Roberta and I decided to begin this company after our own experience as long distance caregivers. In 1996 my 80 year old mother was caring for my 100 year old grandmother 3,000 miles away in California. We began a desperate search for respite care for my mom and came up short, feeling helpless and resource limited. With some coaxing, Grandma moved in with her son and his wife in Northern California. Within sixty days she landed in a skilled nursing facility and died shortly after.
While our outcome was less than ideal, we found that the stress and strain on Mom as sole caregiver prompted drastic action.
After Grandma's death in 1997, we learned of Home Instead Senior Care and realized that although we were too late to grant Mom respite care and Grandma the wish to remain at home, we could help other families on their own caregiving journey. Roberta and I believe that our elderly deserve not only respect but time to share their wisdom and experiences. We believe that all of life is experienced through relationships. It is through each other that we learn about ourselves. It is this philosophy that we teach our CAREGivers. We send them out into the homes of our clients knowing the client will be loved.
We see Home Instead Senior Care and our CAREGivers as being the eyes and ears for our clients. When we send a CAREGiver on an assignment, he or she must pass the "grandma test." In other words, would we let this person care for my mother or grandmother?
When we visit our clients, I see a little bit of Mom and Grandma in each of them. We dedicate Home Instead Senior Care of Charlotte/Mecklenburg County to my mother and grandmother and hold our services to the standards they and all people deserve.
Thank you for your confidence and for allowing us to be a part of your lives.
Les and Roberta Farnum
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