Happy to be home
Hartford business provides home care assistance

By AMANDA VOSS - Daily News

Feb. 18, 2015

Owner Melissa Allar smiles as she talks with guests after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Home Care Solutions on Thursday evening in Hartford. The goal of Home Care Solutions is to provide health care options that allow clients to stay in their homes by providing personal care
and household assistance.

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HARTFORD - Melissa Allar was so struck with the compassionate people who cared for a dying friend that she opened Home Care Solutions to help people with health issues live independently.

“I was able to see her every single day and she was happy even though she was going through such a difficult time,” Allar said. “She was happy because she was in her home.'

The woman was like a grandmother to her, Allar said.

“I wanted to do something to make a difference in people’s lives because she made an incredible difference in mine,” Allar said.

Home Care Solutions, 1190 Western Ave., Hartford, opened in February and provides personal care and household assistance.

“It’s nonmedical,” Allar said. “So, basically just assistance with daily living. Things we take for granted. We get up, we’re able to get ourselves dressed, get in and out of the shower. If I can provide those services to someone in need and keep them in their home, that’s ultimately where every person wants to be.”
 

A light up 'Dream' sign hanging in the hallway at Home Care Solutions on Thursday evening in Hartford. The new business is located in the Dream Center with the energizers Dance Team along Western Drive.The goal of Home Care Solutions is to provide health care options that allow their clients to stay in their home by providing personal care and household assistance.
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She said the services include help with eating, grooming, bathing and dressing. It also includes home services like light housekeeping, taking out the garbage, care for Alzheimer’s disease, assistance with laundry and meal planning. Caregivers will also escort clients to shopping, errands and outings.

Some companionship services include respite care, assistance with walking, playing games, providing medical reminders and reading.

The staff includes registered nurses who work closely with physicians and complete assessments and certified caregivers who go into the client’s home.

“We’re always excited when businesses find a home in Hartford,” said Barbara Laabs, Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce executive director. “I think it’s great when you take on the task of helping others.”

Allar said her first business venture has been a lot of work.

“The rewarding part is making a difference in people’s lives and doing something great and touching people’s hearts and trying to keep them in their home because that’s all what we’ve worked so hard for,” Allar said.

“If someone asks me where I want to be I think there’s no place like home,” she said. “I think that’s where I’d like to be. I know it’s not 100 percent possible for everyone, but if I can make that happen.”

She also said Home Care Solutions can bring relief to family members who are helping out their significant others.

Allar encourages people to visit Home Care Solutions because of the pride she has in her business and her staff.

“I think being an independent owner every person is important,” Allar said. “I have so much pride in my staff and our services. I feel once they are a client they will be extremely happy.”

For more information, visit www.homecaresolutionsforyou.com or call 262-670-6989. Office hours are from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday.