Fast-forward 15 years ahead. I moved, studied, worked in various fields before circumstances bought me back to my tea partner and I was shocked by her appearance. The bright blue eyes had lost their liveliness, her beautiful living room was unkempt and missing most of her antique teacups and my heart broke. I realized what my friend needed was someone to care for her in a respectful and dignified manner. To her existing caregivers, it was just a job to them. But before I could make a difference, she passed away. To this day I regret not keeping in touch, and wished I could have been there to help.
Through my grief, an idea was born… I knew there were caring individuals with the necessary skills to help individuals who need assistance, not just necessary medical care, but apply the human element in a dignified way.