One of the things I often get asked is, “What lead you to open a home care company?” There were many different factors that went into my opening a homecare company, but one of my main thoughts at the time was the realization that my grandmother and father-in-law were both likely to need care in the coming years. My father-in-law had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease about a decade before and while at the time he was still able to be quite active we knew that without a medical breakthrough he and his wife would need to have some help in order to stay in their home in the future. Also, my grandmother and her twin sister were both dealing with the effects of Dementia.
Looking back now I remember several times where my grandmother had mentioned her appreciation for sitters. Her mother had been a nurse and they had grown up in a family that cared for other people. If someone in our family was hospitalized my grandmother would always know someone who knew someone who could be a sitter for that person if we didn’t have family that were able to stay.
Shortly before my grandfather passed away he told me he was concerned about my grandmother and the memory issues he was beginning to see. She stayed in her home for about a year after my grandfather passed before she made the decision to move into an assisted living community (this was prior to my opening ComForCare.) Later she was joined by her twin sister at the same community. While my grandmother was very happy in the community her sister was never really content. I think a big part of that was due to the fact that my grandmother made the choice to move herself, and her sister was moved in by her kids after she recovered from a fall.
Eventually, the community they were in opened a memory care unit and both of them ended up sharing a room again for the first time in over 80 years. The entire time my grandmother loved her living arrangements but her sister would always have a complaint that it wasn’t her home. That experience always stuck with me and gave me an insight that I have found to be true in these past 7 years that I’ve had ComForCare Home Care; even if someone can’t remember why they don’t like something they can still remember the feelings associated with that negative decision.
Before my grandmother passed I was grateful to be able to provide her with some of my caregivers as she recovered from a hospitalization. In addition to meeting my grandmother’s physical needs such as help with toileting and transfers, my caregiver was able to sing hymns with her, tell jokes, and make a warm connection between the two of them.
In the years since I started ComForCare, we have helped hundreds of clients be able to make the choice to stay independent in the place of their choosing. For most that means providing care for them in their home. For some it’s as little as coming in 3 days a week for four or so hours to be sure that they stay clean, are getting good meals to eat, are reminded to take their medications, have some light housekeeping and laundry done, or just get some help running errands. On the other end of the spectrum, we have had clients that we have been with 24/7 for years without ever missing a shift.
While nothing can replace having my grandmother still alive to care for, I do get so much gratitude out of taking care of my clients because every day we get to take care of someone’s grandmother or grandfather. At ComForCare our mission to help our clients and families live their best life possible. We hold to certain unchanging core values and beliefs that drive all of our behaviours.
We want to care like family. People come for the care, but they stay because we are family. We strive to serve passionately. Caregiving is a work of heart because it allows us to bring joy and compassion to those we serve. To us, dignity matters. We respect and honor who our clients are, where they come from, and how they want to be cared for. We are present and engaged. We show up every day ready to delight and inspire. We also want to have fun. We have fun every day by loving people and creating better days.
If you or someone you know could benefit from having some help in their home, please give us a call today. We are happy to speak with you over the phone, or even come to your home for what we call a “sofa visit” where we talk with the client and their family about their unique concerns and start to craft a customized care plan to meet their needs. With ComForCare at your side, you can live your best life possible.