"The staff is caring and kind...just what we wanted for our aunt who wants to remain as independent as possible. I recommend!
Home Instead Senior Care in Melbourne, Florida is locally owned and operated by sisters Marge Thompson and Laura Purcell, who both know the blessings and challenges of caring for an aging family member first hand.
"My mother was the caregiver to her parents for over 13 years," Thompson recalls, "and I cared for my mother for over six years myself." Thompson and Purcell's mother, Helen Green was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease 13 years ago, only 6 months after her own mother passed away. Thompson, then a working single mother and part-time student, took on the additional responsibility of caring for her mother. Purcell moved down from Massachusetts 6 years later to take over the duties of caring for their mother when Thompson got married. Eventually, the service that provided transportation to and from Ms. Green's senior day care would no longer transport her due to her unsteadiness.
"They were afraid she would fall and be injured," Purcell recalls. Regrettably, Thompson and Purcell and their siblings had to make the difficult decision to place their mother in a nursing home. "It was a tough call to make," said Purcell, "but it was necessary for her safety." During the time that their mother was in the nursing home, Purcell, Thompson and other relatives cycled through the home daily to visit and assist with her care. "We wanted to make sure she received the best care possible, and she needed to feel the love and warmth of her family members," says Thompson.
For some time, Purcell and Thompson had tossed around the idea of owning their own business. The decision of what kind was no question-a service to seniors is what both sisters had in mind. Thompson was looking for a change of pace after being a loan manager for a major lending company and Purcell was looking for a reprieve from her 13-year tenure with the State Attorney's office.
After learning of several franchise opportunities, Thompson and Purcell chose to pursue a business with Home Instead Senior Care. "At the time we were interested, there were no existing territories available. However, providentially, when I was laid off in July of 2007 I received the call that a franchise was available in Melbourne," says Thompson.
The sisters took over the existing Melbourne office of Home Instead Senior Care on December 1, 2007 and have been living out their dream ever since. Both Thompson and Purcell agree that owning and operating Home Instead Senior Care is much more that just a business; it is a way to serve seniors in their community. It is a business with a heart!
Purcell says, "We help seniors stay in their homes and age with grace and dignity. It's what we wanted for our own mother, and we are glad to serve seniors in a capacity that allows them to maintain their independence in the comfort of their own homes."
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