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Our Mission

Helping Hands' mission is to provide care to those with a need to "age in place" and remain in the comfort of their home. Melissa Lockhart founded the company in 2008, when she noticed a growing need for seniors in this area. Her strong dedication is to always ensure that clients have peace of mind knowing that they themselves or their loved ones are being treated with the highest level of respect, and being matched with the best caregiver for their needs.

Why Choose a Nurse Registry?

  • You are always in control of your care

  • You set the schedule based on your needs

  • You choose the caregiver

  • You determine which services are to be provided

  • Serving all of Charlotte, Sarasota, Lee, Collier, Desoto, Glades and Hendry Counties



Meet our warm and caring office staff.



Owner and Founder



Lead Coordinator/ Office Manager






Day to Day













We can't wait to hear from you!

318 Tamiami Trl Unit 212 Punta Gorda Florida 33950

(941) 347-8886

Hours of Service are:

24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We work holidays with short or long term care. And we do all this in your home, senior community, or other healthcare facility.


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We hired Helping Hands when my father just couldn’t do things for himself anymore. Helping Hands sent over a very nice caregiver that helped Dad with cooking, cleaning up, laundry etc.. They were more then happy to help. I would recommend Helping Hands to anyone who needs that little extra in order to stay at home.

- Joann

I admire your amazing company; you are simply the best!! Each and every person I had help me were excellent in every aspect! I’d give you 6 stars, out of 5. Thank you so much for everything!

- M

Highly recommend Helping Hands of SW FL!!!! Melissa and her staff have been an amazing help! We found ourselves without enough time in our day and resources to provide all the needed care for my father in law and mother in law, as they required more care, the task became daunting. We wanted to make sure that they had only the BEST care and felt comfortable. We reached out to Helping Hands and could not be any more PLEASED with the level of care and service provided by them. From day one, we felt they truly cared for and about our family members. We have always been able to reach someone at Helping Hands with any questions, concerns, and advice regarding our parents. I’m so appreciative of Melissa and her staff, the peace of mind they have given us has been such a relief. I deeply thank everyone there for all they have done. Without a doubt, I recommend them to anyone looking for exceptional care!

- Avis

Thank you so much for the wonderful care you have given our parents over the last four years. You and your company, Helping Hands, are an absolute pleasure to work with! You treat us like family. We have been so lucky to find a great organization to help care for Mom & Dad. Thanks again!

- Andy, Judd, Mary, & Susan

My doctor told me that I needed to call for some respite help with my husband, he felt I was doing too much and was running myself down. He suggested I call Melissa at Helping Hands to find out my options. After meeting and speaking with her I decided to allow someone to come in and help with my husband so I could go out and shop and get a few errand done. So glad I did, not only was the caregiver compassionate, friendly and respectful, but I finally was able to go out and not be so worried about how my husband was doing.

- Ruth

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