Owner of Right at Home Westchester
Right at Home of Westchester County is locally owned and operated by Lou Giampa.
In October 2013, Lou Giampa celebrated his 16-year anniversary of working as a portfolio manager on Wall Street. But, that same year, when his grandmother was diagnosed with brain cancer, Giampa said he felt compelled to do something for his ailing relative. That “something” was quitting his Wall Street finance job, getting his CNA license and becoming a caregiver for his grandmother.
“When I was younger, I had another grandmother who was living in a nursing home, and I used to visit her often,” said Giampa. “But, we weren’t happy with the level of care that she was receiving in that facility. When my other grandmother fell ill about a year ago, we knew that we wanted to give her a better kind of care, and I saw how much better her life could be receiving home care.”
The former Cornell football player said that the time he spent as a NYS-certified nurse’s aide caring for his grandmother, as well as working for seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia and rehabilitation patients, was an incredibly fulfilling change from the bustle of Wall Street.
Why did you want to own your own business?
Right at Home has a tremendous support system, excellent staff and quality programs. At the end of the day, I wanted to be involved in a business you could feel good about. I wanted to give something back to my community. We looked at quite a few brands, but Right at Home was the most structured and had the best programs. They were the most professional organization on the market, from top to bottom.
What charities or community outreach are you involved with?
I used to be president of the CYO youth league, I am a volunteer little league manager and coach, and I’m a supporter of the TORCH organization. I also volunteered as a CNA at Westchester Rehab Center and I joined the Alzheimer’s Association.