Brian and Leslie founded Silver Companions in 2006 after seeing their own families struggle with the heartaches of realizing their aging relatives needed someone to help them with their day to day activities. Brian and Leslie were both living in Georgia and their families were spread out over the United States. At the time, they had no idea where to turn or how to find quality, professional care. They didn’t want their aging loved one to feel like they had a babysitter. They wanted them to feel like they had a friend and a companion to help them to maintain a safe and loving environment.
How We Started
Leslie’s grandmother lived alone in Florida. Her grandmother was caring and overly generous, but too many people knew this and took advantage of it! She would tell Brian and Leslie alarming stories about how the handy man she pre-paid had taken off with her money, or how the man at the grocery store stole her wallet. There were also concerns about her driving because she would drive on the wrong side of the road and was angry with the other drivers who were “swerving” into her lane! This was a dangerous situation! Leslie was trying to hold down a full time job and get to her grandmother in Florida every weekend. The pressure was so overwhelming that Leslie’s job performance and her emotional well-being suffered. Leslie asked Dr.s and social workers for help and no one knew how to help her. She felt lost, but she knew, in the end that family ALWAYS comes first and she was determined to find an answer.
Leslie thought about hiring an independent caregiver, but then came the questions related to training, background checks, taxes, insurance, etc. She wanted assurance that the caregiver was properly trained and was a person she could trust. Leslie looked desperately for help but could not find it. At the time, Leslie and Brian had no idea what to do and realized that not only did Florida residents need help, but there was a need for seniors to be able to find qualified caregivers, right here in their own community! Leslie and Brian knew there had to be people who were just like them and had no clue where to turn or what to do to find quality care. Soon after, Silver Companions was established. We can assure you that we are committed to providing you a trained, reliable and trustworthy caregiver.
Brian has over 12 years project management experience in the market research industry and has extensive knowledge and training involving the care of seniors. He has worked with companies such as Gallup, Roper ASW, Nielson, Kraft Foods, Budweiser, NPD Group, and Bayer, to name a few. No matter how large or small the job, Brian develops, analyzes, and manages with an excellent eye for detail. He also has a solid understanding of the importance of the high levels of service required by our aging population. He is a natural problem solver. Brian earned a professional gerontology certification in 2009, as well as training in CPR, Fire & Safety, Fall Prevention and Alzheimer’s & Dementia care. He has passion for helping and working with those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s & Dementia or related disorders. Brian loves utilizing his training using the “Best Friends” approach to working with clients afflicted with different levels of memory loss, including Dementia care.
Leslie has been a local business owner in the Canton, GA for over 20 years. She has immeasurable experience as a small business owner and has an invaluable understanding of the importance of high levels of service, and brings consistency, reliability, honesty and integrity to all of her endeavors. She has a knack for anticipating patient needs and truly understands the importance of independence and safety of all seniors. She knows what it takes and how to please. She is a Certified Senior Advisor and also is trained as a Certified Nursing Assistant. She has specialized training in CPR, Fire & Safety, Fall Prevention, as well as comprehensive training in Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Stroke Care. She also has extensive working experience with Transplant Patients, Hip, Knee and Back fractures and breaks, Strokes, Dementia, Arthritis, Diabetic clients as well as with bedridden clients.