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Home Care In Old Saybrook, CT

Home Care Old Saybrook, 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 General William Hart House gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Old Saybrook, CT is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.

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Babispyce S.
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“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.
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“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.
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“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.
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“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!"”

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

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

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

Kimberly O.
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“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.
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“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.
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“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.
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“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.
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“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.
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“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.
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“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.
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“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.
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“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.
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“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.
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“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.”

Laura
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“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.
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“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.”

Brenda
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“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.
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“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.
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““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.
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“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.
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“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.
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“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.
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“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.
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“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.
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“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.”

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“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 Old Saybrook, CT?

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

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

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

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

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Types of Elderly Care in Old Saybrook, 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 Fort Saybrook Monument Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

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

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local The Essex or visit Lynde Point Lighthouse, 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 Old Saybrook, 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 Old Saybrook, 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 Old Saybrook, 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:

  • Gladeview Rehabilitation & Health Care Center
  • Apple Rehab Saybrook
  • Essex Meadows
  • Ct Assisted Living Associates
  • Elder Life Care Planning
  • Meadowbrook Manor
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

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

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

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New Old Saybrook Whole Foods likely to cause popular garden center to relocate

A fixture for Old Saybrook area gardeners for more than a decade, Van Wilgen's Garden Mart is looking to relocate from its current location at the intersection of the Boston Post and Spencer Plain Road.Ryan Van Wilgen, who owns the five-store garden retail chain with his father Bill, said the reason for the relocation of the Old Saybrook location to 1560 Boston Post Road is because of a proposed redevelopment of the Oyster River Shopping Cente...

A fixture for Old Saybrook area gardeners for more than a decade, Van Wilgen's Garden Mart is looking to relocate from its current location at the intersection of the Boston Post and Spencer Plain Road.

Ryan Van Wilgen, who owns the five-store garden retail chain with his father Bill, said the reason for the relocation of the Old Saybrook location to 1560 Boston Post Road is because of a proposed redevelopment of the Oyster River Shopping Center. A Rhode Island developer, The Carpionato Group, is looking to build a Whole Foods Market in the shopping center, which used to be home to Benny's, a now defunct discount retailer.

As part of the development of the Whole Foods in Old Saybrook, The Carpionato Group is looking to give the multi-store retail center a facelift. Ryan Van Wilgen said the Garden Mart is located on the western edge of the shopping plaza, near the busy intersection of Spenser Plain and Boston Post roads.

Van Wilgen said his family owned business will move a quarter mile east of the Oyster River Shopping Center on the Boston Post Road.

"We would like to be as close as possible to the Whole Foods because we believe our customer bases are similar," he said.

Plans for the Whole Foods cleared one hurdle about two months ago when the town's Inland Wetland and Watercourses Commission approved the application submitted by the Carpionato Group. Town Planner Christina Costa said the developer has not submitted its plans to the town's Planning Commission.

The application to build the new Van Wilgen's location is currently before the Zoning Board of Appeals, according to Costa. The first hearing on the new Garden Mart was held Dec. 13 and was extended to Jan. 10, Costa said.

The new Van Wilgen's location would be just over 5,500 square feet with two greenhouses and an outdoor retail display space, according to the plans for the project filed with the town. Ryan Van Wilgen said he expects to remain at the Oyster River Plaza location for a least one more season, when the Garden Mart reopens next spring.

Van Wilgen's, which has its main store and farm in North Branford in addition to the Old Saybrook Garden Mart, also has locations in Milford, Bishop's Orchard in Guilford and in Westbrook, Ryan Van Wilgen said. The Old Saybrook Garden Mart opened in 2010.

Enfield superintendent leaving position in May to take over Old Saybrook school district

ENFIELD — After serving as the town's superintendent of schools for almost seven years, Christopher Drezek will be leaving in three months to lead the Old Saybrook district.During a five-minute special meeting Wednesday night, which Old Saybrook Board of Education members said was their shortest ever, Drezek was unanimously appointed superintendent effective ...

ENFIELD — After serving as the town's superintendent of schools for almost seven years, Christopher Drezek will be leaving in three months to lead the Old Saybrook district.

During a five-minute special meeting Wednesday night, which Old Saybrook Board of Education members said was their shortest ever, Drezek was unanimously appointed superintendent effective May 21. He will replace Jan Perruccio, whose official retirement date is April 1.

