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Golden opportunity unites Glace Bay best friends in business | Regional-Business | Business

GLACE BAY, N.S. —

Two best friends say they found a golden opportunity for employment together.

Kim Somerton and her best friend Melissa Andrews, both of Glace Bay, opened The Golden Girls Private Homecare Services on Sept. 2.

Their services are all non-medical, providing everything from personal care to transportation, preparing meals, cleaning, shopping to even decorating a Christmas tree or shoveling a driveway. 

So far, they have 20 employees, all with different skills to fit any need in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

“We even do hoarders jobs,” Somerton said. “We just finished one. It took us three days. We gutted a whole house out and we did a miracle job. The satisfaction we got when we finished was the most amazing feeling.”

Kim Somerton, left, and her best friend Melissa Andrews, both of Glace Bay, show a cartoon drawing they had created of themselves, symbolizing their bond as part of their new business, ‘The Golden Girls Private Homecare Services.’ The business allows for not only homecare services but beyond, from shoveling a driveway to transportation or even Christmas shopping. Sharon Montgomery-Dupe/Cape Breton Post
Kim Somerton, left, and her best friend Melissa Andrews, both of Glace Bay, show a cartoon drawing they had created of themselves, symbolizing their bond as part of their new business, ‘The Golden Girls Private Homecare Services.’ The business allows for not only homecare services but beyond, from shoveling a driveway to transportation or even Christmas shopping. Sharon Montgomery-Dupe/Cape Breton Post

 

IT ALL STARTED WITH THE VON

The idea for the business came from their 20 years combined working as VON community nurses.

The women actually met while working for the VON and often would be together assisting the same client. Although they loved working for the VON, during the course of their duties they noticed a need for services that went beyond medical and what they as community nurses could provide. Somerton said as a result they’d often go above and beyond doing things they perhaps shouldn’t have, beyond their scope. 

“Like pick up their pills,” she said. “We’re not supposed to do that, but a lot of people’s families live away nowadays. Some

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