Sheldon Schelling, Franchise Owner
Aging at home is a normal concept for Sheldon. Born and raised in a close knit family in rural South Dakota, Sheldon observed firsthand how families work together to care for their elders. Sheldon's maternal Grandmother and his paternal Grandparents lived at home until the very end of life. His maternal Grandmother was a kind and gentle woman who, in retrospect, had Alzheimer’s disease for the last 15 years of her life. She lived with her daughter and her family for as long as Sheldon can remember. The highlight of the year was each summer when Sheldon and his family would take the 300 mile trip to western Nebraska to visit family for a few days, followed by Grandma traveling back home to South Dakota with Sheldon's family for a week or two. When Sheldon was a teenager, these trips began to have a sense that something was wrong with Grandma because she was getting "hardening of the arteries" or "senile". The trips back to South Dakota decreased as towards the end they caused such anxiety for Grandma because of her inability to remember where she was and in the very end, who we were. Sheldon's paternal Grandparents also stayed in their home with significant help from their children. At the end, both families were tired and burnt out on caring for their loved ones and all ended up spending their last days in a facility. In looking back, Home Instead Senior Care could have significantly eased the toll of caring for his Grandparents and made for a much nicer end of life.
These early experiences were formative in shaping Sheldon's career of caring. Sheldon eventually received a Masters in Counseling and a Master of Social Work degree and found his calling for aging adults. He spent his social work career caring for older adults in the VA Health Care system and in the assisted living he and his wife Julie owned and operated. They are now solely focused providing exceptional in home care for aging adults through their Home Instead franchises. In addition to owning the three Home Instead franchises, Sheldon has two Transworld Business Advisor franchises.