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Protecting Our Aging Parents


One of the most common situations that we encounter at Middlebury Convalescent Home is the unexpected circumstances that family members face with an aging parent.  As with some seniors, it may be difficult to anticipate the future of their health compared to an elderly person who has had continuous medical issues.  Neither situation prepares adult children for the responsibility of caring for their parent.  A simple slip in the bathroom or a minor vehicle collision can quickly create a series of difficult decisions that one may not be prepared to manage.

Preparing and protecting your aging parent can begin with having that sometimes difficult conversation with your loved one.  Here are a few things to consider:

“Poor medication management is the number one reason for leaving an independent living situation and going into supervised care,” says Elinor Ginzler, coauthor of Caring for Your Parents: The Complete AARP Guide.  Chances are that your parent only uses one pharmacy to fill their prescriptions.  Seek out that pharmacist since he/she has eyes on all their medication.  Ask questions about side effects and if any of the meds interact with each other or over-the-counter drugs or supplements they may be taking.

When it comes to the subject of driving, the conversation can be a bit sticky.  Sometimes a senior is able to realistically drive safely for an extended period of time.  For others it can be a life or death situation to be behind a wheel.  For some elderly people, the idea of not being able to drive any longer can be devastating.  A form of independence is taken away. Something to consider if “hanging up the keys” is imminent is to recruit others like your loved one’s doctor or the DMV.  Failing a vision or driving test will prevent renewal of a license.

For all adults, particularly the elderly, it is always a good idea to set up important documents called “Advanced Directives”.  These documents will designate a healthcare representative to make healthcare decisions for you if you are not able.  Also, included can be a living will (not a “will” which designates your assets after one dies) which details your wishes in a situation where you would not want artificial means in order to keep you alive.  Another decision is whether or not you want a do-not-resuscitate order which instructs your family/healthcare provider in the event the heart or lungs stop functioning.  You can go to this link to download a free copy of  “Your Rights To Make Health Care Decisions” provided by the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

Please feel free to contact Middlebury Convalescent Home with any questions at 203-758-2471.

MCH made the top 10 Best nursing homes in Connecticut!!!!

“U.S. News & World Report has released its latest ratings identifying top nursing homes. The ratings for 2018-19 include 71 nursing homes in Connecticut designated as a U.S. News “best nursing home.” The homes are given an overall rating as well as a short-stay rehabilitation rating, a new addition to the ratings now in their ninth year.… Continue Reading

Staying Socially Connected

In keeping with our safety tips and how to take good care of your loved one while still living at home, this article will focus on additional pointers to help your parent.  As our seniors get older, many cannot cope with their losses, and therefore become isolated and can suffer from depression.  The following is… Continue Reading

Safety Tips From MCH

Most senior citizens want to live out their lives in their own home environment without “being a burden to their children”.  Planning ahead to help your parent stay home will greatly increase their chances.  As a prerequisite to my previous news feed “Preparing a Parent for Long Term Placement”, this article will provide our community… Continue Reading

Antibiotic Stewardship

At Middlebury Convalescent Home we are always striving to educate our families and residents on a variety of matters.  One of the many issues we continually try to stress is the overuse of antibiotics.  Improving antibiotic use starts with you!  Using antibiotics wisely is the best way to ensure they work for future bacterial illnesses… Continue Reading


Most families prepare for a prosperous and relaxed retirement.  Many people do not include the possibility of a nursing home in their retirement plans.  However, as health and cognitive abilities may deteriorate with age, the activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, grooming, walking, eating, and transferring may be challenging for an elderly individual,… Continue Reading

Waiting List Information

Waiting List Information Connecticut law requires skilled nursing facilities to maintain a waiting list for admission.  Homes are required to keep waiting lists and must admit applicants in the order in which they appear, unless the law expressly allows otherwise.  Some of the several exceptions to the waiting list law include: Short term rehab (less… Continue Reading


Middlebury Convalescent Home’s goal is always to be proactive in our efforts to rehabilitate individuals in all aspects of the aging process.  With that said, we are very excited to announce that we are the first skilled nursing facility in Connecticut to have just acquired new state-of-the-art therapy equipment. The NeuroGym ® Technology, Inc.’s Sit-to-Stand… Continue Reading

Our Volunteer

Anya Brych is a volunteer at Middlebury Convalescent Home, who has been volunteering at MCH since May 2015.  She is a UCONN student and will be a junior this coming September 2016. Anya is studying Molecular and Cellular Biology.  Her plan is to become a doctor of oncology.  She has been recently selected to receive… Continue Reading