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Finding Ways for Seniors to Stay Safe, Healthy... and Home

WANTAGH, N.Y., Nov. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- As family members age, they often become forgetful and unsteady and may have trouble performing daily tasks, such as cooking and laundry. Some need help recovering from an injury or illness. Many don't require professional medical care, and most want to stay in the familiar surroundings of home. The dilemma children then face is how to keep their parents safe, healthy and cared for without placing them in an assisted living facility. The answer for many is to hire a qualified companion.

"As people age, it becomes essential to have someone who can make sure they are eating properly, taking their medications, staying safe and getting to their doctor appointments," says Dr. Richard Scher, founder of Care Connection, Inc. in Wantagh. "We created Care Connection, Inc. to offer seniors the safe, secure feeling they deserve."

Meeting Needs, Matching Preferences

Scher, a long-time chiropractor, developed Care Connection, Inc. after observing his elderly patients and listening to their concerns. "I started paying more attention to older people in my daily life," he says. "That got me thinking about how we could meet their needs by allowing them to stay in familiar surroundings and avoid the cost of medical care they don't need. They just need someone to help meet their basic needs, including the need for companionship. We designed our program around these ideals."

Scher, who has been recognized by AARP for his advocacy, is chairman of the Senior Umbrella Network Joint Council Advocacy Committee, which unites professionals to publicly advocate for senior citizens.

Care Connection, Inc. provides non-medical care, including meal preparation, light housekeeping and transportation to medical appointments, through qualified, screened companions. Making a good match is key, Dr. Scher explains. Care Connection, Inc. conducts in-depth interviews to discover clients' preferences to ensure compatibility and to help encourage rewarding relationships.

"We try to match them up well, to encourage them to build a valuable bond." Dr. Scher says. "We're also very responsive when clients request a change."

"Care Connection has a knack for matching the right companion to the client. And their flexibility is unsurpassed in terms of providing and changing the number of hours, if necessary," says Jennifer Toscano, a social worker.

Making Connections

Care Connection, Inc. emphasizes providing loving, trustworthy companions. Many companions come through reliable referrals and all undergo extensive screenings, including careful health record and background checks.

While safety and security, screenings and checks are all top priority, what's just as important, Dr. Scher says, is that all Care Connection, Inc. companions love their work. "The words 'care' and 'connection' are our cornerstones," Dr. Scher says. "It's so gratifying to hear the feedback we get about our staff. Our clients really appreciate the little things."

"Dr. Richard Scher provides a hands-on, personal touch and accommodates the client's scheduling needs," says A.J., a social worker.

Clients and family members have expressed appreciation for everything from keeping the house clean and reminding their loved ones to take their medication, to cooking their favorite meals, sharing tea and even keeping Kosher. Testimonials gush with comments such as, "wonderful rapport," "caring and professional," "exceptional care," and "attended to all my needs."

Evelyn Hertz's mother suffered from severe Alzheimer's disease and Care Connection sent a companion named Patti to assist her. "In addition to the challenges with my mother, my father was often difficult to deal with," she says in a testimonial. "Patti provided superior care to my mother and dealt very well with my father. Later, after my father died, Patti did so much to keep my mother active and stimulated."

One family member was particularly impressed that her mother's companion reimbursed her mother for a few phone calls she had made. "What a lovely and honest lady," the client's daughter wrote. "She provided exceptional care, helping my mother get on her feet and feel well enough to be on her own again."

"That's the best part about what we do," Dr. Scher says. "The difference we make in people's lives."

For more information about Care Connection, call 800-464-5088 or visit them on the Web at

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