Pennie Phillips, Owner
David Phillips was born in Bakersfield and graduated from Fresno State. His mother, a geriatric nurse, set an example of work ethic and caring for the elderly that influenced David for the rest of his life. In 1997 David, along with his business partner opened the first Home Instead Senior Care in California. It was also one of the first home care agencies in the Fresno area. Believing the core of a home care agency is providing service to meet the needs of older adults and their family. The marriage of David and Pennie in 2006 brought together a blended family of 10 children (David- 4daughters & 1 son, Pennie 4 sons and 1 daughter). They jokingly referred to their children as the Brady Bunch. They also have 34 grandchildren and a Shih Tzu names Bella which you can see greeting all who come to visit the office. In 2008, David and his wife Pennie, bought his partner’s share of Home Instead.
Pennie’s passion for the elderly grew from the example of her grandmother, a geriatric nurse. She and her family provided care for her father when he developed dementia in his later years. She also helped with the care of her mother when she was diagnosed with cancer.
Home Instead was a natural fit for the couple due in part to the experiences, examples and caring for their loved ones. David and Pennie thrived giving back to the community that they loved. Sixteen years ago, they embraced the opportunity to service seniors in need by incorporating Be A Santa To A Senior program as an annual event. The program rang true to their hearts and they wanted to serve seniors who might not have a Christmas, those who did not have family, and isolated seniors who felt forgotten. The first year they collected over 700 gifts, generously donated by residents in the central valley. Each year the event has grown and 2000+ gifts are donated and distributed to skilled nursing homes, the Salvation Army, independent living homes and other places where seniors are in need.
The couple supported families who had a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. They participated in the Hilarity for Charity Home Care Grant, donating hours to provide in-home care relief to families who were caring for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s or related dementias. They are involved with the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, volunteering time on the committee and their own team.
In May of 2018, David was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and passed away 4 weeks later. Not to be forgotten, his legacy will continue to be preserved and honored by his wife, Pennie, and the team at Home Instead.