Lois Etienne, an RN who worked almost ten years at Stevens Hospital’s ICU, started Home Instead Senior Care in the greater Seattle area in 1996. She served on the Home Care Association of Washington’s board for four years. Presently she is the immediate past-President of the new Washington Private Duty Association, formed to give a voice to private duty agencies.
“I am so proud of this business. We touch lives in a real way. We help seniors and their families, day in and day out, to cope with changes in their health and living arrangements. We have some of the finest people working with us, from office staff to our CAREGivers.”
The whole process of caregiving came naturally to Lois. She watched her grandmother care for her grandfather for four years after a debilitating stroke that left him bedridden. Then her mother cared for both her own mother AND her mother-in-law in her own home until they were both in their 90’s.
CeCe Etienne, Lois’s daughter, joined the staff in 1998 and became a business partner around 2000. She not only got firsthand experience as they cared for Lois’s mom through her struggle with lymphoma but CeCe worked her way up in the business, starting as a caregiver.
“To us, it’s personal” is not just a tag line for the Etiennes, it really is personal. And they understand what a difference Home Instead Senior Care and their CAREGivers have made at the end of each day for their clients and their families. They consider it a privilege to work every day in a part of something that will have lasting consequences.