203.655.2227

 

NOVEMBER 2018

NEED A RIDE TO ONE OF THESE GREAT EVENTS?

Call At Home In Darien at 203-655-2227. We offer transportation services for Darien seniors and the disabled within Darien, Stamford, Norwalk and New Canaan. Our service hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Please give us as much advance notice as possible to book your reservation. A voluntary contribution is appreciated. For service to other locations, at times outside of our service hours, or when you want to be accompanied to a medical appointment, ask for a Friendly Volunteer Driver.

CATCH THE WAVE! – 2018 DARIEN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Saturday, November 10th, 1:30pm vs Bridgeport Central at Darien High School, 80 High School Lane, 203-655-3981
Please join parents and fans as they cheer the team at the last home game.
Admission is free to all those age 65 and over.

DARIEN HIGH SCHOOL PRESENTS “OUR TOWN” – DRESS REHEARSAL
Wednesday, November 14th, 7:00pm at Darien High School, 80 High School Lane, 203-655-3981
Theatre 308 honors the 80th anniversary of the premiere of “Our Town” with a production of Thornton Wilder’s classic American play. Set in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire at the turn of the twentieth century—but still resonant with a modern-day audience—”Our Town” explores life, death, all that goes unnoticed. This production will make use of a special onstage seating arrangement that will immerse audience members in the story.  Seniors can attend this dress rehearsal performance free of charge and enjoy free transportation to and from Darien High School for the performance.  At Home In Darien has arranged for transportation at approximately 6:30pm to the Darien High School using volunteer drivers.  Seniors can be conveniently picked up at their homes and returned home safely after the show.  Please call At Home In Darien at 203-655-2227 to reserve your seat and to arrange transportation to and from the show.

AT HOME IN DARIEN ANNUAL MEETING
Thursday, December 6th, 11:00am at The Darien Library Community Room, 1441 Post Road
Join us for refreshments and learn more about how we meet the needs of seniors in Darien. Featuring Dr. Michael Ego, University of Connecticut Professor of Human Development & Family Studies, discussing the importance of aging-in-place organizations effecting inter-generational communities. Michael Ego, Ph.D, has been a tenured Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and Asian and Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut (Stamford and Storrs), with status as undergraduate and graduate faculty from 2005 to present. His current research is focused on persons with dementia, with special emphasis on measuring their quality of life based upon interventions related to sports memories.  RSVP by November 30th 203.655.2227 or Info@AtHomeInDarien.org.

HALF PRICE TAXI VOUCHERS FOR SALE
Seniors and people with disabilities are able to purchase taxi vouchers from At Home In Darien at half the value of the voucher for rides whenever and wherever you want to go. Call At Home In Darien at 203-655-2227 for more information, or stop by our office weekdays from 9:00am to 4:00pm to purchase vouchers.

DARIEN STEPPERS WALKING CLUB
Mondays and Fridays, 9:00am at Waveny Park, 677 South Avenue, New Canaan
Thursdays, 9:00am at Tilly Pond or Pear Tree Point (call the office to confirm)

Come join our very own walking club and walk one of the beautiful parks in our area.  The Tilly Pond route is great for beginners, with a half-mile loop and flat surface. Please call 203-655-2227 for more details and to fill out a waiver.

ANNUAL LUNCHEON RECAP
Thanks to all who joined us for our Annual Luncheon at the Darien Community Association October 16th. Dr. Mark Lachs gave a wonderful presentation on “The Secrets of Successful Aging” and has graciously shared his program with us, which you can access through our website https://athomeindarien.org/special-events/

HOLIDAY CLOSING
In observance of Veterans’ Day, our office be closed on Monday, November 12th.
We will also be closed Thursday, November 22nd and Friday, November 23rd for Thanksgiving.

THE FOLLOWING EVENTS, DATES, AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
PLEASE CONFIRM WITH THE ORGANIZATION PRIOR TO THE EVENT.

MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT
Now through December 7th, Darien Town Hall, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7328
This is the time of year to review your Medicare part D coverage. Even if you are happy with your current plan, coverage can change from year to year. It is important to compare plans and make sure you are enrolled in the best possible option for you. This is also the time when you can switch Medicare Advantage plans, or dis-enroll and revert back to original Medicare.  Please call Darien Human Services at 203-656-7328 to schedule an appointment with Ali Ramsteck, LCSW, or Cynthia Hall, LMSW, both CHOICES trained counselors.

MOSAIC PROJECT
Thursdays, November 1st, 8th and 15th, 9:30am at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490 
Design and install your own mosaic design on a wooden tray or treasure box.  Each participant will take home a finished piece of his/her creation.  All seniors are welcome – no prior experience or ability required.  Classes are offered Oct 18 to Nov 15 (project is estimated to take 4 classes for full completion the cost is $25.00).

CHEESE AND WINE TASTING LUNCHEON WITH DARIEN CHEESE AND FINE FOODS
Thursday, November 1st, 12:15pm – 1:45pm, Darien Community Association, 203-655-9050
Ken Skovron from Darien Cheese and Fine Foods will lead you through a delectable selection of eight cheeses with a variety of textures and flavors, including recommendations for the holidays. Megan Ruppenstein of Four Forks prepares the perfect accompaniment: her delicious seasonal salad of arugula, figs, roasted delicata squash and toasted pecans, with an orange cinnamon vinaigrette. A white and red wine tasting, as well as sparkling cider, completes the experience. Don’t miss this opportunity to sample new cheeses, enjoy Ken’s hand-picked wine pairings, ask questions and learn from a master. Wine supplied by Wineport of Darien. Cost: DCA members $60 / public $75. Prepayment is required by noon on Tuesday, October 30th.

JOHN BAKER ENTERTAINS
Thursday, November 1st, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
John Baker of Connecticut Entertainment (Island Rhythm Party) will be back to get you up and dancing. Lunch ($5.00) served at 12:00pm and entertainment will begin at 12:30pm.

SOCIAL SECURITY EXPLAINED
Thursday, November 1st, 6:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Almost 74% of Americans voluntarily received reduced retirement income benefits because they don’t know all the facts. This workshop will cover when is the best time to start receiving Social Security benefits and strategies to maximize benefits and coordinate with your spouse. We will help you avoid the most common mistakes that are made when collecting your benefits and discuss special rules for single, divorced and survivor benefits. Presented by Rebecca Miller and the Financial Awareness Foundation – a non-profit dedicated to the advancement of financial literacy. Securities offered through USA Financial Securities Member FINRA/SIPC. A Registered Investment Adviser.

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS
Sunday, November 4th, 2:00am
Don’t forget to turn your clocks back 1 hour!

HERE COMES ROSIE
Monday, November 5th, 11:00am at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Join Geri Genovese and her dog Rosie for some reminiscing. There are so many benefits of interaction with pets – mental, emotional, and even physical. So come and enjoy Rosie’s visit.

WEEKLY DROP-IN DUPLICATE BRIDGE  – OPEN GAME
Mondays, starting November 5th, 12:30pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road, 203-655-9050
Tom Hunter of Come Play Bridge is the new duplicate bridge director. The Monday game will now be a $13 open game, without a DCA membership requirement. Tom will be using hands from The Common Game, so hand records will be available. Games will be stratified, and Tom will also be available both before and after the game for questions and discussion. This challenging game is held in the Garden Wing from September until May. No reservations are required. View further details online at dariendca.org, or contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050 ext. 10.

ELECTION DAY
Tuesday, November 6th, 6:00am – 8:00pm, Districts 1 & 6 – 35 Leroy Avenue, Districts 2 & 5 – Town Hall, District 3 – Noroton Heights Fire Department, District 4 – Hindley School
Connecticut’s statewide election. Governor, Lt. Governor, State Treasurer, State Comptroller, Attorney General and Secretary of the State are all up for grabs. Voters also can cast ballots for the U.S. Senate election and congressional races.

DCA WOMEN’S LUNCHEONS PRESENT DICK WOODS ON “LONG ISLAND SOUND: A USER’S GUIDE”
Tuesday, November 6th from 12:15pm – 2:00pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road, 203-655-9050
Cost is $20 for DCA members and $35 for the public. Dick and Robin Woods have been exploring the waters and shores of Long Island Sound for over a half-century, both by boat and by car. As a native Californian, Dick was struck by Long Island Sound’s user-friendly nature. What it lacks in spectacular vistas and awe-inspiring force it more than makes up for with its quiet beauty, accessibility and many treasures for the day-tripper or cruising sailor.  Dick will highlight his favorite inns and museums, restaurants, views and harbors. Come join him for a unique trip through our own backyard. Men are welcome, too! Luncheon will be provided by Michael Joseph’s Catering. Prepayment is required by Monday, November 5. View further details online at dariendca.org, or contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050 ext. 10.

ART GOTTLIEB, LCSW: NEW YORK WORLDS FAIR 1939
Tuesday, November 6th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Opening on April 30, 1939, the New York World’s Fair featured exhibits by 58 nations and 33 states as well as 1,354 exhibitors and 310 places to eat. With the theme “Building the World of Tomorrow with the Tools of Today”, this two-year event forged lasting memories for all who experienced it.

SENIOR MOMENTS: WHERE THE AMAZON BEGINS
Tuesday, November 6th, 3:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Earthwatch volunteer Mark Hopkins presents a pictorial visit to the forests of Peru’s Amazonia, one of the most pristine, wildlife-rich places left on the planet. He explains how his group assisted biologists working in the area to assess the health of the forest and rivers, and to teach the indigenous people how to sustain an equilibrium that will keep the forests healthy for generations to come. Mark’s photography will show the work being done with the region’s monkeys and other terrestrial mammals, caiman, macaws, manatees and fish, as well as its fascinating and unique pink fresh-water dolphins.

GARDEN CLUB OF DARIEN: PLEASURE THROUGH PLANTS
Wednesday, November 7th, 10:00am at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Volunteers with the Garden Club of Darien’s Pleasure through Plants program will host a wonderful cut flower arranging group. Flowers are generously donated by the Garden Club. Participants will finish with a beautiful arrangement to bring home free of charge. Please call to sign up – space is limited and fills up quickly.

VNH OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY: BEATING THE WINTER BLUES
Wednesday, November 7th, Complimentary Lunch – 12:00pm, Program – 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
The “winter blues” are a difficult time for many of us. Less sunshine and longer hours of darkness can make us feel tired, lethargic, and lacking in our normal enthusiasm. It occurs as the seasons change and most frequently during the winter. Come to this informative lecture and learn how to beat the winter blues and the many ways to boost your mood during this difficult time.

ADVANCED MICROSOFT EXCEL
Wednesday, November 7th, 12:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
This advanced Microsoft Excel class uses the knowledge gained from Introduction and Intermediate Excel classes.  In this advanced Excel Class, you will dive into the most specialized aspects of the Microsoft Excel program.  At the completion of this two hour class, you will have the tools to create excel charts, complete vlookups and hlookups, and understand pivot tables. To register for this class, please call 203-669-5236.

RAMONA GARCIA PRESENTS PRINCESSES AT WAR – THE TSAR’S DAUGHTER
Wednesday, November 7th, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-662-1090 
Come for a three-part presentation on the daughters of Kaiser Wilhelm II, Tsar Nicholas II, and King George V, the monarchs of the First World War.  How did the earth-shattering event of the First World War change the lives of these privileged young royals?

CARING FOR AGING PARENTS AND KNOWING THE SIGNS OF MEMORY LOSS
Wednesday, November 7th, 6:00pm at Waveny Lifecare Network, 3 Farm Road, New Canaan
Peter Hasapis, MD of New Canaan Medical Practice will provide important information on how to identify the signs of memory loss and dementia in older adults. This free public event is co-sponsored by Waveny LifeCare Network and New Canaan Medical Groups.  RSVP to Mary Nitri at 203-594-5310. Refreshments served at 5:30pm.

