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Heather Friel


“As Assistant Director of Grand Care Companions, I was given the opportunity to be part of something I am passionate about while also having a chance at doing it better. Our clients deserve respect, peace of mind, dignity, and to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible, that is my promise."

Heather Friel
Assistant Director 


I was lucky enough to grow up surrounded by caregivers. At an early age, I watched my grandmother care for my great-grandmother who suffered from Alzheimer's disease. While this was extremely hard on her, she made sure my great-grandmother was well cared for and lived the best life possible. For almost forty years, my mother was a dedicated nurse's aide and no matter how tired or worn out she was from the long hours she worked, she made it a point to tell me, "Taking care of another is an honor." I didn't understand that statement then, but I do now. 

Watching the women in my life give selflessly in the care of others has impacted me in ways I am extremely grateful for. These experiences taught me that youth, though it may not seem like it, is fleeting, and one day I could be the person who needs that hand to hold. Respect is fundamental and should be given to everyone, especially to the generations that came before.

The years I spent working in a long-term, nursing facility showed me the importance of quality-of-life and quality-of-care. These values stand at the forefront of my life and the work I do.




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