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Complimentary February 2012

Living the Good Life

A Fresh Approach to Home Care

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Welcome to the February issue. Love is in the air! February is the month of romance. There are many ways to show your love and affection to your significant other this Valentine’s Day. Living the Good Life

One way, and perhaps the most important way, is to spend time with her. Nothing says you care more than spending quality time alone with your partner. Most people appreciate that more than anything. Now, it would be a special touch and very much recommended to buy her a wonderful gift and conclude the day with a nice dinner out. February is also Heart Month. In conjunction with this, the Go Red For Women movement was born to call attention to cardiovascular diseases in women. Certainly us men want the ladies in our lives to know their risk factors for heart disease. See page 10 in this issue for more information.

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February 2012 12 • Interim HealthCare A Fresh Approach To Home Care 16 • Sparkles For Your Sweetie! 18 • Friends Of The Animals 20 • A Word From The Statesville Chamber: Democratic National Convention– Bringing Attention To Our Area 22 • A Word From The Mooresville–South Iredell Chamber: Renewing Our Commitment To Advocate For Businesses

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cover story

On the Cover–Jill Bogage, Certified Senior Advisor and Bill Bogage, CEO of Interim HealthCare. Pictured–Offering free in-home evaluations, Jill is shown with the company’s wrapped Kia Soul. Opposite page, left– Jamineka Davis, CNA and Client Care Coordinator, and Meredith Humphrey, CNA, have received extensive training. Right– Employees understand the needs of seniors. Harriett Bogage will give you a warm welcome and a hug if you need one.

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A Fresh Approach to Home Care By Kristie Darling We learn to care at a very early age. We take care of our toys; we care for a new puppy; we model the care we see our parents give a new baby or sick grandparent. These lessons serve us well as we grow up. Sometimes, our early experiences help us navigate to a career with profound meaning for us. “When I was in my 20s, I watched my mother spend five years caring for my brother, who was ill,” Bill Bogage recalls. “She helped him with everything. There was very little outside help available. That memory has always been in the back of my mind.” Bill’s wife, Jill, also learned about caring from family. She was very close to her grandparents. “When it was needed, my grandparents hired a caregiver who lived with them. After my grandfather died, she stayed

on and continued to take care of my grandmother,” Jill explains. “She taught us all and gave our whole family peace of mind. We could spend more quality time with my grandmother knowing that her needs were being met by someone who really cared.” A NEW CAREER When the Bogages decided to change careers, they looked for something to do that was worth their while–a needed service in the community–something that would provide a sense of personal reward. After an extensive investigation of the home health industry, Bill and Jill selected Interim HealthCare, a nationally respected home care and health care staffing franchise company. Bill serves as CEO, and Jill is HR and

marketing director. Since its founding in 1966, Interim HealthCare has grown to over 300 independently operated franchise locations that employ more than 75,000 nurses, therapists, aides and health care personnel. Across the nation, Interim HealthCare franchises serve approximately 50,000 people each day. “What differentiates Interim HealthCare is our focus on the continuum of care that we provide,” Bill explains. “Jill and I are both Certified Senior Advisors, and we understand that caring for someone in their home is much more than just making sure they get their meals and their medications. Our mission statement says so much–we improve people’s lives.” Indeed, the

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Left–Improving people’s lives–From left to right, back row: Harriett Bogage, Jamineka Davis, CNA and Client Care Coordinator, Meredith Humphrey, CNA, and Sharon Becker, LPN Front row: Bill & Jill Bogage

Opposite page, left– The staff meets to coordinate care. Right– Providing nursing services–Sharon Becker, LPN, is shown with a patient. support Interim HealthCare offers allows patients to remain at home or transition back home after a hospital or nursing home stay. The list of services is extensive, and Interim’s in-home nurses and aides are thoroughly and professionally trained to provide excellent care that enriches lives. IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME Assistance with daily living activities is a core service. Interim’s HomeLife Enrichment Program focuses on the whole person–body, mind, spirit and family. Addressing these areas of a person’s care can enhance his or her recovery, engagement with others, and quality of life. Programs that focus on the body include home safety assessments, exercise, and personal response systems. Brain games, puzzles and conversation are fun ways to keep patients thinking. A patient’s spirit is enhanced with Pals2Pets, a program that helps people 14

