Preventing Colds and Flu in Springtime


  Home Care in Islip NY Most caregivers commonly think of winter as the time to be extra-vigilant about protecting their loved ones from cold and flu viruses.  While flu season does usually peak between December and February, flu viruses can linger on well into the Spring months of April and May.  For this reason,…

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Caregiver of The Month: Jacqueline B

We are so excited to announce Jacqueline B as our caregiver of the month.  Jacqueline was selected to be the Caregiver of the Month for February 2022 at Family First Home Companions in Islandia, NY.  Jacqueline’s dedication to her clients, perfect attendance record, willingness to help by substituting on open shifts, and excellent care services earned her this award and recognition.

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Aging and Loneliness During COVID

Aging and Loneliness During COVID The COVID pandemic has created new challenges and hardships for people everywhere around the world.  In one shape or form, the pandemic has affected our lives and we continue to adjust to the “new normal”. The COVID pandemic has exacerbated social isolation and loneliness for older adults living both in…

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Hiring a Caregiver Service During the Pandemic and Worker Shortage

Hiring a caregiver agency has always and continues to be a very vital resource for older adults.    It allows for a dependable source of support in addition to what a person’s friends and family members are providing.  And while the pandemic has changed many things, especially the way we manage our daily living activities, it has not changed the need for older adults to have ongoing assistance at home.

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Family Caregiving: Give Yourself the Gift of Self-Care This Holiday

About 53 million Americans are caregivers to a loved one.   That’s more than 1 in 5 people who provide care to an adult or child with special needs at some point in the last 12 months, according to the 2020 Caregiving in U.S. report by AARP.  “While many caregivers feel their role has given them…

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November is National Family Caregiver Month


November is National Family Caregiver Month 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, illness, or disability.  The assistance that a family caregiver provides may consist of daily living activities…

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Family First Home Companions Nominated Best of Long Island

Family First Home Companions received the prestigious nomination of Best of Long Island through Bethpage Federal Credit Union.  Family First was nominated by a client who utilized their home care services and was very happy with the The Bethpage Best of LI contest is a roadmap to the best, top-notch businesses and services throughout both…

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How Veterans Benefits Can Help Pay for Care at Home


The Aid and Attendance program is a benefit provided by the VA for veterans and surviving spouses to help pay for in-home care services.  It can also be used to pay for assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and adult day care programs.  The Aid and Attendance program is a pension benefit and, when qualified, the veteran or surviving spouse would receive a direct deposit payment each month to go towards the cost of long-term care services.

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