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The Grand Strand’s First Choice for Senior Home Care and Elder Care Services

My name is Ashley DesMarteau, Director of Operations, and I have been exactly where you are right now. Two years ago I unexpectedly found myself looking for care for my parents and didn’t know the first place to look. Being two states away and an only child added to the pressure of finding the best choice for them. With every visit, I wondered if I should uproot my family to come take care of my aging parents. How could I suggest my parents leave the home they’ve loved for years? They worked hard to cultivate friendships and roles in their community. It didn’t seem fair to uproot anyone.

You are not alone in this journey. As part of Home Care Assistance, I get to help other families avoid this stress and heartache. Home Care Assistance proudly keeps older adults safe and happy at home. We set the standard in home care by cultivating client relationships that are rich in respect, dignity and trust.

Our goal is to make a difference in the lives of seniors in our community. This may mean working with someone who simply needs a helper or someone who needs 24 hour care as they transition home from the hospital.

Chances are you are researching us because there is a senior in your life who needs in-home care now or in the future. Did a visit with a family member, parent, grandparent make you realize they are not safe living alone? Perhaps you or a loved one have recently received an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis. Maybe you are looking for care for yourself or for your spouse. Regardless of the reason, the team at Home Care Assistance of the Grand Strand is here for you.

Thank you, Grand Strand, for making us the premier provider of home care for older adults. We are honored by the trust so many families place in us!

We offer high quality, personalized care where seniors most prefer: at home.

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The team at Home Care Assistance of the Grand Strand is very polite, friendly and compassionate. All of the employees are very dedicated and reliable and it shows with their superior service! I would highly recommend.

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Last summer, my mother was fortunate enough to have Home Care Assistance of the Grand Strand step in and help her out while she was recovering from a major medical incident. I live in Colorado and was not able to be there for the ...

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Whenever there is a need for a great home care agency, I know that Home Care Assistance will always come through. Ashley cares deeply about all of the families that she works with. They always make sure to hire caring, loving peop...

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The Home Care Assistance staff provided my husband and I with peace of mind and it was comforting to have someone during the evening and night-time so that my husband could get a good night's rest. The staff is courteous and arri...

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You will not find a more dedicated and compassionate provider for your loved one than Home Care Assistance of the Grand Strand. The company is highly selective in their hiring and it shows. On countless occasions, the staff has go...

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Home Care Assistance is very involved with the Waccamaw Community. Through civic action and generous donations to local charities, they really make a difference in this area. Ashley is such a caring and genuine person. It is obvio...

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Meet The Care Team

Patricia Gonzalez

Employee Care Manger

Patricia has been in the home care industry for over 25 years. Her roles have ranged from Lead Scheduler to Office Manager since she began in 1995. Patricia is a veteran of the United States Navy where she worked as a Corpsman providing medical support to our service members. She also has certifications in HHA, Certified Medical Assistant, and CNA.

Working with the geriatric population has been Patricia's passion. She is currently the caregiver for her 88-year-old grandmother and has taken care of her since she was in high school. Being able to give back to others who have so much knowledge and life experiences is a blessing. They have so much to share and all they would like is to be heard and loved. Patricia is excited to bring this sense of compassion to all the seniors in her local community. She is from a Proud Military family has four children, 2 sons in the Marine Corps, and is a grandmother of four. Patricia truly feels that her life has been a blessing and looks forward to supporting her community.

Ashley DesMarteau

Regional Director for South Carolina

Ashley moved to South Carolina nearly 30 years ago and after graduating from the College of Charleston her career in corporate community relations took her all over the country.

Ashley is passionate about helping families of aging parents find the best care option. Her own experiences as a family caregiver to her parents enable her to connect with families in a very emotional way. She was drawn to Home Care Assistance because of the Cognitive Therapeutics Method, after losing her Grandfather to Alzheimer’s. She hopes to help others avoid the pains and difficulties involved in selecting the right care options for their loved ones. Ashley prides herself on being solution-focused with her staff, clients and community.

Ashley has been extensively involved in non-profit, foundation and development work. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Tidelands Hospital Foundation for three years and was recently nominated to join the Executive Committee. She served as the Chair of the Annual Gifts Committee for two years, is currently President Elect of her Rotary Club, and is Mission Chair for the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's.

Ashley loves South Carolina and considers moving to Pawleys Island, with her husband Noel and their three boys, as a dream come true. Ashley has been extensively involved in non-profit, Foundation and development work professionally and as a volunteer. She was drawn to Home Care Assistance because of the Cognitive Therapeutics Method after losing her Grandfather to Alzheimer’s. She is solution-focused with her staff, clients and community. She works hard to create give all seniors in the community, not just her clients, the ability to stay in their own homes, safe and happy, for as long as they are able.

