and shipping.

From the start, Gary Bullock really got into candle making. “I just really enjoyed making them, and we have made a lot of candles since,” he said, noting they have gone through about 1½ tons of wax.

Ronnie’s Candles are 100 percent soy, and hand-poured.

Safety was foremost in his mind when they began this enterprise. “You have to find the right wick so that the candle burns properly,” he said. “It can’t get too hot on the outside, especially with a glass vessel or glass jar.

"When you pick them up, you don’t want someone burning themselves," Gary Bullock continued. "It was really a trial in getting the correct wick to burn properly and burn entirely without getting too hot.”

The Bullocks tested different waxes, wicks, vessels and scent fragrance oils before they came up with their current system. The candles not only burn clean, but give off a fine “throw,” a term chandlers use to describe how the scent travels through the air.

“We call it the hot throw and the cold throw. The cold throw is obviously when the candle is just sitting unlit, and when it’s burning, it’s the hot throw,” Gary Bullock said

The candles will give off a pleasing smell when cold as well as hot, he added.

A few of their candles have special names, inspired by people close to them or favorite places. There is Christmas in Connecticut, which needs little explanation. Its scent profile is nutmeg-based, while Hiking Higby, named after the nearby mountain, has notes of cedar and balsam.

There is also a candle simply called James. “James is a very good friend of ours who shares some of our adventures,” Laurie Bullock said.

“We named a candle after him for all the support he has given us through the years,” her husband added.

When the couple is selling their candles at area farmers markets or other events, people often ask what a James candle smells like. According to their website, the answer is the aquatic-inspired candle is similar to Aqua di Gio,and has notes of bergamot, neroli and tangerine as well as patchouli, rosemary, jasmine and persimmon.

Similar to how a musical symphony is developed, candles use a combination of scents in calculated amounts to create a pleasing scent profile. A candle scent will balance top, middle and base notes.

Another candle close to their heart is Blue Devil, which they named for the mascot of Coginchaug Regional High School, which their son graduated from. This candle has top notes of dragon blood resin, black pepper and cardamom; mid notes of cherry, coriander and rose, and base notes of oak, leather, ginger and vetiver.

The business name was also carefully chosen to have a deeply personal meaning. Laurie Bullock’s maiden name is Summerfield. She first thought Summerfield Candles would be a fine name but found it already in use. Thoughts then turned to her father, Ronnie.

“It’s so important to have your business name in your dot-com, so when I searched to see if anybody had Ronnie’s Candles, what came up was Connie’s Candles. Connie is my mom, so I thought that was like a sign from my dad,” she said.

“We went with Ronnie’s Candles, which everyone thinks is either Gary or I because that’s usually the way it goes. He answers to Ronnie more than Gary,” Laurie Bullock explained.

Gary Bullock said when they are at events, he often jokes about this as part of their spiel. “I say that I answer to Gary, I answer to Ronnie, and I answer to my wife — people start cracking up,” he said.

Gary Bullock, a retired state employee, and his wife now work full time at this enterprise and introduce about six new scents each season.

The best-selling scent this season surprisingly has been an earlier inductee, New England Apple.

“Apple has surpassed the pumpkin scents and really taken off this year,” Laurie Bullock said, noting that another favorite is Apple Maple Bourbon. “We were only going to sell that one in the fall, and we now make it year around because there has been such a high demand.”

New scents are often suggested or requested by people, such as their Pineapple Sage candle. “We had a friend of ours interested in a pineapple sage. I would never have thought of that as a combination, so we tried it and she loved it,” she added.

“It’s very addicting, and you just want to keep continuing to make more and more because it’s so fun to smell them," Laurie Bullock said.

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How an abandoned Connecticut ski resort was turned into a year-round attraction

Imagine an ice maker the size of two stacked shipping containers, spewing chunks high in the air for days at a time to create a football field’s worth of frozen water in a 24-hour period.That’s what it takes to create a snow tubing course at Middlefield’s Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort. That tube run was set to be ...

Imagine an ice maker the size of two stacked shipping containers, spewing chunks high in the air for days at a time to create a football field’s worth of frozen water in a 24-hour period.

