Cathy Olsen is a 10-year veteran of the home care industry and owner of Interim HealthCare of Santa Rosa, a Diamond Certified company. She can be reached at (707) 659-6995 or by email.

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Video: Differentiating Home Care Agencies

With Cathy Olsen of Interim HealthCare of Santa Rosa, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SANTA ROSA – Host, Sarah Rutan: Prior to hiring a home care agency, there’s one important distinction you’ll want to be aware of. Today we’re in Santa Rosa with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Cathy Olsen of Interim HealthCare of Santa Rosa to learn more.

 

Differentiating Home Care Agencies

By Cathy Olsen of Interim HealthCare of Santa Rosa, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SANTA ROSA – Many people assume all home care agencies are basically the same, but there are actually some essential distinctions to be aware of. For example, few people realize home care agencies fall into two categories: employer-based agencies and domestic…Read More

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Cathy Olsen: A Caring Connection

  • Cathy Olsen is owner of Interim HealthCare of Santa Rosa.

  • Cathy and her husband, John, scuba diving in Cozumel.

  • Cathy scuba diving off the coast of Fiji.

  • Cathy hiking through Death Valley.

Cathy Olsen: A Caring Connection
“I make sure each of our clients is treated with the utmost dignity and respect.”

SANTA ROSA – Cathy Olsen got involved in the home care field through the most personal way possible: caring for her own parents. “I used to be in real estate, but when my parents began having health problems, I became their caregiver,” she remembers. “To provide them with the best possible care, I decided to get involved in the industry professionally and started working at an Interim HealthCare office in Chico. Eight years later, after both of my parents had passed away, I decided to start my own franchise.”

Today, as owner of Interim HealthCare of Santa Rosa, Cathy says her favorite part of her job is caring for clients. “Caring for my parents was certainly challenging, but because of that experience, I’m now able to help others who are in similar situations. I enjoy working with our clients and their families, getting to know their stories, and providing them with the best possible care.”

Originally from Minnesota, Cathy resides today in Santa Rosa. Outside of work, she engages in a variety of active pastimes, typically in the company of her husband, John. “John and I are both avid scuba divers,” she says. “We do some diving off the California coast, but we also like to travel and go diving at tropical locations.” The couple also enjoys riding motorcycles and playing golf together.

In her life and career, Cathy espouses the importance of honoring others. “That’s something I feel like we’re lacking in our culture, especially when it comes to seniors,” she affirms. “That’s why I make sure each of our clients is treated with the utmost dignity and respect.”

When asked the first thing she’d do if she were to retire tomorrow, Cathy says she’d embark on an underwater exploration. “I’d probably go diving somewhere I’ve never been. I’ve always wanted to see the Galapagos Islands, so maybe I’d go there.”

Ask me anything!
Q: What’s the most death-defying feat you’ve ever attempted?

A: As a certified ice diver, I’ve completed dives beneath frozen lakes in Minnesota. I’ve also dived with whale sharks, but they’re such gentle creatures that I wouldn’t consider that death-defying.

Q: What’s one book you’ve found particularly influential?

A: “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook. It’s basically her account of how she made it to where she is.

Q: Pancakes or waffles?

A: Waffles.

Q: If you could travel to the past or the future, where would you go?

A: The past, to see Charles Darwin doing his research on the Galapagos Islands.

Q: Do you listen to any podcasts?

A: Yes. Some of my favorites are “Freakonomics Radio,” “The Psych Files,” “The School of Greatness” and “The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe.”

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