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Home Care Franchise Owner Shares First-Hand Experience with Michigan Family Caregivers Home care franchise owner, Alicia Junghans, can directly relate to her clients and their families and offers advice and support for caring for an aging loved one. ComForcare home care franchise owner Alicia Junghans works with clients and families to help them balance their home care needs and responsibilities so everyone can live a healthier, more independent, and more fulfilling lifestyle. First-Hand Experience Led to an Elevated Awareness Junghans has first-hand experience at being a family caregiver. Several years ago, Junghans’ mother became terminally ill with cancer and Junghans had to move back to live with her parents so she could care for her mother. At the time, Junghans had two young children and a husband at home, but was still expected to care for her mother. “My mother couldn’t be left alone,” said Junghans. “In my family it just wasn’t an option.” The experience was very challenging for Junghans. Trying to juggle her family, career, and mother’s full-time home care was nearly impossible. Junghans initially tried travelling back and forth between her family and her parents’ home, but was soon required to move in with her mother full-time. “It was horrible,” commented Junghan. “I wasn’t eating, sleeping or taking care of myself.” Charting a New Course Junghans said the entire experience changed her life and her career. She understands when others who are experiencing the same challenges have trouble talking about it, and wants to let others know she is here to help. Junghans’ home care franchise, ComForcare, offers non-medical home care services for those in need. Home care providers are available part- or full-time to help with personal care, grooming, transportation, medication reminders and more. Junghans encourages families to seek help early. Frustration and anxiety can be overwhelming for family caregivers and ComForcare is available around the clock to provide support. Home care services are about making sure the needs of each client are met, and supporting the client and their family. "Most women have to work outside the home just to make ends meet when raising a family," Junghans said. "When you become a primary caregiver, everything gets that much more complicated.”


According to a recent study by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, the typical primary caregiver is a working woman in her mid-40s who has gone to college, and who cares for an elderly parent who lives nearby. Many women leave the work force entirely. Junghans is reaching out to women to spread the word that support and help are available and can be catered to meet each client’s specific needs. Whether a family is searching for full-time elderly care services, or just a few hours’ help each week, ComForcare home care providers are experienced, trained, and available to help. About ComForcare Home Care Services ComForcare began in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, in 1996 as a company dedicated to establishing a new standard in the quality of non-medical home care. After perfecting the winning formula, ComForcare began franchising and now has locations throughout the United States and in Canada and the U.K. Each independently owned and operated ComForcare office offers home care services including personal care, homemaking, transportation, companionship and family respite services to improve the quality of life and level of independence for every individual and family receiving its services. ComForcare Home Care 2510 Telegraph Road, Suite 100 Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302 248-745-9700 http://www.comforcare.com


Home Care Franchise Owner Shares First-Hand Experience with Michigan Family Caregivers