We founded ComForCare of New York City with an innovative concept: bring exceptional caregivers from unique backgrounds into the senior home care industry. The reason is simple. We want individuals who can connect with our clients on a deeper level and support them in more ways.
Though we hire many experienced home care professionals, we look at the caregiving labor force as something much larger. New York City is home to thousands of individuals with remarkable caregiving experiences who may not identify first and foremost as professional caregivers. They are healthcare workers, artists, performers, graduate students, educators, and semi-retired professionals from various occupations.
Since our beginnings in 2015, we have built relationships with non-profit organizations, career centers, and recruiting sources throughout our community that have helped us identify remarkable caregivers. To date, we have hired over 1,000 of these special individuals. Some of them are lifelong home care professionals who typically work ten or twelve-hour shifts. Others are trained theater performers or semi-retired educators who enjoy supporting their client for three or four days a week for several hours at time.
The People Process
And while personalities are unique and chemistry varies between people, all of our caregivers must demonstrate a passion for working side-by-side with our clients.
Our hiring process is rigorous – it includes multiple interviews, professional references, a criminal background check, and drug screen. Once hired, we support the development of our caregivers through training programs that enhance their caregiving knowledge and provide them with practical tools for creating a stronger connection with their client.
We take the time upfront to learn about our clients – their needs, passions, preferences – so that we can present the best possible candidates. Ultimately, they choose the person who they feel is best for them.
With a large and diverse pool of caregivers, we can create exceptional matches for our clients. Our unique database enables us to track and filter dozens of vital attributes of our caregivers, such as: personality type, education level, caregiving experience, and numerous abilities and interests. Some caregivers will have excellent culinary skills, while others will be able to speak a foreign language or play the piano.
Providing a great caregiver is one component of working with ComForCare. We also believe in providing outstanding client service. This means being attentive, thoughtful, and highly responsive to the questions and challenges presented to us.
During the process of starting services with ComForCare, clients are assigned a dedicated advisor from our Client Services Team. Our advisors can make helpful suggestions when developing a home care, dementia care, or other elder care plan, as well as provide ongoing support.
This could mean making referrals to other trusted New York City service providers in the senior care industry, or perhaps working through issues related to a long-term care insurance policy. We maintain a list of well-vetted service providers in other categories, such as Geriatric Care Managers and Visiting Physicians, who may play a vital role in our clients’ long-term care.
Kyle began his professional career as an investor at Summit Partners, a private equity firm focused on high-growth companies. There he spent a lot of time learning about the healthcare services and technology sectors. Though he came away with fond memories and a great education, he enjoys being mostly oblivious to the stock market these days. In 2015, he started ComForCare of New York City – the product of his interests in healthcare and a partnership with one of the leading brands in senior care. It was during his exploration into neuroscience and brain health, following his investment career, that he came away with a deeper appreciation for the power of social connection for brain health and overall wellness. This became an important part of the Company’s mission to hire engaging caregivers and match them carefully with older adults. Away from the office, he tries to take advantage of what New York City has to offer in food and great performances. And he remains an avid fan of his alma mater, the University of Notre Dame, where he played defensive end for its football team in the early 2000’s.
Larisa completed a BFA in acting, and then worked for many years in TV, stage and film. Her professional experience in the performing arts nurtured a deep curiosity and interest in the human condition. It also generated a sincere desire to find a way to help others. Performing live on stage provides a unique intimacy, an almost ethereal connection between other actors as well as the audience, and it was that communal experience which cemented in Larisa the notion that her true calling was to be of service. Working with ComForCare became the perfect marriage between her love of acting and her calling to serve others. At the core, ComForCare’s message is about the connection between the caregivers they employ and the seniors they support. For Larisa, this is both the most rewarding and challenging role she’s played to date. Away from the office, Larisa remains devoted to honing her craft as an actor, and enjoys spending her time off with friends, family and her pittbull-mix, Bailey.
Kayla is an LMSW who has spent the entirety of her career working in geriatrics in New York City. Growing up, she was very close to her great-grandmother who lived well into her 90s, which sparked an interest and connection to older adults from a young age. Before joining ComForCare, Kayla worked in private geriatric care management and also spent many years in the NYP – Weill Cornell hospital system assisting socially and medically complex Medicare patients in navigating their health care needs. She is passionate about keeping older adults living safely and independently in their homes. Outside of her work, Kayla enjoys literature, cooking, swimming, bingeable British crime dramas and spending time with her family and friends.
Adrienne has always sought to explore and honor the wide scope of the human experience through her interests and studies. She has worked in various capacities with children of all ages, individuals with special needs, and as a caregiver to the elderly, with a focus on those living with dementia. Guided by her desire to facilitate connection and understanding amongst disparate groups, she earned her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, designing a concentration in Cross-Cultural Studies. Always a writer and a dancer, she would go on to become an actor, director and producer, collaborating with other artists to make everything from live performance art to short films and modern dance. The power of creatively expressing and reflecting the human experience inspired her to eventually earn her MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Arts. Before taking on her role as Staffing Manager, Adrienne worked for over a year as a companion to several ComForCare clients.