An experience with my parents inspired me to bring this service to Cape Breton. Understanding that caring for a loved one can be a stressful experience, we are here to help.
After a 30 year career as an Residential Rehabilitation Worker and Program Coordinator in
the Residential Care Service, I retired and took the next couple of years
re-connecting with family & friends and volunteering in my community.
My mother was experiencing memory issues around the same time which
eventually led to a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. My research into services
and information led me to the Home Instead website and eventually to meeting
Chris. I began working part-time as a Caregiver which allowed me to spend
a lot of time with my mom while she struggled with this terrible disease. I eventually took on the role of Office Coordinator. Working with this amazing team has opened my eyes to our
senior’s struggles with staying in their homes, trying to maintain their
independence while dealing with health issues associated with aging.
While my mom succumbed to the disease after 7 years, my journey has given new
insights into the possibilities for improvements in Senior Care services
and the importance that should be placed on enhancing the lives of our most
prized possessions…the elderly.
Born in Port Hood,
Cape Breton, Community Engagement Coordinator Ian McNeil is the newest member of
our team. A former broadcaster and published author, he has also worked
as a communications consultant, workplace educator and in economic development, building relationships with friends, students and colleagues in every Cape
Breton community. He is also an active volunteer, often called upon to
host public events in the role of master of ceremonies. During off hours,
he is fortunate to spend time with his parents in Howie Centre and his son's
family in Florence, Cape Breton.
"I am continually struck by the professionalism, high level of caring and exemplary caregivers that I have met from Home Instead. My mom couldn't live without them, and neither could I.