How to Avoid Being Readmitted to the Hospital

Senior Care in West Hempstead NY: Hospital Visit Tips

Leaving the hospital sounds simple. But all too often, people find themselves back at the hospital within only a few weeks. With better planning and better communication, many of these return visits can be avoided. Why it could happen to you? You may not be clear about medicines you should take and when to take…

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Caregiver of the Month: Osiris Galicia

Osiris Galicia was awarded the Caregiver of the Month at Family First Home Companions for her dedication and excellent client care.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments in Long Island

Home care agency, Suffolk County, NY COVID-19 vaccines are now available to home care workers and adults aged 65 and over.  You can book an appointment for a vaccine by using one of the following links.  Please note that the appointments are filling up fast and you may have to try several times before you…

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January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Senior Care in Smithtown NY: When Was Mom's Last Eye Exam?

There are more than three million people in the United States with glaucoma. The eye disease, the number two cause for blindness in this country, is known as “the sneak thief of sight,” as there are virtually no symptoms.

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Caring for Aging Parents: Is It Time For Self-Care This Holiday Season?

While the world has a new normal this holiday season courtesy of COVID-19, there are many things that haven’t changed for the 53 million Americans who are family caregivers to a disabled or chronically ill loved one, one of them being caregiver burnout.

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Company News: Employee Training and Corporate Volunteer Day

Family First Home Companions has been very busy this month providing continuing education to our professional caregivers and administrative team.  We also hosted a corporate volunteer program with Long Island Cares to donate food for families in need for Thanksgiving. In honor of National Family Caregiver Month, Family First’s caregivers are receiving a round of…

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Paying for Care: The Veterans Aide and Attendance Benefit

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There is one little known benefit from the Veterans Administration that many people are not aware of called the Veterans Aide and Attendance benefit. This benefit is available for both veterans or surviving spouses and helps to pay for long term care services including home care, adult day care, assisted living, and nursing homes. 

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Dementia-Related Behaviors: What is Your Loved One Trying to Tell You?

Over half of those living with Alzheimer’s experience behavior disturbances.  These dementia-related behaviors include sleep disruptions, agitation, delusions, hallucinations, pacing and restlessness, and emotional outbursts.

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Hiring In-Home Help: Interview Questions

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According to AARP’s, “Caregiving in the U.S. 2020” report, today more than 1 in 5 Americans are caregivers to a loved one.   Caregivers provide ongoing support and assistance to a family member in need which includes tasks such as, grocery shopping, meal preparation, transportation to doctor appointments, laundry, household chores, etc.  They also monitor and oversee complex medical care at home, coordinate a variety of in-home providers, and take on the role of health care advocate. 

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