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Home Care In Tolland, CT

Home Care Tolland, 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 Old Tolland County Court House Museum 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 Tolland, 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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“Staff is great there a great place to work and call your workplace”

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 Tolland, 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 Tolland, 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 Crandall 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 Monet's Table Restaurant or visit Benton Homestead, 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 Tolland, 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 Tolland, 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 Tolland, 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:

  • Woodlake at Tolland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
  • Winding River Village
  • Tolland Town Senior Center
  • Char-Laine Manor
  • Home Instead
  • Visiting Angels
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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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Hidden Gems Of Hartford And Tolland Counties

MANCHESTER, CT — The latest Hidden Gem might be a small part of Downtown Manchester, but, in a way, it can measure the pulse of the community.Welcome to the Community Needs Board at Silk City Coffee.The coffee shop, located at 763 Main St., acts as a catalyst for the community to care for one another through the use of the Community Needs Board. Anyone can share a need and anyone can pick one of the cards and meet a need.The shop also sets aside a percentage of the proceeds from Love Coffee Love People merchandise ...

MANCHESTER, CT — The latest Hidden Gem might be a small part of Downtown Manchester, but, in a way, it can measure the pulse of the community.

Welcome to the Community Needs Board at Silk City Coffee.

The coffee shop, located at 763 Main St., acts as a catalyst for the community to care for one another through the use of the Community Needs Board. Anyone can share a need and anyone can pick one of the cards and meet a need.

The shop also sets aside a percentage of the proceeds from Love Coffee Love People merchandise sold at the shop to put into a charitable giving fund to help provide for community needs.

"We have seen so many needs met since we have opened — tutoring offered, music lessons shared, housing provided, groceries given, even college tuition paid for a young woman who lost her job, and so much more all through the board," one of the owners, Tammy Gerhard, said.

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The board also offers a chance for people to share both prayer and practical needs and it inspired area churches to begin to "pray together and work together to meet the needs of the community," Gerhard said.

She added, "Manchester United in Prayer movement birthed out of it and regular prayer is happening across churches for the needs shared on the board, the shop, the community, our town government and schools, etc since we opened. While I didn’t originally expect it, it's been so fun to watch and be a part of."

The owners estimate that, since Silk City Coffee opened in 2016, giving in all forms has totaled more than $35,000.

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Tolland High School Announces 1st Quarter 2023-24 Honor Roll

See the top THS students for the first quarter of the 2023-24 academic year. TOLLAND, CT — The following students have been named to the first-quarter honor roll at Tolland High School for the 2023-24 academic year.Grade 12High Honors Isabella Bagnall, Julia Beaulieu, Joshua Blanchard, Alyssa Boggis, Mia Bos, Lillian Byam, Aidan Cady, Kaida Cote, Kaleb Daun, McKenna Davis, Ethan Denis, Patrick Devine, Emma Gibbs, Noah Giordano, Conor Grady, Luke Griffin, Lenah Hellerich, D...

See the top THS students for the first quarter of the 2023-24 academic year.

TOLLAND, CT — The following students have been named to the first-quarter honor roll at Tolland High School for the 2023-24 academic year.

Grade 12

High Honors

Isabella Bagnall, Julia Beaulieu, Joshua Blanchard, Alyssa Boggis, Mia Bos, Lillian Byam, Aidan Cady, Kaida Cote, Kaleb Daun, McKenna Davis, Ethan Denis, Patrick Devine, Emma Gibbs, Noah Giordano, Conor Grady, Luke Griffin, Lenah Hellerich, Danica Himes, Sydney Holder, Jocelyn House, Malachi Johnson, Anna Klinowski, Maura Klinowski, Sophia Leach, Morgan McCarthy, Teagan McNamee, Nicholas Miller, Kaylin Necci, Abigail Odierna, Elena Palazzetti, Brynn Peters, Charlie Poulin, Kayla Poulin, Joshua Reid, Lindsey Savoie, Taresa Simmons, Jaemin Smith, Maddison Smith, Alaina Spadjinske, Ryan Stewart, Clarissa Surrette, Paige Syphers, Jenna Vaitses, Kyle VanDeventer, Mackenzie Wood, Varpu Ylanen, Sulan Zhang.

