New Franchise Will Allow Many Allen Seniors to Stay at Home
A Place At Home Brings an Innovative New Home Health Care Model to North Texas
Joe Christie and his wife Janis have been awarded the right to open a new A Place At Home Franchise serving Allen, Plano, Frisco, and McKinney, Texas.
A Place At Home opened in 2012 in Omaha, NE. Each franchise offers a range of customized senior-care services designed to help seniors stay in their homes as long as possible. This includes a wide range of customizable in-home solutions and care coordination assistance services. When it is no longer safe or viable for the senior to live at home, APAH offers free transition counseling and placement services to help get seniors into the right assisted living facility.
Janis comes to the role with a long history of providing assistance to individuals and families. She’s been working at a non-profit that provides families in need with food, clothes, and school supplies. She has also worked with Meals on Wheels, where she got to know many seniors.
Joe is a former VP of sales who worked in the hospitality industry for over 20 years. “I have experience providing clients with outstanding customer service and attention to detail.” He also assisted in launching a company-sponsored national food drive in conjunction with the Aidmatrix Foundation and Second Harvest Food Bank.
They both chose to transition into senior care for personal reasons.
“My mother was ill for many years,” says Janis. “My father was caring for her, but he needed assistance with her care. He didn’t know how to find it, or where. He had to work his way through the difficult process of balancing my mother’s needs with his own by himself.”
Joe adds, “Watching two loved ones struggle with age-related illnesses brought awareness that seniors and their families need assistance. My mother’s husband was bed-ridden and she was left to care for them both, despite having neither the skill nor the stamina, to do so.”
Joe adds that a social worker contacted him one afternoon to inform him that his father’s Alzheimer’s disease had left him unable to care for himself. “I was named his guardian. I had very little understanding of what this entailed, so it took me weeks to sort through the responsibilities or make any progress with his care. Needing so much help, and being unable to find it, was an eye-opener for me.”
“We want to make a difference for both seniors, and their families,” said Janis.
Joe adds that he’s impressed by A Place at Home because it offers a continuum of care model that’s affordable, adaptable, and well-coordinated.
Co-founders Jerod Evanich and Dustin Distefano have a mission to make sure this level of care is available across the entire nation. That’s why they decided to start franchising. They look for professionals who share their core values, nicknamed the “C.A.R.E.” model. C.A.R.E. stands for Compassionate, Accountable, Respectful, and Ethical.
“Joe and Janis truly model our C.A.R.E. values and we look forward to watching them apply these high standards across their new franchise,” said Distefano.