Home Care Grand Rapids, MI - Gauthier Family Home Care

Gauthier Family Home Care of Grand Rapids MI provides home care services for seniors and their families.

About Dan Gauthier

Dan Gauthier has a long and successful business pedigree. He spent his college years working in the restaurant business and worked in various executive management positions at Universal Forest Products, Inc. over a span of 17 years, and Therm Technology / Family Safety Products for 12 years.

When the recession hit in 2008 Dan was “downsized” from UFP and spent a few years consulting for local companies Amway and Cascade Engineering. During this period Dan’s in-laws were experiencing catastrophic health problems and it required Dan’s wife Marion to focus full time on caregiving for her mother. Marion enlisted help from a local home care agency and it did not go well. This experience led to the creation of Gauthier Family Home Care, a home care agency that is uniquely holistic and family centric. Dan now works full time running GFHC.

Are Cameras The Right Tool for Monitoring Your Dad at Home?

Your dad’s doctor says he needs supervision at home. He’s okay living alone, but someone needs to be making sure he hasn’t fallen, gets around from room to room with ease, and doesn’t let strangers in. You are not sure you should use cameras to monitor your dad. Here are situations where cameras have helped […]

Tips for Caring for a Senior with Parkinson’s Disease When You Live at a Distance

Approximately one million people throughout the United States are currently living with Parkinson’s disease. According to experts, approximately 60,000 more will be diagnosed this year. If your aging loved one is one of these people, you may have made the decision to become their family caregiver. The care and support you give your parent will […]

How Do You Accept When Your Senior Doesn’t Want to be Screened for Cancer?

Preemptive measures such as screenings are a powerful way to take control of your health, and be able to make the best decisions possible about care, management, and treatment of health issues that may arise. As a family caregiver, empowering your parent to make decisions about their health that are right for them is a […]

Benefits of Exercise for Caregivers

Everyone knows that exercise is good for them, but it can be quite difficult for busy adults to find the time to engage in regular activity several times per week. Family caregivers are particularly challenged when it comes to carving out spare time to exercise. Because they are focused on the immediate needs of their […]

5 Ways to Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with Seniors

July is National Ice Cream Month and it’s no surprise that this creamy frozen concoction gets an entire month of celebration. For hundreds of years, people have loved ice cream and connected it with some very special memories from childhood, such as birthday parties, special outings with parents, and fun summer events. Family caregivers can […]

Home Care Providers are Companions for Elderly Adults

Companionship is a key part of home care services for seniors. Family caregivers can’t always be with their elderly loved one, so they hire home care providers to help around the house and provide companionship, too. This physical and emotional support can make a real difference in an elderly person’s quality of life in many […]

Tips for Helping Your Senior Cope with the Emotional Impact of Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease can be extremely emotionally challenging for those living with it. The symptoms and challenges of this condition diminish function and independence, which can leave your parents suffering from a variety of mental and emotional health consequences including depression, anxiety, bitterness, and even loneliness and isolation. As their family caregiver, it is important that […]

Do You Know the Signs of Financial Elder Abuse?

Financial exploitation is a leading form of elder abuse. The National Council on Aging reports that elder financial abuse accounts for as much in $36.5 billion in losses each year. It’s hard to tell exactly how many people are victims as many seniors never report it. If their family members don’t catch financial abuse, the […]

What Clues about Physical and Mental Health Indicate Trouble for Your Senior?

Part of being a caregiver means that you’re always watching for something that might not be quite right for your elderly family member. One of the first areas for you to look at in terms of observing what’s going on with your senior is her physical and mental health. These signals could indicate that you […]

Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month – Three Startling Facts About Alzheimer’s That You Cannot Ignore

June is a time to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s. Spend Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month learning more about Alzheimer’s disease. Here are three startling facts you may not realize. The Cost of Care is Staggering. The cost of caring for men and women with Alzheimer’s is expected to top $277 billion in 2018. If you take […]