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Owner, Visiting Angels Canton, OH
How I started Visiting Angels.
I have a finance degree from the University of Akron and was a financial planner for over 17 years.
In November of 2000 my Mother, who was a very independent person, had a brain bleed and was rushed to the hospital for emergency brain surgery. It was determined that the bleed was due to small cell lung cancer which had gone previously undetected.
For the next month I visited her in the hospital daily where she recovered and received rehabilitation. During one of my regular visits I was approached by the social worker and told that my Mother would be going home by the week’s end. I was mortified. She could no longer take care of herself, she could not do steps and really she could not be left alone due to continued seizures due to the cancer now present in her brain.
The social worker gave me three brochures for nursing homes and assisted livings in our area. On a cold and blustery December day I started my search for my Mother’s new home. I found a wonderful new assisted living that was willing to work with us as my Mother’s diagnosis was terminal with a 3-4 month life expectancy. Hospice would also be involved at some point in the future.
My Mother lived 6 more months and she and I shared a lot of laughs and tears during that time. One of my biggest regrets was not being able to keep her at home.
From that point I started my quest to figure out how to help other families navigate these waters. I knew that I was not the only one in this position, caring for an elderly loved one while working and caring for my own family, and that there would be many more in the future.
After Mom passed, life settled down and I got back into my regular work/family routine. And as the good Lord would have it, I turned on my computer and started to read my work emails. There before my eyes was an email from “Visiting Angels – Senior Living Assistance.” A new Cleveland office was making connections with area financial planners. As I continued to the Visiting Angels website, I spotted a box that said, “Want to own a franchise.” I clicked it and the rest is history.
Hello, I am Ashley Groetz and I am the Care Coordinator here at Visiting Angels. I came to Visiting Angels in February of 2020. I assist in the coordination of care for our clients, from the initial assessment to the start of care, to dropping in regularly to ensure all care plans are up to date and accurate. I grew up in the restaurant and catering business and have a background in event planning and management. I love what I do here at Visiting Angels and will be there for you every step of the way.
A fun fact about me is that I rescue elderly English Bulldogs outside of assisting in the quality care of our clients.
Should you or a loved one be in need of any assistance at home, please give me a call! I would love to meet you.
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Serving Canton, Massillon and other Areas in Stark County, Ohio
Visiting Angels CANTON, OHIO4905 Hills & Dales Rd NW
Canton, OH 44708