Episode 9

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25th Nov 2021

Finding A Great Home Healthcare Agency: You Don’t Have to Go It Alone.

Finding a good home healthcare agency can be a challenge for any family caregiver, especially for those living in suburban and rural areas.

In this episode, I speak with two special guardian angels who seem to know just how reduce the fear and loneliness that comes from caring for an elderly parent or frail spouse. In-home care does not have to be just for the wealthy. In our discussion, we dive into how caregivers can effectively research and successfully hire a home care agency. We also talk about when NOT to hire an agency, how to manage your own loneliness and stress as a caregiver; what happens when things go wrong, and more.

My guests, Julie Brubaker and Inga Lake are the founders of EPAGA Home care in Bigfork, Montana. They’ve combined their personal and professional experience, heart, and love of farming (think sheep, cattle, apple pie, and more) and family, and their Christian faith to build the foundation of their values-based homecare agency. Part of that is their rule that every hire must meet their “Grandma Test.” Listen and learn more on this and other guidelines they live and work by.

Extra bonus:  Checklist on how to hire an agency.  

Show Host: Nancy May, Author How to Survive 911 Medical Emergencies, Step-by-Step Before, During, After!  Expert in managing the path of step-by-step caring for an aging parent or family member, even from over 1200 miles away, or more. For a Free File-of-Life to www.howtosurvive911.com

Guests:  Julie Brubaker and Inga Lake, Co-CEOs, EPAGA Home Care, Inc, Kalispell, Montana. The EPAGA is Agapé spelled backwards, which was not not picked randomly or without purpose. The Biblical definition of “agapé” exemplifies what Inga and Julie believed to be the key reason for their mission and service to others in the home care setting. Agapé is “love”, the highest form of love, especially brotherly love – the love of God for man and of man for God. They felt their choice of such an agency name was essential to convey to the world the true meaning and mission of their business.

Disclaimer: The views, perspectives, and opinions expressed in this show are those of the show guest and not directly those of the companies they serve or that of the host or the producer CareManity, LLC. Information discussed should not be taken as medical, legal, or financial advice. Please seek the advice or you own personal medical, legal or financial advisors as each person’s situation is different. (c) Copyright 2021 CareManity, LLC all rights reserved. CareManity is a trademark of CareManity, LLC

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Eldercare Success
Doing It Best with Eldercare Success
Join us in Doing it Best with Eldercare Success where we explore ways to relieve the stress, exhaustion and overwhelm that we all face in caring for an aging parent, frail spouse, or partner. Fear, frustration, emotional and financial strain do not have to be your MO! In this show, we dive into unraveling the tricks, traps, and gotchas that create more questions than answers while caring for those we love.
Join Nancy May, and her guests as she helps relieve the pressures and delivers solid ways to find more joy and freedom as we care for those with those we love. Here you’ll learn how to find the ground under your feet again. Hang tight there’s a better road ahead.
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Nancy May

Nancy May is a corporate leader, business advisor, author, speaker, and nationally recognized podcast host. She has spent her career working with CEOs, Boards of Directors, and senior leaders in the public and private corporate sectors. These experiences gave her the strength and foundation to step in and provide her parents with guidance and support, both as their POA and Trustee, and diehard advocate as they aged. Nancy credits her father an entrepreneur, innovator of innovative eyewear design, and her mom for encouraging and preparing her to acquire the many skills needed to start, build, and lead several successful businesses. She has transitioned these competencies and life lessons to into her new business, CareManity, LLC, which focuses on providing family caregivers structured ways to obtain practical knowledge, resources, and access much-needed support.