Ibrahim Abousawan, Owner
By reflecting on his life and contemplating his future, Home Instead® franchise owner Ibrahim Abousawan found what he wanted to do in life for years to come: giving back to the community by providing care to those in need.
“I started my career working for NASA, then worked with oil and gas companies. I realized, when I turned 42, that my aspiration goes beyond working for a successful company, but instead leading one. I started my quest for a business that adds value to the community and fulfills my purpose in life. Becoming a franchise owner for the leading brand in home care was the opportunity I was seeking. I was intrigued by the culture of the Home Instead owners and brand involvement in the community and in the network’s global reach and influence,” said Ibrahim, who took over ownership in September 2020.
Ibrahim experienced family caregiving when he was young. “Raised by my mom as my dad passed away when I was 2 years old, I grew up living with my grandparents for a time, and I was around seniors quite a bit. My great-aunt had scoliosis and would shake when standing or walking, so my sister and I would always be on standby to assist, run errands, wash dishes and prepare meals for her,” he explained.
“My uncle in Houston had a heart transplant, so myself and other family members were his primary caregivers. For months on end, we would drive him to doctors’ appointments and tend to medical procedures, as well as visit and encourage him during hospital stays as we waited for a heart donor, post-surgery and recovery. Going through that experience connected with me when it came to searching for a business to buy like Home Instead.”
Ibrahim holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Ibrahim has traveled to many countries, built business relationships and fostered them while dealing with diverse cultures.
Ibrahim sees great things ahead for his Home Instead franchise.
“Among my goals for the business is enhancing the lives of seniors and their families beyond just providing services. I also want to support our CAREGivers and provide them with the opportunities to grow professionally, to learn and to contribute. I want to be the best senior-care business in Houston with a positive culture,” he said.
On a personal note, Ibrahim and his wife have two sons, 10-year-old Matteo and 7-year-old Lucca. Ibrahim pointed out: “They both want to help with Home Instead by spreading the word on how we can help seniors.”
Ibrahim enjoys reading personal development books, psychology and leadership. He and his family are Catholic church members at Our Lady of the Cedars in Houston. Ibrahim’s core values lined up with those of Home Instead long before he considered becoming a Home Instead franchise owner. Those values are: “Honor God in all we do; Treat each other with dignity and respect; Encourage growth in ourselves and others; Build value in our service to others.”
Ibrahim is enthralled to be a part of the world’s largest senior-care; its network consists of more than 1,200 franchise offices in the United States and 13 other countries. 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.
Ibrahim is available by phone at (832) 379-4700 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.