Senior care company stresses the importance of independent living

Care for older loved ones later in life can be a challenge for any family member. This Healthy Aging Month, one company wants people to know there is an option.
"Aging in place is really important to plan," said Rita Mazzarello, with Assisted Living Services, Inc. in Westport.
Experts say about 17% of the state's population is now 65 and older, and a lot of people are now living longer. So, it sometimes gets to that point where families have to start thinking about what's next.
Mazzarello says, especially since COVID, more and more seniors are living home longer with the help of their services.
Caregivers are coming into the home to provide important services for older adults such as help with bathing, cooking and cleaning, and companionship.
"Seniors are living much longer. So, it is more cost-effective to be able to stay in your own home. And that's why Assisted Living Services, we provide you with those caregivers that will help you with dignity and respect," said Mazzarello.
Assisted Living Services, Inc. is one of the oldest home care services in the state. It believes its providers are like family. The company says its services are also covered by insurance.