Resources for In Home Caregivers in New Haven, CT
With the support of the Jean Griswold Foundation, we were able to present a grant to Oak Hill Assistive Technology, a local non-profit that designs and builds smart homes for differently-abled and older adults. Check out the grant presentation and the tech making it possible in the video above!
“It takes a village …” to provide home care for seniors, too. “Village” includes assisted living, the geography (what’s where), all care providers (who does what), academia (hope in research), finance (who pays) and the arts community: arts and healing go hand in hand. It reaches those who need immediate care and those who will need support, especially family caregivers. We care for baby boomers and their parents, keeping them healthy with affordable independence. I have been in health care here since Yale in 1968. I know these villages from Milford to North Haven to New London County.
We scour all these resources for you. A few examples: we advise on your benefits; our care managers were trained on fall prevention by Yale’s Dr. Baker of the CT Fall Prevention Coalition. We created a unique financial relationship with the State to extend affordable family coverage. The Parkinson’s Association gave us an exclusive contract for respite care and The Alzheimer’s Association relies on us for respite care. Yale-New Haven; St. Raphael’s; Hamden Healthcare and Milford Healthcare are just some who refer patients to us. We are the hub for families looking to coordinate skilled care with the VNA and Hospice; 120 insurers; the Area Agency on Aging; the Clelian Day Care Center and many, many more.
We even care for many in assisted living from Tower One, New Haven to Gladeview, Old Saybrook to Heritage Commons, Southbury.
In 2012, the Yale School of Nursing re-named their Writing Awards in our honor, recognizing our respect for story-telling and the cathartic power of writing. Stories at http://nursing.yale.edu/creative-writing-awards. With guidance from Dr. Bernie Siegel, Griswold LifeTales matches writers with story-telling elders. Stories at http://www.homecare-ct.com/lifetales.html
We write and lecture about dance as the most positive activity for spiritual, mental and physical health at St Mary’s and the Mercy Center, Madison. Griswold also produces performances and sponsors events for veterans and senior centers, including the Miller Senior Center, Hamden, the Milford Senior Center and Evergreen Woods, Branford.
We’ve had hat parties, chair dancing, pet therapy and book club talks in Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, North Haven and more. I’m a 10-year radio veteran for baby boomer and senior issues, speaking nationally and locally with topics ranging from Alzheimer’s to Power in the Caregiving Relationship, from the Importance of Balance to Nurturing the Spirit. I hope you’ll join our shared communities.