SYRACUSE Aimed at meeting the growing needs of seniors in Onondaga County, Home Instead Senior Care has opened a franchise on Ridings Road.
Married couple Gair and Tom Adams opened the franchise on Feb. 1 as a way to provide non-medical services to local elderly citizens. Home Instead was founded in 1994 by Paul and Lori Hogan in Omaha, Neb., after the couple began helping out Paul’s grandmother, Eleanor Manhart.
There are 800 franchises in the United States and 115 internationally. Each franchise is for-profit, and the ultimate goal is to provide support for activities designed to improve the quality of life for seniors. For the local franchise, the immediate goal is to provide companionship. In the long term, its goal is to become Syracuse’s trusted resource of said ideals.
“We will transport seniors to their activities, help them with anything they are interested in and provide the companionship they may desire,” Gair said in her office at 6443 Ridings Road, Syracuse. “Our goal is to provide to the client everything they want.”
They way it works is the franchise hires care givers who travel to the seniors’ houses to help with just about everything outside of medical assistance. Gair said studies have shown that between 85 and 90 percent of seniors prefer to remain in their own homes, rather than move to a nursing home or senior living facility.
“Our hope is that we can help them stay in their homes as long as possible,” Gair added.
Aside from helping the elderly, Home Instead is also aiding the local economy. Granted, the national unemployment has dropped in recent weeks, but there is still a huge need for new jobs in the Syracuse area. Since opening up the search for care givers, the business has received 126 applicants, some with master’s and nursing degree’s, Gair said.