Home care agency in Guelph
Kirsteen Birkett is a people person. Her approach and manner in dealing with people are what make her a natural fit to lead the Qualicare Guelph team as their Managing Director. Her work as a researcher at both at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto and the Homewood Health Centre in Guelph includes many years involved in studies of health and aging. Throughout her years as a researcher, she developed a love for connecting with people, and a desire to do more to help.
“I began to realize during the latter years of my research career, what I really most enjoyed was working with people. It was far more satisfying to spend time listening to those who participated in our research and sharing in their ups and downs than it was to document results and crunch numbers”, says Kirsteen. “I really like to be with and help people, and Qualicare is providing me the opportunity to do just that.”
Further driving home the need to make a difference was Kirsteen’s experience with her own father’s aging and passing. Being distant from her parents who lived on Vancouver Island was difficult. When the time came that her parents needed to explore assisted living options, Kirsteen discovered a challenging maze to navigate. “I certainly wish I had an advocate who could access services available, work with local agencies and providers and deal with the medical professionals. This would have helped in ensuring dignity and peace for my mother and father in his passing, which occurred in hospital.”
Kirsteen and her husband Chas have lived in Guelph for 15 years, raising three children and spending many hours in arenas and on sports fields supporting their kids’ activities. They are active in the local Guelph community, serving on church, daycare and school councils.
Kirsteen would welcome an opportunity to meet with you to talk about how Qualicare can help make your life a little bit easier, with peace of mind.
Before Qualicare became a trusted name across North America, and before we opened our first home care agency, our story started somewhere even more important: with family.
Over twenty years ago, Wayne and Andrea Nathanson were caring for Wayne’s father Nardy as he battled Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). It was during this difficult time they realized the breadth and depth of dedication, the resources and support required to provide the care Nardy needed. His care involved coordinating the efforts of over 40 care and health practitioners from doctors and nurses to pharmacists and physiotherapists.
Fortunately, Andrea’s nurse training, home care expertise and resourcefulness enabled Nardy to get the best care possible. It made the couple realize how they could help other families in similar situations. That’s when they decided to start Qualicare.
Today, Qualicare helps families take care of loved ones all over North America. Their dedicated team of professional caregivers works tirelessly to deliver a standard of home care and quality of life unavailable anywhere else. It’s a wide-ranging, comprehensive service with a simple goal: your peace of mind.
Our core values
Two decades after opening our first home care agency, Qualicare remains committed to our core principles. Today, our approach to delivering care is guided by a set of eight Core Values:
- Client Focused
- Be the Difference
- Better Together
- Deliver Quality with Every Action
- Transparent, Honest & Respectful
- Listen, Learn & Grow
- Beyond the Usual
- Find the Joy
Our values push us to lead the industry in quality and commitment. To truly be able to improve the quality of life for our clients and their families, we believe in these core values. From being the difference during a stressful situation, to helping find the joy in little moments, we are more than standard home care.