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keep and care for their four-legged companions, patient life reviews, and other interactive activities. And, of course, families are supported in so many ways: with respite care and Caregiver’s Coaching, an Interim support program for family caregivers. Individuals, not just the elderly but anyone recuperating from surgery or illness, may need help with dressing, bathing, meals and medications, help with a walker or wheelchair. They can thrive with companion assistance in managing doctor appointments, reading, cooking, exercise or going on walks. Light housework, laundry, taking out the garbage, doing dishes, and shopping can become overwhelming to someone who has diminished capacity. Interim’s personal care aides and certified nursing assistants are trained to do many tasks like these with integrity, skill, and compassion. All Interim care professionals are interviewed,

bonded, insured, and drug/background checked. Higher level nursing care at home is available. Skilled nursing services, such as health assessments, teaching family members about diseases and treatments, taking lab samples, changing dressings, and giving medications are managed by RNs and LPNs. Specialty nurses provide dementia care, glucose monitoring, IV infusion therapy, injections, ostomy and wound care, pain management and other therapies. “We can provide as much as 24/7 in-home care, or as little as emergency or one-time hourly service; there’s no minimum. We also offer respite care for family members. We’re very responsive and flexible to what is needed on an individual basis,” Jill explains. “We recently got a call at 5:30 from a patient who needed immediate help, and we had a nurse there by 7:30. We match the


right caregiver to each patient’s unique requirements and interests. Our nurses also take the guess work out of doctors’ orders and report back to primary care physicians.” COMPASSIONATE CARE Interim HealthCare serves ten counties, concentrating on Iredell, Rowan, Alexander and Stanley. Their office in Mooresville is in the Mount Mourne Springs Center off I-77 at exit 33. With hands-on administrative guidance from Bill and Jill, the team of over 30 inhome care professionals is supervised by Jamineka Davis, CNA and client care coordinator and Jacob Hedrick, RN director and service supervisor. “What impresses me most is that the Bogages are totally involved with our clients. Every one has direct access to Bill and Jill,” Jamineka shared. “Jill contacts our families immediately, she’s in touch with their doctors, and she’s even available to fill in if needed. The training and support they offer our caregivers is extensive and very important to our quality service. The Bogages go above and beyond.”

IN THE COMMUNITY The Interim HealthCare team is a specialized resource for area families and patients. “Our job is to point folks in the right direction when they have questions or need additional services,” Jill says. “We work with helping agencies like Meals on Wheels, Kiwanis, organizations that address children’s needs, those that provide therapy dogs and others. As Certified Senior Advisors, we can answer questions that are important to the elderly and their families—social and health issues, financial and legal needs, as well as resources in other areas.” As an Alzheimer’s Foundation of America qualified dementia home care provider, Jill is a resource for those needing help with family members. HELPING ANYONE GET BETTER “About 25% of our clients are under 55. We care for children, teens, adults and elders, all with the same quality inhome service,” Bill states. “We can send caregivers to assisted living centers or re-hab facilities. Over half of our clients get better and move off of our services, which is what we want. In-home care is very helpful when someone is transi-

tioning from hospital to home. If family would call us before someone leaves the hospital, we can provide useful support arranging for medical equipment, doing an in-home safety check or helping the individual become adept at using a walker, wheelchair or other items. They are less likely to go back to the hospital and are more confident that being at home is going to work for them.” WHEN IT MATTERS MOST I met Bill’s mom, Harriett, while I visited. She’s proud to turn 82 this month, and very happy to lend a hand several days each week. She’s been through the Alzheimer’s training and loves being active and helpful. “Mom moved in with us in June. She gives us perspective,” Bill said with a smile. Harriett says, “Being with family is the most important part to me.” I think all of Bill’s clients would say the same. Interim HealthCare 235 Medical Park Road, Suite 203 Mooresville, NC 28117 (704) 658-0555 www.interimhealthcare.com/carolinas IREDELL LIVING • FEBRUARY 2012

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business profile Sparkles for Your Sweetie! By Meredith Collins

Love is in the air this month, and there are certainly several items at Molly Malone’s Boutique to show L-O-V-E to your special Valentine!

Molly Malone’s Boutique has stores in Hickory and Mooresville. They sell one-of-a-kind jewelry, apparel, handbags, shoes, accessories and more. Owner Amanda Rogers lives in Hickory, NC with her daughter Paisley. She started in the retail industry over 16 years ago and opened her first retail location in Statesville in 2001. The business grew rapidly, and Amanda opened the Hickory’s Molly Malone’s Boutique in September 2005. In May 2011, they moved to a larger location behind Olive Garden. In 2008, she opened her second store in Mooresville. Amanda doesn’t want to just stop here. “I expect to open more stores in other locations and plan to start an online store where people can order items from our website, too,” Amanda said. Amanda’s passion for fashion and business shines. “I absolutely love what I do,” Rogers said. “I’ve always had this passion. I’m going to New York on a trip next week to get new product, and I am so excited!” The passion carries over to Amanda’s family, too. Her mother helps in the store, and her daughter spends time there, too. “It’s definitely a family affair,” Amanda said. “Paisley is a big part of 16

