Caring With a Smile, an elderly home care agency, officially moved into a building on Brookhaven Road, Jan. 10.
“It has been really good, it has been hard getting everything settled, but it is actually better because we are at one spot,” Lekesha Matthews, owner of Caring With a Smile, said.
Matthews started the business as a mobile home care agency in 2019 after the passing of the Searcys’, a couple she had met 12 years prior at the Medical Center here in Franklin. She helped the couple with things as needed (PRN) after meeting them.
“I was in and out of their home while working a full time job, the husband passed away a year and a half later and the daughter had asked me if I would do things a whole lot more, so I started doing that part time,” Matthews said. “Two years ago the daughter asked me if I would do full time so I went in everyday of the week so she could stay in her home until she passed away in February 2019 and that is when Caring With a Smile was founded.”
Franklin-Simpson Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Steve Thurmond started off the ribbon cutting ceremony by saying he was very proud of Matthews and all she has accomplished.
“I met Kesha a couple of years ago when she helping taking care of Rebecca Searcy,” Thurmond said. “It is really gratifying to me to see this young lady who has worked so hard and has such a heart. I promise you if I am ever in need this is the young lady that I want to help take care of me or mine.”
Jane Searcy Bellucci, Rebecca Searcy’s daughter, said she must have done something right at some point in her life to have Matthews in her life.
“I always said she is like a second daughter for mom, but I was no longer sure of the pecking order,” Bellucci said.
She said Matthews is the ultimate caregiver and that she is incredibly happy and proud of her.
Caring With a Smile has 14 clients mostly in Franklin and Simpson County with a few in Adairville and Bowling Green. Matthews said they have a total of 21 staff including the office staff and will support the 13 surrounding counties.
The home care agency offers personal service, like companionship, taking people to doctors appoints, medication reminders, taking them into the community and bathing and grooming.
“Just anything they are needing to stay in their home comfortably,” Matthews said. “We actually just do elderly, but we can be in the home if hospice is brought in with our clients.”