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Home Care In Madison, CT

Home Care Madison, 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 Robert M. Bashford 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 Madison, 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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“We are 3 weeks into working with this agency for homecare for my dad. There were a few bumps in the road, but we have hit the jackpot with two of our caregivers. Melissa Pericas and Jordene have been amazing! My mother has been struggling with having strangers in her home and letting someone else take care of her husband, but these two lovely women have melded into the family and put her completely at ease. They are both very experienced and are doing and amazing job. My mom is able to put the caregiving into their capable hands and focus on being his wife and spend valuable time with him. These ladies both deserve 5 stars!! I rated the agency with 4 stars because we had some scheduling issues in the beginning and had one caregiver that was problematic, but he was removed from our schedule as soon as I reported the issue.”

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“Our caregiver Anne Sumner is more than a passionate, compassionate, caring, dependable and dedicated professional. She quickly became a family member and friend.”

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“Cynthia Montano is the amazing from Always Best Care. Cynthia has helped my parents and us with this transition process. She has been wonderful explaining everything. If we had questions or just needed to talk about what is going on with the parents she was there to help. She goes above and beyond. She has help us tremendously. I feel blessed for having Cynthia during this time. Our family would like to say thank you for everything. We couldn't have done it without her.”

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“I just want to thank ABC agency for allowing us our angel giver which is what we call her. Shay is a life saver without her I'll be running like a chicken with my head cut off. She has stepped in and saved the day numerous times between changing her schedule to work with ours, to even making sure Steve visits his wife grave. We appreciate her please don't take her from us steve would be devastated. She's amazing”

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“They are very hospitable and provide a wide range of job and in various locations. They communicate these job very well and make access to these opportunities easy. I definately like working for them.”

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“My experience with ABC has been great. My current caregiver Tashaya S. Is helpful and quick”

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“ABC has been very supportive in providing excellent caregivers to take care of my 96 year old father. It’s been a very good experience working with them over the past few months. Responsive and flexible in covering last minute requests. We are also blessed to have Ginny as our full time day caregiver and Mike for overnight. Both are very passionate about the care they give and do a terrific job. We have no worries when they are with dad. They care for him as if he was their own and it means a great deal to my family. They go above and beyond our expectations. We are more than grateful for their assistance.”

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“My uncle needed support-fast! Cynthia’s assistance helped him weigh his options and make the transition from home to assisted living in surprisingly quick fashion. In addition, she suggested vendors and agencies to help support and manage the distribution of his belongings. We are forever grateful.”

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“Nothing in particular. Generally, I get people who are good people, most of the people they send are okay and I have had 2 or 3 people who were bad. I have someone now who is good and I have had some people who were not good from the agency. Some of them need to be more thorough.”

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“Great company to work with, flexible and reasonable. Always involved and available as well as continued contact from beginning to end of service. The caregiver we had was amazing and devoted as well as super knowledgeable and driven to not only care but to rehabilitate . I would recommend them to anyone in need without hesitation.”

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“ABC was a great care giving company to work with. If there were issues, they were corrected quickly by the office staff and the aides my mother had were kind and caring. Kudos to everyone!”

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“Great company to work with, flexible and reasonable. Always involved and available as well as continued contact from beginning to end of service. The caregiver we had was amazing and devoted as well as super knowledgeable and driven to not only care but to rehabilitate . I would recommend them to anyone in need without hesitation.”

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“She talks with her while I go to appointment and if there is a problem. I would recommend because it provides companionship.”

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“They've boosted my husband's spirits and his wellbeing. We've had two people, and they're absolutely incredible.”

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“My Mom started requiring 24x7 care 2 years ago and her primary aid was attentive to her needs and treated her with dignity and respect. She would often call my Mom her "Queen". They always provided advanced notice whenever the aid needed time off and was responsive to questions and concerns. I don't know what we would have done if not for ABC and its services.”

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“If my back is hurting, the aid will do everything I need. She takes me to every one of my appointments. I would recommend this agency because the people that have cared for me have all been great people, and they are willing to do everything for me.”

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“The client feels comfortable with the provider. I like that they are attentive to the patient.”

