Ligia Masilamani has been appointed as the new director of home care services at Family & Children's Agency.

Home Care Services, which is focused on seniors, includes live-in care and the personal alert program, as well as other support from health aides and homemakers, assisted transportation and home modification services to accommodate wheelchairs and other mobility devices. In addition to new leadership, the department has a new home at 9 Mott Ave. in Norwalk.

"We fully expect that Ligia will continue her wonderful work for the agency as she takes on this challenging role in Home Care Services," said Rob Cashel, president and CEO of Family & Children's Agency. "With her background, she brings to our clients a wealth of professional knowledge, experience that clearly demonstrates her concern and support for them, and a good understanding of how to work with other staff members to consistently provide outstanding service."

As director of home care services, Masilamani is responsible for more than 1,650 clients, including those receiving home care services as well as those who have subscribed to the agency's Personal Alert service.

Home care services are provided as needed by a staff of short-term live-in aides as well as home health aides, homemakers, carpenters and others. The personal alert service provides a direct link between a senior living at home and a response center where representatives serve as "live" connection points to make sure the right people are available to help in an emergency. The department, which is partially funded through a generous grant from the Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging, serves all of Fairfield County.

In her new role, Masilamani sees new opportunities.

"Seniors are an important and growing segment of our population, and we can help them remain active and involved in their communities by supporting their well-being," she said. "They are confronted with the physical limitations of aging and the impact of medical conditions, and we have the expertise and training to help them manage those challenges. Whether a situation involves temporary live-in care for a senior to help her recover from a hospital stay, for instance, or building ramps and widening doorways so that a senior can manage his wheelchair at home, we can address each person's situation, always with the goal of helping them remain in their own homes."

Masilamani holds a masters in public health from Southern Connecticut State University. She has spent the last 10 years of her career with Family & Children's Agency, working as the nurturingfamily network coordinator, a parent educational program co-facilitator, and, most recently, the director of prevention in the family support area of the agency. She sees her new assignment as a continuation of her prior work.

"My focus is still on developing staff members so that they can provide effective services to our clients," she said.

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For more information on Home Care Services, call 203-853-3116 or visit www.familyandchildrensagency.org.