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the store. She even got her own cash register for Christmas. I hope to pass the store on to her one day.” Whether it’s mothers and daughters looking for a unique item or a husband shopping for a special gift for his wife, Molly Malone’s is sure to offer a more personal shopping experience than other stores. “With this economy, customers are more selective,” Amanda said. “You can come into our store and get great service. It’s something that sets us apart from big department stores.” This Valentine’s Day, both Molly Malone’s locations have plenty of gifts and a talented sales team on hand to help customers make the perfect selection. A few highlighted brands on many wish lists this Valentine’s Day include: • Brighton jewelry is one of the most popular brands Molly Malone’s carries. With full lines of bracelets, necklaces, earrings, rings, watches, hair accessories and more, this brand offers beautiful jewelry at an affordable price. • Vera Bradley is another must-have brand. New items arrived at the end of January. Come see what’s new! • Chamilia jewelry is another hot item! With a variety of collections, beads and colors, this brand is certain to please your special Valentine! • Bonn Bons offers more sparkle to dazzle your special lady! No, not the French candy, but these charms are just as sweet! • Other featured brands at Molly Malone’s are: Waxing Poetic, Lenny & Eva, Spanx, SwitchFlops, Pouchee, Card Cubby, and much more…

Happy Valentine’s Day! You can check out Molly Malone’s Boutique at either of these locations.

Molly Malones Boutique Mooresville 607 River Highway 704.663.1630

Hickory 2237 Highway 70 SE 828.328.2217

Hours: Mon–Sat 10 am–7 pm and in Mooresville Sun 1 pm–6 pm

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By Janet Harriman

Unconditional love knows no bounds.

home with abundant kisses from a

Commissioners. One of Friends of the

wagging dog or gentle nuzzles from a

Animal’s goals is to improve conditions

purring cat? Animals ground us and

at the Iredell County Animal Shelter by

Beyond the experience of human love,

offer a vital force of positive energy to

converting from gas chamber euthana-

animal lovers know another dimen-

complement humanity. As we care for

sia to the more humane lethal injection

sion; yes, there is more!

them, their ongoing affection comforts

method.

and heals us. What a sweet balance of If you’ve provided a temporary safe ha-

co-existence!

ven or a forever home for any animal, you are familiar with the symbiotic grace of unconditional love with your pet. Love is the answer for all hearts. Whether a service canine guides us with their eyes, detects drugs, bombs, smoke or even illness in our bodies with their keen sense of smell, our lives are truly enhanced and often saved by animals. Naturally, we can become their guardians, in kind. Many domesticated animals, such as dogs and cats, depend on us for food, shelter, and affection. We reap unlimited love from their companionship. Whose day doesn’t melt away and heart doesn’t soften when welcomed 18

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Friends of the Animals is now planning to a build a state-of-the-art, humane

Have you considered befriending a dog or cat? If yes, get acquainted with the mission and vision of Friends of the Animals, a non-profit organization. It was incorporated in 2005 to promote responsible pet ownership, adoption of homeless pets, and provides low cost spay and neuter services in our community. In 2007, the organization was successful in mobilizing community support when it submitted a petition with 4,000 signatures to the Iredell County

education and adoption center at the Lake Norman development, Langtree at the Lake, located off I-77 at exit 31. Surrounded by twenty acres of green space, the new center will include dog walking trails and a fenced dog park. With plans to open in the next several years, Friends of the Animals’ center will be a gathering place for animal lovers and a haven for adoptable pets. Up to 60 cats and 90 dogs will have the opportunity to find forever homes. In addition to being a rehabilitation and adoption center, educational programs compliant with the N.C. Character Education Curriculum will help


young people develop the innate gifts of caring, respect and

5K, 10K Race and Dog Walk on April 14, 2012 at Davidson

compassion. The programs will empower young people as

Town Green from 8 AM to 2 PM. Pawz Too Run will be part

they learn responsible pet ownership and the importance of

of the new Davidson Point Series Races.

spay/neuter procedures which can affect long-term improvement in the homeless pet crisis. Dog training and pet loss

For more information, visit FriendsOfTheAnimals.net. Your donation can be accepted online.

support will also be offered. In fact, pet loss support sessions are already available to those grieving the loss of their best friend. The new education and adoption center will be a regional model of the positive outcomes that are possible when we work together to provide the best quality of life for both

Join their mailing list today, and become a Friend of the Animals!

humans and animals. In 2011, various fundraising events were held to benefit

Find their open group on facebook.com/groups/FriendsOfTheAnimals.

Friends of the Animals. The Mooresville Wiener Race drew 1,000 spectators to downtown where sixty-five dachshunds competed in various categories for fastest wiener across the finish line. Top honors were presented to the best dressed

Photos, opposite page, from left to right:

and cutest competitors. Fore the Animals, last October’s

Left–Courtesy of Kelli Brinkley.

tournament at Birkdale Golf Course included a barbeque

Middle–Courtesy of Kelli Brinkley.

dinner and awards banquet.

