By Starrla Cray
WRIGHT, CARVER, McLEOD COUNTIES, MN Lisa Krueger doesn’t have wings or a halo, but she does joyfully watch over the needs of others.
Krueger, who lives about one mile east of Delano, recently opened a personal care/home companionship business called Angel Hearts Home Care.
She is licensed, certified, and bonded to provide private, personal care for seniors, people recovering from surgery, individuals with disabilities, or anyone who could use assistance with the activities of daily living.
“Living in their own home can give people a sense of independence and self confidence, and I can help them do that,” Krueger said.
Her services are extensive, ranging from grooming/hygiene care to mobility assistance to medication reminders and everything in between.
“Basically, it’s whatever the client needs,” she said, explaining that Angel Hearts Home Care can shop for groceries, perform light housekeeping, prepare nutritious meals, provide transportation to wherever a client wants to go, and more.
“We also provide companionship,” Krueger added. “It can be nice to just share a meal together.”
Assistance with appropriate physical and mental exercises is also offered.
“I think it’s important to think about the whole person,” Krueger said.
Specialized services from Angel Hearts Home Care include care for clients experiencing dementia symptoms, and support for caregivers who’d like time off.
In addition, veterans who receive in-home care receive a special discount.
“For me, this is a way to give back,” Krueger said. “I’m very grateful for all they do for us.”
Angel Hearts Home Care is a cost-effective alternative to nursing home care, and it is often covered under long-term care insurance, according to Krueger.
“The average cost of a nursing home is $5,000 to $7,000 per month,” she said. “Six hours per week of home care for a whole year is still cheaper than one month in the nursing home.”
Krueger also has a nurse on staff, which could help clients save money on doctor visits, she added.
Krueger said that people are sometimes reluctant to ask for help, but once they try her services, they are grateful.
“I just want to help people have the quality of life that they want,” she said. “Also, it gives children peace of mind, if their parent is living alone.”
Some children choose to care for their elderly parents themselves, but often, the dynamics in the relationship change as a result.
“It can be a role reversal, in which the child becomes the parent,” Krueger said. “Home care can be a good way to maintain that relationship status quo.”
A 40-mile radius
Krueger has been living in the Delano/Maple Plain area for the past 14 years, and she’s excited to serve clients within a 40-mile radius of her home.
“It’s nice to have someone local,” she said. “A lot of people know me.”
Krueger and her husband, Rick, are the parents of 6-year-old twin boys, Matthew and Zachary.
“Prior to having my boys, I spent 10 years doing technical recruiting,” Krueger said. “This time around, I wanted something more fulfilling and close to my heart.”
Now that her sons are in first grade, Krueger decided it was the right time to start Angel Hearts Home Care.
“I honestly care for the wellbeing and quality of life of others, and I want the client’s family to be 100 percent confident their loved one is receiving the best quality of care,” Krueger noted. “This type of work has to sincerely come from the heart. It’s not a job; it’s a privilege.”
Krueger’s clients have high praise for her work.
“I was a little hesitant about having someone come in and do things for me, but let me tell you, it was the best decision I made,” one client noted.
Angel Hearts Home Care offers a free in-home consultation to match its services with clients’ needs.
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