Honors

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Cole Anderson, Jianna Artiaco, Maxwell Baldwin, Matthew Bernard, Jeremy Blanchard, Colby Bornstein, Ty Briggs, Benjamin Brochu, Garrett Bumps, Mya Chassanoff, Shay Coleman, Emma Condos, Leah Corne, Eugene Dolcelli, Caden Doubleday, Tyler Duchnowski, Quinn Ellis, Logan Flor, Robert Frazier, Jazmyn Freeman, Anna Gerow, Taylor Grant, Abigail Greene, Jasmine Haskell, Keira Hill, Caeli Hoffman, Tyler Hollenbach, Madison Jenkins, Kylee Johnson, Tobin Johnson, Cole Jolly, Elvita Klimaitis, Julia Kohl, Xeno Lemus, Owen LoVoi, Amelia Luetjen, Caroline Marcroft, Elsie Martin, Brendan McCloskey, Madyson McClure, Seeger McLarney, Erika Miller, Maximus Muhlhauser, Charlotte Pacheco, Ava Pagan, Caleb Patterson, Samuel Powell, Aiyanna Robles Sedano, Austin Roney, Kara Salisbury, Amanda Scheuy, Sarah Shaikh, Hannah Simpson, Maya Torres, Olivia Vale Da Serra, Lila Vallo, Paula Vazquez Vargas, Jarek Whitehouse, Cassidy Winter, Ian Wright, Marleta Zidovsky, Owen Zonghetti.

Grade 11

High Honors

Logan Baker, Eliana Barber, Ella Bojarski, Lacey Boutin, Gabrielle Bridgewater, Lillian Brody, Alyssa Castagna, Evan Clark, William Cofrancesco, Andrew Doyle, Emerson Foster, Julia Haberern, Carissa Kraft, Hadley Laprade, Joclyn Leary, Michaela Marchese, Ella Mathiau, Audrey McKown, Maryn Millington, Caitlin O'Brien, Jordan Pelland, Sara Poulin, Matthew Rusnak, Ethan Schwarz, Meerah Shaikh, Lilah Simon, Whitney Singer, Dillon Stoeffler, Gabriella Trovato, Cameron Urban.

Honors

Christopher Adadjo, Kathryn Ailes, Alaina Ambrosi, Athanasios Askitis, Sydney Baldwin, Indigo Bender, Katherine Bohon, Dylan Burney, Juliet Carey, Nicolas Carroll, Bryan Chavez Armenta, Sean Collins, Sophia Cunningham, Eshaal Din, Niyumi Dinapala, Tobias Dooley, Griffin Engle, Elizabeth Foy, Dylan Goldstein, Benjamin Gordon, Cole Graham, Ruby Graham, Lily Hotham, Adam Hryn, Madelyn Katzer, Ethan Kelley, Charlotte Kerschbaum, Lauren Laws, Dillion Lewis, Cameron Lumia, Nicholas Ly, Cora Manfre, Kayla Manfre, Elsie McCaffrey, Cailin McCann, Carson Merluzzo, Laura Myshrall, Graham Nagardeolekar, Brayden Necci, Brandon Noophan, Joshua Penta, Alexa Renduchintala, Jacob Ross, Adam Sadraoui, Colleen Saya, Aashvi Shah, Michael Shelby, Christian Steiner, Molly Stoltenberg, Taylor Sztaba, Ryan Walbridge, Cole Zabetakis.

Grade 10

High Honors

Jonathan Belair, Luke Broderick, Mason Byam, Bella Carlson, Danica Castonguay, Corey Culhane, Cassidy Flor, Ella Fluckiger, Tyler Himes, Lilly Kuhn, Carter Kupferschmid, Abigail Levesque, Camryn Mikulski, Kyler Moulin, Alexa O'Keefe, Reese Percy, Benjamin Russell, Maria Salemi, Kelsey Simler, Anne Singer, Juliana Sirois, Camden Soucy, Jarrod Spadjinske, Elisa Testa, Rachel Zonghetti.

Honors

Abby Abramo, Matsvei Azhohin, Reid Babcock, Kejari Belden Herrera, Alexander Blanchard, Evan Bos, Christopher Brown, Mason Bryant, Devon Bryden, David Buey, Gavin Cannizzaro, Keith Carleton, Cora Collins, Greta Cormier, Ava Culhane, Michaela DiCicco, Lidaou Dolou, Emma Dowgiewicz, Christopher Duberek, Donald Eaton, Brandon Fantry, Meah Frani, Andrew Freeman, Ella Gaskell, Reily Gaskell, Andrew George, Aron Gleichert, Penelope Harrold, Kaden Hodgkinson, Rex Hudson, Erica Kleinberg, Madison Levine, Hannah Marinaro, Cecilia Martens, John McGrath, Logan McGrew, Isabella Muhlhauser, William Murphy, Brooke Navratil, Camden Neyers, Cassidy O'Brien, Nicole Opinya, Victoria Polgun, Benjamin Pope, Anja Prifti, Kaydence Roper, Julia Roussey, Caleb Sadanowicz, Victoria Salerno, Daniel Santiago, Anna Silliman, Jackson Silvay, Olivia Skoczulek, Landon Smith, Symon Snyder, Katherine Sullivan, Asha Taylor, Molly Tyler, Jake Vegiard, Anthony Wells, Avery Wenk, Racquelle Winokur, Jack Wright, Andrew Yudichak, Nick Zocco.

