After 29 exciting years in Human Resources, I made an intentional career shift in 2016 to follow my passion and heart. I joined a remarkable new Assisted Living & Memory Care Community in Falls Church and served as their Activities Director. I was genuinely “Living the Dream” and finally found a role that "Made my Heart Sing”. It was there that I was able to combine my passion for service to seniors with my creativity, interpersonal & organizational skills, and my vibrant approach to life!
In parallel to my professional career, I've had an equally long experience with service to seniors. At 12 years of age, I remember my first volunteer role, accompanying my mother each weekend to The Gaston Episcopal Hospital of Dallas. She and I served as candy stripers for the hospital gift shop, and it was there that my passion for service began. I continued the service journey through life and have volunteered with seniors wherever I have lived, from college to my adult years, even passing the volunteer spirit to our children. Nothing in the world makes me happier than brightening the day of an older adult who may be feeling lonely, isolated or just yearning for a friend to converse with. It is an honor and a privilege to serve our aging adult population, and I absolutely love doing so!
In 2018, I launched my business, “Just Like A Daughter / Companion Caregiving”! I saw the need with families today who are simply too busy to do it all. And “doing it all” includes those critically important visits they want with their mom or dad but find themselves saying, “I just can’t fit it all in". That’s where we can step in and help! We are there when your family can't and we will have an eye on streamlining processes to make life more manageable, serving with a mindset as if we were your daughter! We are liaisons and advocates and will serve as an extension to your family.
My husband and I have lived in McLean for 19 years. We moved here in 2002 from Portland, Oregon so that we could be closer to our families (my parents who resided in Chevy Chase, MD and my mother & father-in-law who were in Michigan.) We have two remarkable children; our daughter is a Senior studying Nuclear Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Michigan and our son is an 10th grader at an independent school here in McLean and he is passionate about sailing. This past summer they hiked the 500-mile Colorado Trail together and the prior summer they hiked the 300-mile Superior Hiking Trail!
We have (2) fur family members; both joined our family as fosters but never left as we couldn’t live without them! One is now 14 years old and is a medium sized spunky white pup who has lived with us for the past 11 years. Our 2nd pup, is a 6-year-old Great Pyrenees who had her front leg amputated days before she came to live with our family! She frequently serves as a therapy dog on visits for many of our clients!
In my spare time, I can be found volunteering in the community, fostering dogs, hiking, traveling or relaxing on my favorite location.. the beach. I sincerely look forward to hearing from you and supporting you and your needs! It is my pledge that we will serve you with integrity, honor, joy and dignity; coupled with unparalleled values and ethics.
Health & Happiness Always,
Robyn, CDP (Certified Dementia Practitioner)