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“The first time you send an aid to someone, send a list of expected duties the aid is supposed to do. I like that they always offer a fill in care giver. They always make sure I have an aid when I am supposed to have one.”

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“My Mom started only requiring part time care due to her cancer but as it progressed, we needed around the clock care. The aides were always extremely helpful and kind to my Mom and when we needed care 24x7 our aide was Na who was here for my Mom day in and day out. In a six month period she had only taken two days off where we needed coverage which Always Best took care of for us. Na was just wonderful and my Mom loved her and everything she had done to comfort her. I also appreciated everything Na had done for my Mom and to have an aide as dedicated to my Mom was critical in my eyes. I would also like to thank their entire office they always worked with me and were always available whenever I needed anything. Thank you Always best Care, my Mom couldn't have been treated any better!!!”

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“I deal with Deanna, and I can ask her to do what I need without question. I like that they're prompt.”

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“Tommico, she makes my bed, she helps me with cleaning my floors cleans my bathroom, and she really does a nice job. They try hard to get caregivers and the right care to have someone here for me.”

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What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Madison, 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 Madison, 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 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 James Madison 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 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 L'Etoile Restaurant or visit Harold C. Bradley House, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

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

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

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Benefits of Home Care in Madison, 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 Madison, 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 Madison, 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:

  • Oak Park Place Madison East
  • BrightStar Senior Living of Madison
  • Assisted Living Madison WI
  • Eden Vista Madison
  • Renaissance Senior Living of Hilldale
  • Madison Pointe Senior Living
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

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

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

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

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Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider

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

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

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Madison, CT 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Weekend road trip: Madison, Connecticut

Among New England states, Connecticut tends to fly under the travel radar. It might not have the sprawling national parks of Maine, the celebrity allure of Cape Cod, or the quirkiness of Rhode Island, but the state is full of sweet, easy-to-navigate towns that are made for weekend road trips.Case in point: Madison, almost smack-dab in the middle of Connecticut’s southern coast on Long Island Sound.The town, a suburb of New Haven, was named in honor of James Madison. In eccentric New England fashion, the moniker was sugges...

Among New England states, Connecticut tends to fly under the travel radar. It might not have the sprawling national parks of Maine, the celebrity allure of Cape Cod, or the quirkiness of Rhode Island, but the state is full of sweet, easy-to-navigate towns that are made for weekend road trips.

Case in point: Madison, almost smack-dab in the middle of Connecticut’s southern coast on Long Island Sound.

The town, a suburb of New Haven, was named in honor of James Madison. In eccentric New England fashion, the moniker was suggested by a wealthy sea captain and stuck even though the country’s fourth president had no connection to the state.

With a population of 17,000 spread across its 36 square miles, a pedestrian-friendly downtown, and sandy beaches, Madison today feels lively and familiar, without overcrowding.

How to get to Madison, Connecticut

Madison is about 16 miles east of New Haven and 38 miles south of Hartford. The trip takes 2 ½ hours by car from most points in the Hudson Valley. From the mid and lower Valley, take I-84 East, CT-25 South, and I-95 North. From points north, take I-90 East to I-91 South and CT-81 South.

Day 1: Shorelines, self-care and showtime

Get your morning start at Cohen’s Bagel Company. Its menu features — wait for it — about two dozen varieties of bagels that are every bit as good as what you’ll find in Manhattan or Brooklyn. The Avocado Smash, with mashed tomato and avocado on a jalapeno or “cheddar everything” bagel, is both tasty and filling.

Left: The trail to Hammonasset State Park beach. Right: West Beach at Hammonasset State Park. (Robin Catalano / Special to the Times Union)

Only 1 ½ miles away, Hammonasset Beach State Park is popular for its beach, camping and nature center. West Beach is its longest and most scenic. For those who prefer sun with a side of shade, the park is also home to multiple walking trails, including the short but sweet, ADA-accessible Shoreline Greenway Trail. Kids will love hunting for seashells along Meig’s Point, where thousands of empty shells from razor clams, periwinkles, quahogs, false angel wing and other species get trapped against the shore.

