www.seniorshelpingseniors.com – Seniors Helping Seniors
Seniors Helping Seniors was created in 1998 from Kiran Yocum’s personal mission to care for those unable to care for themselves, based on her 14 years of experience working with Mother Teresa in India. Headquartered in Reading, PA, Kiran currently serves as SHS Chairwoman and her husband, Philip Yocum, as SHS President & CEO.
Seniors Helping Seniors (SHS) is really a three-faceted company designed for seniors. The first two facets of the company involve the concept that seniors can help each other age better, and that those who give and those who receive benefit equally. SHS non-medical in home services matches seniors who need affordable help with seniors who want to help others and could use additional income. The older helpers provide both the physical and emotional help seniors need to live independently in their own homes, with dignity and respect. While providing valuable support for seniors, SHS services also relieves the day-to-day stress on overwhelmed family members as well as those living a long distance from their loved ones.
SHS offers a full range of home care, companion and home maintenance support services all provided by seniors who enjoy helping. It also offers reasonable hourly rates for seniors who want services and reasonable hourly wages to seniors who provide them. In home services available include: cooking; light housekeeping; *companionship; personal grooming & dressing; shopping; Dr. visits; transportation; yard work; mobility assistance; house maintenance & small repairs; overnight stays (24-hour care); *long distance check-ins; respite care and *Alzheimer/Dementia care.
- Companionship – helper becomes a part of the family; comes to help with everything from cooking to going out together to church or senior center events.
- Long distance check-ins – SHS will visit once or twice a week for a couple of hours each visit or for the whole day; while visiting, will do a load of laundry, change the linens, check the fridge, shop, clean the bathroom, take out the trash. Or if needed, cook a nutritious meal once a week and leave leftovers for lunches.
- Alzheimer/Dementia Care – 24/7 help with daily tasks, shopping, cooking, bill paying, yard work, driving, and housekeeping.
A quote from the SHS website: “I’m losing my eyesight so Mary is really a pair of eyes for me, but even more, she’s my friend. We go places and have fun together. I can’t imagine life without her. She takes me places, brings me gifts, helps me shop, cook, and get the house cleaned. And since we were both nurses, we have a lot in common. She tells me she gets a lot from me, too, and I believe it. Over the years we’ve become really close friends.” Mrs. B
The 3rd facet of Seniors Helping Seniors is the ability for retirees to purchase a SHS Franchise; satisfying the need for additional income and the desire to help others, by employing seniors and taking care of seniors who need assistance. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports those 55 and older will account for 19.1% of the labor force by 2012. Older workers are foregoing traditional corporate careers to go into business for themselves and take control over their fiscal future. SHS has a trade mark quote “Do Good and Make Money.”