Photo By Jennifer Osborn

New business in Blue Hill matches caregivers, patients



Photo By Jennifer Osborn
Cheryl Sheasby (right) opened a national caregiving franchise called Home Instead this summer in Blue Hill. Cortney Wood (left) is Sheasby’s administrative assistant and a caregiver herself.

BLUE HILL — A new business has opened on Route 15 called Home Instead Senior Care, which matches caregivers with aging clients needing help to stay in their homes.

Cheryl Sheasby opened Home Instead Senior Care, which is a national franchise, this summer.

“Our whole goal is to help seniors age in place,” Sheasby said. “Our business is finding good caregivers and matching them up with people in need. We’re not meant for everybody because we’re private pay.”

That means no Medicare. However, long-term care insurance often covers Home Instead services.

Services include companionship, medication reminders, meal preparation, light housekeeping, bathing, respite care and shopping and errand duties.

Home Instead offers three levels of care, the first being home help and companionship.

The second level of care includes providing help with dressing and bathing.

Finally, there is specialized care for clients with dementia. Home Instead offers specialized training for its caregivers in how to handle clients with dementia.

Home Instead can offer temporary services as well, for seasonal residents who might need help for summer or fall.

Sheasby is looking for both caregivers and clients.

For caregivers, no experience is necessary.

“The biggest part of what we’re looking for is the right attitude,” said Sheasby. Home Instead offers training and is bonded and insured.

“A lot of it is doing stuff you’ve been doing your whole life,” Sheasby said. “You’re just doing it for somebody else.”

To apply for a position as a caregiver or to solicit services, call 374-2333.

Sheasby is a New Jersey native who worked 24 years as a mortgage broker before moving to Maine.

“I love Maine,” she said. “I’ve been coming up here 35 years or so.”

Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

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