Once you’ve gotten your fill of vitamin D, head 2 ½ miles west into downtown Madison. Have lunch at Life Bowls, which serves a large menu of healthy smoothies, acai and pitaya bowls, salads, and toasts. The Maui Wowie is a blast of nutritious flavor, including acai, blueberries, pineapple, goji berries and shredded coconut.

If you’re still pleasantly full from breakfast, skip straight to dessert at Ashley’s Ice Cream, which serves frozen dairy and nondairy treats made with a velvety custard base. The seasonal flavors, like peach and black raspberry, are worth the indulgence.

Plan in advance for a post-lunch treatment at one of the town’s handful of spas. Top choices include Celtic Healing Arts and Aroma Massage for massages, and Jennie Fresa for facials. Aria Dermspa offers medical aesthetic treatments in a soothing atmosphere.

Most restaurants in Madison close dinner service at 9 p.m., so it’s best to go on the early side. Steamed, on Boston Post Road, makes an assortment of Chinese dumplings, noodles and buns, plus boba tea. Over on Wall Street, Jia Mei Asian Kitchen boasts a budget-friendly selection of Chinese soups, stir-fries and rice dishes, plus Thai curries.

In the evening, take in a show at Madison Lyric Stage. On the grounds of the historic Deacon John Grave House, one of the town’s oldest buildings, this professional theater company presents musicals, operas, plays and concerts. Or kick back and watch a first-run or vintage movie or live-broadcast opera at Madison Cinemas.

Day 2: Nature, history and downtown shopping

Rettich Preserve encompasses 11 acres of woodland and meadows teeming with wildflowers, close to the banks of the Hammonasset River. Because of its proximity to I-95, which hums with traffic by 9 a.m., it’s best to hit Rettich Preserve in the early morning or early evening.

Back in town, pick up breakfast at Meriano’s Bake Shoppe. The 35-year-old, family-owned bakery sells mouthwatering Italian pastries like sfogliatelle, pasticiotti, pignoli, and the Naples-meets?New England lobster tail: a layered-pastry horn stuffed with ricotta cannoli filling.

Walk it off through the Madison Green Historic District, a town green surrounded by historic architecture. While it’s typically open only on Wednesdays, the Allis-Bushnell House, built in 1785, sometimes offers weekend programming. It provides a fascinating peek at how residents lived during different periods: Colonial, Revolutionary War, Civil War and Colonial Revival. The perennial gardens are lovely.

Left: The Madison Green Historic District. Right: RJ Julia bookstore. (Robin Catalano / Special to the Times Union)

Come lunchtime, the Historic District often has a couple of food trucks parked near the Madison Youth & Family Services building on School Street. At RJ Café Bistro, find classic sandwiches, like curry chicken salad and turkey and avocado. Vegetarians and meat lovers alike will enjoy Madison Cheese Shop & Café, which serves a range of gourmet grilled cheeses and cold sandwiches, plus cheese and charcuterie boards.

After lunch, shop downtown. RJ Julia Booksellers is a larger-than-it-looks repository of fiction and nonfiction. Water Street Jewelers sells artisanal and luxury collections, plus custom designs. Pick up squirrel-proof bird feeders and other supplies, including optical birding equipment, from the Audubon Shop. Off the main avenue, along Wall Street, stop in Robertson Madison for designer casual clothing, and the Wine Thief, where you’ll find globally sourced wines, including a powerhouse selection of French grapes.

As the sun fades, drive to Wharf Beach and walk the flagstone pier, where you can watch boats bobbing in the ocean. On the grand wraparound porch of The Wharf at the Madison Beach Hotel, savor a cocktail while watching the sunset blanket the coast.

Wrap up your trip with a leisurely dinner at Café Allegre. This chef-owned restaurant shines a spotlight on updated Italian favorites like arugula salad, served with a creamy wheel of burrata, pomegranate seeds, and peaches; and capellini with lobster in a tomato cream sauce. Ask for the stuffed, fried artichoke, even if it’s not on the menu.

Where to stay in Madison

Most Madison lodging, even short-term rentals, run $250 or more per night in the high season. Outdoor enthusiasts and budget travelers can opt for camping at Hammonasset State Park or a cozy cottage in nearby Clinton.

