Longtime Lynden caregiving company Take My Hand At-Home Care has a new owner.
Matt Obermueller, a Whatcom County native, assumed ownership of the company in late September and has been managing its affairs since then. Sue Sorensen founded the business more than a decade ago, in 2010.
Obermueller lived in Whatcom County for 47 years before leaving to operate a Seniors Helping Seniors franchise in the San Diego area, which he has done since 2015. Seniors Helping Seniors is an in-home care business similar to TMH, with locations throughout the country.
“I am excited to have a residence in Lynden again and to be back in Whatcom County on a regular basis,” Obermueller said, “helping local seniors and their families stay happy and healthy.”
Though he will primarily have a management role in the company, Obermueller plans to help with the caregiving as needed. He has served as a caregiver in San Diego, and he also gained experience and insight guiding his parents through the aging process a few years ago.
“Caregiving is a state of mind,” Obermueller said. “It’s giving of yourself for the benefit of others. It’s a very rewarding job, and it’s challenging, too.”
Previously, Obermueller worked for Sterling Health in Bellingham for roughly 11 years. His work there focused on senior insurance and Medicare.
Sorensen’s daughter-in-law, Heidi Sorensen, will continue to manage much of the day-to-day operations of the company.
“I am thrilled to be working with Matt to serve the clients we have here in Whatcom County,” Sorensen said. “Sue started Take My Hand At-Home Care because of her love for the elderly, and I am glad that they and our staff will continue to be in such good hands.”
Sue Sorensen, too, said she is excited for the future of the company.
“Operating Take My Hand At-Home Care since 2010 has felt like a calling,” she said. “There is no greater work than to help individuals and families transition through the final phases of life. I know in my heart that Matt feels the same.”
Sorensen will continue living in the Lynden community and is available to Obermueller in the weeks and months ahead to help ease the business transition.
Obermueller said that no changes are planned for the company, and business will continue as usual.