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Serving LaGrange: LaGrange sisters open in-home care business Acti-Kare

Two LaGrange sisters have found a solution to life’s challenges. 

In February 2019, Tammy Strickland and Debbie Bazen founded Sister Solutions 23 to provide concierge services to the community. A few months later the two opened Acti-Kare in July. 

Acti-Kare In-Home Responsive Care provides care for all stages of life. They offer senior care, family care and recovery care. Surrounded by friends and family, the sisters were finally able to celebrate their new business on Wednesday. 

“We always knew we wanted to do private home care,” Strickland said. “Our dad has Alzheimer’s, and it just made sense for us.” 

Strickland said it was a long process for them to get into the homecare business due to state laws and regulations. Once they had the business up and running, they had a customer within the first three weeks. 

Acti-Kare provides recovery home care services for surgery, accident and other disabilities. Bazen said they hire qualified care givers that can help assist in with whatever the clients need. They also specialize in providing in-home family care to mothers, infants and children. 

Strickland said that when the pandemic hit, they saw families pull their parents or grandparents out of nursing homes to be with their family. She added that they have been serving in-home care to those seniors to help them live a normal, active life. 

“It has been good for us, and we are very thrilled to be doing this,” Bazen said. “We are really excited about the community. We have had a lot of our business to come to us just out of word of mouth.” 

Strickland said they provide services anywhere from their three-hour minimum to 24/7. Before deciding on opening Acti-Kare, Strickland and Bazen spent a lot of time researching the perfect in-home career facility that would work for them. 

“We just fell in love with the owner of this company,” Bazen said. “His background was similar to ours. He really focuses on the overall care of our client’s life in their spiritual life and intellectual mental health and staying involved. We really encourage our caregivers to not just go in and sit but to really engage.” 

Strickland said their team of caretakers’ main goal is to become part of the family and serve them the best they can. 

“We just want to make it personal,” Bazen said. “We aren’t out here to just make money. We are out here to serve because we truly care.” 

For more information about Acti-Kare, visit actikare.com/lagrange or call (678)-235-9067. It is located at 133 Main Street in the Abbott Building in downtown LaGrange.