Freeport resident offers seniors a ‘new beginning’

FREEPORT—When Christine Giardini started to think about a name for her business, she was focused on only one thing: her prospective clients. However, she was extremely pleased she unintentionally selected a name that fits her and her sister-in-law, Deena Mullarkey, too.

“New Beginnings gives us the opportunity to use our previous work experience in a new way; something we are both very excited about,” said Mullarkey, who is a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and has worked at Freeport Manor, Rockford Clinic and Freeport Health Network.

Giardini’s passion for helping seniors started at age 14, when she was encouraged by her favorite aunt and role model, Irene Eicholtz, to become a Candy Striper at Freeport Memorial Hospital. Irene worked as a nurse at the hospital and was instrumental in starting the Freeport Senior Center. She also had a tremendous amount of love and respect for her grandmothers, and, as they aged, she realized how difficult their everyday activities had become, and how terrible she felt not being able to help them in some small way.

“Today, I am grateful to be able to do what I love and know best, helping seniors,” Giardini said. “New Beginnings is a logical extension of what I have done in the past, and what I hope to accomplish in the future. I am able to make a difference in the life of others; in my business and as a volunteer for FHN Home Care & Hospice and Hospice Care of America in Rockford.”

She continued: “With over 25 years experience in health care and retirement living, creating my business was inevitable, and the inner fulfillment and possibilities for the future are endless. Whether you decide to stay in your home or downsize and move, think of it as a ‘New Beginning.’ Some people wait too long to make the decision to downsize and move, or to get in-home assistance. By the time they absolutely have to make a choice, it can be an overwhelming and time-consuming task.

“Most children want to help, but often find it difficult due to work commitments, young children still living at home, or grandchildren,” Giardini said. “Sometimes, there is just not enough time for everyone. That is exactly why I started New Beginnings. We are available to help and have the time to explain the terminology, services and amenities that go along with each lifestyle. We are familiar with in-home providers, if you choose to stay in your home, and senior living facilities, if you choose to make a move. We handle everything from start to finish.”

For more information, call Giardini at New Beginnings at (815) 291-0909, e-mail her at or visit the New Beginnings Web site at

From the July 5-11, 2006, issue

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