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About Handle With Care

Julie Kastholm and Debbie Russell

Partners and life-long Elmhurst residents, Julie Kastholm and Debbie Russell started Handle With Care in 2009 with the mission to provide dignified, trusted care to those who need assistance with daily living and wish to remain safely in the comfort of their own home.

What sets us apart from our competition is our creative and thoughtful approach to adding joy to everyday life. We believe a holistic approach, that meets our client's emotional and physical needs, improves overall well-being and happiness. Involving clients in activities, exercise, and encouraging participation in everyday chores keeps days meaningful and as active as possible.

We are very hands on with all clients. From the initial in-home meeting and assessment, we remain very involved in all aspects of the care process. Working closely with client service staff, we communicate with family members, clients, and caregivers frequently and work together to problem solve and ensure the best care for our clients.

Through our volunteer work with DuPage Senior Citizens Council, we see the tremendous need for trustworthy elder care services and companionship. In addition, we have both cared for our parents and know how important peace of mind is when the adult children cannot always be with them.