Article published at the print version of the Journal Inquirer, on December, 22nd.
In a ceremony attended by over 120 associates, the North Central Chamber of Commerce awarded Home Helpers as the Business of the Year.
The award is a recognition for the growth that Home Helpers has achieved in their three years of existence, for the quality of services provided, and for what they do for our community and veterans. Among these, it is possible to highlight the mediation of support groups for families of Alzheimer’s patients, the tune-up of mobility equipment of people with disabilities, and luncheons and dinners for veterans, among other activities, all for free. Home Helpers also counts with dozens of veterans and spouses among their clients, being an authorized care provider by the US Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA covers the costs for over 15% of Home Helpers' clients.
“These are activities we promote as a way to give back to our communities and to those who served our country in times of need,” says Peter DiMaria, who is Home Helpers’ owner. Home Helpers in Enfield currently employs over a hundred people serving clients in all North Central CT.
Home Helpers achieves its quality of services by hiring the best nursing aid assistants and personal care assistants to care for their patients. The company thoroughly vets and background checks their caregivers. In this process, they select the caregivers’ applications among hundreds of candidates, and then screen them by phone interviews and, the best ones, in-person. Finally, they are background checked and drug tested. Finally, Home Helpers caregivers go through extensive orientation covering all aspects of care and are constantly trained to improve their skills.
The business reputation and client’s recognition ensure the business’ quality of services. Home Helpers has received numerous five-star reviews on Google, more than any other home care business in our area. Around 20% of Home
Home Helpers is also the only Home Care business to receive the Best of Home Care Award for three years in a row. This award has become the benchmark for quality home care in the United States. It is awarded by Home Care Pulse, an independent company that surveys the quality of care provided by interviewing the agencies’ clients. They assess the clients’ opinion about the compassion, training and work ethics of the caregivers and the office staff.
Home Helpers also counts with A+ ratings by both, the Better Business Bureau and the Home Care Standards Bureau.
Live-in caregivers and other services in Suffield (CT), Somers (CT) and all North Central CT
Another distinction of Home Helpers from other agencies is the diversity of services provided and the different options the patients have. Here are a few examples:
- Personal care: when your loved one needs help with basic activities of daily living, including hygiene and nutritional needs. Patients can stay in their homes living engaged and independent lives.
- Live-in care: in this more affordable modality of care, the Home Helpers’ caregiver moves in with your loved one, to provide care throughout the day.
- Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care: Caring for a loved one who’s suffering from dementia can be overwhelming. Home Helpers trained caregivers will take care of your loved one so that you can enjoy your role as
- Wake up: Home Helpers is there when your loved one wakes up, to assist with getting out of bed, dressing up, brushing their teeth, preparing and having breakfast. They will be refreshed and ready for the day.
- Tuck in: the caregivers assist your loved one by the end of the day with dinner preparation, shower, brushing teeth, wearing their pajamas, reminding meds and getting them ready for a good night of sleep.
- 24/7 Care: when times get tough, your loved one may need constant care, day and night. In this case, Home Helpers rotates caregivers in shifts, to make sure your loved one always has a refreshed trained caregiver ready to help.
Home Helpers owner, Peter DiMaria, is a veteran entrepreneur in the North Central CT area. Before founding Home Helpers, Peter retired from a successful career as a technology company owner and administrator.
In this new venture, he went ahead and specialized in issues related to the Home Care field. Currently, Peter is a certified Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Trainer; member of the Advisory Board for Stone Academy; and a Guest Lecturer at Enfield Adult and Continuing Education, on the subjects of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care. He is a Certified Dementia Trainer by the Avila Institute of Gerontology, in Germantown, New York.
At Home Helpers, Peter uses his leadership experience to make sure the operation runs smoothly, clients meet unmatched satisfaction, and the caregivers have the support they need to do great work.