PROGRESS EDITION: Forest Lake Home Care offers helping hand

Personal experience inspires owner to launch company


Alyssa Bluhm
Murphy News Service

Forest Lake Home Care has been helping clients in the Washington County, Twin Cities, and North Metro areas since September 2012.

The company’s services include transportation, nursing, personal care and companion care, which can mean running errands or playing a card game.

“Our objective is to serve others’ needs in the area,” said Paul Kreger, owner and founder.

Forest Lake Home Care’s staff of eight sets itself apart by being available around the clock.

“We listen to our customers, we return phone calls immediately, and you don’t have to wait 24 hours for us to help you,” Kreger said.

Until this March, Forest Lake Home Care employees used their own transportation to help clients. But with the recent addition of a company car, Forest Lake now also provides wheelchair-accessible transportation.

Kreger was inspired to start the business by the way his grandmother, a registered nurse, cared for others. Just one month after she passed away, Kreger opened Forest Lake Home Care with the money she left him to start the business and a decade of his own experience in health care. Kreger and his wife Josefina, also a co-owner, bring a collective 17 years of home care experience to the business.

Kreger hopes Forest Lake Home Care will be able to expand its services to include respite care and other home services such as pet care, house cleaning and maintenance repairs.

Forest Lake Home Care specializes in serving clients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

“We want our patients to be able to stay in their homes, and that’s sometimes hard for Alzheimer’s patients to do,” Kreger said.

The home health care business is located at 45 SW Seventh Ave. For more information, call 651-272-5195 or visit

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