Health and Fitness
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Report: Nursing Home and Assisted Living Rates Rise
Nursing home and assisted living rates rose significantly from 2009 to 2010, according to the Market Survey of Long-Term Care Costs released today by Westport-based MetLife Mature Market Institute.
Private room nursing home rates rose 4.6 percent to $229 per day or $83,585 per year, while assisted living rose 5.2 percent on average to $3,293 per month, or $39,516 per year.
These increases come on top of increases from 2008 to 2009 when both nursing home and assisted living costs were up 3.3 percent.
Costs for home health aides and adult day services were unchanged in the past year. Home health aide costs remain at an average price of $21 per hour, while adult day services costs are still $67 per day.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Checking Westport’s Waterways
Volunteers from Connecticut’s Department of Environmental Protection were out checking the water quality and the fish species and population of Stony Brook behind the office building on Sylvan Road South. Westport Conservation Director Alicia Mozian said the monitoring by the DEP’s Fisheries Division indicates water quality—the greater the fish populations and species variety, the healthier the stream. In addition to Stony Brook, the DEP will be sampling in the Saugatuck and Aspetuck Rivers in coming days, she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com
Friday, August 20, 2010
New Haven Resident Tests Positive for West Nile
The State Mosquito Management Program today announced that a New Haven resident has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) infection and has been hospitalized.
“We wish this person a speedy recovery from this serious illness,” said Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. J. Robert Galvin. “This case reminds us of how serious West Nile virus can be and how important it is to do what we can to protect ourselves from mosquito bites.”
So far this season, positive mosquitoes have been identified in 12 towns, including Westport. In addition to this confirmed case, there has been one probable case of West Nile virus infection identified this year
The Department of Public Health said the New Haven resident between 60 -69 years of age became ill during the second week of August and is currently hospitalized.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Health Director Urges Vigilance for West Nile Virus
The director of health of the Westport Weston Health District said today that confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in mosquitoes in towns surrounding Westport and Weston should heighten residents’ awareness of the dangers of mosquito bites.
Mark A. R. Cooper: take precautions. File photo
Mark A.R. Cooper, said the Connecticut Mosquito Management Program found mosquitoes trapped in Norwalk, Bridgeport, Bethel, Orange, and Meriden have tested positive for the virus.
“As West Nile Virus continues to circulate and intensify within the mosquito population, it is likely mosquitoes in Westport and Weston will also become infected, if they have not already done so,” he said in a news release.
Cooper urged residents to begin taking precautions to prevent mosquito bites.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
RTM Committee Okays Health District Budget Restoration
UPDATE The Representative Town Meeting (RTM) Finance Committee voted 6-3 tonight to recommend restoration of $13,793 cut by the Board of Finance from the 2010-11 requested budget of the Westport Weston Health District.
Mark A. R. Cooper: cuts will affect emergency response. File photo
The vote followed a warning from the District’s director that unless there is restoration of funds cut from its budget, there will likely be a series of health-related repercussions affecting Westport beaches, schools, farmers markets, septic systems, and the District’s response to emergencies.
Mark A. R. Cooper outlined the possible effects in a letter to Michael Rea, chairman of the RTM Finance Committee.
Cooper said the cut will actually mean a hit of $19,115 to the District budget because by state statute, the District would have to simultaneously reduce Weston’s budget contribution by $5,323.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Comings and Goings: Indeego Day Spa Debuts on PRE
Indeego Day Spa is opening this weekend at 979 Post Road East in Westport. Trained in China in specialized body massage, co-owners Christine Wu and Nancy Wang said that their skills “combine Asian and western massage and body treatment methods.” They were students at Body Concepts Wellness in East Rutherford, N.J. and later served as masseuses in Stamford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
New York Sports Club Reopens After Fire
It was back to business almost as usual today at Westport’s New York Sports Club after a fire in the sauna on Monday.
“As of 5 a. m. today we are open for business as usual, thank God,” said Stehanie DiNoi, master trainer.
She said the only areas closed were the men’s and women’s saunas.
