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New Bill Would Help Older Adults Afford Home Modifications


As a leading provider of home care services and a member of the HomesRenewed Coalition, FirstLight supports the introduction of the Home Modifications for Accessibility Act. Earlier this month, Representatives Charlie Crist (D-FL) and Tom Suozzi (D-NY) introduced the Home Modification and Accessibility Act, which creates financial incentives for homeowners to proactively make accessibility upgrades to their homes. The bill would help older adults afford home modifications, allowing them to live safely and comfortably in their own homes as they age. AARP reports that around 90 percent of people ages 65 and older would prefer to age in their homes…

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FirstLight Support of the Mass. Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coaltion


We are proud to be a 2022 Patron-level supporter/donor to the Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) and member of the affiliated, Massachusetts Business Immigration Coalition.   We support their efforts to expand opportunities for all foreign-born people and their children, so they can make the most of their talent and labor.  We commend MIRA’s mission to help identify and remove barriers to integration, working with local and state leaders as well as nonprofits and businesses to craft more inclusive policies that benefit the entire communities. With a predominantly foreign-born workforce, FirstLight Home Care of West Suburban Boston and Boston-Back…

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Ways to Improve Mental Health in Older Adults


Mental health consists of emotional, psychological and social well-being. It impacts the way we think, feel, act and relate to others. Positive mental health is essential to overall health and quality of life. The American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry estimates that 20% of people aged 55 years and older experience some type of mental health concern. The most common mental health problems in older adults include anxiety, severe cognitive impairment and mood disorders, such as depression. There are many ways to help improve mental health in older adults. Incorporate regular movement and exercise. Making time for exercise or some type of…

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Caregiving as a Second Career


If you’ve ever considered a second career, now may be an ideal time to learn more about the career opportunities that are available in professional caregiving. Many adults who retire from their long-term jobs decide to embark on a second-act career. Caregiving as a second career can be extremely rewarding for individuals from all walks of life and diverse backgrounds. Caregivers for older adults are in great demand right now, and there are numerous openings for these positions across the nation. There is no denying the many rewards of caregiving It’s fulfilling work It provides the opportunity to build meaningful…

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New Care Support Coordinator Position: We're Adding to our Office Team


As our service to clients continues to grow, we are once again, expanding our office staff.  We are a friendly, fun, and upbeat, team-oriented work environment. The Care Support Coordinator is a vital, new role at FirstLight Home Care of West Suburban Boston and Boston Back-Bay. This full-time position helps ensure continuity of care and the highest quality care, by visiting our devoted staff of professional caregivers while they are working in the homes of our clients. When not visiting clients, this hybrid role will manage a small caseload and help to implement and maintain schedules for clients and caregivers . Providing…

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Care After a Hospital Discharge


For aging adults, a trip to the hospital has the potential to stretch on for several days, and medical procedures can bring a host of new caregiving responsibilities that continue even after the patient heads home. Older adults often need greater levels of care during a hospital stay, and this translates into greater care requirements after a discharge as well. It’s important that family caregivers fully understand what’s needed as soon as possible, which can better equip them to organize the care necessary to keep their loved ones safe and help them heal. By being prepared,…

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FirstLight Welcomes Melissa Coutts as Care Coordinator


Melissa Coutts has joined FirstLight Home Care of West Suburban Boston and FirstLight Home Care of Boston-Back Bay as a Care Coordinator.  Melissa oversees the scheduling and performance of the FirstLight caregiver team, reporting to Melissa Tarr, Manager of Client Care Services. Melissa was an Advanced Caregiver for six years and has a strong knowledge of what it takes to provide outstanding home care. Melissa provided personal care, companionship and day-to-day accommodations for her clients. She is organized and detail-oriented in all that she does. Melissa’s most recent years of experience include working with customers and loans at a very…

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Health Benefits of Pets for Seniors


Many family caregivers know that the seniors they care for can sometimes experience loneliness and depression, which can cause long-term physical health issues. But did you know that therapy for this sense of isolation might just be found at the nearest animal shelter or pet store? Americans love their pets! Recent surveys show that two out of every three American homes have a pet, and that number has risen 20% over the past 30 years. Medical studies prove that the health benefits of pets for seniors and the outpouring of affection for our furry friends are real and lasting. Here are…

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FirstLight Welcomes Amy Auger-Hughes as HR Assistant on Recruiting Team


Amy Auger-Hughes has joined FirstLight Home Care of West Suburban Boston and FirstLight Home Care of Boston-Back Bay as a Human Resources Assistant.  Amy supports the recruitment process of finding the most qualified of caregivers to join the FirstLight team.  After graduating from Fitchburg State College with her B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Business, Amy began her career working in the field of Early Childhood Education ensuring high quality education for children from 6 weeks – 12 years old.  Amy has always been passionate about teaching and working with young children. In addition to direct work with children, Amy later began working at corporate child care centers and was able…

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Understanding Caregiver Burden and How to Prevent Burnout


Caregiving is not a one-size-fits-all experience. Each situation has its unique pressures and specific caregiver duties. A caregiver for an adult with schizophrenia can be different than someone taking care of a loved one with multiple physical problems. The burden may be equal but the areas of life affected might be very different. What is Caregiver Burden? Caregiver burden is used to describe the emotional, physical and financial toll experienced by family caregivers. Think of burden as being a load, pressure, an immense duty, and/or responsibility. For some caregivers, the burden of caregiving may encompass all the stressors listed above….

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