"Mr. Drezek is an accomplished educational leader who creates innovative educational opportunities for students and fosters strong community partnerships," said search committee Chairwoman Karen Brodeur. "He is warm, engaging, and maintains a high standard of ethics and integrity."

Perruccio, who has headed the Old Saybrook district since 2013, was named the 2023 Connecticut Superintendent of the Year.

The search to replace Perruccio over the past few months was an intense process, Brodeur said, adding that there were 32 candidates from Connecticut and other states, all of whom were highly qualified.

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The interviews were very long and rigorous, Brodeur said, adding that throughout the process, Drezek was "consistently the unanimous first choice" for the board.

"You always maintained your calm, cool, and collectiveness — a clear indicator that you are a qualified, seasoned superintendent," she said. "We are thrilled that you found us and that we found you."

Drezek, who attended the meeting with his wife, Alisa, and one of their daughters, said he and his family are thrilled as well. The first time he met with the Board of Education for an interview, Drezek said he knew Old Saybrook was the right place for him.

"I can't tell you how humbled I am, and we are as a family, to be part of this amazing district and community," he said.

Drezek thanked Perruccio, who has agreed to be available to support him through the transition. "It will be hard to fill your shoes but if I can adhere to one slice of the legacy you'll be leaving behind, I'll be doing a good job."

Brodeur said Drezek has wide-ranging experience, beginning his career as a teacher and then serving Enfield as deputy superintendent for five years before becoming superintendent in 2017.

"You have a wealth of experience with a broad range of roles," she said about his service as the district's business manager in 2004 and then for a brief time as director of Human Resources and Operations for the Wethersfield Board of Education before returning to Enfield in 2010 to serve as the district’s director of human resources.

"You've always seemed like a jack of all trades and filled in wherever there was a need," Brodeur said.

Enfield Board of Education member Amanda Pickett said Thursday that Drezek has been a leader "who has consistently advocated for his staff and students." For that, she said, she will always be grateful.

"Although this is a huge loss, I am hopeful for the future of Enfield," Pickett said.

Board Chairwoman Charlotte Riley said it feels to her like things have come full circle. She was on the board when Drezek started in 2017.

"Now here we are at another pivotal point in Enfield Public Schools," she said. "I have seen him navigate Enfield Public Schools through good times and bad."

Riley said Drezek has been dedicated to the school district for 20 years in various positions. "During his time here he has done some great things and has always been an advocate for the school district at the state level," she said. "Just yesterday I was with him at the Capitol and he stood and spoke to a room full of senators, state representatives, and his peers and went all in for Enfield to advocate for our budget and our students."

Being Enfield's superintendent is not a 9-to-5 type of job, but rather a 24/7 one, she said, adding that Drezek has always made himself available, even when a crisis arises at 3 a.m. or when a last-minute meeting needs to be scheduled.

"He will be missed by many, myself included, but I wish him the very best in his new position when it is time to go," she said. "The next few months will be a time of transition and change but I am confident that Enfield Public Schools will move forward without barely skipping a beat because of the dedicated staff we have."

Throughout his years as superintendent in Enfield, Drezek faced a number of challenges, including explaining the factors that went into Enfield being named an Alliance District and answering questions from the public about an assignment comparing types of pizza with sexual preferences that was mistakenly given to an eighth-grade class at John F. Kennedy Middle School.

The latter assignment drew extensive questions from Chris Powell, the former managing editor of the Journal Inquirer and a Hearst Connecticut Media contributing columnist, who requested a hearing with the Freedom of Information Commission because he felt Drezek's response to his request for all records pertaining to the assignment was incomplete. The commission unanimously voted to dismiss the complaint.

Feb 22, 2024

Old Saybrook family forced to flee house fire met with outpouring of support

OLD SAYBROOK — A GoFundMe page has raised some $30,000 to help the Lintelmann family after an early morning fire Jan. 7 forced them to flee their ranch home on Ayers Point Road.The cause of the fire, which broke out in or near the garage, is still under investigation by the fire marshal, according to Old Saybrook Fire Chief Joseph Johnson.It was the first house fire in town in the new year, Johnson noted, and there were no injuries.In addition to the ...