THE TENEMENT MUSEUM: NYC’S IMMIGRANTS
Wednesday, November 7th, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
The Tenement Museum, located in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, tells the uniquely American stories of immigrants, migrants, and refugees in the ongoing creation of our nation. In this talk, Tenement Museum Director of Programs Kathryn Lloyd will discuss the museum’s work researching and sharing stories of individuals typically overlooked in history. Explore the stories of Natalie Gumpertz, a single mother and German-Jewish immigrant in the 1870s, Victoria Confino, a teenager from Kastoria whose Sephardic Jewish family fled war, and Bella Epstein, the daughter of Holocaust survivors who grew up in the changing Lower East Side of the 1950s. Discuss how the museum connects these stories from past to present, and how these stories help us understand the diversity of experiences in one building.

VETERANS GROUP BREAKFAST FEATURING LOU DIGUISTO, US NAVY LEAGUE
Thursday, November 8th, 8:30am at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-662-1090
Each month, the Atria Darien Veterans Group invites guest speakers to talk about military experiences, the military way of life and issues of import to all veterans.  Lou DiGuisto, Empire Region President, US Army League, will share insights on the current status of the US Naval sea power globally. All Veterans from the community are welcome.  Continental breakfast will be served at 8:30am and the meeting starts at 9:00am.

ENTERTAINER – DAVID ALLEN
Thursday, November 8th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
David Allen has a vast repertoire of popular songs sure to be enjoyed. David will sing and play guitar as well as throw in some comedy and encourage audience participation.

FLU CLINIC
Thursday, November 8th, 1:00 to 3:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Head off winter illness by getting a flu shot. The flu clinic is first-come, first-served and hosted by the Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County. The cost of the vaccine is $50. The nurses will bill directly to Medicare Part B, Aetna, Anthem, Connecticare, Harvard Pilgrim, Multi Plan, or Wellcare. High-dose vaccine is available for those age 65 and over. The cost is $70. Please bring your insurance card and wear short sleeves or sleeves that can be easily rolled up. For more information, call the Flu Info Line at 203-762-8958, ext. 444.

LOCAL ARTISTS FEATURING THE WORK OF NOREEN NORMAND AND PAT JENKINS
Thursday, November 8th, 5:00pm – 7:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-662-1090 
Wine and cheese reception celebrating the work of local artists Noreen Normand and Pat Jenkins. The artist’s work will be on display throughout the month of November. The gallery is open every day from 9:00am– 5:00pm.

MEDICARE UPDATE
Thursday, November 8th, 6:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
In this presentation from CHOICES at the Southwestern CT Agency on Aging, you’ll learn why it’s a good idea to review your Medicare coverage every year. Alternative plans may offer better health and/or prescription drug coverage at a more affordable price. Your current plan may still be your best option, but switching to a competing plan can save thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket costs.

CIGARETTES, CELLOPHANE, AND SEX:  ART OF THE AMERICAN TWENTIES
Thursday, November 8th, 7:30pm at Darien Historical Society, 45 Old Kings Highway, 203-655-9233
Presented by Robin Jaffee Frank, Director of Strategy and Vice Chair at Silvermine Arts Center; former Chief Curator at Wadsworth Atheneum and Curator at Yale University Art Gallery.  Registration is required:  $5 for members, $20 for non-members.

PARKINSONS DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP
Friday, November 9th, 11:00am-12:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-662-1090
The group is open to all people living with Parkinsons Disease and their caregivers. For further information contact Ilene Sumberg, LCSW, 203-662-1090.  Light refreshments and pizza lunch will be served.

BEGINNING FRENCH CANADIAN GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH
Saturday, November 10th, 2:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
The presentation will examine the record types available in French Canada, on line and print resources available for accessing those records, and the ways in which French Canadian genealogical research differs from research on other nationalities.

STUDIO SHOWCASE SERIES
Sunday, November 11th, 5:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Every second Sunday of the month, Darien Library and pianist Zachary Saffa will team up to bring you a one-of-a-kind concert experience. Up-and-coming musicians will perform uninterrupted, followed by an open lesson for all to enjoy. During the Studio Showcase, you will see first-hand how music teaching can have a transformative effect on a student’s musicianship, perspective, and character.

