We had the good fortune of connecting with Kurt Buske and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kurt, how does your business help the community or world?
I work with two businesses that both have a significant social impact. In my work as President of A Better Solution In Home Care, I help people who are interested in starting a home care business under our brand via development of franchise locations in communities across the United States. We currently have 15 locations around the country. Home care is really one of the most powerful services in regards to enabling older adults to remain in their home as opposed to needing to move into a residential care facility. In light of COVID-19, home care is becoming an increasingly important option for older adults and their families to consider as they need help with their activities of daily living. Home is where most older adults want to be, and home care can help them stay at home as opposed to needing to live in a facility. Age 85+ is the fastest growing demographic in the United States and by 2025 adults age 65+ will outnumber children under the age of 18. Our society needs to develop solutions for our aging population to help them safely remain in their communities and to live their lives with dignity. Home care is a service that is very powerful and meaningful in this regard. In my work as Executive Director of the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation, I help this 37 year old non-profit achieve its mission of “improving the quality of life for brain injury survivors and their families living in San Diego County” through managing and developing a variety of supportive services. Brain injury is more common that many people know. Over 2.8 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the United States every year; more than the number of all new cancer diagnoses annually in this country. An estimated 30,000 people suffer a TBI in San Diego County annually. TBI impacts not only the individual suffering the injury, but their entire family as well. Resources are often difficult to find and navigate for these individuals and families and the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation helps in this regard. We also have a unique residential care facility for TBI survivors needing long term care. We operate the only small, 8 bed facility specifically for individuals who suffered a brain injury as adults in San Diego County. The San Diego Brain Injury Foundation provides meaningful social impact for San Diego’s brain injury community. In fact, our calling is to create community for TBI survivors who often feel isolated, misunderstood and disconnected from the social networks and activities they were a part of prior to their injury. This organization also advocates for brain injury awareness and resources. We want to get everyone talking about this relatively common injury that is often neglected in our society.
Please tell us more about your career. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I have been involved with community based organizations that support vulnerable populations my entire career. For some odd reason, I had a vision of working with smaller, community based organizations that serve vulnerable populations since I was in my early 20s. I ended up receiving my Masters degree in Social Work and that degree has served me well in my career. I have been able to work with a diversity of populations including older adults, family caregivers, adults with developmental disabilities and brain injury survivors throughout my career. I am most energized when I can make a difference in the lives of others. I am energized by developing programs, services and businesses that help people facing challenging life circumstances. I wouldn’t say my journey has been easy, but I am uniquely motivated by challenges. I don’t really relish the status quo and am always looking for new challenges and opportunities to change things for the better. The overcoming of challenges, both personally and professionally, is something that I embrace. Life is change and we must be open to changing ourselves and our paradigms in order to successfully navigate this world. Developing meaningful supportive services for people facing challenging circumstances requires a willingness to listen to their experience and “step into their shoes,” something which is challenging, but incredibly fulfilling. I have learned may lessons during my career and continue to do so. Lifelong learning is important to me. I am continually learning how to think outside of my own built in paradigms to more effectively understand the experience of others. Developing this mindset takes continual focus and work, but I believe it helps me to better help others.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When I have out of town visitors, I typically take them sailing out on San Diego bay. I am a lifelong sailor, having grown up on and around boats. My sport as a kid was competitive Naples Sabot racing. I love sailing in our bay and it presents an opportunity to see San Diego from a different perspective. I am continually surprised at how many people I meet who have never been sailing. If a guest was here for several days, I might even try to convince them to take a sailing trip over to Catalina Island. This is an incredible experience to have on a private boat when you can visit some of the less frequented coves. I also enjoy going to Tecate, Mexico as it is close to San Diego and many folks who visit from out of town have never been to Mexico. Tecate is a quaint little town with good food and some beautiful places you can go horseback riding.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to thank my mother for always allowing me to pursue my dreams and vision for my life and place in this world. My mother provided endless encouragement and support and always valued the goals I had for myself as opposed to pushing me in any particular direction. I believe that my career of serving others was literally spawned from core values instilled in my by my mother.
Website: A Better Solution In Home Care: www.absihc.com; San Diego Brain Injury Foundation: www.sdbif.org