After months of planning, Friends for Life Homecare opened its newest office right in Babylon.
And although the COVID-19 pandemic made it difficult for the company to get going in the new space, the team at the homecare service and outreach group is ready to show the village what they’re all about.
Located at 99 Deer Park Avenue, Friends for Life opened its doors in early March. When the owners announced their third location back in November, they completely reconstructed the former Gamehut video game store across from the Argyle Grill and Tavern.
“The pandemic was tough,” said co-founder Amy Recco. “But I’m the type of person who makes it work.”
While the pandemic made it hard for her team to show their faces within the community, Recco went above and beyond to tell Babylon that her business is there and ready to help.
“I wanted to let the communities in and around Babylon know we’re there for them,” she told GreaterBabylon.
Friends for Life Homecare is a family-owned and operated business that is dedicated to helping older adults. They help these seniors remain independent and live where they want to stay at home.
Some services include providing homecare for the elderly disabled, as well as Medicaid and senior planning. They assist families of the aging with any and all questions and are non-attorney advocates.
The new location is the third spot the team opened — its first two started off in Massapequa and Massapequa Park. They plan on opening a location in Queens later this year.
“We created this office as an extension for what we do in Nassau County, said Recco.
One of Recco’s most popular and favorite parts of her job are the free community support groups she offers. During these meetings, caregivers come together and discuss concerns and share stories about their lives at home in a safe space.
But because of the pandemic, she hasn’t been able to let people in. “It’s been such a shame,” she said. “I feel like we haven’t been able to come out to help people in Babylon.”
And since they opened right as the stay-at-home orders began, Recco and her team wanted to help within the community, even though they were practically unknown.
“It’s been hard,” she said. “But we’ve been creative to get our name out.”
Friends for Life brought lunches to Berkshire Nursing Home in West Babylon and donated food to the local Bristol Assisted Living nearby. They visited each shop along Deer Park Avenue with bags of goodies to say hello to their new neighbors and let them know that they’re here to stay.
“We’re a strong family,” Recco said. “We chose Babylon because we know the town is a big family. We’re excited to meet more people here.”
And starting this week, they announced they’re bringing their fan-favorite contest in Massapequa to the village. Every week, Friends for Life Homecare holds a virtual raffle on their Facebook page.
Teaming up with local restaurants in Babylon, followers are encouraged to enter the name of a local senior they think deserves to win a full meal that feeds four-to-six people.
Every week, a new thread is posted to enter and later that week, a Facebook live shows the drawing. Three winners are chosen at random. To be a part of the contest, the senior must be over the age of 65 and within a 10-mile radius of Babylon.
“We have a lot of plans for Babylon,” Recco said. “We’re here for the seniors and their families in the community.”
Photos courtesy of Friends for Life Homecare