ART GOTTLIEB PRESENTS “THE 1960s: LBJ AND THE VIETNAM WAR”
Monday, November 12th, 7:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-662-1090 
Art Gottlieb will discuss President Lyndon B. Johnson, his role and the effects of the Vietnam War –politically, socially and morally. The 1960s was a decade of progress and unrest that changed America forever.  The six-part series will recount the events that made the 1960s one of the most transformative decades of the second half of the 20th century.

CHARTS IN EXCEL
Wednesday, November 14th, 12:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Microsoft Excel Charting offers the opportunity to delve into the complex issues of creating meaningful charts for business and personal use. This class will cover the many complicated aspects of charting within Excel, and the options available to the user. We will work together to create charts, and all students will have an opportunity to work independently to create a meaningful chart based on information given in class. To register for this class, please call 203-669-5236.

SINGER MICHELLE BRUCKNER
Sunday, November 18th, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-662-1090
Michelle is a singer of extraordinary talent and will perform some favorite tunes from Broadway.

THE FIRST DRAFT OF HISTORY:  TYPESET TO TWITTER
Sunday, November 18th, 3:00pm at Darien Historical Society, 45 Old Kings Highway, 203-655-9233
Mike McIntire, a Pulitzer Prize-winner and reporter for The New York Times, talks about changes and trends in the news business during his 30-year career as an investigative journalist.

AUDIOLOGY CONCIERGE: HEARING CLINIC
Monday, November 19th, 10:00am – 2:00pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Audiology Concierge will be available for free, 45 minute appointments for hearing tests, hearing aid cleaning and repair, wax inspection, and listening demonstrations. Spots fill up quickly and appoints must be reserved. To reserve a spot please call for available times.

STAMFORD HOSPITAL: DR. JOSHUA LADER – NEW APPROACHES TO THE MANAGEMENT OF ATRIAL FIBRILLATION
Tuesday, November 20th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Dr. Lader will present new approaches to Atrial Fibrillation (AF) management. Innovative solutions have been developed based on new approaches to screening and diagnosis, enhancing integration of AF care, developing clinical pathways for treating patients as well as improving stroke preventions, and better patient selection for heart rate and rhythm control.  Dr. Lader will discuss how ultimately these approaches can lead to better outcomes for patients with AF.

MUSIC AND FAITH: THE RENAISSANCE TO J.S. BACH
Tuesday, November 20th, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
The study of what scholars call “early music” is dominated by the works of composers whose faith informed and inspired their creativity. While music played a role in every aspect of European life, few people had the skill to notate and thus preserve their works for posterity. Thus, most of the music that survives from this early period is associated with the Catholic Church and the clergy who possessed the training to translate sounds into arcane symbols that became modern musical notation.

WALGREENS PHARMACY: COST SAVING MEDICATIONS
Wednesday, November 21st, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Rising medication costs puts major financial pressure on seniors. To save money, Brian of Walgreens Pharmacy will have tips that help seniors lower their prescription drug costs.

MONTHLY CAREGIVER EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT GROUP
Wednesday, November 21st, 1:00pm – 2:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
If you are caregiving a family member or friend with multiple needs, especially Dementia of the Alzheimer’s Type, you will find information and resources to assist you. For more information please contact Beth Paris, Senior Programs Director at 203 656-7490.

WEDNESDAY MATINEE: “PAPILLON”
Wednesday, November 21st, 1:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
A French safecracker allies with a currency counterfeiter to escape from a penal colony on Devil’s Island in French Guiana. They endure a life of trying hardship and seemingly endless misery as they wait for the perfect opportunity to escape.

DR. MARC KIRSHNER: PERIPHERAL NEUROPOTHY
Tuesday, November 27th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Peripheral Neuropathy is a condition affecting more than 30 million Americans. It refers to the many conditions that involve damage to the peripheral nervous system, the vast communication network that sends signals between the central nervous system and all other parts of the body. Dr. Kirshner will discuss some of the treatments available for this rapidly growing condition.

LITURGICAL MUSIC IN THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT: MOZART AND HAYDN
Tuesday, November 27th, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
European society changed dramatically in the second half of the 18th century, and as it did, so did the role of music in the church. In this era where philosophers touted the supremacy of reason over dogma, liturgical music often took on the characteristics of then-contemporary music. In this era, melody was kind and simple, homophonic textures prevailed.

