Rosalie started Home Care Helpers from the generosity of an inheritance from her parents Charles “Charlie” and Amelia “Babe” Coco.
Charlie and Babe were married for over 60 years. They were both first generation Americans, born of Italian parents who emigrated from Sicily, Italy to live a better life. Charlie and Babe lived the “American Dream” in Rochester, NY, working hard and raising their 3 children: Marie “La La”, Rosalie, and Church “Bonz”. When they retired, they chose to be Snow Birds for 25 years in Myrtle Beach. Unfortunately, Babe was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in her late 60’s. Thankfully, it progressed very slowly, and Charlie did a great job of caring for Babe. Sadly, he himself became ill with cancer and passed away in 2007.
The 3 Coco Siblings all wanted Mom to live with them, so they decided to “share” her. She spend a third of the year with each and their respective spouses and her grandchildren. She spent her Winter and early Spring with her daughter Rosalie, son-in-law Larry, and grandson Joe here in North Myrtle Beach. Babe loved doing this each year until her passing in June, 2010.
“The time I spent with my Mom was very special to me. She loved people enjoyed dancing. We took her to all the events in North Myrtle Beach, dances at the Little River VFW on Friday nights, and played cards or dice almost nightly. I enjoyed caring for her, helping with all her personal bathing and grooming, making meals, and letting Mom do the things she could do like setting the table. My son Joe would take her out for lunch at the local deli each week and to Wednesday worship. It is so important to let them feel needed and valued.
“It is in honor of my parents that I started Home Care Helpers, because everyone needs help at some point in their lives. Kind, compassionate care is what we provide, and we’d be honored to serve you as well.” –Rosalie Dye, President and Founder of Home Care Helpers