The home health advocate reveals her commitment to care
Amy Recco and her husband Michael founded Friends for Life in 2010 in their hometown of Massapequa Park with a mission to provide home care that encourages independence and promotes well being and support to all of their clients’ needs.
How did you get into the home health care business? Was this something you were always passionate about?
Together, my husband and I have more than 30 years of experience in the home care industry. Between my husband’s longtime knowledge from working in the field, along with my passion to help those in need, we decided to team up and create our business we now call Friends for Life Home Care. We have been growing our business for almost a decade and I become more and more passionate each day. I believe in what we do and that’s why we do it so well.
Friends for Life provides a number of services and we’re continuously expanding what we offer when we see there is a need. We are most well-known for providing basic home care services such as hourly and live-in companions, as well as long-term senior care planning. We offer Medicaid consulting on site. We also provide hospice care and senior advocacy. If we cannot directly provide you with our services, you are still not alone. We provide multiple referrals and nursing home/assisted living placements. Lastly, we understand the struggles and stress of caring for loved ones, so we provide free caregiver support groups for families that need to talk through their situations and share resources and support.
Our commitment to excellence provides our clients and their families with the assurance of safe, reliable and affordable services. Each client’s situation is different and we are sure to suggest the best possible solutions and services to meet their individual needs. We want to see our clients thrive and give their families the peace of mind they deserve. We make sure our clients are comfortable with their companions and are respectful of their wishes within their own home.
There are two key elements in home health care. I can sum it up in two words: “Home” and “Care.” To me, these are the two reasons why home care has become so very important in our society. Through my years of experience, seniors like to stay in the comfort and safety of their own environment. It’s all about keeping independence and maintaining the same lifestyle in their own familiar surroundings, just with some added help. Staying home means being near family and friends and it gives seniors the sense of freedom and confidence that they deserve.
You were recently named a Woman of Distinction in the Town of Oyster Bay for your work with Friends For Life. How did it feel to be recognized for your hard work?
I live and work in such a wonderful community and felt so honored to receive recognition for my hard work. I will say I was shocked, but extremely proud! However, the true reward is having the opportunity to help people every day.
What are some of the struggles faced by families of patients? How does Friends For Life address those struggles?
The hardest thing is trying to help my clients while respecting their right to make choices for themselves. For this, I became an advocate. Additionally, I see many families that are overwhelmed and I like to be not just a place to provide companions, but options, and answers. I help anyone who needs help with elder care, planning, anything necessary to get them the help they need, no matter what it takes.
If someone needs help with Friends For Life, how can they reach out? Is there a consultation process?
We have two offices with plenty of people on staff that can help. We welcome anyone to come into our office to sit-down and talk with us, so we can figure out a plan that suits you and your loved one’s needs best. We become very vested in the needs and wants of our clients and often times start to build close relationships and become “friends for life.” We are always available 24/7 and we offer same day emergency services for those that are in crisis-mode.
Although I am a self-proclaimed workaholic, I do enjoy spending as much time with my family as possible. My kids are the light of my life and my elderly mother, who lives with me, is my best friend. I am an event planner and love hosting parties and get-togethers. When I have any free time, you can find me relaxing with my two dogs, three cats (and a fish) or having fun in Montauk.
There have been many people that have impacted my life, but my dad was my biggest inspiration. I am a better person for being raised by such a wonderful man. My dad was such a hardworking and caring person and was ultimately my backbone. I am living out my dream and making him proud.
To find out more about Friends for Life, visit www.friendsforlifeny.com or call 516-586-6941 or 516-900-1818.