Betsy Head, Franchise Owner
When Chris and Betsy Head opened their second franchised office of Home Instead Senior Care in Lynchburg, VA in 2003, it was after Betsy had a battle with breast cancer in late 2002. From the beginning, Betsy saw Home Instead as a ministry opportunity to the seniors and their families throughout the franchise territory. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Therapy from the University of Georgia and a Master of Divinity Degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Her first career position was as the Baptist Campus Minister at Longwood College and Hampden-Sydney College in Farmville, VA. When the couple moved to Roanoke in 1996 to follow Chris's job with Xerox Corporation, Betsy returned to campus ministry at Roanoke College. In 2000 Chris and Betsy began to look for a new career direction that would allow Chris to be at home more, and not be gone so much on business. The couple had 3 children by now, and wanted to spend more time together as a family. When they found Home Instead Senior Care, they knew they had found what they both were looking for. It took 2 years for the Heads to expand their business into Lynchburg, and when they did, it was because they were receiving so many requests from seniors and their families who needed the type of reliable services that Home Instead offers.
Betsy knows what it means to worry about aging parents. Her own mother, now in her 90's, has been a real inspiration for Betsy, but also a challenge, as they have grappled with knowing when to lay down the car keys, what to do about incontinence management, how to negotiate doctor's visits from far away, and concerns about safety, falls, and nutritional support. Betsy says, "My passion is to make sure our Home Instead staff and CAREGivers care for every client we serve as if he or she were my own parent. I'm so glad that my mom has a Home Instead CAREGiver with her several days a week, because it gives me peace of mind, from 500 miles away, that she is getting the care she needs, and I can simply be her daughter when I phone or visit. I want that for all of our clients and their families!"