OLD SAYBROOK — A GoFundMe page has raised some $30,000 to help the Lintelmann family after an early morning fire Jan. 7 forced them to flee their ranch home on Ayers Point Road.

The cause of the fire, which broke out in or near the garage, is still under investigation by the fire marshal, according to Old Saybrook Fire Chief Joseph Johnson.

It was the first house fire in town in the new year, Johnson noted, and there were no injuries.

In addition to the GoFundMe, residents have started collecting clothing and personal item for the family.

“The outpouring and support is pretty amazing when it happens to you,” homeowner Eric Lintelmann said. “Just the people that reach out to you that you haven’t even talked to in a long time. Then they show up at your door.”

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Lintelmann and his family are longtime Old Saybrook residents. “I’ve been involved with the town of Old Saybrook my whole life,” he said. “My family’s been in this town since the '30s. My grandparents, my parents.”

In fact, he bought his home from his grandparents, Henry and Agnes Lintelmann.

Lintelmann’s sister Sondra Lintelmann-Dellaripa, who organized the online fundraiser, wrote, “Our hearts are full, and Eric continues to be astounded by all this support and encouraged to keep going!! It's not just the monetary, although that has been incredibly impactful as he works through this week of inspectors, insurance adjustors, and town reps, all while not working.

“It is also the physical and emotional support in the way of goods and services: clothes (more than he and the kids could ever use, so very grateful) and help with securing the property, along with those individuals — friends, neighbors, and strangers — who stop to hug and hold and chat and cry with him,” Lintelmann-Dellaripa said on the GoFundMe page.

“We’re still going through clothing and the gift cards" which help with “the normal daily in and out stuff” like getting meals, Lintelmann said.

While the home, built in 1964, is uninhabitable, housing has not been an issue as Lintelmann is staying with his parents, who live a couple of doors down, and his girlfriend lives in Niantic. His two children are staying with their mother, he said.

Lintelmann discovered the fire around 1 a.m. Sunday. Earlier the previous night, he was getting ready for a late evening of plowing snow, a business venture. He owns Lintelmann Painting Co.

After going out to dinner, he said, the couple “came home, made coffee because I knew I had to get up in the middle of the night at some point to go snow plow.”

Sometime after they went to bed around 11 p.m., he said, “Then the smoke alarm went off in the house.”

“My girlfriend just said, “'Eric what’s that beeping noise,’ and I got up,” he remembered “And once I got down to the kitchen by the garage door …once I opened the garage door the flames were just engulfing the garage at that point.”

He told his girlfriend to get out, dialed 911 and roused his dog, leaving the house with his cellphone, shoeless.

“Pretty much just threw on what we could throw on and grab my cellphone and grab the dog,” he said. “I kind of ran out of the house without my shoes on. It was raining and snowing … heavy, wet snow and sleet.”

They escaped via a sliding glass door to the back deck and called 911. Fortunately, there was no smoke in the main part of the house at the time.

“Once I got outside and walked around the corner, I knew it was like the garage was pretty engulfed,” he said. “The fire departments were here pretty quick.”

According to Johnson, the fire department was dispatched at 1:17 a.m. and got the fire under control “well before daybreak.”

The Old Saybrook Fire Department received mutual aid from Clinton Fire Department’s Rapid Response Team, as well as an engine from Westbrook, a tanker from Essex and a truck from Old Lyme, according to Johnson. Some 2,100 feet of hose was laid to put out the fire, he noted.

Jan 10, 2024

Old Saybrook named as a top ‘Christmassy’ town

OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (WTNH) — Old Saybrook is getting big recognition for its Christmas spirit.While the shoreline town attracts many visitors in the summer, it has a lot to offer in the winter, too.Mixbook, a photobook brand, ranked Old Saybrook as sixth among the top 75 most “Christmassy” towns in the nation.The town has several events and attractions that helped it get the title. Every second Saturday in December, Old Saybrook’s torchlight parade marches down a very crowded and festive Main Stre...

OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (WTNH) — Old Saybrook is getting big recognition for its Christmas spirit.

While the shoreline town attracts many visitors in the summer, it has a lot to offer in the winter, too.

Mixbook, a photobook brand, ranked Old Saybrook as sixth among the top 75 most “Christmassy” towns in the nation.

