An Interview with Right at Home Owner, Belinda Grunewald

 Posted by Kelsey Florek on May 6, 2019 at 2:53 PM

Caring Transitions of South Oakland County provides relocation, downsizing, and liquidation services to individuals and families. Often our older clients have the need for private duty home care services, whether they are staying in their homes or transitioning into senior living. Private duty home care services can help our clients get the assistance they need and give them the opportunity to live as independently as possible.

It’s important for us to have a strong referral network so if our clients need a resource or vendor, we can connect them with a company that we know will care about their needs. Right at Home of Grosse Pointe is one of these resources and we would like to introduce them here, in order to educate you further about the services they provide for older adults.

Belinda, you are the owner of a homecare company, why did you decide to go into this line of work?

I actually worked alongside Right at Home for years when I was a health care administrator. The doctors on my team would visit retirement communities and private homes to see patients, we often had the same clients/patients as Right at Home.

Of course, there were a lot of homecare groups out there, but it was Right at Home that I enjoyed working with the most as they were always so nice, my patients loved the caregivers, my team members liked their staff and they proactively helped me keep my patients out of the hospital. Their owner Jeff Welsh was also someone I truly enjoyed working alongside. Teaming up with him to become a co-owner of Right at Home Grosse Pointe was a no brainer.

Can you tell me something interesting or different about yourself?

I was born in Adelaide Australia, grew up in Bjärnum Sweden and moved to the U.S. when I was 20. I wanted to travel, which is how I ended up in the U.S. I’ve lived in Key West and Las Vegas, but it’s Michigan that I really love. I also love to paint, have even sold some paintings and created large wall murals, and on occasion I will volunteer and draw caricatures in retirement communities. Drawing caricatures of seniors is the most fun thing anyone can do!

So, what is your background?

My background has been in various positions in healthcare. As the Administrator for a visiting physician group with a patient average age of 90, I learned how to keep seniors from falling and out of the hospital. We were on staff at hospitals, rehabs and visited our patients in their private homes and retirement communities in the tri-county area. I graduated Business and Administration school in Sweden.

Can you briefly explain what Right at Home does?

We take care of clients in their private homes and in retirement communities, we also staff independent living communities as their in house private duty group. You can say that we enable our clients to continue living independently and continue to do those things they’ve always enjoyed doing. It’s all about maintaining a high quality of life and staying out of the hospital.

Our team of amazing caregivers do a lot for our clients: Respite Care, Home Health Aide, Hygiene, Dementia Care, Medication Reminders, Companionship Care, and more.

Anything else?

I am extremely passionate about educating our local community and the health care community about all the services available to seniors and those with limited abilities. I especially want everyone to know about all the amazing services available in your own home, many which are covered by insurance! It breaks my heart when I explain services that are available, and the family members start crying, because this information is changing their life.

I have started a coalition called Healthy Seniors that is now part of Healthy Grosse Pointe & Harper Woods. Our goal is to educate our local residents and providers on options, services, reduce medications, falls and hospitalizations and improve the quality of life of our seniors.

 

If you would like to know more about Right at Home Grosse Pointe, contact Belinda today.

Belinda Grunewald, President

Right at Home Grosse Pointe 

18000 Mack Avenue, Suite B

Grosse Pointe, MI 48230

Phone 586-777-7993

www.RightAtHome.net/grosse-pointe