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A Helping Hand: Absolute Companion Care

April 2014

Absolute Companion Care

Christine Martin, Ph.D., CEO, , Absolute Companion Care.

Christine Martin, Ph.D., CEO, , Absolute Companion Care.

After helping a frail, widowed neighbor try to find caregivers who would make it possible for him to remain in his home, and finding a dearth of reliable, compassionate individuals doing this work, Christine Martin, Ph.D., left a distinguished career in academia to found Absolute Companion Care. Today she is the CEO and co-owner, with Kathryn Rogers, of the company.

Based in Baltimore County, she and her staff of 58 work with the elderly and their families there as well as in parts of Baltimore City and Harford and Carroll counties. With a retention rate of 85 percent, which is much higher than the industry norm, clients are able to establish a continuing relationship with caregivers who are familiar with their individual needs and personalities.

“We value caregivers who have life experience,” says Martin. “Many of these people have taken care of family members and want to continue doing so. Our focus is attitude, professionalism, teamwork and a positive approach to care. And we make sure that our caregivers are emotionally on the same level as their clients.

Customized Care at Home
• Expert Elder Care
• Respite Care; Short Or Long Term
• Post-Op Care, Ancillary Care In Rehab
• Caregivers Learn/Assist With Home OT/PT Routine
• Meals Prepared And Served
• Medication Oversight And Reminders
• Flexible Scheduling; 4 To 24 Hours Shifts
• Caregiving For Hospice Support

Private Ancillary Care
• Provides Private Ancillary Care In Facilities Throughout Baltimore County

“Kathryn has a Master’s in Education with an emphasis on human growth and development,” says Martin. “As managing director she communicates our high expectations to our caregivers, which translates into exceptional care.” Caregivers, who also include oversight RNs and Certified Nursing Assistants, assist clients in their homes with everything from providing transportation to doctor’s appointments, helping with OT/PT routines, meal preparation and other tasks.

What distinguishes Absolute Companion is its emphasis on education and mentoring for caregivers, as well as a strong focus on memory care. For example, caregivers have a “virtual dementia” workshop that gives them the opportunity to experience an aging brain. Additional required workshops simulate macular degeneration or nerve pain. “Taking part in these workshops makes it possible to learn compassion and patience very quickly,” Martin says. Furthermore, Absolute Companion caregivers are trained to help clients look at changes associated with aging from a different perspective. For example, by asking them what skills helped them deal with situations in the past, caregivers and clients can work together to use those skills to find better ways of coping with memory loss and physical frailty. “But what really brings all of us back every day is the difference we make in the lives of our clients and their families.” I95

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