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Thought of the Week: Happy 4th of July

Senior Care in Islip, NY:

“America was not built on fear.  America was built on courage, on imagination, and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand”.  Harry S. Truman

I love this patriotic quote by Harry S. Truman.  It truly captures what our ancestors and forefathers worked so hard for.  Rolling up your sleeves, working hard, and doing what you must to make things happen.

This quote resonates with me on a professional and personal level because it took a great deal of courage, determination, and tenacity to start Family First Home Companions.  My mother, Alice Bonora, and I started our company after experiencing our own caregiving journey with my grandparents.  My grandmother was developing the beginnings of dementia while my grandfather had Parkinson’s.  My mom was helping them on a regular basis with various things and traveling to and from their home in Manorville. It was my mom who saw the need for elder care and had the idea to start a service that would help older adults enhance their quality of life at home.

Together we launched our company in 2005.  I can remember those first few startup years like they were yesterday; rolling up our sleeves, working hard every day to grow our business and help our clients.  I will never forget the families that took a chance on us (being so new to the field) and trusting us with their loved one’s care.  We always felt a tremendous sense of responsibility and duty to do our best to serve our clients and their family members with the very best customer service and quality care.

This is the holiday to celebrate the beginnings of the American spirit and the freedom to live our best life and to do our best work.  We love what we do every day here at Family First and are truly grateful for the opportunity to help our clients and their families live their best life too.

Jennifer Benjamin

Jennifer Benjamin has a Masters degree in Business Administration, a graduate Certificate in Geriatric Care Management, is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and is co-founder of Family First Home Companions .With a background in human resources and business management she helped to build a company that is founded on professionalism, integrity, compassion and know-how.

Jennifer has specialized training in Alzheimer’s disease through the Long Island Alzheimer’s Association and the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation.She also volunteered her time with the Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Center of Long Island for 3 years by providing cognitive stimulation to an Alzheimer’s patient group.

Jennifer educates the community about elder care and speaks to caregiver support groups, senior centers, and at professional organizations.Topics include home safety, effective strategies for family caregiving, elder care planning, and awareness about elder abuse.