Dominique Burke opened New Dimensions Home Healthcare LLC in June as a residential service agency licensed through the Maryland Office of Health Care Quality. The business caters to the elderly and disabled population as well as those who have been injured on the job. Burke recently spoke with The Frederick News-Post to talk more about her business.
What services do you provide?
We do light housekeeping, personal care, activities of daily living and transportation services. The main thing we focus on is medication management and administration.
What is your background in home health care?
I am a certified nursing assistant since 2011, and after I graduated high school in 2005 I was doing home health care, up until my grandparents died. I was able to take on the financial responsibilities for my grandparents and see how important it is to stay with your spouse and live longer with your family around. After graduating in 2005, I was working in home care agencies and thought, “I would love to do this.” I wanted to be a nurse and my grandmother was a nurse, so I kind of wanted to steer in her direction.
What makes your business better than the competition?
I wanted to keep people out of the institutions and hospitals and keep them at home. We don’t focus on just the care at home, but we want to make their life purposeful. We want them to be able to use the stuff that they’re able to use and apply it to their home, whether it’s encouraging them to wash their dishes or encouraging them to cook a recipe that they haven’t cooked in a long time. Just being side by side with them means that we’re parallel to our clients’ needs. We don’t want to cripple our clients but instead let them know their weaknesses so they can work on them.
What do you love about the job?
I love keeping my clients happy and seeing a smile on their face when I’m coming to their house. I like that we’re providing not just care but purpose for their day and also following their needs with a care plan and helping the families.