Caring Through Understanding - FirstLight HomeCare of Columbia

April 22, 2015 | Posted By: Connor Watkins

FirstLight HomeCare of Columbia

FirstLight HomeCare of Columbia, which opened for business on January 2, 2015, recently joined the Greater Lexington Chamber and celebrated its membership with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

FirstLight HomeCare provides “quality, affordable, non-medical in-home care for adults of all ages so that they can enjoy the best quality of life wherever and whenever they need it.” This includes helping seniors who need assistance to stay in their homes, or assisting families with members who have special needs or disabilities. The company also helps people recovering from an illness or surgery, or can simply provide someone to talk to and visit with. These services are available for several hours per week, up to full-time, live-in situations.

“Our philosophy of caring for clients and their families influences every facet of our services and sets us apart from similar companies,” owner and senior care advocate Lisa Price said.

As a result of that philosophy, FirstLight HomeCare has developed innovative, industry-leading tools such as Client Care Access, which is a secure, web-based tool used by families to monitor the schedule and detail of care for their loved ones. The company also offers Emergency Response for 24-7 peace of mind, and Specialized Dementia Care. They also offer Client Care Assurance, as well as ClientFirst, which is a unique tool for companion and personal care that helps match specific caregivers to your loved one’s interests and habits.

“We take great pride in our people. FirstLight HomeCare is staffed by people who have ‘been there’ and who understand the challenges families face when caring for loved ones across town, or across the country,” Price said. “Every FirstLight HomeCare caregiver is a direct employee, thoroughly screened and background-checked, and must pass through our rigorous care training.”

The business employs eight people and is located in Lexington County, where Price hopes to make a positive impact on many lives.

“We chose this area to raise our children. This is our home and a community that we care about,” said Price, who has lived here for 27 years. “I want this business to grow and be a blessing to the Midlands. I want to make a difference, not only to the people that we care for, but to their families as well.”

Making a difference is what makes the business so rewarding, according to Price.

“The most gratifying thing about this work is really helping people and providing them with solutions so they can live their life and be independent. It is so nice to know that we came in and made someone's day better,” Price said. “There are so many ways we do this through companionship, help with housekeeping, preparing a meal, making sure someone takes their medicine properly, driving them to appointments or errands and giving the family respite.”

FirstLight HomeCare is currently offering a discount for new clients. After your first 20 hours, you get the next two hours free, according to Price, who plans to use her contacts with the Chamber to support other member businesses as much as possible.

“Our plans for the future are to be available to help seniors, mothers just home from the hospital, those recovering from surgery and others with a need for companionship or personal care,” Price said. “I also want to hire the very best caregivers and be a good business partner for Lexington and the Midlands.”

For more information, visit www.columbia.firstlighthomecare.com or call 803-818-3499. You can also find the business on Facebook and follow @flhc_Columbia on Twitter.