My Father’s Care: Our Path to Career Changes & Caring for Others

Never had it occurred to me and my wife, Leslie, that we would become responsible for my 85-year-old father’s care and financial well-being. And it certainly never occurred to us what would follow an almost 7-year caretaking experience.

In early 2006, after Dad had what was believed to be a series of transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), we found ourselves seeking to find the best care for Dad while struggling to quickly learn enough to address his care needs going forward. Caring for a loved one is not a responsibility you think about accepting, but a job you never turn down.

We soon discovered it was not only the job of caregiving we would assume but, financial manager and medical benefits coordinator as well. Our experience of caring for Dad would set the stage for changing careers in the second half of our lives. The hands-on caregiving and managing the various facets of Dad’s medical care in what sometimes was a chaotic and not-so-friendly health care “system,” resulted in our serving others by joining the home care profession.

The almost 7-year experience with Dad planted the desire for us to serve others in the same way we served him. In 2015, we decided to open HomeWell Senior Care of Collin County, serving the cities of: Allen, Dallas, Frisco, McKinney and Plano, as well as the cities’ surrounding communities.

Like HomeWell’s founder, Joshua Hoffman, we were caregivers first. We’ve been there with the uncertainty, the fear, anticipating what’s next, the roller coaster of emotions and the decisions. We are blessed to be so uniquely prepared to help seniors and their families on their journey and whatever their journey brings.

If you or someone you know needs assistance with a loved one, we’d love to talk with you. We are here to assist in any we can.

Dr. Steve L. & Leslie B. Whatley

Owners, HomeWell Senior Care of Collin County

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Office: 469-519-1014