The idea of taking care of loved ones' care needs began a long time ago for Randy and Christine Kamenetsky. For Randy, it began when he was seven years old and his family immigrated to the United States of America from the Ukraine. While Randy’s parents pursued the American dream of owning their own business, it was his maternal grandmother who raised him. His parents were often gone thirteen hours a day, seven days a week. In gratitude for his grandmother’s influence in his life, Randy promised his grandmother that he would help her stay in their family home and take care of her when she needed his help. The love for his grandmother, coupled with the American Dream and the work ethic of his parents, inspired him to combine his entrepreneurial spirit with a business that would help seniors stay in the comfort of their homes when they needed care.
A Dream to Serve
This dream did not come to fruition right away for Randy. He had a deep love and appreciation for the opportunities the United States had given him and his parents and felt he owed the country his service before he attended college. His love for his country led him to join the army after high school. He served with honor until he was wounded while on duty. He was then honorably discharged. After the army, Randy attended college at Towson State University where he graduated in 1996. After graduating, Randy spent years in corporate America and decided he was not fulfilled. He wanted to own his own business and serve others where he could see the impact that his service had on families every day.
Fond Childhood Memories
Although they had not met yet, Christine Kamenetsky shared a deep love for her grandparents as well. Both Christine’s parents worked full-time for the government. Every summer from about nine to thirteen years old, she and her older brother traveled to Rhode Island to stay with her maternal grandparents for the entire summer. These memories are some of the fondest of her childhood. The stories, wisdom and knowledge she gained from her summer visits with her grandparents made a huge impact on her life.
Christine, too, promised her grandparents that she would help them stay in the home they loved, the one she had so many fond memories in, for as long as possible. Fortunately, family was around to take care of her grandparents when her grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and her grandmother was later diagnosed with Dementia. Christine saw what a toll taking care of her grandparents had on her family and how helpful it was when caregivers came in to provide respite for stressed out family members. In the beginning, the caregivers were from their church, as there were no agencies around that provided these services. Toward the end of her grandfather’s fourteen year fight with Alzheimer’s, caregivers had been hired around the clock. Christine was in Virginia and felt terrible guilt that she was not able to take part in the care of her grandparents except for visits. However, she was relieved that family up north was given respite from the caregivers.
A Fated Meeting
Christine and Randy met by fate in college. After college, Christine went on to pursue a Master’s degree in social work. She always felt the need to give back and help others in need. After, she worked with mentally ill adults and seniors with dementia.
In 2003, Randy and Christine decided to put their passions into senior home care. They opened their home care business to pursue their dreams of owning their own business, giving back to the community and aiding seniors. The Kamenetsky’s have served seniors in the Northern Virginia community since 2003.
—Client's Family in Vienna
Working with people with Alzheimer’s can be difficult, often my mother was confused and argumentative. Cathy was always nurturing and respectful.