On a crisp January morning in 1982, Jean Griswold sat at her dining room table in Erdenheim, Pennsylvania and began making phone calls, gathering a group of competent, caring people to help older and disabled individuals stay safe in their homes. Inspired by a growing need in her community, Jean Griswold began an organization now recognized as the World's Oldest, Multi-national, Non-medical Home Care Company and one of the first home care services to offer 24-hour service to older, disabled, or at-risk individuals at highly affordable prices.
The idea for GRISWOLD SPECIAL CARE came as a result of a tragedy that happened to an older widow who was a member of the church where The Reverend Doctor Lincoln Griswold (Jean's husband) was the pastor. Although she was affluent, the parishioner could not find anyone to help her when a friend who was helping her fell and broke her hip. The woman was terrified at night; fearful of having a heart attack when no one was there to help. Although her family lived close, the woman, left alone, did not drink enough fluids. As a result, her kidneys failed and she died.
This incident inspired Jean Griswold to start Overnight Sitting Service in her home. Word of this new service spread like wildfire, largely by word-of-mouth. As the demand rose, around-the-clock in-home care was initiated and services were expanded to include personal care and homemaking. Overnight Sitting Service was renamed Special Care Services to more accurately describe what we do. Eventually, the name became Special Care, and more recently GRISWOLD HOME CARE, to incorporate the role of our founder and into the company name.