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Aleks exemplifies Balanced Care Method


At the Home Care Assistance Annual Conference in October, Aleks was selected from among thousands of caregivers nationwide as Caregiver of the Year. We are so thrilled for her, as she exemplifies the best of the Balanced Care Method everyday with her client, Joe. Joe’s daughters, Sulie and Stephanie, had many thoughtful remarks regarding Alex’s compassion and care. Sulie, a professional opera singer in Vienna, even sang her praises! Visit our Facebook page to see the full video.

Each time I visit I am happy to see that the bond between my Dad and Aleks has grown even stronger than before. She has an uncanny ability to read him, to respect him, to know his needs. She has become ‘his person.’- Sulie

This is the second time a caregiver from the Chicago franchise has received the National Caregiver Award in just two years. Thank you clients and team for contributing to these achievements.




Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Dr. Gunther Rice

On March 22, we were honored to welcome Dr. Gunther Rice, author of Tell Everybody, Tell Everything: The Story of My Family and My Journey, as our special guest at our Chicago office ribbon cutting. After being expelled from Germany to Poland during WWII, his mother had secured passage for him on the Kindertransport to Wales. Dr. Rice eventually made his way to the United States. His parents and sister were killed by the Nazis in Poland.

Margalit Tocher presented HCA’s first annual Lifetime Achievement award to Dr. Rice for his contributions to community throughout his career as a clinical psychologist and as a model of the Balanced Care Method. He currently leads chess and book clubs.

Following a fall a year ago, Dr. Rice noted that his image of himself changed, and he realized he needed help at home to continue living independently. He said he always looks forward to the days his caregiver, Jadwiga, comes to his home. He also appreciated the care and concern during the initial assessment with Nancy Hopkins, Home Care Assistance’s client care manager in Kenilworth.

A Tribute to Prof. Karp

In memoriam
Theodore Cyrus Karp
(b. New York, NY, July 17, 1926; d. Wilmette, IL, November 5, 2015)

By Judith S. Karp (Nov. 8, 2015)

My husband Ted Karp enjoyed a long and productive life as a musician, scholar and family man. Ted was the oldest son of pianist and piano teacher Charles Karp and Henrietta Karp, a homemaker and accountant. His father, who died when Ted was 16 years old (his brother, Gilbert, 8), left him with a love of piano playing that determined and fed his career in music. His family’s need developed his resourcefulness, as he took on his father’s teaching obligations to help support the family.

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Meet Jim

See how he’s helped others.

Never one to let cerebral palsy stop him from achieving whatever he set his mind to, Jim graduated from college with a double major in theatre and sociology, enjoyed a 42-year government career in public housing and today stays actively involved with community service through the Knights of Columbus.

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Meet Joe

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Joe’s quest to build a better life for himself in the United States took many twists and turns, including time as a prisoner of war, a detour to Venezuela, and a public relations campaign in Detroit where he faced deportation. With perseverance, he created a fulfilling life for himself and his family.

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This is my grandmother, Dorothy, or Dobby to those who were close. She was born in 1922 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the third of three daughters.  She was smart, funny and beautiful.
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