As the desire to live independently remains an important factor for many seniors, caregiving options have become more diverse. Seniors and their families can now choose services that maintain well-being and safety in one's own home, in addition to the nursing and assisted living options that have been traditionally available. Touching Hearts at Home (originally known as Caring Companions) is a non-medical homecare company that began in St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1996. Our mission is to provide services for seniors in their own homes, maintaining each client's high quality of life by providing friendship, kindness and care through companionship that preserves a strong peace of mind for both the client and their family. We see the opportunity to provide caregiving services to seniors as a gift that we must respectfully receive and give back with great integrity, always putting empathy and the belief in the dignity of all people in the forefront of our work.
Touching Hearts at Home originated from the natural compassion of Founder and CEO Renae Olafson, who received such a strong example of caregiving, kindness and concern from her mother, 92-year-old Melvina Peterson, that it became her passion. Melvina gave Renae and countless others in her life the gift of unconditional love, a legacy of love that Renae, through Touching Hearts at Home, has been able to share throughout the nation. The 100 miles that separate mother and daughter make Renae empathetic to those who live a distance from elderly parents, sparking concern and stress. Renae and our staff are committed to helping ease that stress for others.
The need for care and companionship has grown dramatically in recent years as needs continue to rise, and Touching Hearts at Home has responded by expanding and taking our passion across the country through a network of offices nationwide. Our national launch began in January 2007, with plans to service all 50 states. Current family caregiver statistics show that more than 50 million people provide care for an ill, disabled or aging family member each year. Recognizing this, Renae knows the need for Touching Hearts at Home will keep increasing. Her vision is to build a legacy of care and compassion that enriches the lives of as many people in need as possible.