Fire investigators said they traced the fire at the business at 427 Post Road East in the Compo Shopping Center to an electrical problem above a sauna. Damage was limited to the immediate area.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Restrictions Eased on H1N1 Flu Vaccinations
The Westport Weston Health District today began accepting appointments for anyone over six months to receive the H1N1 flu vaccine.
Previously because of limited supplies, there had been restrictions on those eligible to receive the vaccine.
It also announced availability of seasonal flu vaccine.
H1N1 flu clinics were scheduled for Wednesday as well as Dec. 29 and 30.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Seasonal Flu Clinic Scheduled for Dec. 17
The Westport Weston Health District said today it has seasonal flu vaccine available and has scheduled a clinic on Thursday, Dec. 17.
The clinic is open to anyone 6 months of age or older wishing to be vaccinated and there is no residency requirement, the District said. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
The cost of the vaccine is $32, payable by cash or credit card. There is no cost to Medicare Part B participants. Medicare B participants must bring their Medicare cards to the clinic for billing purposes.
The clinic is by appointment only via the District Web site.
Health District Taking H1N1 Flu Clinic Appointments
The Westport Weston Health District (WWHD) said today it has scheduled an additional H1N1 flu vaccination clinic for Monday.
It reminded parents of children under the age of 10 that a second dose, administered 28 days after the first, is recommended to provide full protection. The clinic is intended for residents of Westport and Weston who are eligible to receive H1N1 vaccine according to current guidelines.
Both the inactivated injectable formulation and the live attenuated nasal spray will be available at this clinic, the District said.
Residents must have an appointment; no walk-ins will be accepted. To schedule an appointment, visit the WWHD Web site and follow the link to the H1N1 Vaccine information page.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Health District Schedules New H1N1 Clinics
The Westport Weston Health District (WWHD) said today it has scheduled additional H1N1 vaccination clinics on Tuesday, Nov. 24, and Monday, Nov. 30.
To schedule an appointment, visit WWHD’s Web site and follow the link to the H1N1 Vaccine information page.
The clinics are only for those residents who are eligible to receive the inactivated, injectable formulation of the H1N1 vaccine, the District said.
The supply of injectable vaccine remains limited, so those eligible must have an appointment; no walk-ins will be accepted, according to an announcement.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Doctor: “Explosive Inroads” in Cancer Treatment
A Norwalk Hospital cancer specialist told the Westport Rotary Club today that “explosive inroads” are being made in the treatment of cancer. Dr. Richard Frank said that in 10 years “when someone has cancer their cell information will be accessible online and a specific cocktail (treatment) will be administered.” Frank, a hematologist/oncologist and director of cancer research at the Whittingham Cancer Center at Norwalk Hospital, is the author of “Fighting Cancer with Knowledge and Hope.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Health District Schedules H1N1 Flu Clinic for Tuesday
The Westport Weston Health District said today it has scheduled an H1N1 vaccination clinic for Tuesday.
The clinic is only for those residents who are eligible to receive the H1N1 live, attenuated nasal spray formulation of the vaccine.
The supply is limited, so those eligible must have an appointment, no walk-ins will be accepted, an announcement said.
To be eligible, you must be in at least one of the following groups:
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Scheduled Tuesday H1N1 Flu Clinic Canceled
UPDATE A scheduled H1N1 flu clinic at the Westport Weston Health District on Tuesday has been canceled because of a shortage of the vaccine, Mark A. R. Cooper, director of health, said today.
Lexi Eudowe, 3, of Westport started to get a bit apprehensive as the flu vaccination line moved forward at the Westport Weston Health District on Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
He said an “overwhelming turnout” by the public at the District’s Wednesday H1N1 flu clinic prompted the action.
The District went through more than 500 doses of the vaccine during the scheduled three-hour clinic that had to be extended 90 minutes because of the turnout, officials said.
The State of Connecticut has advised the District not to expect additional supplies for next 10 days, Cooper said.
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Lines Get Longer for H1N1 Flu Vaccine
Today’s Westport Weston Health District H1N1 flu vaccine clinic at its Bayberry Lane headquarters drew a crowd for the 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. event. The lines outside the District began to grow quickly as the walk-in clinic opening drew near. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Dreyfuss for WestportNow.com