When the time came to retire from his longtime job as a finance officer for Longs Drugs/CVS, Grover White, 72, didn't feel like he was ready to leave the work force just yet. He had worked his whole life and just thought of this retirement as another chance at a new career.
He and his wife, Behnaz, decided to take a look around for new opportunities. It wasn't long before they found a Brentwood business for sale that offered an opportunity to do something to help people.
"We wanted a business we could be involved in and we were happy to find a business that was for sale that looked interesting," White said.
That business turned out to be Comforcare Senior Services in Brentwood. The local franchise offers nonmedical help to seniors and disabled individuals who need an extra hand.
"It really was a nice opportunity for us. The finances and business looked fine," he said. "We couldn't have asked for a better franchise, especially with all the support they give us."
While a lot of the business that the couple does deals with management and supporting their employees who go out and work with the seniors, White really enjoys getting to spend time with the people they work for.
"These are people who usually can't get around much and maybe need help with things around the house," he said.
There have been instances where White has had to run out and help in a pinch.
"It really is a good feeling to help people in need, no matter what the situation is," he said.
For White one of the best parts about this business is helping people stay out of hospitals and care homes as much as possible. He believes they would be much more comfortable in their own homes.
"We like to help make life easier at home as long as we can," he said.
Since he opened the doors of the business in October of last year, White has learned a lot about what it takes for seniors who are in need to get the help they need. In a short time he has already learned some of the most difficult aspects about his new business is when people pass away, which he says sometimes is inevitable when working with people who are so ill.
The business keeps the Whites busy these days. They service all of East County, Concord and Tracy. The Whites keep their service line open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and try to be available to help people at a moments notice. For more information, call them at 925-684-7113.