Gauthier Family Home Grand Rapids, MICAREVIGER(S) OF THE MONTH

November 2014


From Dan’s desk:

It is time to acknowledge, not one, but two special home care professionals who we are so lucky to have as partners in our mission at Gauthier Family Home Care.

How many times have you noticed in an obituary that the family mentions the names of the wonderful caregivers or Hospice organization that helped the family through the tough, final stages of their loved one’s life? It does not happen that often, which makes it so special when it does. It means that the caregivers truly became part of the family, and when we hear that from the family, well, what better compliment could we hope to hear?


When I see a caregiver name mentioned in an obit I always think to myself “I sure would like to hire this person, they must be really great!” You cannot blame me can you?!


Caregiver of the Month Tracey Edson

Caregiver of the month Tamela Mecum

Tracey Edson                                                    Tamela Mecum

Recently we had a long term client pass away. She was a gem. She suffered the ravages of dementia, but she was patient, gentle and was so quick with a smile. Her daughters were very involved with her care, and they were wonderful to work with. When I was reading her obituary, I was elated to read, and I quote, “The family would like to thank her caregiver, especially Tamela Mecum and Tracy Edson.”

This is Nirvana in our line of work! And I do not have to wonder how I can hire these ladies, they already work for us!! Tamela and Tracy have each worked with us for over a year and they are both consummate professionals. They do not call in sick, they are always on time. While they are different people, they go about their business in very similar fashion; completely selflessly. Our client is the focus for both of them, and this family was fortunate enough to have them both on their team for a long time, and more importantly, during the final days of her life when they both brought the family so much comfort. I think there are angels on this earth, and I believe this family just witnessed some of their best work.

Thank you Tamela and Tracy for all you do for our clients.


Dan Gauthier

Gauthier Family Home Grand Rapids, MI

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.