That’s what it takes to create a snow tubing course at Middlefield’s Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort. That tube run was set to be ready for action by Black Friday.

“That is what we refer to as our snow factory,” said Sean Hayes, president and CEO of Powder Ridge, gesturing proudly at the $1.5 million Demaclenko snowPro 260.

“It makes granulated ice, which we can till to a fine, almost powdered snow,” Hayes said, gesturing at a huge mound of ice chunks perched above a muddy slope. “It really complements our other snowmaking and creates a very effective base.”

Despite heavy rain on Tuesday, Powder Ridge employees were set to push that mound of ice flat and then till it into a 450-foot-long run using heavy equipment.

Hayes is hoping for between 200 and 500 daily visitors as the season ramps up.

What will make for a successful season at Powder Ridge this year?

Hayes paused. His goal is to keep the attraction open year-round, with a range of activities to bring people into the outdoors to have fun. In coming weeks, the resort will host a winter festival with vendors, Santa, food trucks and an “ice bar” inside a huge inflatable igloo to entertain visitors.

“I think our whole thing here was the community wanted their mountain back,” he said.

Historic ski hill survives stall

The southernmost ski area in New England, Powder Ridge first opened in 1959 and prospered in the 1960s and ’70s under the management of the Zemel brothers, owners of a New Haven appliance store.

The park was even set to host a 1970 music festival billed as “The Second Woodstock” until the town of Middlefield pulled the plug at the last minute, resulting in a legendary fiasco that inspired a recent documentary.

But a run of warm winters in the 1990s and early 2000s forced the ski area to shut down in 2006. It remained dormant for seven years as new owners of the 255-acre property attempted to create a huge water park at the site, stymied by the town.

In 2012, the shuttered ski area caught the eye of Hayes and his brothers Ed and Frank. The trio had launched the Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park in 2006 at the site of abandoned quarries in Portland along the Connecticut River, making it a seasonal success.

Sean Hayes said he saw the same opportunity in Middlefield.

“We want to create a destination,” Hayes said. “We did it at Brownstone, we took a property that was basically a giant liability to the local town and converted it into an outdoor recreation.”

The brothers formed a management company to oversee both parks, and soon determined that Powder Ridge could not continue with its recent business plan ? especially as winters continue to get warmer.

“The only way we could do it here was we had to redo the entire business, we could not do it as a ski area. It just wasn’t going to work,” Hayes said. “How do you create the destination resort?”

The Hayes brothers looked back to the Zemel brothers, who had added a pool club and a host of summer activities to Powder Ridge to keep revenue flowing in the warmer months. New technology and sports trends allowed for even more options.

Powder Ridge soon added activities like mountain biking, paintball, disc golf and zip lines. Water slides and an astroturf-like synthetic tubing run add to the summer fun.

A chef with reality TV fame revived the event and catering business at the park’s restaurant, Fire at the Ridge. Recovering to near its pre-pandemic peak, Powder Ridge hosted 75 weddings and corporate events last year.

In 2022, Powder Ridge added the Haunted Trail attraction, a chairlift ride followed by a half-mile walk through woods infested with spirits and ghouls. More than 15,000 people hiked the trail in 15 days in the first year, although a run of rainy weekends kept numbers lower this year.

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Now the focus is on adding fun and a range of activities to winter, with tubing and snow sports for the kids and shopping, food and socializing down the hill at the ice bar for the adults.

All the newer attractions revolve around the mountain and the property’s rural landscape.

“There’s a way to make open space more effective and a revenue generator for the town,” Hayes said. “We’re a mountain resort ? you have to leverage the mountain.”

Warming chills region’s ski industry

Visitor numbers are growing steadily at Powder Ridge even as warming weather continues to play havoc with the ski season. A recent study found that Southern New England was losing its snow cover at the fastest rate of any region in North America, with days with snow cover dropping from an average of 62 days to 31 in the last two decades.

Climate change is challenging ski areas across the region, and only four are still operating in Connecticut: Powder Ridge, Mount Southington, Mohawk Mountain in Cornwall and Ski Sundown in New Hartford.