Grade 9

High Honors

Jonathan Adadjo, Sophia Ash, Sebastian Bush, Thalia Cartagena Ortiz, Chrystalla Constantinou, Calvin Cordero, Luka Day-Lewis, Lincoln DiVenere, Sam Doster, Anna Fargo, Natalie Frechette, Kaylee Garritt, Maya Godi, Annabelle Greenberg, Zachary Guglielmone, Nikki Hang, Ivan Hramiak, Celine Kim, Kylie Krol, Adelaide Looney, Kayla McGee, Hannele McNulty-Krause, Anne Miller, Angela Murphy, Sophia Narkawicz, Kevin Niderno, Aaron Risley, Dayanna Rodriguez, Victoria Rozea, Cecilia Ruiz-Giro, Ava Sapere, Mackenzie Snow, Grace Vaitses, Patricia Vazquez Vargas, Nico Wine.

Honors

Nazim Adnane, Nadia Ali, Mia Artiaco, Lewis Bode, Shaelyn Bojarski, Piper Boutin, Erica Bretas, Carly Brutnell, Brendan Burney, Samantha Castagna, Olivia Clouser, Ryan Cofrancesco, John Costello, Eve Demand, Marissa Donath, Aehraan Dongare, Savanna D'Onofrio, Owen Enders, Caden Faith, Sarah Foley, Preston Gill, Quintin Gill, Ryan Herd, Devin Hollenbach, Amanda Itsou, Abigail Jagielo, Jadyn Jamieson, Braxton Jenkins, Julia Kasai, Alvina Khalifa, Rachel Kleinberg, Sophia Lamp, Rebecca Langlais, Tatyana Lines, Lauren Lockward, Liliana Longo, Benjamin Macaluso, Nicholas Malkov, Brady McCann, Logan Meluch, Robert Mikulski, Maliyah Nelson, Paxton Neyers, Julia Nowicki, Ella Paciga, Matthew Parker, Katalia Percy, Arvind Persaud, Aubrey Peters, Abigail Poulin, Miguel Rodriguez, Kaitlyn Rucki, Nora Russell, Jordyn Scott, Nadya Shapiro, Raighlee Shoaf, Selena Soto, Brooklynn Walls, Owen Walsh, Colleen White, Charles Wlodarczyk, Ella Wright, Ece Yildiz, Tianai Zhang.

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Starbucks approved for Tolland's Fieldstone Commons, becoming second drive-thru restaurant in town

TOLLAND — Residents will soon have another reason to stop at the plaza at Fieldstone Commons.Watch MoreA 2,400-square foot Starbucks — featuring a rarity in town, a drive-thru — was unanimously approved to be built at 33 Fieldstone Commons by the town's Planning & Zoning Commission at its meeting Monday."It was a clean process; they...

TOLLAND — Residents will soon have another reason to stop at the plaza at Fieldstone Commons.

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A 2,400-square foot Starbucks — featuring a rarity in town, a drive-thru — was unanimously approved to be built at 33 Fieldstone Commons by the town's Planning & Zoning Commission at its meeting Monday.

"It was a clean process; they came well-prepared," PZC Chairman Andy Powell said. "Here's a major economic partner that wants to invest in the community. It's a competitor for Dunkin', but at the same time it's different."

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Tolland has long had rather restrictive regulations when it comes to drive-thru restaurants, with the nearby Dunkin' becoming one of the first in town when it added a drive-thru in recent years.

The applicant for this Starbucks, Prospect Enterprises, LLC, has told town officials it expects there to be 12 to 13 cars in the drive-thru at peak times.

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Powell said that a Panera Bread restaurant had been proposed for the site in 2016, but officials from that chain ultimately decided that the area did not provide enough business for them.

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"Lunch-time business drives profitability," Powell said.

Powell said that the Starbucks applicant, Prospect, must now work with the state Department of Transportation to look at the traffic pattern that will result from the new coffee shop.

"There's the concern of lighting timing at the gas station on Merrow Road," Powell said. "They have to look at the traffic pattern."

Powell said that a worse-case scenario may come Saturday mornings when there are a lot of people grocery shopping at Big Y as well as a line of cars at the nearby Starbucks.

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"How does the timing work?" Powell said. "I'm not overly concerned."

