I have worked with over 125 families in the last six years and they all have a story about caring for a loved one who could no longer care for themselves. This is mine.
My amazing Mom was diagnosed with lung cancer and lived several years with the disease. She became bedridden in November of 2014. We were fortunate that the family had resources and could afford 24x7 home care. We hired from professional agencies and private nursing companies. I had opened a small business with a partner and was working many hours trying to get it off the ground. At least three times a week I would get a call from the caregiver and had to go home because either My Mom needed her meds, she wanted to get up or she had fallen. I would frequently come home late and go over to see Her only to find a caregiver head down on the kitchen table sound asleep. One night I went to say goodnight and I overheard My Mother ask the caregiver to get her something off a table in her room and she refused to do it, told my then bedridden mother to get it herself and started telling my mother that she gave her( the caregiver) too much trouble. I tapped her on the shoulder and needless to say she was very surprised to see me. This was the third agency my family hired and the last. I left my business and went home to take care of My Mother. About a month before She passed, We found a very small group of caregivers who were managed by a woman in her 70's named Jane Edwards. Jane had this vision for smaller care homes and I decided after Jane was diagnosed with dementia that I was going to continue this work. I have learned so much about this industry and the caregivers and my life has changed because of it.
Mission – Our mission is simple, provide a comfortable and safe home environment with experienced, skilled, and caring support for those who want to stay at home and give them as many "moments of joy" as possible, provide a living wage to the caregiver and an affordable rate for the client. In addition, continue to create our vision of making neighborhood homes into small care homes where the caregiver and loved ones can both live.
Our team works together to solve easy and complicated care problems. Our caregivers are insured and have at least 2 years ( most have over 10) of experience in private care, a care facility, or a hospital. Our approach is different than an agency. Our caregivers make a living wage and can provide daycare, overnight care, respite care ( when you just need a break from caregiving), and end-of-life care.
Our care management philosophy is this: Help take the care burdens off your plate and help your loved one enjoy as many moments of joy as possible for as long as possible. Engage them in the community or in outside activities if they are able like yoga or meditation, museum trips, and more; otherwise provide a high level of care and loving support to them each day, send daily updates to family and friends through our portal and feed and water them daily with nutritious and delicious food. And Hugs, lots of hugs.
It is often difficult to discuss the end of life and the issues, fear and anxiety that go along with dying. Our certified Doula team will help you with any tasks such as creating legacy moments or items for friends and family, co-ordinating final arrangements, ensuring that your wishes are carried out, any service is what you want, and managing difficult family conversations., but more importantly, help you to live every single day as fully as possible with as many moments of joy as possible.
Please read our blog posting on the details that an End-Of-Life / Death Doula Team provides.