Griswold Home Care was founded by the late Jean Griswold in 1982 and we are celebrating our 35th anniversary as the oldest non-medical senior care franchise organization in the country. While we operate in a growing industry with many respected competitors providing similar services, we’re a little different. That’s our “Griswoldness”. Our differences start with our Founder, the late Jean Griswold.
About Jean Griwsold
Our founder, Jean Griswold, was an entrepreneur who founded and managed a non-medical home care corporation while confined to a wheelchair. Jean passed away on January 28, 2017 at the age of 86.
Jean started what is now Griswold Home Care at her dining room table in 1982 in suburban Philadelphia. Her husband, Presbyterian minister Dr. Lincoln Griswold informed her that an elderly woman in their parish had died because she could not find someone to help her with daily activities. Troubled by the news, Jean pressed for details. She learned that without support, the woman had stopped eating and drinking and eventually passed away from kidney failure. Jean was deeply saddened by what she felt was an easily preventable tragedy. She was driven to act.
From that beginning today, Griswold Home Care operates in 200 locations across 33 states touching more than 100,000 families.
Jean Griswold was an extraordinary leader. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1967, at the age of 36, but continued to work actively in her office until she was 79. She published a book, “Fears of the Elderly” in 2013.
Jean was born in New York City; she received a bachelor’s degree in economics and business from Douglass College and a master’s degree in personnel and guidance from Rutgers University. She received an honorary doctorate from Holy Family University in 2006. From 2003 to 2004 she was Entrepreneur in Residence at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She won numerous awards, including the Spirit of Philadelphia Award, the Working Woman’s 2001 Entrepreneur of the Year honor, and the 2002 MS National Achievement Award of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Jean was an inspirational woman and entrepreneur and despite her passing, her values live on in Griswold Home Care today, 35 years later.
There are many companies operating today in the senior home care industry. Given the demographics of an aging population, there are more entrants every day. Many of them are fine companies who provide excellent and compassionate care as we do. But we’re a little different, and it’s worthwhile to understand the differences that make up our Griswoldness and make us unique in the marketplace:
- Compassion, More than Commerce
Griswold was established in 1982 based on a model of compassionate care originally in the Philadelphia area based on the values of Jean Griswold our founder. Back in the early 1980s there were far less demographic underpinnings to the senior care industry. Jean saw the need in her community and acted. Boomers were then people in their 30s and 40s when she established the company. She merely saw a need in her community and reacted with no business ambitions. The delivery of compassionate care was her primary objective then as it is at Griswold Home Care today.
- Compassion is Timeless because Dignity is Timeless
We live in a world where new technology can change industries rapidly. While that's true in most industries, the delivery of compassionate care is "old fashioned". It’s a business where old-time values of respect for the individual and compassion to those who have need are the bedrocks of our reason for being. We help our clients retain the dignity they seek in living in the place they love. The longevity of our business and the long-term relationship with caregivers makes Griswold special, and caregivers working with Griswold are second to none in the industry, provide unparalleled compassionate care. They truly have a “Heart of Gold”. That’s the Griswold way.
- Our name was not created by marketing people
Our name is Griswold, not a snappy name that marketing folk would have thought of. It’s another reason why we'll always be a little different. We were founded and named by a person, Jean Griswold, and Jean’s values permeate through how we operate, who we are, and how we will exist in the future. We have the obligation of living up to our founder’s name. We take that responsibility seriously and seek to do so every day.
We are proud of our “Griswoldness” and proud to have a long history of compassionate care for seniors. We ask for the opportunity of caring for you or a loved one. You can depend on us for the highest level of compassionate care, helping people live in the place they love.