Still Growing Strong -Bringing the Answer to Northern Vermont – Quality Homecare

first_imgGRISWOLD SPECIAL CARE a 22-year-old international company is celebrating its one-year anniversary in Vermont. The company, which has been on NBC’s Today Show and has received numerous national awards for quality and service, is a leader in non-medical homecare.The Burlington based office, which serves the 10 northern counties of Vermont, refers carefully screened Caregivers that assist seniors with non-medical personal care, including: bathing and dressing, as well as light housekeeping, cooking, companionship, assistance with self administered medications, and incidental transportation.The Director and owner of GRISWOLD SPECIAL CARE in Vermont, is Barbara Headrick, who for the past 10 years has wanted to open a GRISWOLD SPECIAL CARE office, and is delighted to see that dream coming true.“Our first year has had many successes,” explains Ms. Headrick. “First, our Clients are delighted with their Caregivers. Each Client tells me that their Caregiver is ‘the best’.”“The Caregivers are trustworthy, caring and experienced,” Ms. Headrick explained. Each Caregiver takes part in an in-depth screening process, including behavioral based interview questions, various quizzes and tests, at least four reference checks, and a criminal background check.The company collaborates closely with other services in the area because the family may need medical care (such as physical therapy or a nurse’s visit) for some needs, yet can use more affordable non-medical care for personal care or homemaking tasks. “Care is not about competing with other providers. Nor is it about the number of Clients and Caregivers an agency has,” says Ms. Headrick, “The real meaning of Care is all about quality.”In addition to quality, another priority for us is affordability for seniors. Clients pay $12.50 per hour for a standard 4-hour visit. “Before we opened our Vermont office, unfortunately many persons were paying (and some still are) $21 to $26 per hour to other agencies for non-medical homecare.”Another fact that sets GRISWOLD SPECIAL CARE apart is the Caregiver pay. Of the $12.50 per hour a Client pays for homecare, $10 of this is paid to the Caregiver. “I wish their wages were even higher,” comments Ms. Headrick. “They definitely earn it through their hard work and care.” The company is able to offer affordable rates, while also giving higher wages to Caregivers, by keeping the office overhead expenses low.Remarking on the office’s one-year anniversary in Vermont, Ms. Headrick states, “I was honored to be sought out by GRISWOLD SPECIAL CARE to open the Northern Vermont office, and more importantly I am honored by the trust the Caregivers and Clients have in me and my staff. As we start our 2nd year in Vermont, and 23rd year nationally, we look forward to helping many more wonderful and delightful persons to remain safe and independent in their homes.”GRISWOLD SPECIAL CARE can be reached at 862-7200 or on the web at: is external)last_img