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Why Do You Want to Be a Caregiver?

Know What Inspires You to Care for Others

Caregiving is a rewarding career that offers so much potential. What inspires you to be a caregiver? There are many different reasons our caregivers decide to care for seniors. The “why” behind your decision to become a caregiver is important. For some, it starts with a special relationship with a senior relative who needed care. Some enjoy the satisfaction of knowing they made a difference in someone’s life. Others have just always had a heart for helping others. And others find it is their favorite way to use their CNA certification.

Regardless of your reason, it is rewarding and necessary work. We find it is most rewarding for those who consider it as much more than just a job.

Though a career in caregiving can be endlessly rewarding, that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. That is why it’s important to always stay focused on the reasons why you became a caregiver in the first place. At Griswold Home Care, our caregivers are dedicated to the mission of providing compassionate, dignified care to their community. Keeping that in mind keeps them going.

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, Minister 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 to care for her. Jean was deeply saddened by what she felt was an easily preventable tragedy. 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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