PLAINVILLE - When Elizabeth Darmoros moved to the United States from Poland, she was surprised to see so many older people living in nursing homes. In Europe, it is more common to hire nurses to take care of older family members at home.
‚ÄúI was surprised to see them in nursing homes... The person is left alone, with no family, two people staying in the same room. I like to keep them home,‚ÄĚ Darmoros said.¬†
Darmoros began her career as a nurse‚Äôs aide at a convalescent home in New Britain. One day, she broke her leg, and had to stay home for a few weeks. While she was staying at home, multiple people called her and asked if she had any recommendations for home caregivers. She realized she knew a lot of them, and decided then to start her own business.
Euro Homecare was established in 2003. It provides non-medical in-home assisted living care to elderly and disabled individuals. The caregivers help their patients with their daily routines, ‚Äč‚Äčdoing things such as meal planning and preparation, bathing, dressing, housekeeping, laundry, shopping and running errands. The business provides both hourly and 24/7 care.¬†
Darmoros said part of her company‚Äôs mission is to be open to everyone. Although the business is called Euro Homecare, it employs caregivers from many different countries, including Ghana and South Africa.¬†
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre in the US, we have so many nationalities here. We can‚Äôt concentrate on one,‚ÄĚ Darmoros said.¬†
Many of the caregivers can speak other languages as well, which Darmoros said is useful when the patients have dementia, as they will often start to forget their second language.¬†
Darmoros said her company strives to provide her clients with the level of care they would receive from a family member. She said some of the caregivers refer to their patients as family members.
‚ÄúMany caregivers call the patients their ‚Äėgrandparents,‚Äô‚ÄĚ Darmoros said. ‚ÄúThey‚Äôve already become like family to them.‚ÄĚ¬†
Euro Homecare, LLC., is located at 17 Pierce St. in Plainville. For more information, call 860-919-2315 or visit www.eurohomecare.net .