MARK ALBERTSON PRESENTS “100th ANNIVERSARY OF ARMISTICE DAY”
Wednesday, November 28th, 11:00am at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-662-1090
Norwalk Community College instructor and military historian Mark Albertson discusses the world events that were catalysts for the beginning of World War I and what has changed in the 100 years since it ended.

MEET THE AUTHOR: DORIE GREENSPAN
Thursday, November 29th, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Dorie Greenspan, author of  “Everyday Dorie: The Way I Cook will be our featured speaker. Her food is powerfully cookable—her recipes instant classics. In “Everyday Dorie”, she invites readers into her kitchen to savor the dishes that she makes all the time, from Miso-Glazed Salmon to Lemon Goop.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY IN THE ART WORLD
Thursday, November 29th, 7:30pm at Darien Historical Society, 45 Old Kings Highway, 203-655-9233
Top local artists gather for a panel discussion. Seating is limited. Registration opens one month before lecture and members given advance notice. Cost: $5 for members $20 for non members and $30 for non members and guest. Free for students.

ASK AN ATTORNEY
Friday, November 30th, 10:00am at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Nedder and Associates LLC will be available for 15 minute private appointments at the Senior Center. An attorney will answer questions regarding power of attorney, living wills, trusts, guardianships, disability planning, IRA custodianships, and wills just to name a few. Please sign up as appointments fill quickly.

NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDENS HOLIDAY TRAIN SHOW
Sign up now for the Parks and Recreation Bus trip to the Botanical Gardens on Saturday, December 8th, 203-656-7325
Over 140 New York Landmarks made primarily from plant materials are displayed in this holiday event in the country’s largest Victorian-style glasshouse.  There will be a buffet lunch at the Garden and time allotted for shopping on Arthur Avenue.  Cost is $155 and registration can be made online @www.darienct.gov/parkrec.

AT HOME IN DARIEN BLOG – VETTED SERVICE PROVIDERS
Have you ever needed a plumber, electrician, handyman (fill in the blank) for any home service, but not known where to turn for a good and trustworthy recommendation? If you don’t have a personal referral, the idea of opening the yellow pages or looking online seems too unreliable.

Look no further! At Home In Darien maintains a list of qualified professional home service and repair providers who meet our strict insurance, licensure, and performance requirements. We will refer you or your loved one to vetted professionals for property and home maintenance services, providing you with reliable references and peace of mind.

These professionals are vetted and carefully screened.  We review their applications and we check references. We make sure that all businesses have the necessary licenses and certificates required by the State of Connecticut.  In addition, we monitor these licenses and certificates to ensure they are current and valid. We review the insurance policies to make sure these businesses maintain an appropriate amount of insurance. And we also make sure they have a good record with the Better Business Bureau.  We even conduct a personal interview – we look every provider in the eyes, we talk to them face to face, and we shake their hands.

We do the legwork so that you can be sure that the professionals on our list are trustworthy and qualified. Many lists are simply advertisements where companies pay for having their names listed. Not the case with us – we don’t make any profit from the referral.

There are listings for a wide variety of services from computer assistance in your home to home safety improvements; from a good painter to a good in-home hairstylist; from help with bill-paying to help with yardwork. Services are offered at reasonable rates and often the professional will give a discount to At Home members (and all Darien seniors 60+ are members of At Home In Darien at no cost!).

Please call us at 203.655.2227 or stop by our office at 2 Renshaw Road for a referral. We’ve been asked why we don’t publish our list.  The answer is simple – we follow up with every member to make sure the job was done well.  We rely on member feedback to make sure they are completely satisfied with the work.  If our members aren’t happy, we’re not happy, and we no longer refer that business to others.

We need your help to grow our list. Our best recommendations come from our members, our friends, our neighbors. Please share your suggestions of great service providers and we’ll add them to our list. Thank you!

At Home In Darien
2 Renshaw Road, Darien, CT  06820
Tel:  203.655.2227  Fax:  1.866.224.4210
www.athomeindarien.org
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