“It takes a village …” to care for seniors too! Hi, I’m Lesley Mills, director of 5 Connecticut offices of Griswold Home Care. We know where things are, who provides what kind of care and who can provide other support. We also know about research and your arts community: arts and healing go hand-in-hand. We reach those who need immediate care and support and are engaged in healthy care for baby boomers and their parents. Since Yale in ‘68, I’ve practiced healthcare here and I know our communities Cheshire to Waterbury to Kent.
We search all these resources for you. A diverse sampling: we review and advocate for your benefits; our care coordinators learned fall prevention from Dr. Baker of Yale, part of The Fall Prevention Coalition; our innovation extended family coverage from the State (Agency on Aging and CCCI). We have exclusive contracts with the Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Associations for respite care. St Mary’s Hospital, Waterbury; Apple Rehab, Watertown; Glendale Center, Naugatuck; Southington Rehab; and Abbott Terrace of Waterbury are among those who refer patients to us. We coordinate all types of care with the VNA and Hospice, 120 insurers, daycare centers and many more.
Our clients live at home or in assisted living such as Village at East Farms, Waterbury; Elim Park, Cheshire; Heritage Commons, Southbury. Clients and family members often come to our state-wide presentations for the Alzheimer’s Association in Cromwell, the Agencies on Aging at the Capitol, and the Fearless Caregiver Conference. As a 10-year radio veteran with baby-boomer and senior topics, I’m frequently speaking for local groups. Topics range from Dance, Balance and Longevity, and Alzheimer’s to Power in Caregiving Relationships.
Believing that arts heal and extend life, we’re especially involved in writing, dance and gardening. For our contributions, the Yale School of Nursing named the Griswold Home Care Writing Awards in 2012. Stories at http://nursing.yale.edu/creative-writing-awards. Dr. Bernie Siegel has advised our writers for Griswold LifeTales. Stories at http://www.homecare-ct.com/lifetales.html
For using our techniques, Caregiver Emelia Asumda and Care Coordinator Lynn Hackett were celebrated at the Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Recognition Luncheon held at the Village at East Farms in Waterbury. Emelia was celebrated for the difference she makes in the day to day lives of her Alzheimer’s clients.
We give back to our communities with fundraisers too. At Il Monticello in Meriden, we supported the Clelian Center’s Adult Day Care Center’s auction to raise money for family support programs and we’ve hosted the “Vinnie Carr Monthly Dance Party” at the Cheshire Senior Center.