Our Roots

Our History

A Place At Home co-founders and childhood friends, Dustin Distefano and Jerod Evanich, experienced firsthand that senior-focused care in America was failing. After several attempts to find acceptable care for their loved ones, they were unable to find it at the standard they expected. Dustin and Jerod were determined to find solutions for others facing similar challenges and the idea for A Place At Home was born: Senior-Focused Care that is comprehensive, consistent, and continuous. They founded A Place At Home in 2012 and developed a strong mission and philosophy that guides all decisions for not only the owners but also the caregivers and staff.

Dustin Distefano and his family.
Jerod and his family

Dustin and Jerod had a positive response to their Senior-Focused Care model in their founding city of Omaha, Nebraska. The co-founders decided to begin franchising in 2017 so they could bring this new approach to more families that needed it. A Place At Home continues to launch new territories coast-to-coast with an incredible family of franchisees that believe in and live “We are CARE.” Find A Place At Home location near you. 

Rooted in CARE

At A Place At Home, trees represent a powerful meaning. When Dustin and Jerod developed the logo, they thought long and hard about what it means to provide care to the families we serve. They saw the tree as a symbol that would represent our commitment to our CARE philosophy. A Place At Home refers to the tree in our logo as the “Tree of Life” as it represents the strength, stability, and nourishment we bring to seniors and their families.

When those we have cared for are gone, we plant trees in honor of them through the Arbor Day Foundation. The tree planted in your loved one’s memory is a living tribute that benefits present and future generations. These memorial trees are planted in national forests and are active participants in nature’s plan for decades to come. The life of your loved one has meant something of significance to us and this small gesture will carry on their memory for future generations to provide a symbol of lasting peace and comfort.

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