Powell said there was a concern over striping for a pedestrian walkway that would go from the sidewalk to a landscape island, which did not make sense to PZC members.

"You can't walk across the island, so Starbucks wanted striping, but when you look on the build plans, it didn't make sense," Powell said.

Powell said that a customer can get to the restaurant from the parking lot by walking to a 20-foot section of landscaped islands, and then onto the sidewalk to the entrance of the Starbucks, but it will be up to the applicant to keep or get rid of the striping.

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Powell said he doesn't know when the construction will start, but that Prospect Enterprises, LLC is working with the Fieldstone Commons landowner.

The front of the building will be encased in a glass wall, while the bottom of the building facing Merrow Road will be a light-gray brick.

Thunderstorms, Heavy Rain Forecast For Hartford/Tolland County

HARTFORD/TOLLAND COUNTY, CT — It must be spring because we're talking about the chance of thunderstorm Thursday night and Friday.More rain is expected between tonight and Friday morning, which could drop more than an inch of rain on northern Connecticut. There is a chance for thunderstorms late Thursday and Friday morning.Strong wind gusts are forecast too.Here's the 7-day weather forecast via the National Weather Service: This Afternoon: A chance of showers before 2pm, then a chance of show...

HARTFORD/TOLLAND COUNTY, CT — It must be spring because we're talking about the chance of thunderstorm Thursday night and Friday.

More rain is expected between tonight and Friday morning, which could drop more than an inch of rain on northern Connecticut. There is a chance for thunderstorms late Thursday and Friday morning.

Strong wind gusts are forecast too.

Here's the 7-day weather forecast via the National Weather Service:

This Afternoon: A chance of showers before 2pm, then a chance of showers after 3pm. Areas of fog. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 60. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

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Tonight: Showers likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after midnight. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Areas of fog. Low around 56. South wind 7 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Friday: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 11am, then a chance of showers. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. High near 68. South wind 14 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 43 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. South wind 7 to 14 mph.

Saturday: A slight chance of showers before 8am, then a slight chance of showers after 9am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. West wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. West wind 9 to 13 mph.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 62. West wind 7 to 9 mph.

Sunday Night: A chance of showers between 7pm and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. South wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 69. Northwest wind 8 to 10 mph.

Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 46. Northwest wind 7 to 11 mph.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. South wind 9 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68. South wind 9 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Residential Service Shutoff Notices To Resume At Eversource

Eversource Wednesday was promoting payment plans as residential service shutoff notices are set to come back. Patch StaffCONNECTICUT — Eversource Wednesday began alerting customers in Connecticut that utility service shutoffs for non-payment will resume on May 2, regardless of hardship status, as operations return to "pre-pandemic rules," utility officials said.Service shutoffs are being termed, "a last resort," and the energy company was encouraging "anyone who needs help paying their bi...

Eversource Wednesday was promoting payment plans as residential service shutoff notices are set to come back.

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CONNECTICUT — Eversource Wednesday began alerting customers in Connecticut that utility service shutoffs for non-payment will resume on May 2, regardless of hardship status, as operations return to "pre-pandemic rules," utility officials said.

Service shutoffs are being termed, "a last resort," and the energy company was encouraging "anyone who needs help paying their bill" to "take advantage" of assistance programs.

"Eversource is ready to work with all customers one-on-one to connect them with payment options and programs to avoid service disconnection," officials said.

Added Eversource Vice President of Customer Operations and Assistance Programs Jess Cain., "We know how challenging life has been for our customers since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, service disconnections have been suspended for customers with a financial hardship since March 2020.

Cain continued, "The last thing we ever want to do is shut off service to any customer, yet unpaid energy bills increase costs for all customers. We encourage any customer who is having trouble paying their bill to contact us immediately so we can work with them and get them enrolled in one of the many programs we offer that can help and protect them from having their service shut off."

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Customers that meet state income eligibility requirements are eligible for financial hardship programs and bill assistance, including:

In addition, Flexible Payment Plans are available to all customers, regardless of income, to pay their past-due balance over a period of time. Residential customers with active service may be eligible for payment plans up to 18 months, Eversource officials said.

All Eversource customers are being encouraged to sign up for one of the many payment plans or assistance programs the energy company offers (800-286-2828 or at Eversource.com/billhelp).

Officials said customers who face having their service shut off for nonpayment will receive multiple letters in the mail from Eversource letting them know their service is scheduled to be shut off and the steps they should take to avoid disconnection.

"As a reminder, the energy company will never call threatening to shut off power and demanding immediate payment. Customers can verify the legitimacy of any contact or request for payment by contacting Eversource at 800-286-2828," officials said.

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