[OUR BREAD AND BUTTER] Right at Home: Enriching Quality of Life For Loved Ones

Maria Castro, a Right at Home caregiver, regularly visits Takashi Hoshizaki in his home, helping where needed, and providing companionship when his family can’t be there.

Takashi Hoshizaki cherishes the many joys in his life. At 92, he is aging in place in the East Hollywood home he built for his family in 1967. There are masks and other personal treasures from the past adorning the walls, and his wife’s plants are still cared for in the shaded garden.

“My wife passed away about five years ago. She was a world expert on ferns,” said Hoshizaki with pride. “Each of the masks represents a country that we visited, starting with Borneo.”

Because Hoshizaki’s daughter and son work in the tech industry in Northern California and can’t personally care for their father, they turned to Right at Home for in-home care and assistance to support his quality of life.

Maria Castro, a Right at Home caregiver, has been assisting Hoshizaki for the past two years with light housekeeping and companionship.

“Sometimes we talk, sometimes we go exercise,” said Castro.

Household chores and meal preparation can be more difficult to manage as one ages. Right at Home provides non-medical services that can include safety and health supervision, personal care, grocery shopping, laundry, assistance with doctor visits and even help getting ready for an outing.

“Some people are used to taking care of themselves but may be more fragile as they have gotten older and may not have family nearby,” said Right at Home Co-Owner Leanna Dickstein. “We are the ones making sure people are safe and receive the care that they need.”

Caregivers are also in regular communication with the families of those they are assisting, says Dickstein, bringing peace of mind that caregivers are there and providing oversight for loved ones.

Because every household is different, Right at Home develops a custom care plan for each client. Caregivers are matched considering numerous factors including needs, interests and even personalities.

“Having someone come to take that stress off is good for the family,” said Doug Dickstein, co-owner of Right at Home.

The ultimate goal, said Dickstein, is for loved ones to enjoy healthy lives in the comfort of a familiar environment. In their 10 years serving the local community, they have seen many lives enriched.

“I guess I don’t want to move,” said Takashi Hoshizaki.

He and caregiver Maria Castro chatted as they walked his neighborhood together. He pointed out where his father’s grocery store once stood on the corner at Virgil Avenue back when there was a lot of open space and a creek running through it.

He and his wife met as students at LA City College just a few blocks away, before his career at Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

He’s lived his entire life here, except for the years during World War II, when at 16, he and his family was shipped to the concentration camp at Heart Mountain, Wyoming—their history is documented at LA’s Japanese American National Museum.

With a little help from Right at Home, Hoshizaki will have many more stories to share while living in the comfort of a familiar environment.

Contact Right at Home, http://www.rahlosangeles.com to find out about their services in Los Angeles, Burbank, Glendale and Beverly Hills.

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