Local business look: Mike O’Brien, Independence-4-Seniors Home Care

This week’s local business look profiles Mike O’Brien, owner of Hinsdale-based health care provider Independence-4-SeniorsWe recently talked with him about his company’s mission to help seniors maintain their independence, as long as possible, and the backstory of why he decided to enter the health care field.

Q. How long has your business been in the community?

A. Independence-4-Seniors Home Care was established in 2002 and serves the western Cook County communities as well as DuPage County. For the past 12 years, we have been serving older adults whose desire is to age in place in the comfortable surroundings of their own homes. For those adults whose everyday life becomes more challenging with maintaining daily routines or whose health conditions prevent them from safely performing everyday tasks of daily living, we offer the care and support that improves a person’s quality of life and enables independent living at home.

Q. What brought you/your business to this community?

A. We are 30 year residents of Western Springs and have spent our entire careers working as professionals in healthcare. When our aging family members needed assistance, we experienced first-hand the challenges of meeting their needs with assistance from non-family caregivers. We decided to combine our healthcare experience with our knowledge of the needs of older adults and began providing a unique approach to older adult care our community and those surrounding it.

Q. What is your favorite thing about the business community in which you work?

A. The attitude among business owners in the business community is one of collaboration and an interest in mutual success. Most of the business owners live and work in the community which further enhances their commitment to the residents and fellow business owners.

Q. What is your favorite thing about the community in which you work?

A. The people in the community have high shared values in how we interact as people, raise our families and work to maintain the community as one of the most preferred places to live in the Chicago area.

Q. What benefits does your community offer that a large city, like Chicago, does not offer?

A. Small communities like ours offer the unique experience of getting to know almost everyone if you are willing to make the effort. It’s easier to navigate than in the larger context of a Chicago, which often provides for a more personalized living experience.

Q. What is a tip you would give to new businesses/organizations?

A. Do your research and due diligence before launching your business. See who is in the same business space that your desire to be in and evaluate the need for another new entrant with your unique approach.

Q. Why would you advise someone to open a business in a smaller community, not unlike the one you work in?

A. People like to work with local businesses and business owners who live in their communities. Small communities are tightly knit segments of our population who collaborate to make their environments stronger and better places to live. If you are able to gain the trust and confidence of a community regarding the products or services your business offers, you will have crossed a critical line in your efforts to run a truly successful business.

Q. What is your favorite local spot, aside from your own business?

A. We are “frequent fliers” at Palmer Place Restaurant and Biergarten in La Grange. Great owners and staff, great food and superb atmosphere.

The West Suburban Chamber of Commerce & Industry serves as an advocate for business and constantly promotes and assists in enhancing the well-being of the communities that we serve through networking, professional development and legislative involvement. Reach them on the web at www.wscci.org.

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