Today we’d like to introduce you to Ivana Johnson
Thanks for sharing your story with us Ivana. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
In 2011, I became a CNA in a small town by the name of Brunswick, Ga. I began to work in a nursing home immediately after becoming certified. I went on to work in assisted living facilities and also in private homes. The work was absolutely satisfying. Just knowing I helped someone really began to make my day. In 2013, I became a Georgia Licensed master cosmetologist and contracted my first job at a nursing home as a hairstylist. After doing that for some time 2015 came about and I decided I wanted to move to Atlanta. I came here and began working for a private client who had marched with Martin Luther king. She would show me pictures of her standing by him on the picket line holding signs. I would always ask her questions about him and we’d even read the Bible 3 times a day, 3-4 times a week. I felt like she led me more to God. She would even challenge me and ask me what message I received out of the scriptures we read. I’d cut on YouTube and we’d clap and dance to sing old hymns. The experience was great! While working for her and also working in a hair salon I became very confused as to exactly what my passion was. This went on for a couple weeks and I finally decided to call my brother. After explaining to him that I wanted to pursue my passion but I was confused he asked “which job gives u the most enjoyment?” I replied “I don’t Know, they both make people smile” he then said “No, which one gives u the most enjoyment when your finished” my response was “being a caregiver, without a doubt” then he responded “well, in that case doing hair is just one of your talents…your passion is being a caregiver” and at that moment I realized I needed to open a Homecare agency. I had worked for companies over the last 7 years but to me everything was strictly about profit to them. They just seemed to not care about clients to me. Maybe they did but 70% percent of the time all I had heard from families were complaints. Many of the same actually. After doing months of research on a home Care Agency, I opened my own December 2016.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
No, this has not been a smooth ride what so ever. Some of my struggles were proper marketing and branding.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with A.I.D. Homecare – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
What sets A.I.D. (Angels in Disguise) Home Care apart from others is that we genuinely care for our clients and go above and beyond to provide exceptional care at the most affordable rate throughout Atlanta. We understand how important it is to have an individual “age in place” as one would say. Currently we serve 9 counties (Fayette, Clayton, Dekalb, Fulton, Henry, Gwinnett, Douglas, Cobb & Spalding) which includes specializing in caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s but also, we care for physically and mentally challenged individuals.
Ivana Johnson, Owner & Founder