The Homestead represents a thoughtful approach to craft lodging. Rooms are generously sized, with modern bathrooms. The inn has dozens of other considered touches, including multiplug units and USB ports on both sides of comfortable beds, in-room record players, plentiful free-choice snacks, outdoor seating areas with fire pits, and a freshly prepared, self-serve breakfast.

The Madison Beach Hotel, part of the Hilton Curio portfolio, has ocean views, nautical-inspired guest rooms and a spa where you can relax with a body scrub, facial or massage. The building is fashioned after the grand seaside inns of the Victorian era.

Town beaches were closed in Madison as debris cleanup continues

Flood waters upstream took out many docks and trees along with it. They have landed on some popular beaches.MADISON, CT (WFSB) - Cleanup was underway at beaches by the shoreline.Flood waters upstream took out many docks and trees along with it. They landed on some popular beaches.Town beaches were closed Friday in Madison, but have since reopened.Crews worked all day to clean up debris.Department of public works, buildings, and grounds crews were cleaning up until Saturday evening.Crews made multiple...

Flood waters upstream took out many docks and trees along with it. They have landed on some popular beaches.

MADISON, CT (WFSB) - Cleanup was underway at beaches by the shoreline.

Flood waters upstream took out many docks and trees along with it. They landed on some popular beaches.

Town beaches were closed Friday in Madison, but have since reopened.

Crews worked all day to clean up debris.

Department of public works, buildings, and grounds crews were cleaning up until Saturday evening.

Crews made multiple runs to the dump with trucks full of trees, tree trunks, and branches.

Some people even picked up trash that washed ashore.

To keep people safe, there was no swimming or boat launching at the Surf Club, West Wharf, and East Wharf.

Beach goers had to make other plans but said it was nice the town was making the effort to clear the debris.

“It’s still nice, watching them clean it up and get everything back to normal,” said Hal Stephens of Madison.

“It’s alarming, it’s sad. This is supposed to be the best time of the year in Madison. We pride ourselves on how clean and pristine our beaches are, and then out of the blue to look out yesterday morning, at 9 a.m. have it be perfect and then quarter of 11 trees washing up ashore,” said Austin Hall, Director of Beach and Recreation for Madison.

Madison Harbor Master Steve Adkins said he isn’t worried about the wood in the Long Island Sound but boaters should still keep an eye out.

“Do you advise boaters to take more caution this weekend?” Eyewitness News asked.

“Without question and don’t go out at night, go out in the daytime, enjoy it and keep your eyes open,” Adkins said. “It’s wood, we all can agree it’s wood. The refrigerators don’t float, they’re at the bottom. The wood is floating and it’s on the surface so you can see it. To me it’s much ado about nothing.”

But the Connecticut River is a different story.

“Coast Guard issued a report yesterday saying keep off the river, keep away from the river. That’s smart,” said Adkins. “You go to the mouth of the Connecticut River right now, there’s this brown sludge coming out of the river.”

State beaches have red flags out as well.

At Surf Club Beach, they’ll evaluate how much washed ashore in coming days and will reassess when the beach will reopen to the public.

Debris washes up on shoreline beaches

Debris cleanup on Madison town beaches

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Man catches shark off the coast of Madison

A man caught a shark while paddleboarding in the Long Island Sound off the coast of Madison.MADISON, CT (WFSB) – A man caught a shark while paddleboarding in the Long Island Sound off the coast of Madison.Eddie Carroll got the catch on video and posted it to Instagram.Carroll was fishing in the Bluefish Tournament over the weekend when he caught the 8 foot shark.“I knew it was big right...

A man caught a shark while paddleboarding in the Long Island Sound off the coast of Madison.

MADISON, CT (WFSB) – A man caught a shark while paddleboarding in the Long Island Sound off the coast of Madison.

Eddie Carroll got the catch on video and posted it to Instagram.

Carroll was fishing in the Bluefish Tournament over the weekend when he caught the 8 foot shark.

“I knew it was big right when I hooked into it. It pretty much took all of my line,” Carroll said. “After you know, 20 minutes or so, I realized this probably isn’t a bluefish anymore.”

After an hour long fight, he realized it was a shark.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) identified the animal as a female sandbar (brown) shark.

