By Libby Hopkins

HelpingHandslogoEveryone can use an extra hand from time to time, but back in 2000, Christine Barfield of Plant City needed many extra hands. She was in an accident that landed her in a wheelchair for more than a year.

“For a year I was in a wheelchair fulltime and I was unable to return to my career,” Barfield said.

While she was recovering, her husband, Leonard, had an accident at his construction job that put the couple in need of further assistance.

“In 2007 we decided to step out of the box and form Helping Hands Caring Hearts,” Christine said. “We wanted to assist people that need help with the daily activities of living that could no longer be accomplished alone.”

Helping Hands Caring Hearts strives to assist its clients in living in their home as long as possible.

“Many of our clients have passed away with us so they have never had to be in an assisted living or nursing home,” Christine said. “What you can no longer do, we do for you, from weeding the flowerbeds to feeding the pets; we do it all.”

Customer satisfaction is the ultimate goal.

“We give you a free in-home assessment and do our absolute best to match you or your loved one with the caregiver that best fits your needs and expectations,” Christine said. “If things don’t work out with that caregiver, we provide a new caregiver immediately.”

They can relieve a caregiver for a day, a week or a month and the service they provide gives the Barfield’s a wonderful feeling of satisfaction on a daily basis.

“Just knowing that we can provide love and caring to the end and give them a safe and nurturing atmosphere in the golden years of their lives is tremendously satisfying to us,” Christine said. “We hope to continue offering the services we provide to the community for years to come.”

Helping Hands Caring Hearts is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week. It serves Hillsborough, Highlands, Pasco and Polk Counties. To learn more about the services, visit or contact Christine at 737-6706. Individuals who mention this story when contacting Helping Hands Caring Hearts will receive a 10 percent discount on the first month of service. Their client’s spouse or significant other is always free of charge.

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Libby Hopkins has been a part of the Brandon community for more than 30 years. She is a graduate of USF with a degree in journalism. She has been a freelance writer for The Osprey Observer Newspaper since 2008. She also the Executive Director of Center Place Fine Arts and Civic Association. She is a dog mom to her rescue dog, Marshall. She loves being a part of the Brandon Community and she loves sharing positive news about our community.