Home care agency, Suffolk County, NY COVID-19 vaccines are now available to home care workers and adults aged 65 and over.  You can book an appointment for a vaccine by using one of the following links.  Please note that the appointments are filling up fast and you may have to try several times before you…

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There are more than three million people in the United States with glaucoma. The eye disease, the number two cause for blindness in this country, is known as “the sneak thief of sight,” as there are virtually no symptoms.

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While the world has a new normal this holiday season courtesy of COVID-19, there are many things that haven’t changed for the 53 million Americans who are family caregivers to a disabled or chronically ill loved one, one of them being caregiver burnout.

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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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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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