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About FirstLight
in Libertyville

Why Choose FirstLight Home Care Libertyville

At FirstLight Home Care of Libertyville, we provide exceptional care so that your loved one has the support they need to enjoy the quality of life they deserve in the place they call home.

We exist to help people have their best day – every day – whatever that means for them. Our team of trusted care professionals in Libertyville is passionate about providing personalized care, creating meaningful relationships and making a difference in the lives of others.

When families face challenging decisions like how to care for their aging loved one, it is important that they have options and know where to turn for help. For me personally, I think providing area residents with in-home care solutions are extremely important. With the support of my family, I recently opened FirstLight Home Care of Deerfield/Lake Forest to serve community members in need of extra assistance and to help ease the stress of family caregivers.
– Stephanie Johnson, FirstLight Owner

Stephanie Johnson, Owner

Stephanie Johnson, Owner

For 20 years, Stephanie Johnson worked as a nurse, caring for patients daily to treat their various medical ailments. Her work as a nurse provided her with a medical background that allowed her to move to a new type of career. However, it wasn’t until Johnson became a part of the sandwich generation that she realized the real need for a reliable in-home care service. 47 percent of adults in their 40s and 50s are part of the sandwich generation, “sandwiched” between raising their children and supporting aging parents.

Raised by her grandparents, Johnson took on the responsibility of taking care of them as they aged. Her grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 1992 and her grandmother became his full-time caregiver. Johnson assisted her grandmother in caring for her grandfather as much as possible, as she had a family of her own and a nursing career to juggle.

In addition to caring for her grandfather, Johnson became the sole caregiver for her grandmother in 2008. After receiving a call from her grandmother saying that she wasn’t feeling well, Johnson accompanied her to the hospital where they found out that her grandmother had atrial fibrillation. But, that wasn’t all. Upon further testing, Johnson’s grandmother was diagnosed with lung cancer.

Since both her grandfather and grandmother required full-time caregivers, Johnson decided quitting her nursing job would be best for them and for her. As soon as her grandmother was diagnosed with lung cancer, Johnson quit her job to become their 24-hour caregiver.

Her grandmother underwent surgery, chemo and radiation for her lung cancer and Johnson remained with her for the duration of her treatments and procedures. In 2009 her grandfather passed away. He lived with Alzheimer’s for 18 years and was the oldest living person to have the disease in the state of Illinois.

Johnson and her family relocated to Orlando, FL and moved her grandmother with them. Even with hospice care, Johnson was left caring for her grandmother most days. She was not aware that there were resources out there to assist her with her mother’s care as she wanted her to be at home with the family instead of alone in a facility. Her grandmother passed away in their home, with her family by her side.

After her grandparents’ passing, Johnson realized her passion in caring for others. She returned to college and obtained in Bachelor’s degree of Science in Alternative Medicine. Even after her studies she realized her passion was to help individuals remain at home with their loved ones when they would otherwise be unable to do so. While researching in-home, non-medical care options, Johnson discovered FirstLight Home Care and knew that opening her own facility was something she needed to do for herself.

“It was the greatest experience for all of us to be with my grandmother before she died. Everyone should have the opportunity to keep their family at home and be with them during their time of need; that is why FirstLight is here.”

Vision & Mission

At FirstLight Home Care, we envision a world in which all adults may age with comfort, dignity and independence in the place they call home. We exist to help people have their best day, every day. Our mission is to provide compassionate home care so that the families we serve have peace of mind knowing their loved ones are receiving the support they need to enjoy the quality of life they deserve.

Core Values

We live these core values every day, without compromise. It’s what we believe in above all else as they guide our company and team members to help us achieve our mission.

Focus Relationships First

Focus on Relationships First

We have a genuine concern for the health and well-being of others and an incredible opportunity to help people live their best lives. By focusing on relationships, we create caring environments where people are encouraged to use their unique experiences and backgrounds to create lasting bonds. This is our Culture of Care philosophy that motivates us to do more as we serve others.

Act with Integrity

Act with Integrity

We’re honest, trustworthy and committed to doing the right thing. Providing service with integrity means we consistently do what we say we’re going to do, communicate with transparency and hold ourselves accountable for our actions.

Give Joy

Give Joy

We find, bring and share joy in our work every day. By practicing kindness, gratitude, and having a positive attitude, we bring happiness and genuinely make people feel good.

Grow Together

Grow Together

We strive to build and nurture a culture that creates strong teams, fosters curiosity and connects ideas. This drives us to break the status quo and, together, find ways to consistently improve and grow.

Make A Difference Every Day

Make a Difference Every Day

Each day we are inspired to make a difference in people’s lives, and we have a sincere desire to make the world a better place. We seek to improve the lives of others through our dedication to reliable, professional first-class service.