Powder Ridge alone has announced plans to open so far this year: A live trail cam at Ski Sundown on Wednesday showed muddy slopes still tinted green with mere traces of white at higher elevations.

The Middlefield resort’s strategy to shift to year-round activities mirrors those of successful tourism businesses across Connecticut, said Anthony Anthony, chief marketing officer for the state within the Department of Economic and Community Development.

“They’re getting creative with the natural resources that they have,” Anthony said. “I encourage all businesses around the state to be thinking about how they can be accessible and grow and thrive year-round.”

State tourism dollars are increasingly going to promote outdoor activities like hiking and winter sports, Anthony said, with more spending on social media and niche marketing to those both within and outside of Connecticut.

“I’m willing to capitalize on anything that’s going to help us grow and be different,” Anthony said. “For example, I’m very excited by the fact that Powder Ridge has Connecticut’s only halfpipe… I love being able to promote that.”

Expensive evolution

Looking back over a decade of developing Powder Ridge, Hayes said he would think twice before doing it again. His company’s initial $5 million investment has ballooned into more than $20 million, with costs rising at a relentless rate and financing and insurance increasingly hard to come by.

Customers are also getting harder to please and less likely to tolerate long lines or inconvenience. The restaurant especially has been challenging due to the difficulty of hiring staff for an eatery with seasonal swings in patronage.

The resort’s owners also tangled for years with a Middlefield building official who they say had denied permits and slowed renovations. That official has since left and Hayes said the town is now working cooperatively with the company on planned Powder Ridge additions including a proposal for seasonal campsites. The search for new attractions continues.

“It’s not that I don’t love Powder Ridge ? I love what it does. I love who it is and what it is to the community. And I love developing her and bringing her back to life,” Hayes said.

On the hardest days, he thinks back to his childhood, exploring the outdoors with his brothers in a then-rural Rocky Hill. He wants that experience for his kids and grandkids, both at Brownstone and Powder Ridge.

“We want the kids to be kids, to be able to explore themselves and see who they are and what they are in a safe environment,” Hayes said. “Let them be kids. Give them the opportunity to explore, to jump off a cliff. I mean, where else can you go jump off a cliff? Where else can you put a piece of wood on the bottom of your feet and step off the side of a mountain?”

Middlefield family's ghoulish, intricate Halloween display supports food pantry

MIDDLEFIELD — To say that the Sass family goes all out on Halloween is truly an understatement.What started as a fun activity for their two children at their 145 Ross Road home, the Sass family "crematorium" has grown exponentially in size, intricacy and ghoulishness, with each vignette creepier than the other.And it’s all for a good cause.For years, Julie and Charlie Sass took part in the town’s costume contest. “We went all out,” she said. Naturally, the couple looked forward to ...

MIDDLEFIELD — To say that the Sass family goes all out on Halloween is truly an understatement.

What started as a fun activity for their two children at their 145 Ross Road home, the Sass family "crematorium" has grown exponentially in size, intricacy and ghoulishness, with each vignette creepier than the other.

And it’s all for a good cause.

For years, Julie and Charlie Sass took part in the town’s costume contest. “We went all out,” she said. Naturally, the couple looked forward to handing out candy and treats to trick-or-treaters, but they’re weren’t many; about five, she explained.

As the years went on, Julie Sass said, their front yard decorations grew from inflatables and tombstones to this year’s animatronics and full-blown scenes.

The couple came up with the idea of creating an outdoor haunted house of sorts where they allow visitors to walk around, check out each scene and take photographs for free.

The Sasses wanted to not only spread their enthusiasm for all things Halloween but help out the community in the process. That’s when they arrived at the idea of taking in nonperishable food and other items for the Middlefield Food Pantry, Julie Sass said.

The family managed to gather 1,600 pounds of dry food, cleaning products, cans of cat and dog food and much more in 2022. This year they set a goal of surpassing that total and collecting between $1,800 and $2,000 because pantry donations have dropped.

Between five and six years ago, she explained, the family got “serious” about their decorations, adding fog machines run with real ice (since dry ice can be dangerous) and handing out candy.

Weather permitting, the Sasses welcome visitors Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Constant rain on the weekends — 16 out of 21 since June 1 — has caused donations to drop. “We’ve become very invested in the weather,” Julie Sass said.

