"I love going to work each morning! I am so lucky to be a part of an organization that helps the community every single day. Our office has the most outstanding employees anybody could ask for, all working together in unison, providing wonderful experiences for our clients and their families.
Getting involved in home care started way back when I was in 7th grade. I was going through the process of Confirmation in our Church. Part of the process is I had to do several hours of volunteering in the community. At the time, especially for a young kid, community service was the last thing I wanted to do. But in order to be Confirmed, this was a must. So, of course, I did it.
Next stop was high school. I had a few opportunities in high school that involved volunteering, one in which I will never forget. It was two days a week, of going to a special needs elementary school, to help these children that couldn’t walk, or talk, or even feed themselves. This experience was just an incredible, jaw dropping understanding of a world I had never experienced before. It was difficult at first, but quickly developed into something I started to look forward to each week. I still remember those moments to this day.
My last stop, on this path to where I am today, was in college. I had the opportunity to study abroad. It was not your typical study abroad program where you go off to Europe and live just as you would in the States, partying all the time, etc. This study abroad I was on was very different. It was in the Dominican Republic, and was very community service based. We would stay with local families that had next to nothing material-wise and money-wise. No running water or toilets, or other first world amenities we are used to here. Yet they took each of us in as their own, and gave us everything they had. Their hospitality they showed us was just incredible and I have yet to see anything else like it.
All of these memories led me down a path to where I knew I wanted to help others. How could I give back? I no longer was ‘forced’ to help others, I now want to! Every day. Lucky for me the opportunity to do so was right in front of me. I got involved in home care when my mom and my two aunts asked me in 2012. And the rest is history!"
I am also a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA). I got the certification because there are so many scams aimed at senior citizens. It is hard to trust just anyone. It is only fair that I obtain this certification to provide assurance and trust to our clients and community. The Society of Certified Senior Advisors (SCSA) educates and certifies professionals who work with seniors. The distinction applies to professionals who demonstrate competence and knowledge of working with older adults into their professional practices.
Carla Shepherd is one of the Owners of the Edmond/Norman Right at Home locations. Carla serves as Vice President of the Company. She has 16 years experience in Home Care between the Kansas and Oklahoma offices. Previously, she was a Manager in the medical field for over 22 years before getting into Home Care. Carla currently works and lives in Wichita, KS and served on the Board of Senior Services. She finished her terms but continues to be actively involved in their fund raisers.
"I decided to get into Home Care after my sister, Jacque, in Omaha presented this business opportunity to me. It made sense because being around seniors was a way of life for us since our grandparents lived to be 88, 95 and even 100 years old! We have a very close family and were very attached to our grandparents. We understand the family bond so we wanted to help other families. The best of all, is being able to work with your sisters and nephew on a daily basis. We get continued training with new programs and services so our clients will be up- to- date on all opportunities available to them. We learn and try to improve with every case even after 16 years!"
Meet Joel Herdzina, Owner of Right at Home Edmond
Right at Home Edmond hires only the most professional and compassionate caregivers to provide home care for your loved one. With no service minimums, we can provide as little or as much care as your loved one needs.