Home care service supports Purple Heart Homes veteran

By Christian Mysliwiec - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Fri., Dec. 7, 2012
Sandra Lee (with her service dog, Emma) and Brad Davis of WDRC react as Jane Asumadu announces 24/7 Harmony Home Care's donation to Lee's home project. Photos by Christian Mysliwiec.
Sandra Lee (with her service dog, Emma) and Brad Davis of WDRC react as Jane Asumadu announces 24/7 Harmony Home Care's donation to Lee's home project. Photos by Christian Mysliwiec.

A local home care agency in Manchester, 24/7 Harmony Home Care Services at 243 Main St., was welcomed into the Manchester Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Dec. 5. “It's a home care agency where we provide services to the elderly in their homes and in assisted living facilities,” said Director Jane Asumadu. “Clients call for services, and we go in and provide for their needs.”

The agency will be celebrating its two-year anniversary in February, having experienced notable growth since opening its doors. “It's going tremendously,” said Asumadu. They decided to wait for the agency to grow before joining the Chamber of Commerce. They now service clients all over Connecticut, from as close as Hebron, Marlborough, and Manchester, to as far off as Avon and Torrington.

Barbara Piotrowski, marketing specialist at 24/7 Harmony Home Care Services, said they provide hourly or extended care. “Anything the client needs, our caregiver is able to do. It could be a drive. It could be errands. It could be companionship. It could be personal care, or 24-hour live-ins,” Piotrowski said.

As a daughter of parents who have caregiver needs, Piotrowski hires staff based on who she would send to her own parents' home. “I've been to other agencies and sometimes they're so big that you're always talking with a different person, or sometimes they send people who just aren't quite right,” Piotrowski said. “But here, we do a good job making a good fit. The caregivers we have have heart, and a desire, and provide dignity to the elderly.”

The event was also an opportunity for 24/7 Harmony Home Care to show their support of Purple Heart Homes, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality housing solutions to service-connected disabled veterans. These solutions could be anything from adapting a home for wheelchair accessibility, to building an entirely new home.

In Manchester, Purple Heart Homes is in the process of renovating a house for Staff Sgt. Sandra Lee. Lee served in the United States Army in Iraq for eight years, and was wounded by four blasts from improvised explosive devices.

To honor Lee and support Purple Heart Homes' mission, 24/7 Harmony Home Care hosted Brad Davis and Mary Jones of WDRC's “The Talk of Connecticut” at the event. Both have been tireless advocates of Purple Heart Home's efforts to provide a new home for Lee, and have helped raise funds for the project.

“She's quite a wonderful patriot,” said Davis. He applauded the Manchester community for its support. “It's so fabulous what you're doing for this young woman,” he said.

Mayor Leo Diana agreed. “Sandra Lee is so well-deserving of everything she has received in Manchester,” Diana said. He also thanked all the organizations that have contributed to the project. “And thanks to Brad Davis for bringing it to whole new level,” he added.

Speaking on behalf of the staff of 24/7 Harmony Homes, Asumadu announced that they will be donating a washing machine and dryer for Lee's new home.

“I came just to celebrate your grand opening,” said Lee, laughing with surprise. “Thank you so much.”

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