April Voegele

Employee Care Manager / Scheduler

April Voegele has been with Home Care Assistance of the Grand Strand for two years and was drawn to the field of home care from a personal level. Her uncle was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at the age of 55. He was not fortunate to have the option of home care and was placed in a facility and was eventually transferred to a psychiatric facility. He passed away in 2016 at the age of 62 from this disease. April knows first-hand how hard it is for an individual suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's but also how hard it can be on the family members who provide care day-to-day. Because of this experience in her life, April pride herself on matching caregivers and clients to ensure our clients and family members are receiving the best possible care, compassion and dignity in their home for as long as possible.


April attended her first Walk to end Alzheimer's marathon in 2017 and was awed by the compassion her community showed. She was proud to be part of the group of family members, friends, co-workers and agencies all walking together for a common goal. It was truly inspiring. We all know someone who suffers from dementia and Alzheimer's making the lives for these individuals better is all that we can hope to achieve. April hopes to make each family in her community feel at ease because they trust that their family member is well-taken care of.

Lisa Phelan

Client Care Manager

Lisa comes to Home Care Assistance after spending many years in the non-profit hospice world as a social worker. She looks forward to continuing her work with older adults as the Client Care Manager at Home Care Assistance of the Grand Strand. Lisa attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for college and received her Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of South Carolina. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teenaged boys.

Karen Harrelson

Staffing Assistant

Karen was born and raised in Georgetown, SC and has been in the medical field for over 30 years. She has done everything from working in offices doing coding and billing to working in the field with patients, where she served as a caregiver for 20 years. Her compassion for elders in her community is what drives her and she looks forward to making a difference in the lives of local seniors.

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Why People Use Home Care Services by Home Care Assistance

Aging can be difficult. Your grandparents may not be able to live independently once they move past a certain age. Caring for them may be too much for you to do on your own, which is where a home care service provider comes in. This individual will help them with daily tasks, like getting groceries and taking their medication. The provider can assist with just about anything that your grandparents need. Home Care Assistance is a trusted name in the industry and is a company that you should consider going forward.

Caregiver for your loved ones in the comfort of their own house in Grand Strand South Carolina

Coming to the decision that home care is necessary is only the beginning. It does not matter if you are just working with one grandparent or two, home care can be extremely beneficial for them. For starters, it allows them to stay in their own home instead of moving into a facility. They are in familiar surroundings and they do not have to go anywhere to get the medical attention that they need. If you decide to work with Home Care Assistance, they will do everything in their power to take excellent care of your grandparents.

Senior & Elderly Care

If you decide to go with one of the elderly care plans for seniors, you are certain to feel good about the services being offered. Home Care Assistance understands what it means to take care of seniors, regardless of their relationship to you. They will figure out what they need and discuss care with their doctor so that they tailor the plan specifically to them. It really does not matter what their medical issue is, Home Care Assistance can help!

Alzheimer's

Is your loved one dealing with Alzheimer's Disease? If so, they may not be able to remember many things that they did before. They may not even know who you are. In addition, you may see behavioral changes. They may experience periods of sadness or quick mood changes.

Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's Disease often begins with a noticeable tremor in the hands or feet. As the disease progresses, the sufferer may have difficulty walking, talking and sleeping. Their muscles tighten up and they begin to experience a lack of mobility.

Dementia

Dementia is a terrible disease. Sufferers generally show either behavioral or psychological symptoms. They may have difficulty remembering certain details or they might have trouble interacting with other people.

Stroke Victim Care

Strokes bring forth a host of different problems. For example, muscular issues are quite common in people suffering from a stroke. They may appear to be clumsy, and they might have difficulty seeing as well. The person dealing with the stroke might not have any energy and they may feel a bit dizzy. Many stroke victims have difficulty speaking; their speech is nearly indecipherable at times.

Cancer

There are so many different types of cancer. You can have lung cancer, skin cancer or lymphatic cancer. It affects men and women of all different ages. One of the more common types of cancer in older individuals is melanoma and basal cell cancer.

About Our Caregiving Services

There are ways to handle each of the issues noted above. It is important to consider what stage your loved one is at in their disease. For those that have not progressed very much, a home care professional may be sufficient for the time being. The team at Home Care Assistance is eager to talk to you about how they can help your grandparents. Their prices are reasonable and their staff is well trained and efficient. You can rest easy knowing that they are taking care of your loved ones! Get in touch with them today so you can figure out your next steps when it comes to the care of your grandparents.

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