The town has several events and attractions that helped it get the title. Every second Saturday in December, Old Saybrook’s torchlight parade marches down a very crowded and festive Main Street.

“A lot of towns don’t do that stuff anymore,” said Karen Dwyer, who moved to Old Saybrook 10 years ago. “So, we’re very, very happy to be here.”

A choir on the steps of the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, also known as the Kate, and the annual Starlight Festival get many into the holiday spirit.

“This is certainly something from a notoriety point of view that will draw people here, I think, to come say, ‘Hey, what is it about Old Saybrook that makes it a Christmassy town,’” First Selectman Carl Fortuna said.

He said the ranking has come not by accident, but rather by design. The town has done a lot of investing in economic development and lighting, and coordinating events with The Kate and the Chamber of Commerce.

“In addition to that, I think the town in very many ways sells itself,” Fortuna said. “We have a great Main Street. We have great businesses.”

Jennifer Holdsworth, who owns Pieces on Main Street, is excited for the recognition.

“I think that is a beautiful thing,” she said. “Well deserved.”

Her shop showcases the work of local artists and artisans. The town also showcases the creative work of the garden club, which hung wreaths all along the center island that stretches through the downtown area.

“There’s nothing like Main Street Old Saybrook,” Holdsworth said. “It’s a beautiful town.”

There are a few new things this year in town, including a gazebo decorated for Christmas and a menorah on the town green.

The Curry Queen in Old Saybrook, CT is a homestyle, multicultural taste tour of India

It’s a Tuesday, and Nalini Srinivasan has some time to talk. “I found out working seven days a week was really tough,” says the ex-retiree. Why Tuesday? Strategy. “Because most places are closed on Mondays, we typically have very good business that day.”Her restaurant, The Curry Queen in Old Saybrook, has scarcely been open two months when we speak in August, and people would be there every day if she let them. S...

It’s a Tuesday, and Nalini Srinivasan has some time to talk. “I found out working seven days a week was really tough,” says the ex-retiree. Why Tuesday? Strategy. “Because most places are closed on Mondays, we typically have very good business that day.”

Her restaurant, The Curry Queen in Old Saybrook, has scarcely been open two months when we speak in August, and people would be there every day if she let them. Srinivasan says she noticed not only a gap in the availability of Indian food in the area, but in its substance. “I wanted to bring more homestyle Indian cooking, an alternative for people so they can be introduced to new things.”

Srinivasan had briefly been in the restaurant industry shortly after graduating from Johns Hopkins, when she opened The Boston Brahmin in New Haven in 1985. That was her only previous restaurant experience before opening The Curry Queen in 2023. Her reasoning for going back to the industry after retiring as a budget analyst for Customs and Border Protection? “I didn’t want to do gardening.”

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Srinivasan learned cooking generationally, from her mother and grandmother, and it informs her concept. “Home style primarily means — and this may surprise you — we use less spices than more places,” she begins. “Most herbs and spices we use are fresh: real garlic, real ginger, real masala. Food isn’t just the ingredients, it’s how you prepare it. My chef and I always tussle, because he wants to do production, and I say no, no, everything to order.”

Your chef at The Curry Queen is Navin Mishra, who learned from three-star Michelin chefs Alain Passard and Georges Blanc during his time at The Oberoi hotel in Mumbai, and came to the U.S. to work at The Omni Homestead Resort in Virginia.

A classically French-trained Indian chef working in America is a bit of a microcosm of the food itself. The menu continues the travel theme with the Chicken ‘65, a hot-and-spicy option from Chennai in south India which was invented in 1965 at the Buhari Hotel. Other regional variations are also given a vintage, ‘80 here, ‘87 there. The south Indian style chicken korma is made with coconut milk because of local availability, but the lamb korma you’ll see on the menu is northern style, braised in yakhni, a spiced bone broth.

Srinivasan believes Anglo-Indian cuisine, the food of the British Raj, is under-represented in the local culture of Indian food in the U.S., and plans to add it, perhaps as a special order-ahead-only menu. She cites Railway Chicken, a dish from the tradition of incorporating English techniques with Indian and Persian spices, invented by local chefs on the new British-built railroads which still serve India today. “Because there was no refrigeration, the spicing was very important,” she explains. “They tend to emphasize cloves, star anise, cinnamon and gravies which are more like stews.”

