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    Pertinent Information Presented At Health and Wellness Fair

    The Heritage Hotel offered those who attended on Friday afternoon, March 6, an opportunity to become part of a wonderful world of providers who were eager to explain a

    Yes, we have lots of bananas! Pictured, left to right, are Villager Ron Conti, Siddhi Sheth, a registered dietitian and nutritionist from Shop-Rite in Shelton, and Adrienne Conti.

    variety of services that could make life easier. Many opportunities were offered to learn how to navigate the bumps and grinds of health and wellness. Totally unrelated to health and wellness were the availability of beverages, lots of cookies and a great selection of candy. In the corner of my eye I noticed bananas piled high and colorful handouts on a table nearby. We greeted Villagers Ron and Adrienne Conti. “How nice to see familiar faces,” said Adrienne and we walked over with this delightful couple to the table belonging to Shoprite of Shelton. We met Siddhi Sheth, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist.

    Our paths also crossed with Villager Margo Frohlich who praised the assistance of a Southbury business, “On the Mend,” which offers medical supplies and equipment. “My

    Villager Margo Frolich (right) was able to obtain equipment needed by her husband, Hans, from On the Mend. Also pictured is Marsi Beck who is on the staff of On the Mend.

    husband, Hans, needed an appropriate lift and it was delivered in five hours,” stated Frohlich.

    Marsi Beck represented “On the Mend” at the fair. There were 115 vendors at the fair, which was created by Marty Greenfield and Lance Galassi. We had the opportunity to peruse five rooms and vendor set ups in the main hallway.

    We learned:

    Why Gaylord? Gaylord is a nonprofit, 137-bed specialty hospital, also known as a long-term acute hospital, which specializes in medical management and rehabilitation for patients who have experienced an acute illness or a traumatic accident. Gaylord is among the best in the country at helping patients recover and return to their highest quality of life. From simple to catastrophic, we bring together all of our clinical resources to deliver the best possible outcomes. (Admissions: 203-284-2810)

    Facts about hospice care with Vitas:

    UFORIA manufactures personalized supplements for the good health of each individual. Left to right, Therese Kennett, Jerry Reinholz.

    Hospice manages multiple disease states.

    Hospice can happen anywhere.

    Hospice is an option. Patients can leave or revoke hospice care.

    Patients can continue with medications and treatments while on hospice.

    Hospice care is usually provided by caregivers, with support from the hospice team.

    There is no limit to the time a patient can be on hospice.

    Hospice provides home medical equipment and supplies.

    Hospice cares for the family.

    Most hospice-eligible patients do not have any out-of-pocket expenses. (Patients and Families: 800-723-3233, Clinicians: 800-93-VITAS)

    See Every Word. Call Wayne Simmons of Clear Captions at 860-335-1140. Your calls are

    Wayne Simmons of Clear Captions supplies a telephone for the hearing impaired that prints out a message that can be read on a screen.

    captioned whenever and wherever. These calls are captioned at no cost to you through a federally funded program.

    There were many home care agencies at the fair.

    BrightStar has the gold seal of approval. The Joint Commission is a nationally recognized organization that accredits the nation’s best hospitals and other major health care systems. Our BrightStar care location has earned accreditation from The Joint Commission which validates that we follow their requirements for the highest level of care. BrightStar is located at 464 Heritage Rd., Suite B, Southbury. 203-264-0009.

    Happy Family Home Care Agency LLC provides non-medical care

    Emerest Health was represented at the Health and Wellness Fair by Cesar Silverio (left) and Isaac Schwartz.

    to help our clients live safely in their own homes for as long as possible. 203-794-6478.

    Emerest Health of Connecticut understands the transitions you and your loved one are

    going through and the difficulty you face with maintaining you and your loved one’s independence at home. 203-941-1700.

    William Bonos, technology specialist showed us several technology solutions for aging in place. Offered are technologically advanced medication management systems that enable taking the right medications at the right time. There are fall and wander prevention products, bed pad alarms, medical alert systems and so much more. The company was established to provide products that help seniors

    William Bonos of Technology Solutions offers many products that will assist seniors as they age in place.

    and individuals with special needs to live at home safely. 203-200-9654.

    Medical Marijuana has been legal in Connecticut since 2014 and follows a unique pharmaceutical model where pharmacists and pharmacy technicians dispense marijuana as a CII controlled prescription. Compassion Care center of Connecticut is located in Bethel. 203-909-6869.

    CarePatrol is a free Senior Placement Agency that helps families find Assisted Living, Alzheimer/Memory Care Communities and Nursing Homes. The staff are local professionals who have earned National Certified Senior Certification. (CSA) We advocate for seniors and families during this confusing and stressful times. Families are accompanied on community tours to alleviate sales pressure and assure that the correct questions are asked. Reach the Connecticut office at 203-244-9562. CSA Richard Russo is president of CarePatrol.

    Lynne B. Schmidt, Rosie Jacobs and Sylvia Zuppi of Assisted Living Services of Connecticut offers home care services needed by seniors.

    We met Stephanie Bakewell, who is a board certified Dr. of Audiology. She received her B.A. in Communication Disorders with a minor in Gerontology from UConn, and earned her doctorate degree in audiology form UConn in 2008. She practices with Cathleen Alex at Southbury Audiology, LLC who founded the practice in 1996. The office is located at 2 Pomperaug Office Park, Suite 307. 203-264-8201. Services include a wide variety of auditory services and hearing solutions. Most interesting for me was a pamphlet entitled “Communication Tips for the Speakers,” which pointed out that when someone in the family has a hearing loss, the entire family has a hearing problem. Successful communication requires the efforts of all people involved in a conversation.

    “Active Day” is located at 900 Straits Turnpike in Middlebury. 203-598-7642. Active Day works with their members to improve overall quality of life, health care and daily functioning. Thoughtful attentive professionals provide healthcare supervision, engaging therapeutic activity programs, and rehabilitative services. They offer a daily program of health services, which gives disabled adults and seniors access to a safe, engaging and supportive environment.

    You can find your “sole” at the Athlete Source located in the Big Y Shopping Center at 83 Stony Hill Road in Bethel. 203-456-3314. Brian Maciel and Erik Tonner had an interesting table highlighting some of their merchandise featured for your feet and are professional foot specialists. Comments about customers served on the web were very complimentary. On April 26, April 27, and April 28 they have the best deals of the year as the shop celebrates its second annual anniversary sale.

    Blue Sky Behavioral Health, LLC offers individual clinical treatment for mental health and addiction disorders with optional in-residence daily clinical treatment. They are located at 52 Federal Road in Danbury. 203-942-3515.

    Are you a caregiver for someone 65 or older? Did you know that you could get paid for taking care of a family member or friend? There are guidelines. You must live in the same home as the person you care for and the person has or is eligible for Connecticut Medicaid. Check the website or call Karen at 860-637-2702.

    Did you know that independent insurance agents can help you with Medicare choices? Even though the date has passed for part D change, Jessalyn Pito would like to discuss what might help you. We spent quite a bit of time with her at the fair, and she is part of Senior Insurance Consultants. She can help with Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Supplements, Part D, Dental and Vision and Life Insurance. She will even come to your home, which is helpful for many.

    This is just a smattering of what was offered. There was so much to learn about, and I tried to choose a variety of services to write about. Hopefully you will find helpful information that suits your needs.