As we buy houses around Texas, we run into similar scenarios over and over. One of them is that we buy a house from a family because they’ve had to move an elderly relative into assisted living or a nursing home. Often the houses are in rough shape, because the owner hasn’t been able to keep things up for years.
We even had a similar scenario happen in our own family. As Lee’s dad’s health deteriorated, he became less and less able to keep his trailer home in good shape. He didn’t even realize the back bedroom was covered in mold, because he ever went in there. We eventually had to buy him another home and put it on his property.
All Lee’s dad wanted to do was live on his farm, where he could see his beloved cows and the house he grew up in, which was on the next property. He wanted to see the last corn crop he planted as it grew, so he hated it when we had to send him to the local nursing home when he was recovering from procedures.
While Lee’s nephew, Chris, lived on the property, he worked in the oil fields and could not be there every day. And although Lee’s dad had someone “cleaning” his house, and people checking in on him, he kept forgetting to drink water (or not wanting to drink it, so he wouldn’t pee), getting dehydrated, becoming delirious, and having to go to the hospital.
The family finally came up with a way to allow him to spend his final months at home. They hired a personal assistance service to come in and feed him, keep him clean, and keep the house in good shape. The people were very conscientious and personable. We were touched when they all came to his funeral, too.
In fact, Lee’s nephew married the woman who was running the service, Kathleen.
The Idea Strikes
Kathleen got out of the business she was in a while after she and Chris married, she planned to start up her own personal assistance service eventually, and kept all her education up to date.
In the meantime, Lee was doing real estate and networking with Cameron business people. We have mentioned that he thought about buying the empty hospital building to start an assisted living facility, but we just couldn’t get the numbers to work, and the County wanted the building for other purposes.
While talking to home health care providers and nursing home owners in the area, it became clear that there was a gap in the offerings for the town and surrounding area. While there was a well established home health agency, which helps with medical needs in the home, there was no personal assistance service to provide much-needed daily care for the infirm and elderly. Hey, that’s what Kathleen does!
So, Lee and I decided to start Homes Hearts and Hands, so that we could do what we like best: make a better life for everybody in the county. We would love for you to follow us on Facebook and check our blog as we prepare to open the business. As you might imagine, there is a lot of red tape and a lot of education requirements to become licensed with the State of Texas.
We wouldn’t have it any other way, though, because we want to be a trusted business and to offer the best services possible. We will provide training and continuing education for all our caregivers, and of course they will undergo background checks. They’ll be in people’s homes, after all! (Let us know if you think we can help you when we open for business, or you have caregiver experience and would like to join our team.)
So, that’s how we came to create a new business from what we learned in our old business. We know that people who have help around the house will be able to keep their houses much longer, and in better condition, enabling their eventual heirs to live in them or make a good profit from their loved ones’ legacies.
We’re still going to be working in both Austin and Cameron on houses. We can’t give up the business we have lovingly built since 2015!
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