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​A Message from Our Owners - Todd and Lori Sensenbach

Family is one of the most important relationships in our lives. This is why Todd and I chose to become a part of the Home Instead family.

Todd’s grandfather, who passed away on Thanksgiving Day 2010 at the age of 93, was able to remain in his own home after the death of his wife in 1995, even though the nearest family member was more than an hour away. This was in large part because of the in-home care and companionship he received. Living more than five hours away from Grandpa was difficult, both physically and emotionally, but we had peace of mind that his physical needs were being met, and that he had the friendship of the CAREGivers that came into his home and sat down to visit with him. They often had to remind him that they had some housework to do, or a meal to prepare, since he preferred that they simply sit and talk with him most of the time. Grandpa’s memory is a treasure to us. His family homesteaded near Jackson, WY in the early 1900’s and he was left by his parents to fend for himself as a young child. He was taken in by neighbors, but was moved from home to home, so he did not know the love of family in his early life. We are so thankful that the late years of his life were so different, due to the family that he found in his CAREGivers.

Our family also had a wonderful caregiving experience with Lori’s grandmother. Grandma was a feisty, independent go-getter who worked until she was in her late 80’s selling real estate in Southern California. She was not afraid to take on new things that those younger than her were learning, like using a computer and the internet. So, when Grandma was diagnosed with lymphoma just before her 89th birthday, we knew that this was just another step in her active life. Grandma lived for two more years battling the lymphoma and was able to welcome her first great-grandchild into the family. In the final stages of the disease, Grandma was able to have her final wish fulfilled of spending the last days of her life in her own home, looking out onto her beautiful garden. A compassionate 24/7 CAREGiver made this possible and has given our family the precious gift of enjoying the last month of her life without the burden of physical care.

We love Grandpa and Grandma and know that they are both proud of the choice we made to join the Home Instead family. Building a sense of family with our clients and our staff and CAREGivers is one of our missions as we work throughout the Central Oregon community. We hope to provide many more families with the same kind of wonderful experiences we have had with our grandparents and it is to them that we dedicate this work.​

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