Akin Care has a very endearing story of how the company came to be. Some of you have read it or have heard it personally from our owner, Ann King-Musza.
Ann cared for both her parents for 15 years. Ann and her husband, Laszlo, discovered a challenge that stuck with them. It was difficult to find a caregiver with expertise to provide good, quality home care. Ann did not just want “good” care for her parents. She wanted the best care.
It was not always easy to find.
Ann and Laszlo turned this challenge into their mission and started Akin Care Senior Services.
The official Akin Care mission is
“To provide the highest quality, most compassionate in-home senior care to the elders of our community by matching them with our highly trained, professional and compassionate caregivers.”
I stepped into this family business in June of 2023 as the Executive Director of Akin Care Senior Services.
I had a few reservations. I have been in senior positions in a few companies during my 25 years in the healthcare industry. Anytime it was directly involving care with seniors, there was a franchise model to follow or a corporate standard to uphold.
This was not my family. How would that dynamic work with me stepping into a family business? The team in place that had been working together for some time.
I jumped in with both feet. I learned their business. I learned the inception, the history, the ups and downs, and the goals that were ahead.
I got to know Ann and Laszlo as people. I got to know the staff and the amazing caregivers they worked so hard to recruit and train. Not only did Ann and Laszlo welcome me with open arms as a part of their team, but the stellar office team embraced me as the same.
Working with families in need of care and guidance has been an eye-opening experience.
Through our Dementia Concierge Services, we are working with families to teach them how to achieve better interactions with their loved ones and handle challenging dementia behaviors and communication issues. We have also been helping families find appropriate care communities when home care is not the best solution.
We are kicking off a Family Caregiver Support group on January 17, 2024, to provide a venue for family caregivers to receive emotional support.
We are providing dementia training for our care partner communities. We are teaching professionals and loved ones of those with dementia the Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar. This is the course required to become a CDP. We are even able to offer eight credits to nurses for this class through the CE Network.
Ann and I have personally set out to educate our caregivers, their families, and healthcare professionals on innovative, meaningful, and strategic approaches to dementia care. We started within our own office. All members of our intake team have become Certified Dementia Practitioners.
My journey with Akin Care Senior Services has been extraordinary. Becoming a part of this family means so much to me. My personal goal is to not only meet the Akin Care mission, but to make our clients feel as much as a part of our family as I do.
I am convinced this is where I am meant to be, and I am so excited to see where this road takes us.
Reach out to us today to discuss your care needs and let Akin Care Senior Services become a part of your family as well.
Sheli Monacchio CDP, CADDCT, CMDCP
Akin Care Senior Services