“I got my phone out and got a little closer and quickly realized it was a giant brown shark,” said Carroll.

DEEP said there are three large species of sharks that live in Long Island Sound: the sand tiger shark, the dusky shark, and the sandbar (brown) shark. These sharks are harmless to humans.

“Brown sharks are pretty common in Long Island sound,” said a spokesperson for DEEP.

Jim Noel from Madison is on the water every day, and is no longer surprised by shark sighting.

“You see dolphins, we see lots of seals, so many more seals than we’ve seen in the past. Starting to get larger sharks in the area. It’s bound to happen. They’ve always been here but now we’re starting to see them a little more,” Noel said.

You can read DEEP’s guide on sharks in the Long Island Sound below:

“This is no cause for alarm as dusky sharks, sandbar sharks, and sand tiger sharks are harmless to humans – in fact, they could use our help!” said DEEP.

The department said if you catch one of the sharks, you should immediately release it back into the sound, unharmed.

Eddie has grown pretty comfortable fishing off his paddleboard, and is planning to head back out on the water soon.

“I think around here, people have the mentality that there are no sharks in the sound. I had that similar mentality. I was pretty shocked by what I had pulled up,” Carroll said. “People should be aware that they’re here.”

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$1.7M Shortfall Remains After Cuts to Madison Elementary Construction

MADISON – The Board of Education unanimously approved moving three items that were budgeted in the construction of a new elementary school to “add alternate” items to reduce the $2.4 million in overages on the new school project.The authorized project cost for the new elementary school is $61.15 million and is part of a larger Madison School Renewal Plan totalling $89.2 million, which includes improvements to Polson Middle School and Brown Intermediate School.The shortfall for funding the new elementary school...

MADISON – The Board of Education unanimously approved moving three items that were budgeted in the construction of a new elementary school to “add alternate” items to reduce the $2.4 million in overages on the new school project.

The authorized project cost for the new elementary school is $61.15 million and is part of a larger Madison School Renewal Plan totalling $89.2 million, which includes improvements to Polson Middle School and Brown Intermediate School.

The shortfall for funding the new elementary school initially totaled $5.9 million.

Because the costs toward Polson Middle School ended up lower than projected, nearly $3.5 million that funding was approved by the Board of Selectmen in June to offset the $5.9 million shortfall. Because all three school projects were approved in a single bonding package, the funds can be used interchangeably if necessary.

The Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance also approved the transfer of $2.4 million from the town’s undesignated fund balance to cover the remainder of the shortfall, but in a town meeting on July 24, residents of the town voted down that transfer.

With the new elementary school project still $2.4 million short of funding, the Board of Education considered what they could do to cut costs for the project.

Adam Levitus, a senior project manager at Colliers, the company contracted for the project, said at the meeting Tuesday that when the original $89.2 million bond proposal went to referendum, the education specifications were based on a projected enrollment of about 600 students. Those projections changed.

“Subsequent to the establishment of the budget, enrollment projections were updated with an additional 40 students who were likely to attend,” Levitus said, which resulted in an additional four classrooms.”

“The additional $5.8 million in development no one foresaw,” he said. “What can be taken out while still fitting in responsible budgetary items?”

Superintendent Craig Cooke said that the town meeting vote was not about whether the school project needed four more classrooms, but was whether the town could allocate the $2.4 million to the project.

“There was no vote on the size of the classrooms or how many classrooms,” he said.

He also said that simply removing the four classrooms wouldn’t save the project $2.4 million, given that the current design included the classrooms and there were other costs to be accounted for, like utilities that feed into that area.

“A plan that is submitted to the state and approved for referendum purposes, it’s an incomplete plan,” said Board Chair Seth Klaskin. “The voters went to referendum based on an incomplete plan, because this is how it works in Connecticut. As we got information on increased student enrollment, we had to reconfigure the plan to make sure we can accommodate the kids in classrooms. We had to redesign, within the footprint, the four classrooms.”

Klaskin said it was incumbent on them to look at items that the board is willing to sacrifice as bid alternates, or items that a company can add onto the project, but aren’t required.

The bid alternates the board considered are items within the board’s purview as part of the building’s education specifications.

