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Glenn and Kathy Holden of Home Helpers help Wendy Crim (on the couch) of Cornelius care for her 2-year-old twins, Oliver (white shirt) and Samuel, and 10-month-old Noah.

A Helping Hand

By Karel Bond Lucander | Photography by Gayle Shomer

Posted: Wednesday, Jan. 02, 2013

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We get by with a little help from our friends, but they’re not always around. That’s where Home Helpers of Cornelius comes in. Whether you’re a new mom, rehabilitating from an injury or a senior who needs an extra hand, Home Helpers provides around-the-clock assistance.

“People don’t know a service like this exists, so they run around like chickens with their heads cut off trying to do everything they need to do in their lives,” says Kathy Holden, who owns Home Helpers with her husband, Glenn. They serve clients from Huntersville to Statesville and all areas in between.

Home Helpers is state licensed and the company’s services range from helping a harried mom with her daily activities to cooking a meal for someone who just brokehis arm to driving a senior to her hair appointment.

Even if you’re young and healthy, you can sometimes hit a bump in the road—say a winter snow skiing accident—that necessitates some assistance. Oftentimes, a loved one from another state will contact Home Helpers to purchase a gift certificate to help parents with their newborn, says Glenn. Or an adult child will call to get ongoing help for her senior parents who can still live in their home but need help with chores like running the vacuum or changing air filters.

“There’s no such thing as a typical client for us. As soon as you think you’ve seen it all, you get a new situation,” says Glenn.

An initial consultation with Home Helpers is free. Insurance or benefits may cover the cost of the company’s services. Home Helpers currently employs nearly 50 caregivers, including licensed practical nurses and registered nurses. Their skill level and area of specialty may vary, but they all participate in a mandatory training program and pass stringent testing before being assigned.

“We are very particular about the people we hire. We’re very aware of the level of trust it takes to let our caregivers come into our clients’ homes,” says Kathy.

For the Holdens, this business is a labor of love. Their youngest daughter was born premature with cerebral palsy. Caring for a child with a disability taught them how hard it can be to try to do it all on your own.

“The stress and strain of it is near and dear to my heart,” says Kathy. “That has made my husband and I so passionate about what we do. We know what it’s like and how difficult it can be. But there is help if you need it.”

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