Home care President Tony Walker proudly earned the Monterey Bay Area Green Business Programs’ green business certification. The Santa Cruz ComForCare franchise is leading the home care market by developing and promoting green practices within the industry.
Senior Care Services In Santa Cruz County, CA - Educate Seniors on Green Practices
At ComForCare Santa Cruz, Walker and his caregivers educate their clients on the green movement and take care to employ environmentally safe strategies in their work. “There are no other home care companies that are green” within the greater Northern California area, Walker notes. “Perhaps we’re the first in the country.” The green strategies at ComForCare Santa Cruz were inspired by Walker’s daughter who is particularly supportive of the green movement in California. Walker was inspired to consider ways the home care franchise could make a difference for their local environment. One practice they follow is responsibly disposing of expired and unused medications. Rather than flushing medicines down the toilet where they could contaminate local water supplies and marine ecosystems, clients are encouraged to follow a more responsible protocol. By partnering with the City of Santa Cruz, ComForCare has set up a program with local pharmacies that allows home care providers to give back expired and unused medications for proper disposal. ComForCare home care providers also work to educate clients on the safe disposal of hypodermic needles and human waste products to prevent the spread of disease or contamination in local landfills. In conjunction with the city, Walker and ComForCare have arranged to use explicitly marked waste containers intended only for these materials, averting the possibility of mixture with other garbage or recycled products.
Setting a Green Standard for the Home Care Industry
Walker is proud of his home care team’s efforts to support more sustainable and eco-friendly business practices and claims the key is education. He states, “Many times, people don’t know the resources they have around them.” For Santa Cruz residents, those resources are plentiful. “It’s part of the culture here in Santa Cruz,” Walker suggests. “Seniors have a lot of time on their hands. They’re avid watchers of TV, readers of the newspapers and magazines. They pick up on the environmental issues in the news.” ComForCare Santa Cruz is an affordable, non-medical home care service that primarily assists elderly citizens throughout the county, but also extends its services to people of all ages with handicaps requiring outside support.