“I would submit that we should eliminate as a bid alternate the radiant flooring in the new school,” he said. “I would suggest we could really show good faith to the community and be true to the spirit of trying to build the school we need. Radiant flooring would be great, but to me it’s a luxury item that I think is a bad look to move forward with.”

Levitus said the radiant flooring would be an item that can become a bid alternate.

He also said the school’s fire protection system is pretty advanced for an elementary school and suggested downgrading the system. He also suggested eliminating some dishwashing equipment in the school kitchen that isn’t required.

The total savings of the three items are estimated to be about $225,000 for the fire protection system, $72,000 for the kitchen equipment, and $356,000 for the radiant flooring, totaling $653,000, leaving $1,747,000 remaining in the shortfall.

Klaskin reminded the board that though the new school budget has a shortfall, in the long run, the town will be reimbursed over $18 million by the state and for the installation of geothermal energy.

“What it can be used for, once we bond out all the money, we can consolidate all those loans, pay them down… and save a lot of tax dollars,” he said.

The board unanimously approved the moving of the three budget items to become bid alternates.

The board also unanimously voted to send a letter to the School Building Committee stating that the Board of Education is intent on keeping the four additional classrooms as part of the project.

First Selectwoman Peggy Lyons said today that the Board of Selectmen will bed updated on Monday by the building committee and the Board of Education on how they will proceed with the new school project.

As for Jeffrey Elementary, Ryerson Elementary, and the Town Campus Learning Center — all slated to close — Lyons said, “the town will be going through a process with the new facility committee to determine what to do with those buildings.”

Yacht Mooring In Madison Receives Severe Damage From Large Waves

Large waves pounded the boat, and she was down by the bow, indicating water intrusion, Steve Adkins said, Madison Harbormaster.MADISON, CT — A full-keeled sailboat that had recently arrived from Barbados and was moored on an 800-pound seasonal mooring adjacent to Tuxis Island in Madison experienced severe damage after large waves impacted the anchor.Steve Adkins, Madison’s Harbormaster, said...

Large waves pounded the boat, and she was down by the bow, indicating water intrusion, Steve Adkins said, Madison Harbormaster.

MADISON, CT — A full-keeled sailboat that had recently arrived from Barbados and was moored on an 800-pound seasonal mooring adjacent to Tuxis Island in Madison experienced severe damage after large waves impacted the anchor.

Steve Adkins, Madison’s Harbormaster, said on Aug. 24, Island Magic, the sailboat from Barbados, was checked at 1500 hours by a competent fellow sailor who provided photographs for the owner in Maine with Family.

During the night, winds increased to the expected 20 to 25 miles per hour from the south with large waves impacting the anchorage, which is exposed to the south with a 15-mile fetch to Long Island, Adkins said.

Sometime between midnight and 2 a.m., Adkins said a very large set of waves caused the yacht's bow to dive blow the pennants, fouling them on the two anchors on their bow rollers.

Sharp edges of the anchors caused extreme chafe, which parted the pennants separating Island Magic from the mooring. A strong incoming tide was running, which propelled the boat slightly westward, ultimately grounding at West Warf, directly in front of the Hotel, Adkins said.

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Adkins said a guest and his wife noted the boat at 2 a.m. on the rocks near the West Warf Stone pier.

An early riser posted a picture on Friday at about 6 a.m. Adkins said he was shortly on the scene.

Large waves pounded the boat, and she was down by the bow, indicating water intrusion. Given her swamped condition and the large waves, Adkins said, rescue opportunity had passed.

Sea Tow completed recovery by Sunday, Aug. 27. The yacht was refloated by airbags and towed to Pilot’s Point South in Westbrook and hauled, showing severe damage and the loss of 90 percent of her keel, exposing the underside and interior systems, Adkins said.

As the pennants were severed very close to the soft barrel, Adkins said he was perplexed until they consulted with professionals who said it definitely chafe, which led them to match up the pennants with the anchors they matched to the chafe points, Adkins said.

This is an unfortunate end to a beautiful yacht, Adkins said.

Adkins said they’ll advise Madison boat owners that bow anchors should be removed while in Madison Harbor on a mooring.

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