Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Investing in Senior Care

Paul R. Hogan is Chairman and Founder of Home Instead Senior Care. Home Instead is the largest privately-held senior care business of its kind in the world with operations in 15 countries: the United States, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Finland and Puerto Rico. It operates more than 900 offices providing 40 million hours of care annually to 60,000 elderly citizens while employing 65,000 caregivers. It was the first company to apply a franchise model to home care, creating a new business segment.

Specifically, Home Instead Senior Care offers companionship, not just care. CAREGivers, paid individuals who are carefully trained and screened, provide mostly non-medical services such as helping with walking, reminding to take medication, monitoring diet and eating, stimulating mental awareness, playing cards and games, writing letters and correspondence, mailing bills, visiting friends, and many other activities. CAREGivers also help with home duties: helping with laundry, changing linens, dusting, assisting with pets, shopping for groceries, running errands or escorting for shopping, etc. They also provide assistance with personal services such as eating, grooming, dressing, bathing and mobility.

Home Instead Senior Care’s mission is “to enable seniors to live happy, healthy and independent lives in their homes.” Caregiving is tailored to the needs of the senior, whether it lasts a few hours or 24 hours per day. No experience or medical skills are needed to become a Home Instead CAREGiver, and the job is most fulfilling. Many CAREGivers are retirees! It’s a win-win situation – people helping people.

For more information on this brilliant way of balancing the care of others with the satisfaction of giving and the pleasure of forming relationships, or to find home care for someone you love, contact: Home Instead Senior Care Office Contact Information: Omaha, 13323 California St., Omaha, NE 68154, Phone: 888 484 5759