When an aging parent becomes critically ill, has major surgery, or becomes disabled, our lives change. We face extreme emotional anguish and pain to see our loved ones suffer, but we also experience high levels of stress due to the added responsibility of ensuring they are well cared for.
This experience is exactly what motivated Armando Morales to change careers and become one of the three owners of Miami’s first Assisting Hands Home Care in-home caregiving franchise. A native of Puerto Rico, he was a rising corporate executive, on the fast track to senior management in his former corporate position as Director for the Latin American market for a multinational technology company.
“My mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and required round the clock attention after surgery. My sister had to quit her job and move with her family to my parent’s house to take care of her because we could not find qualified, compassionate help to care for her,” said Armando Morales. “It was heartbreaking to see her deteriorate, but it also took a toll on us because we wanted to give her the best care ever, and were having a hard time finding competent professionals to do so. We made sacrifices and struggled, but took good care of her, and a few years after she passed away, our father became ill, so we had to go through the same process again.”
Demand for these services continues to grow as over 10,000 people reach the age of 65 every day in the United States, according to the US Census Bureau. And as families members move farther apart geographically, it is difficult to find the peace of mind that loved ones are well cared for when they become bedridden, have surgery, or become frail. Most seniors want to continue living at home, even if ill, but family members of seniors live an average of 100 miles and an hour and a half from their loved ones.
“Assisting Hands Home Care gives me the opportunity to give back to my community. We provide non-medical care to adults of any age following hospitalization, surgery, persons with disabilities, hospice patients, anyone who needs assistance, whether temporary or long term,” said Armando.
“Our caregivers are our employees, not contractors like some other home care companies. We thoroughly screen and train them, are bonded and insured, and only hire licensed, certified HHAs, CNAs or RNs,” he stressed.
“We have technology in place that requires the caregiver to call us from the patient’s home, and if they do not call within 10 minutes of their scheduled arrival time, our staff is automatically alerted to determine the reason for the delay. Our staff is available 24- 7 and 365 days a year to monitor, respond, and ensure that our patient is receiving the highest quality services we promised,” said Armando. “We help you get a good night’s rest, by taking care of your loved one!”
Assisting Hands Home Care is very flexible and can provide hourly, day or night care, with no contract ever required. They are a private duty Home Health Agency (HHA Lic 299993911) and accept long term care insurance or private funds as payment methods. For more information, call 305-274- 6471, email amorales@assistinghands. com, or visit www.assisting hands .com/miami.