Caring for Aging Parents: Recognizing Caregiver Burnout

Caregivers provide support and complex care to their loved ones in a variety of ways from transportation to doctor appointments, grocery shopping and meal preparation, to administering medications.  They provide hands-on personal care, such as, bathing and transferring, and provide nursing care such as, treating wounds and giving injections.

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The Language of Dementia: 5 Tips for Better Communication


As the disease progress, the person living with dementia will have greater difficulty expressing thoughts and emotions.  It can become particularly challenging for family members who are responsible for the health and well-being of the person living with dementia. 

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Geriatric Depression and Risks for Suicide

Home Care in Long Island NY: Malnutrition

Geriatric Depression and Risks for Suicide “A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams”, John Barrymore.  Elder Care, Long Island, NY  Geriatric depression is a mental and emotional disorder affecting older adults age 65 and over.  Feelings of sadness and occasional “blue” moods are normal.  However, lasting depression is not a…

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Caring for a Loved One with Dementia: 6 Practical Tips


Home Care Agency, Long Island: Whether your loved has been newly diagnosed or has been afflicted with dementia for many years, there is one thing that remains the same; each day is unpredictable.  Family members often say, ‘what worked yesterday no longer works today’.  Dementia affects each individual differently and while there are many common…

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Upcoming CE Event This Week!

Family First Home Companions is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association of Long Island to offer a continuing education series beginning this Thursday, February 20th.  The first program titled, Effective Communication Strategies and Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behaviors, will be held at the Alzheimer’s Association’s located at 300 Broadhollow Road, (lower level Conference Room…

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Company News: Family First Offering a Continuing Education Series

Family First Home Companion: Survey

Family First Home Companions is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association of Long Island to provide a continuing education series for licensed social workers and certified nurse case managers.  The cost is free of charge to attendees and will include breakfast, lunch, or dinner, depending on the day and time of the program. The schedule of…

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Family First Brings Smiles to The Residents at Island Nursing and Rehabilitation

Jennifer Benjamin, Owner at Family First and Tina Sperber, Director of Recreation at Island Nursing and Rehabilitation

Family First Brings Smiles to the Residents at Island Nursing and Rehabilitation Family First Home Companions sponsored comedian, Howard Newman from Jokesercise, to give a comic performance for the residents at Island Nursing and Rehabilitation on Tuesday, December 10th in Holtsville, NY.  Howard brought many laughs and smiles to about thirty of the nursing homes’…

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Company News: Family First, Busy in the Community! Long Island, NY

Family First is hard at work in the community! From educating nurses and social workers on dementia and caregiver burnout, to offering resources to local health care systems- We have continued to offer the community what is needed to ensure the safety and quality of life of our aging Long Islanders. As the old saying…

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National Family Caregiver Month: Recognizing Caregiver Burnout


November is National Family Caregiver Month and this month we will be dedicating each blog to providing tips to empower family caregivers. What is a family caregiver?  A family caregiver is someone who is either a spouse, family member, friend, or neighbor who provides unpaid assistance to a person who has an underlying medical condition,…

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