How I Decided to Become a Home Care Provider – Our Story in Omaha, NE
After five years of being the sole caregiver to my mother who suffers from early onset Alzheimer’s, the stress finally took its toll on my father and he became extremely ill. Like many people, my first inclination was to find a place where my parents could live and receive care. This was especially true since my parents were in Georgia and I live in Nebraska. After researching multiple facilities, our family presented options to my father. He clearly understood what we didn’t – no assisted living facility or nursing home could provide him and my mother the level of independence, control, dignity and peace of mind they desired and deserved. He told us, in no uncertain terms, “No. Figure out another option.”
It was not only the right decision; it was a turning point in my life. Out of necessity (and a little desperation), my family discovered the home care industry and the inherent freedom, control and flexibility associated with remaining in your own home with a high level of personal care. I saw first-hand the challenges of this business, but also its tremendous potential, if done correctly, to enhance the lives of older adults and their families.
About the same time, I also discovered that a casual acquaintance was also a kindred soul dedicated to enhancing the lives of older adults. Shortly thereafter, my absolutely amazing partner, Amy Harris, and I founded Home Care Assistance of Nebraska. We are dedicated to ensuring that all of our clients benefit from the lessons my father taught about independence, control, dignity and peace of mind throughout the aging process.