This past weekend, Bellevue, Pennsylvania celebrated its 150th anniversary. Dignity Home Care Professionals is located right in the heart of Bellevue, so naturally, we participated in the celebration. The main street was closed off and vendors and local businesses were set up to sell their goods or promote their companies. We had a prime spot right in front of Grille 565 (the best restaurant in town, by the way) where we handed out literature about Dignity HCP, spoke with family members looking for help with their loved ones, talked to potential employees, and gave away pens. The best part of the day, however, was the passing out of our new business cards. The front of each reads, "Kindness matters. Pass it on." I thoroughly enjoyed handing cards to people and repeating that phrase. Because at the heart of our business is a dedication to kindness. If each of us could just be a bit kinder every day, the world would be a gentler place.
When we interview potential caregivers, I tell them that the first qualification we're looking for is kindness. After that comes reliability. If I don't trust that an employee will treat a client with utmost kindness and respect, I don't want that employee working for us. Period.
We're here to help soften the rough edges that often accompany this last chapter in people's lives, however long that chapter may prove to be. We're here to make things better.
And so, the Dignity Home Care Professionals family tried to pass on some kindness on Saturday here in Pittsburgh. Owners Tom and Bethany Schad, my husband, Bill Caye (who recently turned 70 and bears the distinction of being our first caregiver), and I (Dignity's manager) enjoyed meeting others in the community. We plan to be here for a long time and look forward to building on the relationships that began during the Bellevue sesquicentennial. Maybe someday, after we're all long gone, Dignity Home Care Professionals will celebrate 150 years of their own!