Melinda R., RN, BSN, – President (1997):firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been known for having a lot of energy and enthusiasm and as I look back I believe those were key components of being able to start a business. I saw a need for dependable senior care and I wanted a work environment where new ideas were embraced and there were no limits on what you could do for others-including for caregivers. It didn’t take long to see that it wasn’t just seniors who needed in-home care and that people were getting discharged with complex needs. I love innovation. It was fun to develop how to provide complex care in the home by focusing on a strong foundation of nurse supervision.
The caregivers were excited and enjoyed working closely with our nurses in providing a new level of care. I love the moments of realizing we have accomplished something special. Moments where we knew we had made a difference. I love the people…our clients and our family of caregivers. I am so fortunate to work with friends whom I admire and who have the same passion for creating those moments for others. Owning a business meant I could have my personal preferences. I hate answering machines in health care. A simple statement but over the last 24 years I can think of many times this simple belief has resulted in caregivers getting questions answered immediately and clients knowing they can always reach us. It has been a dream come true to be a business owner and have the freedom to say, “Yes, we can fly to Florida and pick up a lovely grandmother who wants to come to Portland for a special family gathering.” “Yes, we can evacuate you, your dog, and all of your equipment to a hotel when your well pump freezes.” “Yes, we can provide complex care to your loved one with ALS.” “Yes, we can dismantle our skills lab hospital bed and bring it over and set it up so you don’t have to return to rehab tonight because your hospital bed didn’t get delivered.” At No Worries I have the freedom to say “Yes” and that is what makes this work so meaningful. I am blessed with a husband who served for 34 years at Oregon State Police. He understands you drop everything when someone needs help and there have been numerous occasions over the years that he has provided help. His support has allowed me to do what I love. We have 3 amazing children who have married wonderful people and blessed us with 12 incredible grandchildren. Life is good!