Spotlight on Care on Call

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EverythingLongBeach recently spoke with Andrea Byrnes, Owner of Care on Call , via email. They talked about inspirations, challenges and what’s it’s like having a business in Belmont Shore.

How long have you been in business?

This is a recent start-up company. It is still in the beginning stages of development, and has been functioning for about a year now.

Describe your business:

Care on Call offers a variety of non-medical, in-home care services 24 hours a day. Currently the company is working from our Long Beach location, and continues to grow everyday. These services cover a wide spectrum, including elder care, child care, house sitting, and pet sitting. The owner herself also offers specialized services in Alzheimer’s consultation and postpartum doula. The caregivers themselves are insured, experienced, CPR and first-aid trained, and are able to offer background checks and references.

Why did you start Care on Call ?

I was an elementary teacher when my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. I returned to Ohio from San Diego to care for him fulltime. After years of devoting my life to him, he passed and I returned to California. My teaching license expired so I looked for nanny work, but I ached to help seniors who were suffering. Inspired by my father and driven by my passion to give seniors a better life, I created my own company, Care on Call, dedicated to treating seniors with the dignity they deserve. I then decided to branch out to include a variety of other offerings in addition to elder care.

What makes Care on Call stand out?

Our professionals exhibit exceptionally high-quality care. We are a new company that requires each employee to take an extensive exam that evaluates and requires a high-level of competency and expertise. Unlike other nanny agencies, we do not charge fees to you, the client. Nor do we take a high percentage from the wages of our elder care employees. This gives Care on Call the advantage of hiring highly-qualified professionals. Our extensive screening process requires more than one interview for all candidates, including a mandatory interview with the owner. Care on Call employees must have references and letters of recommendation, as well as experience and formal training in their specialized area.

What is the biggest success Care on Call has had?

Considering the recency of the company’s beginnings, the best is yet to come. Currently our company is in the midst of developing a strong network of potential clients and business partners, as well as possible investors who could help by providing much needed capital to spread the word of Care on Call’s services.

What is your favorite part of running your business?

The best part of running my business is that I get to make an impact in the lives of my clients. I want my clients to feel that Care on Call will always be there to help their families through the various transitions that can take place through life. My services are there to meet a wide spectrum of needs 24 hours a day, and I enjoy knowing that I am helping others in their time of need.

What are the biggest challenges you face?

As a new business owner, it is rather difficult to get the word out on my new business. I am working with a relatively tight budget, and being an entrepreneur has brought its set of challenges. Through the help of some interns we are trying to develop a marketing effort, business plan for investors, and other means of networking with potential partners and clients. We just need the local community to learn about our company to gain some traction.

What unique talents do you bring to Care on Call ?

As the owner of Care on Call, I provide a strong sense of professionalism by being a member of the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA), the Doula Association of Southern California (DASC), the National Care Planning Council (NCPC), the International Nanny Association (INA), having a BA degree in Elementary Education, being insured with CM&F Group, and being CPR and first-aid trained.

How is Care on Call involved with the community?

The company has continued to find ways to reach out to the local community, such as working in the Wish of a Lifetime Foundation, and being a part of the Long Beach Walk to End Alzheimer’s, as well as other charity events/workshops.

Do you have any future plans for Care on Call ?

The long-term plan is to establish Care on Call as a trusted and professional business in the Long Beach and greater South Bay area. Once the company has been functioning successfully for awhile I would like to look into possibly franchising the company name.

One Last Thing:
”One person caring about another represents life’s greatest value.” – Jim Rohn
Contact Care on Call :
Address: 18 57th Place, Long Beach, CA 90803
Phone Number: 310-686-5650


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