Fingers crossed, she noted, the weekend looks dry.

Since the weather has been so unaccommodating to outdoor activity, food pantry collections are low. People have been very generous, Julie Sass said. “Everybody is struggling, and we understand that. We can’t blame people because the weather has been so bad.

“Everything is so expensive,” she added. “We wanted something that people could enjoy so we didn’t want to charge anything.”

The displays are spread out in the yard, Julie Sass said, so during the pandemic, it attracted lots of families. “We wanted a sense of normalcy for them.”

These include Swineson Butchers, where disembodied hands and a man’s torso hang from chains, with wrapped “meats” for sale; and two witches stirring a fiery caldron with a green substance bubbling over the iron pot.

Charlie Sass, an electrician, built 70 percent of what’s there.

“There’s a ton of work that goes into it,” Julie Sass said. Much of the more complicated displays include a “day care” where a skeleton is bound to a spit over a brick pit where eerie, “really demented” toy babies climb up and gather around.

There’s also a skeleton nanny. “All sorts of creepy things happen over there,” she said.

A local, teen graffiti artist sprayed messages such as “watch out behind you” in red dripping lettering on a fence the Sasses erected in front of the house.

Many find the Sass home by word of mouth. Some return every year, and others come by multiple times a month. “People love it,” said Julie Sass, who also lets as many people know about it at the Durham Fair, where the couple volunteer.

“We’re called the ‘Halloween House,’” she added.

The couple’s children, Oliver and Tatum, 13 and 15, also get in on the action, with Tatum dressing up in costume on viewing nights.

It’s up to parents whether they think their young kids won’t be frightened by the crematorium. “It’s not Disney blow-up characters,” Julie Sass said. “We have kids that are 3, 4, 5 that come several times in a month. They love it and run around.”

Working periodically, it takes the Sasses about two and a half weeks to set everything up.

There is also an audible element that adds to the sense of macabre, as two life-size girl dolls in all white intone, “Summer is hot. Winter is cold. But we don’t feel a thing, and we’ll never get old,” and “People think we want to be like them, but pretty soon, you’ll all be like us,” followed by high-pitched laughter.

The Sass Crematorium, open to the public Friday and Saturday nights through the first weekend in November, is free. Motorists are encouraged to park on the road with their hazard lights on, and not in the driveway.

CT fall foliage forecast: Here's what experts expect for 2023

As Connecticut's warm and rainy summer heads into fall, some New England-based experts are taking their guesses on what this means for the state's fall foliage.The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environment (DEEP) published a new report with the office of tourism that said the state is headed for a ...

As Connecticut's warm and rainy summer heads into fall, some New England-based experts are taking their guesses on what this means for the state's fall foliage.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environment (DEEP) published a new report with the office of tourism that said the state is headed for a fall foliage season filled with "vibrant" colors. However, Jim Salge, Yankee Magazine's foliage expert and a former meteorologist at New Hampshire's Mount Washington Observatory said that he does not anticipate "punchy" colors in Connecticut and greater New England this fall, and instead anticipates more muted tones.

In an update given on Sept. 13, Salge said that the extremely rainy conditions that have persisted through early September are bringing about leaf fungi. Connecticut is seeing an environment ripe for these fungal infections because fungi thrive in wet conditions, and this may lead to early browning and dropping of leaves. Salge said that while the fungus is not yet widespread throughout Connecticut, it is being seen more in other parts of New England like Vermont, New Hampshire and central Massachusetts.

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Salge said that the increased likelihood of these fungal conditions with the leaf browning will further contribute to the muted, pastel colors he predicted earlier.

Both reports noted that the drought conditions from last year brought about stress to the trees. The DEEP report said its current concern with trees are pockets of gypsy moths that caused defoliation in western parts of the state. Salge said that as of now, he does not see a lot of bugs affecting the trees yet. He has also not seen mold or fungus, but said that could be concern moving forward given the amount of rain the state has had.

Salge also said due to the amount of rainfall this summer, the trees are generally over-watered, and they are over-watered after a year of extreme drought. Now, he said the switch from drought to over-watered is causing the forests more stress.

