My Inspiration to Serve
While growing up in Minnesota, my childhood experience included being close to all my grandparents. Spending summers with them in Duluth was the best! They took me swimming and camping along the North Shore, rock collecting at Brighton Beach, or we would hunt for beach glass on Park Point. These were cherished memories for me.
During my childhood, my maternal Grandfather served on the Duluth Police force for 35 years. It was neat to see Grandpa Ray come home in his uniform with his holstered gun. Grandpa would take me on his lap and share stories about being on patrol and his time in the Army during WWI. In those days, most service members smoked, and those habits followed him through adulthood.
In his later years, he developed COPD and Emphysema from smoking, which was typical for that generation. As his health began to fail, my Grandmother was his caregiver at home. Eventually, he passed at the age of 80 after 60 years of marriage. With Grandpa Ray's passing, Grandma Helen had a tough time adjusting to her single life after being married all those years. So, to compensate for being alone, she would travel to see family members for weeks at a time.
I believe it would have been better for Grandma to have the help and companionship on a routine schedule in her own home. Also, I think it would have been less stressful for my family if Grandma could have stayed in her own home with extra help. After working in the home care industry, I learned that one of the most important things we do as caregivers is to provide companionship to our seniors!
My paternal Grandmother, who I called Nana, also lived in Duluth. My Dad was her only child, and Nana raised him as a single mother which was uniquely different during those times. Nana juggled a work schedule outside of the home and raised her son at the same time. She lived independently until her early eighties when she received a diagnosis of cancer. Her illness got the best of her, and she became weak from the chemo treatments. So, Nana moved in with the family to get the help she needed, since she couldn't do certain things on her own. Unfortunately, she fell during this time and ended up in a nursing home.
Moving away from the family home was tough for Nana. When I would visit her in the nursing home, she would get a paper bag ready and put her clothes in it. As I arrived, she would say to me, "I'm all packed ready to go, and I want to go home!" She lived at the nursing home for five more years until her passing. I always wondered how it would have worked out for her if she could have stayed home longer with some outside assistance.
I was reflecting on my past family experiences and how things have changed in society with home care options for seniors. My family struggles became personal with my father's issues with a Vascular Dementia diagnosis. I found out that it can be hard for families to navigate care solutions and to make tough decisions when there is resistance.
Then, one day, a friend of mine told me about Home Instead Senior Care. She shared that her husband owned a franchise in the Twin Cities and how Home Instead was a great company. So, I researched Home Instead Senior Care and loved reading about the company's mission and purpose. I found out that Home Instead promotes a personal message of service to others, quality care, and a true spirit of giving and serving.
After working in business management for years, I felt this was an excellent time to look at different career options, so I applied for the franchise area in Duluth. After the vetting process, my franchise opened in Duluth in 2004. Our Duluth office serves the entire Twin Ports area that includes Hermantown, Cloquet, and Superior WI. In 2005, we began a satellite office on the Iron Range in Hibbing, MN. Our Range office service the Central Range cities to the east, which includes Virginia, Gilbert, and Eveleth. Between both offices, our agency has excellent and knowledgeable office staff ready to serve families with over 146 years of healthcare experience combined.
Home Instead Senior Care provides the highest standards in the applicant screening process and one of the best non-medical training programs available with home care! We hold a Class A licensure to offer a comprehensive level of care to our clients.
This agency operates with four sets of clients that we strive to serve with the utmost integrity and focus: Number 1, the senior client. Our seniors are our top priority! Number 2, the CAREGiver staff. We rely upon our CAREGivers to perform to their best every day! A happy CAREGiver equals a thrilled client! Number 3, the referral providers. Our agency strives to make the discharge process as easy as possible for case managers! Lastly, but not least; number 4, my office staff. This agency can not operate without their expertise and support, and I am thankful to have this team assembled!
I always look forward to each day and every opportunity to enhance the lives of aging adults and their families. I feel fortunate to be part of the Home Instead Senior Care organization and its mission to change the face of aging, one senior at a time!
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"I just want to take this moment to express our family's gratitude to Home Instead for their selfless care and positive energy. Our caregiver visits once a week to help with the bath. Then, she helps out with cleaning, organizing, walking the dog and whatever we need that particular week. She is always happy to see us.