Right–Courtesy of Susan Campbell.

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T A WORD FROM

Democratic National Convention:

Bringing Attention To Our Area

David Bradley President and CEO Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce

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he political season is upon us. This is the time of year that money flows for many. Radio, television and newspapers feed on the frenzy as advertising space gets booked up quickly. Printing shops will do well as candidates try to out do their opponents with promotional yard art. Just a few months ago, states were clamoring over each other, even threatening to sue, in order to move their primaries up on the calendar. The simple reason states want that earlier campaign cacophony is all about being in the spotlight. There is little doubt that politicians will be where the glare of the spotlight falls. September 3rd through 6th, 2012, there will no brighter glare–international glare–than the spotlight on Charlotte as the Queen City hosts the Democratic National Convention. There is perhaps no other event in the country (aside from the Republican National Convention) that will garner as much attention. It is expected that the convention will draw 30,000 delegates, their families and visitors (possibly a conservative estimate) as well as 15,000 media representatives from around the world. We can also expect to see thousands of political action committee representatives. The short-term economic impact of the DNC has been suggested to be as much as $200 million dollars. If you or your business are interested in being considered as a vendor during the DNC, you can register at www.demconvention.com. There are opportunities for a vast array of service and product providers. Conversations among community leaders discussing how our community can benefit from the convention are ongoing. Surely, there will be

a plentiful amount of fun(d) to be shared, right? Large blocks of rooms have been reserved at local lodging facilities. We can expect moderate positive impact on local restaurants and other service businesses. Be cautioned, however, that betting the bank on the cash register ringing continuously is probably a long shot. During the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, communities 30 to 50 miles away from the epicenter expressed only moderate short-term benefits. If that is indeed the case, what is the big deal? The big deal has nothing to do with your political party affiliation nor is it the short-term cash infusion into the region (although that doesn’t hurt). The most important thing the Democratic National Convention will bring to this area IS the attention. What do we look like under the glare of the global spotlight? Economic development organizations in the Charlotte region spend thousands of dollars every year to promote the high quality of life in the area, and we hope that their marketing materials prompt people to glance at us. This coming September, we won’t have to hope. Rest assured, community activists will probably pull together some events that might attract a small contingent of the conventioneers. Our best opportunity to shine will be, however, in the positive impression that we present. People WILL talk about the Charlotte region before, during and after the Democratic National Convention. Through our hospitality, acceptance of diverse opinions, and our willingness to help when asked, we can ensure that the talking about Charlotte, as well as Iredell County, will be positive.


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ith each new year we

planning any business venture has a

review and renew our

greater opportunity to achieve success.

commitment to our

The key is opportunity, not entitle-

Photo by Captain Gus

members and our community.

A WORD FROM

ment. No one is guaranteed success, but each has the equal opportunity

Day-to-day activity often distracts us

that the free enterprise system offers

from our long-term goal and can often

to all.

get us off track from our real objectives. The longer we travel without re-

As any business owner knows, suc-

view, the farther off track we become.

cess takes long hours, an unwavering

At some point, we must again reclaim

dedication to the job, clear goals, and

our commitment to achievement

full commitment to provide custom-

based on outcome.

ers top-notch service. Many will tell you of the lean times as their business

Renewing Our Commitment To Advocate For Businesses

Success is not based on arbitrary num-

began to grow. There were always

bers but on real, measurable results.

new and unforeseen obstacles that

This requires hard work and dedica-

presented challenges to their efforts.

tion to finishing the task. Confidence

Many required the ability to adapt,

grows from the achievement of tasks

improvise, and overcome. Failure was

completed toward a worthy goal.

not an option. This single-minded

Higher goals require greater commit-

dedication to success was the driving

ment and harder effort, but result in

force that propelled them to continue

a larger payoff. All too often we allow

when spirits were low and the hours

the perception to grow that there

were long. This irresistible force can

are short cuts to this process, or that

be the deciding factor between success

there are those endowed or entitled to

and failure.

bypass the necessary steps needed to achieve long term success. With the

We do a disservice when we believe

help of the small business association

that true achievement is attainable

through Mitchell Community College,

without effort. It requires hard work

Mtn. State University, along with the

and planning–not everyone succeeds–

Statesville Chamber of Commerce, we

but your chances are better if you do.

have once again started the Business

Kirk Ballard Chairman of the Board Mooresville - South Iredell Chamber of Commerce 22 28

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Planning Competition. Our objective

As we renew our mission to serve as

is to provide guidance in writing a

community champion and an advo-

successful business plan. This is done

cate for business, we realize it will

by providing educational seminars

take effort. Any worthy goal requires

that teach the necessary steps needed

dedication and hard work. We are up

in order to build a successful business.

to the task, and we are an irresistible

These classes are free. With proper

force that no object can stop.


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