NEW BREMEN - Timothy and Vicki May are employing able senior citizens to provide care for seniors in Auglaize, Darke, Mercer, Miami and Shelby counties.
The Shelby County couple have launched this non-medical home caregiving service, matching seniors seeking employment with seniors who need help to continue living independently on their own homes.
The Seniors Helping Seniors model differs from other companies providing care, because the caregivers and receivers relate to each other, the Mays said.
“The program is reinvigorating the senior workforce by providing active employment opportunities for able seniors,” they said.
The franchise is for seniors (over 50) by seniors over 50; hence the name Seniors Helping Seniors.
“Tim and I have wanted to have a business of our own but we weren’t sure what and we had pursued various ventures,” Vicki said. “While on vacation, we saw ads for different senior care franchises and started doing our due diligence. Well we found some were all about the money when Seniors Helping Seniors was about the people which is important to Tim and me. We know we need services for seniors as when we needed services for my mother we had no true options. So she was part of our inspiration.”
Her mother died in January after battling Alzheimer’s disease for six years. They are also creating a family legacy to benefit their community.
“Having first-hand knowledge of the stress that comes from juggling careers and family moved us to run a business where additional support could be provided for seniors,” Vicki said.
“We know that we will be providing only the best non-medical services to our seniors, because the communities we will be serving have loving, caring and compassionate people,” Tim said. “People in this region still care about their neighbors and are always willing to go out of their way to help others.”
The Mays added that there is a shortage of employment for seniors in the area, and that will provide the opportunity for seniors to serve each other and get paid to do so.
Seniors Helping Seniors in-home services is headquartered Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, and has opened more than 250 franchises in 42 states since 1998, following a unique, peer-to-peer business model that provides seniors with “a way to give and to receive” by hiring seniors to provide non-medical services to other seniors.
Non-medical services provided may include, but are not limited to, cooking, light housekeeping, yard work, pet walking, shopping, transportation, home maintenance small repairs, grooming, companionship, overnight visits, post-operative assistance and respite care.
“The demand for this service is rapidly growing as our population continues to age,” Seniors Helping Seniors co-founder Kiran Yocom said. “We accepted Timothy and Vicki May into our family of franchise owners because they truly understand the needs of this population - not only on a professional level, but also on a personal level.”
Cheryl Williams and Peggy Conlon, regional owners of Seniors Helping Seniors in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and northern Kentucky, welcome the Mays as their new franchise partner.
Seniors Helping Seniors franchises are limited to geographical territories, but there are no limitations or restrictions on the number of clients or caregivers. Franchises aim to set reasonable fees for clients while also providing fair compensation to caregivers within their own demographic market.
Seniors Helping Seniors initially starts as a nonprofit organization to provide a much-needed and appreciated service in Kiran and Philip Yocom’s community, The organization was incorporated in 1998 as a way to spread the philosophy across the country through franchises. Prior to launching Seniors Helping Seniors, Kiran Yocom served with Mother Teresa in India for 14 years.
For information and on becoming a provider or a receiver the Yocoms’ website is seniorcarestmarys.com.
“Our web site might answer some other questions you might have,” the May said. “For information about services or employment, call 419-733-2068.”