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About Our Griswoldness

Compassionate Home Care for the Elderly & Those with Special Needs

Griswold Home Care was founded by the late Jean Griswold in 1982, making us the oldest non-medical home care franchise organization in the country. While we operate in a growing industry with many respected competitors, we are unique. We call the characteristics that make us unique are our Griswoldness. Those characteristics come directly from Jean Griswold.

About Jean Griswold

Our founder, Jean Griswold, was a care professional who became a visionary entrepreneur when she started the first non-medical home care franchise in the United States while running her own home care business.

Jean started at her dining room table in 1982 in suburban Philadelphia. Her husband, Reverend and Doctor Lincoln Griswold, informed her that an elderly woman in their parish had died through the complications associated with malnutrition and dehydration because she had no support system for care. Jean was deeply saddened by what she felt was an easily preventable tragedy and she was driven to act.

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 passed away on January 28th, 2017 at the age of 86. She was an inspirational woman and entrepreneur, and despite her passing, her values live on in Griswold Home Care today.

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  • “We found the people who were such a wonderful match for Mom and I’ve been able to have them consistently. Griswold supported the fact that I would like the same person consistently. I know now a caregiver is at home with Mom.”
    - Angelika
  • “It’s great to have an agency like Griswold that you can go to to help you with the things that you need. Pick up that phone and call and say, “I need help,” and Griswold say, “Okay, what can we do for you?”
    - Tony and Linda
  • “She always calls me when she has a day off or when she leaves. She always calls and I tell my friends, I said, “My aide calls me even when she’s not here.” They can’t believe that.”
    - Harriet
  • “What we liked about Griswold was the flexibility that they provide. They provide all kinds of service. They’re very respectful of our conditions. They help where we need them. They let us do what we want to do. They can do whatever we ask them.”
    - Leroy, Joyce & Stacey

About Griswold Home Care

Griswold Home Care operates in more than 200 locations across 30 states and has touched more than 100,000 families. As the category pioneer, we have a unique position and understanding of the business of compassionate care at a deeper level. Our company was built upon the timeless values of compassion and care. These ideals are still at the heart of all we do. They are the living legacy of a remarkable woman who set out to help neighbors in need, not knowing what her passion would lead to many years later.

Jean Griswold’s idea was so powerful that it evolved and grew to become a nationwide organization that now serves tens of thousands of people every day. Jean’s values are based on one simple, overarching idea: Dignity – The state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect.

    Dignity encompasses every aspect of our company in the following ways:

    1. The care recipient who seeks to maintain quality of life in their home with the aid of caregivers who help them retain the dignity of independent living.
    2. The caregiver who has chosen a profession of compassionate care and is deserving of dignity and recognition for their tireless and often selfless work.
    3. The staff who have chosen to work in a special business of dignified purpose at the intersection of commerce and compassion.

    Jean Griswold was an extraordinary woman. Her experiences helped her appreciate the job of a caregiver, and her disability helped her understand the needs of a client.

    Though Jean is gone, her commitment to dignity lives on—because dignity is timeless.

    That’s our Griswoldness.

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