My name is Laura Gonzales and I work for Home Care Angels. I have worked for Home Care Angels for over two years now and serve as one of the Marketing Coordinator’s along with assisting in Caregiver Training. Home Care Angels is a private duty, non-medical, home service agency that Elizabeth Birch started close to 14 years ago.
Having lived through the need for good in-home care for both her parents, it was Elizabeth’s top priority that Home Care Angels takes a more personal direction when meeting the care needs of our clients. We pride ourselves in our ability to unite the appropriate caregiver with each of our clients and their needs. All of our caregivers go through yearly training, background check, drug testing and reference checks, knowing that when we place a caregiver they are trained from Dementia to Companionship and will be a perfect match.
We offer assistance in their daily activities such as light housekeeping, meal planning and preparation, medication reminders, light physical activities and errands, all while living in the comforts of their own home. We also offer an activities program that’s involves the seniors partaking in volunteer work for Catholic Charities, homeless shelters and charities such as “Girls Love Mail”, all while giving them a sense of joy in helping others in need. Our primary goal is to increase the quality of life and build a genuine relationship with every client and their family.
As far back as I can remember I have always been drawn to working with seniors. Working for the City, making sure they took advantage of all the different programs geared towards the Senior Community, to Presence Health, working for a practice with four Doctors, which saw many patients a day, some of who I still keep in touch with to this day. Now I am honored to say I work for Home Care Angels.
Weekly I make a point to head out to different Doctors’ offices and facilities throughout the Northwest side and surrounding suburbs to inform them of Home Care Angels services. We feel it’s important that families know they have different options to choose from when it comes to care for their loved one. We are always willing to sit and discuss with them any questions they may have and inform them all we have to offer. Along with marketing I help train our sweet, kind caregivers before they are placed with our clients. They are such warm, loving people that have hearts of gold. I know how difficult it can be for families to have to go through this process. To know they have someone that will care for their loved with trust and honor is a huge relief on everyone’s part and I love being a part of that process.
Ironically, both Elizabeth and I grew up not far from one another on the Northwest side of Chicago. Her family was from Our Lady of Victory and mine from St. Tarcissus. I’ve lived in the Gladstone area for over forty years. My family and I have been very involved with the community for years now. I graduated from St Tarcissus (many years ago) and my son, Tommy back in 2010. My husband Louie has taken pride in coaching the neighborhood kids for over 14 years and still looks forward to every new season. We love the sense of community we have here in Gladstone and couldn’t think of a better place to live.