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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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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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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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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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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Technology has never been more vital to supporting aging parents at home. The number of Americans aged 65 and older will grow from 48 million to 88 million by 2050 and almost 70% of that population will need care at home. Most older adults want to age at home and with a growing shortage in home care workers and the cost of care increasing, technology will bring about new solutions to the long-term care crisis in the United States.

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Family First Home Companions has been nominated for the Bethpage Best of Long Island business award.  The Bethpage Best of LI contest is a roadmap to the best, top-notch businesses and services throughout both Nassau and Suffolk counties, as chosen by the residents and patrons who rely on them, every single day.  

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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 “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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