"This year will be way different than last. Certainly no drought. And although there were pockets of gypsy moth defoliation in western Connecticut, sufficient rains have allowed the trees to re-leaf with less stress," said Christopher Martin, the Director/State Forester of the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection's Division of Forestry, on the state's tourism website. "Leaves will stay green longer this season and if overnight temperatures cooperate, dipping into the low 30s overnight a few times toward later September, we should expect everything to come together all at once.

Salge said he could potentially see a situation in which the leaves change all at once if one big cold front comes "barreling through" the state. However, he said it is more likely that Connecticut's fall will be warm and wet.

"In order to have maximum vibrancy, you need the forest to dry out, you need bright blue skies, lots of sunshine and crisp clear cool nights; both of those things will really kick start the foliage, Salge said. "We are headed into an El Niño pattern and typically in an El Niño pattern those are not necessarily the conditions you end up getting. It ends up staying cloudier, wetter and warmer later into the fall and that further can impact the vibrancy."

Both experts agree that colder overnight temperatures in early October will be most among the most important factors influencing the foliage season. As of mid September, Salge said that typical New England fall weather has yet to hit.

In terms of the length of the season, DEEP said the leaves will stay green longer and peak later in the season. Salge also said that he sees a potential peak that is either on time or late, anticipating it to be a longer foliage season.

Leaves change color when the amount of sunshine decreases in the fall, which causes leaves to produce less chlorophyll, according to the state's department of forestry. Leaves also contain yellow and orange carotenoids, which emerge when the green chlorophyll is decreased. This is when leaves change colors to vibrant yellows, red and oranges.

Given that most of the predictors factors for the foliage season have yet to occur, Salge said that weighing all of the factors that bring about the bright red and orange hues is always challenge.

"What I find every year when writing this report — I've been at this for a dozen years or so now — is there are so many conflicting factors that point towards brighter or less bright, or stronger or weaker, or longer or shorter and its just weighing all of those conditions that often point you to contradictory answers," Falge said. "You ask a dozen experts for their predictions and you will get half a dozen different answers."

Aug 23, 2023|Updated Sep 13, 2023 4:27 p.m.

By Amy Coval

Amy Coval was a Trending Reporter for CT Insider who specialized in data-driven stories.

She could be found covering business, education and real estate matters across Connecticut. Her reporting took her from open houses inside Connecticut’s hectic housing market to suiting up with local dairy farmers in the Litchfield Hills.

Amy’s deep dives into state and local data allowed her to shed light on the impacts of budget airlines’ expansion across Connecticut as well as how the state’s income gap led to statewide discrepancies in SAT performance. She often created tools and trackers for residents to explore everything in their zip codes — from walkability to fall foliage to rental prices.

Amy is originally from San Diego. She graduated from Northwestern University with a degrees in journalism and sociology. In her free time, she enjoys all things Taylor Swift, running and trying new recipes. Prior to joining Hearst, Amy worked at The San Francisco Chronicle and was a guest contributor for the Pulitzer Center.

By Andrew DaRosa

Andrew DaRosa is a SPJ award-winning journalist who has worked at Hearst Connecticut Media Group since 2018. He currently works as a Senior Audience Producer and a Trending Reporter for CT Insider and also runs the SEEN section.

He can often be found covering Connecticut’s expanding music scene, supposedly “haunted” sites around the state or keeping track of big winners in the Connecticut Lottery. He has been at the forefront of multiple music-related stories around Connecticut, including the Sound On Sound music festival. With a passion for music, over the past decade, Andrew has interviewed members of Judas Priest, Goose, The National, Trey Anatasio Band, The Head and the Heart and Maren Morris.

Originally from Massachusetts, Andrew graduated from Fairfield University in 2018 with a degree in digital journalism. Since working for Hearst Connecticut, Andrew has become a four-time winner of Connecticut Society of Professional Journalism awards for his coverage of Connecticut band Goose, hiking the state and his human interest stories.

When he isn’t writing about Ed and Lorraine Warren or jam bands, Andrew can be found going to concerts with his wife or hanging out with his cat, Spud.



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