Area Senior Care Company Serves 2,000th Client, Celebrates 15th Anniversary


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Area Senior Care Company Serves 2,000th Client, Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Company Added More Than 1,600 Jobs, Stimulating Lower Bucks County Economy since Opening Doors in 2000

LEVITTOWN, Pa. – July 28, 2015 – This summer Levittown-based in-home senior care company Home Instead Senior Care celebrates 15 years serving the community with a company picnic on Sunday, August 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for all staff, clients and their families (including pets) to celebrate this milestone. Home Instead is inviting everyone that made this special day possible with franchise owners manning the grill at Core Creek Park in Langhorne.

Since opening its doors back in 2000, the office serving Bucks and Eastern Montgomery Counties has a lot to celebrate. Franchise co-owners William (Bill) and Larry Blacker have:

•    Employed more than 1,600 individuals, stimulating the local economy
•    Served approximately 2,000 senior clients, providing services that span the care continuum – from companionship and personal care to specialized Alzheimer’s care and hospice support
•    Educated area residents on important topics such as senior home safety, family caregiver stress and Alzheimer’s disease
•    Strived to become a memory impairment resource for all family caregivers in the community offering at least three workshops a year for family members to take a version of the same in-depth training developed for the network’s professional CAREGiversSM
•    Served as a trusted referral source for other senior services in the area
•    Participated in and contributed to several senior related charitable causes such as local Alzheimer’s walks, Be a Santa to a Senior, the local chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, among others.

“Since opening the franchise, I have worn a lot of hats,” said Bill, a certified care manager and licensed nursing home administrator. “When we opened our doors in 2000, we had no employees other than my son and me – to more than 110 team members now. I’ve enjoyed contributing to our community in a meaningful way over the last 15 years.”

Prior to purchasing the franchise, Bill worked as a management executive in the long-term care industry for more than thirty years where he developed and managed numerous long-term care facilities, including assisted care, nursing homes and continuing care retirement communities.

Regardless of the location, quality care has always been a hallmark of his care philosophy as is evidenced by some of skilling nursing facilities he managed that were honored in Good Housekeeping’s list of the “Best Rated” in Philadelphia. Additionally, Bill is certified by the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, and is a volunteer ambassador for the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Philadelphia, where he presents to various communities on varied subjects associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

The franchise is co-owned by his son, Larry, who previously worked in sports broadcasting in the Philadelphia market. In his role as co-owner, Larry is focused on relationship before task, providing seniors with compassionate care. He is also focused on growth, planning to hire another 150 CAREGivers in the 2015 calendar year.

“It has been a pleasure to work at Home Instead Senior Care for almost 15 years,” said Linda Thompson, CAREGiver at the Levittown office for five years, and Quality Assurance Director and CAREGiver Trainer for more than nine years. “The staff within the office plays more than an administrative function – we’re a team. It’s wonderful to be part of a company that cares so much about their clients, CAREGivers and other team members.”

To learn more about Home Instead Senior Care, visit http://www.homeinstead.com/342/ or call (215) 943-7700.

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ABOUT HOME INSTEAD SENIOR CARE®
Founded in 1994 in Omaha, Nebraska, by Lori and Paul Hogan, the Home Instead Senior Care® network provides personalized care, support and education to help enhance the lives of aging adults and their families. Today, this network is the world's leading provider of in-home care services for seniors, with more than 1,000 independently owned and operated franchises that are estimated to annually provide more than 50 million hours of care throughout the United States and 15 other countries. Local Home Instead Senior Care offices employ approximately 65,000 CAREGivers℠ worldwide who provide basic support services that enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. The Home Instead Senior Care network strives to partner with each client and his or her family members to help meet that individual’s needs. Services span the care continuum – from providing companionship and personal care to specialized Alzheimer’s care and hospice support. Also available are family caregiver education and support resources. At Home Instead Senior Care, it’s relationship before task, while striving to provide superior quality service.

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