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September 26, 2016

Femie Hanson, Caregiver and Client Care Manager for Big Hearts Home Care in Chicago

Caregiver Chicago IL

Caregiver Chicago IL

Femie Hanson, Caregiver and Client Care Manager

Big Hearts Home Care is Featured on the Chicagoland Approved Senior Network

Femie Hanson, Caregiver and Client Care Manager for Big Hearts Home Care in Chicago, Illinois, has been chosen as the featured provider for all of Chicagoland for the week of September 26, 2016. Her tips for family caregivers and other information will be shared all week at:

Big Hearts Home Care was chosen because of their dedication to their community and to the clients they serve. They have written several articles for the Chicagoland Approved Senior Network. They can be found here:

When asked why Femie got into the home care business, she told us: “What made me decide to get into the home care industry is the compassion that keeps growing inside of me while taking care of elderly from past years of caregiving. Some may call it destiny, I call it faith. I trust and believe in myself that I do a good job. I have been in several houses where the family requested to have me back. For me, nothing is more rewarding than opening-up your heart for someone who could really use it. This gives me enough reason to get-up in the morning and do what I do.”

Femie also shared her top three tips for family caregivers in Chicago: “I would advise family caregivers to:

1. Set negative feelings aside, such as feelings of shame, guilt and worries.
It’s vital for family members to know that no one causes it; no one can control, nor fix it.

2. Avoid caregiver burnout before it happens.
Read and do research on tips for avoiding burnout, for example, take a break and go out to a movie, walk in the park, revisit hobbies that you used to enjoy doing, take lots of pictures, dance, sing, listen to music and such.

3. Love compassionately and laugh more often.
It’s a rewarding experience to make someone smile, let alone laugh so hard that they forget their pain for a moment. I once started singing while preparing meals, the dogs started howling, which turned out to be a moment of laughter for all of us.”

About Big Hearts Home CareCaregiver Chicago IL
Of the hundreds of agencies in Chicagoland, only a handful are dedicated to Early Detection of Alzheimer’s. State requirements regarding dementia education is very minimal. Big Hearts Home Care has chosen to incorporate new advances and innovative ideas in our dementia education and Alzheimer’s awareness to all our staff. With that dedication Big Hearts Home Care has been named an AEDA Champion.

In addition, Big Hearts Home Care is the only certified provider of Alzbetter and the free Music for Memory program. AlzBetter’s Patent Pending Program is the most complete and innovative Alzheimer’s dementia care system aimed at helping people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia to live safely at home.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Caregiver Services in Chicago IL, please contact the caring staff at Big Hearts Home Care today! 

Matthew Calcagno

Matthew is a graduate of Robert Morris College and is a U.S. Navy veteran.Matthew founded Big Hearts Home Care after over a decade at HP. Spending time volunteering at his grandparent’s senior center inspired him to make a bigger difference in the quality of care seniors receive.His grandfather whom turned 100 in 2015 is still a major inspiration to him in seeing that service is provided with a family focused touch.

It is his passion and commitment to providing quality service that has awarded Big Hearts Home Care as Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice in the Chicagoland area. He believes that being an independently owned and operated company allows him the flexibility to manage the business in a way that better serves the clients.


"Helping people is what I was meant to do; it inspires and motivates me," Calcagno said. "I also get to help veterans - assisting them in the VA pension process and providing care for several in the area. This is what I love to do."

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