From Judy Boggs
Owner of Home Loving Care, Inc.
My name is Judy Boggs from Kernersville, NC and I would like to introduce you to Home Loving Care. We are a non-medical in-home care company providing quality service to family members who need just a little assistance and a lot of special touches.
Yes, we provide exactly the same list of services that any other home care company does, but what makes us different from them? I think you need to understand the why’s and how’s of the beginning of this business in order to explain exactly what makes up our company to make it different.
I retired from Lucent Technologies after 30 years of service. Of course, I started at Western Electric, moved to AT&T, and finished with Lucent without changing companies. It is amazing how you can change from company to company without leaving the building.
The Telephone Pioneers are a community service organization within Lucent, and that was the most rewarding position that I could have ever held.
Remember, I said community service, not a paying position. I loved working with children and adults, so I guess that is why my life has changed so much since retirement. By the way, I did not use the name Judy Boggs when working with these children and adults; I used the name “Sparkles”, which is my clown name. Judy could be having a really bad day at work, but change the outfit to become “Sparkles”, meet and greet the children or adults and life had a different meaning. The really bad day would seem to disappear, and that is why I love doing what I do now. My life has meaning (sometimes still difficult, of course) but what a feeling to finish my day knowing that by visiting a family whether I could help or not – laughing or crying with them just makes my heart beat stronger.
One day, dad had a stroke and mom became a 24/7 caregiver for six years. My brother and I were faced with the same things my client’s and their families are faced with today. I understand how it is to try and work, arrange schedules with my brother to make sure one of us is with mom and dad for doctor appointments, and watch dad so mom could get out. These were burdens, yes, since both of us had a family and a job. How wonderful I thought it would be to retire and help mom, but like most people I lived pay check to pay check. I just needed something to help make our house payment and then it would work, right? Well, to make a long story short, I opened Home Loving Care and my first client was Mom. Boy, what a challenge, we couldn’t do anything right and we just did not understand how to take care of dad. Have you heard that before?
Home Loving opened the doors for business on April 1, 2002 after my husband and I went for training. But tribulation came our way on April 18th when my dad passed away. He was the love of my life, he was the strength that helped me accomplish things that I never thought I could, he was my best friend, but most of all he was my dad. I was daddy’s little girl from the day he held me in his arms until the day he died in mine. Yes, this business is very special to me—-it is the memory of my dad.
This is what makes Home Loving different from other businesses. I am sure most of the other businesses have been touched by a parent or family member, because that is what opens us to this industry. I just keep trying to explain to those I meet; it is not a business, it is ME!