I am driven by the desire to make a positive impact on the lives of others. In this role, specifically our senior community and their families. I am passionate about promoting high-quality care services that enhance seniors' well-being and allow them to remain in their own home while providing peace of mind for their family knowing their loved ones are in good hands.
I grew up in Fargo, ND and studied Marketing/Communications, Spanish and Education at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.
In my career I have worn many hats. For a few years I owned a massage therapy business until my back decided it wasn't going to cooperate for a full-time massage career. I sold my space and now massage occasionally from my home, it has become more of a hobby than a career. I taught Spanish for many years, everything from middle school to high school and a couple years of Spanish Immersion elementary. Yes, I am fluent, and actually used to spend my summers in Mexico working with Accion Ministries.
My passion, however, is on the creative side. I love the challenges and creative aspects of marketing and working for a company that strives to better the lives of others has been a blessing. I love writing and bringing words to life as well as fun stuff like designing ads and creating social media posts.
Outside of work I am married to my husband Barry. My 3 kids from a previous marriage are - a 19 year old son who just completed his first year of college at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul. A 16 year old son who is a sophomore in high school, and a 13 year old daughter who is in 7th grade. They are all athletes (basketball, volleyball & golf), so I spend a majority of my "free" time in a gym or at the golf course watching them do their thing. I absolutely love it,and it brings me great joy!
I also am an avid animal lover. We have 4 dogs - Harley (Great Dane/Lab mix); Storm (Golden Retriever); Willow (Hound mutt); and Dolly (Basset/Beagle)...and a cat, Pablo. They are my biggest source of stress relief and joy as well. I love animals so much that on weekends I also work part-time at the Maple Grove animal shelter (PUPS). It is my life-long dream to have an animal rescue or sanctuary of my own where I can take in those who have been abused or abandoned.
Camping, Dogs, Travel, Painting, Cocktails on the Patio, Road Trips, Live Concerts
Unique Selling Proposition
Our primary goal is to help seniors age-in-place wherever they call home up to the end of life if they so choose. We offer part-time support for as little as 4 hours/twice a week to 24/7 round the clock with awake overnight care. We carefully match our caregivers with clients based on individual care needs, personal preferences and personality. Our caregivers are highly trained in dementia care, Parkinson's, and all aspects of daily living support from bathing assistance, fall-prevention techniques, dressing help, meal planning and preparation, toileting, stand-by assistance and more.
It is important to note that we do not have a length of care requirement. We also offer quick-starts in the event that someone is being discharged from the hospital or put on hospice unexpectedly. We accept long-term care insurance or private pay, we do not take medicaid.
Specific Types of Care Offered:
- Transitional Care: someone coming home after a hospital stay
- Hospice Care: we work in tandem with hospice agencies to fill in where the hospice nurse is not present and for family support
- Respite Care: family caregivers are often stressed and forget to take time for themselves
- Palliative Care: supporting those with serious illness
- Dementia Care: assistance for those living with dementia or Alzheimer's, at any stage
- Parkinson's Care: specially trained to assist those living with Parkinson's Disease
Qualifying Questions: What are three questions we can ask clients to help pave the way for a referral? List them here.
Do you know someone who has recently been hospitalized and could use extra support when transitioning back home?
Are you struggling to care for your aging parents while caring for your own family and maintaining a full-time job?
Do you know someone who could benefit from support at home, including help with laundry/cleaning, meal preparation, companionship, activity?
Describe How You Would Like To Be Introduced Via Email
Shelley is the marketing manager for Visiting Angels Twin Cities (West Metro). Her agency offers non-medical in-home services. Our agency provides care wherever a person calls home, whether that is a private residence or living community. Our goal is to help people remain where they feel most comfortable, in their own homes, for as long as possible. We provide respite care for families, personal cares such as bathing, dressing, toileting, etc., hospice support in conjunction with Hospice agencies, activity-based companion care, and much more. A private caregiver provides peace of mind for family members knowing their loved ones are taken care of, respected, and in great hands.