We had the good fortune of connecting with Joyce Logan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joyce, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
How has your balance changed over time? Starting up a new business is all consuming initially. Working to get things off the ground, build relationships, and figure out what works and what doesn’t consumes time and energy because you are wearing many hats of the business. I loved growing the business, using my social worker background, making friends and connections along the way, but ended up letting working out and my health in general slide. I was also looking after Ruby, my mother-in-law & the namesake of Ruby Care, as her caregiver, and that cut into any additional time I might have had for myself.
How do you think about the balance? I think it is very important. After losing my mother-in law, Ruby, this year and now COVID-19 which doesn’t allow me to visit my mother who lives out of town in a senior community, has made me stop and reflect. Stopping to truly value and take the time to make sure that I practice self-care and make a conscious effort to have scheduled quality time with loved ones on the phone and ZOOM & Skype for now till we can see each other in person again.
What should our readers know about your business?
Ruby Care Senior Living Advisors is a woman owned business that provides a boutique white glove service that brings clients and their families together at no cost to our clients. We set ourselves apart by not only following best practices for the senior living industry, but offering confidentiality, honesty, respect and unbiased placement options. We take the time to meet face to face and understand the needs of our clients and their families. We then use our expertise to narrow down choices to set up tours and go on the tours with them. Our clients really appreciate having an advocate with them to help make sure all their questions/concerns are answered and help to remember details about each community seen. We are there for them every step of the way making sure they feel comfortable with their decision. Ruby Care can connect families with appropriate community resources (i.e. movers, packing, elder law attorneys, etc.) Once settled in at their new senior community, we follow up to ensure that everything is still going smoothly. We know each family and person is special and has their own unique circumstance and story to tell. Our Ruby Care team members’ ability to listen and understand each client’s needs individually, while providing our expertise in a compassionate and dignified way, makes all the difference.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would incorporate a little outdoors, museums, sporting and dining events to our schedule. In the Fall a Cowboys game and the Texas State Fair would definitely be added to the list. The Dallas Arboretum’s spectacular pumpkin patch is a must see as well as taking in one of the Thursday Cool Concerts. Some of my favorite walking paths include Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, White Rock Lake, and various trails in Plano. George Bush Presidential Museum and John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza are always of interest. Even though I’m not a big shopper, I look for unique shops and shabby chic flea markets to visit like the shops down in the Design District, Oak Lawn in the Bishop St. Market area, and the Dallas Farmers Market. Southfork Ranch makes for an intriguing visit and some “Dallas” nostalgia. For a great getaway for the day, taking the train in Grapevine to the Fort Worth Stockyards always makes for a good time. Good places to dine that I currently enjoy are the multitude of restaurants at Legacy West, Trinity Groves, and the different food “truck yards” that have been popping up in every city. Of course, we would have to taste some good Mexican food, from Javier’s in Dallas too! I will usually just let my friends help choose as there are so many great options to choose from, I LOVE it all!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to thank first and foremost my Ruby Care Senior Living Advisors team: Co-owner Patty Williams, Britt Hemsell, Nell Taylor and Sarah Valdovinos. Each member of our team has such an incredible heart, genuine qualities and experience that they bring to the table and make it possible to do what we do! Thanks to the National Placement & Referral Alliance, North Texas Area Gerontological Society, Dallas Area Gerontological Society, Alzheimer’s Association, and Elderly Service Providers for educational programs, marketing meetings, and programs that help us to continue to grow and be better advocates for our clients and seniors in the communities we serve.