Home care providers at ComForcare rely on an incredible team of nurses and caregivers to provide world-class service for their clients.  Due to the increase in Americans now entering their retirement years, there is a great need for certified nursing assistants in the home care industry.  Read how one ComForcare home care franchise in Illinois was able to provide training for their staff and also recruit and train new nurses for the home care field.


The following article written by Mike Nolan was featured in the South Town Star in 2011 and shares Svenningsen’s story:


In the lobby of ComForcare Senior Services’ offices in Mokena hang photos of a smiling Thelma Money, surrounded by family members.  The Orland Park woman was, in a sense, the inspiration for the business.


Valerie Svenningsen’s often frustrating quest for an in-home caregiver for her ailing grandmother, whom she affectionately called “nama,” led her and her husband to open a franchised location of  ComForcare in 2003.


She’s since also had to rely on caregivers for her mom and dad, as well as her father-in-law and mother-in-law.


“We know what it’s like to be on the other side,” Svenningsen, a Frankfort resident, said.

In a field where demand for in-home elderly care help is growing, Svenningsen has teamed up with the U.S. Department of Labor, the Cook County President’s Office of Employment and Training and Southland Health Care Forum to offer recruiting and training of certified nursing assistants. Svenningsen’s ComForcare offices – she also has a location in Buffalo Grove – will initially offer specialized training to their own CNAs who provide care in clients’ homes.


The business is working with the Southland Health Care Forum, whose members include several hospitals in the region, to develop an instructional program that will meet state requirements. The forum helps hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and other facilities find skilled workers, and offers training programs for area residents who want to pursue a career in the home health care field.


Initially, training will focus on caring for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, Svenningsen said.  “The dementia is so pervasive,” she said.


Beyond having the basic skills of caring for the elderly, caregivers working with clients who have dementia and Alzheimer’s “need to have patience and the desire to help,” Svenningsen said, recalling the sometimes trying times of dealing with her grandmother.


About ComForcare Home Care Franchises


To learn more about the program visit ComForcare Mokena online at http://swchicago.comforcare.com.   ComForcare home care offers award-winning customer service and is dedicated to continuing its reputation for client-centered care across the nation.

ComForcare began in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, in 1996 as a company dedicated to establishing a new standard in the quality of non-medical home care. After perfecting the winning formula, ComForcare began franchising. They are one of the fastest growing franchises in the country with more than 135 franchise owners who operate 150 territories throughout the United States and in Canada and the U.K.

Each independently owned and operated ComForcare office offers elderly care services including personal care, homemaking, transportation, companionship and family respite services to improve the quality of life and level of independence for every individual and family receiving our services.


ComForcare Home Care

2510 Telegraph Road, Suite 100

Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302