“Vindaloo is like that,” she says of the curry dish, catching me off guard. I ask how.

“Because vindaloo has been made very simple now, but it is actually Portuguese.”

The train of knowledge is rolling, I’m just along for the ride at this point. “It was originally made with balsamic vinegar, red wine, jaggery [a kind of unprocessed cane sugar], and was originally stewed with bone-in pork chunks for a long time. Portuguese meals tend to be spicy, but we Indianized it by making it really spicy.”

One starter catches my eye above all the rest as I sit in Curry Queen’s modest new dining room, the Gobi Manchurian: fried cauliflowerettes with a curious name.

“We had a lot of Tibetan and Nepali refugees come to India when China took over,” Srinivasan explains when we speak several days later. “They brought this sweet-and-sour effect from their Nepali and Chinese influence, and it became very popular in India because it’s vegetarian.”

The Gobi at Curry Queen is made with a chickpea flour dredge and quickly fried before being tossed in a fragrant sauce. You may feel a slight thunk as your brain’s tooth falls into a well-worn gear. Oh, it tells you, beholding glossy, red nuggets, I know this. No, your mouth answers, we do not. Delicate, spiky heat soaks the tongue, hits of acid and sweetness before a satisfying chewy crunch from a batter which hasn’t lost its crispness in the oil. Sparks fly.

The Gobi is easily accessible, but enough of a twist on the familiar to be eye opening. It’s an excellent starting dish or snack for anyone unfamiliar with and suspicious of all the new words, and yet a level of consciousness above buffalo or General Tso’s cauliflower.

Take your seat in the dining room at Curry Queen, and within a few minutes lentil chips served with spicy mint chutney, tamarind sauce, and raita (a mix of yogurt and vegetables) will appear. The herbed chips are flavorful and crisp, and the mint chutney is particularly attention-getting, with its sweet-hot-and-sweet-again roller-coaster ride. Looking forward to spice, but wanting to keep an extinguisher on hand, I scan the drink menu. No dice, and no liquor license. (We hear an application is in the works.)

A one-minute walk takes me across a Stop & Shop parking lot to a package store, a quick selection of biscuity Hills Pils from Connecticut’s Hanging Hills brewery perfect for the mission, and back to my seat. You may wish to plan ahead.

I return to a steaming pot of lamb korma, another Persian-influenced Indian dish, containing poppy seeds, cashews and other ingredients which have become nativized to Indian food. It’s made with an eye on spices adding flavor, rather than heat. There’s cream in this northern version, in place of the coconut-milk base in the south.

Mild at first, a depth of spice — bay leaves and anise over the savory lamb — reveals itself. The almost buttery gravy soaks into basmati rice, offset by a good crunch from slices of green onion in this soft and comforting dish. The crispy Hills Pils is an outstanding refresher between bites.

Badam kheer is the final dish. Almonds are ground with milk and thickened into a more solid khoyawith heat, then cooled. Heavy cream and cardamom are added, before the dish is topped with deeply red, intensely flavorful, delicate filaments of saffron. The dish is a sweet, cool, crunchy ending; aromatic spices seem to appear like a sudden burst of birds through the bushes. The cool crunch is almost a release from the intense ups and downs which can wind through an Indian meal.

Diners continually come and go from the attached take-out space, and Srinivasan credits her prices (lunches run from $12–$15, dinners average about $20), and location — close to the Old Saybrook train station, I-95 and the Post Road — with the instant success of her to-go business, along with a hungry English ex-pat crowd from nearby Old Lyme.

“You’re not just clients and customers here,” she says. “You can stay here as long as you like, order a little or a lot of food ... like you are guests in my dining room. That’s how I want people to feel.”

The Curry Queen

93 Elm St., Old Saybrook

The food: The Curry Queen is a homestyle experience. There is no buffet, and dishes are rich with hand-prepared ingredients. The menu includes both familiar and fun meat and vegetarian options, and provides a taste tour of multicultural India.

The vibe: The atmosphere is sparse, but new, and bathed in quiet sitar and tabla music. The dining room and take-out areas are separate, and a package store is nearby. Seating is indoor only.

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Open for lunch and dinner Wed.–Mon.

860-510-9803, thecurryqueen-os.com

Wheelchair accessible

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