Director Cassandra Holmes and the company enjoy continued success as their network of helpers and caretakers expands exponentially in and around Vicksburg.
Holmes established Open Heart Senior Home Care, LLC in Port Gibson in 2017 with her son Kendelrick Holmes, age 22, and daughter Shamira Holmes, age 21. In January of 2022, they opened the Vicksburg office. Since then the business has grown exponentially, now including over 130 employees and caretakers and reaching as far as Utica and Raymond.
Their services include elderly care, respite care, and homemaking, as well as overnight care. From bathing and dressing to cooking, cleaning, and running errands, Open Heart Senior Home Care places utmost importance on the care of their many clients, making sure to never leave them without the help they need. “There’s no reason any client should go without coverage… someone is always going to be there. We do not leave our loved ones.,” Holmes stressed.
Being in charge of such a large network of helpers has not stopped Holmes from participating in the work of caretaking herself. “I want my employees to know that I’m always there right along with them…I appreciate them and I tell them often,” Holmes stated.
Holmes’ appreciation goes beyond words as she has been known to cover shifts for her employees and give paid time off when they need it. When asked why she goes above and beyond for her employees, Holmes expressed her understanding that those who help need a little help too, “We have to care for ourselves as well.”
Holmes credited her grandmother as the origin of her passion for service.
“When I was 16 or 17 she used to always go to the nursing home and have us, her grandchildren, to go and volunteer as well.”
Concerning the origins of the name of her service Holmes stated that her grandmother “always said she would welcome people with open hearts.”
When asked what sets Open Heart apart from what they offer, Holmes replied with “loyalty and compassion…We’re just a family-centered company involved in homecare. We love all of our clients. We treat them with respect, especially when going into their homes… we don’t just come in as a caregiver or PCA, we come in as a family.”
For more information or to sign up for home care Cassandra can be contacted directly by cell at 601-617-9254 or at the Vicksburg office at 601-636-6004 (1990 S Frontage Rd.). Their Port Gibson office is located at 615 Market St and can be reached at 601-300-8138.See a typo? Report it here.