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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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When is it best to start 24/7 live-in care?

Home care comes in many shapes and sizes.  From hourly companion services to visiting nurses to physical therapy, you can have many levels of assistance to thrive at home and stay safe in your environment.  Many older or disabled adults may begin with hourly visits, two to three days per week and slowly increase the…

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Alzheimer’s Disease: Communication Tips and Local Resources

Alzheimer’s Disease: Communication Tips and Local Resources September is World Alzheimer’s Month and one of the biggest challenges of the disease for those afflicted and for those that provide care is communication.  Alzheimer’s affects communication by causing the person to lose vocabulary, to forget the appropriate names of things and/or people, to lose the ability…

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Company News: New Employee Perk

We are very pleased to announce that we are now offering a corporate membership discount to Blink Fitness for all employees of Family First Home Companions.  Blink Fitness is a fitness center with locations throughout the United States.  They feature bright, colorful gyms to help you feel good and happy while you workout.  Along with…

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September is World Alzheimer’s Month

Dementia Care: Huntington, NY September is World Alzheimer’s Month Alzheimer’s disease is defined as a form of dementia that affects a person’s memory, thinking, and behavior.  It is the most common form of dementia and accounts for about 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases, according to the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org/Alzheimers-dementia/10_signs). The symptoms of Alzheimer’s…

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7 Tips for Managing Home Care Workers

Elder Care in Huntington, NY: Home care is a different animal when it comes to managing employees and delegating tasks.  It is a very intimate form of work because it takes place in the private home of the care recipient, it does not allow for direct supervision of workers, and requires a greater level of…

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4 Questions to Ask a Home Care Agency

Elder Care in Dix Hills, NY: Having the responsibility of overseeing the care of a loved one comes with many difficult decisions that must be made and sometimes without a lot of time to prepare.  If you’ve been considering hiring a home care agency to help provide care to your loved one, you may have…

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Are You a Caregiver for an Elderly Parent?

Caregiver in Bay Shore, NY: Is Your Plate Running Over?An estimated 44 million Americans provide care to someone 50 or older and more than half of them are women.  A typical family caregiver is a 46 year old female, has a full time job, kids in school, and spends an average of 20 or more…

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